Located in the Galactic Core.
Population: unknown; conjectured to be approximately
50 - 100 populated worlds
Ethnic Breakdown: The Seven Races
Name: The Pylistroph
Type: Many varied types
Capital: No official capital. Verkorra and Paka Tel often served as symbolic gathering places.
Leadership: The Council of the Wise, composed of a few beings from each of the Seven Races
Religions: Worship of the Elder Gods developed during the Pylistroph
Languages: Coruman was the lingua franca of the Pylistroph
Language analog: Babylonian
Little is known of this culture, as most records were lost during the Schism and the Flight of the Daamin.
It is known that the Pylistroph did not have tachyon conversion, nor the antigrav. Pylistroph ships were mainly light-sail vessels.
Seed Vessels: The Pylistroph sent light-sail ships out into the Galactic Halo, apparently to seed suitable worlds with Pylistroph-based life. It is conjectured that a Pylistroph vessel passed by Terra about 8-900 million years ago; it has been further conjectured that almost all life on planets in the Halo is descended from Pylistroph Seed Vessels.
The Daamin, Hchevidiire,
and Evallan joined each other in a mutual
trade/exploration society. They discovered the Kareffi,
Talebba, and Hlutr,
and settled altogether about twenty worlds.
Meanwhile, the Coruma had gained atomic
power and ramship-drive, and settled about six colony worlds.
While these worlds were fighting bitter colonial wars, Daamin
and Hchevidiire landing parties set
down on two Coruma worlds.
A Coruman named Dettalean Gankeh created the most awesome war-machine ever built, a vast amalgamation of advanced computer circuits and living minds, controlling the whole military force of the Coruman race. This war machine, created with the aid of Den and the blessing of Ka, became the Gergathan. Soon, it absorbed the personality of Dettalean Gankeh, and then it started its long war against life itself.
The Seven Races held conclave and made peace in the threat of the Gergathan. Many Corumans, fearing their own creation, joined the alliance and on -- Dirunde Forriva -- became the main agent of the Seven Races.
Dirunde Forriva, accompanied by his faevimash, travelled to
Messilinia, and stood in Geva Ganloohen,
the Place of Despair, before the Gergathan
itself. Forriva carried one of the Singing
Stones, to serve as a focus for all the life-energy of the
galaxy -- the only weapon capable of destroying the
Gergathan. The Gergathan offered
Forriva and his friend ultimate power, but they triumphed, and
the blow was delivered. Yet at the last instant Forriva, pitying
the war-machine and loathe to lose all its sophisticated circuitry,
blunted his blow. The Gergathan was
all but destroyed, yet still its empty circuits remained, and
undetected sparks of life remained. This attack against the
Gergathan was later called "Forriva's Strike."
In the war, Messilinia was all but
destroyed in nuclear holocaust. The Daamin,
Hechevidiire, and Evellan
accepted Coruma survivors on all their
worlds, and even settled some new planets (notably Maela Gres).
During the next 1000 years, the planets of the Seven
Races were fairly autonomous. Ramships were replaced by the
slower light-sail vehicles, and physical contact between planets
grew less frequent. Some telepathic contact was maintained. Daamin breeding experiments resulted in
the Coruma becoming more peaceful. The Seven
Races settled down to simple, non-technocratic lifestyles
in a loose association of worlds.
Then, on Maela Gres, a descendant of Dirunde Forriva named Gaban Taroman conceived the idea of bringing all the Seven Races together under one benevolent government. Taroman found the ideal agent for his dream on Messilinia -- the dead-but-salvagable circuits of the Gergathan. So he went there, and raised the useful parts of the Gergathan, and proclaimed the Pylistroph....