Tel-Nar Empire started after a bright light zoomed past the planet Tel-Tel-Belano.
No one knows if it was a lost starship or just a comet that stirred imaginations.
The local hominids, if that is what they were, went from stone tools to bronze in just a few hundred years. Flight in rickety biplanes in a few decades after that.
By the time 500 years had gone by, they had explored the local moon, and built small cities there.
A thousand years after the bright light, they had generation ships, made out of asteroids, heading to other solar systems.
After 3000 years, they had Jump 2 equivalent starships, and caught up with some of the generation ships.
Not every one was happy to see them.
Their civilization built up a small empire, settling 7 planets. They called themselves the Tel-Nar Empire.
About a thousand years later, a scout boat came to this area, and found no one.
Just the long empty places