This story comes from an adventure in a science-fiction realm created by a friend and myself. The player characters were various crew members on the exploration ship Endeavour, and in this adventure, they had found an old ship with a large number of cryogenically-preserved aliens aboard. The Endeavour crew were able to identify the aliens as being from the Sokar race, and this was instantly cause for concern. They were aware of several different "prides" of the Sokar people; all of them were highly militaristic genetically-engineered conquerors who brutally oppressed nearby civilizations. While each was unfailingly loyal to their own pride, the prides competed with each other and sometimes fought among themselves. Some crewmembers were tempted just to leave the ship alone, but the Sokar were also a mystery. It was known that their homeworld was destroyed long ago when their sun went nova, but their history before that was largely unknown.
Thus, they decided to risk waking some of the aliens. They were pleasantly surprised to find these Sokar, who went by the name Atha, seemed to be civil and polite, professing a philosophy of honor and using strength to defend the weak rather than oppress them. This didn't completely dissuade the crew's fears, though, as some of the Sokar prides excelled in deception. Matters became more complicated, though, when crew members of a sister ship of the Endeavour were attacked by renegades from another genetically-engineered people while investigating an unexplored planet. They ended up getting trapped in underground ruins, unable to find a way around these enemies and unable to fight their way through. The Endeavour left for this world with a large number of Atha aboard, continuing to talk with the Atha as they prepared to help their beleaguered comrades. The Atha would learn of the difficult situation quickly enough. The Endeavour and her fighters had to fight off some attack drones to clear the way to the surface, but after that, they were ready to send down help, but they would soon be distracted.