The long strange trip
Status Minor Human Race
Size 1.5 m
Weight 65 kg
*Homeworld Shiwonee (Massilia 1430)
The Geonee are a minor Human race, famed for their claim to be the Ancients. While this claim is generally not accepted, they do have one of the oldest human interstellar cultures in charted space, behind only the Suerrat and Vilani, and some of the highest technology. Their homeworld is Shiwonee (Massilia 1430).
The Geonee are a short, stocky, and very muscular race. Their average height is about 1.5 m and their average weight is about 65 kg.
The Geonee were originally thought to be a Major Race, since they had jump drive when first encountered by the Vilani some 10,000 years ago (in fact, they had built their first jump drive several years before the Vilani completed theirs). However, it was later determined that their development of jump drive was based on a recovered Ancient starship, rather than independent research. This revelation has colored interstellar opinion of Geonee achievement ever since, and they are generally not regarded as being of major status.
Despite the archeological evidence, the Geonee dispute their current classification and hold the (unshared) view that they are of Major Race standing. In fact, they believe themselves to be the Ancients, and therefore were using their own vessel to regain spaceflight. There are three reasons for this. First, the Geonee had one of the highest tech levels of all the races discovered by the Vilani. Second, Geonee legends and “racial memories” tell of a time when they travelled among the stars, until a great war confined them to their homeworld. Third, the Geonee Cultural Region contains some of the most extensive sets of Ancients ruins known, including facilities that were obviously set up for humans. The word “Geonee” means “old ones,” and is itself a very old term for the inhabitants of the Region.
Some of the richest Ancient sites have been discovered near the Geonee homeworld, and there is a very old rumor that the Imperial Navy once recovered an entire Ancient starship, the Bradeeva. Acceptance of this legend among the Geonee is so extensive that they have even attempted to sue the Imperium for the vessel’s recovery; but no physical evidence of the Bradeeva’s existence was ever brought to light, and the case was dismissed.