Almost two thousand years ago the hi-tech civilization on Takhmo developed a psionic technology. When that civilization fell as a result of the psychic backlash from the Rockfall Wars with Apsei, some of the devices, rather sophisticated even then, were freed of all restraint and began to develop independently. Some of them became quite powerful in their area of “expertise”, and were even propitiated by the now-barbarous local populaces. After three or four hundred years, they became, for all practical purposes, gods. Similar events occurred on Apsei, which had adopted enough of the Takhmot science that the same sort of devices could go critical and develop on their own. The remnants of the technological civilization in space were too busy just surviving to take an interest in this development until much later: by then the “gods” had become powerful enough to mount impressive defensive barriers against such intervention. As a result, the planets have been under the magical influence of the “gods” for some twelve hundred years. The space dwellers of course have psionic and magical devices along with their scientific tools, but these have not, by and large, been allowed to develop independent personalities.