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History of the Jabbardeeni and Where They Are Today: A report by the B’honash United Systems

This report is an incomplete timeline of the history of the Jabbardeeni civilisation and the events that led to where they stand as a civilisation today. This report will provide a general outline of events, using first hand sources gathered from various archaeological excavations as supporting evidence. The Jabbardeeni showed no concern for preserving their history, so many sources come from uncovered transmission logs or artifacts.

The earliest references to the Jabbardeeni civilisation indicate that they have had a long history rooted in militarism and a warlike mentality. This is likely attributed to the unique environment of their homeworld, a mostly hostile environment with small pockets of gaia-esque landscape that made them highly contested regions pre-FTL. These small pockets were rich in resources, strategically advantageous and maintaining control over just one of them was enough to boost a society past the strengths of their competitors. One of the only downsides of holding one of these highly contested zones was that it made said society the target for every other hostile faction.

As is the case with pre-FTL civilisations, war was a strong catalyst for innovation. The Jabbardeeni society saw rapid growth and technological advancements emerge from their need to dominate their opponents. This was especially true for nations that didn’t hold these resource rich pockets, as they needed ways to defeat their opponents without access to such a valuable zone.

Almost counter-intuitively, it were these underdog nations that were the biggest pioneers in innovation. The most notable example of this being the “Maktak” nation, whose name began to appear in sources a couple of hundred years prior to The Great War. A message sent from an unknown civilisation to a presumed ally shows the influence the Maktak held shortly before unifying the planet.

“With the conquest of the Dokhai, the Maktak have achieved something unprecedented. They now hold under their influence, three Gwamars . We must convince the other nations to join our coalition, or we all risk obliteration.”

It is unknown what allowed the Maktak to rise to influence, whether it was a combination of certain traits that gave them an advantage, or simply being in the right place at the right time in their history. Whatever the reason, they soon maintained control of a significant portion of the planet, with a single (likely unified coalition) opponent. The war between the Maktak and the “Kilmun” opposition lasted nearly a century, a contemporary account from a Kilmun soldier showing the horrendous conditions of the war.

“Those damn Maks! Curse them, curse them, curse them! It all hurts, it rains hurt. How can any of this be fair? I have been a soldier since I could hold a laser rifle. I was born into this suffering and I will go out with it. They are relentless, never giving us a moment to breathe, it is just ceaseless artillery guns all day, all night! DWAM! DWAM! DWAM!”

As the Kilmun were pushed further and further, they sought refuge in space, dedicating significant resources to establish space stations from which to fight on (a testament to their innovativeness). However, upon the loss of the last Kilmun planet-side stronghold, the war was, for all accounts and purposes, over. The defeated Kilmun signed a peace treaty with the Maktaks, exiling the Kilmun civilisation to forever live on space stations, with the agreement that Maktak supply ships will sustain them.

First Contact

Despite the warring period of the Jabbardeeni coming to a close, their innovative spirit did not disappear. Rapidly advancing in scientific endeavours, the Jabbardeeni began outputting tons of electromagnetic waves from their planet as they advanced through the computer age and into the space age. It was then that they began to experiment with extended space flight and interstellar travel. And it did not go unnoticed.

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“It is unlike anything we have seen before, far past any explanation of anomalous readings of faulty satellites. The radiation levels have continuously increased in an almost exponential fashion. Too slow for a supernova but too fast for any natural stellar phenomenon. This is unequivocal signs of… intelligent life.” (Yuht announcement for the discovery of alien life, circa 50 years before The Great War)

This rapid increase in technological evolution did not go unnoticed. The Yuht civilisation had spent the better part of two million years searching for other intelligent life forms in the galaxy and the discovery of the Jabbardeeni shook Yuht society to its core. The Yuht were initially excited to make first contact, sending one of their cruisers to establish communication. Said meeting was immortalised in the famous recovered painting of the massive Yuht cruiser dwarfing the Jabbardeeni scout (see annex for reference).

The Jabbardeeni were equally surprised. Having only just begun experimenting with establishing planetary colonies, the sudden appearance of an alien spacecraft brought much suspicion of their intentions. Any accounts of the first transmissions between the Yuht and Jabbardeeni have not been found, but the general atmosphere surrounding this initial contact can be seen in the following quote by a Jabbardeeni naval officer.

“Maintain distance. If they are hostile, we are a lot harder to hit from a distance than their massive ship.”

“What?”

“Shit. Comms, establish contact with the Kilmun ship immediately.”

“What have those idiots done…”

It is presumed that the Jabbardeeni scout ship in the above mentioned painting was the Kilmun ship that had begun firing upon the Yuht cruiser. The fate of the Yuht cruiser or the Jabbardeeni ships is unknown, but it did mark the beginning of The Great War.

The Great War

The disastrous initial contact between the Jabbardeeni and the Yuht forever sealed the fate of both civilisations. The Yuht did not distinguish between Maktak and Kilmun Jabbardeeni. To the Yuht, they had finally found intelligent life, and they realised that it needed to be eradicated before it grew too powerful. The Yuht quickly began working towards building up to a pre-emptive strike. Meanwhile the Jabbardeeni had no idea how the Yuht would react to the transgression, and so made little effort beyond shoring up their defenses.

The Yuht, having never breached the light barrier, could not send their entire naval force to the Jabbardeeni and instead relied upon a nearby fleet to destroy them. The Yuht, being the far older civilisation, severely underestimated the Jabbardeeni, as evidenced by this Yuht transmission recovered from a destroyed Yuht cruiser.

“They have enveloped us. We destroy one ship and they send a hundred more. If you receive this message, we must cleanse their planet. We will not survive a direct conflict with them. They simply number too many.”

It took hours before the Jabbardeeni were able to muster enough ships to push the Yuht cruisers back and despite eventually repelling the Yuht pre-emptive strike, the Jabbardeeni suffered major losses. Major bombardment by the Yuht cruisers had reduced many cities to ash. However, it was still a victory for the Jabbardeeni, if not a phyric one.

The Yuht were inexperienced with warfare on such a scale, and as such, began attempting to adapt their fleets for combat with a totally alien force. The Jabbardeeni were undergoing the same reformation. The Jabbardeeni, however, still had that innovative spirit, and nothing brought it out of them like warfare. It didn’t take them long to discover FTL travel.

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Soon, the Jabbardeeni (or more specifically the Maktaks, as the Kilmun refused to cooperate) were not only repelling the Yuht ships from their space, but were able to strike back at Yuht colonies. The following transmission was recovered from a Yuht colonist that had been attacked by a Jabbardeeni fleet.

“The guns. The guns destroyed everything. Ceaseless bombardement until the colony was reduced to the soil it stood upon. Continuous explosions until all who call themselves Yuht perished. I stand alone. Almost as if by deliberate action. The sick creatures want me to grieve until I starve. To perish, without any hope for relief.”

It took less than a decade before the Yuht homeworld was located. The towering arcology, the testament to the Yuht civilisation, was utterly annihilated by Jabbardeeni artillery. No Yuht fleets were able to reinforce their homeworld in time, with all their ships travelling at sub-light speeds, it would take decades before they would reach the defense. All it took was days. The devastation was so whole, very few artifacts have ever been recovered from the surface of the Yuht homeworld.

However, in an extremely morbid twist of fate, a Yuht fleet, dispatched near the beginning of the war, had finally reached the Jabbardeeni homeworld. The majority of the Jabbardeeni fleet was still tied up in the Yuht homeworld attack, and only a small token defense force was left to repel the Yuht fleet. The following recording done on an orbiting Kilmun space station details the final fate of the Jabbardeeni homeworld, and more specifically, the Maktak civilisation.

Random Kilmun: “The Maks getting what they deserve! Yes! Yes, yes, yes! Where is your precious fleet now filthy Maks?”

Random Kilmun: “When do you think the Mak fleet will be back?”

Other Kilmun: “It takes weeks of FTL travel to reach the Yuht homeworld, they won’t be able to get back in time.”

Random Kilmun: “ I hope so!”

Random Kilmun: “Wow. What is that…”

Random Kilmun: “It’s… it’s all gone…”

The Yuht had used the “Yuht Cleansing Process” (a process normally reserved as a precursor to establishing a colony, used to wipe out local predators) and had annihilated the Maktak in one fell swoop. By the time the Maktak fleet returned, the Yuht had already begun flying back to their homeworld, likely unaware that they too, were returning to a devastated world.

It is here where most archaeological artifacts for the Yuht, the Maktak and even the Kilmun (despite surviving the war) end. The extremely long and slow lifespans of the Yuht meant that a major disruption to their population was likely enough to wipe them out. Combined with the sub-light ships, meant that any kind of reconsolidation was likely fruitless. No more accounts of the Yuht civilisation past this point exist and it is largely agreed by a majority of historians that the attack on the Yuht homeworld was the end of the Yuht civilisation.

The Maktak, while far more resourceful, were still wholly dependent on their homeworld as well. Some archaeological evidence shows an attempt to restart civilisation, but it appears to have been equally fruitless (some historians believe these were Kilmun attempts, but this is also in dispute).

The Kilmun, however, endured. Little archaeological evidence exists to support the following theories (as their space is still extremely hostile) but the following timeline is generally considered the most probable fate of the Kilmun.

After the devastation of the Jabbardeeni homeworld, the Kilmun found themselves in a situation where their most hated rival, the Maktaks, were instantly wiped out. However, the space stations on which the Kilmun resided were dependent on Maktak supplies. As such, a massive famine and supply shortage struck Kilmun society almost immediately. Attempts to recolonise the homeworld likely occurred but none bore fruit as the ecology was damaged beyond repair.

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The Kilmun likely began reverting to their more militaristic roots, fracturing into factions and beginning a never ending war against each other over the scarce resources. It is unknown what methods of self-sufficiency kept their civilisation alive, but the state of the Kilmun today is, if anything, another testament to the Jabbardeeni civilisation.

The Kilmun, and by extension the Jabbardeeni civilisation, are one of the great “what if”s in history. The Jabbardeeni were able to innovate so quickly, that they eclipsed a two million year old civilisation within a decade. It is only by sheer luck that the Yuht cleansing fleet had arrived in the exact window when the entire Jabbardeeni fleet was engaged somewhere else. If Jabbardeeni society had not been disrupted to such an extent, it is likely they would’ve become a dominant force in the galaxy even persisting to this day.

However, the dominoes of history did not fall that way. The Kilmun civilisation is all that has survived the Jabbardeeni’s, and its society has evolved into a fractured, violent warlord society. If the Kilmun were to ever reunite, they would almost certainly be a force to be reckoned with. Likely one, this galaxy has never seen before.

The following transmission between one of our envoys to the Kilmun sheds a light on the state of the Kilmun Marauders today.

Envoy: “Greetings. We are part of the B’honash United Systems department of history. Would you be able to answer some questions?”

Kilmun: “HYEEEEIIIIEEEEE!!! Filthy Dwamaks! What do you want? Hire some Kilmun mercenaries? You want us to smash other Dwamaks? Give us supplies then!”

Envoy: “We just want to ask some questions.”

Kilmun: “No questions. Only a price! HYEEEIIEEEEE Pay us with supplies and we’ll smash your Dwamak enemies with our mighty guns! DWAM! DWAM! DWAM!”

Envoy: “Please, we just want to ask a few questions. Do you recognise the names Yuht or Maktak?”

Kilmun: “HYEEEEIIIEEE, do not say the forbidden words!!! HYEEEEIIIEEEE Dwamaks must not ever speak the forbidden words! Or else the great beam will visit us and destroy us all!! HYYYEEEEEEEEEIIIIEEEEEE”

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