January 20th, 2041 in Earth's calendar, two weeks had passed since Tost's army invaded the human's homeworld. After the dispatched Protectors' forces succeeded in defending Earth, the planet's most influential organization Worldwide Anti-Terrorism Organization (WATO), which was chosen to be Earth's representative, decided to join force and officially became allies with the Protectors, before considering to join into the Alliance of Protectors. Professor Henry, a renowned historian chosen by WATO to learn about the history the Protectors had to share, was sitting in his office and waiting for the Protectors' specialist who was, at that moment, officially late. The office door opened and a figure stepped in. The one came in was very human-like, except for his eyes which were nearly round and his 12 fingers, which were longer and thinner than human's.
"Are you Professor Henry?" -Said alien.
"Ah, yes. Have a seat, then we can start our business." -Henry went straight into the main subject to hide his surprises about how alike to human, and different to his imaginations, the alien was.
"Of course, but let me introduce myself first." -The alien said with a smile -"I'm Fennus." -He then held out his hand.
Henry felt more comfortable and shook his hand, then when his consciousness told him the one he was shaking wasn't human, his nervousness rose up again.
"Let's get into the main subject, shall we?" -The alien said again while opening his bag, taking out a sphere which seemed like a hologram projector; and a crystal-clear bottle filled of tea-like liquid.
"Let's go from the earliest point we knew of all the way till now. You might want to write this down, Henry."
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Let's start with the Prometheus. From a time long before when Human, Quarian or any other race appeared, the Prometheus had already built a technologically advanced empire. They expanded across galaxies, colonizing many planets. But the universe was small in their time, and it wasn't expanding. The Prometheus Empire literally consisted of the entire universe, because there was no other intelligent race. Then something happened. The Prometheus only managed to foresee it a mere day before it happened. The core of the galaxy in the center of the universe started to pull everything toward it. The event would eventually lead to all the mass exploding in all direction, what human now seems to call: the Big Bang. The gravitation was so strong that even with the technology much more advanced than we do now, they didn't have any solution to survive. They finally came with a decision: slipspace. Entering slipspace as the event started and try to stay in the slipspace dimension until it was over. However, they didn't have any spaceship with energy generators capable of maintaining shielding against the radiation in slipspace dimension. Having such little time, they came with a decision: to fill a small spaceship with a slipspace device, a shielding projector, a whole lot of energy generators and the last hope of their race - a machine which would keep genetically created Prometheus eggs in cyro sleep for billions of years until the planets were reformed. A dumb AI (which doesn't free will or the intelligent to make decisions) was used to ensure that the eggs wouldn't hatch until they were on a habitable planet because a smart AI living too long could go rampage because of boredom. Because there weren't enough space, fewer than fifty eggs were put in the ship - a number too small to ensure their survival. The Prometheus enchanted the gene of the eggs so that when hatched, the new-born would quickly grow into their adult state in days and stay that way until they die hundreds of years later. They were also smart - having memories and intelligence embedded into their minds, they quickly rebuilt the Prometheus Empire before any other intelligent races built their own. But they also made a big mistake: interfering with other races' developments. The Prometheus quickly became worshipped gods of a number of races, including the prehistoric Humans.
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Sierra, Humanity's first homeworld, caught the Prometheus' attention. They studied Humans, the species which held much potential - both good and bad. The group of scientists, however, made a mistake when they showed themselves to prevent the destruction of the most populated human village. They became gods to human. And so two options were voted: to continue being gods to human or to erase their memory and continue to study them as usual. The voting ended up with the "gods idea" winning 52:5. The 52 who voted for the idea divided evenly into two sides: "good gods" who resided on the snowy mountain (Heaven) and "evil gods" who resided in the black valley completely surrounded by low mountains (Hell). The side which voted against the idea chose to reside underground, becoming the land of death in prehistoric Human's mythology. The Prometheus continued to guide the Humans peacefully until they enter medieval. Then the forces of Heaven and their "holy priests and knights" entered a war with the forces of Hell and their "demon worshippers". The reason for the war is still not known fully until now, however it is very likely because of disagreement among the Prometheus. There were countless battles, Humans slaughtering Humans, Prometheus killing each other's physical form (the Prometheus by this time had already used chemical to make themselves truly immortal by allowing their spirit to escape their body after death and be reborn in another body). Each of the three sides (Heaven, Hell and Underworld) created their own ideals: the Heaven Gods want to make lower races worship them, thus becoming the highest power and preventing any possible wars; the Hell Gods want to control lower races by force and fear, destroying any who resist and thus, also bring peace. Their ideals started because they had already, by that point, understood that other races are different from Prometheus: violence is in their nature. Humanity is a prime example of this, with so much desire to hurt other races… and even their own. The Underworld Gods, ironically contradicting to their name, created the ideal which is what the Protectors were created upon: an extremely long-shot, risky ideal which, if succeeded, will definitely make the universe the best place it can be. Because every race other than Prometheus had violence in their nature, the only option was to simply eradicate that violent nature. Their ideal was to spread their influence across the entire universe, taking every races into their arms and creating an order which would keep the peace for as long as it would take; then while the order were keeping the peace, another group would slowly work on the gene of every individuals of every races, eradicating whatever caused the desire for violent; and finally, making "violence" disappear completely from the universe they live in. The three sides fought for their ideals: The Heaven Gods granted immortality to selected humans and they became the Heavenly Angels, the Hell Gods did the same and Hellish Angels. The Underworld, however, lacked in number as they were only consisted of the 5 who voted against the "gods idea" - The Death God, the Grim Reaper and the three Death Angels War, Corruption and Famine. The Heaven Gods led the Human Organization known as the "Holy Crusaders" against the Hell Gods which led the Human Organization known as the "Destroyers of Worlds". The Underworld Gods were the ones first created the organization "Galactic Alliance of Protectors". After thousands of years fighting, the Destroyers started to gain the upper hand, threatening to attack other races in other galaxies, so a group of Human Protectors along with the Prometheus "Grim Reaper" were dispatched to a galaxy far away and prepare its inhabitants for what would surely come for them. Their first destination was the Quarian's galaxy who were still in there industrial age. The Humans placed recorders on the moon of Quarian's homeworld, warning them about the Destroyers threat and teaching them about all the history they needed to know. Most of what I'm telling you right now came from these recorders. The Humans then proceeded to the neighboring galaxy - yours. They found 3 planets with intelligent races in their tribal ages: on the Orsmium was the rough, tough but honorable Orsimers (Also called Orcs) with impressive physique but lack intelligent compared to other races; on the planet of Jagrium was the race of Dak-Yar (Humans called them Dragon Riders), a peaceful race who would stay close to nature even when their technology became more advanced; and on the Hellius was the mysterious race called Necro (Also called Shadows). No one really knows where the Necro came from, we just know that they didn't come from Hellius originally. The Prometheus decided that the Necro would pose a threat to other races considering they were developing on an unnatural planet where many species became capable of performing "magic". Even now, we still don't understand how these "magic" really works, but they somehow interfere with the particles and therefore, performing "telekinesis", creating fire, collecting water atoms,… and many more "spells". Since we're here for the history, I'll spare this for later. As a solution for the Necro, an artificial species was created by the Prometheus and Prehistoric Humans: My race - The Magus (usually called Mages, Wizards,… that sort of things). We Magus were created be alike to the Prometheus: Have great scene of Good and Bad, while not easily corrupted. We were to look after the Necro and ensure that they would never become a threat to the Universe. After creating a suitable amount of Magus, the Humans and Prometheus moved on, toward Earth, where they would rebuild Humanity. But since Humans liked domination over other races, they were reduced to the equal technology tier as the other races in the Milky Way - the Stone Age. The Prometheus also carefully created evidence of Humans' evolution on the planet to hide this fact. The Grim Reaper then returned to Sierra, where both Heaven and Underworld were losing to Hell. They finally decided to use their last failsafe - a series of small satellites which would explode, releasing a wave of energy reacting the Prometheus and Human "Angels" DNA then move all of them into another dimension. After this was done, the remaining Human Destroyers massacred the Humans who didn't worship their Gods and at the same time, declared a Holy War upon all other species. They created a near-unstoppable fleet and started traveling to other galaxies, killing the inhabitants and created a stellar collapse at the galaxy's core, turning it into a super black hole, sucking every planet, which used to be rotating around it, into itself. After a couple of galaxies, the Destroyers encountered a fear-some race: The Drake (or the Humans would call "Dragons"). The Drake dominated over their galaxy, with a fleet capable of stopping the Destroyers wherever they showed up. Their fighting ability on the ground was even more fear-some, since they were much bigger than other races, each of them was almost a vehicle, combined with their ability of using "Magic" like us Magus and their flight maneuverability, the Destroyers had a hard time dealing with this powerful race. After more than half a century, the Destroyers finally made a breakthrough: by creating a parasite species which stayed in its host until it grew big enough, then made its way to the brain, quickly consumed the brain and took its place, controlling the host. This parasite is now known as the "Controllers". For almost another half a century, the Drake tried to regain their advantages but failed in doing so. A small fleet made their way to another galaxy far away from the Destroyers, hoping that they would have enough time to build an army and have their revenge. But thanks to their not-so-advanced space travelling technology, it took them an incredible long amount of time to reach a faraway habitable planet - Hellius. They immediately started war with the Necro and us Magus, trying to gain domination over the planet. By this time, both we and the Necro had already reached our Modern Age so we had means to fight back, even though the enemy was in their Space-Faring Age. After many years of battle, the Drake was once again lost in a war and forced to retreat. However, as their war ships had already been destroyed, only a small passenger spacecraft left the planet, carrying their hope to another planet: the Jagrium, where they became welcome by the Dak-Yar and formed a strong alliance.
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On the Hellius, both Necro and Magus occupied a half of the planet, while continuously starting war with each other. The Necro developed the spells which would allow them to conjure up spirits of dead creatures to fight for them and attack spells focused on poison. The Magus, on the other hand, developed spells using the 5 elements - Earth (solid), Wind (air), Fire (heat), Water (liquid) and Electric (Energy). After 6 "War Worlds", the Drake invaded their planet, forcing both races to form an alliance against their mutual enemy. When the Drake was finally defeated and forced to retreat, the Necro and Magus, both fearing threats from outer space, came to a truce and cooperate to advance in technology term.
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On Jagrium, the Dak-Yar formed an organization with the Drake called "Dragon Knights", pairing a Drake with a Dak-Yar. Aside from the Knights, when Drake arrived at Jagrium, they brought along with them their religious of worshipping Prometheus; this eventually led to the creation of another powerful Dak-Yar - Drake organization, the "Templars". They worshipped the Prometheus and chosen Human Angels of Heaven, following their ideals and using their ways of fighting. Because they worshipped the Heaven Gods, they were determined to defeat the Destroyers and seek out ways to follow where their Gods had gone.
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As the Destroyers continued their Crusade, a group of Quarians followed the path the Underworld Prometheus created and resurrect the Galactic Alliance of Protectors. They quickly became the strongest Quarian organization. Aside from the Protectors, another powerful organization was the Spirits of Vengeance (usually called Spirits), a group dedicated to investigation of crimes and delivering their own justice. Some didn't agree with their way of working but most of the Protectors didn't feel hostile against them, and also they usually helped the Protectors with stealth missions against both the rebellions and the Destroyers. The head of the Protectors and also the scientist who revolutionized the Quarian's technology was Thelvarian Cassius Prometheus, one of the most respected people in one of the most respected Quarian families, who first discovered the Prometheus' recorders. He also created the Protectors' war ships - from the light frigates to the carriers, dreadnoughts and capital ships. The Protectors' most powerful infantry was also his creation - the Assault Droid created with Prometheus' design. The Protectors' main infantry and on-ground vehicles were made by another genius named Tost. Because he was an orphan, he had neither a position name nor a family name. If compared intelligence, Cassius and Tost should be equal, but since Cassius was more respected, Tost had to live under his partner's shadow. This eventually drove him crazy, always trying to become more known than Cassius, but failed every time. In the end, he decided to take vengeance upon Cassius and the Protectors Alliance by creating a virus infiltrating through the Protectors' advanced AI Wex who had access to manual control of every Protectors' automatic devices. The virus put most drones, Assault Droids, war ships and facilities under Tost's command. Some luckily avoided the virus, including a few facilities near Quarian's homeworld, the capital ship Flame-Spark-In-Darkness, a few Assault Droids. But the virus affected almost all of Cassius' personal guards, so he was executed. The war between Protectors and Tost's army began, but only after half a year, the Destroyers arrived, with their biological weapon known as Controllers and their mechanical robots, and nearly destroyed both of the weakened Quarian's sides. Tost was killed, but his AI continued to give orders to his army. As we slowly lost the war, two carrier-class Ships were chosen to bring an amount of troops and Quarian civilians to another galaxy. Unluckily, the carrier with the civilians was destroyed by a suicidal Destroyers' frigate. The carrier Beacon-of-Light survived, narrowly escaped as the Quarian's homeworld was being glassed by a Destroyers' fleet, carrying the consciousness of 500 elite Quarians whose vengeful fire burns brightly after the death of so many of their beloved. Luckily, aside from the troops, the deployable factories and the Protectors' AI Wex, the ship also carried DNA code of the Quarian, allowing them to resurrect their race. This carrier managed to make its way to your galaxy, taking control of an inhabitable planet but rich in mineral. Soon after, a couple of Tost's war ships also made their way to a planet - the Orsmium, where they forced an alliance with the Orsimers through violence and tricks. The surviving Protectors gathered with a group of Spirits and made their way toward other races, creating alliance with the Necro - Magus Government. This government was created after the seventh Hellius War World. As the governments of both sides before the War became corrupted, rebellions rose. After the death of a respected Magus by their empire for "heretic" action (introducing theories about higher forms of magic that needed one to push themselves beyond their own limit, which at that time was something considered only be used by their creators, the Prometheus), his student took action against the corrupted Necro - Magus empire, creating the foundation for a new Necro - Magus government, revolutionizing Hellius forever. This story is for another day, but it's worth noting that thanks to that Magus, we now have more battle effective spell against the Destroyers. After the alliance with Necro - Magus, the Protectors hurried to Jagrium, fighting the Rebels who had arrived first and after defeating the hostiles, made another alliance with both the Dak-Yar and the Drake. Failing to gain more support, Tost's AI immediately sent a large army of drones and Orcs toward Earth, hoping to enslave your race, take control of a large source of mineral, while stopping the Protectors from gaining more allies. What happened next, you already know.
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Henry finished his notes, thinking deeply about his emotions. He used to think highly of Humanity, and while making allies with an alien race, he only considered that as a temporally choice to ensure their own survival. After knowing the grim truth about how their biggest enemy would be none other than their own ancestors, he couldn't make up his mind on whether or not let go of his hopes for Humanity. "May be we're just not suitable." - He thought to himself - "If it wasn't for our own imperfections, none of these massacres would have happened. The other races here, they deserve to become chosen by those Prometheus much more than we do."
"Humanity has their flaws, so do all other races." - The Magus stated like he could read what was going on in Henry's mind - "I'm not going to lie, when I first saw the Humans on Earth, I felt disappointed. Why did the Prometheus chose to focus their study on this single race, why did they go so far as to escape all the way here and reseed Humanity? But I understand all that now. I understand that among all the races now in this galaxy, the one with highest potential is Humanity. It is because of your stubbornness - your unwillingness to give up against the stronger opponent, your solidarity when one of your own is in danger. Not all Humans are the same, but you all share these characteristics, no matter how little amount - the ones most suitable for this universe, is Humans. Humanity can become the link pulling all races together whenever threat arrives, that's why you are chosen to success the Prometheus. Humanity is the future for the ideal which all of us Protectors follow. Don't underestimate yourselves."
Before the Magus said his goodbye and left the room, Henry's life was changed forever. His dream, what used to be to see Humans standing above other races, is now to see Humans standing alongside with the other Protectors' races, equal to all.