The Darkarians are a faction of expletuns which spawned off during the the Expletun Civil war, nearly 1 million years ago. The Darkarians are often seen as a seperate species, however the hive is comprised of several artificially created species in addition to the expletuns. The Darkarians are often referred to as just the 'Hive'.
The Hive is split into several groups; three belong directly to the hive as The Elders, The Spawned, and Symbionts.
# The Elders
## Old Blood
The highest Darkarian hierarchical rank are those who are expletuns and chose to side with Torikor and Lexis Darkaras. Throughout the years, Most of them have been able to modify themselves through technology and power psionic abilities. While there are few among them, they are among the most powerful beings in the universe possessing the combined knowledge of the hive, and tens of thousands of years of experience.
## Blood Queen
As part of his drive for a perfect society and harmony in the races that were created, Blood Queens were created to birth the next iteration of Expletun descendants. Blood Queens give birth to other Blood Queens, Blood Princes, and Blood Princess, and Spawn Queens.
## Blood Princes/Blood Princesses
The next iteration of Expletun descendants through biological modification and abandonment of tradition procreation to a hive. These are the first true Darkarians, being psionically bound to the Hive and resembling little of their expletun ancestry.
## Spawn Queen
In a shift to a caste and hierarchical separation of creatures, it was not fit for a Blood Queen to give birth to lesser beings or creatures such as Terrors and Brovaskas. Spawn Queens were created to handle this duty. Spawn Queens are regarded among the most honored by the Spawned.
# The Spawned
Terrors resemble terran Utah Raptors with larger forarms. Terrors are extremely agile and vicious in combat. They are used for supression and situations where the Hive intends to kill or destroy instead of Enlighten.
Brovaska are large tank like beasts which can take a lot of damage before being killed or destroyed. They extend 10-15 feet in height, are slow moving with four legs. They are known for accelerated regeneration, even for a Darkarian.
## Corrupter *
Biological suicide drones that spread a dominion disease for drone-like domination. They infect an individual. The disease usually must be contracted through direct blood contact. As such, Corruptors have bladed limbs which are coated with the disease. Corrupter (Post Torikor creation of Derricks hive.)
Created to extend the duration of the hive mind between hibernation as well as the total amount of beings placed under hive control. Catalysts have no psionic abilities themselves including the ability to shield their power enhancing abilities. Catalysts are generally created from a species being added to the Hive.
Cominions are a spawned version of the Blood Princes. Humanoid and similar to Blood Prince/esses they are psionically the highest compatibility for Symbionts.
Originally created to add other races to the hive mind, especially those with lesser or no psionic abilities, the Darkarians realized that there was a higher potential to them than just taking over another body. Adaptive, genetically easy to manufacture for any purpose, and largely disposable, symbionts are the public face of the Darkarians doing all the bidding of the Hive mind without risking or exposing the Elders unnecessarily.
# The Enlightened
The Enlightened are joined Spawned Symbionts and Hosts of any race (Darkarian, Ordained, Chosen, Expletun, or even animals of non humanoid nature, etc.) This joining is called enlightenment by the Darkarians, and results vary from symbiont to symbiont. The Enlightened by far make up the largest population of Darkarians. Estimated at least to be 85% of Darkarians, the Enlightened are the most common form of Darkarian encountered.
## The lords
The lords represent the lesser leadership structure of the Enlightened. Their psionic nature make them powerful and skillful. The different ranks of the lords are generaly representations of their power and abilities, with the Hive giving favor and status to the more powerful. The lords are in order of power : Masterlords, Highlords, Overlords. Lord quality symbionts joined with a Cominion Spawn are known as Cominion Lords, and are the most common lord symbiont/host combination seen, and are generally the most powerful.
Dominion lords are a construct of the Masterlord Derrick after the fall of Torikor, and is currently exclusive to his brood. They are used in conjunction with Corrupted and Corrupters with their specific purpose.
Minions make up the larger work and operational force of the Darkarian hive.
Myrminions are the captains of the hive. They are generally regarded as the elite warrior class of Enlightened. Occasionally lesser spawned symbionts are joined with Cominions to create Myrminions.
Minions are the most common form of general enlightened beings. They are used for general populations to attach them to the hive mind. Minions are the worker class of Darkarians.
Assassins are used for infiltration and termination of key Political figures. When Darkarians take over civilizations they first take out the political structure by first abducting key and trusted personnel, then binding them with a symbiont for an inside operations. Assassins vary from all other symbionts in that they are able act and operate as the host body. Normal enlightenment creates a whole new being from the joining of Host and Symbiont, with neither being in 'control'.
Lesser expendable symbionts. Used for hazardous non-technical work and operations. Heavily used as soldier fodder with little to know psionic abilities outside of enhanced regeneration. They are simple symbionts and easy to procreate by Spawn Queens.
Occasionally, although rare and at great cost, enlightened beings have been recovered by their respective factions and the symbiont successfully removed, leaving the host alive and the symbiont destroyed in the process. Warywards are noted by their remaining attachment to the hive despite the removal of the symbiont, as all symbionts irreversibly modify the host. The degree of modification is dependent on the duration of the hosts enlightened state. Most Wayward end up committing suicide for a variety of reasons, the most documented being madness caused by their ability to still hear the hive mind, and being driven to hive obedience. Proximity and psionic suppression have shown to have positive effect on these symptoms. Waywards are also known to return to the hive, although reenlightenement is not always guaranteed.
## The Ordained.
Prior to the full realization of the Hive, with the Chosen rebelling against the Expletuns as a whole, both the Preservers and the Darkarians found themselves on the losing side. Quick to engage the Chosen on the same terms, the Darkarians created their own chosen which they refer to as the Ordained. The Ordained are generally regarded on same terms as Cominions, being equal in compatibility with Symbionts and their psionic abilities. While not considered to be Darkarians as a Species, they are aligned with the Hive and are ruled by Darkarians entirely.
Sycophants are known races who worship and follow the hive without actual hive integration. The ordained are known Sycophants, as well as the Servittians, who are used commonly due to their easy to manipulate genetic structure. Sycophants are heavily used for Enlightenment, but are not enlightened as a whole.
Talorn was the first known Darkarian of the New Era. A Masterlord leader of the hive, his initial drive for conquest set the tone of the Hive during its rebirth as aggressive and relentless. While the Hive never intended for him to maintain his position as ranking lord over the Symbionts, his drive and motivation were critical for the hive, and he is honored among them for it. Talorns host is a future Marccus_Vagen.
Wife of the Host and Symbiont Talorn who was slain by Kerok Seccour.
History is going through some retcon
The Darkarian Name for the Enlightened Human Chance Modaine. The Symbiont is a HighLord.
The Darkarian Name for the Enlightened Metorian Kerok_Seccour. This is one of the oldest known Darkarian Symbionts, and leader of the Hive Spawn. In an attempt to sway the odds in the Darkarian favor, the Darkarians had the Symbiont implanted in Kerok Seccour as a child as a potential way to control the USI. Little did they know that shortly after, the Expletuns themselves implanted their own Symbiont, Phoenix.
Darkarian high lord responsible for the conquest of the Galactic Alliance.
Now known leader of the hive. The first of the Elder Darkarians who has been seen and recorded. Also is the head of the Darkarian Royal Family. One of the few known Elderblood Darkarians who are known by name, appearance, and position.
It was noticed that Darkarians had to hibernate. The interval of hibernation was proportionate to the number of darkarians in the hive and their activity. The more active the hive was, the quicker and longer the hive had to hibernate.
Torikor was extremely powerful, but he noticed that after developing the hive Mind and its song/poetry, it was extremely taxing to maintain it. During periods of rest, he regained his strength but the hive began to lost its focus. It was then he found he could foce the hive to rest when he did, and it was an improvement. However given the distances involved and the rate at which the hive was growing, something had to be done.
During early biological experiments with the spawned, a discovery was found with a certain iteration to enhance the psionic abilities. Originally spawned were altered/enhanced versions of their ancestral race.
In a trial on connecting these experiment trials to the hive, Torikor found that he had much more power or expansion when exercising his own abilities. While the implications were obvious for enhancements of their own skills, these trials specifically gave orders of magnitude extensions of hive propagation, especially within the ancestral species of the trial.
These trials at this point became known as Catalysts. At this point, Catalysts were created in order to exert the hive mind for specific races, and were created to handle specific population sizes that were introduced into the hive.
Two variations of catalyst were created. One of which pinpointed hive propagation to Symbionts (And thus the creation of the overlord) and the other was introduced into Elderblood (expetun enhanced) which targeted psionics in general.
The one side effect of Catalysts, is that catalysts seamed to be unable to access their own psionic potential themselves. While receptive of psionics such as telepathy, they were otherwise lame psionically, and only could be used like an amplifier.
In the beginning, just before Catalysts, psuedo-hibernation occured on a nightly basis to match up with his rest cycles. After Catalysts, they were able to go years before hibernation was required.
During hibernation, all spawned and symbiont's were generally effected by the Hibernation cycle. At times it has been documented that small groups of Darkarians broods could remain out of hibernation, but would then be required to enter hibernation after a period of time. It is thought that the propagation and maintenance of the Hive mind (or Mindsong as they call it) is extremely taxing. however this technique was used to ensure protection of the Hive during its hibernation periods.