reply to post by Romantic_Rebel
...if you'll accept answers not from comics...
They're quite possibly the most sympathetic villains in the entire history of fiction. Their objective? To subjugate or
destroy all life in the galaxy
Why? It's a long story.
Before they developed technology they were extreme physical underdogs on a planet full of predators. By their nature they tended to be solitary
creatures, with strongly competitive territorial instincts. It was not through cooperation with each other that they became the dominant species on
their planet, but through cleverness. Their rise from animalism to an intelligent race capable of space travel was not easy, and little in their
evolutionary history had shown them that cooperation with another species was even possible.
As they expanded through space, they eventually encountered a silicon-based species: The Taalo. These creatures looked basically like rocks to the
Ur-Quan, and because of that they didn't trigger their usual xenophobic or territorial instincts. And because of that there was a certain
eagerness...the Ur-Quan realized that maybe, just maybe...they could learn to interact peacefully with other civilizations. So they joined into an
alliance with the Taalo, and to prove their worthiness to this alliance, they made use of their solitary nature by volunteering for deep space
exploration missions. Living in isolation on small scout ships didn't bother the Ur-Quan, so it seemed a good fit.
However, their scouts soon made contact with the Dynarri: a non-technological race of
telepathic mind controlling parasites
. While under Dynarri control, a creature
remained conscious, could still think...but had no control over its body. The Dynarri immediately realized the value of space travel and mind
controlled the Ur-Quan scout who discovered them and used him to transport much of the Dynarri race back to the Ur-Quan homeworld and spread
themselves to take over the minds of most of the Ur-Quan race. And one of the first things they had the Ur-Quan do was obliterate the Taalo homeworld.
So the Ur-Quan could do nothing but watch helplessly as their own bodies were used to destroy the only friends they had ever made, without even the
mercy of being able to explain why they were doing it.
Their mental servitude lasted four thousands of years
. For millenia
, the Ur-Quan observed their bodies being used to breed children to
be used as hosts for Dynarri mind control. For millenia
they watched powerlessly as their own hands performed genetic alterations to modify
themselves to be more efficient slaves to be used completely and mercilessly by the Dynarri. Until, one day...an accident occurred. A young Ur-Quan
was exposed to an acid that resulted in phenomenally intense pain. Pain that curiously, was transmitted to his Dynarri puppet master who then broke
off the telepathic link. The Ur-Quan realized that the Dynarri could not maintain control through a certain threshold of pain. And so in the few
moments of freedom he had, he injected himself with a fatal dose of the acid, and used his final minutes of agonizing freedom to transmit a message
across the galaxy containing this new knowledge.
Throughout the galaxy, Ur-Quan found opportunities to subject themselves to pain and injury. A scarce few seconds would be enough time to bite chunks
from their own flesh, which might cause enough pain to grant enough time to do the same to one of their brethren to free them as well. And eventually,
they developed a pain-inducing brain implant device that would administer a constant, neverending stream of agony, insuring that they would remain
free from of Dynarri control.
It took years of this self-inflicted suffering to free themselves. Years of being constantly on the verge of death from sheer agony, years of being
afraid to turn off the pain inducing machines even long enough to allow sleep, lest they awake as slaves once again. If there had been any vestige of
sanity left to them up until this point, certainly there was none left now.
Eventually the Ur-Quan did free themselves from their enslavement. But amidst the rusty memories of xenophobic instinct fueled by millenia of
enslavement and decades of self inflicted pain leading to insanity...what were they to do with their newfound freedom?
It was agreed that what had happened before must never be allowed to happen again. And to accomplish that, there were two schools of thought amongst
the Ur-Quan. Those who had been genetically altered perform intellectual tasks proposed that the ur-Quan enslave every intelligent creature in the
galaxy. Those who had been altered to perform tasks of physical labor proposed a simpler approach: the extermination of all life in the galaxy that
was not Ur-Quan. These two groups were unable to reconcile their methods, and so they divided the former Dynarri space fleets between them, and each
group left in opposite directions to expand themselves across the spiral arms of the galaxy, enslaving or destroying all life forms they
encountered...knowing that when they next met they would fight one another, to the death.
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