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The Locust Horde was a collection of closely-related subterranean creatures which inhabited the innermost portion of the Hollows beneath Sera. Although multiple distinct subspecies of Locust existed, all Locust are originally derived from a drastically mutated form of the human genome.
The Locust were most notorious for waging a relentless genocidal campaign against the human race for fifteen years, driving humanity to the brink of extinction before they destroyed the Jacinto Plateau and flooded the Hollows, wiping out the majority of Locust race. The remaining Locust would then be seemingly eradicated alongside the Lambent roughly two years later when the last surviving remnants of the Coalition of Ordered Governments deployed an anti-Imulsion weapon in a last ditch attempt at survival. This weapon was thought to have rendered the Locust all but extinct.
The majority of the Locust encountered during the Locust War are believed to have been the result of experiments conducted by COG scientists studying the effects of long-term Imulsion exposure at the New Hope Research Facility during the the Pendulum Wars. However, there is considerable historical evidence indicating that the Locust had already existed for thousands of years prior to these experiments, although not necessarily with the same vast population or impressive levels of societal infrastructure seen during the Locust War.
Biology & PhysiologyEdit
- Main article: Drone
Drones, as they were nicknamed by COG soldiers during the Locust War due to their vast numbers and the common myth that Locust were hive-minded, represented the bulk of the Locust horde. Out of all of the Locust subspecies, Drones were also the ones who bore the greatest genetic resemblance to their human ancestors. Male drones were also incredibly similar to humans in terms of physiology, but there were of course key distinctions. The first and most prominent difference is their ghost-white reptilian skin, which is incredibly tough and resistant to penetration, providing drones with a form of limited natural protection from ballistic projectiles. Drones also possessed much more substantial musculature than a normal human, making them extremely strong and physically imposing when compared to all but the most well-built of Gears. When combined with their somewhat disproportionately large hands and sharp, durable claws, these powerful muscles allowed Drones to burrow through dense rock quite efficiently.
Female Drones (Berserkers)Edit
- Main article: Berserker
Female Drones, nicknamed Berserkers, were considerably different from their male counterparts. Berserkers were far larger than male Drones, standing roughly ten to eleven feet tall on average, and possessing solid, carapace-like plates over their entire bodies. These plates were extremely tough, capable of allowing a Berserker survive incredible amounts of punishment, even artillery blasts. However, these solid plates caused a Berserker great discomfort, and this coupled with the fact that even the slightest amounts of light would blind them near-completely resulted in Berserkers being stuck in a perpetual state of literal blind rage. Unable to ever escape lives of living hell except through death, Berserkers would seek out other living creatures to take out their intense anger on, giving them their nickname.
As a result of being virtually blind, Berserkers possessed extremely keen hearing and smell, relying on these senses in order to track down victims. Unfortunately, their enhanced hearing also made louder noises painful to them, only further exacerbating their rage.
Compared to male Drones, Berserkers were rare and deployed sparingly on the battlefield against strategically important targets, or to help weed out human survivors in newly occupied territory. Male Drones outnumbered Berserkers by an estimate of over one-hundred to one, and thus it was important that Berserkers were deployed sparingly as they were needed for breeding.
Due to their innately hostile disposition and tendency to fatally bludgeon anything within their reach, it is commonly theorized that in order to facilitate reproduction, Berserkers had to be tied down and raped in order to avoid her smashing the male into paste mid-coitus.
- Main article: Boomer
Boomers, so named due to their tendency to carry heavy weapons on the battlefield, particularly the Boomshot grenade launcher, were, with the exception of Berserkers, the largest of all Locust subspecies. Resembling large, obese drones, Boomers were in fact selectively bred from drones, but were made distinct by several key features. Overall, Boomers were larger than Drones, being both heavier set and taller. While still possessing a large amount of muscle tissue for their size compared to a human, Boomers also sported large deposits of adipose tissue. Boomers possessed redundant organs, allowing them to soak up many times the amount of damage than what their smaller Drone counterparts were capable of taking. Lastly, Boomers were drastically less intelligent than Drones, and, while possessing a greater level of self-awareness than Wretches, were the least intelligent of all Locust subspecies.
- Main article: Kantus
Arguably the most unique of all the Locust subspecies, Kantus were the descendants of the original Locust tribes whom had inhabited the Hollow since ancient times. Respected heavily by the new Locust from New Hope, Kantus were the religious leaders of the Horde, bearing the ancient knowledge of the tunnels and of the Worms.
- Main article: Rager
Ragers were a poorly understood Locust subspecies. Normally slender and gaunt, preferring to stay far away from the thick of a fight and pick off enemies with long-ranged weapons from afar, when angered Ragers mutated into a larger, more muscular form, in which they would throw down their weapons and seek out foes to tear apart with their bare hands. The exact biological mechanism that enabled this drastic transformation is unknown, but it is assumed to have something to do with Imulsion.
- Main article: Wretch
Wretches were small, animalistic creatures which the Locust used for reconnaissance, search and destroy missions, and terror tactics. Wretches were actually deformed Drones, resulting from a naturally-occurring genetic mutation which the Locust had isolated and used to purpose-breed the creatures. Wretches were pack hunters, and while the sentience of Wretches was debatable, there was no doubting their cunning nature, as they seemed to enjoy playing with their prey, luring them into tight spaces where they could be ambushed, swarmed, and easily defeated.
- "My dearest children... I ask you: what good has humanity ever done?
Nothing. They do nothing but wage petty wars over petty things; destroy lives over frivolities like fuel and money and ideals! Kill each other because they were born on different sides of imaginary lines! They burn the beauty of the surface with the weapons of war; spoil it with monstrosities of brick, steel, and concrete! They have all that we dream of: sunlight, fresh air, safety from the infectious taint of Imulsion, and yet they piddle it away! They are selfish, violent swine, nothing more!
And yet, they have the gall to call us monsters. To call us inferior! And yet, we have done what humanity cannot: unite. We have united against the oppression of Mankind! We have assembled an army that can strike any position, breach any wall, take any fortress! And with this army, we shall cure Sera of the disease that is Man! We take what we deserve! We show them that we are the superior lifeforms! And we free ourselves, once and for all! Go forth, my children! Show no mercy!"
- — Queen Myrrah, addressing the Locust Horde on Emergence Day.