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[[File:Vanduul Warrior Concept.jpg|thumb|400px|Vanduul Warrior Concept Art]]
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| Name = Vanduul
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| Image = Cloud Imperium Games Vanduul Head Detailed.jpg
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| Domain =
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| Kingdom = Animal
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| Family =
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| Genus =
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| Sentient? = Yes
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| Capital = Assumed nomadic
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| Founded = Unknown
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| Language = [[Vanduul language]]
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| Religion = Unknown
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| Government = No central government
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* Tribalism
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| Ruler = Several Clan leaders
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* [[Thul'Oqquray]]
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| Currency = Unknown
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| Territories = 16 known systems
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* [[Caliban]]
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* [[Orion]]
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* [[Tiber]]
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* [[Vagabond]]
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* [[Vanguard]]
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* [[Vector]]
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* [[Vendetta]]
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* [[Veritas]]
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* [[Vermilion]]
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* [[Vesper]]
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* [[Viking]]
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* [[Virgil]]
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* [[Virgo]]
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* [[Volt]]
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* [[Voodoo]]
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* [[Vulture]]
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| Habitat =
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| Status = Prosperous
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| Discovered In = {{Start date and age|2681|sctime=yes}}
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| Discovered By =
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| Extinct In =
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'''Vanduul'''{{SClang|current=native|ipa=/væn'duː:l/|lang=multi|vanduul=vanduul|srx=uantūl|kyexiin=äntÙR}} are a sentient, nomadic living<ref group="Annotation">As a Vanduul male reaches "adulthood", he lives the rest of his life with his clan "on the run". It is currently unknown where female and young Vanduul are living and under which circumstances male and female Vanduul are procreating.</ref>  species of bipedals. Males live on ships and form organized groups called "clans" or "hordes".{{RSIref|url=comm-link/transmission/12991-Vanduul-Warship-Analysis|int=Comm-Link:Vanduul Warship Analysis|text=Vanduul Warship Analysis}} The Vanduul made first contact with [[Humanity]] in 2681.{{RSIref|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/12707-2681-Scorched-Earth|int=Comm-Link:2681 - Scorched Earth|text=2681 - Scorched Earth}} Since these first encounters, they are usually aggressive towards other races, especially humans. All attempts that Humanity has made to contact them peacefully have failed. After a first big wave of attacks against the human-settled sectors between 2681 and 2712, (the Fall of [[Caliban]], [[Orion (system)|Orion]] and [[Virgil]]) they constantly raided [[UEE]]'s "Western"<ref name=":0">[https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/10/27/chris-roberts-on-pc-gaming-going-to-space/ Chris Roberts On PC Gaming, Going To Space, Rock - Paper - Shotgun] from 2012-10-27. Accessed 2016-11-03.</ref><ref name=":1">[https://youtu.be/8LSn72-3zjs Star Citizen: Loremaker's Guide to the Galaxy - Vega System] from 2012-10-27. Accessed 2016-11-03.
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'''Vanduul''' {{SClang|ipa=/væn'duː:l/|vanduul=vwanduul|srx=Uantūl|kyexiin=Uantuul|ochoa=Wandúlo|srb=Wandúlo}} are a sentient, nomadic living<ref group="Annotation">As a Vanduul male reaches "adulthood", he lives the rest of his life with his clan "on the run". It is currently unknown where female and young Vanduul are living and under which circumstances male and female Vanduul are procreating.</ref>  species of bipedal aliens. Males live on ships and form organized groups called "clans" or "hordes".<ref name="ReferenceA">{{Cite RSI|url=comm-link/transmission/12991-Vanduul-Warship-Analysis|int=Comm-Link:Vanduul Warship Analysis|text=Vanduul Warship Analysis}}</ref> Vanduul made first contact with [[Humanity]] in 2681.<ref name="ReferenceB">{{Cite RSI|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/12707-2681-Scorched-Earth|int=Comm-Link:2681 - Scorched Earth|text=2681 - Scorched Earth}}</ref> Since these first encounters, they are usually aggressive towards other races, especially humans. All attempts that Humanity has made to contact them peacefully have failed. After a first big wave of attacks against the human-settled sectors between 2681 and 2712, (the Fall of [[Caliban]], [[Orion (system)|Orion]] and [[Virgil]]) they constantly raided [[United Empire of Earth|United Empire of Earth's]] "Western"<ref name=":0">[https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/10/27/chris-roberts-on-pc-gaming-going-to-space/ Chris Roberts On PC Gaming, Going To Space, Rock - Paper - Shotgun] from 2012-10-27. Accessed 2016-11-03.</ref><ref name=":1">[https://youtu.be/8LSn72-3zjs Star Citizen: Loremaker's Guide to the Galaxy - Vega System] from 2012-10-27. Accessed 2016-11-03.
</ref> border territories. Their conflict with the UEE in the [[Tiber]] System over the following 250 years lead to millions of dead human soldiers and civilians.
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</ref> border territories. Their conflict with the UEE in the [[Tiber]] System over the following 250 years lead to millions of dead human soldiers and civilians.  
[[File:Vanduul.jpg|thumb|400px|Early Vanduul Concept Art]]
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[[File:Comm-Link-Vanduul scale.jpg|thumb|400px|right|Size Comparison]]
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The [[Attack on Vega II]] on 2945-10-05 caused the [[UEE Senate]] to formally declare an interspecies [[Vanduul War|war]] against the Vanduul on 2945-11-11 <ref>{{Cite RSI|text=Congress Now - Vega II Recognition Review|int=Comm-Link:Congress Now - Vega II Recognition Review|url=https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/15049-Congress-Now}}</ref> and confront them in the [[Oberon]] system in [[2946]] ([[Operation Mandrake|Operation Mandrake).]]<ref>{{Cite RSI|int=Comm-Link:Empire Report - Victory on the Vanduul Front|text=Empire Report - Victory on the Vanduul Front|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/15273-Empire-Report-Victory-On-The-Vanduul-Front}}</ref>
The [[Attack on Vega II]] on 2945-10-05 caused the [[UEE Senate]] to formally declare an interspecies [[Vanduul War|war]] against the Vanduul on 2945-11-11{{RSIref|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/15049-Congress-Now|int=Comm-Link:Congress Now - Vega II Recognition Review|txt=Congress Now - Vega II Recognition Review}} and confront them in the [[Oberon]] system in [[2946]] ([[Operation Mandrake|Operation Mandrake).]]{{RSIref|int=Comm-Link:Empire Report - Victory on the Vanduul Front|text=Empire Report - Victory on the Vanduul Front|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/15273-Empire-Report-Victory-On-The-Vanduul-Front}}
 
  
== History ==
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==History==
 
{{for|further information about the current war between UEE and Vanduul (2945- )|Vanduul War}}
 
{{for|further information about the current war between UEE and Vanduul (2945- )|Vanduul War}}
Because the Vanduul haven't contacted Humanity and are following a strict "suicide doctrine" (scuttling their ships if they are in danger of being captured), very little is known about the Vanduul as a species. Human offworld settlement in the 25th Century started during the [[Far Star]] "push" with the result of [[Vega]], [[Tiber]] and [[Virgil]] being discovered and colonized (with the exception of Tiber),{{RSIref|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/14558-Vega-System|int=Comm-Link:Galactic Guide - Vega System|text=Galactic Guide: Vega System}}{{RSIref|url=starmap?location=VIRGIL.PLANETS.VIRGILII&system=VIRGIL|text=Virgil II - Ark Starmap}}{{RSIref|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/14437-Virgil-System|int=Comm-Link:Galactic Guide - Virgil System|text=Galactic Guide: Virgil System}}{{RSIref|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/13614-Tiber|int=Comm-Link:Galactic Guide - Tiber|text=Galactic Guide: Tiber System}} followed by the settlement of [[Orion]] in 2660s.{{RSIref|url=comm-link/transmission/13061-Jump-Point-Orion-System|text=Jump Point: Orion System}} No Vanduul were spotted during this period.
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Because the Vanduul haven't contacted Humanity and are following a strict "suicide doctrine" (scuttling their ships if they are in danger of being captured), very little is known about the Vanduul as a species. Human offworld settlement in the 25th Century started during the [[Project FarStar|FarStar 'push']] with the result of [[Vega]], [[Tiber]] and [[Virgil]] being discovered and colonized (with the exception of Tiber),<ref>{{Cite RSI|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/14558-Vega-System|int=Comm-Link:Galactic Guide - Vega System|text=Galactic Guide: Vega System}}</ref><ref>{{Cite RSI|url=starmap?location=VIRGIL.PLANETS.VIRGILII&system=VIRGIL|text=Virgil II - Ark Starmap}}</ref><ref>{{Cite RSI|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/14437-Virgil-System|int=Comm-Link:Galactic Guide - Virgil System|text=Galactic Guide: Virgil System}}</ref><ref>{{Cite RSI|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/13614-Tiber|int=Comm-Link:Galactic Guide - Tiber|text=Galactic Guide: Tiber System}}</ref> followed by the settlement of [[Orion]] in the 2660s.<ref name="ReferenceC">{{Cite RSI|url=comm-link/transmission/13061-Jump-Point-Orion-System|text=Jump Point: Orion System}}</ref> No Vanduul were spotted during this period.
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===First Contact===
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The First Contact with Humanity was violent. On 9 August 2681, a group of Vanduul raiders attacked the [[Dell|Dell Township]] on [[Armitage (planet)|Armitage]] in the Orion System, killing 638 people and abducting one human.<ref name="ReferenceB" /><ref name="ReferenceC" /><ref name="ReferenceD">{{Cite RSI|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/15200-This-Day-In-History-The-First-Step-Back|text=This Day in History: The First Step Back|int=Comm-Link:This Day in History - The First Step Back}}</ref><ref name=":4">Galactapedia: Vanduul-Human First Contact, acc. 2020-01-03</ref> Unusually, The raiding group looted a lot of worthless items and avoided more important ones. Since these events, Vanduul raided the systems of Orion, Virgil and Tiber System between 2681 and 2712, which lead to a short and rapid growth of Vega,<ref>Starmap: Vega System</ref> until the system became later itself a target of Vanduul attacks.
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The first encounter between a Vanduul Clan and the UEE was on 15 September 2681.<ref name=":4" />
  
The First Contact with Humanity was violent. On 9 August 2681 a group of Vanduul raiders attacked the [[Dell Township]] on [[Armitage]] in the Orion System, killing 638 people and abducting one human.{{RSIref|url=comm-link/transmission/13061-Jump-Point-Orion-System|text=Jump Point: Orion System}}{{RSIref|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/15200-This-Day-In-History-The-First-Step-Back|text=This Day in History: The First Step Back|int=Comm-Link:This Day in History - The First Step Back}}{{RSIref|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/12707-2681-Scorched-Earth|int=Comm-Link:2681 - Scorched Earth|text=2681 - Scorched Earth}} Unusually, The raiding group looted a lot of worthless items and avoided more important ones. Since these events, Vanduul raided the systems of Orion, Virgil and Tiber System between 2681-2712, which lead to a short and rapid growth of Vega,<ref>Starmap: Vega System</ref> until the system became later itself target of Vanduul attacks. [[Illyana Messer|Ilyana Messer]] and their successors never acknowledged the Vanduul as a real threat until the following events of Orion.{{RSIref|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/15200-This-Day-In-History-The-First-Step-Back|text=This Day in History: The First Step Back|int=Comm-Link:This Day in History - The First Step Back}}
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[[Illyana Messer|Ilyana Messer]] and their successors never acknowledged the Vanduul as a real threat until the following events of Orion.<ref name="ReferenceD" />
  
On 2 February 2712, a Vanduul clan attacked the Orion System and started the [[Battle of Orion]].<ref>Starmap: Orion System</ref> The decimated UEE Fleet retreated into the Tiber and Caliban System and abandoned Orion as they fled. In the following year, the Vanduul clan,  lead by a [[Kingship]], bombarded [[Orion III]], destroying the surface of the planet with [[Anti-matter]] bombs and then harvesting the planets of the system. {{RSIref|url=comm-link/transmission/13061-Jump-Point-Orion-System|text=Jump Point: Orion System}}{{RSIref|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/15200-This-Day-In-History-The-First-Step-Back|text=This Day in History: The First Step Back|int=Comm-Link:This Day in History - The First Step Back}}
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===Battle of Orion===
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[[File:Vanduul-CitCon2948.png|thumb|left|200px|Vanduul in armor]]
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On 2 February 2712, a Vanduul clan attacked the Orion System and started the [[Battle of Orion]].<ref>Starmap: Orion System</ref><ref>Galactapedia: Battle of Orion, acc. 2019-01-03</ref> The decimated UEE Fleet retreated into the Tiber and Caliban System and abandoned Orion as they fled. In the following year, the Vanduul clan,  lead by a [[Kingship]], bombarded [[Orion III]], destroying the surface of the planet with [[Anti-matter]] bombs and then harvesting the planets of the system.<ref name="ReferenceC" /><ref name="ReferenceD" />
  
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===Retreat from Virgil===
 
The UEE abandoned the Virgil System after the Vanduul attacked [[Virgil I]], bombarding and "harvesting" the planet, leaving it inhospitable. In these events, millions of civilians on Virgil died as the UEE retreated from the system.
 
The UEE abandoned the Virgil System after the Vanduul attacked [[Virgil I]], bombarding and "harvesting" the planet, leaving it inhospitable. In these events, millions of civilians on Virgil died as the UEE retreated from the system.
  
After the end of the [[Messer Era]], the new [[Imperator]] attempted to stop the violence and open diplomatic relations with the Vanduul, inviting them to take part in the [[ARK Program]] (2806 ff).{{RSIref|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/15000-The-ARK-Starmap|text=The ARK Starmap}} These negotiations failed.  
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===ARK program===
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After the end of the [[Messer Era]], the new [[Imperator]] attempted to stop the violence and open diplomatic relations with the Vanduul, inviting them to take part in the [[ARK Program]] (2806 ff).<ref>{{Cite RSI|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/15000-The-ARK-Starmap|text=The ARK Starmap}}</ref> These negotiations failed.  
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===Fall of Caliban===
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A second push of the Vanduul in 2871 lead to the evacuation and [[Fall of the Caliban System]].<ref>Starmap: Caliban System</ref><ref>Galactapedia: Fall of Caliban. acc. 2019-01-03</ref>
  
A second push of the Vanduul in 2871 lead to the evacuation and [[Fall of the Caliban System]].<ref>Starmap: Caliban System</ref>  
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[[Aremis]], despite living in fear of Vanduul attacks, encountered a major economic boom during the 2920s-2930s<ref name=":1" />
  
[[Aremis]], despite living in fear of Vanduul attacks, encountered a major economic boom during the 2920s-2930s<ref name=":1" />
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===Vanduul War===
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After years of relative battle silence,<ref>{{Cite RSI|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/13071-News-Update-Congress-Now|text=Congress Now}}</ref> the Vanduul attacked [[New Corvo]] and [[Estilia]] (on Aremis) on October 5 and 6, 2945, leading to the events of the [[Vanduul War]].
  
After years of relative battle silence,{{RSIref|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/13071-News-Update-Congress-Now|text=Congress Now}} the Vanduul attacked [[New Corvo]] and [[Estilia]] (on Aremis) on October 5th and 6th, 2945, leading to the events of the [[Vanduul War]].
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[[File:Vanduul Armor Concept 2018-06-28 ATV.png|thumb|The concept of Vanduul armor shown in [[Around the Verse]] on 2018-06-28]]
  
== Homeworld ==
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==Homeworld==
  
It is unknown if the Vanduul currently have a home world. Some scientists posit that the planet may have been destroyed or abandoned, which scattered the Vanduul clans into a nomadic lifestyle in their ships.  
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It is unknown if the Vanduul currently have a homeworld. Their homeplanet may have been destroyed or abandoned, which scattered the Vanduul clans into a nomadic lifestyle in their ships. On the other hand, it is unknown where young and female Vanduul live. Genetic analysis of [[X12]]' crew showed that all subjects had a diverse gene pool, which suggest that Hordes or Clans consist of not closely related individuals. It is possible that Clans and Hordes (which are only consisting of male individuals) are formed by a selection procedure on their homeworld and spend the rest of their life with their clan. [[File:Vanduul Warrior Concept.jpg|thumb|400px|Vanduul Warrior Concept Art]]
  
== Political System ==
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==Political system==
  
The political system of the Vanduul has been described as a meritocracy (the political philosophy in which power and wealth is given to the most talented members of a society).  
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The political system of the Vanduul has been described as a meritocracy, the political philosophy in which power and wealth are given to the most talented members of a society.  
  
The disparate structure of the Vanduul civilization makes it nearly impossible to negotiate with the species as a whole, but none of the individual clans has offered anything but hostility.{{RSIref|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/12996-Writers-Guide-Part-Seven|text=Writer's Guide: Part Seven|int=Comm-Link:Writer's Guide - Part Seven}}
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The disparate structure of the Vanduul civilization makes it nearly impossible to negotiate with the species as a whole, but none of the individual clans has offered anything but hostility.<ref>{{Cite RSI|url=comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/12996-Writers-Guide-Part-Seven|text=Writer's Guide: Part Seven|int=Comm-Link:Writer's Guide - Part Seven}}</ref>
  
 
There is little to no communication between the different roaming clans. Each fleet operates as its own society with its own independent set of rules, laws and customs as decreed by that clan's Chieftain. As such, it is probably impossible to make peace or establish diplomatic relations with the Vanduul as a whole since there is no cohesive civilization.
 
There is little to no communication between the different roaming clans. Each fleet operates as its own society with its own independent set of rules, laws and customs as decreed by that clan's Chieftain. As such, it is probably impossible to make peace or establish diplomatic relations with the Vanduul as a whole since there is no cohesive civilization.
  
== Society ==
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==Society==
Vanduul do not hold permanent settlements and therefore do not claim land in their occupied systems. They eliminate every threat, raiding and pillaging the surface of an occupied planet with specialized [[Harvester|Harveste<nowiki/>rs]] and then moving to a new location once the planet has been thoroughly drained of all resources. It seems that they are not interested in preserving their potential "pasture grounds", which could be a reason for their nomadic and expansionist lifestyle.
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Vanduul do not hold permanent settlements and therefore do not claim land in their occupied systems. They eliminate every threat, raiding and pillaging the surface of an occupied planet with specialized [[Harvester]]s and then moving to a new location once the planet has been thoroughly drained of all resources. It seems that they are not interested in preserving their potential "pasture grounds", which could be a reason for their nomadic and expansionist lifestyle.
  
 
Vanduul's family structure is also very distinct from Humanity. There is one tradition that exists throughout all of the Vanduul; once a child reaches adulthood (usually around the equivalent of Human 13–14 years), they are banished from their family. Before they go, the parents will fashion a knife for their child. This knife will be the child's only possession as he/she sets out into adulthood. Consequently, these knives are treasured possessions that they keep for the rest of their lives. They will receive no money, housing, or support of any kind from their former family. Everything that the newly recognized adult achieves starts with the knife and grows from there. Therefore, there is no hereditary transfer of money or influence.
 
Vanduul's family structure is also very distinct from Humanity. There is one tradition that exists throughout all of the Vanduul; once a child reaches adulthood (usually around the equivalent of Human 13–14 years), they are banished from their family. Before they go, the parents will fashion a knife for their child. This knife will be the child's only possession as he/she sets out into adulthood. Consequently, these knives are treasured possessions that they keep for the rest of their lives. They will receive no money, housing, or support of any kind from their former family. Everything that the newly recognized adult achieves starts with the knife and grows from there. Therefore, there is no hereditary transfer of money or influence.
  
== Diplomatic Status ==
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[[File:Comm-Link-Vanduul scale.jpg|thumb|400px|right|Size Comparison]]
[[Humans]]: None.
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==Diplomatic Relations==
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For unknown reasons, Vanduul don't communicate with humans.
  
[[Banu]]: Some clans will trade with Banu planet-states.
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===Banu===
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At least one System deep in vanduul space is claimed by the Banu.<ref>{{Cite RSI|text=Writer's Guide: Part Four|int=Comm-Link:Writer's Guide - Part Four|url=https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/12972-Writers-Guide-Part-Four}}</ref> The Writers Guide (from 2013) points out that the relations between Vanduul and Banu are 'precarious but friendly'.<ref>{{Cite RSI|text=Writer's Guide: Part Six|int=Comm-Link:Writer's Guide - Part Six|url=https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/12988-Writers-Guide-Part-Six}}</ref> Some clans are trading with planet-states.<ref name="robertsspaceindustries.com">{{Cite RSI|text=Writer's Guide: Part Seven|int=Comm-Link:Writer's Guide - Part Seven|url=https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/12996-Writers-Guide-Part-Seven}}</ref> The extent of trade relations between Banu and Vanduul are unknown to Humanity, since the Banu are actively concealing it.<ref>[https://youtu.be/0Frdtlbyang Youtube: Star Citizen Live: Alien Week Roundtable (June 2020]), min. 00:40:40, acc. 2020-06-13</ref>
  
[[Xi’an]]: While distance plays a factor (there are a lot of unfriendly systems between the Vanduul and the Xi’an), their limited contact has not been particularly fruitful. Some clans have established tentative trading relations but the majority of Vanduul regard the Xi’An as manipulators and cowards, while the Xi’an view the Vanduul as short-sighted barbaric thugs.
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===Xi'an===
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The Writer's Guide claims that there are 'a lot of unfriendly systems between the Vanduul and the Xi'an'. Some clans have trading relations to the Xi'an Empire. It is not a surprise that Xi'an view the Vanduul as barbarians, while Vanduul view Xi'an as 'manipulators and cowards'.<ref name="robertsspaceindustries.com" />
  
== Religion ==
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==Religion==
  
 
Due to the cultural emphasis on solidarity, the idea of higher powers aiding or affecting an individual's life has never caught on with Vanduul society. Therefore, the 'self' is held in high regard, so the closest thing to a Vanduul religion is the admiration of a specific person and what he or she was able to achieve.
 
Due to the cultural emphasis on solidarity, the idea of higher powers aiding or affecting an individual's life has never caught on with Vanduul society. Therefore, the 'self' is held in high regard, so the closest thing to a Vanduul religion is the admiration of a specific person and what he or she was able to achieve.
  
Vanduul youth are educated in the lives of exemplary Vanduul of the past. Specifically the choices they made, and how they overcame their environment and distinguished themselves.
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Vanduul youth are educated in the lives of exemplary Vanduul of the past. Specifically the choices they made, and how they overcame their environment and distinguished themselves.<ref name="robertsspaceindustries.com" />
  
== Personality Traits ==
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==Personality traits==
  
 
From a purely anthropological perspective, the Vanduul behave like classic hunter-gatherers. They are a very insular species. They rarely interact with those outside of their clan, even other Vanduul. If you should find yourself engaged in a conversation (trade) with a Vanduul, they will be all business. They find engaging in pleasantries to be inefficient and insulting.
 
From a purely anthropological perspective, the Vanduul behave like classic hunter-gatherers. They are a very insular species. They rarely interact with those outside of their clan, even other Vanduul. If you should find yourself engaged in a conversation (trade) with a Vanduul, they will be all business. They find engaging in pleasantries to be inefficient and insulting.
  
In combat, the Vanduul are relentless and merciless. In a textbook raid, they will hit hard and fast and never leave survivors. Over the decades, they've adapted their tactics as they've learned the purpose of Human structures. Clans will attack high value buildings (Communications, medical facilities etc.)  first to minimize the chance of resistance.
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In combat, the Vanduul are relentless and merciless. In a textbook raid, they will hit hard and fast and never leave survivors. Over the decades, they've adapted their tactics as they've learned the purpose of Human structures. Clans will attack high-value buildings (Communications, medical facilities etc.)  first to minimize the chance of resistance.
  
It is possible for an individual human to engage in trade with a Vanduul although it would be incredibly difficult.
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It is possible for an individual human to engage in trade with a Vanduul although it would be incredibly difficult.<ref name="robertsspaceindustries.com" />
  
== Language ==
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==Language==
{{for|further information about alien languages|Alien Languages}}
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{{Main|Vanduul language}}
[[File:Vanduul Pictographs.PNG|thumb]]
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[[File:Vanduul Pictographs.PNG|thumb|Ancient Vanduul scripts]]
Vanduul have a "unified system of quasi-pictographic writing". A translation team from the University of [[Moscow]] investigated the Language, although it will take several years before the Vanduul language has been completely deciphered.{{RSIref|url=comm-link/transmission/12991-Vanduul-Warship-Analysis|int=Comm-Link:Vanduul Warship Analysis|text=Vanduul Warship Analysis}} The language was created by Britton Watkins.<ref name=":2">[http://sipo.la/publications/files/analysis_of_vanduul_phonology.pdf Analysis of Vanduul phonology], p.1, Tuomo Sipola, 2016.</ref>
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Vanduul have a "unified system of quasi-pictographic writing". A translation team from the University of [[Moscow]] investigated the Language, although it will take several years before the Vanduul language has been completely deciphered.<ref name="ReferenceA" /> The language was created by Britton Watkins.<ref name=":2">[http://sipo.la/publications/files/analysis_of_vanduul_phonology.pdf Analysis of Vanduul phonology], p.1, Tuomo Sipola, 2016.</ref>
  
Some words are known, due a conversions from the performance capture of Squadron 42. According to Sipola (2016),<ref name=":2" /> these are (written in the international Phonetic Alphabet)
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Some words are known, due to a conversion from the performance capture of Squadron 42. According to Sipola (2016),<ref name=":2" /> these are (written in the International Phonetic Alphabet)
  
 
[ˈkurae ʃalˈjuve:], [ʒaˈlaθ ʔaqˈqaθ:on: ˈminːa::], [iwe:hah:ih:ohʃdavo:hpunahdoh], [ˈkai ˈfisad ˈjusa ˈkujamˌlaχ↗nu::] and [χeχo:lda:ˈvedna::]. He also pointed out that the Vanduul bodies are changed their color based on their mood.<ref name=":2" />
 
[ˈkurae ʃalˈjuve:], [ʒaˈlaθ ʔaqˈqaθ:on: ˈminːa::], [iwe:hah:ih:ohʃdavo:hpunahdoh], [ˈkai ˈfisad ˈjusa ˈkujamˌlaχ↗nu::] and [χeχo:lda:ˈvedna::]. He also pointed out that the Vanduul bodies are changed their color based on their mood.<ref name=":2" />
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The Vanduul are intended to be a resemblance of the Vandals {{WP|Vandals}} and Visigoths <ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-MF7xYMB0A&t=2811s 4th Anniversary Livestream (Youtube)] from 2016-11-19. Accessed 2016-11-20.
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</ref> - or "barbarian" tribes of the 4th and 5th Century <ref name=":0"/> (brutal, purely nomadic, war-like, see Vandalism{{WP|Vandalism#Origin_of_the_term}}). In Robert's words "(...) fighting against the barbarian hordes much like the legions did towards the end of the Roman empire." <ref name=":0" /> He also said: "So we start the game before there’s a proper split [between [[Terra (planet)|Terra]] and [[Earth]]] , but there will be a split between the two sides, and then we’ll have an in-game event that’s like the sack of Earth further on, like the sack of Rome." <ref name=":0" /> It is a reference to the Visigoths (sacked rome in 410) and Vandals (sacked rome in 455).<ref group="Annotation">A note on parallels with the Vandals, who lived relatively steadily until they were forced by the Huns to cross the Rhine (with the Alans and Suebi) in 409. Afters years of wandering they erected a shortlived kingdom in Spain, then in Carthago. In 455, followed by another roman civil war, they were invited by a roman faction to eliminate the roman usurper Petronius Maximus who was proclaimed the new emperor. He wanted to marry his son to the dead Emperor's daughter, a turn which raised resistance in the roman aristocracy. As the vandalic army arrived at the city, the roman defenders opened the gate without resistance. Petronius was stoned by the citizens or murdered by his own guard.</ref>
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The Vanduul are intended to be a resemblance of the Vandals and Visigoths <ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-MF7xYMB0A&t=2811s 4th Anniversary Livestream (Youtube)] from 2016-11-19. Accessed 2016-11-20.
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</ref> {{WP|Vandals}} <ref name=":3">[https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/creator-chris-roberts-talks-star-citizen-ambitious-space-sim-steroids Creator Chris Roberts talks Star Citizen, The Ambitious Space Sim on steroids] from 2015-03-18. Accessed 2018-08-21.</ref> - or "barbarian" tribes of the 4th and 5th Century <ref name=":0" /> (brutal, purely nomadic, war-like, see Vandalism{{WP|Vandalism#Origin_of_the_term}}). In Robert's words ''"We settled on the decline and fall of the Roman empire. But instead of it being the Roman empire, it's the United Empire of Earth, and we've got surrounding enemy alien factions who are analogous to the fall of the Roman empire."'' <ref name=":3" /> ''You have war on one side where it's pretty simple'', ''fighting against the barbarian hordes much like the legions did towards the end of the Roman empire.''" <ref name=":0" /> He also said: "''So we start the game before there's a proper split'' [between [[Terra (planet)|Terra]], equivalent of Constantinople  <ref name=":0" /> and [[Earth]], equivalent of Rome], ''but there will be a split between the two sides, and then we'll have an in-game event that's like the sack of Earth further on, like the sack of Rome."'' <ref name=":0" /> It is a reference to the Visigoths (sacked Rome in 410) and Vandals (sacked rome in 455).<ref group="Annotation">A note on parallels with the Vandals, who lived relatively steadily until they were forced by the Huns to cross the Rhine (with the Alans and Suebi) in 409. Afters years of wandering they erected a shortlived kingdom in Spain, then in Carthago. In 455, followed by another roman civil war, they were invited by a roman faction to eliminate the roman usurper Petronius Maximus who was proclaimed the new emperor. He wanted to marry his son to the dead Emperor's daughter, a turn which raised resistance in the roman aristocracy. As the vandalic army arrived at the city, the roman defenders opened the gate without resistance. Petronius was stoned by the citizens or murdered by his own guard.</ref>
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They are scavengers. They don't create their technology, they absorb other race's technology and make do what they want with it. So, they are really really capable in understanding how stuff works and making stuff work for them by modifying it and like combining stuff together. (...) they don't care about [visual aspects] (…) they don't have art (...) they're just out there to basically conquer and absorb and assimilate and just be stronger. That's why their weapons(...) don't necessarily have a consistent style per se as you can very often see some other races and some other technologies inside.| [[Michal Kozlowski]], Around the Verse: Vanduul Blade & Shops 'n Trade <ref name=":design">[https://relay.sc/transcript/around-the-verse-vanduul-blade-shops-n-trade Relay Transcript - Around the Verse: Vanduul Blade & Shops 'n Trade]. Accessed 2018-06-10.</ref>}}
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Cloud Imperium Games Vanduul Head Detailed.jpg
Vanduul
Kingdom Animal
Sentient? Yes
Capital Assumed nomadic
Founded Unknown
Language Vanduul language
Religion Unknown
Government No central government
  • Tribalism
Ruler Several Clan leaders
Currency Unknown
Territories 16 known systems
Status Prosperous
Discovered In 2681 CE; 269 years ago (2681)

Vanduul ( kyexiin: Uantuul; SRX: Uantūl (Proper); Ochoa: Wandúlo; SRB: Wandúlo; Vanduul: vwanduul; ) are a sentient, nomadic living[Annotation 1] species of bipedal aliens. Males live on ships and form organized groups called "clans" or "hordes".[1] Vanduul made first contact with Humanity in 2681.[2] Since these first encounters, they are usually aggressive towards other races, especially humans. All attempts that Humanity has made to contact them peacefully have failed. After a first big wave of attacks against the human-settled sectors between 2681 and 2712, (the Fall of Caliban, Orion and Virgil) they constantly raided United Empire of Earth's "Western"[3][4] border territories. Their conflict with the UEE in the Tiber System over the following 250 years lead to millions of dead human soldiers and civilians.

The Attack on Vega II on 2945-10-05 caused the UEE Senate to formally declare an interspecies war against the Vanduul on 2945-11-11 [5] and confront them in the Oberon system in 2946 (Operation Mandrake).[6]

History

Because the Vanduul haven't contacted Humanity and are following a strict "suicide doctrine" (scuttling their ships if they are in danger of being captured), very little is known about the Vanduul as a species. Human offworld settlement in the 25th Century started during the FarStar 'push' with the result of Vega, Tiber and Virgil being discovered and colonized (with the exception of Tiber),[7][8][9][10] followed by the settlement of Orion in the 2660s.[11] No Vanduul were spotted during this period.

First Contact

The First Contact with Humanity was violent. On 9 August 2681, a group of Vanduul raiders attacked the Dell Township on Armitage in the Orion System, killing 638 people and abducting one human.[2][11][12][13] Unusually, The raiding group looted a lot of worthless items and avoided more important ones. Since these events, Vanduul raided the systems of Orion, Virgil and Tiber System between 2681 and 2712, which lead to a short and rapid growth of Vega,[14] until the system became later itself a target of Vanduul attacks.

The first encounter between a Vanduul Clan and the UEE was on 15 September 2681.[13]

Ilyana Messer and their successors never acknowledged the Vanduul as a real threat until the following events of Orion.[12]

Battle of Orion

Vanduul in armor

On 2 February 2712, a Vanduul clan attacked the Orion System and started the Battle of Orion.[15][16] The decimated UEE Fleet retreated into the Tiber and Caliban System and abandoned Orion as they fled. In the following year, the Vanduul clan, lead by a Kingship, bombarded Orion III, destroying the surface of the planet with Anti-matter bombs and then harvesting the planets of the system.[11][12]

Retreat from Virgil

The UEE abandoned the Virgil System after the Vanduul attacked Virgil I, bombarding and "harvesting" the planet, leaving it inhospitable. In these events, millions of civilians on Virgil died as the UEE retreated from the system.

ARK program

After the end of the Messer Era, the new Imperator attempted to stop the violence and open diplomatic relations with the Vanduul, inviting them to take part in the ARK Program (2806 ff).[17] These negotiations failed.

Fall of Caliban

A second push of the Vanduul in 2871 lead to the evacuation and Fall of the Caliban System.[18][19]

Aremis, despite living in fear of Vanduul attacks, encountered a major economic boom during the 2920s-2930s[4]

Vanduul War

After years of relative battle silence,[20] the Vanduul attacked New Corvo and Estilia (on Aremis) on October 5 and 6, 2945, leading to the events of the Vanduul War.

The concept of Vanduul armor shown in Around the Verse on 2018-06-28

Homeworld

It is unknown if the Vanduul currently have a homeworld. Their homeplanet may have been destroyed or abandoned, which scattered the Vanduul clans into a nomadic lifestyle in their ships. On the other hand, it is unknown where young and female Vanduul live. Genetic analysis of X12' crew showed that all subjects had a diverse gene pool, which suggest that Hordes or Clans consist of not closely related individuals. It is possible that Clans and Hordes (which are only consisting of male individuals) are formed by a selection procedure on their homeworld and spend the rest of their life with their clan.

Vanduul Warrior Concept Art

Political system

The political system of the Vanduul has been described as a meritocracy, the political philosophy in which power and wealth are given to the most talented members of a society.

The disparate structure of the Vanduul civilization makes it nearly impossible to negotiate with the species as a whole, but none of the individual clans has offered anything but hostility.[21]

There is little to no communication between the different roaming clans. Each fleet operates as its own society with its own independent set of rules, laws and customs as decreed by that clan's Chieftain. As such, it is probably impossible to make peace or establish diplomatic relations with the Vanduul as a whole since there is no cohesive civilization.

Society

Vanduul do not hold permanent settlements and therefore do not claim land in their occupied systems. They eliminate every threat, raiding and pillaging the surface of an occupied planet with specialized Harvesters and then moving to a new location once the planet has been thoroughly drained of all resources. It seems that they are not interested in preserving their potential "pasture grounds", which could be a reason for their nomadic and expansionist lifestyle.

Vanduul's family structure is also very distinct from Humanity. There is one tradition that exists throughout all of the Vanduul; once a child reaches adulthood (usually around the equivalent of Human 13–14 years), they are banished from their family. Before they go, the parents will fashion a knife for their child. This knife will be the child's only possession as he/she sets out into adulthood. Consequently, these knives are treasured possessions that they keep for the rest of their lives. They will receive no money, housing, or support of any kind from their former family. Everything that the newly recognized adult achieves starts with the knife and grows from there. Therefore, there is no hereditary transfer of money or influence.

Size Comparison

Diplomatic Relations

UEE

For unknown reasons, Vanduul don't communicate with humans.

Banu

At least one System deep in vanduul space is claimed by the Banu.[22] The Writers Guide (from 2013) points out that the relations between Vanduul and Banu are 'precarious but friendly'.[23] Some clans are trading with planet-states.[24] The extent of trade relations between Banu and Vanduul are unknown to Humanity, since the Banu are actively concealing it.[25]

Xi'an

The Writer's Guide claims that there are 'a lot of unfriendly systems between the Vanduul and the Xi'an'. Some clans have trading relations to the Xi'an Empire. It is not a surprise that Xi'an view the Vanduul as barbarians, while Vanduul view Xi'an as 'manipulators and cowards'.[24]

Religion

Due to the cultural emphasis on solidarity, the idea of higher powers aiding or affecting an individual's life has never caught on with Vanduul society. Therefore, the 'self' is held in high regard, so the closest thing to a Vanduul religion is the admiration of a specific person and what he or she was able to achieve.

Vanduul youth are educated in the lives of exemplary Vanduul of the past. Specifically the choices they made, and how they overcame their environment and distinguished themselves.[24]

Personality traits

From a purely anthropological perspective, the Vanduul behave like classic hunter-gatherers. They are a very insular species. They rarely interact with those outside of their clan, even other Vanduul. If you should find yourself engaged in a conversation (trade) with a Vanduul, they will be all business. They find engaging in pleasantries to be inefficient and insulting.

In combat, the Vanduul are relentless and merciless. In a textbook raid, they will hit hard and fast and never leave survivors. Over the decades, they've adapted their tactics as they've learned the purpose of Human structures. Clans will attack high-value buildings (Communications, medical facilities etc.) first to minimize the chance of resistance.

It is possible for an individual human to engage in trade with a Vanduul although it would be incredibly difficult.[24]

Language

Ancient Vanduul scripts

Vanduul have a "unified system of quasi-pictographic writing". A translation team from the University of Moscow investigated the Language, although it will take several years before the Vanduul language has been completely deciphered.[1] The language was created by Britton Watkins.[26]

Some words are known, due to a conversion from the performance capture of Squadron 42. According to Sipola (2016),[26] these are (written in the International Phonetic Alphabet)

[ˈkurae ʃalˈjuve:], [ʒaˈlaθ ʔaqˈqaθ:on: ˈminːa::], [iwe:hah:ih:ohʃdavo:hpunahdoh], [ˈkai ˈfisad ˈjusa ˈkujamˌlaχ↗nu::] and [χeχo:lda:ˈvedna::]. He also pointed out that the Vanduul bodies are changed their color based on their mood.[26]

Andy Serkis has stated that the language is very guttural and harsh sounding.[27]

Background

Lore

Note: This section includes several SPOILERS of Squadron 42 and Star Citizen storyline.

The Vanduul are intended to be a resemblance of the Vandals and Visigoths [28] [29] [30] - or "barbarian" tribes of the 4th and 5th Century [3] (brutal, purely nomadic, war-like, see Vandalism[31]). In Robert's words "We settled on the decline and fall of the Roman empire. But instead of it being the Roman empire, it's the United Empire of Earth, and we've got surrounding enemy alien factions who are analogous to the fall of the Roman empire." [30] You have war on one side where it's pretty simple, fighting against the barbarian hordes much like the legions did towards the end of the Roman empire." [3] He also said: "So we start the game before there's a proper split [between Terra, equivalent of Constantinople [3] and Earth, equivalent of Rome], but there will be a split between the two sides, and then we'll have an in-game event that's like the sack of Earth further on, like the sack of Rome." [3] It is a reference to the Visigoths (sacked Rome in 410) and Vandals (sacked rome in 455).[Annotation 2]

Design

" They are scavengers. They don't create their technology, they absorb other race's technology and make do what they want with it. So, they are really really capable in understanding how stuff works and making stuff work for them by modifying it and like combining stuff together. (...) they don't care about [visual aspects] (…) they don't have art (...) they're just out there to basically conquer and absorb and assimilate and just be stronger. That's why their weapons(...) don't necessarily have a consistent style per se as you can very often see some other races and some other technologies inside."
Michal Kozlowski, Around the Verse: Vanduul Blade & Shops 'n Trade [32]

Galactapedia links

Annotations

  1. As a Vanduul male reaches "adulthood", he lives the rest of his life with his clan "on the run". It is currently unknown where female and young Vanduul are living and under which circumstances male and female Vanduul are procreating.
  2. A note on parallels with the Vandals, who lived relatively steadily until they were forced by the Huns to cross the Rhine (with the Alans and Suebi) in 409. Afters years of wandering they erected a shortlived kingdom in Spain, then in Carthago. In 455, followed by another roman civil war, they were invited by a roman faction to eliminate the roman usurper Petronius Maximus who was proclaimed the new emperor. He wanted to marry his son to the dead Emperor's daughter, a turn which raised resistance in the roman aristocracy. As the vandalic army arrived at the city, the roman defenders opened the gate without resistance. Petronius was stoned by the citizens or murdered by his own guard.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Vanduul Warship Analysis (Original RSI URL)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2681 - Scorched Earth (Original RSI URL)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Chris Roberts On PC Gaming, Going To Space, Rock - Paper - Shotgun from 2012-10-27. Accessed 2016-11-03.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Citizen: Loremaker's Guide to the Galaxy - Vega System from 2012-10-27. Accessed 2016-11-03.
  5. Congress Now - Vega II Recognition Review (Original RSI URL)
  6. Empire Report - Victory on the Vanduul Front (Original RSI URL)
  7. Galactic Guide: Vega System (Original RSI URL)
  8. Virgil II - Ark Starmap
  9. Galactic Guide: Virgil System (Original RSI URL)
  10. Galactic Guide: Tiber System (Original RSI URL)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Jump Point: Orion System
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 This Day in History: The First Step Back (Original RSI URL)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Galactapedia: Vanduul-Human First Contact, acc. 2020-01-03
  14. Starmap: Vega System
  15. Starmap: Orion System
  16. Galactapedia: Battle of Orion, acc. 2019-01-03
  17. The ARK Starmap
  18. Starmap: Caliban System
  19. Galactapedia: Fall of Caliban. acc. 2019-01-03
  20. Congress Now
  21. Writer's Guide: Part Seven (Original RSI URL)
  22. Writer's Guide: Part Four (Original RSI URL)
  23. Writer's Guide: Part Six (Original RSI URL)
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Writer's Guide: Part Seven (Original RSI URL)
  25. Youtube: Star Citizen Live: Alien Week Roundtable (June 2020), min. 00:40:40, acc. 2020-06-13
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Analysis of Vanduul phonology, p.1, Tuomo Sipola, 2016.
  27. Squadron 42: Behind the Scenes - Andy Serkis, 2016-03-18. Accessed 2016-11-03.
  28. 4th Anniversary Livestream (Youtube) from 2016-11-19. Accessed 2016-11-20.
  29. Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Vandals
  30. 30.0 30.1 Creator Chris Roberts talks Star Citizen, The Ambitious Space Sim on steroids from 2015-03-18. Accessed 2018-08-21.
  31. Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Vandalism#Origin_of_the_term
  32. Relay Transcript - Around the Verse: Vanduul Blade & Shops 'n Trade. Accessed 2018-06-10.