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Contrary to what humanity had believed, the Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon had not killed the Locust, instead only killing the Lambent and putting the Locust into a state of hibernation. During this hibernation period, the Locust became encapsulated in cocoons of an ultra-hard crystal material, preventing the Serans from burning the supposedly dead Locust and instead forcing them to deposit the bodies into mass graves across Sera. Within these Cocoons, the Locust seem to have metamorphosized to some extent, with former Locust Drones for example gaining increased size, muscle mass, and skin density to create Scions.
In 42 A.E., disappearances of Human settlers began to occur across Sera, particularly in regions close to the Locust burial sites. What was eventually discovered was that the awakening Locust were kidnapping people to transform into a new form of Drone, building up an army, presumably for the purpose of wreaking havoc across Sera once more.
- Main Article: Scion
Scions were metamorphosized versions of Locust Drones, and they form the upper echelon of the Swarm's command structure. Scions are larger, stronger, and more durable than Locust Drones, and in combat fulfilled a similar niche to Locust Boomers, usually carrying heavy weapons such as Boomshots or Mulchers into battle. Unlike Boomers, however, Scions were extremely intelligent, and also possessed the mysterious ability to "power up" Swarm Drones in battle, making them more difficult to kill, similar to the Kantus' ability to revive Locust Drones.
- Main Article: Swarmak
Swarmaks were metamorphosized Brumaks, and were among the largest and most fearsome creatures in the Swarm. A Swarmak's skin was covered in hardened crystal formations left over from the cocooning process, and as such were largely invulnerable to conventional weapons. However, blasts of extremely high heat, such as those produced by high-voltage electricity or by large explosions, could form softer, more vulnerable "blisters" on the Swarmak's skin. These blisters could then be burst open by concentrated weapons fire, causing damage to the Swarmak.
- Main Article: Juvie
Technically an early lifestage of Swarm Drones, Juvies were small, agile creatures created from humans by an unknown process within a Swarm Pod.
- Main Article: Drone (Swarm)
Swarm Drones formed the backbone of the Swarm's fighting forces. Compared to their Locust counterparts, Swarm Drones were slightly shorter, and possessed more bestial features.
- Main Article: Carrier
Carriers were large, armored creatures which served as a form of living artillery for the Swarm, much like the Locust Horde's Seeders. Carriers resembled massive, crustacean-like slugs with two massive arms, which the Carrier used to propel itself. The Carrier's chest featured two armored plates, which could fold open to reveal a number of sphincters from which explosive Cankers could be launched. However, this area of the chest was also the most vulnerable area of a Carrier's body, and while the armored plates were open, the vulnerable area underneath would be exposed to enemy weapons fire.
- Main Article: Hive Boss
Hive Bosses were enormous, subterranean creatures which lived in the heart of Swarm hives. Their function and purpose within the Swarm is unknown. Hive Bosses could launch Cankers from their chests much like Carriers, although these Cankers were much larger than those of the Carrier and could even be launched while the Hive Boss was underground. Hive Bosses were also capable of firing quills from large, tentacle-like appendages on their shoulders.