Every seven years a wormhole opens above the planet Syn-Ra. For the next seven months the wormhole acts as a one way mirror, allowing the Syn-Railians a chance to study the people of Earth.
The first wormhole opened over a hundred years ago. The Syn-Rai were a solitary people then, spending most of their lives travelling alone in the vast deserts of their homeworld. One exceptionally brilliant Syn-Railian named Sporac Ock was very much the Leonardo Di Vinci of his world. He was able to create primitive telescopes that allowed him to view the stars and it was with one of these that he first peered through the wormhole. Within three decades, the Syn-Rai had changed their entire civilization. They began to imitate the people of Earth as humanity went through a marvelous age of discovery. Although they could imitate Earth technology, they did not always have the materials available or understand the context of the invention. For example, they built trains without tracks which could travel the desert sands on metal wheels, they built lightbulbs from captured glowflies native to their world.
Recently an arms race has started between two feuding towns of Syn-Rai. One group of Miner Syn-Railians has started building a spacecraft to take them through the wormhole. A more peaceful group of Harvester Syn-Railians have protested this move, believing human is better off viewed from a distance. Unfortunately the Syn-Railian leader, Overseer Kirock Rk, was a Miner as well. When the next wormhole opens up, Earth could be visited by some rather unique guests.
The Syn-Railians are a hardy desert people, they are resistant to heat and fire and they have a protective carapace that grows over their more sensitive organs. There is not much difference between male and female Syn-Rai, but Harvester Syn-Railians tend to be slimmer and have longer arms which help them harvest their primary food source, the Maca-Fruit. Miner Syn-Railians are usually stronger due to the hard work they do in the mines. The Syn-Rai have no concept of good and evil, but they are generally courteous and compassionate to each other. However a secret group of Syn-Rai have began to meet in the abandoned mine shafts and may even have discovered a way to alter their genetic structure. Unfortunately the rulers of the planet deny these "Dark Syn's" even exist.