The Anazi Empire had been a centralized, information hoarding empire that proved in the end to be an easy kill. When their own androids revolted, it was only a matter of time before they shut down the central command, and with that shutdown, the empire ceased. It did not slow down, decay or collapse, it just ceased to function altogether in one moment.
Anazi all through the star systems were hunted and slaughtered, but then people were uncertain as to what to do next. Some peoples had been under Anazi rule for 500, 800, even 1,000 years. Freedom was fine, but our corner of the galaxy was suffering from a great power vacuum. There is some debate in the histories as to whether the “Humanoid” (Hungdin) people took advantage of the situation or had leadership thrust upon them. I suppose it depends on which side of the aisle you sit on; but however it may be, they quickly moved to the front of the line and soon enough became the head of the line.
One reason may be the fact that they saw that the real danger to the civilization was not the utterly defeated Anazi, but the androids. They spent some three hundred years tracking down and killing every android they could find so that by the end of that time, roughly when the Chaldeans were taking over in Babylon and preparing to throw off the Assyrian yoke, the Humanoids found themselves in control of much of the old Anazi star systems.
The Humanoid empire was much more decentralized than any that came before. These were classic medieval types with Lords and servants, many levels of overlaying loyalties between various houses, and sometimes inclined to give the central authority and the emperor lip service while they did as they pleased. All other people were or became like serfs to dig in the earth for all the riches and pay their tithe and tax to the Lord of the manor (or as the case may be, the Lord of the planet).
One way the Humanoids maintained control over the various people was by their servants which in our world came to be called the wolves, as in “big, bad wolves.” They were found in a world on the edge of known space and bred for their violent tendencies, like one might breed a pit bull. They were vicious, always hungry and seemed capable of eating anything (or anyone). They were not bred for intelligence, however, and that became important later on…
Like the Anazi before them, the Humanoids made an aborted attempt on earth. Too much infighting among the houses involved is the only thing that saved us. The wolves were withdrawn and the houses bickered themselves into the future without us. (Whew)! But in the end, like the Anazi before them, the servants revolted and dragged the Humanoid Empire to the dust. Curiously, at that same time there was something of an Anazi revival, but it, too was crushed by the wolf.
The Age of the Wolf
The Wolf rebellion did not last a hundred years, arching over the time when the Ch’in declared himself the First Emperor in China and the people of Carthage and Rome were going at it in the Punic Wars; but then the fallout of the Age of the Wolf continued for another three to four hundred years beyond that.
Using a technology they did not fully understand and could only minimally repair, great “packs” of wolves descended on planet after planet, ravenous creatures that were almost more beast than intelligent people. They destroyed whatever civilization the locals were able to build, and moved on.
Once again, even as a darkness fell over Western Europe, (when Arthur was King and the last Anazi Android on record crashed in Wales), so a darkness fell over the space ways. But in the interstellar worlds there was no Arthur to hold back the darkness of the wolf. And space just about emptied. Even the Agdaline had long since completed their journey home.