In order to comprehend the origin of the Nlyss peoples one must recall the history of the Second Terran Star Empire (26117- 48044 AD), a period when interstellar society was absolutely and dictatorially controlled by the Clone Masters, a ruling class of genetically superior humans. The Clone Masters achieved true biological immortality through extensive experimentations in Gene Vat technology. Under their ultra-conservative rule, interstellar human society was locked in near stasis, politically, technologically, psychologically, psychically, and even biologically, through continuous manipulation of the human genome on Imperial worlds, culling any form of naturally selected mutation.
The Nlyss were created as an army of super soldiers cloned from a cache of genetic material that had been preserved since the time of the Atomic Armageddon that decimated the Earth in the 21st century. These clone troops were engineered for enhanced intelligence and physical traits and trained from birth to be ruthless killers and the most effective fighting force in the galaxy, the Imperial Sultyat Clone Legions.
In the final years of the Second Terran Star Empire, a faction of the Nlyss Sultyat rebelled against the Duranium Throne. The coup d’état was ultimately unsuccessful and the rebellious Nlyss were hunted across the stars and when captured, tortured to death. A contingent of the rebel clone troops; however, managed to escape into deep space with a rag-tag fugitive fleet of stolen starships that included one of the Empire’s largest warships. Although, after the fall of the Second Terran Empire and the Long Night that followed, the Nlyss were no longer a hunted people, they remained interstellar nomads, a people with no home world.
Nlyss society, within the fleet, is organized militarily and the Commander holds all authority. They appear to have little or no interest in ruling star empires; however elements of the fleet are often employed as mercenary units by the rulers of various pocket empires in the Beyond. The Nlyss are also known to trade rare metals and technology to a variety of races within known space. Perhaps due to their existence as an Astronaut culture, the Nlyss are highly mystical. Star questing is a common requirement of Nlyss Astronaut religious orders.
The ancient Nlyss fleet has, in recent years, been operating in the Coreward Beyond at the fringes of Shen space. The current Empire still maintains the elite Imperial Sultyat Clone Legions and Sultyat Nlyss serve as the personal guard of the Veritable Autocrator.
Nlyss characters must have Strength and Constitution scores of 12 or higher. They are best suited to be Warriors or Astronauts; however they may be Scientists and are not limited in their advancement in any class.