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I have an idea in my head, and I'd like to know if anyone else think that it is atleast plausible. Farfetched, sure - but *can* it happen?
The premise is a Lictor that's stranded on a Imperial held planet. While that itself isn't so far fetched, my Lictor will have a sense of self.
See, I always think of the Hive Mind as an analogy to the Borg from Star Trek - the lesser beings in the Hive Mind being practically mindless, driven on by the will from unseen forces. I also envision Hive Tyrants to be somewhat self-aware, but that's about as far as it goes. Everything else acts as the limbs of some greater, intangible being.
My thought however, is a single Lictor that has become self-aware, but still radically devoted to the Hive Mind. This Lictor will be able to learn, grow, and adapt, where a normal Lictor would just go about his purpose, oblivious as the greater question of "Why?"
Sheesh, did any of that make any sense?
That's the definition of a Collective Consciousness, which the Borg are the epitome of. A Hive Mind is a different animal entirely (in a very literal sense). it's not a collection of experience, it's a single experience from multiple but identical perspectives. In short... "We are the Borg, we are legion" vs. "I am legion". The Tyranid hive mind does not have room for internal debates or conflicts of self (i.e., a part gaining individual sentience would be harmful to the Hive Mind and simply consumed so that the defect could be analyzed and prevented). There is no room for "Why?" in a hive mind... it would be akin to your left arm not listening to you (as opposed to simply "falling asleep", which is probably close to what happens when non-synapse beasts leave synapse range. They're still part of the hive mind, but numb to it).Originally Posted by Caluin
That said, what you're saying would make perfect sense... but ONLY IF the Hive Mind were actually a Collective Consciousness (which is something drastically different from a Hive Mind).
Not even the Hive Tyrants have any concept of self if you've ever seen the 2nd edition mission cards they go something like this
"we hunt these things..."
very cool and creepy, sadly not much room for originality though
I still hate Twiglets!
I think lictors, of all tyranid organisms, probably have a real low cunning. They're probably among the most intelligent and self sufficient organisms in the tyranid army (genestealers aside.)
However, the fact is that individually, Tyranids are just animals. Most don't even have fully functional brains of their own, their brains are just psychic recievers with a few hardwired instincts for when things go wrong.
Even if a lictor was severed from the hive mind, it wouldn't ponder the mysteries of life, or start considering abstract concepts. It would do what it's instinct said to do, probably just hunt.
Lictors do learn, grow and adapt, but they do so on a macrological scale. The previous generation of lictors provides insights which will be useful for the creation of the next.
Tyranids and Necrons are really tough to write fluff for. A good suggestion is to set it from the perspective of their enemies (i.e. an adeptus biologicus reporting his findings on the fleet, or the poor guardsmen being maimed on the front lines.) However, it's your chance to write a really gory alien horror movie where the bad guys win in the end.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; October 19th, 2005 at 17:56.
A valiant effort it may be, it's highly inprobable. A few things.
A Lictor wouldn't get left behind. This situation would never come up. Ask yourself why a Lictor or any other Tyranid would be left behind? A Tyranid Hive Fleet doesn't leave once it's engaged a planet. It doesn't understand this concept, it's not an option for it. It stays, rains destruction on a planet until either the Hive Fleet is destroyed, or the planet is devoured. Even after a planet has been terraformed, all Tyranids are forced by the Hive Mind to return. It's not like the Lictor would loose it's radio or get it broke. When there was nothing left to eat, they all in unison come back and go to the next planet. And the Hive Fleet would know if all its nids weren't back yet, since all of their minds are one. And it's certainly not Tyranid logic to leave even one Tyranid behind, they are all about maximizing efficiency.
Second, only the lesser nids lack the ability to be connected to the Hive Mind. Carnifexs, Lictors, Stealers...all can operate outside of Synapse simply because they have the proper organs. They are just as connected to the Hive Mind as gaunts.
Aren't Lictors the vanguard to the Tyranid force? Don't they call the main fleet to a planet using their Pheremone trails? Or is that reserved for only Genestealers?Originally Posted by Loestal
It's not about being the only one there; after all, the planet could be under seige in my scenario. It's just about being alone at the time of the story, whether that be a guerilla strike, or just waiting for the rest of the army to arrive.Yeah, that's what I'm getting. I like the left arm analogy best, I think, but they all pretty much make sense. Oh well, maybe I can re-write the story to not be so farfetched.Originally Posted by Loestal
Put it in the Hive Mind's perspective.Originally Posted by Caluin
It'd be difficult, nearly impossible... but just the attempt would make for a really interesting story. In fact... that's a really good idea... *starts scribbling furiously*