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I've read what I can find in the Codex Tau and Kroot Mercenary List, but unfortunately I don't have access to the Black Library book Xenology, so I'm not sure if this information is contained therein.
Is the Kroot evolution spurred by the actual consumption of advantageous biomatter, or is it dependent upon a Kroot's (especially a Shaper's) intuitive abilities to utilize that biomatter? Codex Tau p10 implies that the Shaper devours and analyzes a prey animal, then directs others in its kindred to do the same if the prey is suitable. It seems that the catalyst of the evolution, then, is the consumption and digestion of the prey animal. However, further down on the same page we find that Kroot seem to have the ability to choose the mutations to their DNA, suggesting that a Kroot could effectively eat whatever it liked but simply choose not to integrate any traits into the genetic code.
I'm asking because of a piece of short fiction I'm writing in which a young Kroot is chastised for mis-eating. If consumption itself leads to mutations (especially in a young, inexperienced member of the kindred), the scene would work. If it is instead guided by a Shaper or if even the youngest of Kroot can guide the process, I suppose I'll think of something else instead!
Thanks much :)
The Tau codex mentions the trepidation of a shaper upon tasting the flesh of a Tyranid, sensing the massive, overpowering hunger that would taint his race. That in itself implies that there's a certain lack of control in the process.
this is what you're referring to?
That would be funny seeing a poor kroot try and intergrate tyranid DNA. That would probably look pretty awsome though. Do i smell conversion posibilities:shifty
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It's in a white dwarf article I think. Possibly the kroot army list.
Oh, and 'Nid kroot have been done. WD again. VERY cool looking. A shaper with lictor tentacles, and everythihng has some very nicely done blades/claws/organic armor.
Kroot can't control how they evolve from what they eat. That's why you get Krootox and Kroot Hounds, who became dead-ends by overspecializing too much and lost the ability to evolve further.
However, the whole role and social position of shapers is founded on their uncanny ability to know who should eat what and what the effects of this will be. My guess, this is some kind of minor, innate racial psychic power.. I think the Kroot themselves believe that their ancestors guide them on the path of evolution from beyond the grave.
Of course, Kroot have to eat for nutrition as well, so I'd imagine the system is far from perfect.
Thanks much, that confirms my suspicions -- which means I don't have to re-write anything!