Been trying to get my head around some of the Granok lore while developing my character.
Forest Guardian wrote:
Also note that the Humans had their civil war AFTER the Granok's planet was invaded... So it's possible some rebel humans might have been able to establish more or less friendly connections with the Granok as early as 1378, having a common enemy... But they still weren't officially "Exiles" until "around" 1656 (as the timeline says).
Been thinking about this. The Gnox war occurred in 1221 AE. The Cassian civil war began in 1378 AE - 180 years after the Gnox conflict. The rebels from this war fled Cassus led by Serrick Brighthand. These were humans brought up in the Cassian way of life rebelling against unpopular political decisions.
Durek's Granoks were exiled by their chieftans after the Gnox war and left in captured Cassian spacecraft to become mercenaries for hire in the galaxy, most likely working around the Fringe. It was during this time the Free Companies
was formed, becoming FCON once Nexus was settled. This would also indicate that there is sentient life out around the Fringe, otherwise no-one would hire them.
It would seem the Granok did not involve themselves with humans - or at least the exiled Cassian humans - for at least 180 years (the time between the Gnox war and Cassian uprising), likely much longer, unless they were directly involved in the Cassian uprising (did the rebel Cassians hire Granok mercenaries?). If there was no involvement, and given their belief in the Way of Stone, and the fact they despised the Dominion, I would think it unlikely that a union was formed soon after the human exile, since the sound of a Cassian accent would mean a Granok would shoot first, ask questions later. I would think also that once diplomatic discussions started, the Granok would still be wary of their new-found allies for some time, especially when they measure time in centuries, not decades. It is likely they first came in contact with the exiled humans sometime during The Gambler's Ruin's run
through the Fringe, possibly quite late, while looking for a new homeland.
Given there is little information about Human/Granok contact for the next 250 years after the Cassian uprising (some 3 generations of humans later), it would seem the rescue of the Mordesh in the 1630's AE might have been their first operation together , or at least one where the Granok were hired to assist, although there is no mention of Granok assistance that I could find during this smuggling process. They worked together to rescue the Aurin from Arboran some 30 years later, which seems to be the first mention of the Granok working with humans in a coordinated fashion. This could potentially mean there was little (or no) contact between the Granok and humans for some 200+ years after the Cassus uprising.
Forest Guardian wrote:
...until the events on Arboria where they decided they needed to formally join The Exiles.
Is there any mention of the Granok formally joining the human exiles? I can understand them wanting to align themselves with the exiled humans since, as mercenaries on a new planet (and as exiles themselves), there would be a good chance of earning a reasonable pay packet (and they would have no desire to align with The Dominion), but is there any mention of a formal alliance anywhere or is it just assumed? I understood 'The Exiles' to be a common term for those races displaced by The Dominion who, while sharing a common goal to remove The Dominion from Nexus, are not formally held together by any binding agreement.
They do seem to live for a long time, though we can’t say exactly how long. But many are over 200 years old.
I have been wondering about how long a Granok can live for. I was thinking of a lifespan around 350 years, but found this
comment from Dangeraaron10 elsewhere:
(which means nothing to a Granok which can live well over 500 years old)
This seems a reasonable figure given Durek assisted in the evacuation of the Aurin in 1658 AE, some 450 years after the Gnox war. Will have to go back and tweak my characters timeline.
Sorry if this has all been mentioned somewhere else, and also if I have missed the answers to some of my questions. I have just been trying to get timelines worked out while developing my character.