First things first, I was looking through the Galactic Civilizations II tech descriptions and came across this:
- Invisible Hand "The [YOURSHORTCIVNAME] have a unique ability that few know about -- they can shape shift. It is not something they can do quickly, it takes many hours to do, but they can mimic to a significant degree most of the species of the galaxy. They are particularly good at emulating the Altarians (and thereby humans).
Because the [YOURSHORTCIVNAME] tend to have lower populations than other civilizations, they have had to find more subtle ways to achieve their ends. Because of their long history of being near the Altarians, they learned to survive through manipulation rather than brute force. While an individual of [YOURSHORTCIVNAME] is mightier than any other individual in the known galaxy (even a Drengin), they simply lack the numbers.
The Invisible hand helps the [YOURSHORTCIVNAME] to stay out of trouble and let others do the work for them. When civilizations are at war, the [YOURSHORTCIVNAME] now receive a small percentage of the income being put into war production. They also increase their diplomacy ability which allows them to negotiate shrewder deals for themselves."
It was in the Drath tech tree which intrigued me and since I knew that the Drath were not a playable civilization in Galactic Civilizations III so I decided to look around a bit and came across two things on this website Frogboy's reply here:
"The Drath homeworld was wiped out. But the Drath aren't necessarily extinct."
Which has lead me to postulate what they were doing out in the galaxy, Manipulating? Hiding? I don't know but I have suspicions because of this, the other one of the two, in the databanks in civilizations in the Krynn Syndicate:
"With the breakdown of the United Planets and hundreds of colonies in disarray, the Syndicate has infiltrated its way across the galaxy. Their invisible hands have as much or more power than the leader of any empire, depending on who you ask."
Which really has little to add and even what it does is shaky enough, but "Invisible hands" appears in both describing the Drath manipulation of galactic affairs and the forces that the Krynn use to manipulate as well. It is a stretch but I just wished to bring it up, because the Krynn have been shown to accept the peoples of defeated civilizations. Like the Korx.
In conclusion I do not know what is happening with the Drath whether they are hiding as shape shifters, manipulating for their return to power or working as part of the Krynn Syndicate they would seem to be doing something interesting.
*EDIT* I welcome any new information or discussion on this.