The Privateers were the first of all races to
achieve space travel. Fortunately for the other races the Privateers were only bands of roving pirates,
at that time. Not the unified and organized force that they
are today. They were more concerned about fighting each other
for dominance than with bothering any of the other races.
evolved on their native planet, much like the other races.
The Privateers became a humanoid race although
the skin color of the Privateers ranges
from a green color to a blue.
The Privateers have long ago shown their aptitude
for piracy. During the sea-faring days of their evolution
they discovered that it was much more cost efficient to steal
the ships you need than actually building them yourself. This
idea has stayed with the Privateers and
they have adopted it as their creed to live by, as is evident
by their actions as space travel was developed and the other
races were discovering each other.
pursuit of self-preservation the Privateers had ventured out into the Echo Cluster and were observing
many of the other races as they developed. They even stole
a starship here or there and in that way stole the technology
they needed to survive.
their credit the Privateer scientists were
able to develop a scientific breakthrough of their own. This
breakthrough is known as the gravitonic accelerator. This
device when coupled with specific starships of the Privateers (the BR4 Gunboat, BR5 Kaye Class Torpedo Boat, and
Meteor Class Blockade Runner) will cause the engines on those
hull designs to move at double the standard movement rate
for any selected warp factor and burn only the normal amount
of fuel. (i.e., At warp factor 9 a Privateer starship will move 162 light years but only burn fuel equivalent
to 81 light years of movement).
long time the Privateers were content to
be independent bands competing with each other to see who
did a better job harassing the other developing races that
they knew of (Feds, Lizards, Bird Men and Fascists). One day
an experience by one of the bands changed this races entire
outlook on the universe.
day, one of the Privateer bands was exploring
a new section of the Echo Cluster and, in their exploration,
they came across a fleet of starships of an unknown design.
When they were spotted by the enemy the Privateers we immediately fired on. Large quantities of green
plasma energy came spewing forth from the oncoming fleet.
This the small Privateer starship were prepared
to handle. Their shields were quite strong and they knew that
these enemies would soon start launching torpedoes at them,
just like the other races are known to do. They were unprepared
for what actually happened next.
the enemy starships started launching enormous amounts of fighters at the Privateers . The Privateers had never seen such a display
of fighter firepower. They knew that their starships would
never be able to withstand the kind of punishment a wave of
fighters that size could produce. So they immediately turned
tail and fled back to their homeworld with a report on this
of this encounter caused the separate bands of Privateers to decide to unify and work together as a group.
They knew that as individual groups they could never withstand
the kind of starships they had witnessed but if they unified
they could steal any number of starships that would come seeking
them. They knew as a group they would be a force to be reckoned