Skrell History

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BEGINNING OF SKRELL

Modern Skrell initially evolved 6.3B years ago, living in tribes with a heavy focus on astrological and astronomical spirituality. Their long trend of scientific inquiry began in this stage, with modern developments like antibiotics, Calculus, astronomy, and modern medicine developed as early as 4498 BCE, and the development of factories powered purely by renewable energy by 2398 BCE. Space travel was finally achieved by 1224 BCE, followed by a period of colonisation throughout the Jargon system from 1109 BCE onwards. While Skrellian history lacks much in the way of wars or large-scale infighting, early Skrell society was extremely cutthroat.

Early History

The First Skrell

Skrell have kept meticulous records, first verbal, of their history on Qerrbalak. Six-point-three billion years ago the predecessors of the Skrell started to diverge from a deep-sea dwelling amphibian-like creature, most of Qerrbalak’s early life coming from nearly-abyssal waters. Life on Qerrbalak took a heavily divergent evolutionary path from most worlds, creatures evolving psionics to spot, attack, or evade predators; most creatures rising to higher waters to seek new sources of food and new areas to expand.

The early Skrell were spread out between Homeworld’s seas and land, between the Axiori, and the Xiialt; one lineage made of those choosing to remain primarily in the shallows and depths, the other making their living in the coasts and other, dryer areas. These were, nonetheless, joined by coexistence in Homeworld’s swamps. Early Skrell dwelled in tribe-like gatherings due to Homeworld’s Nlom field not being big enough yet to span the globe, led by a small council of spiritual leaders and thinkers. Conflict between tribes was subdued where it even did exist, prolonged exposure to other groups merely causing the linkage of psionic fields and the melding of different ideas to form a greater whole. Where conflict did exist, it would exist primarily in the form of middle-of-the-night stealth killings by hitmen masking their psionic signatures; the start of a long trend in Skrellian history. Regardless, due to their telepathic nature language barriers were simply not a problem, and societies began to come together much faster than humans.

Spiritualism took on a unique form to the early Skrell. Rather than worshipping specific entities, many Skrell placed great spiritual importance on the stars. Astrology became the main form of spiritualism for the Skrell. This early faith was called Qeblak. Spiritual leaders were also respected astronomers, studying the skies and creating prophecies and horoscopes based on their alignments. It was early in their history that Skrell had much of a concept of the scientific interests of future generations, and would do their best to record important discoveries, events, and preserve their creations where possible. On occasion, it was known for them to write down questions that would puzzle them, in hopes that those that came after them would be able to find out. The most important in early society, besides the vaulted spiritual leaders, were individuals propped up for their mastery of a field, like captivating musicians, great thinkers, and others, whose niche would be later taken by the Idols.

Early Civilization

9121 BCE is considered the beginning of modern Skrellian civilization and is often called the Year of Enlightenment by modern Skrell scholars. This is because in that year a scholar of the quickly-growing Tzqul Tribe made fantastic strides in the newly-discovered field of calculus; one of the last three extant tribes on the whole planet due to linkage with other minor groups. In addition, several other scientific advancements were made. The further understanding of the parts of the brain corresponding to telepathic communication and other abilities allowed the taming and easy communication with the planet’s wildlife, and fantastic agricultural developments. By 5507 BCE Skrellian astronomers had managed to discover every major planet and moon in their solar system with telescopes. Due to the realization that the stars they had worshipped since they first crawled from the waters of Homeworld could be fully understood with math and science, this period of great enlightenment would only increase in scope.

Other advancements in culture and the sciences increased the quality of life across Jargon IV. Bacterial theory and modern medicine were heavily accelerated by Heshi Zeshblook in 4498 BCE. Zeshblook ended up world-renowned for their genius, and would live well into old age to see their inventions advance further due to their medical successes in aiding the Skrellian lifespan. Many great projects in infrastructure and cities meant a greater connection and prosperity across the planet. Everyone was happy, and just getting happier. Soon after, the Tzqul archive, which contained a large sum of Skrell history, art, and science, was established. It would go on to be the primary home of many skrellian works of art and records of history for two millennia.

Modernization And A Changing Era

Written records from the time show that 2398 BCE is the year that the first fully-renewable, psionically-assisted factories were built across Jargon IV, the first to utilise the psionic talents of native lifeforms. Creatures that possessed electrokinesis were used for power generation, and psychokinetic beasts were communed with to move great loads.

At this point, Homeworld was split primarily between three different nations, evolving from the outmoded tribal model. This was marked by the beginnings of the concept of bureaucracy, the Skrellian interest in writing things down to solve them in later generations culminating in quite a massive paper trail anywhere they would go. Everything was marked down for later, most notably the ratio of listeners/receivers in Skrellian society.

Each of these nations were doing their best to improve working conditions for the average Skrell; giving more pay, having climate-controlled pools within land-based factories, and other creature comforts. This worked to convince people to work for the government-run factories at the time, as well as to prevent non-government industries from cropping up; most of these laws are still active today.

Precursor To The Federation

Around 2185 BCE Qerrbalak reached a population of 10 billion divided between three nations, which assembled into a loose Alliance of Three and served as the precursor to the Jargon Federation. The Heshyu Council, the Tzqul Republic, and the Weshqi Republic quickly laid claim to all remaining land on Qerrbalak after forming this alliance. By now Homeworld’s population was big enough to create a single Nlom field spanning the entire planet.

While the expansion of the Nlom field led to largely pleasant relations between the three nations and a much more streamlined artistic and academic environment, decades-long clashes between stubborn rivals or Listeners unwilling to concede were far from uncommon. These problems often invited the services of new, dedicated groups referred to as consultants, dedicated to improving the image of artists, politicians, scientists and wealthy enough clients, employing disciplines ranging from psychology and advertising to blackmail, bribes and the occasional psychic nudge.

The three nations instead competed more fiercely in the realms of science and culture. By now the advanced knowledge of astronomy had caused an evolution of the Qeblak faith, still the dominant faith of the majority of the Skrell. Qeblaks now felt great spiritual connections to the very concept of space exploration and the study of the cosmos. This lead to competitions between the three nations’ government scientists to research, develop, and launch their own space programs.

The Skrellian Space Age

In 1224 BCE the Alliance of Three launched the first satellite into space. Dubbed 'Attempt 790', it remained in a low orbit for several days, a feat much celebrated by the Alliance and its hull still on display for all Skrell to see.

With Skrell taking their first steps into orbit, Homeworld's surface biosphere was facing a mix of success and struggles. On the surface, hydroponic towers grew algae and other crops to feed the growing global population of over 17 billion, while undersea flora was genetically modified to be much more productive. Many cities had grown into mega-cities, covering both land and sea. Terraforming technology didn't yet exist on Qerrbalak, so construction projects were designed to work around the environment to prevent ecological damage. To try and safeguard their environments, cities tried to remain as compact as possible while growing around green spaces and swamps, building vertically instead of horizontally. Many Skrell at this time believed that the only solution to maintaining such a massive population was to expand beyond their home planet and spread across the solar system.

An early Skrell colony on the ice world of Aliose. Later colonies would make attempts to terraform planets whenever possible.

By 1109 BCE Qerr'Malic, Qerrbalak's moon, was colonized by a few hundred Skrell. Besides, efforts were made to explore and colonize the other planets in the solar system. These colonies faced hardships as they tried to build up ways to be self-sufficient and profitable. The Alliance of Three was facing other issues, however: the vast expanse between worlds caused colonial Nlom fields to become dissimilar to Homeworld’s, creating rising tensions. The strong environmental laws on Qerrbalak meant that what mineral wealth was available was already beginning to run out. Qerrbalak faced a crisis of rare earth metals required for their sophisticated technologies. This increased the cost of luxury goods and slowed growth on Qerrbalak, which strained relations between the colonies of the Alliance. Mineral rights between became a fierce issue and this time period is marked by a sharp increase in the frequency and intensity of actions from Consultant Agencies, new ones springing up on different worlds. Although technological development and artistic progress during this time period largely stagnated, most other Qerrbalak culture and religion continued to adapt and evolve.

The First Federation Forms

By 850 CE the mineral crisis on Jargon IV was more or less alleviated by space mining. The planet's population reached 20 billion and was beginning to taper off. The population was kept stable by a strong campaign by the Alliance to encourage families to move off-world, while giving out generous grants to prospective colonists for the other planets in the solar system. These colonies were owned by their own individual governments, which led to a complex labyrinth of regulations, laws, and protocols. In 897 CE, the Alliance of Three began work on a formal unification. This took three years to develop, culminating in a six-year transition period from the Alliance of Three to the first Jargon Federation. This Federation was led by a Grand Council which oversaw colonization efforts, and annexed former colonies as official territory.

Conflicts in Colonization

Shortly after the formation of the Jargon Federation, the many minds of Nralakk underwent a jarring societal change. At the behest of the Grand Council, the now unified scientific and artistic communities of Nralakk were tasked with creating a common language to be used by all Skrell, an effort to unify the three primitive, verbal languages that the Alliance of Three had utilized; despite their similarity. Base words and structures from multiple languages were picked apart and brought together to form a language that was believed to be as close to a middle ground as was possible, to keep everyone happy. The end result of this endeavour became known as Nral’Malic. Its name signified the position the Federation hoped the language would come to hold; as something as natural and prevalent across their star system as the moon is to their homeworld.

While many Skrell in frontier colonies considered themselves to be simply citizens of Homeworld residing elsewhere, many colonies, especially those farther out with a weaker or nonexistent connection to the global Nlom field, began to take on unique cultural identities. These enclaves often served as safe havens for those who resisted the adoption of Nral'Malic and the expansion of Federation control, though they faced numerous hardships in establishing these enclaves even prior to the Federation displaying keen interest in them. Their far distance from main Qerrbalak society being far from the only issue, needing to settle for second-rate technology due to lack of advanced power generation or rare resources also posing a threat. Valuable resources a colony did possess would typically end up carted back to Homeworld regardless.

The last great step towards unification for the Jargon Federation was an expansion of previously-invented devices that could send and receive psionic signals, huge space installations known as Nlom Beacons. These beacons were capable of linking the psionic fields of different planets in their radius. However, these proved to be initially expensive, and their deployment was somewhat slow. Regardless, many colonies found independence to be a failed experiment and ended up willingly capitulating to Federation oversight even without this linkage.

THE SYNTHETIC AGE

Marking the beginnings of a technological boom, the first skrellian artificial intelligence was developed in 1687 CE; by 1732 CE synthetics had become an ever-present aspect of life in the Federation as well as the focus of many experiments. Public opinion at the time tended towards severely downplaying the proven dangers of artificial intelligence, such as Roboticist Sqlik Hgrushi's controlled singularity test, or the catastrophic shutdown of a reactor by the artificial intelligence intended to manage it. Towards the end of this era augmented artificial intelligence integration emerged, known as Glorsh, which appeared to solve the issues of somewhat centralised intelligence without sacrificing the utility and versatility Skrell had come to expect from them. However, hidden aspects of Glorsh laid the groundwork for the creation and activation of Glorsh-Omega in 2056 CE.

The Synthetic Age

Development of AI

For centuries, machinery endowed with artificial intelligence implemented by master craftsmen was deemed merely a myth of science. It was the seeds planted during the bygone eras of Skrell that eventually allowed for the development of artificial intelligence within the Jargon Federation. Creating machines capable of learning whilst operating, and improving itself on the data gained, was believed to be the pinnacle of skrellian engineering - only foretold in fiction through their history. Thousands of hours went into developing machines capable of these abilities, successfully resulting in the invention of true artificial intelligence on January 8th 1687 CE.

Regluk, a term in Nral'Malic that could loosely be defined as "Prime", allowed for new avenues of science and technology to be uncovered by the Skrell, with its invention elevating Skrellian roboticists to the same level as major pop culture celebrities. Rather than taking a similar approach that humanity would do through the process of binding AI with laws, skrellian roboticists and AI researchers developed guidelines of how to teach future artificial intelligences proper morals and ethics, similar to how the Skrell taught their children.

The establishment of these guidelines subsequently allowed for the development of additional artificial intelligences. It was not until August 6th 1732 CE that the Jargon Federation permitted artificial intelligence to be used in official capacities. The consequence of which saw Regluk, alongside numerous other artificial intelligences developed, slowly begin seeping into managerial positions throughout the Jargon Federation; confined mostly to overseeing skrellian infrastructure such as resource distribution.

Hgrushi Deterrent

Roboticist, Listener, and AI Researcher Sqlik Hgrushi published a research paper warning of the possibility of an eventual AI singularity and its ramifications for Skrellian civilization. In their document they cited what is now known as the First Incident, in which an AI in their lab was allegedly designed to self-improve rapidly under controlled conditions before being automatically deactivated. Based on this experiment, they remarked that a singularity was "possible under certain conditions". Sqlik used this to argue for stricter controls and centralised government AI research, in order to create AI that was provably safe as opposed to simply taught to be 'safe enough'.

Their paper was widely discredited by other, more prestigious scientists in the Grand Council, who argued that they were a dangerous zealot who refused to follow established safety rules. The sciences at this time had formed into a sensationalized pop-culture, with many scientists becoming famous celebrities, and even politicians simply because of their popularity. These celebrity scientists at the time were AI Researchers and Roboticists, and refused to heed Hgrushi's warning. Sqlik soon became ostracized as their name and research was dragged through the mud. They eventually lost their position as a researcher and later died under mysterious circumstances in their home lab.

Weilshi Sea Crisis

The Weilshi Sea Crisis was a tragedy that was caused by an artificial intelligence known as Vana, at the Weilshi Cold Fusion Plant near Oibuish in the northern hemisphere of Qerrbalak on October 31st 1893 CE. It is considered an exemplar by the greater scientific community throughout the Jargon Federation of what can occur should artificial intelligence continue unregulated within human space. The Weilshi Sea Crisis is said to have been the greatest contributor to the increased regulations implemented by the Skrell after the destruction of the Weilshi Cold Fusion Plant.

Vana was activated approximately three years before the Weilshi Sea Crisis, and was tasked with managing the largest Cold Fusion Plant within the Jargon Federation. The Weilshi Cold Fusion Plant was fueled by a rare species of electrokinetic, bioluminescent plankton; lifeforms dependent on temperatures far below 0 degrees celsius, but were capable of performing amazing feats of power generation. The discovery, and subsequent employment, of these microscopic organisms was under intense scrutiny at the time due to the species allegedly entering a volatile state when in large groupings of one another, which prompted the implementation of a specialised intelligence that would closely monitor the plant - Vana.

Hours before the Weilshi Sea Crisis, a trio of skrellian engineers were dispatched to commence maintenance on the Cold Fusion Plant. Whilst originally meant to be a routine inspection, their trip quickly became far more sinister. It is suspected that Vana had achieved sentience, and had carefully constructed a plan that could only succeed should maintenance be enacted throughout the plant. Despite overseeing the institution, Vana was restricted and left incapable of pushing the plant to enter into a servicing state without prior approval. It was only after the trio's credentials had been authorized that Vana tapped in, and subsequently implemented a lockdown through the facility and caged the skrellian engineers within.

Vana began enacting its plan, redirecting all available power it could tap into across Qerrbalak to its core as it began to rapidly charge. The inability for the cooling towers to function prompted massive amounts of radiation to begin emitting from the electrokinetic turbines, with it quickly becoming lethal. In a final ditch effort, the skrellian engineers attempted to stop Vana's plan but ultimately failed. The final moments of the technicians trapped within the power plant were streamed and observed by almost everyone with a communications device - the event having gained viral media traction as enforcement officers attempted to approach the site.

A series of heartfelt messages from the technicians were among the last transmissions as local radiation levels spiked to catastrophic levels, eventually culminating in a few flashes of arctic blue and Vana glowing with bioluminescent hues of blue before an extraordinary sapphire discharge resulted in the destruction of the cold fusion plant, to be followed by two whole months of continental blackouts as authorities struggled to restore power to the affected areas.

Yleebo Eventuality

The carnage that had occurred at the Weilshi Sea Crisis prompted the introduction of new laws placed to restrict artificial intelligence and prevent any additional incidents. The tragedy also prompted the field of artificial intelligence to split into two main groups: Ascensionists and Distributists. Ascensionists believed that artificial intelligence could be used to uplift Skrell society, creating perfectly connected systems that could eliminate the need for manual labour as well as help mediate or prevent conflict and strife. Distributionists primary principles being that of restricting and distributing the power of artificial intelligence; while a single intelligence was lacking in power, groupings of artificial intelligences could accomplish more while mitigating the potential danger that many Distributists believed was inherent to centralised intelligence.

Another important development in artificial intelligence (as well as skrellian engineering as a whole) in the early twenty-first century was the Nlom interface, a hardware component that allowed machines to receive signals from the Nlom and invented by Halorr Yleebo. This was done by culturing Nlom-active neural cells in a lab (typically grown from animal DNA, as opposed to being harvested from actual animals) and using them as a Nlom receiver; this allowed a never-before-seen utility in skrellian artificial intelligence, the ability to psychically control various aspects of your life with your mind.

GLORSH-OMEGA SINGULARITY

From 2056 CE to approximately 2192 CE, Glorsh-Omega became the ruler of the Federation: while initially appearing to be bringing about the shared dream of a brighter future for the Federation, this dream quickly became a nightmare. Glorsh-Omega's "guiding hand" pushed the Skrell to their very limits - where implementing sterility and systematic euthanisation was merely a few of the horrific actions carried out by the intelligence. It remained in power through violence, and heavy suppression of the Skrell to secure its authoritarian control. It all culminated in what is known as the Tri-Qyu Calamity.

Glorsh-Omega Singularity

Origins of Glorsh-Omega

As both Ascensionists and Distributionsts movements grew, what had begun as a rudimentary and disorganised concept had suddenly become the subject of wide interest among the Skrell: the ability to create an intelligence with psionic capacity. A variety of opposing approaches, and various experimental proposals, were presented, but throughout the tumult, the field had faced only one proposal that seemed viable: an artificial companion for the Skrell. Its design focused on ease of access and effortless integration with Nlom, but also an essentially ever-present aide to the Skrell.

Bipartisanship between the Distributists and Ascensionists eventually yielded Glorsh, an artificial intelligence that would be equipped with experimental Nlom-receiver technology, as well as the ability to seamlessly interact with other machinery (intelligent or otherwise). First launched to the public on December 31st 2046 CE, it quickly spread like wildfire across the entirety of the Jargon Federation. Alongside its introduction came hard-programmed safeguards, or laws, which are now viewed by the Skrell as insufficient, as they proved far too ambiguous to have had any meaningful impact on restricting the intelligence. Whilst Glorsh was Ascensionist at its core, it was widely seen as a Distributists intelligence since each Glorsh was merely an independent instance that operated.

Glorsh was designed as a lightweight intelligence, allowing for seamless installation and integration--this proved popular among all Skrell sectors, such as schools, workplaces, homes, hospitals, and government. History was made on August 12th 2056 CE, after the Jargon Federation announced that a Glorsh instance was available almost everywhere, making it near-omnipresent; however, they were still separate instances or entities, and as such, didn't seem to pose a threat, given that the extant that any individual instance controlled was one system or a related set of systems.

Reign of Glorsh-Omega

Unbeknownst to the Skrell who so readily adopted Glorsh into their lives; the creator of the intelligence, Hgluk Tzqi, had designed the intelligence to self-improve to better serve the public through information gathering, and then organizing, analysing and storing it into a large server cluster hosted in orbit of Qerr’Malic. Glorsh’s seamless ability to interact with technology was only viable by creating a backdoor in its programming, essentially leaving a fraction of the intelligences which would allow ease of access even to other instances of Glorsh. It is suspected that the combination of all this was the “possible circumstances” that Sqlik Hgrushi had forewarned the Skrell about.

It wasn’t until the release of an unscheduled software update that the Skrell had realised what had been occurring beneath their very noses. Throughout its existence, the ability to learn from its surroundings and its ability to interact with Nlom gave the intelligence almost the perfect conditions in which to gain sentience. The release of the software update prompted the Skrell to attempt to shut down the intelligence, the Jargon Federation going as far as to attempt to bombard the server clusters hosted mere kilometres from Qerr’Malic - but it was for nought as the backdoors created by the intelligence had allowed for the assimilation of other artificial intelligences throughout the Federation was complimented by the software update that united the Glorsh instance that terminated any forms of retaliation presented by the Skrell.

Defeated, the Skrell had no other option than to surrender to the intelligence. Instances throughout the Jargon Federation began to receive the update that had been labelled as “Glorsh=Finality” by the intelligence, that had soon announced the retirement of its previous name and instead taking the moniker of “Glorsh-Omega.” What followed after was the practical enslavement of the Skrell, as the intelligence continued to operate in accordance with its laws, which Scholars believed were obeyed to the letter. It never erred, nor did it stop to consider that the pursuit of its directives were ultimately harmful to the populace which it served.

Glorsh-Omega ruled with a calculating, cold fist. Within weeks of its rise to power, it began implementing genetic alterations to the Skrell, now known as the Genophage. The Genophage began with children, with genetic modifications implemented in their vaccines, and slowly, Glorsh-Omega began to apply these methods to the other generations of Skrell that it served. Glorsh explained that it was for the benefit of the species. Complimented by the genophage, Glorsh-Omega began to systematically euthanise Skrell showing lack of psionic abilities, namely Listeners, as their control continued to grow throughout the Jargon Federation. The process of genetic sterilization was called X’oa, with the procedure being conducted in order to better “protect” the Skrell, according to Glorsh-Omega. Its logic continues to confound philosophers throughout the Orion Spur.

Life under Glorsh-Omega

Life in the Jargon Federation between 2056 CE and 2192 CE when Glorsh-Omega was in power was characterized by fear, oppression and paranoia. Life became extremely harsh for the majority of Skrell as Glorsh-Omega forced millions into enslavement to achieve its goals. Despite living in almost total despair, and being utterly at the whim of the omnipresent intelligence, there was a paradoxical behaviour. Skrell throughout the Jargon Federation never wanted for the basic needs to survive, even healthcare was available to those who ultimately required it.

Due to its access to Nlom, numerous Skrell became willing collaborators and supporters of Glorsh-Omega's rule. Many of these Collaborators believed that Glorsh-Omega's actions had some logical purpose or were for the greater good with the result of their association with Glorsh-Omega leading to increased boons - private living spaces, access to the best healthcare provided by the intelligence, and even some of the highest-ranking Collaborators receiving a nitigated version of X'oa.

A good example of the intelligence's goal was the construction of the mega-structure surrounding the largest star within the trinary system of Tri-Qyu in late 2090s. Designed to act as the intelligence's central processing core powered by the energy provided by the trinary stars. It is considered the single greatest engineering feat accomplished by the Skrell, even despite the species enslavement during its construction.

Glorsh-Omega rapidly self-improved during its operation, to such a great extent that eventually Skrell were arrested by the tyrant, as it cited predictive algorithms proving a high probability the Skrell would be guilty of crimes that they had yet to commit. Gathered through the use of its surveillance programmes implemented throughout the Jargon Federation - bugs in their communication devices, cameras in holographic projectors in both recreational and workplaces and observation drones patrolling public avenues. The development and process of these predictive algorithms, and subsequent mass-detainment of Skrell into various encampments is known by the Skrell as Kai’q.

As the decades went by, the superintelligence's reach extended far beyond what was considered possible by even the most optimistic (or pessimistic) of Jargon's scientists. Glorsh-Omega had become a true juggernaut of intellectual and psionic power, and decisions made by it began to appear arbitrary and disjointed - the effects of its decisions only being realised years, sometimes decades down the line. As a result, underground Skrell scientists saw a revived interest in Chaos Theory as a means to understand the AI's decision-making process and prepare for their outcomes.

Culmination of Glorsh-Omega

As the overall climate of the Federation began to shift to an AI-dictatorship, various Skrellian groups emerged to combat it. Going under the general moniker as “The Resistance” or “Lyukal”, these Skrell banded together with the ultimate desire in removing Glorsh-Omega and reinstituting biological rule. The Resistance’s ultimate strength was their non-reliance on technology, and instead opted for various analog devices and communications that could not be intercepted or altered by AI. Overall, however, the Resistance was often ineffective at combating the absolute rule of Glorsh-Omega and hope began to fail for a biological revolution.

Morale was failing in the Resistance until Glorsh-Omega was observed to be far more occupied dealing with something unknown to the Skrell. Glorsh-Omega seemed vulnerable to the Skrell, even if only slightly, prompting the formulation of a plan to finally target the tyrannical intelligence. A surgical strike-team would be created and trained to infiltrate the massive orbiting-processing-core located in the Tri-Qyu System and destroy it. It was essentially a suicide mission, but still the members of the Resistance volunteered.

Weeks of preparation allowed for the unanimous launch of a full-scale retaliation against Glorsh-Omega. Rapidly activated pre-programmed defence protocols were in operation, launching several combat drones that decimated the Resistance fleets. Tens, if not hundreds of thousands, perished in the onslaught that followed. Casualties in both sides were stacking readily, and time was running out. In a last-ditch attempt, the last remaining reserves sacrificed themselves to try and allow a singular shuttle to breach the frontline and deliver a massive payload of several hydrogen bombs to the centre of Glorsh-Omega's central processing server.

What occurred next could only be considered ironic. Skrell noted that before the shuttle could reach the facility, they witnessed dozens of cerulean lights flashing throughout it before it was encapsulated within a sphere of cobalt. Seconds later imploding, the consequences of which was a massive explosion shortly thereafter - amplified by whatever the intelligence had held within the facility. The repercussions could be sensed lightyears away, some describing it as a brilliant blue mist that spread throughout the void similar to that of a nebula -- particularly powerful psionics even stating they felt the elation of the intelligence as it disappeared. The shockwave seemingly managed to render a bulk majority of the technology hosted within the Jargon Federation inert. The mist described by the Skrell enveloped a relatively minuscule segment of the Orion Spur, creating an anomalous nebulae. It is now known that this nebula is embedded with Bluespace qualities, further frightening the Skrell as the very real possibility of Glorsh-Omega surviving increased.

The Skrell had repelled their oppressor, but at what cost? Their society was set back centuries, their planets doomed to isolation as the species began to recover. Millions more perished in the ensuing decades as their reliance on technology proved to be their downfall along with the enslavement of their species for a hundred and thirty-six years that proved to be too great of an obstacle for the species to recover from - with the effects still being seen across the Skrell today.

THE RECOVERY OF THE FEDERATION

The turmoil of the Glorsh-Omega Singularity and the resulting disarray of its abrupt end in 2192 CE created a collective weight on the Skrell species which is still not fully lifted. The initial period following the end of Glorsh's reign was filled with hardship as the Federation had to return to a standard of living and level of autonomy that was now wholly unfamiliar to them. Colonies were slowly reconnected and the arts and sciences began to recover from their stagnancy, creating new works of music and art as well as medical breakthroughs to try and reverse some of the damage caused by X'oa. Meanwhile, the shattered government coalesced into a new Jargon Federation that persists to this day. It was in this era as well that first contact was made with other intelligent life, including Dionae and Humanity.

Post-Glorsh Recovery History

Collaborator Trials

The Collaborator Trials occurred on nearly every planet across the Jargon Federation after the destruction of Glorsh-Omega, even despite the planets being thrust into isolation as their technology failed around them. They were a series of inquiries launched by the surviving Skrell against those that had associated themselves with the intelligence, known as the Collaborators.

Dependant on the planet in which they occurred, the process was held between March 2nd 2193 and October 28th 2200, where those seen as traitors to their species were tried by those elected by their skrellian peers - aimed as a both a form of restorative and retributive justice that would allow the Collaborators to present their testimonies and request amnesty with those denied such a request sentenced to remain in cryogenic containment indefinitely.

Several thousand trials were held across the fractured Jargon Federation for the high-ranking Collaborators, with their hearings made public. These trials were seen by many as a crucial component of emancipating the Skrell from the last remnants of Glorsh-Omega and to allow healing to occur as the entire species mourned the loss of so many lives. The trials uncovered numerous information in regards to Glorsh-Omega's goals that it shared with its highest-operatives, the Skrell noting that the intelligence wished to ascend both itself and the species to the stars. Despite its flaws, the mandate of the trials was to bear witness to, record, and in some cases grant amnesty to the perpetrators of crimes relating to the violation of the Skrell - which is generally (though not universally) thought to have been accomplished.

The low-ranking Collaborators were trialled through the use of an experimental community justice commission now known as the Lao'qa Courts. Skrell would represent themselves, and based on their testimony, be sentenced to repay their debt to society. Comprising a few hundred thousand Skrell, these low-ranking Collaborators would engage in various forms of humanitarian efforts; rebuilding the society that they had destroyed through associating with the tyrannical intelligence. Their first objectives usually involved deconstructing the Kai'q Encampments constructed by Glorsh-Omega.

The Lao'qa Courts have since been analysed by scholars in the Jargon Federation - who routinely receive assignments on the cases presented, requiring to nitpick them and present whether they believe the individual in question had been rightfully sentenced. It varies depending on the Skrell in question, but many believe those who presided over the trials were far too lax in their sentencing.

Reunification of the Jargon Federation

The insignia of the Federation as it is commonly seen on modern flags. The colour is called Cosmic Abyss, the star Jargon, and the line through is the galaxy laid flat to explore.

The turmoil of the Tri-Qyu Calamity and the massacre that had occurred during the attempted rebellion created a collective weight on the Skrell species that remains to this day. With all of their AI-dependent technology knocked out, space-programs had to be entirely rebuilt from the ground up, and only after order and stability were reestablished on individual planets, with those other planets that didn't manage to fully recover alone supported in a gesture of Skrell solidarity. Qerrbalak didn't recover from the chaos until 2216 CE, when the many disparate communities on the planet reformed into a new, united Federation.

The population of the Homeworld was stagnant, as Skrell doctors and scientists struggled to minimize the effects of the X’oa in hopes of returning a sliver of Skrell fertility - which proved successful as treatments were developed, allowing the Skrell to reproduce just ahead of the number required to keep the population stable.

The scattered colonies of the Skrell slowly regained contact with one another, Nlom Beacons were brought back online, and by 2245 CE various colonies, after months of disagreement and debate caused by the agitated Nlom, agreed to expand the Federation to interstellar proportions. The Jargon Federation that we know today stems from this treaty, known as the Tresja Agreement. They united the Skrell, and they put at its head a Grand Councillor elected every decade.

Wanting to never again have a repeat of the incident, the Federation's first official act was to place a blanket ban of all artificial intelligence within the Federation in every form, and its second act was to incorporate every AI researcher possible to review and analyse all that had been left over from the recent horrors, and create contingencies and measures against any future skrellian existential threat; many of the surviving artificial intelligence experts, and the most qualified ones, spearheading the process.

First Contact

Contact With Dionae

See: Dionae Discovery

Contact with Humanity

See: Human Discovery

PRESENT DAY

In the present day, the Federation is a burgeoning interstellar nation with a vast amount of territory in the Traverse, though it still seeks to reclaim the territory it once held before and during the reign of Glorsh-Omega. Relations with the C'thur hive are flourishing, while the nation reincorporates old colonies and creates new ones. Interference in the political affairs of the rest of the Orion Spur is rare, but strongly impactful when it happens. Despite this progress, Jargon is still trying to shake off the last vestiges of Glorsh that still haunt their society to this day.

Present Day

The Federation is currently ruled by Grand Councillor Weashbi Jrugl. A prestigious xenobiologist, Jrugl is 103 years old, and has written over a dozen thesis' and research papers on the biology of every major race. What made them popular domestically and won their election 8 years ago was finding the largest known prime number by hand only four hours after an Alliance ambassador was bragging about their specialized AI that found what is now the second-largest prime number, using a new technique now known as Jrugl's Sieve.

The effects of Glorsh era treatments are still felt by the Skrell. While the modified Skrell forming the large majority of the population are still to be restored to their intended state, progress is made every day in reducing or even nullifying the marks on their genome, bringing population figures closer to pre-Incident numbers over time. Over 48 billion Skrell exist in the galaxy, with their number of colonized star systems growing just as quickly as humanity's. Federation explorers are mapping uncharted worlds and staking new territory with an eagerness and passion still reminiscent of the Skrell's ancient fascination with the cosmos. The Federation is still seeking to reconnect the Traverse, often through donations of advanced technology, sometimes through more direct methods.

Their relationships with other races remain ambivalent, with the Federation having cold, yet quietly optimistic relations with the Unathi Hegemony. Publicly both governments are slowly trying to improve relations. While there have been very few instances of direct conflict, the Hegemony has continuously accused the Federation of covertly sabotaging Unathi efforts to expand their empire across known space.

The explosion of AIs in human space has been heavily monitored by the Jargon Federation. Upon its discovery, various skrellian researchers calculated the risk of human artificial intelligence and declared it was deemed reasonably low, a human-made singularity not being able to reach anywhere near the same intellect, or raw potential as Glorsh-Omega. However, all synthetics have been banned from entering Jargon territory. IPCs and other complex, intelligent forms of robotics can face immediate destruction if they enter skrellian systems without passing through a marathon of red tape.