The Moulin Phedra, better known as the "Squid," came to Cyantia under the pretense of assisting the people get into space. Instead they occupied the planet and kidnapped locals for use in genetic experiments to create better "pit fighters" in a profiteering scheme. Their facility was responsible for the first planetary war. After several years of resistance, the Cyantians finally drove them off. To this day "Squid" remains a common expletive among Cyantians. Supposedly, the occupation had such an impact on them, the Cyantians made no major effort to venture beyond their planet for centuries.
Nobody remembers exactly what they look like, other than that is what they resembled. Nobody's seen one for ages, but there are reminders of them everywhere, even on Mars. At some point, they will show up.
- According to Lan, the Experimental Bloodlines they created to make a High Grade Warrior Class are now rare, since they got out of the business of creating them long ago. (Akaelae, strip 430)