Laygiamoids, once known to Humans as Greys, are a sapient humanoid species from Uniflio, a world in the Scutum-Centaurus Arm of the Milky Way.
Laygiamoids are hairless humanoids, bearing Human-like proportions, basic body shape, and organ arrangement, although they have four fingers on their hands and feet. Their heads are noticeably larger than that of the average Human head, with no earlobes, flush nostrils, large, black, angled eyes, and a noticeable slightly darker ridge on the sides of their heads. While they normally have grey skin, a race of green Laygiamoids are noted for both their green skin and short statures. Laygiamoids are omnivorous, and mammalian, with their females having the same differences from the males as Human females do from Human males, with the exception of hair. Average Laygiamoid lifespan is 150 Earth years.
Culture and society
Laygiamoid society is rather science-oriented, with Laygiamoid scientists hailed as among the best in the Star Union. Other academic pursuits are also highly valued, with a fair amount of emphasis put on interplanetary exploration. Laygiamoid scientists often take a live specimen from a planet to study in sterile areas, and sometimes extend this to sapient species. However, sapient specimens are returned to their homeworlds, while non-sapient specimens are usually kept for further study. The usual method of abducting a specimen involves using their ships, but if unable to make it into range for one reason or another, they use automated retrieval robots. While generally peaceful, Laygiamoids are ready to take action against threats, even ready to take pre-emptive strikes based on a measured threat level. Despite this, their standing military force has been historically small, often functioning more like a law enforcement agency. Common Laygiamoid architecture often uses space needles and large skyscrapers, often grey with some green elements, usually reminiscent of Earth's retrofuturism artworks. Standard Laygiamoid clothing often resembles two or one-piece spandex uniform, although red and black are colors reserved for spaceship personnel. Their capital city on Uniflio is Ufon City, and they are ruled by the Supreme Leader, holding a position similar to a monarch and distinguished by a purple cape flowing from golden shoulderpads. While Supreme Leaders are elected, they serve for their entire lives. In the past, Laygiamoids were known to establish distant, near-isolated colonies kept in contact with their greater state only through sub-hyperspace communication, one of which was completely isolated after the Promethean invasion of the Milky Way.
Laygiamoid technology, while often appearing "retro" by Human standards, is highly advanced. Their standard spacecraft are grey and shaped like classic flying saucers, equipped with light drives for hyperspace travel, although unlike classic saucers, they have a visibly defined front and back. Their circular undersides have a tractor beam emitter, usually used to either abduct specimens or lower objects from the ships. Standard saucer landing gear resemble somewhat spindly, mechanical legs that come from at least four points of the saucer, and could even allow the saucers to "walk" while grounded. Normally, armaments would be placed in the front end of spacecraft, but bombing bays have been equipped in place of a tractor beam at times. Large spacecraft bear similar overall shapes, but often have additional saucer-like structures on their tops and bottoms. Standard Laygiamoid weapons are handheld energy weapons, resembling stereotypical retro-futuristic rayguns, often colored grey or gold. On high settings, they are able to vaporize flesh and muscle at close range.
Laygiamoids arose on the planet Uniflio in the Scutum-Centaurus Arm of the Milky Way, long before modern Human civilization. Over thousands of years, they developed a society, forming a society centered around exploration and science in the wake of a devastating planetary conflict. They began by surveying nearby worlds, seeking out intelligent life. Soon, their signals and expeditions were met by the Crysonians, who were also seeking intelligent lifeforms across space. Thus, Laygiamoids were among the founding races of the Star Union, what would become the largest and strongest power in the Milky Way prior to the Trans-Galactic War. In the forming Star Union, the Laygiamoids focused on the exploration of other worlds and study of foreign lifeforms, working with the Crysonians and other advanced Star Union species to make the Star Union a juggernaut of scientific advancement, while keeping their own system of government and tending to stay away from what conflicts the Star Union came across. While developing and expanding, Laygiamoids began setting up distant colonies deep into other arms of the Milky Way alongside species such as Aurians and Moyans, connected to the Star Union only by communication relays. These colonies continued Laygiamoid traditions of documenting the life and conditions of other worlds, whether for colonization or furthering of existing science, trying to stay out of direct conflicts with non-Star Union races. By 3000 BC, Laygiamoids were beginning to establish colonies closer to the Orion-Cygnus Arm, although not entering the arm like other races. By 1000 BC, the Milky Way was invaded by Andromedans, led by a powerful humanoid race known as Prometheans. The invasion force took most Milky Way races by surprise, quickly destroying many of the scattered Laygiamoid colonies, although others were forced to flee, cut off from the rest of the species.
Laygiamoids still in the Scutum-Centaurus Arm organized with the Star Union, quickly raising a defense. The Star Union put up the primary resistance in the Milky Way, fighting the Prometheans across several systems for several years. Eventually, the Prometheans deemed the Milky Way no longer profitable, and withdrew their forces. In the wake of the war, a Laygiamoid colony was stranded in the Orion-Cygnus Arm, on a world nearly devoid of resources. To survive, they gathered up what resources they had left and went deeper into the Orion-Cygnus Arm, detecting significant activity from a group of stars belonging to the Nylos-Stream Union (NSU). The Laygiamoid colonies were able to find refuge with the NSU, successfully brokering an alliance and taking up residence in the Siloc System, eventually known to Humans as the Zeti Reticuli System. The NSU Laygiamoids immediately worked to help rebuild the damage in the wake of the Promethean invasion, opting to stay within NSU space rather than work with expeditions as they had previously done. In the Scutum-Centaurus Arm, the rest of the Laygiamoids, believing their other colonies to be lost, also worked to help rebuild the Star Union. Both sides of the species continued to develop as the years went by, although the NSU Laygiamoids were not nearly as expansive. Warned to stay away from Earth, a major site of Promethean activity, the Laygiamoids became interested in properly investigating the planet and its inhabitants, although such an expedition was strongly opposed by other NSU species, who wanted to focus on other forms of expansion in other directions.
By 1935 AD, the NSU Laygiamoids finally got authorization to assess what threat Earth truly posed, with some scientists of other species assigned to the expeditions as well. The first expeditions to Earth, undetected by Terrans, first sight the turmoil on Earth prior to and during World War 2, seeing the violent conflict unfold over the next few years, which they reported back to the NSU, only strengthening the fears of Earth. Other information found included Earth's rapid weapons development, the presence of other sapient Terran species, often held with a second-class status compared to baseline Humans, and the ancient worship of the Prometheans, which still influenced modern Human societies. Their ships and some members of ground crews were later sighted a few times by Humans, spawning conspiracy theories and secret government agencies made to investigate them. In 1950, a Laygiamoid craft surveying the United States carried a young Rocarollite navy cadet named El-Vis, and was shot down by the US Air Force using secret experimental laser weapons. While most Laygiamoids were killed in the crash, El-Vis escaped with amnesia, although his survival was unknown to the NSU. The incident prompted the Laygiamoids to advocate for a preemptive strike against Earth, debating against Vitroneravans and others who did not support the action. Laygiamoid expeditions to Earth stopped after the Moon Landing of 1969, proof that Terrans were capable of reaching extraterrestrial surfaces. Throughout the expeditions, several Terran animals, including cattle, were abducted for investigation, as were a few Humans, who were returned soon afterwards, with attempts to suppress their memories. Due to the opposition and division in the NSU on the subject, no preemptive strike on Earth was launched.
In 2025, extragalactic aliens from beyond the Andromeda galaxy arrived in the Milky Way, bearing messages rather than an invasion force. While wary of the aliens, the Lupians were willing to listen to them, along with the NSU Laygiamoids. Meanwhile, in the Scutum-Centaurus Arm, the Star Union Laygiamoids readily chose to listen to messengers to their side of the galaxy, both sides being told of the Intergalactic Empire, the Exan-run hostile state that was conquering galaxies in what appeared to be a path to the Milky Way and other nearby galaxies. Both the NSU and Star Union immediately moved to ready a defense, with the Star Union facilitating the union of the Milky Way arms, allowing the Laygiamoids to be reunited. However, the NSU Laygiamoids were quickly alarmed by the announcement that Earth will join the new galactic alliance. While the Star Union Laygiamoids were ready to meet with Terrans, the NSU Laygiamoids protested the action, with the Vitroneravans being the first NSU species to meet with Terrans. The NSU Laygiamoids were the last NSU species to make official contact with Humans, never putting their guard down, while Star Union Laygiamoids built relations almost immediately alongside the Crysonians and other prominent Star Union species.
The Trans-Galactic War created a massive push towards wartime assets among Laygiamoids from both sides of the galaxy, even if it went against their previous morals and societal standing. The Imperial invasion first began in the Scutum-Centaurus Arm, where the Star Union fought them. However, the force of the assault eventually broke through Star Union lines, forcing them to retreat to the Orion-Cygnus Arm, with Uniflio being captured by the Imperials. What Laygiamoids survived took up the military-industrial complex being cultivated in the Orion-Cygnus Arm. Earth, still expanding with Crysonian help, took up a lead position in the galaxy's military-industrial complex, one that could rival Khalupis, but while other species remained wary, especially the NSU Laygiamoids, the Vitroneravans stressed that a united galaxy with no quarrels between its worlds was optimal to fend off the invasion, deciding to support Earth. Eventually, Earth, with the support of the Crysonians, was leading the counterattack against the Imperials, Human xenophobia dying out along with the tensions they once held with the NSU. The NSU Laygiamoids warmed up to Terran contact throughout the later campaigns of the Trans-Galactic War, Laygiamoids serving in both the front lines and in researching and developing defenses and countermeasures against the Imperials, as Terrans formed the Trans-System Alliance as an alliance of the Sol System, NSU, and other inhabited planets of the Orion-Cygnus Arm. Together, Laygiamoids, Humans, and all other races who fought alongside them battled across galaxies, from the occupied Scutum-Centaurus Arm to the Imperial-allied Promethean strongholds of Andromeda, and all the battlegrounds of the Local Group, eventually retaking Uniflio and using the Imperials' own hyperlanes against them, the armies of the Trans-System Alliance bringing the fight to Imperial-controlled galaxies. The war came to an end in the Immateriax Galaxy with the destruction of the Imperial Star Palace, and the Trans-System Alliance reorganized into the Trans-Galactic Alliance.
After the Trans-Galactic War, the Laygiamoids once again laid down their arms, returning to the fields of non-violent scientific development, bolstering the growth of the Trans-Galactic Alliance. They expanded with other races of the Milky Way, remaining rather numerous in deep space, still commonly members of scientific institutions.