Cutterbug - Harald
+++ Extract from the report of Death Watch Sergant Manuel Dominiqus after the exploration of a half dead hiveship +++
.....during our exploration in the badly damaged, or in this case badly wounded, left flank of the hiveship we entered a tunnellike structure. There we encountered a strange new type of organism, as far as i know there is no report about a sighting of this genotype. The organism showed all typical features that are associated with tyranids, the most prominent bodypart being an enormous chitinous head with a beaklike jaw. With this jaw it cut through damaged bony structures, veinlike pipes and hard chitinous parts of the hiveship. The muscles in the jaw and the chitin must be of the strongest and hardest kind ever encountered so far, as it easily cut through material that we couldn´t damage with our holy bolters. The beast seemed unaware of us, we couldn´t make out anything like eyes, it seems that the organism is blind and totally dependet on synapsecontrol. As we shot it to bring back a specimen, it turned on us and attacked, it was slow and not reacting as fast as nids normally do, maybe the link to the hivemind was not working properly, but we could not kill it. It bit through the ceramitarmour of brothermarine daniell´s leg and seperated it easily. Imagine what a brood of these beast could do if they entered an imperialship...
We had to draw back as more of these creatures entered the fightingground. As we have been forced to retreat there is only vid-data for you to further examine the creature. we leave it to you to specify the origins of the creature, beeing a new organism or just an mutation of an existing one does not change the fact the we already have a name for it. After loosing his leg brothermarine daniell called the beast cutterbug and we kept that name, he will get a bionic replacement soon. We speculated about the function of the cutterbugs, we have one theory that seems most likely to us. As it worked in the damaged parts of the hiveship we think its some kind of repair organism. Cutting of parts that are to badly damaged to be "healed" by the hiveship itself. It is even possible that this process involves a reduction of pain suffered by the ship (if it knows pain any at all). How the reconstruction of these parts is accomplished is unknown to us. An other function of the cutterbugs could be in reconstructing in a growing hiveship. As we know that those ships can grow it is possible that in some stages it could be necessary to rebuilt some internal constructs to allow further growth. But all of this is mere speculation.
On our retreat we............
Owner: Joel VanDerMeulen
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