Senaisan

CategoryStructures
ContinentKarterus
RegionHive
Built28 Kindle 935 LE
MapZaramil

In one part of the Seirsteutu ruin is a massive structure that looks more like a vault meant to keep something in. This tightly sealed place is called Senaisan. Here, studied bug colonies. Inside biodomes, Auhtai researchers studied bug colonies, insect biology, and to how to better communicate with them. Insectoid themselves, the Auhtai could communicate with them on the rudimentary level, but did not know how to get them to work together like a swarm. They witnessed this "swarming" in the wild, so now sought to figure out how to make them do it on the command of another.

The first so called hive swarm was composed of flying desert beetles. The early swarms of Auhtai-make were small and short-lived. Those that survived various tests were used to rebuild the next colony. This was done for one particular batch of insects called Lot 396. This colony went through a hundred or so generations and was subjected to numerous experiments involving alchemy and psionics. In the early morning hours of 12 Bloom 1512 HE, Lot 396 gained some kinda of awareness or perhaps had already achieved (c.f. Mindwrack) this and was waiting for an opportune time, that time came and the swarm escaped the research center at Seirsteutu. It killed small animals and several Auhtai as it made its way out of the city.

In the bio-spheres of Senaisan we never let the swarms reach critical mass. We culled the insects with fire and smoke to keep them manageable. We feared that splitting after reaching critical mass would result in two swarms that would battle for domination of such small containment areas.

We lost one lot, this was Lot 396. Rangers were sent out to track it down and terminate the batch. One ranger made it back from this expedition, the rest were killed after they witnessed Lot 396 splitting. The survivor said the two swarms did not attack each other, but instead used cunning and pack-like tactics to chase down his fellow rangers.

- excerpt from an Auhtai journal

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