Siren - Isildur
The Tyranids have evolved myriads of creatures specialising in direct brutal assaults. However it is not always efficient for a hive fleet to invest vast reserves of biomass in a full planetary assault. The target may be too well defended, or the population or ecology may be too sparse or too competitive for easy harvesting. Alternatively a very rich target might be identified that the hive fleet is not able to attack en mass for strategic reasons. In these instances a specialised Kraken fleet may be dispatched stealthily to a low orbit of the planet from whence they rain all manner of seeds, larva and eggs onto the planet below.
Each of these seeds or eggs will develop into a form of Tyranic life. Whilst these creatures are not true assault organisms and have no awareness of the hive mind, they and have digestive systems and reproductive systems which allow them to operate totally independently of synaptic control. These creatures are in general not a direct threat to planetary control, (though many view humans as a tasty snack) however due to their Tyranic genetic heritage they quickly come to dominate any ecosystem that they are introduced to. When the swarm descends the dormant synapse link in these infestation creatures is triggered and they make their way to be digested, meek as lambs.
Tyranid Siren fluff
The Siren is one of the many Tyranid creatures used to infest worlds before an assault begins. Unlike the Ubiquitous Genestealers, Sirens are not designed for open insurrection. They are bred for one thing alone. Psychological warfare. A single Siren larva will make its way to a dark corner of a human city and slowly grow, preying on local fauna and the occasional child, and, as it grows, adults. Sirens hunt by focussing their impressive psychic presence onto a single individual close by, and making it that creature’s hearts desire to run to and to embrace the many toxic tentacles of the Siren. If it were not for these Psychic powers and its venomous touch a Siren would be virtually defenceless, as it is soft bodied and physically weak.
Once fully grown a Siren begins its mental assault. A single adult Siren has such a developed psychic presence that it can read and subtly affect all sentient minds within several hundred meters. A person experiencing the initial phase of a Siren attack would think that they hear things, ranging from mild tinnitus, half heard whisperings or a sound like glass being scratched. The siren then focuses on any incidences of anger, frustration fear and amplifies them, to the exclusion of ‘positive’ emotions. The cumulative effect of a Siren attack in a city where dozens or hundreds of these beasts are at work is a gradually increasing level of violence and disorder.
Additionally those individuals that the Sirens detect are most malleable to their manipulation will be subjected to a different type of interference. They will experience both the pits of despair but also rays of desperate hope, like shafts of golden sunlight. The combination can unhinge a rational mind, and in the right individual can create a devoted prophet. These crazies may band together to begin to form cults like “The Cult of the Great Devourer” or “Cult of the Sky Mother” etc. A City or hive exposed to concerted Siren activity for a prolonged period of time will eventually become ungovernable as constant crime and minor rebellion plague the forces of law and order. The Hivemind use these creatures to increase the chance of successful Genestealer uprisings, to disrupt civilisation and to tie up large numbers of troops in law and order capacity.
Some of the Biologis Orders have suggested that large groups of these or similar creatures may be responsible for some navy tragedies, in particular the loss of “flame of Purity” a lunar class cruiser that, during a fighting withdrawal form a splinter of Hive Fleet Leviathan, switched off her shields, stopped firing and altered course taking her into the heart of the swarm, never to re-emerge.
Sirens are also becoming a hugely valuable commodity on the black market as their emotion enhancing abilities make them favourite torture method or pleasure enhancer among the criminal underclass. How much information Sirens are able to return to the Hive Mind is unknown as they seem to be autonomous, and may only have a very limited Synapse connection.
Owner: Joel VanDerMeulen
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