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Overview[]

The Bokor are a parasitic, microscopic sentient species. They're a collective, hive-like race which spreads via airborne spores from host-to-host; the host usually being a large, ambulant hominid, or hominid-like. Their method of infection and transportation is quite unique; they infect a victim - either critically ill, or recently deceased. It then proceeds to reanimate the victim's dead body, to use as a host, to propagate. If there are a large number of dead, the Bokor spread rapidly, like a wildfire - from victim-to-victim. The infection stage is prolonged and is not entirely painless, but once the infectee drifts into slumber, it rapidly develops into a brief coma-like state, and ultimately death. ("Dance of the Mayflies"). This is quickly followed by reanimation of the body, but at this point, the original 'soul' is dead - or at least subjugated, to the 'new host', the Bokor.

The origin and history of the Bokor's mostly unknown, although it is known they've spanned over 50,000 years, as no previous species had ever prevailed against the infection by the Bokor. Since that time, they've retained the collective memories of all the previous host "shells" they had infected, allowing them to retain a history. Ultimately, their goal's expansion and survival, with their activities becoming more widespread and aggressive through the Long Night.

The Than-Thre-Kull discovered the infection by Bokor while they were hunting it on a human habitat and attacked it in an effort to eradicate the threat. However, unaware, of the Bokor, the crew of Andromeda Ascendant came across the attack, not knowing off the Bokor, and began a rescue operation of some of the survivors. The survivors were brought onboard the Andromeda, where the Bokor 'infection' killed those survivors and revived their corpses in an attempt to capture the Glorious Heritage Class heavy cruiser.

Of Andromeda's crew, the Bokor infected (and almost killed) Beka Valentine, and successfully infected Trance Gemini. As her body was a Celestial Avatar and therefore technically neither alive nor dead, which made t the initial aking of her body very easy for the Bokor. The crew were able to determine that sending electric shocks through the bodies of those infected, could purge the Bokor from their hosts. This allowed Trance to subsequently perfect a more effective and benign cure using Andromeda's medical nanobots ("Dance of the Mayflies").

Though apparently defeated, a number of Bokor arrived in the Drago-Kazov Pride home system, where they participated in attacking the Nietzscheans and the New Systems Commonwealth fleet which had arrived in the area. ("Shadows Cast By a Final Salute")

Trivia[]

  • A posting on a blog thread by show and series developer Robert Hewitt Wolfe states that the Bokor were to be refugees from a civilization which was destroyed by the Spirit of the Abyss.
  • The term "Bokor" refers to witches and sorcerers in the Voodoo religion. The race's name is likely a reference to their nature, creating zombies by killing hosts and then re-animating their bodies for their own use.
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