The Wayfarers are a fraction of the human race. Long ago, they departed from other humanity, and by now, their beliefs and their way of living made them confront the Terran Federation.
The Wayfarers prefer to live in outer space, thus preserving the biosphere on habitable planets. The centuries spent at zero gravity made their bodies slim (with very low muscle mass) and long (much higher than a typical Terran). The Wayfarers have almost no body hair, and their skin is thin and sallow due to the constant exposure to the cosmic radiation and lack of vitamins.
Their spacesuits, adapted to living in the outer space, are a technological perfection. Each suit is equipped with an air recycling system (thus not needing oxygen tanks) and solar cells to absorb energy. Suits allow moving with a great speed in zero-gravity conditions, and also enhance the wearers’ reflexes and give them a considerable physical power. With all that combined, such a suit became an integral part of every Wayfarer, essentially representing a ‘second skin’ to live in space.
Even though the Wayfarers lack access to the Terran Federation’s technologies, they are rather apt in engineering. To mine the necessary resources, the Wayfarers are able to ‘ride’ comets and asteroids. The Wayfarers command a huge fleet with thousands of starships and hundreds of mobile space stations. They live in large communities, covering an impressive part of the Galaxy, but tend to live far enough from Terran planets to avoid a direct confrontation.
The Wayfarers stand absolutely against using hyper-gates and hyper-engines, and they only cross the space with relativistic speeds. They are always on the move (hence the fraction’s name), and there’s no possibility to accurately capture their current location.