The history of the Vaadwaur is a long but fragmented past, with a mixture of war and exploration.
Vaadwaur fleets were aided by their discovery of a network of subspace corridors that spanned much of the quadrant. It took the Vaadwaur centuries to map the corridors. Dubbing them "Underspace", the Vaadwaur were quick to claim the network, and began using them to further expand their empire. With the help of the subspace corridors, the primitive Vaadwaur fleets could cross the quadrant in months instead of decades, and strike undefended worlds at their leisure. However, they never kept written records of the corridors, instead committing them to their memory.
For nearly 900 years the Vaadwaur Empire would rule a large section of the Delta Quadrant through the use of the subspace corridors, their battle fleets appearing seemingly out of nowhere and destroying unprepared alien fleets and colonies with ease, soon followed by ground invasion and occupation of the planet. The Vaadwaur were cruel taskmasters, treating all peoples they subjugated as third class citizens within their own lands - using them as slaves and sources of free labor. They extracted resources from all conquered worlds. At their height, the Empire included more than a thousand worlds, and stretched as far as Talax and Borg space, controlling all in between. The Vaadwuar were also seen as the envy of hundreds species across the Delta Quadrant. Their population of this time was about 6 billion. (VOY episode: "Dragon's Teeth"; VOY reference: Voyager Companion; ST reference: Star Charts)
Eventually, in the year 1484, the Vaadwaur's subjects rose up against them; a subject race, the Turei, led an alliance to attack the Vaadwaur, decimating their homeworld and reducing it to an irradiated wasteland with orbital bombardment. However not all the Vaadwaur were killed, including several hundred members of a single battalion who managed to survive in stasis pods. The plan was for the battalion to awaken five years and then find a new world to start over and rebuild their empire. However, the stasis controls were damaged during the bombardment of their homeworld. Many more were also used, including one set on what would be known as Kobali Prime. However, Vaadwaur seemed to be too overconfident in their restoration - those within the creative arts, such as teachers, artists and poets were given extreme low priority and children were given higher priority so they could be given a chance to become soldiers.
Following the Vaadwaur's "apparent" annihilation, their subspace corridors were then claimed by the Turei. The Vaadwuar then became fables among the various species of the Delta Quadrant. Their name in the old Talaxian tongue became the word for "foolish", "weak-minded", "reckless", and "blind", particularly when someone allows themselves to be deceived by an enemy. The word was first used in Eldaxon's Collected Folklore, particularly in stories such as "The Demon with the Golden Voice", "The Tale of the Deadly Stranger", "The Tale of the Boy who Lost his Head", and "The Tale of the Bloody Hand". These stories described them as a phantom army that appears out of thin air, destroying entire colonies, and then vanishing in the blink of an eye.
A Vaadwaur battalion, numbering six hundred, managed to survive the attack underground in stasis units. Believing that the Turei coalition would quickly disintegrate after their defeat, they intended to reawaken in five years and reclaim one of their former colonies. However, a technical malfunction left them in stasis until they were discovered by the crew of the USS Voyager, 892 years later in 2376, when Voyager was forced to land on the Vaadwaur homeworld to escape the Turei after they accidentally 'intruded' into a subspace corridor and the Turei insisted that they be allowed to board to wipe Voyager's records of the trip. Having revived Gedrin after discovering his chamber, the Voyager crew awoke a large number of Vaadwaur and worked to find the Vaadwaur a new planet on which to rebuild.
Frustrated by their antiquated technology and the encroachment of successors such as the Borg and the Devore Imperium on their former holdings, the Vaadwaur resolved to take control of Voyager instead. They were driven back with help from the Turei and Gedrin, who had come to disagree with their imperialistic ambitions after spending time with the crew. Fifty-three Vaadwaur vessels managed to flee into the Underspace, disappearing to parts unknown.
The appearance of the Vaadwaur is very distinct. Their skin color comes in all the same broad range of complexions found in Humans and the ridges on their face gives them very sharp features. They have small ridges on their chin and two horizontal ridges just above their nose. A large fin like crest runs across the center of their foreheads and gets wider as it reaches the top of their skulls. Their hair grows from around the mid-region of their skull, just where their fin ridge seems to end.
Neck ridges extend from their ears, along down along their neck and onto their shoulders where they curl in towards the center of their chest. This gives the neck ridges a cobra-like appearance overall.
- reksan - Vaadwaur unit of time, approximately a second.