Previous thread here: https://4archive.org/tg/thread/38685904+++ Overview +++The Hive Fleet currently consists of the following:In orbit over prey-world in D-System:- 1 injured Hive Ship harbouring Norn Queen, few broods of carnifexes (screamer-killer, wrecker, devilfex and thornback strains) few broods of zoanthropes, many broods of raveners, several tervigons, several trygon primes and mawlocs, several broods of venomthropes, moderate swarm of genestealer, gaunt and warrior strains.- 1 mutated Ramsmiter kraken armed with grasping claws/tendrils, harbouring several broods of hyper-adrenalized hormagaunt and genestealer strains.- 1 stalker droneship with functional spore cysts, harbouring several broods of hyper-adrenalized carnifex and hormagaunt strains.- 1 narvhalIn orbit over Oceanic prey-world in A-System (psychic contact lost due to warp interference):- 1 vanguard drone ship harbouring vanguard organisms (lictors/genestealers/gaunt strains)Invasion of prey-world I (Deathworld, Jungle Biome) Day 64:97% of landmass infested by tyrannic spores, indigenous fauna effectively extinct14% of landmass has been stripped by feeder organismsHive Ship within upper atmosphere, suckling from capillary towers, unable to escape planetary orbit until the atmosphere has been drained, regeneration is underway
+++ Conflict Overview +++Metallic non-Prey organisms attacking on two fronts - Western Desert and Eastern Desert- Eastern front has been almost entirely suppressed at the cost of many trygon bioforms, reabsorption with feeder swarms in progress- Western front proving more difficult - aerial non-prey making raids into infested territory from one of two primary fortresses- All biomass outside of these two fronts has been focussed towards multipling feeder organisms (ripper/pyrovore/haruspex) for accelerated consumptionStanding forces at western front:Several living artillery nodes, several shrike/gargoyle aerial hunting packs, many broods of venomspitter carnifexes armed with macro-venom cannon strains designed for anti-air saturation, many clutches of sporocystsCurrent synaptic suggestions for response:- Splice Lictor chameleonic dermal biomorphs into mucolid spore clusters for reduced visibility- Splice flesh hook biomorphs into gargoyle/shrike broods, attempt to drag down enemy aero-entities with weight of numbers- Commence orbital meteor bombardment of western desert region using modified kraken shipHive Mind conclusion?
Preservation synapse fulled connected to gestalt consciousness.This synapse has previously argued in favor of commencing orbital bombardment.
hopefully the remaining synapses will start exiting hypersleep soon. Yesterday was a good time.
>>38707155Suggestion noted. Awaiting further input from the synaptic collective.Secondary determination: The Hive Ship has begun gathering enough biomass to effect a number of endosymbiotic processes. Which should take priority? - Replacing layers of ablative carapace and insulating fatty tissue to protect the Hive Ship and reduce strain of life-support for terrestrial organisms in uteri. - Gestating new assault organisms for immediate mycetic deployment to the conflict below. - Gestating new space-borne organisms to begin scouting surrounding systems for next prey-world.
>>38707351Securing integrity of hive ship should remain a top priority.suggest proceeding with ablative carapace insulation.
>>38707351Gestating new space-borne organisms to begin scouting surrounding systems for next prey-world should take priority, we require a contingency plan for if plans on this world do not go as we want.
>>38707436current contingency plan involves oceanic world in system A. Ideally more scouting drones can be gestated after consumption of current prey-world has finished.
>>38707430Likewise noted. Awaiting Aggression and Tactics Synapses or new synaptic development before a consensus is made.
Additional considerations: As the Hive Ship is currently in-atmosphere, the narvhal must remain too close to the planetary gravitic well in order to make gravimetric sensory readings or launch ships. Will require a secondary synapse vessel to accompany it to the system's edge for this purpose. As such, spawning a Razorfiend Hive Cruiser is suggested - this is a large commitment of biomass, however, and will detract from other forces.
>>38707510In agreement with Preservation Synapse about the abaltive carapace insulation.Hive ship integrity is top priority.
>>38707690Consideration noted gestalt.current situation seems to demand little use for FTL capability. suggest proceeding as planned. for now.
>>38707728>>38707430Current considerations weighted towards regenerating Hive Ship carapace.Tentatively beginning catalytic enzyme production.
>>38707815How much biomass do we have in reserve?
if more synapses do not soon connect to the gestalt consciousness. Perhaps entering sustained hypersleep is advisable?(IE: maybe try again at another time?)
Invasion of prey-world I (Deathworld, Jungle Biome) Day 65:98% of landmass infested by tyrannic spores, indigenous fauna effectively extinct20.5% of landmass has been stripped by feeder organismsNon-prey strafing runs still proving effective at thinning our living artillery batteries. Carnifex anti-air behavioural measures showing only a minor reduction in swarm casualties.New non-prey aerial entities have been observed with less weapon capability but transporting new terrestrial metallic organisms into combat lines.>>38708051As of current, reserves are entirely spent. New biomass is trickling in at a fair rate, we could begin gestating new terrestrial organisms immediately, or clutches of space-borne progeny within days, if we cease prioritizing the regeneration of outer carapace layers.>>38708094Noted. Better psycho-resonant time-frame suggested?
>>38708094>NOOOOOOO!!!!!! Ive been sitting at work all day waiting for thisreassert suggestion to reduce visibility of Mucolid Spore Clusters
>>38708195this is joyous to hear. hopefully things will pick up a bit then. i am all for giving this an hour or two more.>>38708188should we need to reconvene later, due to time zones i will likely be unable to participate outside of friday/saturday.On topic: requesting visual uplink for newly encountered opposition.
>>38708188Suggest investment of biomass in gestation of Harridan strains
>>38708195Assertion noted. One synapse favors bombardment, one favors development of spliced genome incorporating lictor scales into mucolid defensive clusters.
>>38708260>new metallics must be Ghost arks
>>38708294Requesting projections on stripping of Biomass resulting from Orbital Bombardment
Situation is drastically becoming more serious. at this rate feeding operation could be comprimised within weeks. Brood spawn efforts towards stopping opposition has proven slow and ineffectual.this synapse urges the immidiate use of orbital bombardment to hopefully destroy oppositional origin point
>>38708336>>38708378Projection of collateral impact damage on consumption efforts unknown. Orbital meteor bombardment is not a behavioural pattern attempted before in this Hive Fleet's synaptic memory. Trial is the only method of learning.>>38708260>requesting visual uplink for newly encountered opposition.Ocular imprint disseminated.
>>38708492>4chan is giving me a hard time with posting>>38708492request efficacy of gestation of Dactylis strains, particularly for launching of Mucolid Spore Mines at high velocitieshttp://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Bio-Titan
>>38708492These ones suggest implementation of Genestealers and other close combat weapon beasts. Rending Claws have shown effective against metallics
>>38708492attempt trial bombardment with lesser piece of orbital debris to test accuracy and impact damage?
>>38708492Suggesting gestation of Hive Crones replacing Harpies; they will also aid in void defense, once feeding is completed.Additionally, suggests use of Bio-Electric Impaler Cannon Hive Guard to defend artillery batteries.Suggest Mawlocs and trygons with wrecking claws and scything talons to destroy new transport non-prey.Approve of Lictor-Mucolid genesplicing.
>>38708503Bio titan very likely far out of our current gestative possibilities.>>38708505Noted. Assertion: genestealer broods probably currently unneeded, as only enemy aerial units are seriously threatening us.>>38708559agression synapse! your presence was missed.
>>38708503>4chan is giving me a hard time with postingExperiencing similar synaptic interference. Should abate shortly.>>38708503>request efficacy of gestation of Dactylis strains, particularly for launching of Mucolid Spore Mines at high velocitiesNorn Queen attempting to salvage Dactylis genome from parent fleet memory imprints.>>38708505Incorporating heavier Genestealer presence among the frontlines.>>38708539In effect. Grasper kraken mobilized, seeking potential ammunition.
>>38708559>Suggest Mawlocs and trygons with wrecking claws and scything talons to destroy new transport non-prey.>Suggesting gestation of Hive Crones replacing Harpies; they will also aid in void defense, once feeding is completed.The Id concurs (wanted Harridans, but Crones are cool too, dont think we have made Harpies yet though)
>>38708631>Bio titan very likely far out of our current gestative possibilities.The Id reasoned that if biomass was sufficient for spawning of new space-faring strains, then would be sufficient for Bio-Titans
>>38708721Harpies have been gestating. Harridans ill-advised; long gestation time and difficult deployment and usage, in addition to being far outside current effective capabilities.We were able to spawn very limited space-faring strains. No more.
>>38708767Bio titans are at higher risk in comparison with the effort spent on their gestation
>>38708659>Synaptic interference caused lapse in trip>>38708631>Bio titan very likely far out of our current gestative possibilities.Dactylis strain is more accurately likened to Exocrine in terms of size. Fully within our capabilities.>Assertion: genestealer broods probably currently unneeded, as only enemy aerial units are seriously threatening us.Aerial transports are now deploying ground-based combat units into the midst of the fighting - genestealers may in fact prove useful.>>38708559>Suggesting gestation of Hive Crones replacing Harpies; they will also aid in void defense, once feeding is completed.Noted, underway.>>38708559>Additionally, suggests use of Bio-Electric Impaler Cannon Hive Guard to defend artillery batteries.>Suggest Mawlocs and trygons with wrecking claws and scything talons to destroy new transport non-prey.>Approve of Lictor-Mucolid genesplicing.Norn Queen genetic efforts must be focused in one area at a time. Require prioritization of following: - Bio-electric Hive Guard weapon modification - Mucolid chameleon splicing - Dactylis strain genome recovery
>>38708845This synapse voices its support hive guard modification as it seems the most reasonable solution until we have priliminary data from trial bombardment.
>>38708845>- Bio-electric Hive Guard weapon modification -> unlikely to be significantly more effective than Carnifexes> - Mucolid chameleon splicing (could work dont know)> - Dactylis strain genome recovery (variety of ammunition available makes this choice most adaptable option)The Id supports the Dactylis strain genome recovery
>>38708845>- Mucolid chameleon splicingThese ones suggest prioritizing on this mutation. It will reduce the amount of matter lost in attempting to get our broods to the ground
Invasion of prey-world I (Deathworld, Jungle Biome) Day 67:98% of landmass infested by tyrannic spores23.5% of landmass has been stripped by feeder organismsKraken test bombardment effected. Massive seismic activity taking place in response to impact. Sandstorms now rendering ranged combat in the desert region unfeasible. Damage inflicted unknown.
>>38708983>- Bio-electric Hive Guard weapon modification -> unlikely to be significantly more effective than CarnifexesThis is a good point. This synapse would like to investigate use of chameleon splicing for now instead.We are hesitant towards commiting towards dactylis, as we fear they will simply suffer the same fate as our biovores, but at a far larger cost.
>>38708845>- Mucolid chameleon splicing
>>38709046This synapse counters with the argument that Bio-Electric weapons have been shown to be very effective against these Non-Prey, and Impaler Cannons projectiles are able to self-guide to targets, unlike the Macro-Venom Cannons.
>>38709046>>38708994Prioritizing chameleon splicing for spores. May be even more effective now given climate conditions caused by meteor bombardment.
>>38709046With loss of visibility in desert region chameleon splicing likely to prove more efficient than previously assumed, altering support to such splicing
>>38709008>Sandstorms now rendering ranged combat in the desert region unfeasible.This will make our Genestealer forces far more effective. These ones advocate utilizing the broods en force under cover of the sandstorms
>does anyone else find it hard to think and or write in this style? or is it just me that has to take like 2 minutes to write one line?
>>38709107The Norn Queen supports this well-reasoned argument, but has defaulted towards spore-splicing as the most minimalist option in terms of time and biomass resources required.
>>38708845Dactylis recovery means less Dactylis destruction meaning we need to make fewer Dactylis means we can make others.>Dactylis
>>38709189Accepts as valid reasoning; perhaps best saved for future endeavours.
>>38709116>>38709157would like risk evalutation of such a tactic?perhaps we scout the western wasteland with raveners, and then follow with targeted agressive assault on oppositional origin point.the attacks on our ground forces must end.>>38709177(this one would like to note that its part of why this quest is so charming)
>>38709177These ones find though-speak surprisingly easy. Then again, I have always thought in pictures and senses rather than words. I have always had an affinity for Tyranids and other hive based aliens in science fiction
>>38709177>I find the writing style fun, but it is not entirely necessary for everyone to stick with it at all times.>>38709157Tactical suggestion noted. Synaptic consensus: increase brood nest gestation and deployment of genestealer strains?
>>38709275>Tactical suggestion noted. Synaptic consensus: increase brood nest gestation and deployment of genestealer strains?The Id concurs
>>38709275The preservation synapse will consent provided valuable bioforms are not sent in blind.as we have previously noted ravener scouting may save significant ammounts of valuable bio-matter.if scouting reveals that orbital bombardment had significant effect on oppositional origin points, perhaps we should ready another strike.
>>38709254>would like risk evalutation of such a tactic?>perhaps we scout the western wasteland with raveners, and then follow with targeted agressive assault on oppositional origin point.Genestealers considered highly expendable bioform. Low risk.Primary Ravener swarms have been directed to digestion pools in the jungle heart for reabsorption. Re-route to western front? Mobilization of that distance will take several days and re-routing of feeder swarms to provide sustenance.
>rereading up on weapons, Impaler cannon likely would have been a smart choice if not for the sandstorms... my tyranid info is so out of date its not even funny...
>>38708492I am back
>>38709189Wish to request information on current air to air Gargoyle hunting patterns. speculation that redeployment of gargoyles over artillery broods, with intent to force engagement by accepting artillery broods will be attacked. Gargoyles can take intercept patterns while artillery broods are pummeled, and attempt to reduce incoming attackers.
>>38709398Addtional intel appreciated.do we have any alternatives for scouting?suggest beginning preliminary gestation of new genestealer broods.>>38709439This synapse believes the time has come to cut off the source of enemy attacks.this synapse consents that it should probably have listened more to agression synapse, will note in future.
>>38709439Gargoyle anti-air behavioural patterns have been attempted with low success rates due to the speed and maneuverability of the metallic non-prey craft.>>38709430The gestalt welcomes you back into the Hive Mind's embrace.
>>38709496most unfortunate. agree with current focus on mucolid stealth developments, and suggestion to deploy ripper beasts to artillery line. The biomass loss can be minimized by quick retrieval.
>>38709465>do we have any alternatives for scouting?Alternative possibilities: Mycetic deployment of purestrain Raveners in hibernation within the Hive Ship. Mycetic deployment of Lictors.
>>38709560exendability evalution of these assests?estimation on when we will be able to launch targeted genestealer strikes, and when sandstorms will lessen or dissapear.
>>38709546>suggestion to deploy ripper beasts to artillery line. The biomass loss can be minimized by quick retrieval.Supported. Inciting the forward wave of feeder organisms for quick advancement to the western front.
>>38709546Suggest adaptation of flying ripper swarms>blot out sun? yes please>clog intakes? yes please>gain more biomass faster? yes please
>>38709439>>38709496Information gained over time from Hive Fleet Leviathan has indicated that the only way to make Gargoyles effective anti-air bioforms is by sacrificing them into the propellent-parts of prey-metal-flyers.They are highly expendable and can be reabsorbed after successful planet-huntThoughts?
>>38709560Lictors are effective brood leaders for Genestealers in absence of Broodlords via pheromone trail.
>>38709645except Sky-slashers would do that much more efficiently for much lower biomass investment
>>38709645current difficulty is not in destroying enemy ships once contact is reached, but making the initial contact. Gargoyles are proving ineffective in reaching firing range. It is agreed that this would prove quite effective.
>>38709612Sandstorms likely to continue for several days. Increasing heat and humidity due to tyrannoformation has destabilized the prey-worlds standard climate patterns.Raveners considered expendable and efficient as long as further Ravener deployment is not required in immediate future. Brood nests can be refertilized with ravener strains if considered necessary.
>>38709645we belive that aerial non-prey units have proven themselves to be too swift for gargoyles to be effect.This synapse restates its belief that perhaps aerial non-prey should not be engaged directly, and that removing oppositional origin point may be more effective.
>>38709744agree that deployment of trygons to airbase would be most effective destruction of air units. Current problem would be lack of Trygon strain. will need a way to reduce losses while more Trygons are bred.
>>38709708Hunter Synapse has effectively outlined the difficulty with gargoyle strains intercepting current opposition. Sky-Slashers suffer from same difficulty. Genetic efforts towards breeding flying feeder organisms deemed redundant at this time.>>38709693Supported, however due to climate conditions raveners will be more effective at locating metallic fortresses in a timely manner.
>>38709744Supports large scale raid on non prey origin utilizing subterranean carnifex tactics.
>>38709842This synapse, with the intelligence avaible to us at this time, will then call for the immidiate initiation of targeted search-and-destroy operations towards enemy air base, using genestealer swarms and ravener scouts.consensus fellow synapses?
>>38709930support this mode of action.
Invasion of prey-world I (Deathworld, Jungle Biome) Day 69:28% of landmass has been stripped by feeder organisms~20% of watermass has been infested with tyrannic algaeNewly-spliced chameleolid spore mines proving effective at reducing aerial raids. Living artillery lines, however, at a critical deficiency, and being overrun by the swift-moving "wraith strain" metallic organisms. Genestealer deployment proving an effective second line of defense.New genetic alleles acquired from capillary feeding! Toxin sacs can be improved in future strains.Troublesome development: Opposition now seems more cohesively organized and quicker to adapt tactically to our own efforts. Likely leader strains are among them. Possible responses: - Deployment of Lictors to identify and assassinate. - Heavier deployment of Warrior synapse strains to allow more tactical flexibility and quicker responses of our own. - Change of overall strategy and composition to throw off the non-prey.
>>38710130>- Deployment of Lictors to identify and assassinate.
>>38710130Suggest use of Lictors to identify and assassinate in combination with heavier deployment of Warrior synapse strains; Warriors are capable of utilizing weaponry suited to foes.
>>38709930>>38709948>>38709965>>38710135Very well. Mycetic deployment of remaining Ravener broods initiated, behavioural imprint focused towards wide-pattern dispersion and scouting. Genestealers en route.Brood nests can continue to spawn additional genestealers or be refertilized with another simple strain (gaunt/ravener) to hold the lines against encroaching forces. Determination?
>>38710130Support deployment of Lictors. Bred for hunting and killing leader prey, they will prove adept at hunting enemy.Other possible consideration is to begin breeding of harpies, and reducing artillery strains breeding to compensate. Enemy has not seen large airborne strains at this time. will force debate on their part on whether to increase air raids and lose their air vessels to continued mucolid bombing, or to allow us to control skies.
>>38710130Troubling. We need to face the possibility that we may have to abandon this prey-world preemptively, though i am not advocating it, we should be aware of our options. Gestalt, how swiftly could we reasonably retrieve vital biomass and detach from prey world?
>>38710209Lictors and Warriors draw on a shared genetic resource pool, will require one be prioritized over the other.Alternative: Deploy our limited Zoanthrope stocks to act as synaptic reinforcement instead of Warriors, and focus on Lictor gestation.
>>38710217Support Gaunt production. Fighting is moving away from desert, where Raveners can move quickly, and towards jungle, where Gaunts will be able to more effectively use cover. they will also be able to overwhelm Wraith strain non prey as they did in the tunnels during battle on western desert.
>>38710229We cannot. We descended into high atmosphere, and until it is stripped we are trapped.>>38710217Support use of gaunt strains to hold the lines.Suggest increased use of >>38710265Oppose use of Zoanthropes at this time. Use of Warriors advised, as non-prey is known to recover from assassination; total annihilation required.
>>38710229Limiting factor for escape is currently atmosphere. Will require it be stripped before leaving. Cannot be done efficiently with only one Hive Ship, and calving additional Hive Ships will require massive biomass intake - at least 40-50% of the prey-world.
>>38710265suggest deployment of Zoanthrope stocks, preferably through underground tunnels that allow for their influence on above ground skirmishes while protecting them from majority of the battle, suggest they be accompanied by tervigons encase of altercations
>>38710300>>38710302Gaunt strain determination noted. Brood nest embryonic composition altered.
>>38710320As such, we suggest further bombardment of desert, as it holds little biomass, and we will be moving out of it shortly.Hold off on orbital bombardment until maximum efficiency with such can be reached, ensuring maximal casulaties for non-prey and minimal caualties for bioforms.
>>38710265can support use of zoanthropes, provided tactics are focused around their defense, with eye to temporary withdrawel should they ever be threatened. enemy wratih strain in particular worries this synapse in regards to zoanthrope deployment.>>38710302this synapse was aware and meant, how swiftly this could be rectified.>>38710320very well. we will fight no holds barred to preserve Kraken genetic strain.
>>38710130Orbital bombardment of desert recommended; besides first order impact effects, particulate matter driven into air by impact will synergize well with steathed mucolid spores, assist in concealing ground forces, and possibly impair effciency of enemy air. Addendum: Enemy leader strains likely in deep desert, recommend using Lictors to attempt targeting of bombardment for decapitation strike.
>>38710130- Deployment of Lictors to identify and assassinate.These ones suggest utilizing shock troops in newly developed chameleolid spores which will home in on their pheromone trailsSynergy will increase effectiveness
The Id expresses support for orbital bombardment of deep desert installations
>>38710352Tunneling organisms of an appropriate size are in low supply after deployment to eastern front. Gestating new Trygons, estimate weeks until maturation. Likewise, Tervigons were heavily deployed to eastern front - survivors will require extended travel to be re-routed to the new battlefield.
>>38710439Support this stratagem. Suggests avoiding deploying Zoanthropes for now- enemy "wraith" strain proved adept at hunting in tunnels, and they could prove effective hunters of Zoanthrope strain- which we can not afford to lose.
>>38710265These ones oppose use of Zoanthropes at this time. Not-prey "wraiths" seem to be a great threat to them
>>38710452scouting will reveal how effective orbital bombardment was at damaging enemy complexes.we await status update on targeted search and destroy operations
>>38710404Suggestion Should bombardment occur recommending dropping mycetic spores containing genestealers, gaunts, and warriors into impact site at one minute delay.
>>38710527Oppose; suggest four hour delay instead, to allow for cooling of impact site.
>>38710379>can support use of zoanthropes, provided tactics are focused around their defense, with eye to temporary withdrawel should they ever be threatened. enemy wratih strain in particular worries this synapse in regards to zoanthrope deployment.Reminder that deploying organisms from the Hive Ship commits them to eventual death on that planet, even if victory is assured. Breeding highly psychic strains is the most time-consuming of all gestation processes and possibly could mean no new Zoanthropes can be deployed on the next prey-world if we travel swiftly.>>38710404>>38710439>>38710376>>38710452Noted. Overwhelming support seems to be weighted towards Lictor strain deployment followed by additional meteor bombardments.
>In response to appearance of not-prey leader organismsThese ones propose going deeper into the Hive Mind to see what methods other Hive Fleets have used to eliminate them. This could take considerable effort and time, but will return with informationThoughts?
>>38710615>additional meteor bombardments.it would be interesting what other behaviors like this we could pick up, i don't think things like this are usually utilized by other hive fleets
>>38710615Reassert opposition to use of Zoanthropes; their tactical purpose in affecting psychic prey will be of little use against these non-prey, and will only doom them.
>>38710685we fear that we may not have much time before essential feeding operations could be compromised.>>38710735This synapse supports this notion.
>>38710615We concur with >>38710735 not-prey "wraith" metal-forms are a frightening threat to them
Invasion of prey-world I (Deathworld, Jungle Biome) Day 71:33% of landmass has been stripped by feeder organisms~36% of watermass has been infested with tyrannic algaeSuccess of Ravener scouting parties currently unknown without synaptic relays - awaiting reports from Broodlord organisms, estimate 1-2 more days.Lictors deployed behind non-prey front lines. Aerial raids have abated, replaced by lower-altitude fast-moving skimmer entities which seem highly adept at targeting the chameleon spores despite their camouflage and clearing paths for other forces. Slower moving artillery skimmers in accompaniment, devastating to gaunt broods. Response required.
>>38710826recommend gestation of Hive Guard broods, in large numbers. Impaler cannons should prove quite useful at hunting enemy skimmers.
>>38710826The Id suggests reinvestment in Exocrine and Biovore strains, as well increased production of ground spore mines
>>38710685Psycho-cerebral exertion risk deemed too high with only a single Norn Queen.>>38710735>>38710764>>38710787Noted, Zoanthropes will not be deployed at this time.
>>38710826Suggestion: Increase frontline carnifex and large durable bioform use. Also suggest use of BEIC(Bio-Electric Impaler Cannon) Hive Lords to counter skimmer threat.Request information on possibility of Tyrannofex use, and process on Hive Crones.Suggest Trygon and Mawloc deployment to disrupt enemy skimmers.
>>38710911The Id supports this train of thought>MUH organic Krak missiles
>>38710826viability of re-massing offensive capability into airborne anti-ground units to decimate vulnrable enemy artillery units by circumventing front line skimmers. With enemy airforces having abated perhaps we are presented with a window to retake the skies?
>>38710826>Slower moving artillery skimmers in accompaniment, devastating to gaunt broods.These ones request information on Carnifex and Trygon/Mawloc broods?>Lower-altitude fast-moving skimmer entities which seem highly adept at targeting the chameleon sporesThis is troubling. What information do we have on them? Can Warrior-sized organisms pose a threat to them?
>>38710990Support notion. Use of Shrikes and Gargoyle accompaniment could prove very effective, if Hive Crones can keep skies clear.
>>38710911Supported. Gestation underway.>>38710912Exocrine repopulation estimated to be too slow to halt the advance. Gaunt swarms are being eliminated faster than they can be locally spawned.Some biomass may need to be diverted from feeder swarms to reinforce the battle lines, however this will slow consumption rate. Consensus?
>>38711024The Id supports diversion of biomass to reinforce battle lines
>>38711024consumption rate will matter little if the enemy compromises capilary tower integrity. We divert what we must. This is now a battle to extinction.
>>38710958Carnifex reinforcement deemed feasible, underway. Norn Queen focusing on development of bio-electric impaler strain.Hive Crones hatching soon. Tyrannofexes will take some time.Trygon/Mawloc numbers still low, all Mawlocs within synapse have already been re-routed to the combat zone.
>>38711024We will not consume the planet fast enough to avoid having to enter an all out war with these beings, at their rate of advancement.Support biomass rediversion. Reduce use of Gaunts, increase large bioform use.
>>38711024Suggest gestation of spore chimneys to achieve continual and intensified sandstorm type effect.>will help lictors avoid detection and Impaler cannon allows Hive Guard to ignore this
>>38710826>>38710911Concur.Additional: Suggest deploying remaining gargoyle broods against skimmer entities. While ineffective against flyers, they may be more able to engage at lower altitude. If nothing else they will serve to pace and track while Hive Guard broods are gestated.
>>38711024Hunter synapse is reluctant to reduce feeder swarms size at this time. Hive guard, from past usage, were quite effective at defense against lightly armored mechanized units. Reducing our collection rates will keep us here longer. We can not risk that metallic non prey might have requested out of system support. we need as much biomass as possible. understanding of wish to defend. recommend waiting until Hive Guard are deployed to see total effectiveness. possible that after hive guard deployed, will not need feeder swarms depleted.
>>38711111This synapse sense an impressive series of recurring numbers within the hive mind...unusual.requesting update on viability of air superiority tactic targeted at vulnrable enemy artillery.>>38711177This synapse believes it to be unlikely that we can leave before the enemy could threaten the integrity of feeding operations.
>>38710990A viable option, sandstorms are now abating. Gaunt gestation can be shifted back to gargoyles, and surviving Shrikes are still available in strong numbers.>>38711018>This is troubling. What information do we have on them? Can Warrior-sized organisms pose a threat to them?Ranged Warrior organisms may be able to counter the smaller/faster skimmers. Unlikely to be effective against the slower, heavily-armed entities.>>38711091>>38711114Very well. Suggested second wave ground swarm composition to reinforce the front lines?
>>38711229This synapse leans towars renewed air forces, but suggests that we not commit the biomatter until intel arrives from scouting raveners.
>>38711229Suggest 20% Carnifex, 30% Hive Guard, 20% Mawloc, 30% Genestealers? This synapse is uncertain.
>>38711024Divert what we must.We cannot consume this foe. Every loss we sustain is permanent. We MUST eliminate their leader-organisms. We must irradiate them. If utilization of meteors was effective, then these ones suggest complete bombardment after feeding
>>38711152Spore Chimney growth was stifled by the initial air raids from the non-prey. New chimneys will not be fully matured for quite some time.>>38711158Noted.>>38711217>requesting update on viability of air superiority tactic targeted at vulnrable enemy artillery.Initial Shrike assaults seem fairly effective response. Attrition rates high on both sides.
>>38711326Agree with Preservation Synapse; Renewed Air Forces alongside ground reinforcements likely most effective, once Hive Crones available to keep skies clear of non-prey fliers.
>>38711393>Every loss we sustain is permanent.Nay, every loss is but a setback as the biomass will only be reclaimed and turned into new tyranids given time
>>38711217...This synapse reluctantly accepts that there will be no running from this battle with our bellies full unless the enemy is dead. Support conversion of feeder beasts to Air troops, in attempt to wrestle away air superiority from the enemy.
>>38711489enemy weaponry seems to leave very little salvageable biomatter.
>>38711327Suggest deploying by thirds: Malwocs, Hive Guard, and conditionally Gargoyles to intercept skimmer organisms. Review Gargoyle selection if they prove ineffective; suggest shrikes or sky slashers against skimmers.
>>38711532(you are being smrtr than the Id)
>>38711497Non-prey no longer keeps aerial superiority.However, artillery strains to counter non-prey artillery could be very necessary; once they encounter such, non-prey is likely to utilize aerial units once more. Hive Crones are likely to be able to keep them from attaining such superiority again, when used in conjunction with BEIC Hive Guard.
>>38711632This seems a reasonable cause of action.so far, our undoing has been thinking only one step at a team. we must prepare to counter our enemies counter.
Invasion of prey-world I (Deathworld, Jungle Biome) Day 75:35.7% of landmass has been stripped by feeder organisms~48% of watermass has been infested with tyrannic algaeRavener broods re-instated contact with synaptic web through use of Broodlord organisms. Genestealer raiding parties commencing infiltration of opposition forces origin. Only moderate damage sustained from orbital attack, seems to be repairing itself rapidly. High energy readings from perimeter pylons, likely defense mechanism against further orbital/aerial assaults. Easily avoided by tunneling organisms. Further Trygon assaults may be the best option once again.Injured Lictor returned to synapse range, relayed information: Enemy leaders well protected by guardian strains and unknown devices. Difficult to isolate and kill. A different response may be required.Current status of frontline engagements: Hive Crone/Shrike flocks have managed to eradicate enemy aircraft and artillery with Hive Guard support. Increasingly large waves of infantry spotted en route, Carnifexes will be able to reinforce before they reach our lines.EXTREME PRIORITY CONCERN: Sniper strains have begun targeting our synapse creatures.
This synapse suggests renewing Tyrgon and Exocrine numbers and utilizing raveners and Lictors to defeat enemy sniper strains. Cease targeting enemy leaders with lictors, utilize increased Warrior numbers instead, as they are moderately expendable synapse creatures and should make it more difficult for non-prey sniper strains to completely defeat our forces.We need a Hive Tyrant, fellow synapses. Suggest beginning gestation; subterranean strain.
>>38711726Suggest Gestation and deployment of Mawlocs/Trygons to burrow beneath and then consume sniper strainsPossible Gestation of Tyrannofex strains for long range support and increased injury tolerance
>>38711726Redeploy Lictors and Genestealers to target enemy snipers; use Malwoc and Trygon strikes in combination with any Hive Crones that can be spared from air superiority to harass and degrade enemy infantry formations prior to contact with our lines.
>>38711726This is unacceptable. Recommend forward deployment of Hive Guard, to hunt enemy long range hunters. Also suggest transferring production of Hive Crones to Harpies, in an attempt to damage enemy troops and to provide assistance hunting sniper strains.Suggest continued production of Trygon and Trygon primes. Enemy will only likely be defeated by them.
>>38711726Perhaps there is a way to better protect the synapse network, would it be possible to adapt our synapse strains to become subterraenean, or even better, create an entirely new strain of synapse creature based off of the ravener strain. If this is achievable, we will be able to create a more resilient synapse web over the prey-world, and possibly beneath the non-prey's territory as well.
>>38711726Immidiately reroute and reinforce lictor activities towards the location and elemination of enemy sniper strains.Suggest tactical change, prioritize spawning of longer ranged synapse creatures and pull them further back.>>38711807This synapse agrees with all of the above. The time may well have come for us to call upon the mighty hive tyrant.
>>38711841further suggest gestation of Venomthrope strains for shroud effect
>>38711895shroud effect can likely be achieved through means that do no involve the deployment of slow ineffectual combat units.perhaps mutated spore mines.
>>38711868New strain development is time-consuming. We must make do with minor adjustments when possible.Speaking of which, arming Carnifexes with Stranglethorn Cannons in preparation for enemy infantry waves, alongside Exocrines and Deathspitter Warriors may be advised.Or, use of melee strains may be possible now, with high chances for success if used in numbers.
>>38711864>>38711887>>38711807Lictor activity refocused at disruption of snipers.>>38711841>>38711864Likewise redirecting surviving Mawlocs towards this end.>>38711868Norn Queen supports the concept of splicing raveners/warriors. Gestation may take some time.>>38711895Noted. Venomthrope numbers increased back to standard.
>>38711865>Also suggest transferring production of Hive Crones to Harpies, in an attempt to damage enemy troops and to provide assistance hunting sniper strains.Is this supported by other synapses?>Suggest continued production of Trygon and Trygon primes. Enemy will only likely be defeated by them.In progress.
>>38711946Very well then, I propose we seek modification of strain designate: Ravener Alpha with limited synapse capabilitiesAre we/us/I in affirmation for the development of synapse strain designate: Ravener Alpha-S?
>>38712002Suggestion of gene splicing of spore mines and venomthropes for purpose-built concealment units to accompany gaunt swarms.Concept: gene splicing of Hive Tyrant and Mawloc?Support Ravener Alpha.Oppose Transfer of Hive Crones to Harpies; produce both in conjunction, or splice Shrikes with ability to drop Spore mines.
Analysis requested: Rate of consumption of planetary biomass vs. Rate of loss to non-prey weaponry. We need to anticipate culminating point of this battle in order to organize our strategy.
>>38712002These ones have achieved an epiphany! Enemy leader organism appeared once we posed significant threat. They began targeting our Synapse creatures immediately after an attempt was made on their leader. Perhaps this was in retaliation rather than from gleaned information about our synapse networkThese ones propose that enemy leader organisms hold their synapse-equivalents in high regard. If a Hive Tyrant were to issue a challenge it may draw their leader organism and its protectors out, they would then become easy prey for ambush.
>>38712093>gene splicing of Hive Tyrant and Mawloc?A Trygon prime may be a quicker solution than the time and effort spent in creating an entirely new organism
>>38712093Splicing of new strains must be done one at a time. Prioritize most vital organism.Update from the frontlines: Coordinated Lictor/Mawloc strikes proving effective against infantry. However, tactical maneuvers are becoming increasingly complex with the wider diversity of combat units at the non-preys disposal. Current synapse organisms not up to the task, and we are losing some engagements that we should by all accounts win.
>>38712162Excellent analysis, we/us/I, perhaps prepare a battlefield with concealed spore mines, raveners, and other such organism? If we sacrifice a rather "ornate" (gestated so as to appear more important/strong than others of it's strain) warrior, or even hive tyrant, as bait for their leader non-organisms, we may be able to catch them in a trap.
>>38712040This synapse is hesitant about reducing crone numbers for fear of giving air superiority back to opposition. Ravener alpha strain seems needless since we hold trygon primes already.Suggestion: now that we control the skies, increased artillery strain density will easily thin enemy infantry at minimal risk, thoughts?>>38712162This one belivies that establishing communicative link with oppositional leaders to be unlikely.
>>38712206Ravener Alpha most vital.Secondary Shrike Bombers.Gestate Hive Tyrants immediately; subterranean strain preferred but not required.
>>38712206I put forward our/my suggestion of a synapse capable ravener. All others/us/me in favor?
>>38712235>>38712162>>38712192>>38711887Hive Tyrant gestation heavily time-consuming.Suggested alternative: Warrior Prime.
>>38712206Suggest Gestation of Flying Hive Tyrants, weapon loadout twin-linked devourer with brainleech worms. Allows flexible redeployment of synapse and tactical acuity.
>>38712206>>38712262>>38712290Agreement. hive tyrants are required at this point. Tyranid prime is an acceptable substitute.>>38712271trygon primes fullfill this role already.
>>38712290Acceptable, we/us/I should make sure to include superfluous chitin spines and overly complex coloration to the bait, as our reconnaissance reports that their leader non-organisms have much more bodily adaptions than their lesser warrior non-organisms
>>38712239Trygon Primes do not have sufficient numbers to support army, and Ravener Alphas can support Ravener scout strains.Warrior Prime considered excellent idea; can Tyrant Guard, or Hive Guard Prime, be dispatched as guards for such? If gene-splicing required for Warrior Prime, we would supplant the Norn Queen to focus on such.
>>38712152Losses are sustainable. Rate of consumption, however, is slowing, due to re-purposing of brood nests to spawn more combat organisms than feeder swarms.
>>38712317Perhaps it does, but Trygon Primes would take much longer to gestate than a smaller Ravener Prime, in much the same way that Warrior Primes are more efficient than Hive Tyrants.
>>38712235>>38712239Not-prey clearly has a way of seeing through drone-organisms eyes the same way we do. Their threat-reactions are too immediate. This has a significant likelihood to work!>>38712290These ones theorized that anything appearing to be a prime leader-beast would be effective. A Warrior Prime bred for close-combat would be perfect bait
>>38712368Is the rate of of consumption decreasing with increasing rapidity, or decreasing with decreasing rapidity? If the former, we should re-evaluate gestating more combat organisms than feeder organisms.
>>38712368FELLOW SYNAPSES!We must focus our entire energy not simply on holding them back, but annihilating them completely.Suggest heavy use of Trygons to destabilize enemy infrastructure further, with genestealer accompaniment to destroy enemy 'wraith' non-prey.
>>38712347>>38712350A modified Prime with ostentatious carapace and coloration is well within capabilities and an interesting tactic. Tyrant guard can be attached for protection.
>>38712418Addendum: >>38712347 suggestion of superflous spikes and coloration would make the organism appear more important to the hive. A challenge issued by it may be difficult for the not-prey leader organism to turn down
>>38712378I doubt we will need raveners alphas once we start deploying primes in large numbers.we require trygons either way, as their bio-electric pulse attacks are the only weapons we posses against oppositional origin points.
>>38712448Begin gestation immediately, perhaps gestate an entire compliment of ornate Tyrant Guard as opposed to what we/us/I have available? The guard non-organisms of the not-prey's synapse non-organisms are also more elaborate than their warrior non-organism, but not so much as their synapse non-organisms.
>>38712424Consumption rates are falling at a relatively stable rate - while we are constantly diverting more biomass towards combat organisms, we are also expanding our feeding territory.
Suggest use of Warrior Primes with enhanced Synapse capability separately from Challenge Warriors?
>>38712448>>38712439Synthesis may be appropriate; if leaders can be drawn into ambush, launch Trygon strikes into enemy base followed by Genestealers through tunnels. Immediate threat to enemy-synapse may disrupt co-ordination of response. Immediate threat to base may disrupt enemy-synapse ability to respond to immediate threat.
>>38712502That is still dire news, as our/my consumption rates themselves may begin to fall at some point in the future, rather than merely grow at a slower rate. Appropriately how long until our consumption rate reaches a maximum, and begins to fall in regards to current conditions?
>>38712524Reminder: Trapping enemy leaders with challenge bait Warriors is likely to work only once, before they will refuse to do so again. If this tactic is to be attempted, it should be attempted on a large scale and as simultaneously as possible.
>>38712524if leader can be located suggest orbital bombardment with Tyrannocyte to deliver canifex shock strains while landed Tyrannocyte provides ballistic cover
If we are succesfull in luring enemy main commander into single combat with adapted prime strains, this singular battle may well decide the outcome of this conflict.This synapse believes that perhaps special supervision would be required. we may have to...Assume direct control.
>>38712612we/us/I are already in direct control, fellow synapse.
>>38712448>>38712524>>38712559Tyrant Guard are not a necessary expense. Once the not-prey leader and it's retinue are drawn to the Warrior Prime by the challenge, an immediate ambush is preferred.>>38712559These ones are in concordance. Our reaction should also be overwhelming to assure the not-prey leaders are entirely destroyed
>>38712559Concur. >>38712547Consumption rate dropping to zero represents culminating point of battle continuing beyond this point is counter-productive.
>>38712612>swarmlord deployed>bone swords fall, everyone dies
>>38712636(i meant a perspective change)
>>38712547Difficult to estimate. The gestalt will notify its constituent synapses when such a happenstance occurs.+++Closing Overview+++Challenger strain Prime gestating.New Trygons hatched and prepared to deploy to non-prey origin sites.Carnifex/Hive Guard/Genestealer waves holding back enemy advance within synapse range, failing where synapse fails.Request synaptic neural archive as well as consensus on precise time of next communion.
>>38712636( i meant a perspective change)
>>38712702apologies. 4chan is being wierd.
>>38712698These ones suggest developing Broodlords within existing Genestealer broods as secondary-line Synapse
>>38712698due to time zones this synapse cannot participate on normal week days (its 5 past midnight here)we do however greatly enjoy this quest, so if it doesnt bother the rest of the collective hivemind too much, maybe next friday would be a good time?
>>3871269816 planetary revolutions from now, us/we/I shall commune, are we/us/I in agreement?
>>38712657That assumes that the sole purpose of Warrior Prime is lure to Ambush.That was not this synapse's intent.
>>38712698Availability less limited: Timezone, GMT - 8h preferred dates Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
>>38712840Thank you.>>38712815Will schedule primary quest line to continue next friday, roughly around midnight your time.For people who are available more often, perhaps I will run a secondary offshoot during the week using the vanguard drone in the other star system.
>>38712698This synapse should be available from 6ish to 8ish on weekdays, timestamp zone time, and until past midnight, timestamp zone time, on Saturdays and Fridays.
>>38712922That would be interesting.
>>38712922>For people who are available more often, perhaps I will run a secondary offshoot during the week using the vanguard drone in the other star system.nothing would make me happier
>>38712825That was our initial idea, here >>38712162There is no need to rest our best chance on a single organism defeating an enemy in single combat. The not-prey expects such behavior of a foe. We need not present it
>>38712922happenstances in system could potentially become very relevant to primary quest line; suggested alternative: direct control over individual battles.however enough attention has already been paid to this singular synapse, so we will not complain if this is the will of the rest of the hivemind. even if we will be sad to miss out.
It's been a pleasure, you're all making the Hive Mind proud. I didn't anticipate this quest to be quite so successful when I started it yesterday but it's definitely exceeded expectations.Gestalt, entering sleep cycle.