Split

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Split
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Capital Family Pride (economical). Nif'Nakh, Family Rhonkar (political)
Ranks
10 Honoured Strong Arm of Rhonkar
9 Honoured Imperator of Rhonkar
8 Inner Circle of Rhonkar
7 Privileged Associate of Rhonkar
6 Family Protector
5 Distinguished Associate
4 Family Friend
3 Comrade
2 Friend
1 Known Venturer
0 Creature
-1 Shameless Creature
-2 Family Outcast
-3 Family Enemy
-4 Enemy of Rhonkar
-5 Enemy of all Split Families
To this day the Split continue to control large territories that used to belong to the kingdom of Boron. They continue to exploit the rare Markus Spacefly as a propellant in their ships but they also continue to effectively trade with the Profit Guild. While the relationship between the Foundation Guild and the Profit Guild remains cordial, on the surface anyway, the relationship between the Split and the other races is continually degenerating and now borders on the edge of war. This due equally to the natural aggressiveness of the Split and the continued abuse of the Markus Spacefly.
Even though the Boron are a peaceful race, they are always eager to reclaim their lost territories and don't miss any opportunity to attack the Split. The Argon are suspicious of the Split's alleged friendship with the Xenon even though the Split and Xenon barely tolerate each other. They were at war at one time but when neither side could see an easy victory or any territory to be gained, they came to terms. However, this treaty is very shaky and a new war is expected if their association deteriorates much further. The Split maintain a frosty friendship with the Paranid but will never forgive them for not engaging in the fight against the Xenon when the Split needed them.
—Encyclopedia description, X³: Albion Prelude

The Split are an aggressive race.

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History

The Split home planet, Hodie, is considered by many to be a legend. It was a small unfriendly planet, circled by six grey moons, and permanently shrouded in a poisonous gray mist. When evolution began on the planet the creatures that came to be known as the Split were not the dominant life form. However due to their aggressive, ignorant and extremely cruel nature, they soon developed primitive weapons and became the planets superior race simply by killing off every other living creature on their planet in a global nuclear war, except for the Chelt, and the Scruffin plant.

Once they achieved this dubious honour, they turned their attention to attempting to organize themselves into some sort of crude civilization but, due to their aggressive behavior, this was not very successful and a state of civil war existed for many hundred of years. Eventually from this chaos Thuruk t'Mhhg, a mighty war leader emerged and through Strength, Intelligence and Cleverness, he forced the Split into accepting a crude type of feudal government that was based upon a complex hierarchical structure, with himself as Emperor.

Under Emperor Thuruk and his successors the Split made great technological advances and eventually, after many abortive attempts, managed to develop a crude form of rocketry. These crude rockets enabled them to reach, and colonize their own moons some time around the year 100 (2270).

Long after Thuruk came Ghus t'Gllt, another leader of the Split who finally realized that the Split race could be so much more if they'd only curb their aggressiveness. Ghus invented the position of "Curb": a female Split appointed to important warriors and decision makers, to keep them from acting out their deadly impulses. This proved immensely successful and took the Split a huge step forward in their social evolution. Ghus reigned with a strong hand, but unusual fairness for a Split leader, for a long period; and no Emperor or Patriarch ever managed to fill out the footsteps this great Split had left behind when he was eventually killed. The time of Ghus was the high time of Split civilization – so far.

The position of female Curb was dismantled officially soon after Ghus was killed. Unofficially, some families (e.g. Family Rhonkar) still use Curbs to the present day.

Some time around the year 200 (2370) the Split came across another race, the Paranid. At first contact the two races fought, but eventually both races realised that neither could defeat the other. A tense peace was declared which enabled both sides to enter into trade agreements and also form a crude military alliance. This agreement formed the foundations of the Profit Guild.

In 299 (2469) the Split first came across ships belonging to the Kingdom of Boron, and true to their nature, began destroying them. The Split then called upon their alliance with the Paranid and together, in an action later known as The Boron Campaign, the two forces chased the defenseless Boron back to their home planet, killing as they went.

In 350 (2520), as they were preparing their gigantic war fleet for a final assault on Nishala, the Split and Paranid were suddenly attacked by the Argon war fleet.

This intervention of the Argon turned the tide. Their superior ships and technology soon began to tell and the Split and Paranids were forced back from territories of the Kingdom of Boron

The Split retreated back into their own sector and continued trading and developing their technology, alongside their allies the Paranid. In the year 413 (2583), as an attempt to counteract the Foundation Guild the Paranid and the Split officially formed the "Profit Guild".

In their explorations of deep space the Split have come into contact with the Xenon. At first the two races fought a small war, but when the Paranids threatened to end their alliance rather than join forces, the Split were forced to agree terms with the Xenon. Both races then went their separate ways.

The Split were the last race to agree with the Big Currency reform, of 589 (2759).

The Split today

Today the Split still control large areas that used to be territories owned by The Kingdom of Boron. They continue to successfully trade within the Profit Foundation.

Whilist relationships between the Foundation Guild and The Profit Guild seem to be fine on the surface, relationships between the Split and the other races are constantly degenerating and now border on the edge of war. This is due to both the natural aggression of the Split and their continued exploitation of the Markus Space Fly.

Despite being peaceful by nature The Boron are always eager to reclaim their lost territories back and await any opportunity to attack the Split. The Argon are suspicious of the Split's supposed friendship with the Xenon. The Split and the Xenon tolerate each other. They have already had one slight war, but at the time as neither of them could see an easy victory or any territorial advantages they came to terms. However this treaty is very shaky and war is expected if their relationship deteriorates any further. The Split maintain a frosty friendship with the Paranids but will never forgive them for not joining with them in the fight against the Xenon.

The Split race

The Spilt are humanoid in shape, and males average between 5 ft -6 ft tall. Split females are taller and more slim than males. They are a pale green/nicotine yellow in colour and have two piercing, bright blue eyes that stare out of a flat face. Their mouths are permanently turned down and they are never seen to smile (which is because their facial expressions in that respect are the opposite from that of humans). The men of the species all have a grey wispy beard on the end of what can be called their chins and grey tufts of hair on the top and sides of their heads. Split men rarely live longer than 50 years, due to their constant strife and conflict throughout their lives. women, on the other hand, live somewhere between 70 and 100 years.

Split names are different than other races, their family name comes first, then a letter (usually t) with a semicolon, and then their actual name comes.

Split are very powerful and strong fighters when it comes to personal combat. No human, Teladi or Boron could ever win against any Split – no matter whether it's a male or a female. It is no good idea for a human even to try and pick a fight with a Split – it would be a certain death. Only the Paranid are stronger in personal combat and it is mostly due to their claws.

The Split are probably the cruelest race in the entire Community of Planets.They take pleasure in hunting and killing other "creatures" (especially the peaceful Boron). They have a very dark sense of humor. Also they love to torture and kill anyone, their own people and even family members. A property of the Split men is their fighting spirit. They tend to fight losing battles due to their pride. The only Split that do not commit some of these atrocities, are the women. Split men only respect those who are stronger than themselves and if they can, they will try and betray them.

Politics

The Split government has changed very little over the years. It is still based upon the complex feudal hierarchical structure developed by Emperor Thuruk t'Mhhg, although the actual position of Emperor was dissolved around 400 (2570), replaced by a number of different influential clans known as Families, that fight and via with each other to achieve power. The Patriarch of the strongest Family is considered Patriarch of All Split (Pretty much Emperor by another name) unless he is killed by a rival Patriarch, who will become his successor.

The Patriarch is advised by the strongest leaders of other clans, but he takes the final decisions and doesn't necessarily have to listen to them. Often these strong leader are "friend-enemies". On one hand, the patriarchs respect him, but on the other hand, they envy and hate him too, and will do everything they can until they eventually rebel against him. Whoever wants to to say something, must fight accordingly.

  • Only a few Jazuras ago the Rhonkar patriarch, Rhonkar t'Ncct, managed to kill the patriarch of the Family Chin, Chin t'Thhg and take his place.
  • A fallen Split family must also assume the family name of the winner, to ensure that this family can never return to power again.

Until 742 (2912) the powerful Family Chin, led by Patriarch Chin t'Thhg, ruled the Dynasty. However, not too long after the Second Xenon Conflict, Chin was killed by his wife and bondswoman Ghinn t'Whht and Uchan t'Scct, a former pilot in Chin's fleet.

However, to Ghinn and Uchan' surprise, an army led by Rhonkar t'Ncct, Patriarch of Family Rhonkar and his wife Lady Aqhn t'Frrt, who had been in the hidden village of Ghus'Tan, waiting for years for the right time to strike, invaded the palace and took it over by sheer strength. Rhonkar became the Patriarch of all Split and annexed all the assets of Family Chin for his own family, including the systems Family Chin, Chin's Clouds and Chin's Fire, which became Family Rhonkar, Rhonkar's Cloud and Rhonkar's Fire.

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