The Negasek consist of three sub-races; royal, warrior, and drone. The royal negasek are the largest and most powerful, leaders of this foul race. The armored warrior negasek are fierce pack predators and enjoy destroying life for no reason. The mindless drones are by far the most numerous and weak; but without them the negasek would surely perish.
The royal negasek are a deep dark purple, their armored exoskeleton mirrored and polished. Royal negasek are at least 15 feet in length, but some are much larger; sometimes even three times that size – especially the hive mother or father. Only one out of every 300 eggs the hive mother lays will hatch into a royal negasek.
The warriors are about the same size as the royal negasek – about 15 feet in length. Although, most do not grow too much larger than that like the royals do. Warrior negasek are living weapons, radiating the same negative aura that the royals radiate, although a bit weaker than the royals.
The drones are legion, although a drone is only about 1/3 the size of a warrior; measuring about 5’ in length. What they lack in size, they make up in sheer number. They burrow through earth at phenomenal speed and secrete a resin that hardens in minutes, this resin is nearly as hard as adamantine, but becomes brittle when exposed to long periods of light or any amount of holy energy. The drones are a hive mind, controlled by a warrior or royal – A single warrior can control up to 2 dozen negasek, while the weakest royal can control 100 of the creatures. Drones without leadership fall to the last task that was appointed them or if the task is complete they will go into stasis, waiting for their next command. Drones have a very aggressive survival instinct and if uncontrolled will attack anything that comes within their range of detection by sight or tremor-like senses from their resin lairs.
Negasek Senses and Communication
All negasek can sense tremors like a spider in the resin, the negasek can also communicate through vibrations on the resin, and drones lack the ability to communicate if not controlled through a hive mind connection.
All negasek radiate evil negative energy, but in royals and warriors this radiating energy causes unholy damage to anything near them, killing an average human in less than 30 seconds. This aura extends 10 feet from warriors and most royals. Some old royals have an aura that extends up to 30 feet, capable of killing in seconds. This has an opposite effect on undead creatures, instead empowering them and healing them as quick as it would kill an average human. Some old and powerful negasek are even able to animate and control the dead.
Metabolism and Diet
Negasek require darkness and the evil energy that the royals radiate in order to live, although in order for the hive mother to lay eggs she must eat massive amounts of organic material, this includes plant material and animals. Plant material decays and dies within minutes in the negative energy that warriors and royals radiate, this becomes like ash to the hive mother and she cannot eat it to reproduce, many times a hive mother must venture forth and consume plant material herself in a massive feeding frenzy where she will consume several thousand pounds of material, converting it into the negative energy and material she will need to lay eggs. This is almost always the case with new hives.
After a hive has existed for some time they may target living creatures, the hive mother needs less flesh than plant material and the flesh doesn’t decay as quickly, taking hours to become inedible. Although, animals still decay and rot quickly in the aura of the negasek, in less than a day a human body will become a skeleton wrapped in parchment like flesh.
Negasek hate life and seek over everything to eradicate it, although not undead, they are living beings of death and hate, filled with malice toward the living. But, they are not stupid, warriors and royals exhibit intelligence on par with a human. Some elder royals surpass human intelligence and are excellent problem solvers.
In the massive underground hives the negasek have spawn pits where eggs are brought prior to hatching, here negaseks kill and feed on each other, royals usually amassing small gangs waging small wars on one another within the tunnels of the deepest parts of the hive, usually these areas are too small for the adult negasek, but it is essential to their kind that they go through this “learning” phase. Usually mastering their hive mind control skills early, negasek learn the social order of things in these dark pits and tunnels, emerging from the depths with a twisted outlook on their existence.
One thing that is very strange with the negasek, once they emerge from the pits below after a month or so, they no longer see their own kind as an enemy, they are part of a social order and they know their place in it; as leader, warrior and drone.
The Hive Mind
All Negasek share thoughts within 10 miles, this is a constant telepathic-like connection. Warriors and Royals are able to force their will upon the drones and command them using this link. Drones without commands are essentially, mindless creatures that will attack any living non-negasek creature that comes near them. It is strange to note that a Negasek will never attack undead unless commanded by a warrior or royal. Drones without the link to a leader have very minimal sentience, and any sentience they do have is purely instinct, they can think when it must survive, they cannot think original thoughts and fight or flee as the situation demands if they have no hive mind orders from a leader.