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The Telusian Civilization was a civilization coming from Telusia, in the Avana Galaxy in Herschel Space. Most of their former empire extended throughout an area that corresponded to what is known currently as the Telusian Group, that took its name from them as it corresponds almost exactly to their territory. They influenced the cluster, creating many hyperspace lanes in those galaxies, with a technology that made them famous. The Axons were a civilization who took great interest in the Telusian civilization, collecting much of their artifacts and technologies.

They knew themselves as Obi'ka in their former language, being "Telusian" a modern Human name taken from "Telusia", their homeworld, that they knew as Maka'bi.

Description

There were bipedal creatures, of a hard crust of hard skin of a brownish color, similar to some reptiles. Their eyes were yellowish, brownish or orange. What was common is a spot of bright light. This allowed them to see in the dark and is naturally produced.

They had very hard exoskeletons, that protected them from fighting, and art that they practices since the beginning of their species.

Females were shorter and somehow had a more delicate figure than the males, although some women have been known for being very strong, especially in political plotting and leadership.

History

The Telusians lived between 4,500,000 and 3,500,000 BCE. and were a large religious and warrior-like culture of a ritualistic nature, that had great importance in their daily life. Several castes existed within the Civilization. Honor was a key aspect of their culture and hierarchy ruled their own nation. The Civilization can be divided in three periods: The Early Telusian Era, the Middle Telusian Imperial era, the Late Telusian Imperial era and The Telusian Fall.

The Early Telusian Era (4,500,000 - 4,200,000 BCE)

  • First period

Usually it starts with the beginning of the Telusian race in their home planet, around the Lagoon Meidon. Here, they seemed to have formed communities of large scale, based on fishing and hunting. Soon, they expanded throughout the planet forming large clans and tribe like societies in their respective regions. This tribes transformed into Kingdoms and later on a more sophisticated society. War among them was common and unification was inevitable.

  • The Middle Period

It is marked by the unification of the Telusian race into one single unified nation. Culture and customs started to be more and more unified and became a single planetary one. Several languages still existed but one of them gain prevalence. Incredible technological advancement followed, and exploration of the nearby system, probes and tripulated missions started. The next step saw the colonisation of the many planets of their home system. Even today, several remains and ruins of Telusian culture can be seen. This colonies survived even to the Fall of the Telusians.

  • Late Period

The Telusians started expanding from one system to the next, with incredible evolution still present in their society. Warrior culture started a big civil war, but the outcome seems to have unified even more the species and the late remnants of Telusian culture finally erased and integrated into one single entity. Tribes and clan importance prevail and the Caste system was then created. The expansion continued until finally encounter other intelligent life in their Galaxy. A race named as the Yejinki.

A cold war followed while the Telusian and Yejinki kept expanding their control in the Galaxy. The Telusians had overwhelming control and an open war was inevitable. Apparently, the Telusians found other living races in the Galaxy and took most as slaves for their empire, although some were left intact in their primitive stage. This is unknown, and some believe, they considered those races too primitive to even take them as slaves and left them, which later on gave rise to some races of the Avana Galaxy. The Yejinki on the other hand left the races on their territory for non-intervention and passive scientific study. The wars between the Yejinki and the Telusians endure for many centuries, and ended with the final defeat of the Yejinki who were largely taken as slaves by the Telusians and their civilization was erased or taken by the Telusians as theirs.

The Middle Telusian Imperial Era (4,200,000 - 3,900,000 BCE)

  • First Period

The conflict unified the Telusian society into an Empire like structure. The fall of the Yejinki gave control of the entire Galaxy to the Telusians, who later on kept expanding outside their home Galaxy into other Galaxies who will later be known by the Lewisian nations and the universe to form the Telusian Group. Still, they expanded mostly in this early period of the Empire into nearby galaxies, what is known as the Core Telusian Group. Ritualistic behaviour intensified into their society during this time.

  • Middle Period

The Middle period is known as the Golden age of the Telusian Culture and Society. It was an age of great discovery and improvement. The Hyperspace lanes technology that allowed them to travel to nearby Galaxies was improved and now expansion into the whole Telusian Group boomed. Several new Hyperspace lanes where build to connect the worlds of the Avana Galaxy. The arts and culture of the Telusian was highly improved, new races, plants and fauna from a thousands worlds with life reached them, improving their society in many ways. Telusian poetry and singing was made an art. Technology was improved greatly and the Telusians conquered almost virtual immortality. By this time, expansion kept improving but ends with the disintegration of the Ruling dynasty and the rise of new ones.

  • Late Period

Several dynasties followed the first one, and the Telusian Empire stopped its expansion and centered itself into improving the control over the already settled galaxies under their control. The Telusians started breeding slaves at a higher rates, and work became associated with them. Still, great achievements followed.

The Late Telusian Imperial Era (3,900,000 - 3,600,000 BCE)

  • Early Period

The Empire saw several dynasties follow for control of the government, without a clear support for neither. The Empire becomes more and more stagnated, and incapable to act to rising conflicts and problems between the powerful. Several powers and factions arise within the empire. Several slave revolts also followed, what came with a massive execution and even extinction of some of their enslaved races as punishment. Costs for maintaining the empire were also high and uneffective weak rulers could not gain control over the factions, who had high degrees of corruption and absolute power. The Clergy had become immensely powerful. This led to a Big conflict among factions which ended with the Empire as it had been known.

  • Late Period

The Telusian Civilization starts to crumple, and the Empire its dissolved under many minor nations, usually one or two per galaxy. Most of which fight constantly having on top of that, their own internal issues and conflicts. They try to gain the favour of the other nations, and consider themselves to be the true rightful successful heirs to the Empire. This led to massive chaos, atrocities and many more. Many slaves escaped, revolted or even raised to power in some of the nations. Others became completely destabilized by the huge and sudden cut of resources from other vital areas of the Empire that they so desperately needed to survive.

The Telusian Fall (3,600,000 - 3,500,000 BCE)

The Fall was a process of chaos and is largely unknown for scientists for the most part. Most of it seems to have been related to massive wars, epidemics, revolts, and the end of some sort of resources in some areas of the Empire. Nations became weaker and weaker to the point they could no longer use their previous technology. Some say that some survivors, simply transported themselves to another dimension or even a corner of the universe, leaving the weak behind without strong leader that they so much needed, something that was a vital custom in their society. Little by little the Telusians became more and more isolated and finally sucumbed to the crumbling of their own societies, either by war, the lack of resources, the lack of technology knowledge and sometimes even reacting by committing mass suicide. Still, the real cause of this chaos and end of those little nations is unknown an a matter of study by experts. Very little records survived, since its a trouble era, and pillage and destruction seemed to have been commonplace.

Government

The Government in the Middle Telusian Imperial Era, throughout the entire Late Telusian Imperial Era and the Fall consisted of an Emperor and a Prime Minister, known as Yot'ka.

The later had absolute power over the nation and was the Strongest individual and the leader of the whole nation. Its position shifted quite often due to constant threat of new rivals wanting to defy and take it's place. To be Yot'ka you needed the political support of the Elite, a plotting intelligence and physical strength, all combined. The Yot'ka and the new pretender had to fight till death, being the winner proclaimed the new Yot'ka.

On the other hand, the figure of the Emperor existed, who had a more symbolic and cultural value. He had to approve some decisions of the Yot'ka and had some final decision regarding cultural, religious and social aspects, but it was the Yot'ka who had control over the Military and Economy, thus holding true power.

The Emperors had to be from the same dynasty although the same fighting scheme was applied to them. When an Emperor died, the members of the Dynasty fought between them to gain its place. the Strongest became the emperor.

The Council of rulers was made of the Strongest members of each of the High Families of the Telusians, most of which belonged to the Ruling Caste and the Warrior's caste. This Status was gained through prestige. The Most prestigious families had its positions reassured in the Council.

Customs

The Telusians had a high and strict code of conduct, either for honor, or for daily activities. Respect of this protocols was estimated of high importance. Religiosity was very important and the Gods of the Telusians were worshipped by all, including slaves and had a powerful role in their society daily life.

  • Society

Several Castes existed, being some of them as Followed: The Caste of Slaves, the Caste of Farmers, the Cast of Servers, the Caste of Artisans, the Caste of Merchants, the Caste of Priests, the Caste of Warriors and the Caste of Rulers were some of the most widely known. The The Later three were the most powerful and influential. Still, there was an inherent similarity between the Rulers and the Warrior's caste, as the Warriors often gain power and married people from the Rulers Caste (Who was as well the smallest cast). The Rulers cast could trace its origins to important people and nobility from the Middle Telusian Imperial Era, and even to the Early Telusian Era.

  • The Caste of Slaves: The lowest of them all, this caste was made by all races that the Telusians conquered and oppressed like the Yejinki among others. Some Telusians were also slaves, but those of the Telusian race in slavery were considered above all else and were into better off occupations, such as domestic care, teachings etc..
  • The Caste of Farmers: The second lowest and one of the most populous. They were in charge of food production and cattled.
  • The Cast of Servers: They were the third lowest and were among the most populous. They were used in restaurants, offices, administrative task etc..
  • The Caste of Artisans: They were among the most populous. They were in charge of manufacturing most of the goods.
  • The Caste of Merchants: They were in charge of trade and some could be among the wealthiest individuals. They transported most goods between planets, and sold them in the numerous markets of the nation.
  • The Caste of Priests: They were among the most prestigious, and had immense power in many occasion surpassing those of the Warriors and Rulers, since even those castes were a bit higher, they still had to show respect and honor to this one.
  • The Caste of Warriors: They were many individuals in this caste, and was the most populous among the high top three castes. They were in charge of conquering other words, bringing slaves, take advantage of the enemy and defend the country. They had always prestige, like the merchants caste, but during the Yejinki wars, they became powerful and became the highest caste de facto, and among the three most important de iure. The Yot'ka, came among this caste.
  • The Caste of Rulers: Very little in number, most came from a handful of families and most could trace their ancestry to the origins of the Telusian Empire or even to some important families from the Early Telusian Era. The Warrior Caste and this caste married each other almost constantly. Especially the Yot'ka. When the Emperor's family died out, the new Emperor had to be elected from this caste, what meant a War among the houses. This happened mostly by the Late Telusian Imperial Era, what was a cause for stagnation and decadence, and one of the reasons of the Empire's fall and fragmentation.

When a Telusian was born, the offspring was examined by an expert, usually a priest in order to seek for some sort of weakness. If it was the case, and the newborn had some sort of issue, it was sacrificed to the God known as Ke'kira.

Children while growing up, were trained in hardship, pain and fighting. Even to the point of sacrifice. Bullying and plotting was encourage.

Duels were a very important part of their enjoyment. Even the leaders were chosen through a fighting method. The Strongest Warrior was the only person to be able to rule the entire nation.

  • Sacred Worlds

The Telusians considered Taukan to be sacred and only Priests, slaves and people serving them seemed to have inhabited the planet. Although population was low, it was considered as a very important world in Telusian society, as the many Hyperspace lanes that lead to the planet show.

Huge temple ruins have been found all over the Planet, being the biggest temple dedicated to Ta'kar, the God of Destiny, Time and Space, Father of all the Gods and from which the planet took its name. This god was worship for interstellar travel. This seems to have been the original temple and thus expanded throughout the millennia. However, many other deities were worshipped as well, with big complexes of their own built in the planet. It seems to have been the seat of some important religious political factions during the Middle and Late Telusian imperial eras. The Priets of Ta'kar seem to have played an important role, especially in the Early and Middle Period of the Middle Telusian Imperial Era, that was overtaken later on by the Priests of Ato'kira and Tok'orki who had prevalence during the Late Period of that same era.

The Planet seems to have accommodated many pilgrims of the Telusian race, flocking to this world for religious purposes. Almost all deities of the Telusians have a temple in the planet being the mayor gods having the biggest temples. But the biggest complex is that of Ta'kar, and the second biggest that of Ato'kira, the Creator. The Pilgrimage to Taukan was something all members of the Telusian race had to do once in their lifetime, all except the Warrior Caste, who had its own Pilgrimage to the Planet of the Four War Gods, known as Ik'an and known by Humans as Sitra.

Religion

The Telusians had a myriad of gods of many sorts. Some of the most important are as followed

  • Ato'kira was a water deity that they worshipped as their creator, Its mayor known temple is in the middle of the Meidon Lagoon, It was related to Water, rivers, oceans etc..
  • Ke'kira A god related to death, spirits, sickness and curses. Weak and defectuous Telusian Offspring were sacrificed to this god.
  • Ma'kira: Associated as the Goddess of birth, childhood, medicine and Happiness.
  • Ta'kar: God of Destiny, Time and Space. Father of the Gods and deity of Interstellar Travel.
  • Ek'orki: One of the Gods of Honor and War. Deity of Duels, Strength and Overcoming of Hardship, also of Protection against enemies. Its often associated with Power and rights.
  • Kul'kira: One of the Gods of War, God of justice and revenge, also the god of military discipline. Deity of protection, good luck and fortune. Somehow also associated with Power
  • Tik'orki: A Goddess of War, Conflict and Lies, it represented political intrigue, plotting, treason and poison. Also a goddess of pleasure, it is associated with Power, Self-Enjoyment, Murder and Revenged.
  • Yar'kira: The Supreme God of War, Blood and Destruction. God of Fire
  • Mis'orki: Goddess of Agriculture
  • U'korki: God of Manufacturing, Artisans and the like.
  • Ri'kira: Goddess of Commerce, Trade and Wealth
  • Tok'orki: God of the Natural World, creator of the Planets, the Fauna and the Flora. Considered the protector of souls and the Lord of the Afterlife.

Telusian Descendant species

Some of the races found in the Telusian Group today seem to have been in origin either transported by the Telusians as slaves or the result of evolution and adaptation to the planet from a former race non-native to the world. When the Telusians disappeared, those worlds were left alone, and some species managed a way to adapt and/or survive.

There are also some species that have similarities in morphology and culture/technology with the ancient Telusians, and are most likely descendants of forgotten Telusian colonies. The most famous and known are the Kikan of the Urdin Galaxy, who are extremely alike to the old Telusians in many aspects and that nowadays most scientists agree on them as the most successful survivors of the Telusian Civilizations. After millennia of isolation in their homeworld of Kika, have evolved differently in many ways but large records and artifacts have been found to connect both races, to the point of concluding that they are descendants from the Telusians.

The Other two races connected to the Telusians are the Kaiku, the Orika and the primitive Ika. The Ukiba are the only one to be still unproven to be Telusian descendant being most probably a mix of Telusian with some other race or a variant of the Telusians with a DNA change of some sort.

Mystery

"The Telusians, apparently survived. Although just 3% of the species could be saved, through an artificial Wormhole-like opening artifact, created by some scientists seeing their nation and species crumble. It had the power to transport them to a far area of the Universe, so far, that they couldn't point anymore in the sky the area where they came from. Apparently, they travelled and settled far far away on a new world and from there we can supposed they have expanded to create a new nation that we haven't still made contact with." - Asha Ibarhen, Xeno-historian

(press conference about scavation and new findings on an Archeological Telusian site)

Recently, this story has been seen in written records of the Telusian Civilization, left behind on a Temple in Taukan and again in one of the Temples in Telusia. This records seem to have been a message for those left behind. It was meant to tell the survivors, that a small amount of Telusians escaped the apocalipsis that was hitting them and if any in that corner of the Universe had survived the "present" chaos (something that didn't happen), could reach them back or at least know their story and that, somewhere over there, their own kind had run away with intentions to form a new nation. This has been a new discovery that has revolutionized the scientific field and many xeno historians and is yet to be proved.

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