Syra (also referred to as Syrea in some documents1) is the first planet in the Beta Copernicus star system.2 The former homeworld of the Syreen, it was destroyed by a Mycon Deep Child in the year 2035 CE. The Syreen assumed the destruction was a natural disaster until many years later when The Captain could prove otherwise in the 2150s.
The Mycon sphere of influence was much smaller at that time than it is now, so the Syreen had no contact with the Mycon until they had joined the Alliance of free Stars ranks in the Great War (2095-2134). Before the horrible cataclysm, Syra was an amazing, Earth-like planet, comparable to Earth before the industrial revolution. The Syreen describe it as a paradise, even equating it to the Human term "Eden." It apparently had beautiful colored skies, a variety of lifeforms including large reptiles, and fertile lands and seas full of life. The landscape of Syra played a large part in creating the peaceful Syreen culture. The primitive, aggressive, nomadic tribes were unable to leave the mountainous regions, the home of their herd beasts, the Yma. These beasts were unable to survive in the basins and plains where the peaceful, sedentary agricultural communities were developing into a peaceful culture. This natural separation gave the farming groups enough time to advance technologically so that, when the two cultures met, the primitive tribes were unable to dominate the peaceful farmers. Now all that remains of Syra is a Shattered World, a sad testament to the destructive power of the Mycon Deep Children.
The Syreen were slave-shielded as a fallow race on Gaia (Betelgeuse I) from 2134 to c.2150s, a world very similar to Syra, which the Ur-Quan Kzer-Za found for them since Syra had been destroyed. In the 2150s during the Captain's first voyage the Slave sheild on gaia was brought down with the help from the Chmmr, in the 2160s during the captains second voyage the Syreen have rebuild there space fleet and have a large number of there ships around Betelgeuse until the second Kohr-Ah death march in April 2169 destroys the Syreen Space Patrol for a second time. The people on Gaia can still be talked to after this and even the Space station continues to function but unfortunatly the people on Gaia can no longer give free Syreen ships and even the Syreen space station no longer has the ability to build them either.
Notes and referencesEdit
- 1The Star Control II PC manual spells the name as Syrea. However, the Syreen themselves and the Role Playing Resource Guide refer to the original homeworld as Syra.
- 2The Star Control II PC manual states that the Syreen are from the Arianni constellation. The 3DO manual gives the constellation as Copernicus, and the Role Playing Resource Guide and the conversations in the original PC version give the location specifically as Beta Copernicus I.