The Eli are the remnants of an ancient humanoid race that is regressing to barbarism. Most of their worlds are impoverished, isolated low-tech backwaters. The few Eli who have maintained some of their ancient skills and technology make their living as space pirates (sometimes known as Vacuum Vikings). They will fight anywhere for money and loot.
Eli raiders are armed with heavy laser rifles, blast rifles, and whatever exotic weapons they can steal. They wear strange, baroque armor and are jump trained.