Leg Peg’s X’or: Knowledge Is Power
If you were a civilisation bent on galactic domination what would you call yourself? Would you go for [weedy voice] ‘Hu-man’, or would you plump for [dramatic pause] ‘X’or’? Well of course you would choose the latter, because as we all know through bitter experience of coming up against a force with X at the start of its name, defeat is often a real possibility because of it. To have the X followed with an apostrophe is the grammatical equivalent of having Brian Blessed at their head, bellowing “Kneel, mortals!” through a big space cone.
Thankfully the X’or aren’t here quite yet, but they soon will be when Novascore’s 4X game Legends of Pegasus is released later this month. Curiously though they don’t seem to be as nasty as their name suggests, because what drives them isn’t blood, the screams of children or sour milk, but knowledge:
Their single goal is integration — the expansion of their species. Gathering all the data, all the technologies, they implement them in their cities and in their fleets; they improve their worlds and the universe. They develop new processes to improve themselves, and they integrate this in each of their drones and spaceships as a means of strengthening the unity, the nucleus, the Core…
The Core seems to be the X’or’s soul… a special form of RAM, perhaps. Whatever it is the X’or seek to expand it so they can fill it up, searching far and wide for knowledge and often unearthing long-dead technologies beyond the capabilities of other races to find:
Because they have no biological needs and they can survive in the most extreme conditions, the X’or colonized planets no biological being would ever dream of inhabiting. Instead of trying to compete with other races, the X’or avoid them and only observe them silently, trying to understand their technologies. Since their territories use raw materials with very low yield and they have such a major technological advantage, the X’or don’t really fear being attacked by the other races.
So, basically, the X’or are bad-ass after all. Not bad, per se, just bad-ass. These new screenshots of them in action confirm it.