The Taugar are the “old” civilization of the Scutum Centaurus stream. They started the space exploration era of their sector by the invention of the FTL drive known as the Warp Drive, this drive allowed travel speeds up to 35 times the speed of light. Peaceful in their nature, they explored the nearby space in which new intelligent life-forms where found, trade was established and soon after a massive space station was created, this station was the hot-spot for politics between the races of the sector.
While not everything worked out perfectly, the sector was mostly at peace, some of the races where engaged in conflict, but most of them where more engaged in a peaceful coexistence.
Genetic modification is a natural thing to all societies, it is even rare to see an individual with no alterations, these alterations though, are very small, they are developed in order to avoid disease, and to increase muscle and brain power, increase lifespans, and as well youthful life styles.
Within the Taugar, one movement began. A complete rework and tinker of the genes was being called for. The Taugars, mostly conservatives saw this with suspiciousness. Sometime later one of the most profound believers of this cause was shot while giving a speech at the Taugarian parliament, soon after the followers went underground. The splinter cells began to amass lab equipment to start their projects of heavy genetic modification, thus began experimentation, coupled with terrorist attacks to the Taugar central government.
A mild civil war was on the works.
Thanks to extreme espionage and communication analysis, the Gerves Delau station –which housed the main supporters and scientists of the cause-, was found. A full blown assault was executed, cutting the snake heads off. When every leader was cut down, a dead-man switch was activated,its response was to launch thousands of Drones. These Drones where design to settle worlds and to create the most advance and sophisticated biological entities with no evolution or ethics to block them.
After realizing their purpose, the galactic community established some laws, in which every single military power was tasked to destroy every Drone ever spotted and its products.
Admiral Gentes Des’Tel was tasked with the entire fifth fleet, of the Resenean Vanguard. He was responsible for destroying various fleeing Drones, and detecting others. He was the man for the job.
After setting different outposts, they found, with great alarm that one Drone had indeed settled in a planet, albeit for how long was unknown.
Warping to the planet in discussion the Admiral saw in disbelief, a whole civilization was already there. Dreading this where the products of the Drone, the bombardment came with no hesitation. On the planetside millions perished, beyond the fact of the utter massacre the inhabitants where clueless why an Alien fleet would attack them with no warning.
While cities burned the ground snapped open, and thousands of unfathomable beings started to pour out, attacking the poor clueless civilians of the Khareni civilization.
Finally spotting the Drone, the Admiral performed another orbital bombardment to where it was, destroying it utterly. But before the smoke even cleared the area, a blast came from the planet surface, a gravitonic blast.
With sudden changed in the gravity fields, the ships from the fifth started crashing each other, sending the whole fleet into disarray and destruction. Most of the ships were torn apart, and some even crashed into the planet, but most of them no longer deemed space worthy now float on the planets gravity well. With the Admiral dead, most of the survivors are now stranded on the planet.
To make matters worse, the planet’s orbit decayed to a point in which it’s heading towards the sun. The magnetosphere is in disarray causing problems to anything that tries to fly out without proper shielding.
With time running out, five distinct factions have risen from the ashes of war, each one splintered from the rest, each looking for a way out:
The Purgers, lacking a central command, they have fragmented into survival units, tightly clustered and only a few thousands each.
The Exiled, with no Drone, and no guidance, have new emerging leaders. They have risen up to keep their fleeting civilization safe, even if it costs them their life and some of their own people.
The Technocrat, the once underdogs of the Khareni society, these scientists now believe they are in power for destroying the invading fleet, but of course, not taking responsibility for the failing orbit of the planet.
The Arm, The hardcore military of the Khareni, they failed to defend their civilization, and they were shunned because of it, now they will make everyone repent for it.
And the Traditionalists, the remaining clusters of the central government struggling to keep the disarrayed society together, personalism is more important that survival.