"The usual. Fuel. Weapons. Explosives. And, of course, beer."- Sarge
Several hundred years ago, Granok civilization on planet Gnox was fairly primitive. With only the most rudimentary levels of technology, the Granok lived in small, isolated tribes scattered across the surface of their homeworld, following a simple, stoic philosophy known as the Way of Stone. The tenets of this philosophy were simple - the world might shift around them, but the Granok were as immutable and unchanging as the living stone from which their bodies were hewn. So it had been for tens of thousands of years, and so it would ever be.
Their lives were relatively simple and uncomplicated. They grew crops, crafted armor and weapons, and heartily enjoyed the brewing and drinking of beer. They were skilled warriors, but not warmongers. If they fought each other, it was more than likely in a good-natured tavern brawl where both combatants laughed if off with a hand shake and a peace offering of a newly filled tankard. They had what they needed on Gnox, and it was on Gnox they were going to stay.
Until the Dominion arrived.
Seeing great potential in the Granok’s size and strength, the Dominion sent mechanical ambassadors to Gnox to facilitate their assimilation into the empire. They offered the Granok tribal chieftains gifts of knowledge and technology, asking only that they kneel and swear eternal loyalty to the reigning Dominion emperor in return.
Enraged by the insolence of these mechanical beings, the chieftains and their warlords immediately refused, making it abundantly clear that the ambassadors should leave their planet and never return. When the ambassadors suggested it would be in their best interests to reconsider, the Granok answered by smashing them into smoking piles of scrap.
Within a few hours, the emperor received news of his ambassadors' demise. Infuriated, he decreed the Granok were a dangerous, uncontrollable race that should be eliminated for the good of the empire. War was declared on planet Gnox, and the mighty Dominion Legions were deployed from planet Cassus.
The Dominion arrived on Gnox in overwhelming force, assuming they would quickly eradicate the Granok tribes. But the empire severely underestimated the resiliency of the Granok warriors. Although their weapons were primitive, they were fearless and unrelenting on the field of battle - and their war machines were sturdily built and surprisingly destructive.
The war dragged on for months, with both sides taking heavy casualties - but soon the superior technology and weaponry of the Dominion began to win out over the powerful, yet primitive armaments of the Granok warriors. Unfazed, the tribal chiefs stoically accepted their imminent death, proud that they had walked the Way of Stone until the bitter end.
However, there were some amongst the Granok who disagreed with the chieftains. A young warlord named Durek refused to accept death and defeat, believing that the Granok were capable of defeating these alien invaders. In a series of daring raids, Durek led war parties into Dominion camps, stealing weapons, armor, and other powerful military technology. Within a few weeks, the growing ranks of Granok insurgents began to turn the tide, using the confiscated Dominion weaponry to win a number of key battles. Without the advantage of superior technology, the Dominion soon found themselves on the losing side of the war. Battered and bloody, the Legions were eventually driven off Gnox and back to planet Cassus.
After the war ended, Durek and his followers returned victorious to their tribes, armed to the teeth with Dominion weaponry. But instead of being greeted as heroes, they were met with coldness and hostility by the Granok chieftains, who regarded their use of Dominion technology as a betrayal of the Way of Stone. Durek was branded as the Stonebreaker, and his host of brave, battle-hardened warriors were exiled forever from planet Gnox.
Using the Dominion spacecraft they had captured, Durek Stonebreaker and his followers took to the stars. Forming into loosely structured Free Companies, they began to ply their trade as off-world mercenaries, making a name for themselves as tough, relentless fighters who could be counted on as long as the price was right. As they traveled the galaxy as soldiers of fortune, the Free Companies retained a deep-seated hatred for the Dominion and looked forward to the day when they could settle the score in blood.
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☞ Granok's used to be a mostly peaceful race, frowning upon the use of technology until the Dominion attacked their home world of Gnox. They were fierce warriors but only ever fought for honor or the occasional bar brawl.
☞ One of their favorite past times is brewing beer.
☞ Another is drinking said beer.
☞ Their skills as a Warrior are unmatched. Even with the overwhelming numbers of the Dominion and their lack of true firepower they were able to hold their own for awhile with primitive weaponry on Gnox.
☞ The Mechari were the first Dominion race that the Granok had seen. The ambassadors they sent were smashed to bits.
☞ The Granoks officially joined the Exiles when the Exile Accords were signed in 1658. But the Exile Humans had done business with the Granok for decades before that.
☞ Though presumably still followed on Gnox, the Granok in the Exile fleet have long abandoned this tradition.
-You do not steal your enemy's weapons. You use the equipment your tribe and your hands have created, and nothing else.
-You will accept defeat with honour. Once it is obvious that you have no chance of winning, you will not resort to any dishonest tactics to turn the tides.
☞ Thanks to the young warlord known as Durek who used Dominions own weapons against them the Granok forced the Dominion to retreat. However this caused Durek and his group to be exiled from Gnox as traitors, never to return.
☞ Bringing up Gnox is still a sore spot to this day.
☞ Granok are described as silicon life forms, they aren't inanimate, they're sentient organisms that have full cycles.
☞ Granok can live to be between 800-900 years old.
☞ Their 'skin' can be chipped.
☞ The Granok and the Humans assisted in the evacuation of Arboria.
Commander Durek Stonebreaker: The leader of the Granok forces who have joined with the Exiles in opposition to the Dominion. As a young warlord during the struggle on Gnox, he gained renown by raiding Dominion camps and proving their technology could be beaten, as he lead the Granok forces against the Dominion Legions until they were driven off Gnox in defeat. Yet instead of being hailed as a hero, young Durek and his followers were treated as traitors to the ancient Way of the Stone by the Granok chieftains for their use of Dominion technology in achieving their victory. He was branded Stonebreaker and he and his battle hardened troops were exiled forever from the Granok homeworld.
Sarge: Seen in the Wildstar Trailer with other Exile members. He was also interviewed for Meet the Granok.
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