Virai

Virai

The Virai are an ancient threat, a drone species thought destroyed long ago. Based on a technology that has no need for the complex interactions of a nanosphere, the Virai are virtually immune to the IMTel’s combat nanophages. This is not to say the Virai are primitive, merely that they use power systems, controls and communication capabilities that have no need for nanospore. All a Virai architector needs is raw material to build a fabricator and it can reproduce itself and more of its kind, preferably in a system in which it can quietly do so until it has reached a critical mass.

The Virai’s paranoid tendencies result in conflict wherever they are found simply because each time they resurface, the other civilisations try to eradicate them. Because of this, the Virai could even be said to be the ultimate paranoid. However, they do not automatically attack opponents, unless feeling forced to prepare a world for their own existence, but are always prepared for hostilities and are distrustful of any who attempt diplomatic solutions. They are particularly hostile towards those scavenging or mining in the same locations as them, as such creatures – especially ‘biologics’ – are essentially competing for the same resources that are vital for the propogation of the Virai species. This makes them natural enemies of the Boromites, the quintessential miners and workaholics of Antarean panhumans.

To the IMTel societies, the Virai are a dangerous threat, an enemy that is essentially immune to their core technologies. Further, the single-minded focus of the Virai is as disconcerting to the IMTel civilisations as the Ghar: though artificial intelligences, the Virai do not want to fuse with any IMTel. If the Senatex and Concord were able to cooperate, the Virai might pose less of a threat. But all the Virai want to do is to survive.

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