The Eticol, colloquially referred to as the Exophysicals, are an ancient, multiverse-faring race with reality-bending capabilities. They are the enemies of the Wethsp, who they are at war with, and are responsible for the creation of the Venator Virus, and by extension, Venators.

In their war with the Wethsp, the Eticol employed the Venator Virus to insert fractions of their own genetic material into the genomes of other species with the intention of creating soldiers to fight the Wethsp; the virus granted victims exophysical abilities.