Legends of the Magea galaxy, from Masters of the Future
“What do you mean, *worse* than the Kor?”
Great Chirus Tessarex, Grand Admiral of the 1st Imperial Fleet, shortly before opting for a tactical retreat.
What’s a better measure of good and evil — specific actions, or specific intentions? Believe it or not, and most intelligent races typically go for not, the Kor arachnids actually mean well. Sure, they tend to kill a lot of sentients horribly, but they do so only after a careful consideration.
They don’t really have anything against any particular race, they don’t necessarily enjoy killing, or even benefit from it. In their own view of good and evil, it’s the highest good to hate and kill all that is evil, and evil is anyone who’s not earning her own existence by striving to achieve her fullest potential, and especially anyone who is preventing others from earning theirs. Fortunately for most imperfect beings in the universe, the Kor prioritize the most vile specimens, and the line is very long.
Based on this logic, the Kor passionately loathe, among many other things, sadistic killers who kill only for their personal gain or pleasure, almost as much as they hate people who allow such people to flourish through inaction. If you kill a member of their own race who had it coming, they will not seek revenge, they’ll be the first to congratulate you. They do not have any concern for the wellbeing of the weak, but it is really important that the weakness they focus on is primarily that of character. As far as physical weakness goes, they may be fans of natural selection, but not of needless cruelty.
Why all this context? It’s important to understand the nature of the Kor, the fact that they have morals and limits, before you can fully understand what it means that they do believe in the literal existence of a monster god Revatar, a physical manifestation of corruption and destruction, who they do not worship, but hate. And naturally, intend to kill.
The Kor believe that Revatar is directly behind all that’s fundamentally morally wrong among all sentient societies in the galaxy. Whether it’s just a paranoid conspiracy or a reasonable approximation of the truth, the search for Revatar by the Kor has been very real for thousands of years.
Wherever there seems to be something evil for its own sake going on in the universe, something that’s happening on a large scale and ultimately to the detriment of all parties involved, the Kor always send their agents and cloaked ships to infiltrate and investigate, and they’re completely willing to risk open conflict over it with anybody, even a suicidal one. This behavior is puzzling to other major galactic powers because in all other respects, the Kor are deviously rational, their strategies extremely careful, and their intelligence impeccable.
In all likelihood, it’s some sort of evolved paranoid instinct, aimed at maximizing the chances of preservation of the species under prolonged extremely hostile conditions. After all, the Kor have achieved wonders of stealth technology and great mastery of the art of espionage because of this mindset.
On the other hand, if there really was absolutely nothing to the existence of Revatar, chances are that the Kor would have found out by now and toned down the crusade a bit. Strangely enough, almost every other culture in the sector has stories about a malicious entity matching Revatar’s general description, but of course, there’s no tangible evidence of its manifest existence.
If you indulge the Kor paranoia, it isn’t all that difficult to see how their reasoning makes sense. Of course there’s no evidence, Revatar is keen on covering its tracks. Of course it will try to influence sentients in secret, how else would it have managed to stay safe from retribution for this long? It may actually even be an immaterial, non-localized entity, stranger things are known to exist in this universe within the reach of science.
Thanks to the existence of Iberan herbients, nobody in the galaxy denies that psionics are real, and while we’re at it, a very old Iberan would be a pretty good suspect, they even do get mad when they finally reach senility after thousands of years. You know what, we should send a squadron or two into their space right away. They’re pretty good at spotting our presence with their telepathic danger sense, but that’s just a challenge to overcome, let’s train some more mentalists. And wouldn’t you know it, they’re at war again.
That’s why it is a general policy among all sane commanders in the galaxy never to get involved in any major battles in which Kor are fighting against an unknown adversary. Just in case that this time, they’ve kicked over an even more scary beehive than their own. After all, it’s highly doubtful that if the Kor cannot kill something, anyone else can. Especially if that something really turns out to be an immaterial, non-localized ancient entity of immense psionic powers of pure evil.
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