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and Terran conflicts, have been seen by the Cult of Sivar as preparation for the final challenge of the star gods. Specifically, the prophecy states that if the Kilrathi ever faltered in their path of conquest, the gods would return and destroy both the Kilrathi remnant and their conquerors (a horrific prediction to the Kilrathi, who view the death of a blood-foe by another’s hand as among the gravest of dishonours). The Cult of Sivar viewed Kilrathi history as heading towards one of only two possible outcomes. The first, Tr’thrak, is a sort of Ragnarök – a glorious final battle against the star gods where the Kilrathi would find either final victory or eternal honour in death. The second, Kn’thrak, or “void”, would occur if the Kilrathi were defeated by unworthy opponents and the star gods returned to annihilate the race without honour.

In Human history the pattern of prehistoric military conflict being recorded as mythology for posterity is well established. Examples include the Mayan Quetzlcoatl myth, the Egyptian tales of Horus, Osiris and Set, and the Hebrew legends of the Nephilim, or “giants of the earth”. Kilrathi Sivarist doctrine has always been explicit regarding the possibility that the star gods of the ancient myth are physical beings who come to wage war with great magic (advanced technology?), but who could be faced and perhaps conquered by a sufficiently prepared and resolute warrior-race.

If the current enemy is indeed of the ancient race of “star gods” who (accidentally or on purpose) set the pattern of Kilrathi civilisation in motion thousands of years ago, then we can only hope that their progress in the intervening millennia has been far slower than ours.

ADDENDA: As of 2681.020 0715, as this document was being prepared for distribution, Confed Intelligence Central Processing assigned the code name “Nephilim” to the current threat, until such time a more precise appellation is possible.


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