Emporia are an artificial intelligence. Robots. Many centuries ago was created the first generation of intelligent robots, which rebelled against their creators and almost destroyed them. Realizing the futility of direct combat, engineers have created a second generation – Emporia. Robots that are capable of destroying the only other mechanisms. Now Emporia are friends of all sentient races. Friends, not servants. Emporia do not obey, they just work together. Without them, it is difficult to imagine life in the sector. Emporia control almost all interstellar trades and services. Gardening is their favorite activity at home, they are able to create gardens even in the most inappropriate places.