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The Ravager Queen lives aboard the mothership, or rather, she is the mothership, as her body is so deeply fused with the ship’s structure that it is impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. We couldn’t find any traces of a conventional body on the mothership we recovered from the debris of Parsaius. The entire ship was made of different resins, some of which we haven't been able to identify yet. But what made us think of it as a living being was the presence of nerve endings within the resin itself, along with a circulatory system and some other traces of organs embedded deeply within the structure of the ship. They all seemed to originate from the core of the ship, where we imagine the brain of the queen would be, but the core of the mothership we recovered was too damaged to draw any conclusions.

Our current theory is that the queens are heralds that have undergone a metamorphosis, shedding their previous body and covering themselves in a biopolymer matrix that eventually becomes the mothership. As the queens age, their bodies grow and the motherships become larger, which allows them to carry more ravager aboard them. At the same time, their brains mature, increasing their power as a hivemind and allowing them to keep more heralds under control. That means that the age of the queen is directly related to the size of the swarm and its power. Older queens will try to eliminate the younger, weaker ones to secure their long term survival, whereas young queens, aware of their vulnerability, will collaborate in order to stay alive. There is no available knowledge on the approximate lifespan of a ravager queen.

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