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Precursor races are races of great age that preceded the current interstellar order.
- By great age, it is meant thousands, millions, or even billions of years ago. Perhaps, even more...
- This is a sophontological term widely used in exobiological academia.
- Precursor races are, by default, considered dead or extinct although some may still be alive, just hidden or not well known.
- The best known precursor race within Charted Space is or are the famous or infamous Ancients and their mythical leader Yaskoydray.
- Many precursor races are believed to have possessed technology considerably more advanced than the current technological frontiers being pushed at TL–F (15) in Charted Space. The search for advanced artifacts from these races has always attracted great attention, especially at ancients sites.
- These lifeforms or the remnants of their societies and civilizations often contain great treasure troves of reverse-engineerable technology enabling fantastic technological breakthroughs.
Cradle of Civilization Races
- The Ancients are believed to have established dominance over Charted Space by -300,000 before their 2,000-year Final War ended their civilization. Scientists and historians within today's contemporary Charted Space are still finding the ruins, relics, and artifacts, of this ancient civilization, which was considerably more powerful and advanced than any known TL:13-15 polity surviving today. Some believe that Droyne and Chirpers may be related to the Ancients.
- The Vilani were able to establish a powerful civilization sometimes after -20,000, which developed a FTL J-1 Jump Drive ahead of other NILs. They used that technology to dominate Charted Space and their culture, language, and influence are still felt today. Vilani Traveller Genes are most certainly a vital part of Imperial Man and the Third Imperium. The Vilani civilization is widely believed to have been geneered and developmentally guided by the Ancients. 
- Some of these advanced and rumored races of great age include the Aakho, Primordials, and Ykiuh.
- Who knows what can be found in wildspace and other uncharted space beyond the borders of Charted Space?
Known Precursor Races
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- Author & Contributor: Darkhstarr
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science
- An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak