|“||"Crysek peace" is an oxymoron.||”|
–Vespid Heterodonyx, commenting on the inherent aggressive nature of the Crysek.
The Crysek are a species of space-faring organisms with vague insectoid features and isolationist policies.
The Crysek, in one form or another, have had organized government for hundreds of years. Any form of concise history does not exist outside of their homeworld; in fact, concise history may not even exist on their homeworld due to the oppressive nature of the Currai Imperium's rule.
What information is known starts roughly around 4,000 BRE when the Currai Imperium invaded and subdued the entire world. Their homeworld was designated for manufacturing and the radiation-resistant Crysek were soon forcibly used for cheap labor. Imperium rule lasted for ninety-two years until the world was liberated by the Enlightened Ones' forces. During this period, most of the original culture and history of the Crysek were lost to slavery, most major landmarks and points of importance had been destroyed, and restrictions were levied against all forms of self-expression and thought, which included religion. The Crysek remain a prominent example of the destructive nature of the Imperium's rule.
Once Imperium rule was lifted, the Crysek society at large descended into a violent, anarchic state. Factions began rising and falling to the drums of war and the pain of famine. This state of perpetual destruction would last for hundreds of years, until more prominent factions developed space travel. These continued conflicts would take a new turn as space-faring factions used their capabilities to assert dominance. After a particularly violent war between the remaining powerful factions, the world was united under a singular, homogeneous, planet-wide government, and peace was finally attained. Under this unified faction, the ancient Crysek religion re-emerged, taking on a form familiar to what is known of modern Crysek faith; however, thanks to the decimation of Crysek culture years prior, the state religion is merely a gross deformation of what it was nearly five-hundred years ago.
Around 910 PRE, the Crysek had fully ventured out into their solar system. Their religion, surprisingly, has spurred their continued expeditions into space, and their ventures bore progress at a moderately rapid pace. Their advancement was only accelerated by the discovery of several buried Imperium war supply caches containing weapons, starships, and other forms of technology preserved within. The Crysek moved to claim and study this technology, adapting it for their own uses. Within fifty years, with the Imperium technology serving as a catalyst, the Crysek had gone from liquid fuel-based rocket vessels with paper-thin hulls and no shielding, to a technological state identical to that of the Imperium before it fell.
The years around 960 PRE saw a transitional time where advancement slowed. Several attempts to join the galactic community were pursued, but ultimately failed. All progression halted when the Corruption spread throughout the Milky Way, raining destruction on a galactic scale. The Crysek survived the Corruption's spread, but were driven back to their homeworld with heavy casualities.
After the Corruption threat had been thwarted, Crysek expansion resumed. Armed with the Imperium's ancient manufacturing processes, Crysek forces were replenished to a viable state within a few years. Several mega-projects were organized in a bid to secure the Crysek's place as a power in the local galactic arena; this would come to a head in the year 985 PRE, when one such mega-project--an orbital weapon with the capability to level whole continents--was, along with the majority of their fleet, destroyed during the events of the Hivemind Crisis by the Keilicaela Empire, Ashderian Regime, and Dominion of Ilan.
As of 986 PRE, the Crysek are recovering from the massive casualties dealt by the Imperial/Regime/Dominion forces and are operating on only 7% of their initial fleet mass. All other data regarding Crysek history is incomplete.
There are two known Crysek factions:
Over the course of the Hivemind Crisis, these two factions warred over the issues of secession and religious doctrine.
To be added later.
A wealth of information about Crysek technological capabilities was confirmed during the Heretic-Conglomerate Conflict. As speculated, Crysek technology is currently several generations behind that of most known sentient species. Instances of Crysek technology are blatantly derivative of the Currai Imperium's technology, and, in some cases, are direct copies.
Crysek are highly religious and exhibit aggressive traits typical of radical religious fanaticism.
Culture and Society
In general, very little has been gathered on their culture; however, key information is known about their society--the most notable being the extreme class divide. Existing in Crysek society are the "Opulents," the "Indigents," and a nearly immeasurable middle class; statistics indicate that of the population, 23% are Opulents, 77% are Indigents, and the unnamed middle class lands in the .000004% range.
The Opulents are high-class citizens that possess wealth, power and property-- such as space, airspace, land, smaller stellar bodies, starships, and so on.
The Indigents are, simply put, poor. Often, they own nothing but rags with which to clothe themselves. The Indigents are considered filth by those in higher castes of Crysek society, and military personnel are known to gun them down for sport. To keep the Indigent population down, the government tends to round them up for forced labor, weapons experimentation, or mass execution. They are found on the outskirts of most Crysek cities.
|“||I'm going to open a canister of holy whoop-ass on you!||”|
–An unnamed Crysek, threatening Nikanicreon Dara'croix.