Boron

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Boron
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Capital Kingdom End
Ranks
10 Knight of the Kingdom
9 King's Protectorate
8 Kings Knight
7 Queen's Protectorate
6 Queens Knight
5 Queen's Guard
4 Noble Peer
3 Trusted Courtier
2 Accepted Friend
1 Friend
0 Acquaintance
-1 Antagonist
-2 Confirmed Adversary
-3 Enemy of Menelaus
-4 Queen's Nemesis
-5 Enemy of the Kingdom
The Boron are famous for their wisdom, wealth and the sophistication of their space ships throughout the X Universe. Boron ships have a shimmering green tint to them. They are equipped with powerful engines and are among the fastest and most manoeuvrable ships in the universe. They are also armed with very sophisticated weapons and defensive shields and, with the exception of the Argon, are among the best spacecraft you can buy.
Because of their peaceful nature the Boron are friends to all races in the X Universe despite their membership in the Foundation Guild and their strong alliance with the Argon. They currently hold trading agreements with both the Teladi and the Paranid, however, they are still very wary of the Split and relationships between the two races are strained.
The Boron have no direct contact with the Xenon, however, because of their relationship with the Argon, they are very much aware of them and of the threat they represent. Despite being called the Kingdom of Boron, they are actually ruled by an elected government. They do however have a royal family who act as figureheads of the Kingdom State. The current head of this Royal Family is the 50-year-old Queen Atreus. Her husband, King Rolk, was killed in a space cruiser when it crash-landed on a nearby space station, leaving their daughter, Princess Menelaus, as the heir apparent.
—Encyclopedia description, X³: Albion Prelude

The Boron are an aquatic life form, and are pacifists by nature.

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History

Planet Boron is a vast distance from Argon Prime, with a very different atmosphere and planetary conditions. Its surface is covered with deadly chemical swamps and the atmosphere is based upon an ammonia compound that, to any Humanoid, would mean instant death. The planet also has a great many huge oceans in which the Boron race evolved and lives up to the present day.

In their planetary society, based upon the Borons natural intelligence and wisdom, there was no war, and as a result the Borons never developed or manufactured weapons. However their technology was very refined and their designs held a great aesthetic quality.

The Boron were late comers in the development of space flight, their first major colonization project, which was on one of the nearby Boron moons, didn't begin until the Argon year of 50. However such was their understanding of technology and proficiency in engineering that their space ships were slim, fast and very advanced. By the year 225 the Kingdom of Boron stretched far beyond their own solar system with colonies established on many deep space planets.

Then the Boron came into contact with the Split who quickly took advantage of meeting a peaceful unarmed race, and attacked the Boron whenever they met. The Boron quickly realised that soon the Split would not content themselves with just attacking their space traffic; soon they would attack their planet colonies. They realised that they had to develop both weapons and defensive systems very quickly. On Planet Boron the greatest minds and greatest engineers struggled with the concept of weapons development meanwhile, out in space, the colonies of the Kingdom of Boron held their breath.

It didn't take the Split long before they were tempted into full-scale attacks on the territories owned by The Kingdom of Boron, especially as they also were receiving help from their allies the Paranid. In the ensuing battles the new, untried weapons, proved only partially effective and the Boron were soon beating a retreat back to their own solar system.

By the year 299 the Split had chased The Boron back to their home planet and their Kingdom lay in ruins. What the Split hadn't destroyed they had taken over. They amassed a large force and were just about to launch a major attack on Planet Boron when they were suddenly attacked by a ships from a race they had never encountered before - The Argon.

The Boron had secretly been in contact with The Argon since 323, and for the next few years the two races had been forging the foundations of an alliance that would establish trade links that were the beginnings of the "Foundation Guild".

The entry of Argon into the Boron Conflict in 350 saved the Boron race from extermination. The combined Argon and Boron Fleet destroyed the attackers and pushed the enemy alliance back.

Applying advanced technology supplied by The Argon, Boron scientists soon developed highly sophisticated weaponry, and fighting side by side, the two allies forced The Split and The Paranid back into space, regaining many territories belonging to the Kingdom of Boron. This concerted effort resulted in a declaration of peace in 400.

Under the terms of this treaty some Kingdom territory was yielded to the Split, and the next hundred or so years saw the Boron race re-develop and restructure the remains of their Kingdom. Planet by planet, colony by colony they re-established themselves, but now their ships flew the space lanes fully armed with the latest weapon and defense technologies.

The Borons greatly benefited from the Big Currency Reform of 589, which gave a major boost the their shattered economy.

The Borons today

Throughout the Community of Planets the Borons are famous for their wisdom, wealth and for the sophistication of their space ships. These ships are a shimmering green colour with powerful engines that show a white light and are among the fastest and most maneuverable ships in the universe. They are also armed with very sophisticated weapons and defensive shields and, with the exception of the Argon, are the best spacecraft in the universe.

Despite being members of the Foundation Guild and holding a strong alliance with the Argon, because of their peaceful nature the Boron are friends to all races in the X Universe. They currently hold trading agreements with the both the Teladi and the Paranid, however they are still very wary of the Split and relationships between the two races are very strained.

The Boron have no direct contact with the Xenon, however, as allies of the Argon, they are very much aware of them and of the dangers they present.

Despite being called the Kingdom of Boron the Boron race are actually ruled by an elected government. They do however have a royal family who act as figureheads of the Kingdom State. The current head of this Royal Family is Queen Atreus. Her husband, King Rolk, was killed in an space cruiser when it crash landed on a nearby space station, leaving her daughter, the Lar Menelaus, as the heir apparent.

The Boron race

Boron live in water. They have six main limbs, of which four are stronger built then the others. Additionally, they have a varying number of very small tentacles. They have snouts and those big eyes on stalks like.

There is a third, relatively rare gender to the Boron, which is called Lar. The Lar are mostly extremely intelligent and are in many important positions within the parliament and the royal family. Lars never have the short, playful names "normal" Borons like. They tend to use beautiful names of honour, sometimes adopted from other species. Lar are addressed as female, although humans can't distinguish Boron of different gender anyway.

Boron use environment suits if they are outside their element. These environment suits are made of white translucent and flexible polymer material. The suits have extensions only for the four main limbs. But you can see the other two limbs and the small tentacles as they press from inside the suit, since it's not completely opaque. On top of the suit is a round see through "globe" (like glass – but made of a durable plastic) where their head is. While inside their suits, they do not 'walk' (they're much too weak for that, since they're used to float under water). The suits are equipped with an anti-g device that makes them float everywhere, but they try not to float too obviously, as not to irritate others.

When floating in the same water, Boron's can 'taste' RNA molecules from other Borons and so get a (hazy) concept of what's on the other Boron's mind (does not work with other species). The Boron RNA stays in the water for a long time.

Boron turn their stalks inwards towards each other when they are amused. Their way of smiling.

They have an ability with their four main tentacles to snap small bones together thereby creating an appendage (arm, leg) with small grips (very small thin fingers). This gives them the ability to lift or move things around more easily. Adults can do this selectively (just one tentacle for example) while younger "children" can only perform all at once. They get the selective ability as they mature.

They are just over a meter in length with the largest males reaching about 1.3 meters.

They are technically very advanced and this is partly due to the fact that they were "helped" along by a number of ships that landed on their home planet fifty thousand years ago. These "Helpers" all left the planet when the Boron built weapons of mass destruction. Something they had to do to fend off the Split. The helpers origin and whereabouts is unknown, but it is thought that they were messengers from the old ones.

They have a "jet" like propulsion system that resides in the bottom of their torso. They suck water in through their snouts and pass it into their "gills" to extract oxygen. The water is then pushed out through this "hole" and this creates the jet like behavior. This gives them the ability to move around very quickly in water.

They take food through the snout (mainly plankton type organisms or small *fish*) and their suits have devices to allow the items to be introduced into their "mini" water environment. Although in their native water they would glide to eat plankton or actively hunt for small fish.

They dislike most drug inducing products but it has been known for them to introduce spaceweed derivatives into their environment suits.

The Borons tend to talk in very longwinded, awkward sentences that are full of repetitions. Also, they love strange sounding metaphors. They can, however, talk very to-the-point when in danger for their live.

Sectors

Name X X-T X2 X3R X3TC X3AP
Atreus' Clouds
Barren Shores
Bluish Snout
Dark Waters
Depths of Silence
Distant Clouds ? ?
Faded Dreams ? ?
Great Reef
Getsu Fune
Great Trench
Hila's Joy
Hollow Infinity ? ?
Kingdom End
Light Water
Lucky Planets
Menelaus' Frontier
Menelaus' Oasis ? ?
Menelaus' Paradise
Mists of Elysium ? ?
Ocean of Fantasy
Queen's Harbour ? ?
Queen's Retribution ? ?
Queen's Space
Quiet Tides ? ?
Reservoir of Tranquility
Rolk's Drift
Rolk's Fate
Rolk's Legacy
Shining Currents ? ?
Shore of Infinity
Spires of Elusion

Ships

Name X X-T X2 X3R X3TC X3AP
Angel ? ? ?
Dolphin ? ? ?
Eel
Kraken
Mako ? ? ?
Marlin
Megalodon
Octopus ? ? ?
Orca ? ? ?
Ray
Shark
Sturgeon
Thresher
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