The Gargorian Colonists are a combination of two related cultural groups; descendants of the Gargorian ship which crash-landed south of the Great Desert fifty years ago, and a group of refugees who resettled to Sirian in 3 CE. Additionally, the Gargorian population has been increased by a number of human immigrants, who consider themselves to be Gargorian Colonists by either Marriage or naturalization. Gargorians are genetically identical to humans, and capable of interbreeding. However, due to cultural differences, Gargorians consider themselves a different species, and there remain mild levels of xenophobia in the community.
The planet Gargoria was until recently part of the greater Juren empire, but Juren power is waning. As a consequence, Gargoria was invaded by a hostile neighbor, the Mutarens. The resulting conflict drove several thousand refugees to Sirian, aboard the Southern Coalition Fleet
Despite initial suspicion, the Gargorians have integrated well into the hubbub of Sirian politics. They have maintained strong independence from nearby political blocs, which reduced friction with the Rohearn. Meanwhile, trade, especially of their advanced bioengineering technologies, formed strong bonds with their neighbors, the Desert Clans and the Dalhan.
The dominant native Gargorian culture includes a spiritual philosophy, Shinism, which believes that one’s Shin, or soul, is part of the greater whole of the world. This philosophy focuses on the interconnection of one with one’s surroundings and the environment as a whole, and finding harmony in knowing one’s place (and avoiding being where one is not meant to be). This philosophy incorporates a type of photoluminescent bacteria, shaino, which is believed to represent the spiritual flow of the environment. Historically, Shinism pushed native Gargonians to shun high-industry in favor of technological and economic development that had a lower impact on the environment (including bioengineering and information technology). Shinism’s great modern conflict is whether Gargonians Colonists are in the place they are intended to be, and if so, how integrating with the human cultures is improving or disrupting that harmony. Shinism is less popular among second-generation Gargonians Colonists, who are more likely to adopt Sirian traditions.
Until recently, the majority of Gargorians lived in the Gargorian Colony, in the shadow of the Cularen Hills south of the Great Desert. During their fifty years of residing there, the Gargonians worked on their crash-landed ship, and accumulated additional resources and technology to construct additional craft. This was a closely held secret until the Inferno. The Gargonians were not directly attacked by The Crowned and within a week, almost the entirety of the Gargonian Colony left the planet and went into orbit. The Gargonians are working to establish a more permanent orbital home, but many are choosing instead to live in existing human colonies. The Gargonians are members and strong contributors of the Treatise Body.