Shadows in the Void
Merlsk is a heavy world, roughly 1.5 times earth’s gravity. The Dwarves of Merlsk, as outsiders call them due to their shorter and stouter bodies after generations of living on a heavy world, are rabidly xenophobic. They hate outsiders, but especially supernatural ‘monsters’. They claim to have a monster free world. The only nice thing anyone not from Merlsk will say about them is that they have very impressive technology, much of which is focused on detecting and killing supernatural creatures.
The people are rumored to be devoutly religious. If anyone knows the details of the religion they aren’t saying, likely because the one time a fleet left Merlsk it intercepted and boarded three ships. They then ritualistically killed four passengers/crew of the ships while politely explaining to the rest of the crew and passengers that heretics who spread their religion to the unworthy and unbelievers must die. Once they had killed their targets and verified that no one else knew the unknowable they repaired the hull damage from boarding and left. The one ship who had lost a crew member tried to stop them from leaving and promptly found their systems not responding and their ship turned around and piloted away from the Stygian gate while the fleet left through the gate.