The Vrudokin Empire consists exclusively of members of the
Vrudok race. Until
modern times, the
species has not encountered the major galactic powers,
remaining isolated deep in the Twilight
|Capital Planet||Shaqua, "The Clutch"|
|Government|| Bureaucratic Tribalism|
|Tech Level|| Modern|
Shaqua, "The Clutch"
The Vrudokin Empire is composed of self-ruling Klekkens, clans that seek to
expand their power and control over the universe and other Klekkens within the
Empire. The Klekkens work together or compete under a set of rules determined
and militarily enforced by the relatively weak Central Administration. Klekkens
exist to expand their power base within the loose Administrative Tenants
through military, business, and political maneuvering.
The Central Administration is spread throughout
the Empire and keeps representatives in each Klekken. The Central
Administration is centrally run
from the Clutch, a massive
artificial outpost whose construction began in early
outpost can be slowly moved with its gravity drives, is well defended, and is
capable of survival in deep space. Its ongoing construction is under the direct
supervision of Central Administration and, therefore, whatever Klekken runs the Empire at any given time, so it has changed
in design and construction methodology many times. It is now eclectic and haphazard with partially
completed sections and off-hangs, featuring a variety of internal and
external aesthetic changes throughout.
The Central Administration is an odd combination
of members of the ruling Klekkens and "lifers", who are almost societal
outcasts not chosen to join Klekkens from the mass hatcheries. There is often
conflict and disorganization within the Central Administration and the
Administrative Tenants are often somewhat inconsistently applied and enforced.
The racial personality of the Vrudok
tends to be harsh, survivalist, and at odds with the Universe. Life is competition
within a framework. The Vrudok Empire is loose, inwardly competitive,
and essentially about spreading throughout the universe and exploiting it as
much as possible.
The Klekkens compete for resources and power
utilizing whatever means they can conceive of. There is very little sense of
limitation or "fair play" for the Vrudok. They do not hold sentimental
attachments and tend to be extreme consumers. Planets and resources are
temporary things to be exploited, used up, and abandoned.
Each Klekken maintains and controls its own fleet of ships, a combined
military, merchant, and resource exploitation force.
The Central Administration also maintains its
own independent enforcement fleet. While it will not stand up to the individual
fleets run by the Klekkens, it maintains itself as a credible threat. it has
the ability to focus on a certain area, hit hard and fast, and disrupt the
presumably important activities the Klekken is carrying out. The Central Admin
also often has the support of whichever Klekken is currently most powerful, as
it is largely run by them. In addition, the Central Admin will also carry the
active support of any Klekkens working against whoever the Central Admin is
sanctioning. Their ability to hit fast and effectively and wield the support of
powerful allies is their chief threat.
The Vrudok have a curious selection of technology. Compared to other
empires, their ships and drives often seem
somewhat crude. They are limited to
grav and skip warp drives,
lacking the more advanced
string drives and wormhole
technology available to the more central empires.
Their shields and armours
are not as advanced as those of other empires,
mostly because they don't need to be. Vrudokin tactics are not limited by the
compassions and niceties the other empires tend to
display. Vrudoks tend to use stealth,
guile, espionage, trickery, and betrayal against opponents. They are also not
afraid to disrupt and destroy entire planets and systems if it serves their
They use predominantly
based weapons, as well as
biological bombs that
disrupt entire ecosystems. When they find a world they want to exploit, they
land what is essentially a barrage of unmanned drones full of life
engineered from that on their homeworld, including everything from bacteria and
viruses to voracious grazers to aggressive predators. While the majority die
off quickly, some remain to completely unbalance the local ecosystem and kill
off or stress local wildlife that may otherwise hamper their exploitation efforts.
The Vrudok pose only a modest threat to modern
"civilized" craft unless the numbers are relatively high. In a prolonged war,
however, the complete lack of morals they display would undoubtedly lead to
mass civilian casualties and the destruction of inhabited worlds. Contact with
the Vrudok has been limited and most galactic empires wish to keep it that way.
In spite of whatever current politics the Klekkens and Central
Administration may harbour against one another at any given time, the unified
Vrudok Empire primarily considers itself to be at war with the entire Universe
at all times. The Universe is there to be invaded, taken, and stripped of its
To date, Klekkens from the Vrudokin Empire have primarily been at war against other
Klekkens of the Vrudokin Empire. During the late Ancient period, an expeditionary force from the Gorro Klekken
encountered settlement ships being sent by the Kayyan Empire to their colony world of Thisheeto.
The small, aggressive Goro Klekken were quick to see the Kayyans and their worlds as easy slave labour and went to war without
hesitation. Conflict would rage for some time, with the superior tactics and weapons of the Kayyans eventually
driving the Vrudok back into their own space, though the world of Thisheeto would take a beating in the interim.
In the early Archaic period, the Goro Klekken was abosorbed by the Izbokov Klekken, who were a larger Klekken with a number of smaller
Klekkens in alliance. In "going over the books", the Izbokov Klekken would discover the whereabouts of the Kayyans and stage a large, aggressive
invasion. The result was again the Vrudok being driven back into their own space.
Conflict between the Vrudok and the Kayyans would continue in lesser form through Modern times.