At first glance, the Antari appears to be near-humans. They are not. Each Antari is composed of millions of nanites, which he or she can manipulate in order to change form. Needless to say, Antari are highly sought after spies.
The history of the Antari traces back some 900 years. The Cyrillians, looking for new sources of soldiers in their wars of conquest, created the Antari. But the Antari broke free of their control, and fled to the planet Antar.
Antari have great physical strength thanks to their nanite construction. They also share a link, or hive mind. This means that Antari can share knowledge with one another across the galaxy. The maximum range of this link is unknown.