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Just a fluff question...do hiveminds war with each other?
Like Kraken vs Leviathan?
"The question is not how far. The question is, do you possess the constitution, the depth of faith, to go as far as is needed?"
The codex states that tyranids have been witnessed to fight each other with all their strength and numbers. The loser becomes biomass, and the winner absorbs it and gains all it's abilities. The resulting hive is twice as numerous, and stronger than the sum of their parts.
Yeah, they fight each other.
Fluff wise it's probably a battle to the death of the Norn Queen. It follow their idea of survival of the fittest. Interestingly enough, we hear about two group fighting but we don't hear about fighting within a Hive Fleet, ever. It only ever comes from groups of two different Hive Fleets fighting. Also other parts of the Hive Fleet don't seem to come and help. At least not to my knowledge of the fluff. It's a rather interesting dynamic and I see it as GW way of being able to control the Tyranids from a fluff perspective. It also allows you to have fights between two Tyranid players but, that's almost like a side effect.
Raises an interesting question though. While it kind of makes sense fluff wise for two to fight, it only does if the Norn Queens are given way more freedom than would be typical in a Hive. Also their is the fluff for what happens when a Norn Queen dies. It makes more go into "gestation". I wonder what the work around is for that? Damn you GW! Why does your fluff have to be so contradictory.
Looking back on the size maybe I should go ask some of this in the fluff section. Might get a better answer from someone more versed in the fluff than I am...
survival of the fittest sounds logical. Also, since almost no biomass is wasted in the process, it would be a reason for Nids to eat other nids.
Tyranids Win / Draw /Lost 
Daemon Hunters Win / Draw / Lost 
Also, cooperation between different hives would be very hard, so they just fight it off. The winner then gets to make all decisions, obviously. And attacks within the same hive make no sense fluff wise. They follow the same mind, and the same base genes, so no benefit would come out of it. Unless the hive had somehow become spliced for some time, and they are joining together, then yes, they'd probably fight it out.
But think about what you just said. Why does it make sense for two parts of what we are supposed to believe are governed by an overarching intelligence, to fight? I don't like drawing on it but since it's the closest I'm gonna get, compare to the Zerg Overmind, and the Cerebrates. The Cerebrates can take small liberties on their own but they would never fight unless given the command directly by the Overmind.
Now I understand that here we have a slightly different idea, but it's still governed by what is repeatedly called a "Hive" Mind. To me this makes it more comparable to each "Fleet" being like an ant, or a bee. They don't fight as there is no reason to. They can share information with each other in other ways. If you can only get information from other Tyranids withing the same Fleet, then are we to believe that each of the Fleets that have come so far each had Genestealers there that they were drawn to? Isn't that a bit unlikely? Because if you can't communicate Fleet to Fleet then how else would all the fleets have been called there. Because under that assumption it makes almost no sense for just Genestealers to be excluded from fleets and be something that functions separately. Because if they do then why isn't it just one big fleet? If they can communicate with each other then why don't they just share their effective "builds" with each other rather than fight for them? Or am I the only one who sees this from this perspective?
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Firstly, Norn Queens would, presumeably, have it built into them to fight other Norn-Queens occasionally due to the whole "nothing is wasted, the only possible outcome of a Tyranid-Tyranid war is stronger Tyranids" thing. They won't have a choice.
And as such, if a Norn Queen is killed when another Norn-Queen is either in the area or has a psychic connection to the area possibly it doesnt make a death cry, thus not initiating the "Hydra Effect" so that the winner can happily absorb all the broken Tyranids lying around.
As for Norn-Queens warring with each other after something ELSE (i.e, not tyranids) has killed the previous Queen and thus triggered the hydra effect, they obviously wander off with a proportion of the Hive Fleet (making splinter fleets) and don't go into "fightykillyeatothernornqueens" mode until they are out of the way of each other.
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This is interesting. My Hive fleet, Scorpio attacks other Hive fleets, LINK= buglands
The idea I have for my fleet is that it's seeking out weaker Hive fleets such as badly damaged splinter fleets as it goes about eating worlds in it's path. This is done by providing the weaker fleet with new synapse creatures to control it's swarms. When victory is assured over any outside enemy the synapse creatures seize control over as much of the other Hive as possible. This enables a quiker and easier defeat. Also lone Tyranid ships in the warp will be attacked and absorbed. Genestealers of other Hive fleets are infected by the DNA of Scorpio's Genestealers so they will work only for my Hive fleet to gather info on prey. Of course any Hive fleet could detect the psychic signal Genestealers create as they infect prey.
When Scorpio abosorbs another Hive fleet it takes any useful DNA and then reconstructs the destroyed Hive fleet with the proper resources it needs to go forth, multiply, eat etc. The idea is that it is doing a kind of repair work on the Tyranid invasion. Find weak Hive fleets that are unlikely to survive and consume and then rebuild them to work properly. If a Hive fleet looks strong enough it is left alone. This fits in with the survival of the fittest idea, only if your swarms are weak looking will they be consumed. My hIve fleet may do this because the Hive mind desires it as a method of sorting the men from the boys.
I once made a converted Carnifex for Macewind called Buggyfex, a giant Carnifex that counts as a Barbed Hierodule. The idea we agreed upon for fluff was that my Hive fleet had attempted to absorb his and failed. During the fighting some of Scorpio's DNA was taken by his Hive fleet, Wyvern and used to create Buggyfex. Eating other Hive fleets need not be confusing, use it as an excuse (as if we need any) to create new critters
But are there separate hive minds within each fleet? or is there one "overmind" controlling all tyranids, it could work either way. As one overmind controlling all of the tyranids would be inclined to consolidate forces for stronger and better tyranids.