Doran Empire

Early interstellar dwarf cybertweak empire

Clade Doran Cyberdwarf
Image from Steve Bowers
The cyberdwarfs of Clade Doran are small humanoids with normal-sized human heads. They are capable of noving around easily on low gravity worlds and moons, but find their small limbs a handicap on heavier worlds or when they need to walk longer distances. For this reason they habitually wear massive cybersuits; some with quite utilitarian aspects and others with more aesthetic designs.
Clade Doran emerged in the Interplanetary era of Solsys. They were designed to have smaller bodies to reduce mass and life-support requirements, although their heads were the same size as most other contemporary human clades. Their small bodies were well adapted to low gravity and microgravity environments, but they often used a range of larger cyberbodies which they could wear for more demanding tasks or as a form of transport.

After the Great Expulsion from Earth, the Solar System suddenly became crowded, so the Dorans took advantage of GAIA's assistance and joined the Diaspora to the stars. Using antimatter gifted by GAIA, they left Toutatis asteroid in an amat-fusion vessel in 629 and established a colony at GL 877, which they called Dorranok. Later colonies established by the Dorans included Secharia and Glim.

Over the next two thousand years, the fiercely independent Doran empire came in contact with, and in at times were in conflict with, the Eridanus League, the First Federation the Hildago Emergent Order, the Tahmetian Cruaders and the Conver Ambi.

The Doran Empire was repeatedly attacked during the First and Second Consolidation wars, and fragmented, with many members joining the joining the NoCoZo or the Solar Dominion. The last remnants (including Dorannok) entered the Terran Federation in 7855.
Doran Empire
Image from Steve Bowers
Dorannok is a small world covered in domed habitats, like many other Doran worlds.

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Development Notes
Text by Steve Bowers and M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 09 October 2001.