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Tyranid [Discussion]

Postby Matapiojo » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:41 am

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Broodlord
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Endurance
    - Tanking 12 Heavy Bolter shots:
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    “The heated projectiles began to crash against the Eldest’s skin. It suddenly remembered what pain felt like. Mercutian buckled the ammo feed into place and lifted his heavy bolter again. It took three awful seconds to power up again, then its internal mechanisms clunked into life. An instant’s glance saw Cyrion’s bolter fire laying waste to the weaker creatures, but the huge beast was shrieking its way through a volley of bolter fire, still sprinting across the ceiling, eating up the metres between them. He didn’t rise to his feet. Remaining where he was, he pulled the trigger handle and felt his armour’s stabilisers kick in to compensate for the cannon’s recoil. The heavy bolter shook as it disgorged a stream of high-velocity explosive bolts, each one pounding chunks of chitinous meat from the creature’s exoskeletal flesh. As the twelfth bolt struck home, the beast fell from the ceiling, plunging into the seething mass of lesser creatures below. Mercutian lowered his aim, and let his cannon chew into them next. The Eldest smelled its own blood, and this was somehow more shocking than the pain of its burst-open, bleeding wounds. The scent overpowered the wounds of its kin, eclipsing them in richness and potency. The lord-creature drew in its damaged limbs, curling them close to its body. It had misjudged the prey. The prey was fierce. The prey could not be battled as equals, but must be stalked as meat to be hunted.” / Fear the Alien, p.308 - **
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Re: Tyranid [Discussion]

Postby Matapiojo » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:06 am

Tyranid Hive

    Hive Size
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    - Tyranids number in the quintillion beyond the Milky-way galaxy:
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    “Their anti-ordnance defence turrets have weapons larger than those carried on Titans, their barrels over ten metres long, Even by naming the Great Devourer, men betray their ignorance. Every thought and action, every spark of life in the Tyranid race is bound and interlinked into a single great organism stretching over light years of space and controlled by the immortal hive mind. A billion times a billion Tyranids stand at the rim of the galaxy, each no more than a single cell in the living body of the hive mind, the devourer of worlds.” Codex: Tyranids (3e), p.39 - **


Hive Fleet

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    - A Hive Fleet is massive in size:
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    “The Tyranid hive fleet consists of millions of living craft, each home to billions of creatures.” Codex: Tyranids (3e), p.2 - **


    Fleet Properties
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    - Fleets have no EM signatures:
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    “For example, the Hive Fleets emit no electromagnetic signatures, making it all but impossible to spot approaching bio-ships with conventional scanners until it is too late.” Codex: Tyranids (5e), p.7 - **

    - A hive consumes an moon-sized complex:
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    “The Observator was a bio-artefact claimed nine thousand years ago by the Imperium. The Tyranids devour not only the crew, but the moon-sizd station itself.” Codex: Tyranids (5e), p.11 - **

    - A hive ship swallows an asteroid whole:
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    “Bloodspite, displaying pragmatism a little too late in the proceedings, fled to his orbiting asteroid lair, which was swallowed, renegades and all, by a Hive Ship of enormous size.” Codex: Tyranids (5e), p.27 - **


    Planetary Invasion
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    - A Hive Fleet consumes a planet close in size to Earth:
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    “Subject:
    Tyranid Planetary Assimilation Analysis

    Lord Commanders,

    I bring you grave news. The threat we face may be far more vast than we ever dreamed. Technical analysis of Dalki-Prime pre Tyranid consumption survey information when cross-referenced with the data from Dalki-Mons post Tyranid consumption shows some startling information.

    Dalki-Prime was an agricultural planet with a diameter of 12,500 km, slightly smaller than Terra. The Tyranid fleet was able to remove the following quantities of material from the planet within 100 days [Terran Standard].

    1.55 billion cubic km water, one cubic km of sea water weighs over 1 trillion kg.
    8.67 billion cubic km gases, at STP theoretically they could reduce this to 1 tenth its volume by super cooling and pressure (3 atm, and 0ºC).
    72 million cubic km soil and minerals, weighing 1.4 trillion kg per cubic km.

    Over 10 billion cubic kilometres of material was removed from the planet.”
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    - Tyranids: Tyranoforming Worlds

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Re: Tyranid [Discussion]

Postby Fisherking » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:19 pm

Tyranid Weaponry


Fleshborer
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"The Borer Beetles hit Caen in the chest. He writhed and wailed as they tore and dug and turned the contents of his body cavity into mush." - The fall of Malvolion

"The fleshborer is a compact brood nest for sharp-fanged borer beetles. When the weapon is fired, a frenzied borer beetle will hurtle itself forward with a single flick of its flea-like legs. The beetle then spends is remaining life energy in a few seconds, frantically boring through the armour, flesh and bone of the first thing in its path." - Tyranid 5th edition codex pg. 81


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"Fire from the Tyranid weapons was criss-crossing the complex, living ammunition that screamed through the air and upon impact burrowed into the skin of Captain Ryesk, desperately waving his sword and laspistol to rally his fleeing men, felt a round hit him, square in this carapace chest-plate. The impact forced all the air out of him. With horror he saw the acidic round eating away at his armour. His chest was burning from the heat, he felt like he was on fire. "get it off!" he screamed, to nobody in particular, as he fumbled with the support straps. Too late. The ammunition had cut through the armour and into his flesh. Blood boiling-up in the Captain's through spilled forth from his nose and mouth. He collapsed backwards convulsing with pain, trying to scream in agony, but only spewing a fountain of blood until his face was drenched in it. Contorted in pain he died as the burrowing creature ate into his heart." - Imperial Armour Volume 4 - The Anphelion Project pg. 35


DeathSpitter
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“A deathspitter is a complex multi-creature weapon symbiote that fires large, maggot-like organisms with highly corrosive innards. Next to the weapon’s brooding chamber is an oozing, spider-jawed set of fangs that drags a maggot creature from the next and strips it of it’s protective shell with a loud grinding noise The deathspitter reacts to the caustic flesh split by a maggot’s agonized throes with a violent spasm, firing the morsel of still-living flesh at high speed. The maggot-like creature shrieks through the air until it strikes its target in a shower of volatile fluids and gobbets of caustic slime that melt through armor and flesh with equal vigour.” - Tyranid 5th edition codex pg. 81


Venom Cannons
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“The venom cannon is a long, powerful bio-weapon that fires salvos of highly corrosive cyrstals coated with a metallic, venomous residue. The weapon fires these projectiles at tremendous velocities using an electrostatic charge A target struck that is not killed outright by the impact will be shredded by a hail of shards as the crystals shatter. Even vehicle armor can be punctured by these shards, although the lack of an explosive impact considerably reduces the damage inflicted. ” - Tyranid 5th edition codex pg. 82


Heavy Venom Cannons
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“These weapons are fare larger and more deadly than normal venom cannons, launching forth a greater crystalline payload to supersonic speeds. The projectiles collide with enough to cave in an enemy battle tank and are accompanied by a lethal blast of electrical energy – a residue of that used to fire the weapon.” - Tyranid 5th edition codex pg. 82


Individual Units

Zoanthropes
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"Zoanthropes, glistening like great floating brains, their atrophied limbs clutched to themselves, hovered over the swarms and flashed out lances of energy that blew tanks asunder." - The fall of malvolion

"By flexing the merest part of its mystical mind, a Zoanthrope can manifest this power in a variety of incredible ways. With one set of cerebral triggers, the Zoanthrope can generate a potent Warp Field to preserve itself from harm. With another, it can project a destructive bolt of corrosive energy that can boil through adamantium plate with as much ease as it can disintegrate flesh. A brood of Zoanthropes can even fell a mighty battle Titan, such is the power at their command" - Tyranid 5th edition codex pg. 44



Genestealers

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“Ragnar yelled, taking a bead on the thing with his bolt pistol and squeezing the trigger. Quick as he was, the thing was quicker. It jinked to one side and his shells passed over its head. Ragnar had never seen anything move so swiftly. Its reflexes made his own seem slow by comparison. ” - Space wolf omnibus pg. 462


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“Ragnar did not wait for them to come to him. Filled with the beast’s anger, he sprang forward, swinging his chainsword through a huge arc which ended with it buried in the insect-like skull of one of the stealers. With a reflex like the death strike of a scorpion it lashed out with its claws. Ragnar sprang back but not quickly enough. One of the dying stealer’s talons connected glancingly and the force of the buffet sent him flying backward off-balance to land beside Karah.” – Ragnar’s Claw pg. 464


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“At the western doorway Brother Dayn watched down the blacked-out corridor as the first aliens reached the sealed blast door, claws impacting outside, buckling the plasteel and gouging huge rends as the Genestealers battered their way through. For just living flesh and muscle-tissue, the power in their claws was awesome.” – Imperial Armour volume 4 – The Anphelion Project pg. 21
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Re: Tyranid [Discussion]

Postby Matapiojo » Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:25 am

Great stuff. Will edit them to the top when more attention is given to the bugs.
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Re: Tyranid [Discussion]

Postby Locutus » Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:09 am

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“A fatal error, ‘twas, listening to that damned old fool. We were carrying virus bombs for the planet below, but Hergol told us since we were in a jam, we might launch a few at the things in space, only it didn’t do a thing to ‘em. Well, so we thought until the damned things rammed us a week later and got hold of the ship. They spat this acid, this burning spittle everywhere, and within and hour, those that didn’t die from the burns were sick as hell with the same virus we’d hurled at the beast to begin with." - Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, Pg. 87
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Re: Tyranid [Discussion]

Postby Locutus » Thu May 26, 2011 5:15 am

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"Many Tyranid Warriors were encountered on Beta Anphelion IV and to the surprise of Inquisitor Lok's team, some had evolved wings. How this could happen is not known, but the answer to the question 'why?' is more worrying. Having been trapped within power containment fields it seems that the Hive Mind selectively evolved creatures that could escape. Not only did it evolve the creatures, but it had the sense to hide its new traits from its captors, and patiently built its strength for an overwhelming onslaught. After hundreds of years of war against the Tyranids, some Biologis are coming to realise that the Hive Mind now represents an alien intelligence far in excess of Mankind's original assumptions." - Imperial Armour Volume Four: The Anphelion Project, Pg. 78 - Winged Tyranid Warriors
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Re: Tyranid [Discussion]

Postby Stealthranger » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:33 am

No page numbers so sue me, but a regular Carnifex survives a cyclonic torpedo bombardment that life-wipes and damages the whole planet

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Old One Eye tanks heavy bolter rounds and monomolecular combat knives with 0 damage:

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Re: Tyranid [Discussion]

Postby Hitman H94 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:23 pm

What happens when tyranids consume planets:

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Transmitted: Magos Biologis
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New Hallefuss

Received: Talasa Prime

Subject: Tyranid Planetary Assimilation Analysis

Date:3205766.M41

Astropath: Prime Felnun

Ref: INQ.XR.01044/A

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Lord Commanders,

I bring you grave news. The threat we face may be far more vast than we ever dreamed. Technical analysis of Dalki-Prime pre Tyranid consumption survey information when cross-referenced with the data from Dalki-Mons post Tyranid consumption shows some startling information.

Dalki-Prime was an agricultural planet with a diameter of 12,500 km, slightly smaller than Terra. The Tyranid fleet was able to remove the following quantities of material from the planet within 100 days [Terran Standard].

1.55 billion cubic km water, one cubic km of sea water weighs over 1 trillion kg.
8.67 billion cubic km gases, at STP theoretically they could reduce this to 1 tenth its volume by super cooling and pressure (3 atm, and 0ºC).
72 million cubic km soil and minerals, weighing 1.4 trillion kg per cubic km.

It is nearly inconceivable how they were able to accomplish this in such a short time, much less explain where the materials were taken, as the typical hive fleets encountered historically are not capable of transporting even a fraction of this volume. Over 10 billion cubic kilometres of material was removed from the planet. This would require untold millions of ships and is far beyond the scope of the entire Adeptus Mechanicus to accomplish given a decade. Most astonishing is that this is insufficient to sate their hunger and they strike again and again, often within months. We must somehow determine if these fleets are somehow sending material back to their home systems for it seems obvious that they are not using all the materials.

Detailed analysis of devastated worlds have yielded the following data in conjunction with orbital surveillance satellite and data recordings which were recovered.

Magos Biologis Salk,
Draco Legion Biomedical Research station, New Hallefuss

TYRANID PLANETARY ASSIMILATION: DALKI-PRIME
Analysis of records from Dalki-Prime have indicated invasion began quietly without any full-scale assault. A drop pod was detected entering the atmosphere of the southern hemisphere; this occurrence is the first known indication of Tyranid activity. We have chronologically designated this as day 0 insertion.

Day 7: PDF forces engaged and destroyed over 137 individual Tyranid organisms in an uninhabited area where the mycetic spore landed. No record exists of the elimination of a Hive Node creature but the mission was designated a success by the lax planetary governor, against the registered complaints of the PDF commander.

Day 9: Two separate outbreaks of Tyranid infestation were encountered, both over 200 kilometres from the initial insertion point. PDF were dispatched along with considerable forces of the IG garrison.

Day 13: Tyranid organisms were dredged from the main fishery areas on the northern coast some 700 kilometres from initial insertion point. Conflicts continued in both other fronts. Basolithic infestation is assumed to be progressing unchecked at this time.

The Planetary Governor issues a distress call.

Day 37: Major sections of all surface areas within 2,000 kilometres of the insertion point are firmly within Tyranid control. Basolithic infestation is verified by PDF navy submersibles which are destroyed 5,000 kilometres from main insertion point. Undersea agricultural complexes are attacked and destroyed.

Desalination plants along the coast were invaded from within and destroyed, access being easily gained from the large pumping stations.

Day 42: Planetary Governor and staff abandon the planet to the control of IG commander Gal Markit, who immediately orders orbital planetary bombardment with little success.

Day 48: IG forces are sorely pressed at all junctures, field reports indicate exponential growth in the numbers of Tyranid creatures. (Rough estimates indicate doubling every 2.5 days.)

Day 50: All psychic contact with Dalki-Prime is cut off by the overpowering presence of the Tyranid hive fleet which drops from warp space around the planet. Preliminary estimates place the numbers of space borne creatures at 1.46 billion. All escape attempts from this point on are intercepted and destroyed.

Mycetic poison spores are released into the atmosphere. These rapidly grow on all organic material, rhizomes burrow deep into organic tissue releasing enzymes to begin the rendering of the material. These aid the Rippers and also render any exposed material useless to other creatures as a food source as the fungus is highly poisonous to most life forms. Living creatures exposed to high concentrations of spores [200 per m3] typically develop lethal mycetial infestations within the lungs. Death occurs within 24 hours.

Day 51: Primary consumption of all biomass on Dalki-Prime commences with little resistance. Brood ships land on the planet and release the Ripper larvae, billions upon billions of them. These voracious creatures spread out, divesting the planet of all organic material and returning to the reclamation pools to deposit the nutrient broth. Capillary towers relay the material to orbit. Brood ships periodically return to orbit and unload this material to the great brood factories and feeder ships. Surface and aerial mobile lifeforms which do not succumb to the spore clouds are hunted and eliminated in the initial stages. This continues for approximately 8-10 days non-stop, accomplished primarily by Gaunt species, the carcasses left to the Rippers and the spores. These hunter swarms return to the Rippers to obtain regurgitated digested food.

Day 80: Ripper swarms, having systematically divested the land masses and basolithic planes of soil and dermis, board the brood ships and return to space. Once this has been completed the huge hive ships descend into the upper atmosphere. These creatures, which resemble primitive radiant life forms with long tentacles, then drop into the atmosphere and begin removing it. As the atmospheric pressure is reduced, the water of the oceans begins to evaporate and it too is vacuumed up. As the tectonic plates begin to move due to the shift in planetary pressures caused by the removal of the vast oceans, volcanic activity increases dramatically. Devoid of the huge weight of the oceans many areas rupture, spewing hot gases and lava onto the surface. As the hive ships take the last remnants from the planet, they retreat into the warp leaving the barren sphere in its death throes.

Day 100: Imperial Navy arrives in response to the distress call finding the planet lifeless.

Day 0: Dalki-Prime a-class
Aggregate: 2800


Data File: Day 50 "Planet Lost"


Date File: Day 80
All vegetation gone
97% divested


Data File:
Day 100
Imperial Navy Arrives


Halo effect noted due to high metallic residue.
Planetary Diameter reduced by 4.2%


Dalki-Mons d-class
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Re: Tyranid [Discussion]

Postby Stealthranger » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:30 am

Tyranid regeneration biomorph description, found it on the OBD, if anyone has the exact citation for it i'd be happy

Tyranid Codex
"Some Tyranids have shown the ability to heal from horrendous wounds and injuries that should have proven fatal. Flesh and organs grow anew whilst bone and chitin knit together at an alarming rate, leaving little more than a scar as evidence of any damage."

Planet devoured in a week:

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I think thats from the 5th ed. Codex. If anyone has the exact source for that I'd appreciate it
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Re: Tyranid [Discussion]

Postby Stealthranger » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:45 am

Boy do I love digging the OBD and KMC for scraps

Anyways Shadow in the Warp description:

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Bonesword description:

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Hive Tyrant description:

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