THE MUL'THEET

An old race in comparison to the Thruld, the Mul’Theet were once split into hundreds of small city-states, each perpetually at war with another. For generations, their planet Mul'Quas slipped into and out of one dark age after another, with hopes of a lasting peace continually shattered. Though technically comprised of two separate but related species, the Mul'Theet do not differentiate themselves in such a way as on many other worlds where multiple species or races have developed. Their wars have been caused by complicated alliances and breaches of honor over many thousands of years and though the exact origins and cause of these conflicts have been long forgotten, the Mul'Theet held on to their hatred and war persisted.

But in the Sixth Eclipse, as Mul’Theet history records that bloody era, there arose the A’Jatul. Its founders were warriors weary of the deaths to which they had so greatly contributed. Yet, seeing peace as only coming through strength, they formed a sect that utilized their very skills to achieve that goal. Seeking out others with a similar desire, the A’Jatul began bringing order to their world, using their martial abilities, constantly honed, to bring down warlord after warlord, despot after despot.

The A’Jatul did not place their own as the new leaders, but rather let the locals choose among those who would rule well. That did not mean, however, that they did not keep watch, for only time could heal the hatred and hostilities that had persisted for so many generations.

So began the Mul’Theet climb to one world united for peace, but protecting that peace with strength. With peace came advancement, and though advancement also meant the devising of greater weapons, the A’Jatul were steadfast in their belief that the ultimate weapon was the body. Their favored tools were those that relied on an A’Jatul warrior’s physical perfection --- blades, staffs, bows, and such --- made from a unique form of crystalline metal that only exists on Mul'Quas. This special metal allows ordinary weapons to be charged with energy giving it the ability to absorb and magnify the powers of the elements. The A'Jatul used these weapons with a success that kept their order a potent force not only on their world, but those worlds where, once the Mul’Theet discovered space travel, their race had representatives and influence.

But it was on the world of Osani IV, where the envoy of the Mul’Theet Council met to negotiate an alliance with the Coalition that the purpose of the A’Jatul, indeed, the Mul’Theet themselves, was to forever change. The Thruld attack on Osani IV was ruthless as always and made no distinction between the locals and outsiders. The envoy, forced by circumstance to flee, found herself confronted by Thruld soldiers. Though trained in the methods of the A’Jatul, the envoy would have been slain if not for the appearance of the Rune Keeper Juktu. With powers and skills of the like even the Mul’Theet had never seen, Juktu saved the envoy and spirited her away.

It was no coincidence that Juktu had been near the envoy; the Rune Keeper had discovered that Mul’Quas had a secret. On it were several key Ortheeni sites, ruins with artifacts of potential value and power to those who desired them. The Mul’Theet, under the guidance of the A’Jatul, had kept these sites hidden; the A’Jatul had long sensed that it was best for the safety of all that the legacy of the Ortheeni never be revealed.

Juktu, for some time aware of the Thruld’s expansion, shared this belief. As a Rune Keeper he offered his knowledge and skills to study and protect the relics. Both the Mul’Theet Council and the elders of the A’Jutal, to whom the envoy brought Juktu, saw in the Rune Keeper the true guardian of the Ortheeni legacy. From there on, the Mul’Theet followed his dictates in the preservation of the ancient secrets from all outside. The Rune Keeper remained on the planet and the Mul’Theet, through the A’Jutal, continue to aid in keeping the remnants of the ancient race’s power secure.

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