The Chains are both a psionic using tradition based in the Unknown Regions and a group of nomadic raiders always in search of new settlements to plunder. They were first active in known space during the League Era, having stumbled into known space by chance.
The Chains are a group of nomadic raiders based in the Unknown Territories always in search of new settlements to plunder. They were first established during the League Era as a group of pirates and raiders bolstered by rudimentary psionic users. Eventually however the psionic powers of certain individuals allowed them to take control. In succeeding generations the number of psionics in the group subsequently rose dramatically among their ranks, as the higher your rank the more offspring you tended to have. At one point they had not one, but a dozen fleets raiding and terrorizing worlds beyond known space. Each of these fleets was lead by a person with the rank of ‘Adacap’.
They were first active in known space during the League Era, having stumbled into known space by chance, and were dismissed as a ‘small’ pirate band. However by this point nearly half their number had psionic powers of some sort. The Esper Knights didn’t initially consider them a threat and normal anti-pirate forces were sent to handle them. Conventional troops proved incapable of dealing with them.
In the end an internal conflict lead by Adacap Zono and his Chained Shackle Fleet, near the beginning of the Civil War Era, would cause them to leave known space. Zono became a conqueror in the outer rim after defeating the Chains Arcblade Fleet and launched a civil war within the group that lasted close to five years. The Shackle fleet was eventually defeated, although the Chains fleets were significantly weakened. Luckily they have not yet been seen again in known space.
The Chains did not adhere to quaint concepts of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ philosophies, preferring to use their powers in any way that gained them rank and made raiding easier. Their powers were simply one tool offered to them in a wide arsenal of such tools, each needing to be made the most of by those capable of doing so.
Offensive, Defensive, and Sensing skills could all be important to the psionic members of the Chains. They also learned to use a wide range of conventional weaponry from blades to blasters. Much as their philosophy goes whatever tool was right for the job was the tool to have.