History from the novel
The Shanharai are a race of nomadic, extraterrestrial parasites originating from a now dying planet. Realizing that it was only a matter of time before the planet's resources would be completely depleted, the pods somehow evolved the ability to defy gravity and leave their planet's atmosphere ,presumedly in some sort of colony hive ship or pod ship,seen here,in the search of a new world to colonize. For millennia, the pods floated in space like spores, propelled by the solar winds, some occasionally landing on inhabited planets. Once there, they would replace the dominant species by spawning emotionless replicas; the original bodies would then disintegrate into dust once the duplication process was completed. They would then consume all of the planet's resources, only to then leave in search of yet another new world. Such a consumption was apparently the fate of the civilizations that once inhabited worlds across the galaxy . The Pods' sole purpose in life was that of individual survival, with no attention given to the civilizations they conquered or the resources they squandered. The duplicates had lifespans of only five years, and could not sexually reproduce. Their invasion of many worlds are was short-lived: unable to tolerate the sheer determination humanity displayed in defense, the Pods abandoned the planet, leaving behind a small population of duplicates, who died shortly after.
The Shanharai utilized an unknown alloy that was harder and lighter than any metal registered,
|Ancient Shanharai Pod ship. Ancient ship design composed of fifteen pods linked by curved connective struts. The ship was over 9700 feet long and was composed of a metallic material that had been spun not cast or forged.|
Their construction techniques drew the alloy into filaments and were spun like a spider's web. Their architectural designs incorporated hexagonal cell formations that were nearly identical to the honeycombs of bees on Earth. Among their more unique technology utilized was the energy accumulating wands they used to collect energy from motion, sound, light, heat, and magnetism.
It is unknown how or when they became extinct. The only recorded trace of their existence is the hulk of a huge Pod Ship on the fringe of the Milky Way.