It looked like the B5 EU authors for that RPG really were pushing hard to compensate for something.thtadthtshldntb, Jun 27, 2015 at 8:09 PM wrote: This is from the B5 RPG.
The Shadows and Vorlons were beyond even 4th age species.Should a race go through the difficult cultural transition into a Fourth Age race, it finds itself deeply, deeply changed. It hasintegrated the technological revolution of the Third Age. In some regards, there are no more worlds to conquer, as a Fourth Agerace has the capacity to reshape the galaxy according to its will. If the people of that race wished, they could wrap Dyson spheresaround every star, travel through time, create new species as playthings, open rifts to other dimensions… they are as gods.The only thing that can oppose a Fourth Age race is another Fourth Age race… and itself. If the cultural change is not strong
enough, if the race’s transformation at the end of its Third Age is not deep-seated and complete enough, then it will simply begin to fade. When a race can fulfil all the dreams it had when it was young, when it has perfect technology, perfect government, perfect life, perfect everything… and nothing left to exist for, then it just dies off. At best, it degenerates, becoming a race of alien monsters who use lesser races for their pleasure, becoming cultural and emotional voyeurs. The Centauri are likely destined for this fate; they may be able to enter their own Third Age but they were a dying people even in Humanity’s Second Age, so are unlikely to be able to navigate into their Fourth.
During a Fourth Age, a race is one of the elder races who manipulates the lesser races, deliberately or by the sheer force of their existence. In the absence of full-fl edged Fourth Age races, then Third Age races fi ll the gap.
Not all races enter a Fifth Age. In our galaxy, only three races have ever done so – the Speakers were on the verge of it, while the Vorlons and Shadows existed in it for millions of years. During the Fifth Age, a race takes on the burden of being guardians of the galaxy, shepherding the lesser races through their Second Ages and guiding them out to the stars.
And if there is a Sixth Age for a race, it lies out there, beyond the Rim.
Nothing like that ever transpired in the show. Never the Shadows or Vorlons were ever presented as really holding back some supposedly true power of billions of warships.
They were dead serious with their fights and used powerful weapons of mass destruction, which in light of the EU, were nothing more than glorified toys, if only by comparing how large what a mere fleet could be!
Again, the Vorlons had amassed some couple billions ships, while the Shadows on the other hand managed to build a fleet for some fierce battle in the core of the galaxy that almost literally ate the material resources of 12 star systems.
It's really odd. I'm not feeling like watching more of B5 right now, but that really seems disconnected from the overall strong feeling that emanated from the show.
Anyway, if you want more information, the people of SB started a thread some time ago, listing big stuff from B5 extra written sources:
https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads ... gy.344199/