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Fifth was pleased, it had control of eight Hormagaunts, the near mindless drones were practically extensions of its own will, it could use these well.
It split the group with a thought, sending four darting into buildings to slaughter the occupants but they were under a direct impulse to shadow Fifth until it called upon them.

The Warrior took the other four and proceeded to search for the leader-beast of the weak nest the Brood was attacking, a Hormagaunt picked up the scent trail of a strong-beast, the scent of a leader. Fifth licked its lips with a barbed tongue, its venom glands tingled pleasantly as they filled in anticipation of the coming slaughter.

It soon found the leader after Fifth and the Hormagaunts followed the scent-trail to its source, he was in the middle of the town, surrounded by others, most of them were unarmed or had near-useless close range weapons, an impulse from Fifth called the other four ‘Gaunts to it, they had fed well and suffered no harm.

Another thought from the Warrior sent the Hormagaunts racing forwards to clear a path, Fifth helped things along by charging after them and firing a swathe of flesh-worms into the lightly armoured defenders, there was a gunshot and it felt a slight stinging in its shoulder, the wound was of no consequence and Fifth could already feel it enhanced physiology knitting the flesh together.

Two Hormagaunts fell, one the leader-beast had slain with his power-fist and the other had fallen to massed mêlée-ing, but the other six were still fighting.
Fifth let out a roar and ploughed into the crowd, firing indiscriminately at close range and lashing out with its claws; the humans fell back and Fifth soon found itself towering over the leader-beast, the human yelled a challenge and lashed out, causing the Tyranid to dodge backwards, the power-field of the fist blackening its thorax armour, Fifth hissed and retaliated its claws flashing as it darted forward.

Its rending claws connected and lacerated the humans arm and scraped across his chest armour, Fifth hissed and stepped back for another swipe; an impulse from the Warrior turned three of the remaining six Hormagaunts, all were sporting various minor wounds, to attacking the human leader.
The human fought well, killing another ‘Gaunt and injuring the other two, but they hadn’t been meant to slay the leader, Fifth had known that they would fail to kill the leader-beast and had used the drone-creatures as a distraction.
Apparently the human realized this as well, and hurried to finish off the remaining ‘Gaunts, but it was too late, the mistake had been made an Fifth exploited it ruthlessly.

Having gotten behind the human, Fifth seized him by an arm and waist and lifted him into the air, claws digging into flesh; it roared in triumph, causing the humans in the square to pause and gape in terror as their leader screamed as Fifth agonizingly tore him roughly in half. The Tyranid could see the hope fading from their eyes and in their postures, yes; this town-nest was thoroughly demoralized.

Fifth licked the gore off its claws, the body leaking blood to pool at its feet, it felt contentment and with a bioelectrical pulse, sent a hail of flesh-worms into the unarmoured prey-beasts before it; the surviving Hormagaunts took this as a cue and resumed the slaughter. Screams rang across the town square as none were spared.
 

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Fourth moved along, him and the gaunts moving across cover to cover, while he was thinking about first, thinking he will serch the place he had supposedly die.He was a warrior, he could have ben mistakenly dead for unconsius.Fourth arrived, and the drones and him started taking fire at the swarms of people unexpectadly.
 

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ooc: eh89, you can finish posting whenever, I`m just gonna assume you demolished a good quarter of the town at least. :grin:

on with the show, thanks for waiting guys...


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The human village was in flames, it`s people all dead or trying vainly to hide. The volatile ammunition from Second`s deathspitter had ignited several of the homesteads, killing many in the resultant explosions. The death of the human leader at Fifth`s hands had been the turning point.

With a roar, Fifth let loose a wave of bloodlust that fed through the minds of all the tyranids present, warriors and gaunts alike. They tore the place apart, leaving nothing but flaming wreckage.

From a distance, through the synaptic web, Mother watched the Fifth Born. This one showed promise...

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First stood. His wound had mostly healed. Though he still bore an empty crater where one of his eyes should have been, he had adjusted his senses to account. He began to move back towards the nest. Mother`s link was weak out here, and he almost felt as though she had abandoned him. Certainly he could not deny his resentment at the way Fifth had simply left him to fend for himself.

Such petty emotions were not supposed to matter. So First simply ignored them and focused on the task at hand. It would be a little over half a day before he would be back at the nest...

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Several hours passed...

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The gaunts had been ferrying biomass back to Mother, one corpse at a time. From somewhere, the idea had also arose to plant another digestion pool at this location, but Fifth had advised against, assuming the humans would retaliate.

None were prepared when they did, for retribution came in a way that these youngling warriors had yet to encounter.

The first projectile made a shrill whistling sound as it descanded. Turning skyward, the brood instantly associated the sound with danger. Mother`s voice instantly filled their heads, screaming at them to run! Flee the village and get clear!

A nearby building, one of few still standing, suddenly exploded, sending shrapnel in every direction. An entire brood of hormagaunts was wiped out immediately, and Sixth was thrown into the air. The warrior impacted heavily on his side when he landed, rendering one of his arms useless and a leg broken. Struggling to rise, he limped after his broodmates as they fled.

More shells began to land, destroying buildings all around them. With no time to think, they were scattered in all directions. Each one alone, some injured and confused, forced to fend for themselves amidst a rapidly deteriorating landscape.

The only constant was Mother`s voice, calling them. No matter what, they had to survive!


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All: Describe your escape from the village. As artillery fire rains down from above, you blindly run to escape.

You are all seperated, you only stop running when you get clear of the explosions.

Describe your escape, were you injured? Did any of the gaunts make it with you? How do you react to this method of attack? Do you want to retaliate or flee?

You will all be alone until I post the next update. Keep cool, gentlebugs. :grin:
 

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Fifth was disoriented, the sky-fire shrapnel had damaged it, dulling its links with the 'Gaunts and its brood, Fifth could no longer even feel where the others of its brood were; it let out a frustrated keening and limped off, staying low to the ground as it dodged in an effort to escape and avoid being slain.
The Warrior was sure that the severance was temporary and it would heal with time, but it did not know how long it would last. No 'Gaunts were with it, it had seen them scatter and run aimlessly in an effort to escape the bombardment.

Something exploded close to it, catching Fifth with its shock-wave, picking up the Tyranid and hurling it away as if it were a light-weighted Ripper. Fifth came to its senses abruptly it was lying on the far outskirts of the town, out of range of the sky-fire, yet could feel the thudding vibrations of more impacts; it hauled itself to its feet slowly, its wounds causing hard to ignore pain, Fifth hissed and twisted its head, pulling out a piece of shrapnel with its teeth.

It tried to feel for the synapse link but still could not gain contact, its head still felt as though it were stuffed with an angry swarm of winged-Rippers, Fifth leaned back on its haunches, not knowing if any of the brood had survived or whether it was the last one left; it could barely feel the link with Mother, at best the Warrior knew the general direction Mother was in and that Mother was alive.

For the first time in its short awakening, Fifth was truly alone, unable to sense the others and only having a basic feeling of the synapse link.

Confused and disoriented it began making its way towards Mother, keeping to the cover offered by far-flung debris and the natural environment, in Fifth's present, wounded state it would take it an hour to arrive, if good time was made.
 

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While the Sky fire was falling, Fourth was only slightly in the zone, so he quickly glimpsed the surrounding area and orderd the gaunts into a cave, there he had a dulled link because of all the flying shrapnell, going in and out of the path of the link, making it very confusing.

After the hail of doom was past, fourth felt another entity heading to mother and did not know what it was, but he could barely feel it on the mental link between all of the tyranids, was it a phyker? fouth was going to check it out as soon as possible.
 

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Third roared in terror as the ceiling collapsed upon him. He spit out the rest of the bloody organs he was feeding on and leapt through the hole in the roof above him. Third sent out a strong, synaptic signal to his Hormogaunts in desperation, but they were too far away. They continued to slaughter without mercy - as was their genetic programming - regardless of the danger at hand. Third, not wishing to lose his life, gave up and dashed across the roof towards the exit.

The feeble roofs buckled as he ran, but thankfully did not give in. He jumped and soared through the air, from rooftop to rooftop on the human's lairs. Large figures crashed around him, sending shrapnel and debris flying. Like very large Spore Mines in a way...

Digging his Scything Talons into the edge of a rooftop, Third launched himself onto the ground below and continued the run on his hind legs. He did not want to run - but Mother wanted him. A false Spore Mine crashed behind Third, the velocity sending him flying a few meters. His carapace on his back crumpled and stabbed into his back. Third kept running, unhindered, out the village's open gates.
 

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Second and his gaunts waded into the viallge, blah, blah. They destroyed everything, blah, blah.

Second stood there as his gaunts eat and digest the corpses around the village and headed back towards where mother could digest them. It seemed that everything was proceeding smoothly, and all was going according to mothers plan.

Suddenly a whistling sound permeated the air above them, and an imuplse of alarmed moved Seconds body before his mind eveen registered the movement. The earth behind him heaved upwards and a warm gush washed over him as the explosion annihilated a gaunt behind him. second darted left and right as more explosions tore up the ground behind him and his gaunts as they escapedd the village.

Eventually they regroup on a hill over looking the village as the metal beats continued to chew the earth and destroy vital biomass for Mother. Second had only two gaunts of his orogional ten to tell the tale, and thus he mentally summoned him as he sprinted off and back towards the nest.
 

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Six screeched and clambered to its feet, only to realise that one of the legs was injured and he fell back down again.
He saw broods of Guants running from this sky-fire. He urged a nearby brood of hormaguants to drag him away from this menace.
As they fled the town, Six felt the Mothers strength fading away from him as he was half carried half limping away from the danger.
What he didn't know was that he was heading directly for the guns.
 

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Seperated and confused, The brood began to make their way back towards Mother, one by one.

All but Sixth. Disoriented by the blasts, the sixth born had inadvetantly stumbled in the wrong direction. Still unsure and isolated from the brood collective, he had continued towards the human artillery. As his vision finally began to clear, he saw a group of three gunbeasts a short distance before him. Like boxes they were, with enormous long barrelled muzzles from which the bombs were launched. Glaring in hatred, Sixth decided upon a course of action...

The others meanwhile, had retreated towards the nest.

Mother had not been idle. Two more young warriors had hatched, instantly recognising more of their kin when the brood returned. But there was little time to fully integrate their minds just yet, for the humans had chosen to press the attack. Elite of the human soldiers had come, aided by several squads of their inferiors. The brood had no choice but to defend the nest area, having just spawned, Mother would be vulnerable.

Fifth saw oppurtunity here, if they could slay the humans quickly, Mother would be able to feed and would recover sooner, in addition to being able to spawn more warriors.

Fifth took command immediately, directing his broodmates to be as aggressive as possible. There could be no chances taken here, the humans must be stopped. No sooner had the thought been shared than a large blue warrior emerged from one of the tracked transport beasts.

Something about this warrior had Mother feeling uneasy...

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Meanwhile, First continued to travel. He was getting nearer, and could sense disorder near the nest...


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All: There is a lone Ultramarine leading a squad of Stormtroopers, just disembarked from the Razorback. The other two Chimeras each carry a squad of ten Guardsmen.


Second: Three transport beasts have arrived. Remembering your earlier success, you take it upon yourself to eliminate these ones as well. Destroy the two Chimeras and the lone Razorback. The Razorback is armed with a Heavy Bolter, Chimeras with Multilasers.

Third: You launch yourself into the humans with no hesitation. Your only thought is to eliminate the humans and keep Mother safe. The humans came prepared this time, the squad sergeant has a powerfist.

Fourth: You opt to retreat, believing your broodmates capable of handling the threat. As you back towards the nest, you notice a group of camouflaged humans attempting to sneak into the caves. Calling to one of the newborn warriors, you move to intercept them. Five ultramarine scouts, carrying krak grenades and meltabombs. Their objective is clear, stop them!

Fifth: This is your best chance to solidify your claim to leadership. Kill the ultramarine. You will struggle to keep up with your opponent, he is well versed in fighting our kind. Describe the fight, but you will not be able to kill him yet. The Stormtroopers will also fight, but you can kill them.

Sixth: You find yourself facing off against three Imperial Basilisks. You have a choice here, target the unescorted artillery, or simply turn around and retreat back to the nest?

Seventh: You follow Third and Fifth`s example, charging headlong into the other squad and loosing your newfound bloodlust. You are young and inexperienced. You will probably be injured by the Sergeant`s powerfist.

Eighth: Fourth has summoned you for assistance. Follow him back towards the cave system and help him to eliminate the scouts. You are newborn and unversed just like Seventh. You will probably be injured, as your carapace has yet to fully develop.

All: There are a few stray termagaunts lingering around. One or two may be able to help you if you need it...
 

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Darkness, this was the kind of Darkness that stretched on for miles. But it was broken, broken by the millions of tiny spec’s that glowed brightly to illuminate the nothingness around them. The specs did not have shape they just gave light… they were minds, millions and millions of minds, it was like space in that sense.
It felt something, A psychic ripple, they would come and go every now and then. It logged the event in its memory and carried on with its waiting, what was it waiting for? It did not know, it was yet to even acknowledge its own existence. It felt it again, this time it was a memory a psychic echo from within the mind it was ensnarled in. The Mother they called it, It did not attempt to decipher what the memory was about its thought process was not strong enough. But then something strange happened, although it did not consider it strange in that sense it thought of it merely as a change and logged it in its memory accordingly. It decided that it must be moving, shifting position in the mind known as Mother, but then something went wrong horribly wrong. It Panicked, It actually panicked this was unprecedented It had never panicked before why would it? Mother had come for it and it was afraid. It was being pulled towards a light like no other all the other trapped minds looked on preparing to memorize this rare event. It had been chosen, and Mother spoke to it Seventh. It ceased to exist, for a few brief moments it thought it had died. No it had been remade no longer was it, it now it was Seventh. Seventh could feel, Seventh could sense, Seventh felt the egg surrounding it and the body it was encased in. Seventh knew what he was a warrior, and for the first time in Sevenths entire life it thought, it thought its first word and that was “Alive”

The egg cracked and shattered with ease, Seventh outstreached his form, rising to stand high above some of the ideal termagaunts that stood around the egg curious about the birth of there new found comrade,the life sustaining liquids of the egg still dripping from his new bodies every crevice. Seventh shifted his gaze down towards his new body, Arms outsteached he curled his rending claws into a fist, so hard that his palms begun to bleed. He watched as drop by drop his own blood dripped between his claws and hit the floor below "Alive", Seventh looked upwards several others, Warriors like himself, had just entered what he knew as a cave and as far as he could tell his home.
Me moved towards them eager to examine their features and in doing so, his own. He didnt make it three feet, The warriors all turned around to face the enterance to the cavern they seemed alarmed and the grizzled look on their faces said that they had sensed something wrong. Was it him? he wondered No these were his Kin now, there must be something troubling them outside the cave. He decided to take to there example and ran up next to the closest, rending claws primed for striking, For a while nothing happened but then a figure appeared in the cave mouth, then two then three, they appeared seemingly out of no-were almost one by one. His fellow warriors wasted no time, launching themself's at the strangers seventh followed rope. He went for the big one a looming figure bigger than the others and well armoured, What Luck Seventh pondered when he kills this one he shall prove his skills in combat to his brothers and please the Mother, always must he please the Mother. Seventh brought up his rending claws on the figure and swung upwards in what would have been a fatal uppercut, But his prey seemed to glide with the wind and lepted backwards. Which wouldnt have been so bad thought Seventh if he had stopped at only that, instead his target launched a deadly counter- attack, thrusting forward with a huge fist and striking Seventh in the chest. Seventh flew backwards and fell on his back the figure did not stop coming. Seventh scrammbled to his feet desperatly trying to find footing on the slippery cavern floor. He stared up expecting the prey to be back at him but it had disappeared, Seventh panned his head left and right spotting him again. His Kin had saved him, another warrior had charged side on into the huge behemoth he called his enemy, taking his attention off Seventh. Seventh felt a sting of betrayal My Prey he thought, Seventh didnt however attempt to intervene, he decided that he would be contempt to slaughter the smaller game.

Seventh charged headlong into the Stormtroopers, he immediatly caught one in his rending claws and he ripped the man up from the inside. Two others took notice of their friends demise and turned to fire on Seventh. Throwing the body of the deseased aside he threw himself at the other two, blood still fresh on his claws.
This was going to be fun.
 

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Eighth

As Eighth was hatched he felt knowledge and memories being feed into him by mother. A connection was formed with a simple mind with him. His devourer was awake and eager to do his bidding. Eighth stood and looked around the cave, it was large, but mother looked cramped with her large form inside.

Just then a mind touched him, fourth showed him creatures sneaking to the nest, and relayed where their food was hiding. Eight strode to the cave opening, and looked out, seeing where the prey was he leveled his Devourer and sprayed the enemy killing one. Eighth was intentionally making himself a target and he relayed this mental image to fourth.

After a moment the prey returned fire and eighth caught a couple rounds in the side. Eight started running in a strafe style opposite from fourth's position and resumed his Devourers fire, urging it to fire even faster!

Eight was successful in driving most of the prey from there hiding position. But not before he took one hit from a sniper rifle. The devourer caused great fear in their puny minds, and drove them out and away from Eighth, into the close up attack of Fourth and his lash whip.
 

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Second saw more of the metal beasts approach and regurgitate small flesh creatures from its belly as it appraoched the small horde. Second was attracted to a shiny warrior standing in the front; a warrior that was remarkably similar to the large warrior he had killed earlier. He didn't have much time to ponder it as his brethern and his own hormogaunts charged down into the valley and starit towards the metal beasts.

Second decided to take it easy, to wait for an opening instead of rushing right on in. The impulse in his head screamed aggresstion, but his mind slightly overode it in an attempt of self-preservation. something about this feeling didn't set easy with him, for he felt alone, independant when he experienced it. It creeped him out.

Suddenly the beats spatt foruth and red beams struck Second's armor, causing him to screech. "DDDDDiiiiiiiieeeeeeee," he mentally screeched and charged the two smaller beasts, easily killing on with his Deathspitter. As he approached the second one the third metal beast started spitting to, but a different noise was made as it did so, a more boom, boom than hiss, hiss. One of its round hit Second in the side, and the solid round tore off one of his arms. Screeching, he dove behind the second metal beast, using his claws to ripp its side open and cause it to explode in front of him.

Fleshy creature ran out screaming, on fire as the third beast moved rapidly, much to Seconds suprise. It spat again and another round struck his tail, causing it to bleed badly. Second rolled, lept, and then dived into a hole, rolled again, and then lept from the hole right into the face of the enemy beast. He easily sliced off its mouth and then proceeded to shoot into its belly. The beast went silent, but not before a fleshy creature popped out of a hole in its back with a gun in its hand.

"For humanity, die xeno scum!," and it shoot it right into Seconds nose, the shoot missing his brain by a mere millimeters. Completely disoriented and blind with rage Second cut the creature down with anger and then proceeded to butcher the remaining fleshy creature. He took more wounds as he battle them, one actually slicing the back of his tail off again as he tried to crush it beneath his weight.

Later..................when all was said and done Second limped back towards the cave, barely held together with all of his wounds. Finding a hidden crevice he crawled into it, and collapsed from blood lose as his body tried to compensate for all the damage it had taken.
 

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Fourth, aware of the new brood members, got an image from the eighth, he was drawing them away and fourth knew just what to do, he ran up behind the hiding prey and lashwhiped one, throwing him aside into a spiky rock, biting anothers head off and then frireig upon two others at point blank. The termigaunts that had survived with fourth opend fire and killed the rest of the sneaky prey and the went after the ones coming out of the metal beasts, and fourth ran to join the defencive of helping mother.
 

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Third screeched as he hauled his weight forward into the blue enemy, causing him to stagger back. Third didn't bother attacking this one; he learned from his last encounter that fighting one would be suicide. Rising from his prey, Third cast a mocking glance towards Seventh, licking his lips with pleasure. This one has determination and courage - like me. If he were to master his strength in brutality as well, Mother would prefer him over me! Seventh would definately be a pleasure to work with...:)ireful2:)

Third turned his head back to the action. Hot red projectiles bounced off his thick carapace as he charged forward. The frightened men moved out of the way, but Third's long arms stretched out and snagged one by the vest. The petty creature screamed as he was dragged towards the Warrior. Third thrust his second Scything Talon into the man's side and charged forward letting off high velocity shots from his dual Spinefists. The lasers bounced off the corpse's vest as Third continued the charge.

Finally sick of not being able to get bloody, Third released the corpse and leapt an incredible distance. Third smashed into a condensed group of unanimous men, crushing two beneath his immense weight, and slashing apart another two with his talons. The remaining few men shouted and fired into Third's unprotected chest. Screaming with determination and hatred, Third reared upward and began a headlong charge into the dissatisfied prey.
 

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Fifth let out a rage-filled screech, it knew that the blue-carapaced beast was a threat and it instinctively felt that if it could kill this beast then its claim to the leadership of the Brood would be solidified a bit more.

Using the others distraction to its advantage it circled round behind the humans and, tearing the head clean off ones shoulders and backhanding another into a metal-beast, it attacked the blue-armoured creature with an ear-piercing shriek

The creature heard his less-then-silent approach and spun, dealing Fifth a blow that knocked it to the ground, it was up in a moment and dodged backwards to avoid a hail of explosive bullets.
Circling the human and subsequently dodging any attempts made to hit or shoot Fifth, it sent a pulse along the synapse link and drew four of the wandering Termagaunts to it, the ‘Gaunts attacked and slew three stormtroopers before beginning to open fire upon the Ultramarine.

Fifth hissed and darted in, scoring the armour of its opponent, creating shallow rents and earned a bolt round in its shoulder, though at such close range the bolt punched through Fifth’s shoulder, knocking it back, and detonated behind it.

The Tyranid pulled back, firing its devourer at another human to vent its frustration, but Fifth would now be more cautious with this enemy, less likely to rush in with a berserker fury.
 

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Sixth saw the metal gun-beasts and immediately turned away from them and fled behind a tree, if they saw Saw Six, they would more of these gun-beasts. He must kill them quickly.
Six climbed up the tree and ended up next to the gunbeasts, they had foolishly tried to camoflauge themselves as trees, but had ended up just giving Six a place to attack from.
Six leapt onto the first gunbeast and heard one of the humans inside yell a curse. He walked outside to see what the comotion was only to find that a sything talon had already cut off his head. Six then jumped down and pumped the other human full of larve.
Six then jumped onto the roof of the next gun-beast and as the human came out, he drew a combat knife as six's talons came round. the knife was knocked out of his hand but he had saved his life.
Six jumped down and promptly put its sything talon through the mans gut, before jumping inside the cabin, but first a human shot at him. It went through his sything talon and made Six jump back, but all Six did was shoot the human to death.
When he came out of the second gun-beast, he saw a small brood of termagants had attacked the third gun-beast. As the humans were busy defending their gun-beast. Six came up behind them and put a sything talon through them.
Six then reared up and roared.
 

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Time for a bigger target...

First could see the battle unfolding in the distance. He broke into a run, eager to be reunited with his brood and the pleasant mental bonds with them and Mother... He began to cry out in anticipation as he ran, ecstatic joy permeating his every thought at this bloody reunion.

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The brood had begun to reunite their minds as they fought. The scouts had been slain, protecting Mother and the transports that had brought them were reduced to smoking wrecks. The humans who had attempted to slay the brood were themselves dead or dying, and now only the lone blue armoured warrior still stood, squaring off against Fifth.

Sixth heard the call, and reorienting himself, began to fall back to the nest.

Fifth was being far more cautious now, despite having succeeded in removing the marine`s projectile weapon. In response, it had drawn a sword with rapidly rotating teeth and brandished it in a very threatening manner. The rest of the brood had begun to cluster around the two combatants, though they were seemingly unsure of the best course of action. Two others besides Fifth had already felt the creature`s wrath and the rest were not in prime condition, particularly Second.

Fifth roared and launched another attack, determined to prove his worth as the new brood leader. His limbs moved as swiftly and deftly as a perfect warrior`s would, but the superhuman matched his every stroke, his every thrust and led the tyranid warrior on an infuriating round of dodges and parries.

Fifth`s patience and temper finally gave out, and he rushed forward, hoping to throw the marine off balance. But instead the human simple rolled back with the charge, lashing out with his sword and opening a wound in Fifth`s torso as he sailed overhead. Fifth landed heavily, rolling onto his back as the marine raised his retrieved weapon.

For a brief moment, something nagged at Fifth`s mind. Why had the others not intervened at this point? Something else had the brood`s attention.
Fortunately for Fifth, it had the marine`s attention as well.

No sooner had the marine turned to face than a hail of spines impacted its chest. Before it could right itself, it was shot again. First advanced relentlessly, unleashing salvoes of spines without hesitation or distraction. When at last he had closed the gap, a thrust from his bonesword ended the human`s life.

Taking a moment to absorb the emotions of his broodmates, the injured and hardened, the just arrived Sixth, the newborns and at last... Fifth.

First took a step forward, a low growl building from within as the Fifth born stood, staring back. Before any further interaction could be taken, a massive wave of distress ran through their minds all at once, paralyzing them all with a dread that each of them could not overcome. In an instant, they all knew that something horrific was about to happen. And they were powerless to stop it...

Moments late, the mountain behind them exploded, a huge fireball erupting from the cave entrance with a thunderous explosion of such force that the entire brood were thrown half a dozen metres through the air. At the same time, a psychic death knell permeated them all. To the children of the Hive, it was a feeling worse than the primeordial terror that accompanies the face of imminent death. Worse than the pain of a fiery battle.

The death of the brood primogenitor.

Mother had been slain...



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Things are about to start picking up.

All: Describe your actions during the last minutes of the battle as Fifth squared off against the marine.
Then describe how you feel when First returned. Are you pleased? Displeased? Do you care at all?
Then finally, describe the agonising moment that you sensed Mother`s demise.

With Mother dead, all links to the Hive are gone. Though the brood is essentially still in telepathic contact with one another, you are now free from the slave influence of the Hive emitted by Mother. Will you still look to First as your leader as the dominant predator of the group? Will you attempt to sieze control yourself? Regardless of your thoughts or desires, don`t act on them just yet.
 

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Second awoke to a calm, cold cave around him and realised that his wounds had mostly healed. He moved, alittle stiff, and stretched out, yawning at the same time.

BAM, WWWOOOSSHHH, and an intense wave of heat and flame shot past the crevice he was in. Second felt a pain, a pain so great is caused him to spasm on the floor as the pain wracked his brain from side to side. A hideous cry crossed the telepathic void between him and the rest, and echoing death cry that sounded vaguely familiar. As it died down Second realised that he couldn't sense Mother anymore.

What was worse, that strange feeling of independence came back, and stayed put in his mind, the tightness feel evaporated like mist and he sat there, wonder what to do next. Second decided that he should go back to sleep and lket his body finish healing.
 

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Fourth was running to the battle with the blue warrior when he saw 5th, astonished that the unkown entity was first, watched him take down the blue warrior with 3 salvoes from his spine fist, but it was short lived as the cave exploded and mother was blown to bits as fleshy gibs flew across the cavurn, fourth screamed in rage as he lost his connection with mother, but then felt something strange, was it freedom? It felt wounderful and offset his mind from the destruction, making him very confused, so he just sat on the ground and started thinking.
 
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