The Zodiaca system was a tiny, isolated island of life, an unremarkable dot in the vastness of space, untouched by outside forces. Around its flickering star, eleven planets orbited, each one bearing the seeds of life. Each one, developing a species of its own.
Eons passed, and many of the species used telescopes and discovered what they had only theorized before; the presence of life outside their worlds, other civilisations and other beings. Some contacts were made by crude radio, slow and faltering across space, but the limitations of light largely kept people to themselves.