Cathedrachnus - Catharsix
Coming soon to a strategic Imperial world near you: The Cathedrachnus: the living, walking, throne/battle carriage of the Genestealer Magus.
The sessile nature of the Magus, devoted as it is to the exclusive development of staggering psychic power, leads to a bloated form and atrophied muscles, hardly ready to march into the heat of battle. To ensure that the Magus' potent cerebral might can be properly leveraged to crush the weak-minded and fleshy, the Hivemind has created an armored, comfortable, and highly mobile creature to transport the Magus. Known as the Cathedrachnus, this highly specialized xenomorph serves to to propel the formidable Magus forward, to lead the Genestealers and their cult through his indomitable psychic will, and crush those in the path of the Swarm's onslaught. The Cathedrachnus also serves as a living throne from which the Magus can lord over his brood. Few cult adherents and leaders are permitted to enter the august but closely shrouded cloister of the horrible, quasi-messiah of those damned hordes. These heretical priests who lead covert Genestealer cults, sub-rosa sects unwittingly doomed to smooth the way for their own destruction at the hands (or rather, claws and teeth), of The Great Devourer.
There are several noteworthy evolutions of this distinct creature. The large carapace ensconces the Magus in a protective shell, helping shield him from weapons fire. The fleshy area on the creature's back gives the Magus a place to comfortably perch, whether at rest or in the frenzy of combat. The Cathedrachnus' six legs give it the ability to move about freely in most terrains. It is believed that the creature is linked to the Magus in a more direct and immediate way than the rest of his brood, enabling the Magus to move the Cathedrachnus about as effortlessly as if he were any other ambulatory Tyranid. Finally, a curious external xenomorph, in the form of a worm-like creature with a chitin fore-shell in a semi-circular shape seems to exist to hold cylindrical objects, of the sort that might contain critical bio-nutrients in liquid form. (Drink-holder! But no spill guard... Credit to my neighbor's son Max, who plays Tau, for the suggestion.)
Owner: Joel VanDerMeulen
Size: 9 items