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By the time when the pek first arrived in our galaxy (possibly about 2,000,000,000 years ago), the world of the Nereids was already ancient. With almost no land and low levels of metals in its crust, that planet was the home to many aquatic species that had high intelligence, rather like dolphins on Earth.
|Zan Zu of Eridu|
|The true physical form of the|
alien Nereids is unknown.
of a Nereid.
Special thanks to Miranda Hedman (www.mirish.deviantart.com) for the DeviantArt stock photograph "Black Cat 9 - stock" that I used to create the blue "sedronite" who is in the image shown to the right.
The use of a common body plan facilitates pek efforts to merge new species first into the vast intergalactic Genesaunt Society and then, ultimately, into the community of artificial lifeforms that reside in the Sedronic Domain. The Nereids were modified from their original body plan, that of an aquatic creature that evolved on an ancient "water world", into a fairly human-like species.
|Grendels have occasionally taken the form of "sea monsters"|
|Grendels can take on any|
convenient physical form.
Both of these names (Nereids, Grendels) derive from Earthly legend. The fact that we have two names for the same group of Interventionists reflects the fact that some of the time the Grendels who worked on Earth took the form of beautiful sea creatures while on other occasions they took the form of sea monsters. With their advanced nanite technology, the Grendels could take on any physical form that was convenient. Given their origins from the Nereids who arose on a "water world", it was natural for the Grendels to routinely operate from bases of operation that had their entrances hidden under bodies of water on Earth.
|The Sedronite evolutionary tree.|
The Nereids first came within 1000 light years of Earth when they set up a sedron mining station on a planet in the star system that we Earthlings know as beta-Aquarii. Some 5,000,000 years later, that planet (known as Sadal Suud Four) had become an important mining and transit center for humans of the Asimov Reality.
|The legendary Vire Mine 1, supposedly|
located deep under the city of Vire,
on planet Sadul Suud Four,
in the Aquarius Sector,
within the Asimov Reality.
Vire, the capitol city of Sadal Suud Four, was originally established as a base of operations for the secretive Jarnell Corporation, the sole source of the "intersplit" spacedrive that allowed humans of the Asimov Reality to travel between the stars. According to Gohrlay, the Jarnell Corporation was a "front operation" for the Grendels, a way to provide Earthlings with sedrons. Each "intersplit spacedrive" engine was manufactured and pre-loaded by the Grendels with a supply of sedrons, but no human ever had any idea of the existence of sedrons or their special role in making interstellar space travel possible.
According to Gohrlay, the pek permitted this gross violation of the Rules of Intervention because they were trying to develop a new human variant, the Ek'col, who would make possible an end to the Time War. In other words, since the Huaoshy planned to "erase" the Asimov Reality anyhow, the Rules of Intervention could be bent and humans could be provided with space drive technology by the Grendels.
|An agent of Zodiac Control using|
nanites to control a woman's endo-
symbiont and erase her memories.
In the Asimov Reality, having quickly found it so easy to supply Earthlings with access to spacedrive technology, the Grendels were then continually frustrated by their inability to provide humans with even rudimentary nanotechnology. The pek, by secretly exercising their control over human organizations like the Institute and through the machinations of their own secret service, Zodiac Control, were able to prevent humans of the Asimov Reality from making many obvious technological advances, or, when necessary, they could retroactively suppress and eliminate technologies and scientific discoveries, often by using the nanite endosymbionts that existed inside most humans.
|The Aquarius Sector|
It is ironic that the origins of the Ek'col can be traced (in part) to Interventionist research programs on worlds like Sogdian.
The Buld Reality
|Trysta and Ekcolir|
|Eridu by Bad-Dragon|
|The Aquarius Trilogy|
As told in The Fomalhaut Planets, Kirth Gersen and Drusilla pushed their investigation of Zodiac Control too far. Because they had learned too much about the Time War, some of Gersen's memories were altered and Drusilla was taken for study by Zodiac Control.
Eventually, some of the uniquely useful gene patterns of Jheral Tinzy found their way to Earth during Ekcolir's intervention in 20,000 B.C.E. and they were also made use of in crafting the tryp'At.
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