Character art by Angela Schmer © 2016 Cheeky Dingo Games
All civilizations in the Citadel Galaxy originated from one planet, Evorstrom. 3,000 years ago there began a mass colonization effort by the inhabitants of this planet as they rapidly outgrew Evorstrom’s ability to support the population.
The people of Evorstrom all stemmed from one of two ancient animal types on the planet - primates and ungulates.
They evolved into distinct races of people who populated the world - humanoids (humans, elves and dwarves) and goblinoids (goblins, trolls and ogres). In exceedingly rare instances, members of the two different species produced hybrid offspring from interbreeding.
Three millennia later, at the opening of the Living Starship saga, what became the commonplace interbreeding of those ancient peoples is shadowy history. Through numerous stages of eugenics and genetic tinkering 54 distinct races of people left Evorstrom and colonized the galaxy. Remaining behind in the original star system are the enigmatic caretakers - the Evor Danteen. They populate the “Hub” of the Confederacy, a massive ring world called Citadel which was built out of the deconstructed pieces of the home planet and parsed into the bones of the station that occupies what was once the ENTIRE orbital path of Evorstrom.
Bringing further diversity in the Citadel Galaxy are a race of Artificially Intelligent bio-mechanoids. Their ancestors were the mechanical workforce placed on planets to terraform them for one of the other races. For unexplainable reasons 400 years ago, a group of these mechanical devices gained sentience and sued for recognition as full members of the Citadel Colonial Government. A devastating war ensued resulting in the formation of the A.I. people self-governing from their home planet Lubari where they discovered their “life”. To this day relations are delicate between the Citadel and the Lubari.
The greatest impact the war had on civilization was that the utilization of artificial intelligence to operate digital systems is now HIGHLY regulated and is allowable emergency situations only. This caused a fundamental shift in economy and space travel as large vessels could no longer be crewed by small numbers of people but had to have larger crews in order to regulate, monitor and activate all of a ship’s systems efficiently and safely (and legally). The fear of giving rise to new A.I. is so strong in most every Citadel culture that no one even thinks to complain about the ridiculous size of crews, especially on Fleet vessels.