A race of non-humanoid beings who inhabited the general region of the Spinward Marches approximately 300,000 PI (Pre-Imperium). Archeological evidence recovered from the few excavations of known Ancient cities indicates that the race died out during a 2000-year period of intense warfare - the Final War - leaving only ruined cities and shattered planets.
The Ancients were responsible for several major features within the general Imperial region. They created the multi-world rosette at Tireen (in the Vargr Extents), and their warfare resulted in an unusually high proportion of asteroid belts throughout this spiral arm. The asteroid belt at Shionthy ( Regina / Spinward Marches 2306) is believed to have been formed during one unusually intense battle between Ancient forces. Reports indicate that other Ancient sites within the Regina subsector are currently being excavated, both by official expeditions and clandestinely by treasure hunters in search of artifacts.
The Ancients were responsible for the wide dissemination of humaniti within its current domain when (for reasons currently unclear) they transplanted genetic stock from Terra ( Sol / Solomani Rim 1827) to at least 40 worlds across a span of 360 parsecs. They were also responsible for the creation of the Vargr through genetic manipulation of Terran carnivore/chaser stock.
(ADV-1, 1105; ADV-2, 1106; ADV-3, 1106; ADV-12, 1107)
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