The Hierate

The Hierate: To humans, the Aslan Hierate looks like an
impossibly frozen tsunami. At any moment, the Aslan horde
could jump over the border and conquer the whole reach. The
Aslan are certainly an intimidating race. Physically, they are
larger and stronger than humans, and while their technology
level is not quite on a par with the Imperium, they make up
for this with weight of numbers. External observers miss the
deep divides in Aslan society; the Hierate is a loose alliance
of warring clans, and only act rarely act in unison. The Aslan
drive for territory means they will inevitably expand into the
Trojan Reach. The only question is where their next advance
will come.

The divided Hierate is much more likely to act than the
Imperium. Each clan – and there are dozens of them – has its
own navy and can react to pirate attacks or vulnerable worlds
with alarming alacrity. No human can predict what the Aslan will
do next.

The Hierate

Far and Away KellyArmstrong