At the center of a tiny galaxy in the far reaches of the universe is the planet Symbion. From centuries ago to centuries to come, a world unto itself, divided as clearly as Heaven and Hell, standing as the most profound indictment of Ancient Ones' Ways. Now war-torn between the Shining Realm and the Dark Domain, Symbion yet remains the best of all worlds... and the worst of all worlds.
You see, A long time ago, Symbion was a virtual paradise of fertile land and hospitable clime inhabited by the race of the Ancient Ones who prospered on Symbion for aeons. As increasing sophistication brought unimaginable technological advances, including control over every aspect of their environment, the inevitable happened: Technological experiments failed, the paradise began to collapse and the Great Cataclysm began. Realizing that life as they knew it could not survive this Cataclysm, the Ancients sealed the legends of their race and the secrets of their technology in bio-control centers (called "hyves") scattered across the planet.
The extinction of the Ancients gave rise to chaos; and the planet became a harsh and foreboding world where warring tribes struggled for survival. The environment first became unstable, then deranged, creating all manner of strange weather and mutated creatures. Among these creatures, only the strong survived. Both good and evil, the best and the worst evolved: The SECTAURS.
The true and specific origin of the race of Sectaurs is shrouded in mystery. Are they a natural evolutionary development whose origins trace back to the Ancients? Are they the direct result of the Ancients Ones' technological experiments? Are they a direct result of the Cataclysm itself? The answer, if there is one, is probably sealed in a hyve of the Ancients.
There are two predominant species of Sectaurs - the humanoid warriors and the insectoids. Although the insectoids are on a lower evolutionary order, they are intelligent creatures who communicate telepathically with their more human counterparts.
Through the intricate ritual of telebonding, warriors can establish a permanent psychic link with a particular insectoid. The consciousness of the two Sectaurs is melded instantly and completely. There is no need for verbal command or communication between the two, because each knows the other's thoughts at once. Warrior and Steed become a single entity.
As the race of Sectaurs grew and developed, two major kingdoms began to emerge: The Dark Domain (ruled by the Empress Devora) and the Shining Realm (ruled by King Markor, the Mighty).
Why the race divided so dramatically into good and evil is again a matter of conjecture.
One legend has it that King Markor is the father to both Dargon and Spidrax. An intense rivalry between Dargon, the heir apparent of Symbion, and Spidrax, the General of the Empress' arm, polarized the two brothers. Another legend hints at a close bond between Dargon and Spidrax set into motion before the cataclysm - and a genetic experiment gone mad. But whether the Ancients have sealed this secret in a hyve or whether this is a secret never to be revealed, the fact remains that these two Sectaurs are equally matched opposites and are two of the strongest warriors and leaders on Symbion.
Although the Ancients disappeared from the planet, their ways were not entirely lost. Certain Sectaurs, somehow genetically marked by the Ancients, formed a secret society to gather the lost knowledge, to store it and to probe its secrets. Calling themselves the Keepers of the Way, these dedicated scholars desperately searched for the ancient hyves. Their efforts were hindered however, by the need for extreme secrecy. Since most of the inhabitants of Symbion blamed the current state of the planet on the Ancients, anyone found possessing ancient knowledge was branded a sorcerer, and put to death.
And yet, as centuries passed, the Keepers slowly grew in knowledge, numbers and power...
The tension and warring between the Dark Domain and Shining Realm continued sporadically through the centuries. Unbeknown to King Markor, the Empress is now marshalling her armies and beginning of her plan to seize control of all of Symbion.
It's around that time that King Markor went on a mysterious mission and vanished with his escort. It was later revealed by Mentor to Dargon that Markor was on a quest to find the great hyves of power to prevent their powers to fall in the wrong hands. While Markor was away on this quest, Markor's cautious brother, Galken, was named Regent of the throne. Galken was a fine warrior in the past but is now more a bureaucrat than a leader. He struck a peace treaty with the Empress, only to be double-crossed by her as she used this treaty to make considerable preparations for the conquest of the shining realm.
It's at this moment that the first Hyve was found and killed thousands of Dark Domain warriors sieging a city at the limits of the Shining realm by unleashing a lethal mist on the town. When the people of the Shining Realm learn that the Empress' forces have uncovered one of the minor outpost control hyves left behind by the Ancients, and that her armies have begun an immediate and all-out search for the Legendary Great Hyves of Ancient Wonders, there is a general outcry for action.
Aided by Mantor, King Markor's wise Chief Counsel, Markor's son, Dargon, is convinced that it is his responsibility to prevent the secret s of the Ancients from falling into the hands of the Empress. It's at that time that Mantor handed Dargon the legendary sword of his father, Symator. Although he is still a young man, as the rightful heir to the throne, it is Dargon's duty to stand against the Empress, with the help of his friends, to stop the spread of her evil Empire! The quest for the hyves has begun, and the constant battle between the forces of the Shining realm and the Dark Domain in their quest for discovery will probably rage on for ages...