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Would there be a suitable reason why a swarm of Tyranids would fight another swarm of Tyranids like maybe for food or wouldn't that really matter because it's all Biomatter to be absorbed.
Well... we stick to the assumption that there is only ONE hivemind controlling all tyranids in the galaxy... what if there where more than one? There is no proof on this behalf, but two different hive fleets might come to a point where the desperate need for biomatter means only one of them can survive!
Or the hive mind might have decided that the two fleets are redundant and sort of like "death-matches" them to see which one should continue the invasion, while the other returns to the biomatter pools (although I don't really like this one)
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It's actually already stated in the fluff that if two different Hive Fleet ever meet they will fight to the death. Survival of the fittest and all that, not to mention it's not as though any resources are wasted in that fight, as whoever wins will completely absorb the loser into itself and be stronger because of it. You have to remember the Hive Mind doesn't exactly make it's presence felt all the time among the fleets, that's what Dominatrix's are for, to lead the fleet following the strictures set down by the Hive Mind.
I think the last codex said something along the lines that two nid armies may fight simply to evolve and become better as a whole. IE: the winning army has it's biomorphs and genetic changes absorbed and redistributed while the losing army's genetic changes are lost as they are seen as inferior.
Really though you can make anything possible if you just fluff it up right.
The prievious codex stated Tyranids do fight from time to time. No material is lost in the contest and the strengths of the loser will be added to the already stronger winner.
Mu own fluff has it that my Hive fleet (Scorpio) absorbs weaker splinter fleets from Kraken etc with synaptic assimilation. This is done by aiding them and providing new synapse creatures for the target fleet as it looses them. This leads to large numbers of Scorpio synapse running parts of the splinter fleet. When all non-Tyranid resitance is gone the synapse creatures take control of as much of the target fleet as possible while the rest is attacked and absorbed. The Imperium and others don't know if Scorpio is attacking the smaller splinter fleets out of aggression, or if it is absorbing them so they can be reorganised so they will continue assaulting the galaxy.
Fighting just to get stronger doesnt actually make sense. Cause then, there is no reason to fight. If there is only 1 big power that controls ALL of the tyranids then one hive fleet would just jump into the pools or sit down while the other eats it.
There needs to be a somewhat "personal" reason in fighting which i think, would be the instinct to survive. I believe the Hive Mind is more like concept instead of a real source controlling ALL tyranids. Lesser tyranid creatures dont jump to death cause they think its the best for the fleet, the synaps creatures which are also in a way controlled by a stronger source (for example dominatrix) make them do it. Even a dominatrix makes tyranids act the way they do "to survive" however it is more intelligent and can see the big picture. When a synapse creature is not around, lesser creatures act instinctively and try to survive, no matter its hiding or charging and feeding. So in that sense the hive mind actually is "the will to survive". I personally dont think Hive Fleet Kraken and Behemoth had any connection at all. They both want the same thing for themselves, "to survive" and if they ever meet in the galaxy their intrests will conflict and only 1 will come out victorious.
When you think about it this way, tyranids are not much different than IG at all. Their way of achieving their goal is a little different. Total expendibility (even worse than IG), no negotiations, obeying orders wheter they are words or synaptic, etc.
Thats what i think.
I hope what i wrote made sense
Sure there's reason to fight: to get stronger. The basis to improve has it's source in conflict. In nature if you fight and survive, you're a more attractive mate and have a better chance to pass on those traits to future generations.
Same can be held true for the tyranid race as a whole. You have two different genetic legs of the greater fleet. Throughout the conflict of the galaxy both legs have absorbed different biomass and altered it's genetic base as it evolves. What better way to determine which parts are absorbed into the fleet as a whole than to put them against each-other to see which alteration is superior?
The loser is broken down to it's base biomass and reabsorbed, maybe taking a few key genetic abilities that worked well. The winner is absorbed back into the fleet and used to grow better nids.
But again fluff is whatever you choose to make it. Neither of our definitions are right or wrong. Both work within the context of the story and the game.
Right here on earth, species that are too numerous for their ecosystem to support -- when there are too few resources to support the population -- fight and kill each other to see who gets what remains.
And I definitely include humans in that account, too.
Why wouldn't Tyranids do the same?
ninjabackhand: point and click, again, really? even after i give you an military term "shock tactic" you still call it point and click.
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