The Sophons are one of the playable factions in Endless Space. Curious and eager to learn, they place the highest emphasis on science and technological progress.
Despite their frail form and almost dangerous level of curiosity, the Sophons somehow survived the process of natural selection and developed a civilization. Before long, the Sophons were traveling across the cosmic strings of the galaxy.
Sophon society is devoted to learning, philosophy, exploring, and study. They view the universe not only with awe, but also as an intellectual challenge for them to accept. Optimistic, they hold full faith in scientific progress and technological advancement.
To the Sophons, war is a wasteful undertaking, imposed on them by more warlike aliens. They prefer mutual cooperation with and, if possible, the studying of other species. 
The Sophons played a critical role in the development of the Pilgrims. After hijacking an early interstellar colonization mission, the Pilgrims, then called the "Resistance," fled the Terran Solar System, beyond the reach of the United Empire's military might. After some time, fate brought them to a Kuiper Belt-like area of another star. It was rich in artifacts from the Endless and where the Pilgrims encountered a Sophon surveillance mission studying the artifacts. The two races became allies, and the Pilgrims received vital technological and material aid from the more experienced Sophons. The similarity between their ships is no coincidence. 
|Isolation Shields||Unlocks the Technology of the same name.|
|PEV-Scale Accelerators||Unlocks the Technology of the same name.|
|Neural Robotics||Unlocks the Technology of the same name.|
|Scientists||+ 30% on System.|
|Fast Traveler||+ 2 on Ships.|
|Meticulous Information Analysis||+ 1 on Ships.|
- 25% Defense on System.
|Unskilled Builders||+ 10% Industry Cost of Improvements on Empire.|
- While their military is not the strongest overall, the Sophon ships enjoy increased movement, giving them a better chance to intercept enemy fleets that threaten their planets with their weaker than average ground defense.
- ↑ http://www.amplitude-studios.com/Articles/SOPHON
- ↑ Faction Introduction Video
- ↑ http://www.amplitude-studios.com/Articles/PILGRIMS
|Playable Factions|| Amoeba • Automatons • Cravers • Harmony • Hissho • Horatio|
Pilgrims • Sheredyn • Sophons • Sowers • United Empire • Vaulters
|Non-Playable Factions|| Deuyivan • Dust Collective • Endless • Oros Gec|
Pirates • Plocynos • Unknown • Virus
|Other Information||Custom factions|