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 Post subject: Re: The Anatomy of a Spire and its Uses
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:08 am 
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timdp wrote:
According to the fluff I have read, most recently in the Apoc books, says that ALL Tyranid critters go into the digestion pools at the end of an invasion. More efficient than storing critters in the ships until the next invasion.

This was my understanding as well, and it makes much more sense than everyone climbing. I think Vonny mentioned this as well but once the Hive Ship(s) suck off all the gases in a planet's atmosphere, it changes things, any liquid water boils off and is consumed. Once the atmosphere is gone, there is no longer any weather or air pressure. This not only allows cap towers to grow higher, but also allows Hive Ships to get closer to the towers. I'm not so sure about Nids building the towers. Pretty sure they are grown from spores, at least that's always been my take on it.

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 Post subject: Re: The Anatomy of a Spire and its Uses
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:40 pm 
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Shocking new development:
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As the last of the system’s defenders fall, the Capillary Towers begin to feed biomass back to the hive ship and its escorts. The massive living vessels extend tendrils through the atmosphere which make contact with the Capillary Towers, as they grow to pierce the edges of the atmosphere. Biomass is drawn up the towers, through a combination of massive pumping organs and suction.

Once the last of the defenders have fallen, the surviving creatures of the Tyranid hordes hurl themselves into the digestive pools near the Capillary Towers. Their bodies are broken down and devoured so that the biomass may be returned to the fleet to be recycled into new creatures for future conquests. Along with their biomass, their memories, genetic innovations, and the gene patterns of all the planet’s life forms are also absorbed.

After the last vestiges of life have been absorbed, the Capillary Towers begin to absorb the planet’s water systems. All of the liquids are transferred into the voidfaring organisms, some of which may grow dramatically in size as their storage vesicles expand to accommodate the newfound resources. As this happens, many of the Capillary Towers are also broken down so that their biomass may be reabsorbed.

Finally, the planet’s atmosphere, and then the last few massive Capillary Towers are absorbed into hive ships. Some Magos Biologis theorise that this may require even more massive voidfaring Tyranids than those previously identified. Others postulate that the ships use previously unseen techniques to compress the atmosphere into a solid state. Though the precise mechanism is unknown to the Imperium, the outcome is certain: nothing is left behind but a barren, airless rock of little value.

[Deathwatch- Achilus Assault (pg.51)]

I figure this is an obscure enough source book to quote a chunk of it. But really the FFG roleplaying games have A LOT of really good fluff in them and I highly suggest picking them up for a read, even if you're not going to play the game (which you should!).

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