Morrigi Confederation

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Morrigi Confederation

The Morrigi Confederation is a Faction consisting of the ancient Morrigi tribes and a coalition of Independent Worlds, who have joined together for mutual defense and mutual gain. The Morrigi dominate this Faction technologically and politically, providing military protection and technological benefits in exchange for their taxes and trade.

Unlike many other Factions, the Morrigi do allow members of other species to become full citizens and to serve in their military. Morrigi fleets can thus be commanded by Admirals from any alien species which has joined the Confederation, including Humans, Hivers, Tarka, Liir and Zuul.

The leader of the Morrigi Confederation is also the ancient leader of the Morrigi star-faring tribes, their Morru Khan. This title translates from the Morrigi language as "First Among Travelers". Other titles by which the Morru Khan is known include "the Dragon", "the Dragon with a Thousand Wings", "Dread Lord", and "Lord of Travelers". When you play the game as the Morrigi Confederation, you will assume this role. [1]

Rather than try to evict the new tenants of the galaxy, the Morrigi have appointed themselves to serve and protect all of the people of any race who would otherwise be unable to defend themselves and remain free.[2]

The Honing and the Morru Khan

In traditional Morrigi society, female Morrigi seldom travel from star to star, preferring to remain planet-bound and hold their terrestrial territory. The exception to this rule was an occasion known as "The Honing". During this ritual, selected female emissaries from the various feminine tribes would seek passage from allied male tribes to a place called "the Dancing Ground".

At this pre-selected gathering point, the female representatives from many worlds would meet in council on the planet's surface while the male tribes engaged in an intensely competitive ritual series of "sports" in the surrounding system. These events were recorded and broadcast to the entire Morrigi civilization, with competitions including a full gamut of possible battle simulations: single combat in atmosphere, armored combat on a neighboring moon, classic ship-to-ship dog-fighting engagements, and mock battles between entire fleets being the highlights of the spectacle.

The results of competition among the males at such an event would set the hierarchy of leadership among and within the otherwise largely egalitarian male tribes for the next cycle. The leader of the victorious tribal fleet at the Honing generally becomes "Morru Khan", “First Among the Travelers”, until the next competition. The females allied to this tribe gain the privilege (and obligation) of hosting the next such event.

The only way to subvert this tradition is on the rare occasions when the Morru Khan is challenged to single combat. Any leader so challenged may choose a champion to defend his position, but the Morru Khan may name a champion only six times. If his challenger survives to the seventh battle, the Morru Khan must fight to the death in person. If the challenger wins, he becomes leader of the tribes.

It was by this very rare method that a Tribeless renegade, Tokhta the White, became the current Dragon of the Morrigi tribes.

Origins of The Morrigi Confederation

The origins of the Morrigi Confederation lie in the ancient history of the Travelers, who once ruled an empire of unknown astroterritorial extent. It is possible that the Morrigi people as they exist today are merely a shrunken shadow of an empire which may have spanned this sector of the galaxy 15,000 years ago.

Although the dates of their rule are not known, many of the names of the ancient Khans are remembered in the oral histories of the Tribes that claim descent from them. Such legends hint at a much larger and more developed territory for the ancient Morrigi than the modern Morrigi can claim. Khabul of the Burning Cities was notorious for his brutality and barbarism. Although his deeds may be exaggerated for effect, he is said to have sent at least thirty of the ancient Drift Cities crashing down when their resident Tribes refused to bow to his authority. Such an act implies a level of development which is not visible among contemporary Morrigi. Similarly, the hero Tuathal of the Jade Wing is said to have courted and won a thousand wives in his day. Such an achievement would indicate that Morrigi women could be found on a thousand different worlds. Such an empire would be so huge as to be virtually inconceivable by modern standards.

Although the details of these stories differ widely from Tribe to Tribe, all sources agree that the ancient Morrigi ruled over and protected many non-Morrigi worlds, which were occupied by indigenous sapient peoples who were non-Morrigi. The modern-day Morrigi Confederation represents a return to this very ancient and long-abandoned tradition.

The Great Shame

The ancient Morrigi population had been in decline for thousands of years until six hundred years ago, when a brief resurgence began. For the first time in many centuries, the Tribes were growing in population and began to expand. They settled new worlds and began the process of terraformation and development. New technologies were sought and explored, and the Tribes began to explore systems beyond their core settlement region, returning to the more venturesome days of their celebrated past.

This period came to a crashing halt 335 years later, when two Suul'ka, the Siren and the Bloodweaver, for some reason chose to take an interest in the Morrigi and their affairs. Within a few decades the Morrigi people were driven nearly to extinction by their combined attentions. The Bloodweaver rained death on planet after planet, scourging civilians with hungry Zuul and other plagues even more quickly and violently lethal. The Siren called fleet after fleet of the space-faring Travelers to her side, binding them to serve her. She turned them screaming on their own wives and children, sending the Travelers to rain fire down on Morrigi colony worlds, and sometimes even to slay their families in person.

The memory of the Kragodai, or Screamers, remains a dark one for the Morrigi people. The subjugation of Morrigi males by a powerful coercer, however, is only one component of the trauma. Equally disturbing to many Morrigi was the militarization of Morrigi women. Several female Tribes rose to defend the Morrigi civilization against the Screamers, building their own warships and weapons. Such women are known as Harpeizanae, "Snatchers", because they are said to have torn out the hearts of their own husbands and sons.

The leader of the Harpy fleets was Penthesilea Alaia, "Penthesilea the Blind". Rumor has it that she lost both of her natural eyes to her husband Akhilleos, who descended from orbit to kill her. When the Suul'ka attacks ceased, Penthesilea was tried for murder and blasphemy and exiled by the newly crowned Morru Khan, Atreus the Bloody. She and her sisters were found guilty and cast out, exiled permanently from Morrigi space. Their names were struck from public records, public speech and public memory. Their fight for the survival of their race, rather than being celebrated as heroic, has been remembered only by downcast eyes and silence in recent years.

Harpies embody the Great Shame.

Tokhta The Just

Born in the Year 15,658 of the Morrigi calendar, Tokhta lost his paternal Tribe to the song of the Siren during the Suuligi War. He had departed from the fleet in order to seek bridal treasure among the primitive inhabitants of a hidden Independent world. When he sought out his fellow Travelers, he found that they had become Kragodai. He followed in the wake of the destruction his Tribesmen had left behind, responding to every distress signal that he could pick up, ferrying the few survivors to smaller settlements which had been passed over in the first wave, securing safe passage for them among foreign tribes where they might find food and shelter, and carrying medicine and tools to places where they were sorely needed in the aftermath of the savage attacks.

In the end, his brothers returned, sweeping back through the area to eliminate the last of the survivors. Alongside the Harpies, Tokhta fought to destroy those he had once regarded as his closest kin. In the battle his vessel was destroyed, and he was forced to descend and take shelter on the nearest world, a barren barely habitable desert rock.

He waited for many years hoping for rescue from his fellow Travelers or the Harpy allies who had fought alongside him, but no one responded to his distress beacon. In the end he resigned himself to living alone, and built a secure shelter in the wind-winnowed desert cliffs. When a small group of Independent Humans came to settle the world, he initially tried to avoid them, as he was uncertain of how they might react to his presence. Eventually he was injured in a rock fall, however, and unable to free himself from the collapsed entrance of his former home. A small Human child with a Wild Talent for Empathy was able to track his distress and lead her people to free him from the caves. Rather than attacking him, as he had feared, the Humans provided him with medical care and sanctuary, as per their beliefs. Soon he was able to restore his body and his armor.

When the Travelers returned to the region, Tokhta had survived for years alone among the Humans. He rejoined the Tribes during the reign of Atreus the Bloody, pleading clemency for the Human, Hiver and Tarka Independent worlds which had sprung up in the absence of Morrigi occupation. His pleas went largely unheard, however, and even his adoptive human community was eventually targeted for extermination.

In 15,986, Tokhta challenged Atreus to mortal combat and defeated all six of his champions in succession. Thereafter he slew Atreus himself in single combat to become Morru Khan. With his victory, he set his people on a new path, and formed the Morrigi Confederation of Independent Worlds. During his reign, people of all races have been granted citizenship in the Confederation and Morrigi ships have been adapted to allow non-Morrigi warriors to serve on deck. Admirals of many races may command Travelers in combat, and some overtures have even been made to the Harpies, in the hope that the Sisters of Victory can be returned to the fold.

References

  1. Erinys in Forum Post
  2. Erinys in Gamespot interview