The Origin Exiles
The one's behind the fall...
The exiles began on earth with a woman named Invicta and her crew. The founders are directly responsible for humanity's current condition. Their actions, whatever it is they did, directly led to the earth's destruction and the decimation of our species. They love to talk about it. When asked about what happened, each member gives a different answer. It would seem the truth of Earth's fall will remain a secret. One thing remained constant: they weren't all that torn up about it. This changed. Most of them regret their actions, at least the ones still alive. When Earth fell, they didn't mourn, but they did know of humanity's dire situation. I suppose we shouldn't hate them too much. They are the ones who first started using The Safe Harbor protocols. They were the ones who pointed us home to Safeharbor. They still do, galivanting through the galactic core. They send refugees our way and sometimes go so far as to escort them. It's the only reason we let them step foot on the surface.
Our greatest enemy
The exiles don't come to Safeharbor if they can help it. We know their history. Most people on Safeharbor open fire without a second thought. I try to be as unbiased as I can, but I count myself among them. Invicta is our enemy. She and her exiles are a disgrace to our species. It's not their alteration or fascination with biotech that concerns me. What bothers me is their mind. They believe themselves to be the good guys. Some even believe the earth needed to be destroyed. Their intentions are unknown, their minds are utterly foreign to ours. The Wayfarers try to learn what they can, but it's a slow crawl. My suggestion is to ignore them. Pretend they don't exist, as I have for so many years. It works better than you might think.
Life as an exile is not as bad as it seems. They don't live lives of pain or hardship. The changes to their bodies are well done and rarely cause too much inconvenience. They live like anyone else. The major difference between us and them comes from their culture. The Exiles care very little about reclaiming the earth. If it's even still out there. They care little about helping humanity thrive, despite their own attempts to assist. They care about one thing, survival. Whatever they saw when the earth died scarred them to a point where survival became their only motivation. They offer a place aboard their vessels for those who see the world as they do, but only humans can join. The process is said to be rather pleasant. You go through the various procedures and train with their gear. Sadly. There isn't a way to leave. Most of these changes made to the body are permanent.
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