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is it possible to domesticate a tyranid lifeform. If a tyranid creature was isolated from the hive in some way, and its link to the hive mind was severed, could it be trained or bended to a master's will. I'm not saying teaching a carnifex to roll over, but maybe training a tyanid to be a hunting beast or to attack foe and not friend. could something like brain augmentation or warp mutation aid in this endevor or is it completely imposible?
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in my opinion. even without a hive mind link. tyranids will revert to basic instincts. and I do believe that does not incorporate love, friendschip or even the knowledge that they'll get fed if they catch the space marine...
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Read the Nid Codex. Even without the hive mind, isolated nids are IMPOSSIBLE to tame.
I'd doubt very much you can domesticate a tyranid. Look at some of the larger 'domesticated' animals around at the moment like ox and horses. These are dangerous animals if you're not careful. There are plenty of injuries and deaths each year from these animals and they are effectively prey species. Try getting within 50 metres of a farmed deer and see how you do- they're really only half domesticated.
So- given that tyranids are not really a prey species and will more likely choose 'fight' over 'flight' I'd say no, no chance in hell of domesticating those things. Best bet would be to tap in to the hive mind and try and take over as a local node. But that'll probably make your brain explode so you're not really onto a winner, I think.
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It's like a piece of tofu trying to domesticate a hungry vegetarian.
The tofu tries to be nice.. but there's no placating the blood thirsty vegetarian.
And as soon as the tofu turns its back.. the vegetarian falls upon the poor tofu devouring it's creamy goodness.
You are TOFU.
There was a cool idea hanging around a while back about the speculated Alien Hunters codex. The "radical" option for an Inquisitor would be, obviously, a lobotomised Carnifex.
Other than that, I can't find any exact examples. I'm pretty sure it's conventionally impossible. Maybe a strong enough psyker could mimic the Hive Mind's influence long enough for them to get some machinery in there and then it's like a big fleshy robot. Carnifexes = not exactly the Lassie type.
Oh, and I remember seeing an Ork riding a Carnifex once. It was like being cracked open and filled full of liquid joy. It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.
Riding a Carnifex.
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Tyranids allied with IG is too much fun to not come up with some fluff to do it .
So, why not microchips implanted into tyranid brains creating a synthetic synapse field?
Although a lot of you have pointed out that this was never intended. I agree with the others that it is far too awesome not to mess around with every once in awhile!
Probably the only way you'd really be able to control a tyranid is by lobotomising them. Possibly psykers could control them by imitating the hive mind, and only if the nid is separated for whatever reason.
If the emperor came back he might be powerful enough to override the hive mind. But I doubt that's going to happen.
*Actually a synthetic synapse could work maybe. The problem is if the imperium/mechanicus would know how to do that, with their habit of STC/Dark Age relic scrounging instead of innovation and (creative) problem solving.*
Last edited by qsd; October 25th, 2007 at 04:22.
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