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nomadlogomedium The Nomads are dangerous alien creatures created by the Dom’Kavash Empire as a way to protect their space and repel invaders, and can be found within the Sirius Sector. While technically the protectorate species of the area, they are stated as having attacked the Sirius Sector before. They have the ability to possess humans and give them super-strength, among other abilities.

Nomads wield sophisticated weaponry which requires no energy to fire, yet their ships lack any kind of shielding. Because of this, they have relied on their ability to possess humans in an attempt to divide the colonies against one another, until humanity’s forces are so weak from infighting that they could easily be mopped up by Nomad technologies. However, The Order kept this threat in check by using captured Nomad crystals.

The Nomad species are bluish in coloration and utilize a serpentine mouth that they use in order to possess other beings by entering through the mouths of their victims. A sure sign of Nomad possession is one’s eyes turning purple. Unfortunately, no known cure exists to reverse Nomad possession, and many view termination of the infected to be the only way to “cure” a victim of the Nomad threat. The parasite itself appears to be larger or of the same size as a human. Because of the fact that the Nomad will physically reside within a human host body, the parasite must be able to stretch and compress its own body significantly.

They also appear to have either psychic or gravitational manipulation abilities, although the theory is one which is up to debate. One Nomad-infested Human, Governor Tekagi, demonstrated this ability by throwing a large knife from under his hand. A careful eye reveals that he never actually grabbed the hilt of the knife, and therefore did not in fact throw it in a traditional sense. Therefore it is entirely possible that Nomads utilize telekinesis, although at the same time, it may be possible that Tekagi had a hidden launcher mounted to his wrist.

Another debatable theory is how Nomad spaceships actually work. Their ships – Nomad Fighters, Gunboats, and Battleships – are most likely manifestations of the same energy that Nomads themselves are created of; with this in mind, the vessels would in fact be living beings as well. It is also possible that the Nomadic weaponry that had been implanted into Liberty fighters were of this same type, routing to a Nomadic power system in the fighter and relying on the Nomad inside as the pilot to command it. How Nomads could grow to the size of battleships, however, is unknown.

Nomad “Civilisation”

When life on Earth was still little more than a soup of single-celled organisms, the
Daam-K’Vosh were already toying with the mysteries of time and space. An
unimaginably old alien race, the Daam-K’Vosh spread through much of our galaxy —
and perhaps even beyond — before disappearing completely from the face of the
universe. No one knows where they went to. Some say they were fleeing another
race, one even more powerful than the Daam-K’Vosh and bent on their destruction.
Others believe that they were a victim of their own creations. And a few speculate
that the Daam-K’Vosh simply outgrew the spatial confines of our reality, moving
beyond into the uncountable dimensions that lie beyond it or beneath it. No one
knows for sure, and because of that, no one knows if they will return. All the
scientists can say is that the Daam-K’Vosh have been gone for a very long time; but
what is a “long time” to a race that could tunnel through the very fabric of space and
travel between galaxies in the time between one breath and the next?

The first clue to the existence of the Daam-K’Vosh — and to the fact that humanity
was not alone — came with the discovery of an alien structure on Manhattan by the
earliest Liberty settlers. Codenamed “Valhalla 1” by the Liberty military, the structure
was immediately put under government control and sealed under Omega Protocol.
After a year of fruitless attempts to unseal the structure, it was finally opened by a
brilliant physicist who determined that the aliens who had constructed it used sound
and music as an integral part of their language. With this revelation, he was able to
finally gain access to the structure and the secrets it contained.

As it turned out, Valhalla 1 was similar to a vault or storage facility containing
hundreds of artifacts that provided detailed information concerning the technology of
the Daam-K’Vosh. It took centuries to translate and understand even the smallest
fraction of what was contained within Valhalla 1, but eventually Liberty scientists
began to use what they had learned to create technological breakthroughs such as
jump gates and trade lanes — though they concealed the source of their knowledge
from the other houses and even their own people.

What the Liberty scientists failed to grasp, however, was that the Daam-K’Vosh had
eventually pushed their technology as far as it could go and had then turned their
attention to mastering the far more subtle techniques of life itself. The Sirius Sector
was a laboratory for the life they created, and many of the planets in the sector still
bear the marks of tinkering by the Daam-K’Vosh. They played with genetic material
as easily as we might move words around on the page, sometimes as much for their
own abstract and alien amusement as for any tangible purpose.

One of these creations was the Slomon-K’Hara — what would later erroneously be
named “the Nomads” by human beings. The Nomads were specifically created with a
high-degree of genetic adaptability. Possessing almost no fundamental genetic
structure of their own, the Nomads were able to absorb and decode the genetic
structure of other organisms; they were in effect living machines, crawling analysis
tools that supervised the many different experiments of the Daam-K’Vosh. In some
ways, the Daam-K’Vosh were surprised and even delighted by their creations (if such
emotions can be applied to anything so alien), and gifted the Nomads with both
increasingly sophisticated intelligence and a larger degree of autonomy.

But at some point the Daam-K’Vosh departed Sirius and the Nomads were
suspended, frozen in time. Perhaps the Nomads attempted a rebellion against the
Daam-K’Vosh, or perhaps the Daam-K’Vosh realized that the Nomads had matured
to the point where they were ill-served by the meddling of their makers. Perhaps —
and in some ways, this seems the most likely explanation — both events occurred.
The Daam-K’Vosh could not blame their children for desiring their independence: it
was a natural if unexpected outgrowth of their origins. In engineering, it is called
“exceeding the design specifications”; in life, it is called evolution.

Whatever the case, the Nomads were placed into hibernation and the Daam-K’Vosh
left the Sirius Sector — but before they did, they created an incubator, a cradle in
which their nascent successors could awake, grow, and learn, away from the shadow
of their creators. The Sirius Sector was intended as an elaborate school for the
Nomads, and the Daam-K’Vosh had left gifts scattered around it like toys — the
cardamine grass on Ishmael with its life-prolonging genetic code (and unexpected
narcotic dependence when absorbed by human beings), the terraforming bacteria
intended to open vast numbers of worlds to the Nomads, and at the center of the
sector, Valhalla 1, a library from which the Nomads could receive the wisdom of their
creators when they had grown advanced enough to unseal it. What humanity has
never realized is that in colonizing the Sirius Sector they had stumbled onto the
playpen of an alien lifeform with a dangerous combination of advanced intelligence
and emotional immaturity.

It was our mistake to think that the Nomads came from elsewhere, when in fact,
they had been there first. Our relentless expansion throughout the Sirius Sector
disturbed the Nomads from their long sleep and they awoke early to find the Daam-
K’Vosh gone, their worlds overrun, their birthright stolen. Rage coursed through the
Nomads — they had been abandoned, worse, they had been left to the mercy of
these aliens — and they wailed like petulant children screaming to hide their anguish.
But the Nomads were not children in any human sense of the word: they were
intelligent and devious. They had once waged war against the very beings that
created them, and they had learned to bide their time.

In their native form, the Nomads resemble nothing so much as amorphous, wormlike
entities, but their inbred talent for genetic adaptability allows them to merge
with the physiology of higher lifeforms. Miners who stumbled across Nomad enclaves
provided new source material and it wasn’t very long before the Nomads determined
that humans were no different; in particular, the neurological functions of humans
were relatively easy to access and then supercede (though fine-tuning the process
damaged more than a few test cases, who were then discarded).

In the process the Nomads learned quite a bit about humanity and began to
understand how we had appropriated the knowledge that the Daam-K’Vosh had
intended for them. They also realized that our own civilization was technologically
more advanced than their own — but much as humanity had taken the remnants of
the Daam-K’Vosh civilization and made it their own, so the Nomads decided that
they would take our civilization and rebuild it in their own image. We had already
unlocked secrets of the Daam-K’Vosh that it would have taken them millennia to
uncover. Besides, human bodies were warm, their senses exquisite, and they
reproduced so quickly as to make any one body expendable. The Nomads thought
that, yes, they could grow quite accustomed to making their homes inside of us…

But the Nomads were not strong enough to directly wage war on humanity, nor were
their numbers large enough to take over en masse. They had to be slow, careful, and
discreet, working through subterfuge and misdirection. But as they learned more
about us and our politics, they realized that they wouldn’t need to fight us: we would
do all the fighting for them. All they had to do was apply pressure in a few critical
places and humans would surrender to their natural violent instincts. Once we had
expended ourselves in a futile fight waged against phantom aggressors, the Nomads
would easily be able to assume control and use humans as a vehicle to expand
throughout the galaxy.

The Nomads spread like a virus, hopping from one individual to another and leaving
a string of damaged psyches behind them that spouted impossible stories of faceless
monsters and giant worms. They moved intentionally, with a goal, always departing
one host for another that was more highly placed in government or industry. They
ignored the minor factions — the Outcasts, Corsairs, GMG, freelancers — and
concentrated instead on the major houses. After years of moving from body to body,
they succeeded in occupying the most important public positions in Rheinland.

Already reeling from the Eighty Years War and the ensuing economic crash, the
political turmoil of the Rheinland Republic proved a fertile ground for hatching their
schemes. The Nomads initiated a secret military program to rebuild the Rheinland
navy and moved to quietly suppress those political factions who might object to their
new policy of Rheinland nationalism. Ever so carefully, the Nomads have pushed
Rheinland closer and closer to the brink of war, even as they move like a shadow
through the upper reaches of government in the other houses. Today the entire
sector stands in peril as the Nomad’s plans have nearly reached fruition.

But there is one thing that can stop their relentless and silent infection.

The Daam-K’Vosh had long since discarded such limited technologies as jump gates
by the time they created the Nomads, and instead traveled about using a complex
network of “hypergates” that could instantly connect any two places in the universe
without restriction. The hypergates — along with most other pieces of Daam-K’Vosh
technology — were powered by an underlying system that harnessed minute
fluctuations in the quantum fabric of space. When the Daam-K’Vosh left, they closed
the hypergates behind them (shutting the door, so to speak) and that energy has
remained untapped for all this time.

However, the Nomads, no matter how much they may resemble natural lifeforms,
are still biological machines designed and shaped by their creators, and they utilize
that energy field the same as any other piece of Daam-K’Vosh machinery. Within
Valhalla 1 lies the secrets that would have allowed the Nomads to disengage
themselves from this field, to “mature” and become entities completely independent
of the Daam-K’Vosh for the very first time in their history. The Daam-K’Vosh had
intended this to be their penultimate lesson, allowing their children to then open the
hypergates and go forth to explore the universe — but neither humanity nor the
Nomads are aware of this.

While humanity may lack a full understanding of the history behind the Nomads and
the Daam-K’Vosh, a few daring researchers have begun to piece together the
relationship between the hypergates, the energy field, and the Nomads, and have
suggested a daring but risky plan: open the hypergates. If the hypergates are
opened before the Nomads can wean themselves from the Daam-K’Vosh energy
field, the subsequent energy drain would drastically weaken the Nomads — individual
Nomads would no longer have the strength to control human beings, and most
Nomads would be forced to go back into stasis for lack of energy. The Nomads
realize this and have used their considerable influence to make acquiring the
necessary artifacts as difficult as possible by declaring them contraband and placing
all the ones they can find under direct Nomad control.

It will require individuals of exceptional courage to overcome their suspicions and
work together for this last, desperate chance to save humanity. But the Nomads
have no intention of fading quietly back into the darkness from which they came —
they are fighting for their own survival, and they will do everything in their power to
stop anyone who opposes them. The Nomads know that ultimately, they will take
back what should have been theirs.