The new SyFy series Defiance is being introduced in connection with a video game of the same name, and both worlds show an elaborately beautiful and tragic future awaiting Earth. In fact, the show touts the tagline: “New Earth. New Rules.” The rules changed when a group of aliens come to resettle on Earth after their own star system got destroyed. At first, we humans were distrustful of the Votan (the name the aliens gave themselves), but we slowly warmed up to them and learned to live in a tentative peace. Things went a bit crazy when the aliens’ terraforming technology was accidentally deployed: Earth’s climate changed dramatically. People and aliens alike had to relocate to safer areas on the planet.
Who are the Votan? According to the Defiance World website, the Votan include seven races of aliens: the ethereal Castithans, the athletic Irathients, the tech-enhanced Indogens, the furry Sensoth, the gruff Liberata, the hostile Volge and the mysterious Gulanee. The Votan aliens arrived on Earth in 2013 in search of a new home. They didn’t know that we already inhabited the planet, and you can imagine how the Earth natives took it when these newcomers showed up: Not well. By 2046, things have mostly settled down. At least, Earth natives are used to the aliens and have learned to adapt to the entire new world in which they now live.
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