Near the end of the Golden age, in a desperate attempt to preserve them, the empires of old bred leaders to lead them into the future. Placed on seeder ships, these leaders would one day awaken to revive the glory of the old empires.
Players take control of one of these leaders, in an attempt to expand and build a new empire. Starting with nothing but a single solar system you have taken it upon yourself to lead your people to glory.
The old Empires are no more and there is no one to question your leadership. Reform your military strength and economic power the way you feel fit. Search for remains of your ancestors and research new technologies. The future of your people is entirely in your hands.
But be warned. You are not alone. There will be other empires seeking power. New enemies as well as old are more than willing to stagger your growth. You will have to defend yourself if you wish to expand your influence.