ORIONS AND ANTARANS
(Excerpted from “Pre-Psilonic Galactic Civilizations” Vol. II,
by Ectron Victor, retired Master Adjudicator, Psilon Central History Institute.)
As a story is told and retold over the course of generations, no matter the attention
paid to detail and no matter the importance of the tale, the truth is gradually
nibbled away by little mistakes and innocent exaggerations. Carried off on these
well-intentioned, tiny feet, the facts deteriorate softly and painlessly into a
condition generally referred to as “shrouded by time.”
The legends concerning the Orions and Antarans are shrouded by time.
What is certain is that at one time both races coexisted in the galaxy. The scope of
their power and technical advancement has surely been enhanced by hyperbole, but
that they were far superior to anything now known is indisputable. Perhaps it was
inevitable that two such behemoths meet in violence. The legends paint the Antarans
as ruthless, xenophobic killers, but we all know that history is written by the victors.
The Orion-Antaran war was a protracted holocaust of galactic proportions. While we
can never know if they truly flung entire star systems across deep space as weapons
(as the storytellers claim), our astrophysicists have uncovered evidence of directed
energy bursts the power of which staggers the imagination. That both races had the
ability to raze planets no one contests.
The Orions eventually defeated the Antarans.
Rather than exterminating the race, as the stories claim the Antarans would certainly
have done, the Orions chose to imprison their enemies in a “pocket dimension” — a
volume the size of a single star system, formed and carved somehow out of the fabric
of space-time — using a “dimensional portal”. Physicists to this day puzzle over the
theory and the technique, but the result was obvious; the Antarans were banished one
and all from this dimension.
At this point, even the storytellers admit that the legends become vague. Some time
after the war, the Orion race inexplicably disappeared. It is not known if the
knowledge of the dimensional portal was lost forever. Some stories mention that
the supreme leader of the Orions shared his knowledge of the technology with
the ancient Order of the Galactic Lords. Should this be true, then it is not
entirely unthinkable that Mystic X, who later broke with the Order, could have
surreptitiously spread his knowledge of the portal.
Thus the Orions left only two legacies for the galaxy’s future inhabitants. One was
the tales of their power and legends of the Antaran war; the other is the Orion system
itself. One planet circles this star, and it is reputed to be the original home world of
the Orion race. Despite the incredible potential this abandoned world must hold, no
one has yet plundered or colonized it. The reason for this is that the system is only
uninhabited, not undefended. The Orions left a single Guardian to protect their home.
Perhaps they intend to return some day.
Perhaps the Antarans intend to return, too.