The Paranid are allied with the Split even though there have been many disagreements between them. They are also allied with the Teladi because both races are members of the Profit Guild. For this reason the Paranid allow all other races to trade freely thoughout their territory. However, because of strained relations between the Paranid and the Argon, trade is the only contact these two races have with each other. They adhere strictly to their ancient and strange rites and religious beliefs which are a mystery to other races. It is virtually impossible to befriend or even understand them. Their religion also forbids non Paranid to settle or live in a Paranid colony. This law is really of little consequence because very few outsiders are interested in settling in Paranid colonies. This is due to the fact that the Paranid prefer to settle on planets that are much too hot and humid for other races.
Government and politics
The Paranid are ruled by a single person, who is also their religious leader, the Pontifex Maximus Paranidia, or Priest Emperor. The current Priest Emperor is named Xaar.
Foreign relations and military
The Paranid maintain cold diplomatic relations with the Argon and a loose alliance with the Split. They are neutral to the Teladi and are members of the Teladi-founded Profit Guild. It is extremely rare for a Paranid to befriend those who aren't their own people. The best known exception was the ambassador Tebathimanckat, who became close friends with the Terran woman Elena Lindisfarne Kho.
The Paranid evolved from a three-eyed beetle-like creature in the caves of the sixth planet orbiting the white star Reborn to Life, known as Paranidashrat, or Paranid Prime. The Paranid were the first sentient alien species the Human race encountered, in the year of 130 NT/2300 EY on the sector of Split Fire, back when the Argons owned it, and became the first allies of the Argon Federation. They remained loose allies until the Xenon Conflict, where due to the sheer amount of damage the machines did to their civilization, they couldn't fight with the Federation anymore. The Argon saw this as a betrayal, which soured their relationship ever since. Eventually, the Paranid made contact with the Split and allied with them, fighting alongside them during the Boron Campaign against their former allies.
In 765 NT/2935 EY, the Paranid built the Jumpgate that reconnected Sol with the X Universe, even if it wasn't their intention, and the first Community ship to go through the gate was a Paranid ship as well. The Paranid were highly divided during the Terran War of 778 NT/2948 EY, with most of their species fighting on the side of the Community of Planets, and a few others who chose to side with the Terrans.
20 years after the Dark began at the end of 778 NT/2948 EY, the Argon, the Boron, and the Paranid discovered the spatial locations of their respective home systems, and restored contact with each other, forming the Alliance of the Word, a successor of the Community of Planets.
The Paranid worship three-dimensionality, and by extension, everything that is related to the cipher 3, as divine. Religion is a central part of Paranid society and at least one sector (and a planet, provided it is present) has a ruling Priest Duke to oversee operations. The Priest Emperor Xaar resides in the capital planet of Paranid Prime and all Paranid must show utmost respect to their Emperor and 3 lest they be branded as unholy outcasts. Losing their middle eye is one the worst punishment a Paranid can possibly suffer, other than death itself. The Paranid have a deep affinity for mathematics and their extensive knowledge is reflected on their machinery, which is greatly admired by the other races; although this is treated with begrudging respect by Argon people thanks to having soured relations after the First Xenon Conflict and the later Boron Campaign. Their deeply religious attitude makes Paranids condescending and supercilious towards other races, which turns off potential diplomatic relations with them.
Geography and Climate
The Paranid tend to live in planets that have hot, humid climates and usually volcanic or desert-laden topography in levels that make it unsustainable for other races to settle in. Before the Xenon tampered with their homeworld, Paranid Prime possessed two very cold polar caps, that extended through most of the planet, and a very hot equatorial region where most Paranid lived on. In the summers, the planet would heat up so much that most Paranid moved to the poles, where the temperature was chill and cold.
The Paranid are a three-eyed, bipedal, humanoid race. They have 11 different genders, with minute variations between each other. The Paranid possess digitigrade legs with three hoof-like toes, and their long arms have three fingers as well, with claws at their ends. Their bodies are slender and tall, with many different skin colors that can vary from a pale yellow to a soft purple tone. Their heads are oblong, with some of them possessing crests. Their eyes have black sclera. The Paranid are also unique in the fact that they can form cocoons around themselves to hibernate for long periods of time, a remnant of their insectoid ancestors.
Science and Technology
The Paranid have always understood how to construct good combat ships. They have the best fighting capabilities of all the fleets in the X-Universe. Unfortunately, their designers have little imagination and only required functionality is added to their ships. Comfort is discarded for more practical amenities. But, if you are looking for a ship that will still be intact after a heavy skirmish, a Paranid ship would make an excellent choice.
In reality, Paranid ships can often be outclassed by Terran ships, some OTAS ships, and a few of the best designs some races have to offer. However, they often have versatile armament options combined with good overall combat qualities. Paranid ships are almost always reliably some of the best combatants in their class. A downside is that they tend to have small storage space, leaving less room for missiles and other random goodies.
It was Paranid engineers who developed the Phased Shockwave Generator and the Fragmentation Bomb Launcher. Both of these weapons were designed to have a wider area of fire than your standard issue laser.
The Paranid were forced to sell the designs of the Particle Accelerator Cannon to other races during their recent recession which some have said, with much sneering, was caused because of the small cargo bays in their ships. The sale of plans for any future weapons was prohibited by the Paranid secret service.
Paranid ships are powerful and, like their Argon counterparts, reasonably balanced, but with the addition some of their own powerful weaponry such as the Phased Shockwave Generator.
Their most successful ship design is the much praised Hyperion class M6 corvette which balances firepower, speed, cargo space and a hanger bay to make it a very powerful ship. They also possess the Deimos, which has excellent speed, its own small hangar bay, and the max shields of many M1 class ships, despite being an M7. Their Agamemnon is another powerful M7, a unique ship that is very similar to the Deimos but with better capabilities for mounting capital weapons.
- M1 Paranid Zeus
- M2 Paranid Odysseus
- M3 Paranid Perseus
- M3+ Paranid Medusa
- M4 Paranid Pericles
- M4+ Paranid Theseus
- M5 Paranid Pegasus
- M6 Paranid Nemesis
- M6+ Paranid Heavy Nemesis
- M6+ Paranid Hyperion
- M7 Paranid Deimos
- M7 Paranid Agamemnon
- M7M Paranid Ares
- M8 Paranid Hades
- TL Paranid Hercules
- TS Paranid Demeter
- TP Paranid Hermes
- TM Paranid Helios
Albion Prelude Ships
Paranid Shipyards are known as Paranid Shipyards and are known to exist in the following sectors:
- Paranid Prime
- Trinity Sanctum
- Third Redemption (super)
- Cardinal's Domain
- Heaven's Assertion (super)
- Duke's Citadel
|Races and Factions of the X Universe|
|Key||Commonwealth | Terran | Illegal | Other|
|Races||Aldrin | Argon | Boron | Kha'ak | Paranid | Sohnen | Split | Teladi | Terran | Xenon|
|Factions||ATF | Community of Planets | Foundation Guild | Profit Guild | Yaki | Goner | Pirates|
|Corporations||Atreus | Duke's | Jonferco | NMMC | Plutarch | Strong Arms | Terracorp|