A species of sentient wormlike and warbent beings that hail from the dense center of our galaxy where the stars are packed so thick together that nightfall never comes.
We called them the Onib, perhaps the first species that mankind has ever encountered that matches us in murderous intent as well as technological prowess.
Currently engaged in a large scale territorial dispute with the human race over the planet Everest (galactic sector 13.31.89) which both species consider to be viable for longterm sustainable colonization.
-Journal of Captain Zane Ferris, year 2214, Planet Everest:
I cautiously peeked my head past the buckled wall to survey the scene; there must have been thirty of them all armed to the spines and rushing towards our hastily constructed barricades. Clear slime frothed thickly from their rubbery bodies as they clamored past one another, namelessly clawing, writhing, and hideously babbling their way across the crumbling desert sands swinging their heavy grey weapons ahead of them as they ran. I raised my own rifle and let off a series of carefully aimed blasts before ducking back behind my ruined piece of masonry and listening to the wounded creature’s gurgling shrieks.
My remaining human companions and I were seconds away from being overrun only moments after the battle had begun.
With a rush of cold air, something huge soared over my head, throwing circles of blinding light across the ruined landscape and laying down sheets of heavy flack. Speakers tucked deep in its belly roared encouragement and praise for the few remaining human soldiers below. “A new future for humanity!” “Our right as a species,” “To ensure our Art, Science, and Ideals endure and dominate!” I caught only snippets as the metal leviathan swung low over the battlefield reducing charging enemies to smears of mustard yellow guts and slimy grey flesh with waves of cannon fire.
We had been lucky. Perhaps tomorrow will end differently.
-Zane Ferris died twelve days later at the hands of the Onib
Soldiers fighting in this sector have a lower survival rating than any other known region of interplanetary dispute.
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