d20 Future: CODEX GALACTICA
Everybody knows the Vios Space Caravan and the legends around these space gypsies. Many of these stories have been created by themselves. What is known about them is that around 10,000BG the Vios was a space faring race with a beautiful and rich planet and they were in the middle of a period of civil unrest and their first social revolution. The Fraals approached them and helped them discover that the problem in planet Vios was caused by Agents of the Void.
The Fraals wanted to help the Vios and join forces with them to fight the Void. The Fraals were sure that tye could find, reactivate and control a machine built by The Ancients to find and destroy the Void. They were right in many aspects of their plan except in the part about “control”. Shortly after that a colossal machine named the Planet Killer came and destroyed the Vios and Fraals homeworlds (Vio and Yrvunn. The vios who escaped did so in their ships, the fraals were able to raise their flying cities into space and escape with more technology and people alive. Since them the fraals don’t speak to the vios and avoid talking about what happened.
Now the Vios live in a small fleet of old starships of ultralight and light types that are all outdated and patched together. Their ships are PL6 ships that are usually unarmed but a few of them have PL6 weaponry to defend the fleet from pirates. The ships are overcrowded, their systems are under capacity, they are filled with cargo to sell and the vios not only sell cheap cargo, they also sell labor and technical and scientific skills to the planets they visit. They work for a few months (enough to fix any damage on their ships and get a new cargo of cheap products) and then move on. Always on the move.
The Vios Caravan has a two years route that ends on Central Point for a few months and then they start again. They sell their services, old PL5 and PL6 spare parts and a big festival that covers almost all the station. Mystics, gypsies, telephats and other performers take the stage and entertain the people of Central Point for food and a small amount of money. Of course that this is the time of the year when more pickpocketing and shoplifting is done in the station, but without police, who will ever notice?