Below is a screenshot of the Silicoid intro. A couple of notes:
- I have no idea who the “Children of Nolsyrc” are, although “Nolsyrc” is a reversal of “Cryslon”, the name of their homeworld. Clearly from the text these “children” are viewed as enemies of the Silicoids. Obviously it can’t simply be every other race because then diplomacy with the Silicoids would not be possible. This is clearly a mystery we will see unfold over time.
- All races in MOO1 start on a size-100 Terran world around a Yellow star. In ROTP, I really felt the need to make an exception for the Silicoids since they are an especially unusual form of life (lithovores). They instead orbit a blue star (no game effect) and start on a size-100 Dead planet. The only gameplay difference this should have is that other races would not be able to send military transports to Cryslon until they can colonize Dead planets. From the Silicoid’s perspective, there is no advantage to being on a Dead planet or a Terran world if the sizes are the same.
It’s a change, but it does allow us to sharpen the background lore around the Silicoids and not have to justify how a Terran environment can exist in a world where a civilized lithovore species is otherwise “destroying” the environment.