- Positioning. Hides as if it were a Kei Vine or Part of the Hive, can lay completely dormant or even burrow under the ground. As with trees. It is a great climber, their vines can naturally pull them, or form traps to capture prey with their many vine tendrils.
- Dense cartilage, add to that the Kei vine, and although the Lurkers don't usually have an exoskeleton they take a bit of shooting to kill, mostly because the vines try to fill the gaps as other vines are shot away.
- Vines don't regrow on the spot, but the Kei vine does regrow. Accelerated to be closer to an Arrgar Vine in speed. Maybe ten hours to grow a new vine, twenty if there is no rush. This takes food, so the time does depend on hunting and food supply.
- The Lurker is able to operate 100% without any aid or contact with the hive whatsoever. Although it can often be found hunting near Hives themselves, the vine's in the environment being a natural cover!
- Moves at blinding speed in bursts, its many vines shooting out to catch or throw its targets. Often preferring to come up from underneath or above them.
- Compells Forcegrowth, known sometimes as Darkgrowth or the Anti Hive reaction which can occur in the force. Not a great bastion of light or friendly nudge, think of it like nature's jaws biting back with ferocity. Forcegrowth isn't good for The Hive, Wildgrowth, or anyone else much. It is the natural answer in the force to any imbalance being created by the Hive Mind or rather wildgrowth. What forcegrowth is, has yet to be seen or experienced.
- As Wildgrowth, a secondary reaction. It is often in conflict with the Hive. Sometimes Wildgrowth Lurkers have been taken by the hive, other times they are operating independently and other times they are in an open conflict. It depends on the greater Surge Domain tendencies, the environment and whatever other factors are in play. Lack of food, other hostility or environmental pressures in the biosphere etc.
- Rapid firing weapons are best against this creature. Explosives will work as will regular blasters, but they are not going to be as effective as something which fires rapidly like a blaster carbine for example. Weapons such as sniper rifles that can penetrate more than one vine at once will also be useful.
- Not particularly lethal compared to many predatory species, though being thrown around is certainly dangerous. It is however very disruptive and can cause a real mess of organized formations. It does have teeth, and the crushing strength of the vines can overpower if not dealt with.
- Sonic weapons. Sonic weapons do really well against this creature's vines for some reason, a vine can often be slowed as it tries to move, or be stunned in place entirely. It is likely this comes from the vines origins, which would often be attached to Hive Convergence Nodes, carrying nutrients to them as they sent sonic signals of their own out.
- Acts as a weakness to the surprise factor of the Hive's overall seasonal cycles, in that it can give people warning a Surge is coming their way.
The first noted encounter of this creature was on Byss by Kaida Taldir and Khia Varad, which is really where the first wildgrowth had properly occurred. Though rumored other mutations had existed previously. Heavily open to mutation, this creature is a mess in all respects. The Hive often hunts them itself, preferring to eradicate the vermin that plague it. Though rarely they will be captured and used as hunters to protect hives or sent out ahead of surges, often merely compelled to move in an expanding circle outward before the main bulk of the surge arrives.
Further adaptation of the Nautolan genecode perfected this creature slightly more, from the outbreak on the corebound stations. How the DNA was released into the atmosphere so readily for mutation is a story best left to the archives of bitter Sith Lords and their scheming. Though it is far out of their control, they still like to meddle in shaping the hive's development. Futile as their efforts are at present, perhaps one day one Hive Member worthy of guiding Gene Purity will arise Tera Lynx.
One final note. It is an excellent precursor or warning ahead of time for anything living in an area, that a surge might be coming, because this creature has been pushed outward ahead of time. It knows when the hive is about to surge, and although not part of it, will move by instinct when this is about to happen.
Edited by Akestos, 23 February 2019 - 06:55 AM.