The new universe of Human Space was made up of fractured, planetary nations, some democratic, some totalitarian. Many of the original rulers of these worlds created dynasties which would last for millennia: the first noble houses to rule the stars. But years of political and social experiments yielded only chaos and strife between worlds. Into this dangerous universe came the Prophet, a man with a vision of Creation he claimed was gifted to him by God, whom he called the Pancreator. The Prophet gathered disciples and followers about him and performed many miracles. A humanity desperate for unity and hope looked to the Prophet for their answers.
During this time, humanity met its first sentient race, the ungulate Shantor. At first, they were thought to be merely clever horselike beings. But it was soon realized how intelligent they were — and how dangerous. Another sentient race, the Ukar, were gifted with psychic powers — powers which they used to goad the Shantor into a bloody revolt. By the time the truth behind the Shantor’s rage was discovered, it was too late to reform the beasts in humanity’s eyes: the “dangerous and uncontrollable” Shantor were enslaved and moved to reservations across the Known Worlds, breaking up their families and culture.
The following Ukar War united humanity against an-other star-faring race, one inimicable to human interests. With the aid of the Ukar’s cousin race, the Obun, humanity gained ground in their galactic war. Finally, Palamedes Alecto, follower of the Prophet, led the newly formed Universal Church of the Celestial Sun against the Ukar on their homeworld. Humanity was victorious, and the place of the Church in future politics and martial power was cemented.
Humanity marched across new worlds and subjugated the sentients living upon them, most of whom were incapable of star travel and thus considered inferior.
Until the Vau. Humanity met more than its match when it subjugated a peaceful race of gardeners known as the G’nesh. When their overlords arrived from unknown worlds in vastly superior starships with devastating energy weapons, humans had no choice but to fall back and go no further. Luckily, the Vau were non-expansionistic, and pursued no vendetta against humanity. As long as they were left alone, they would cause no trouble — or so most humans believed. But enigmatic “gifts” and lore from the Vau over the centuries have been curiously effective at starting conflicts among humans.