First contact: Disappearance of planet F313
Notes: A race of discorporeal energy beings, controlling a significant volume of known space. Of all alien species encountered during the Second Era, few are the equal of the Orion Empire in terms of territory, technological achievement, or tenacity in dealing with other sentient species. As documented by the Antiquarian faction (before its repurposing as an “consulting body” to Xu’s regime), there have been several Orion Empires over the centuries. How and why one Empire falls and another rises is far from clear, despite the excavation of dozens of archaeological sites. Humanity had two major conflicts with the Orions during the Second Era.