Known as “First Contact” on Reddit/Royal Road
Behold: Humanity is the epic sci-fi/science-fantasy story of a war that consumes the majority of the Cygnus-Orion Galactic Arm Spur. Set 8,000 years after the glassing of Earth by the xenospecies “the Mantid”, the human race has become fractured and chaotic. An ancient race, the Lanaktallan, who have ruled an empire over a hundred and fifty million years old, comes into contact with the various forms of humanity.
The Terran Confederacy of Aligned Systems is a massive organization covering over a dozen separate species and their subspecies, different star nations, and other interests, controlling over fifteen thousand star systems.
The Terran Confederacy has the firepower, military might, and industrial might as a post-scarcity society to protect its members from any and all threats.
The Lanaktallan have numbers without end, over a hundred thousand star systems to their name, and numerous vassal xenospecies.
Initial peaceful encounters quickly turn ugly, however. Expansion and exploration into a ravaged area of the galactic arm spur has awoken ancient war machines bent on the destruction of anything that consumes resources and is not them individually.
As the war expands, betrayal, losses, and the ultimate cost of the massive interstellar war rock the xenospecies of the Cygnus-Orion Arm Spur.
The reddit and Royal Road versions of the story clock in a 750+ chapters and almost 2.5 million words and is updated weekdays.