The Tserax-Yin, as they call themselves, are better known as the Sun Devils. These strange creatures evolved on
a gas giant planet orbiting a brown dwarf star in a close orbit, in a metal rich globular star cluster. They existed in
the dense atmosphere of the planet, moving about by jet propulsion and resembled alien fish-like creatures with
radial hexameric symmetry and six tentacles. Like the Malosians, they also adapted to life in other conditions on
Above: the home-world of the Sun Devils - Tzeran, a blue
gas giant planet about ten times more massive than Jupiter.
Above: the brown dwarf sun of Tzeran, left and during an electrical storm, right.
Brown Dwarfs are 'failed stars' they shine for about 100 million years due to left
over heat from their formation and a brief episode of deuterium nuclear burning.
Following this brief episode of activity the star slowly cools. For this reason, brown
dwarfs don't make much of a sun by our standards, as they are dark and dim,
however, Tzeran is close enough to be warmed by tidal heating as the brown dwarf
star tugs on the planet, stretching and heating it. Being such a large planet,
Tzeran also has a lot of heat left over from its formation as it still continues to
The Sun Devils are one of the most technological races known and lead the galaxy in spacetime engineering.
Indeed they have adapted fully to life in space, and no longer require spaceships, but use their spacetime
engineering devices to tunnel paths through space and time along which they glide effortlessly. They build vast
colonies in space, encircling stars in what is best described as a (partial) Dyson Sphere. A Dyson sphere is a
shell that encloses a star and taps its energy. They also draw off vast amounts of plasma from their host star
and extract many of the raw materials that they need. The way in which they 'parasitise' stars is what earned
them their pseudonym of 'Sun Devils'. It is perhaps their proximity to a brown dwarf star that encouraged them
to develop such technology early on when their own planet became exhausted.
The Sun Devils played a major part in the war against the Ankaragi. They suffered such heavy losses that they
were feared extinct. When the Erfavlins closed the galaxy gates all contact with the Sun Devils was lost, until
only three years ago. The Sun Devils re-appeared in the war against the Malosians. They used their vast
hatcheries to generate ten billion troopers a day and then they tunneled through space and time to the
Malosian colonies and invaded them one by one. They did not need spaceships to achieve this, they simply
appeared either on the planet's surface or in its atmosphere, or even inside Malosian space-stations and
warships. By sheer weight of numbers they effectively cleansed planet after planet of Malosians. The Sun
Devils also suffered phenomenally high casualties, but their troopers are bred without fear or regret and will
fight to the death in vast numbers if need be, and they are easily produced in phenomenal numbers.
In the end, the Malosians sent probes into the Sun Devil's wormholes as they opened up and surveyed the Sun
Devils and their Dyson sphere. Having lost more than 30% of their planets (something like 300-400 planets) in
several months, the Malosians desperately gathered all the starships that they could muster (some 99% of their
total war fleets and 60% of their merchant fleets) laden with as many Malosian troops as they could carry and
jumped through a Sun Devil wormhole and arrived at their hatcheries. As the Malosian troopers held off the
Sun Devil swarms, the warships decimated the Sun Devil hatcheries with their torpedoes and they also
destroyed the spacetime engineering device. Finally they detonated warp-mines to close down the central
wormhole that the Sun Devils had tunneled. This saved the Malosian Empire from the brink of annihilation, but
the Malosians lost their entire war-fleet and were vulnerable to attack by the United Galactic Alliance whose
battered fleets laid siege to planet after planet. The Malosians had other tricks up their guantlets, however (see
the Malosian timeline).
The Sun Devils have not been heard of since, but they will almost surely return when the Galaxy needs them
again. Little is known about these mysterious creatures. We are trawling the data archives at Cronodon and will
present more information soon. One point of interest, however, is the source of much of the Sun Devil genius -
the Bionet. The Bionet is a colossal computer that orbits a host star in space, and is made of billions of modified
individuals connected together by their tentacles, forming a single super-colonial organism. Light signals and
nutrients pass from individual to individual via the tentacles, but the main means of information processing is
much more mysterious - the minds of all the individuals are connected together to form a single mind as the
whole neural network is in a macroscopic quantum coherent state. In a quantum coherent state, many atoms
can behave as if they are a single atom, in this case all the brains in the Bionet behave as a single brain - they
are synchronised. This almost totally eliminates the time delay incurred as signals pass from one region of the
net to the other. This net is used to carry out spacetime engineering calculations by solving the cosmic string
equations in 11 dimensions. Energy from stars powers the warp-field generators that produce wormholes
through space and time, as required.
Click the images below to enlarge:
Above: a Tserax-Yin trooper. Several larvae are joined together inside a secreted armoured casing to form
each single trooper. Larvae may be connected in different ways to form different body morphs according
to need. Extra limbs may be added. The manipulators on the ends of the arms are capable of fine
manipulation, powerful suction and also of releasing plasma bolts. Little is known about their detailed
physiology, but it is thought that they are able to sense distortions in spacetime created by the presence of
energy of any kind, giving them a mysterious and powerful sensory ability.
Above, left: a Tserax-Yin larva, representative of the ancestral hexameric stage (with 6 sides and radial
symmetry). These creatures once travelled about in the dense atmosphere of their gas giant homeworld
by jet propulsion. Now they have adapted to life in outer space. Billions of these larvae will connect
together by their six tentacles (which may become branched) to form the vast Bionet computer. Above,
centre and right: more images of Sun Devil troopers. These troopers do not require spaceships, instead
their bodies are projected through space and time.