Disappearance of the Dom’Kavash
Where were these masters, do you ask? Where did they come from? The answers to these questions begin with understanding the history of an ancient race. It began with the Kavash. They were the first sentient inhabitants of our galaxy. Eons passed. Their achievements and glory knew no bounds. Free from harassment by other races, they eventually took to the stars and came to rule over a domain that spanned the great, celestial spiral from rim to core. For this reason, we have come to know them as the Dom’Kavash - for who could ever rival the glory of the only race to ever exercise Dominion over all that mankind has ever known? The overwhelming success of this alien species truly began after their migration from their home, far towards the edges of our galaxy, to the Inner Core. It is there in the dense patchwork of stars that they found resources nearly inexhaustible. So, too, did they harness the raw energy required to operate their crowning technological achievement: the hypergate. Equipped with a wide-reaching network of hypergates, the Dom’Kavash extended their imperial might to every corner of the Milky Way.
Building further upon this success they built three gates that were greater, still. These allowed exploration of neighboring galaxies for the first time. The Dom’Kavash were no longer alone. There were others. A race had risen to dominion in each of the galaxies, just as the Kavash had here. For many an age, the four races held goodwill for one another. They coexisted in peace and harmony. Then that came to a tumultuous end. Two of the races demanded of the Dom’Kavash much more than the free exchange of commodities alone. They had grown accustomed to the superior technology of the Dom’Kavash and, envious as they were, wanted it for themselves. War broke out. The third race reluctantly joined and abandoned its neutrality. They were unwilling to be left behind in the struggle for control of hypergate technology. The Dom’Kavash were by far the most powerful, but could not withstand the combined might of all three neighbors.
Withdrawing from the galactic rim during the first century of fighting allowed the Dom’Kavash to consolidate their people in the Inner Core. The war raged on. Hypergates were razed to prevent them from falling into enemy hands. Their seat of power became insecure. With the network in tatters, it seemed as though the empire was finally on the brink of collapse. More systems were lost, but the Dom’Kavash would never surrender. Invaders were crushed with seemingly unfathomable force. The Inner Core could not be ceded. For every life cheated of the defenders, four were taken in kind from their opponents. It did not matter. Their position as the years dragged on grew desperate. Then something unexpected occurred. A signal was received from Nomad sentries near their distant, beloved homeworld. To respond to the emergency, the Dom’Kavash created a gravimetric anomaly. It was a risky gambit. Using the anomaly as a slipshod hypergate, they jumped to a system near Sirius to better evaluate the situation. In doing so - in spite of all odds - they would inadvertently land upon the lap of an unbeknownst, expanding Coalition presence in Altair.