Short Name: XEN
Moniker(s): The Terraformers (originally), Xenomorphs (by early Argon pilots), Unholy Machines (by Paranid Pilots)
The Xenon are a mechanical race resulting from past Terran terraformer ships which eventually evolved intelligence. A constant threat in many areas of the galaxy, it is thought that the Jump Gate shutdown may stem their movements but given their disregard of time it is possible they may simply travel between stars. The Xenon have no known allies and communication with them is often relegated to folklore.
Originally merely a tool created to help in the Terrans' colonisation of the stars, these terraforming machines would eventually become the greatest threat facing the universe. The Xenon are notable for their Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), which brought with it a flexible problem-solving approach. This AGI technology allowed the machines to modify themselves to better carry out their tasks, but eventually resulted in their uncontrollable self-replication.
Now, the Xenon roam the universe, drifting ever deeper into all areas of space; a mechanical scourge that cannot be reasoned with. Attempts to shut them down have ultimately proved futile, and most people have resigned themselves to the fact that this is a threat that could potentially be managed, but never defeated.
Descended from the original Terraformers released by Earth about a millennium ago, the Xenon underwent many waves of machine evolution. Mechano-taxonometrists are fairly certain that the line of TF/Xenon present in the known sectors today belong to the ninth diversification branch (of roughly 27).
Xenon Sectors are spread all throughout the fringes of the Jumpgate Network. These sectors (as of 3.0 with Split Vendetta) border all major factions with the sole exception of the Argon Federation. A list of all sectors the Xenon start with is listed below.
Atiya's Misfortune I (Wharf, Shipyard)
Atiya's Misfortune III
Emperor's Pride IV*
Emperor's Pride VI (Wharf, Shipyard)*
Matrix #9 (Wharf, Shipyard)
Matrix #598 (Wharf, Shipyard)*
Scale Plate Green I (Wharf, Shipyard)
Scale Plate Green VII
Tharka's Cascade XVII
Tharka's Cascade XV
Tharka's Ravine IV: Tharka's Fall
Trivia: In previous X games Xenon Sectors were only known by their designation "Xenon Sector xxx"
Xenon XL Ships encompassing the "insect-like design"