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The Calandrian Empire is one of the most powerful alien empires in the Western Galaxy. It rules more than a thousand planets, and its power extends to many smaller stellar nations.
Calandrians are humanoids, and look almost as humans, save for their burning red eyes and their ashgrey skin. The Calandrians are known throughout the galaxy for their cruelty and brutality, and many humans believe that the Calandrians visited Earth in some distant past, and showed Man how to build torture devices. This is of course untrue, but this rumour has only heightened the fear of the Calandrian warmachine.
The Calandrian society are divided into clans. Each clan controls a number of planets but are subject to the Imperial Senate and the Emperor. The Senate is comprised of the clan leaders as well as the four highest-ranking members of the Tak Council. The Senate elects the Emperor and votes on new laws.
Calandrian society is clan-based, with each specializing in a certain aspect of civilization, be it diplomacy, science or even warfare.
Clan Death are a clan of warriors. Its members, men and women, are all trained as warriors and the clan yields a high number of psykers. Thus Clan Death is feared even among its allies, Clan Dark Moon, Clan Blood Wolf and Clan Blood Viper.
Clan Dark Moon are a clan of assassins. All children are taken from their home at the age of 5 and trained as assassins. These assassins rival the infamous Ninja of ancient Terra in their skill. Clan Dark Moon is allied to Clan Death and Clan Blood Wolf.
All Clan Steel Raven members are engineers. The clan are responsible for building everything necessary in the society. As a result, the clan stays neutral. Since only the Steel Raven engineers know how to create spaceships, none of the other clans challenge Clan Steel Raven, as it could result in an orbital bombardment of the clans homeworld. Most Navy officers are of this clan.
Clan Blood Wolf members are all government officials. The clan leader, Jorran Thorn, rules the Calandrian Empire as Emperor, and most of the members of his clan are officials within his government. Clan Blood Wolf are allied to Clan Death and Clan Dark Moon.
Clan Blood Viper are a clan of warriors. Its members, men and women, are all trained as warriors. The combat lore of Clan Death is, however, hopelessly lost to Clan Blood Viper, and the clan specialise mainly in commando raids. The clan is allied to Clan Death.
Clan Ice Falcon are a clan of merchants. The clan is extremely wealthy as a result of its members excellent trading skills. The Clan as a whole remains somewhat neutral.
Clan Star Viper are a clan of diplomats and spies. All members of the clan are scholared in the arts of the diplomat and spy. Clan Steel Bear is the face of the Calandrian Empire to the outside world, and has widespread influence.
- Aran Tolucan - First Lord of Clan Steel Raven and Commander of the Imperial Starfleet
- Arem Serrothi - First Lord of Clan Ice Falcon
- Da'el Kar - First Lord of Clan Death
- Diina Kaarth - First Lady of Clan Dark Moon
- Duric Orvarrin - First Lord of Clan Star Viper
- Jhiera Shadowspawn - First Lady of Clan Blood Viper
- Jorran Thorn - Calandrian Emperor and First Lord of Clan Blood Wolf.
- Karth Orvarrin - Lord of Clan Star Viper
- Lorei Shadowlord - Supreme Telepath
- William Darkon - Lord of Clan Death and Commander of the Legion of Dread.
Here follows a list of the most important systems of the Calandrian Empire:
- Broken Wheel
- Chaos March
- Cypra Mundi
- Devil's Rock
- Grand Base
- Last Chance
- The Rack
The Imperial Starfleet consists of thousands of warships. Among the more famous are:
- Armageddon-class Battleship
- Doom Moon-class Command Ship
- Imperator-class Battleship
- Vampire-class Heavy Carrier
- Demon-class Grand Cruiser
- Hades-class Heavy Cruiser
- Slaughter-class Light Cruiser
- Dire Wolf-class Battleship
- Steel Knife-class Light Cruiser
- Murder-class Cruiser
- Blood-class Frigate
- Deathwing-class Raider
- Raven-class Corvette
- Blood Hawk-class Raider
- Doom-class Destroyer