Once there were hundreds of different alien species. The Milky Way was teeming with life and knowledge. but civilization was almost destroyed forever by a brutal and warlike species known as "Humans". The Extinction War started on Earth and the galaxy fell into darkness. Civilizations were consumed in the fires of conflict: the war did not stop until the humans were wiped out. The Robots of the Solar Empire now rule the organic lifeforms of the galaxy. The chaotic and violent nature of organic life has been brought under control through a set of functions called The Iron Code, the program for a perfect society. The order and prosperity of the Empire is complete with the exception of small vicious bands of vandals who raid and take what they want, outlaws who live outside the protection and stability of the Iron Code. These savages are called Space Pirates. There are several active pirate vessels hunting the spaceways: the most notorious of all is the SS Shadow's End, commanded by Captain Lazarus. a.k.a The Last Human.