|Eloh in concept art.|
The Eloh - also known as the "Benefactors" - are a mysterious, highly advanced alien race. Their knowledge of the Logos science made them extremely powerful and allowed them to travel across the galaxy. Fortunatly, the Eloh are of friendly and peaceful disposition and used their superior powers not to attack and subdue other alien races across the galaxy, but to foster and support them. To do so, they shared their knowledge of Logos with those species advanced enough to understand it.
Unfortunatly, one of the species that learned the power of Logos from the Eloh, the xenophobic and agressive Thrax, used their knowledge to wage war against their patrons and to take over from their masters as the most powerful race in the galaxy. The Eloh manage to defeat the Thrax, but only at great losses.
This incident led to a great dispute among the Eloh. One faction believed that the Thrax were an unfortunate exception, and that the Eloh should continue to share the Logos technology with the "good" alien races across the galaxy. The other faction, which later became known as the "Neph", believed that it was too risky to share the Logos knowledge with "lesser" races, and that the Eloh should use their powers to reign the galaxy in a much more stringent, dominant manner, to make sure that no other race ever stands up against the Eloh again.
Eventually the dispute split the Eloh people deeply and sparked a civil war. The Nephs used the weapons and technology of the agressive Thrax, defeated the Eloh and took over as the leading force on the Eloh home planet. Many of the good Eloh were killed, and those who survived fled through wormholes to hide on remote worlds of the galaxy. The Nephs, now without any Eloh opposition, used the Thrax as their military force, created an army and started a crusade to defeat and subdue any intelligent civilization in the universe. As they conquered planet after planet and added the enslaved species to their forces their huge army grew stronger and became known as the "Bane" of the galaxy.
Eloh artifacts and shrines
- Main article: Logos shrine
On some planets that the Eloh came across while travelling the galaxy, like Earth or Foreas, the cultures were still in their infancy. The inhabitants were found to be too primitive by the Eloh to grasp the full power of Logos. The Eloh left these worlds behind to return later, but not without any "seeds" that would allow these races to learn about the power of Logos. These seeds come in the form of statues, scripture, and most importantly, Logos shrines. At such shrines, a receptive may study and learn about the Eloh and the science of Logos.
Note: It is not clear whether the statues and buildings around the shrines were set up by the Eloh themselves, or by their followers.
- Main article: Logos element
Eloh writing can be found scattered across the planets that the Eloh have visited while travelling across the galaxy, usually near other Eloh artifacts.
A possible inspiration for the Eloh and the Neph lies in the works of Zecharia Sitchin and Erich von Däniken, as well as UFO cults such as Raëlism. In their theories, the names "Eloh(im)" and "Nephilim" are used for alien visitors who came to Earth to become "gods". They claim that these aliens created or raised the early human civilisation.
Many supporters of UFO theory, most notably Von Däniken, claim that certain ancient artifacts found on Earth, such as the statues of Easter Island, which bear a striking resemblence with some Eloh statues, have alien origin. They allege that these artifacts represent a higher technological knowledge than is presumed to have existed at the times when they were created, and that these artifacts have been manufactured either by extraterrestrial visitors, or by humans who obtained the necessary knowledge from them.
Originally, "Eloh(im)" is Hebrew and means "divinity" or "deity". It denotes not only the God of Israel (singular), but also other, non-Israelite deities in general (plural). "Nephilim" is also Hebrew and denotes a supernatural being that is a fallen divine offspring (the "sons of Elohim" in Genesis).
Additional recon data
- Gamespot - Tabula Rasa Designer Diary #1 - Creating the Story