Cheyga

Cheyga

Alliance of Kurak

Alliance of Kurak

The Cheyga Confederation is believed to lie to the galactic south of the Sorylian Collective. Little is known about this distant race outside of its trade representatives, as they maintain very tight border security and are not often seen outside of their caravan fleets. Although the Cheyga fleet routes travel primarily through Sorylian space, they have been making inroads into Fathoms Reach and the Dindrenzi Federation for many years.

The Cheyga are very reserved around other species. They appear in public dressed in long flowing robes of either black or white and wear hoods, large headdresses or veils. Although they stand more than two metres tall their movements are slow and graceful. However, they have proven to be fast and strong when roused to anger. In trade enclaves and other public areas they never travel in groups smaller than four, and even under extreme security situations will refuse to surrender the ceremonial swords each wears at their waist. The arms of the Cheyga are well-muscled and covered in fine fur that usually bears a striped or spotted pattern, with four-fingered hands ending in retractable talons.

The Cheyga caravan fleets are extensive formations of Wha’arib-class hybrid military-merchant vessels that specialise in small, precious cargos such as gems, high-tech system components and rare spices originating deep in Confederation space. Each caravan fleet, however, is also accompanied by a massive Ah’habia-class Leviathan. These ships serve as a command and control centre for the entire fleet and provide a defensive position around which the fleet can rally if under attack by a superior foe.

Due to the sheer lethality of the Ah’habia motherships, Cheyga caravan fleets have no fear of the Raider Sectors that sit across their normal trade routes. Aside from an occasional attack by massed Ba’Kash clans or a larger-than-average Veydreth tribal fleet, the Cheyga wander the stars with impunity. Caravan fleets have even been known to track hapless raiders back to their bases and terminate them. Whether this is from a desire to prove their martial prowess or a sound policy to remove unnecessary hazards to trade is unknown. They are the only known race ever allowed to assist the The Tarakians in civilian defence.

For the past hundred years the Cheyga have been making inroads into both Terran and Dindrenzi space. The appearance of a caravan fleet in one’s system is no longer the cause for fear and concern it once was. The Cheyga have no interest at all in the politics of the region and will trade with almost anyone. For some reason the Cheyga will not trade with the Relthoza, however, and will attack Vo’Nar ships on sight. No one has ever been able to ascertain why this is, and the Cheyga have so far refused to tell.

When the Dindrenzi invaded the Storm Zone the Cheyga tried to remain neutral, not wanting to lose any of their growing markets. It soon became clear, however, that there was no way to continue conducting business as usual in the Storm Zone and beyond with the continuing violence, and so the Cheyga have tentatively declared for the Kurak Alliance. Although the defeat of the Dindrenzi would definitely stabilise the area, it is believed that the Cheyga’s ambivalence towards the Relthoza and Vo’Nar was also a factor in their decision.