The Tiegraen are a race of tall, heavily built humanoids with white and black striped fur, and a distinctly feline appearance from some distant corner of the megaverse. Evolving on a world, roughly the size of Jupiter with a similarly excessive gravitational field, they were extremely tough. Unlike Earth, their homeworld, was cold, not just at or near the poles, but over all. The hottest temperature ever recorded, near the equator of their vast world, would be in the neighborhood of 60 degrees fahrenheit. As a result Tiegraen are uncomfortable in hot temperatures, and prefer to sleep through hot periods in a form of shallow hibernation.
Tiegraen culture and technology evolved to a point and then simply stopped. The Tiegraen were reluctant to accept new ways of doing things, new tools, new weapons, or anything similar - and as a result their entire world seemed to freeze at a certain point in their development. This development was roughly the equivalent to earth's 10th century, common era. Their world was not a united one, it was divided among hundreds of small feudal states, and their civilization was divided heavily by caste. These feudal states often engaged in warfare, vieing for the choicest of hunting grounds, and the choicest of gathering grounds. (They were not an agricultural people, and had failed to domesticate a single animal.) For several hundred years, this is where their culture stayed. Then the ships arrived.
A Naruni interdimensional ore discovery expedition led them to the homeworld of the Tiegraen. The homeworld of the Tiegraen was home to a rare organic mineral called Korasta, a sort of dense coral material, that over years fossilized and through intense pressure became extremely dense and tough. With the proper treatment Korasta becomes an extremely effective sort of armor plate, commonly used in Naruni products. The Naruni quickly determined that this world was populated by a sentient race, and so decided to approach those that resided within the areas with the most dense concentrations of Korasta.
These initial contacts with the royals of those regions, revealed the iron clad belief in 'non-development', and as a result Naruni chose to try to stoke up support from commoners who did not feel so strongly about the belief that things should remain the same. The suggestion made, an insurrection soon followed, and with the help of Naruni agents training the commoners and supplying them with Naruni weaponry, it happened very quickly. Soon the revolt spread far and wide, and Naruni was only too glad to help. The deal merely was that they would supply the weapons and equipment, provided that they be given sole rights to the Korasta within the hills, mountains, and plains of their homeworld. Within fifty years the homeworld of the Tiegraen was a war zone. Few royals had managed to hold out, and only then by making side agreements with the Naruni. Even those areas that had fallen to the revolution were constantly at war with revolution being followed by counter revolution, and counter revolution followed by old rivalries coming to the fore - it was a mess. Meanwhile Naruni quietly set up their mining facilities, built a few orbital elevators, and began gathering their precious Korasta. This is the way that things remain to this day with the Tiegraen homeworld.
The Tiegraen were not confined to their world, however. About 1% of the population of their homeworld was well versed in the practice of magic, thus those who learned how to teleport or create dimensional RIFTS, often left the world to explore. With the arrival of the Naruni, some Tiegraen were hired on as assistants, merchants, and similar - still others were taken as slaves as per agreements with Tiegraen powers where no Korasta was present. A small neighborhood in Center, on Phase World, is populated by Tiegraen with perhaps a thousand living within a one city block radius. A few hundred were brought to North America, during Naruni's attempts to expand there, to build a few outlet facilities. With the destruction of their superiors at the hands of hired guns from the Coalition States, Northern Gun, or Manistique Imperium - they were stranded. These few hundred individuals quickly turned to one another, and eventually established a small village in the foothills of central British Columbia. Once in a great while a Tiegraen mercenary, adventurer, or the like may be encountered anywhere, but seldom in numbers as great as those mentioned above.Alignment: Any; but they all typically have an unusual sense of honor.