Mantra

Deva

A winged species of immense antiquity and intellect, the Devas act as commanders of the Mantra war-hosts. In the earliest ages of the universe it was their intellect, heightened senses and psychic capabilities that were the Deva’s downfall: When the Great Song arrived on their home world (codenamed Arcadia by humans) the Deva race quickly fell under the Mantra’s influence. Since then they have spearheaded invasions against other sentient beings across a myriad of reality shards, including that of the Authority.

Devas are extremely rare: Over the eons many Devas have fallen in battle and their kind reproduces exceedingly slowly (once in six Earth centuries or so). Functionally immortal, the Deva do not age, but this has not stopped the steady decline of their numbers on uncounted battlefields across the stars. Philosophical and vastly intelligent, the Deva dislike the bloodshed they nevertheless feel they must bring death to those who have rejected the Mantra. They often appear melancholy and sorrowful, but nothing has ever shaken their deep communion with the Mantra.

The Deva are winged, multi-limbed aliens. They wear intricate armor that both shields them from damage, provides them with data and enhances their psychic abilities. They appear to have no facial features, though Earth scientists suspect they simply are not visible to any spectrum humans can detect.

Through visions sent by the Mantra to countless other worlds the likeness of the Deva can be found in the cultures and myths of many sentient beings where they are mistaken for angels and other spiritual beings.

PLANET OF ORIGIN:
Arcadia (known to the humans only through captured holo-files).

WEAPONS:
Bladed melee weapons (current research indicates hardness of up to 100 times greater than diamonds), short-range flamethrower-like projectiles built into their weapons and armor.

TACTICAL NOTES:
A wounded Deva becomes enraged, and will hunt down anyone who has damaged it. This can be used to lure them from well-defended position during battle.

NICKNAMES given by Earth forces:
“Angels”, “Wings”, “Faceless”

CLASSIFIED INFORMATION:
Unlike many of the vast hosts of creatures that serve the Mantra, Deva appear to retain shreds of personality and individualism.