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I'm wondering if Tyranids have the ability to reproduce or if they are more like asexual drones like bees and ants. . .
I know how the Tyranid Hive Fleets work and reproduce from a Battle Fleet Gothic perspective but is it possible for say, Tyranid Warriors (or even Hive Tyrants) if cut off from the Hive and isolated in either a drifting hulk or a desolate moon, for example, to 'mutate' in such a way that they can spawn little things, like rippers perhaps (which might turn into gaunts if feed substantially enough)?
Also with Genestealers, what's the deal? They psychically impregante a host (i've heard of this. . .) or do they phsyically shoot a spore down someones throat al la ALIENS?
Basically, i'm trying to build a small Tyranid Army for an RPG style Campaign and i want them to be a sparsely numbered, isolated bunch of bugs that have no contact with the Hive Fleets or reinforcements of any kind. I'd like to know if there's room in the 40k fluff for ALIENS-like reproduction among the Nid population, to give my campaign a real horror theme.
Things like the Catachan Devil have 'evolved' to reproduce in this fashion. Is it not ridiculous to think that Warriors or Tyrants could also adapt if cut off from the main?
The campaign in a nutshell will be quite similar to the Laius Rift type scenario but spliced with shameless ALIENS overtones. So please, if you can help to rationalise a sustainable low number Tyranid nest, i'd love to hear your thoughts.
Tyranids seem to be a bit like Orks in that they constantly spew spores everywhere. All large Tyranid organisms are accompanied by a lot of smaller symbiote organisms, which attack the local ecology as part of the absorption process. This creates things like Ripper swarms, capillary towers and protoplasm pools. Powerful Tyranids like Hive Tyrants can prompt these to produce new Tyranids. In time a few Tyranids can build up an entire Tyranid ecology, in the same way that a few Ork spores can Orkify a planet. It obviously goes a lot quicker if a Hive Fleet is doing it.
Tyranids being so adaptable these local ecologies would be fitted to local circumstances. Biomorphs to suit the prevailing conditions would begin to appear. Remember that there are a lot of Tyranid splinter fleets left over from previous defeats of the Hive Fleets, as well as fugitives on worlds that have beaten off Tyranid attacks. These would naturally seek to dominate the ecosystem and use it to expand their numbers.
Hormagaunts can lay eggs in the right circumstances. They are laid just under the surface of loose soil, and soon hatch out. These sickle-armed beasts can be so prolific that the background mentions one world where the entire surface is covered in swarms of them, fighting each other now that they have killed and eaten everything else.
Genestealers work by hijacking the reproductive systems of alien species, a bit like a gigantic virus. They implant an 'egg' into a creature using a tongue ovipositor which places it under the stealers control and alters its reproductive system. It will immediately seek to breed, but its offspring will be a horrible hybrid of genestealer and host. These hybrids will then flock together and breed, producing more hybrids and genstealers. Before long the original species is replaced by a population of brood hosts, hybrids and genestealers. They then produce a psychic signal to draw the Hive Mind to this rich feeding ground. Genestealers seem to have been produced from human genetic stock and to be adapted to infiltrate them. They can infect Orks, but seem unable to take over their populations.
There's lots in the background about Genestealer infestations. The entire Space Hulk game was all about it and contains a great deal of info, although some of it is now out of date.
Isolated Tyranid populations would be great for an aliens scenario. Voracious and aggressive they would be trying to dominate the area. It would be up to local forces, or maybe a hastily brought in Deathwatch kill-team, to burn out this infestation before it grew too large. A few Tyranid organisms on board a ship can wreak havoc, there are records of ships arriving derelict, their passengers massacred by Tyranids that have sneaked aboard, grown rapidly, and run amok.
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As far as i am aware most of the Gaunts are able to breed however this instinct is supressed by the hive mind as such when seperated from it they do have the ability to reproduce (pulls glove out of Hormogaunt Torso) although the occurance would be extremley rare i would imagine.
Tyranids collect all the biomass they take from their victims, stir it up to make a huge pool of it. some plant-like construct "beam" it up to the big hiveship that floats around the planet.
There it is used as raw material to make new Tyranids. Just like making steel:
1) Harvest raw material: biomass / ore.
2) Melt it,or add foul acid to make it liquid stir it up to make a nice goo.
3) Change it: change DNA structure and stuff(I'm not too good at this kind of stuff, and they probably do some impossible sci-fi thing with it)
4) Reconstruct it, let the goo become solid, and there you have it. Can be done for anything from rippers to biotitans.
By the way, Tyranids can't reproduce like having sex and laying eggs.
For those eggs hs5ias means, he probably misunderstood those spores they shoot from the hiveship onto a planet for eggs.
Those spores are more like Space marine Drop-pods.
Chaos does not need explaining! guess what? Chaos cannot be explained!Originally Posted by BobaHat
Although the have the capability, tyranids do not independantly reproduce in any way, because they are afraid of being sued by Games Workshop.
As far as I'm aware, gaunts, genestealers and rippers can reproduce without aid. The larger beasts need to be grown within the hive ships themselves.
No, Tyranids don't have reproductive organs. They are created within the Hive Fleet ships and incubated in there, in a suspended animation type deal. Then they are fired inside the spores. When a Tyranid is "born" it is on the battlefield so to speak, and immediatly organizes itself under the influence of the HIve Mind. Even rippers and gaunts. I can't even imagine two non-gender specific gaunts doing it....
Genestealers implant other Stealers in living hosts, sort of like ALIENS. As far as the genestealer cult, I'm not too familiar with it..and GW really doesn't seem to support that fluff anymore.
Yet how do you explain the fact that even a single surviving Tyranid can repopulate a world after the hiveships have been driven off?No, Tyranids don't have reproductive organs. They are created within the Hive Fleet ships and incubated in there, in a suspended animation type deal. Then they are fired inside the spores. When a Tyranid is "born" it is on the battlefield so to speak, and immediatly organizes itself under the influence of the HIve Mind. Even rippers and gaunts. I can't even imagine two non-gender specific gaunts doing it....