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Cthood

The alien Cthood are reliable soldiers and have been recruited, or forced, into the armies of Mankind.

The Cthood

Humanity has encountered numerous alien species as it has expanded outwards into the galaxy, from effete decadents to slavering monstrosities. Some Mankind has been able to live alongside as equals, most it has entered into bitter wars of attrition against, but one stands out as unique – the Cthood. These humanoid aliens have only recently been discovered, but the manner in which they were first contacted is quite singular. It appears that the Cthood have no known home world and no colonies have been encountered. Instead, the Cthood appear to have laid in a deathless slumber in sub-oceanic tombs across the stars for countless generations, and in the last century they have begun to awaken. When the first Cthood stumbled dazed from their aquatic resting places, onto the shores of worlds occupied by Mankind, it was perhaps inevitable that bloodshed should be the consequence. Human cultures the length and breadth of the galaxy thought themselves under attack by some previously undiscovered foe, or else infiltrated by some hideous alien race. In point of fact, the Cthood bore Mankind nor any other species any ill will, and after the initial slaughters were done they offered no resistance to questioning.

Fitted with a slave collar, a Cthood serves the Tannenberg Fusiliers.

The Cthood, it was determined, were some manner of servitor caste created by a long extinct and godlike culture that has left no other known trace upon the stars. Though they appear humanoid (with the exception of their features which appear disturbingly like those of the old Earth cuttlefish) the Cthood share no genetic heritage with Mankind or any other none species. Analysis of the species’ makeup suggests it did not evolve at all, but was created ‘ex nihilo’. To what ends an entire species, spread out across hundreds of worlds, might have been created and placed in suspended animation has yet to be determined, and the Cthood themselves are, or at least claim to be, just as ignorant of their heritage as everyone else.

Despite their unknown roots, the Cthood are a noble race. The extent to which they have been able to develop their culture depends very much on the region they awakened within however. Some human empires slaughtered the aliens the instant they rose from the seas, launching deadly campaigns of annihilation to scour their presence from the oceans of their worlds. Others allowed them to live, but expelled the aliens from their borders, and these formed the basis of the Cthood Exclaves, independent communities forging their own destinies beyond the frontiers. Other Cthood were integrated into the empires of Humanity, and in some cases these have risen to positions of great power and influence. The Victorian Domain now fields several hundred regiments of so-called ‘Cthood Reborn’, auxiliary troops respected for their ferocity and devotion to duty throughout the realms of the Princesses-Stellar. Other cultures have been less welcoming, several fielding the Cthood as untrusted slave troops and fitting explosive collars about their necks as a deterrent against rebellion.

ART BY ROBIN CAREY

 

In battle, the Cthood conduct themselves however their masters and overseers expect them to, a phenomena which is believed to be a legacy of the circumstances of their creation by their unknown alien progenitors. Cthood serving in the armies of the Victorian Domain are treated with honour, and so behave nobly, while those serving in the Tannenburg legions are treated as lowly cowards, and so often behave as such. Those of the independent Cthood Exclaves rarely go to war of their own accord, but when forced to do so comport themselves in a controlled, disciplined and somewhat detached manner, pursuing the business of shedding the blood of other sentients as a butcher slaughters a herd.


The alien Cthood are reliable soldiers and have been recruited, or forced, into the armies of Mankind.

The Cthood

Humanity has encountered numerous alien species as it has expanded outwards into the galaxy, from effete decadents to slavering monstrosities. Some Mankind has been able to live alongside as equals, most it has entered into bitter wars of attrition against, but one stands out as unique – the Cthood. These humanoid aliens have only recently been discovered, but the manner in which they were first contacted is quite singular. It appears that the Cthood have no known home world and no colonies have been encountered. Instead, the Cthood appear to have laid in a deathless slumber in sub-oceanic tombs across the stars for countless generations, and in the last century they have begun to awaken. When the first Cthood stumbled dazed from their aquatic resting places, onto the shores of worlds occupied by Mankind, it was perhaps inevitable that bloodshed should be the consequence. Human cultures the length and breadth of the galaxy thought themselves under attack by some previously undiscovered foe, or else infiltrated by some hideous alien race. In point of fact, the Cthood bore Mankind nor any other species any ill will, and after the initial slaughters were done they offered no resistance to questioning.

Fitted with a slave collar, a Cthood serves the Tannenberg Fusiliers.

The Cthood, it was determined, were some manner of servitor caste created by a long extinct and godlike culture that has left no other known trace upon the stars. Though they appear humanoid (with the exception of their features which appear disturbingly like those of the old Earth cuttlefish) the Cthood share no genetic heritage with Mankind or any other none species. Analysis of the species’ makeup suggests it did not evolve at all, but was created ‘ex nihilo’. To what ends an entire species, spread out across hundreds of worlds, might have been created and placed in suspended animation has yet to be determined, and the Cthood themselves are, or at least claim to be, just as ignorant of their heritage as everyone else.

Despite their unknown roots, the Cthood are a noble race. The extent to which they have been able to develop their culture depends very much on the region they awakened within however. Some human empires slaughtered the aliens the instant they rose from the seas, launching deadly campaigns of annihilation to scour their presence from the oceans of their worlds. Others allowed them to live, but expelled the aliens from their borders, and these formed the basis of the Cthood Exclaves, independent communities forging their own destinies beyond the frontiers. Other Cthood were integrated into the empires of Humanity, and in some cases these have risen to positions of great power and influence. The Victorian Domain now fields several hundred regiments of so-called ‘Cthood Reborn’, auxiliary troops respected for their ferocity and devotion to duty throughout the realms of the Princesses-Stellar. Other cultures have been less welcoming, several fielding the Cthood as untrusted slave troops and fitting explosive collars about their necks as a deterrent against rebellion.

ART BY ROBIN CAREY

 

In battle, the Cthood conduct themselves however their masters and overseers expect them to, a phenomena which is believed to be a legacy of the circumstances of their creation by their unknown alien progenitors. Cthood serving in the armies of the Victorian Domain are treated with honour, and so behave nobly, while those serving in the Tannenburg legions are treated as lowly cowards, and so often behave as such. Those of the independent Cthood Exclaves rarely go to war of their own accord, but when forced to do so comport themselves in a controlled, disciplined and somewhat detached manner, pursuing the business of shedding the blood of other sentients as a butcher slaughters a herd.