Several races present on Outpost Hope One are original. A brief description of each is provided for new players and those in need of a refresher.
Daignault was the name given to the first engineering hologram by the Chief of Engineering on DFA Cromwell at the time. With scores of Daignaults running around, a numbering system was utilized to differentiate them for delegation of duties. In researching the problem of too many Daignaults, they found references to the old Terran empire of Britain using numbering for their army of Williams, which they had too many of. Williams was adopted as a 'last name'; DW.
The Gatrubbians are a humanoid race who originally resided in the Gatrubbe system. Their culture is probably best known for their devotion to their gods, the Writers, which they claim continually write the universe into existence. After several decades of working with sublight engines, the Gatrubbians had built up a system wide network of colonies. Further research brought about the invention of a zero point energy drive which allowed for faster than light travel. Armed with this new technology the Gatrubbian Space Command developed their first and only interstellar vessel, the GSC Sojourn. The ship launched with the intent of surveying nearby celestial bodies but was ultimately doomed to crash upon an icy world where it lay untouched for several years if not centuries. Meanwhile not long after the launch of the Sojourn, a rift within the government led to a cataclysmic civil war which ended when the use of thermonuclear weapons turned the once inhabitable world into a ball of molten rock. The outlying colonies and ships packed up and set out for the stars. Over the years the ships have acquired warp capability and have grown in number as the population continues to increase.
A short treatise on the Gatrubbian language is also available.
A hominid species similar to the Terran chimpanzee. They stand 60 to 110 centimetres in height. They are dextrous and considered to have four hands (ie. hands on lower limbs rather than feet) and long limbs. They are highly social and, amongst themselves, organize into close-knit colonies.
During the Sundering, the event that defined the split between Vulcans and those who would be come Romulans, several ships were lost as the collection of proto-Romulan's undertook their Exodus through the stars, seeking out a new home. One of these ships crashed on an obscure planet at the edge of what is now the Romulan Star Empire. Several millennia passed, and the survivors of that crash have blossomed into a new Civilisation that holds a mixed heritage of Vulcan and Romulan traditions, as well as altogether new ones. The planet of Pangeare is wrapped in a Ionic Shroud that is difficult to penetrate. This has essentially cut off the survivors from any help or outside influence since their arrival. That was until the Romulan Galae ship the SES S'Task discovered the planet during some terraforming experiments.
During the Exodus the proto-Romulans set about to deliberately engineer a language that would help to define their new culture. Since this hadn't been concluded at the time their ship was lost to the fleet the language is a curious mix of Ancient Vulcan and Romulan, as well as some naturally evolved terms. The Pangearean script is written in an archaic form of Vulcan.
Pangeareans are more biologically similar to Vulcans with some changes due to the extreme environment of their planet. The higher gravity has made their bone density greater and then tend to be a littler stockier than their stoic cousins. They have copper-based blood and pointed ears and otherwise display the same diversity of skin, hair and eye colour as Vulcans. They still go through Pon-Farr. Like their Romulan cousins, however, most Pangeareans are not telepathic, save for a very small percentage. Some occur naturally. Some have been selectively bred down the years to serve as both formidable warriors and as a means of preserving the Pangearean history through transferred memories. Those with this long-bred touch-telepathy are biologically distinct, presenting almost albino like features of very pale skin and white-blond hair.
The Pangearean people are not unified, separated into distinct City-States, each with their own customs and quirks. Most are subterranean since Pangeare's extreme aridity means water is found mostly underground and its constant sandstorms mean surface travel is dangerous at best. Each City-State is governed by an Elder. These individuals come together to form the Council of Elders should the need arise. There is much conflict and power struggles between the various states and war occurs over resources and access to sacred sites.
The enveloping Shroud has had an impact on how the people view the universe. The concept of anything outside of what they call the Firmament is quite frightening. That which is beyond the Firmament is known as the Void. Whilst some scholars and more educated people are aware of the history their arrival and science of space travel, but to most this has fallen into legend. Until recently!
Trapped by the Ionic Shroud and limited by the meagre resources their planet, the technological sophistication of the Pangearean has gone backwards a little from the proto-Romulans. They are skilled artisans and have made much out of what little resources there are. They favour staff-like weapons that discharge electrical bursts and have no long-range communication abilities (The planet's atmosphere exhibits extreme interference to modern technologies).
Via a joint venture between the DFA and RSE, an orbital station around Pangeare is being constructed. This station, called Visak'a, will allow exterior peoples to open a hole through the Pangearean Ionic Shroud, allowing access to the Pangearean people, and open the Galaxy up to the Pangeareans.
The Sullen are a race that was totally devastated by the Borg because they were found to be a danger to them and could not be assimilated.
The Sullen is not the name of their race but one of a dozen names given them by races that they have made contact with. They have also been called The Plague, The Destroyers....and more. They have accepted the Sullen or translations of it because it semi-defines their predicament.
The Sullen are humanoid that typically wear encounter suits on the rare occasion when they meet other races. In the beginning they did not, BUT their body chemistry exude enzymes that break down the linings of the esophageal tract and lungs of most races on contact. This is transmittable through breathing, bodily fluid contact, etc; Deterioration of an infected body will continue rapidly until the soft parts are almost entirely eaten unless a suitable quarantine field can be established around the infected. This caused the devastation of life on at least 3 worlds before the Sullen restricted themselves to being reclusive wanderers.
Their ships are nigh impenetrable to Starfleet Weapons.
Their motivation is survival. There are VERY VERY FEW of them left. The species is nearly extinct.
Their encounter suits are both defensive and offensive in nature. First, their own heads are very open and susceptible to invasion by some types of infection. They are generally no better or worse than most viral infections, but their have been deaths and considering what they've been witness to AND CAUSED they do not take chances.
Offensively, they use a pressurized attachment attached to pouches on either side of their waist to force their own biological contaminants during an active raid. The Sullen NEED to kill higher life forms to live and consume certain parts of them as food. They DO NOT WANT TO, but they have no choice.