In 1988, an alien race known as the Tenctonese crash landed in the Mojave Desert. Quickly, they began to assimilate within the population of Los Angeles. Referred to often as the newcomers, they live and work side by side with humans today. All do not hold these newcomers to be friends however; some known as the purists seek their eradication. The Tenctonese are capable of extreme feats of strength and have no hair or outer ears. Their methods of reproduction and mating are different as is much of the culture that they have known. Their lives before were that of slaves aboard giant vessels run by masters known as Overseers.