Vargr: Intelligent race derived from Ancient genetic manipulations of Terran
carnivore/chaser stock. Vargr have long suffered from an inability to organize
themselves (to any degree or for any length of time) beyond the star system level,
and their empires rise and fall with unsurprising regularity. The only cohesive force
is an intense racial pride, which causes a slight tendency for racial cooperation,
although its major effect is to get individuals into fights with those who insult them.
The Vargr are scattered across most of the coreward edge of the Imperium in
many splinter empires collectively called the Extents. These states war with each
other as much as with non-Vargr, and there is constant strife as each tries to establish
a position superior to the others. Some Vargr have been more-or-less allied with
the Zhodani for several centuries, and have participated in the Frontier Wars.
Others have maintained a strict neutrality, or even allied with the Imperium.