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Common Jobs: Organic waste cleanup, Heavy lifting, Military work
Likes: Feeding, Expansion, Their queen, Cooperation
Dislikes: Smoke, Chaos, Isolation
Attack Method: Overtake and consume the enemy.
Most bivouac honor a god known as the General. She is said to have birthed the first bivouac queen, and all bivouac believe that they are descended from her. Despite this, many have widely differing opinions on the Singer. But, no matter whether they love or hate him, the emotions they feel for him are very strong indeed.
An individual worker bivouac is a tiny, grub-like insect, ranging from dusty beige to reddish-brown in color. They have large mandibles on their heads, and two pairs of small, simple eyes. Short legs run all the way down their bodies, allowing them to crawl swiftly. The queens are similar, but slightly larger, with thicker bodies, a single pair of larger and more complex eyes, and legs only going halfway down their bodies.
However, that is not the form one will often find a bivouac in. Instead, one will normally meet them in what is known as hive form. Bivouac hives are formed from the the bodies of hundreds of thousands of bivouac, gathered together in an amorphous blob to protect the queen. Occasionally, stray bivouac workers will drop off the hive, but due to the cloud of pheromones bivouac queens give off, these strays will quickly make their way back to the hive.
While bivouac hives tend to prefer being amorphous and shapeless, those that live amongst other species may attempt to form the hive into something similar to their peers in an attempt to garner their acceptance. Usually all this does is frighten said companions even more, as seeing such a strange mimicry of their kind crafted from an ever-shifting mass of bugs is more than a little unsettling for most.
It should be noted that the only truly sentient member of a bivouac hive is the queen. The workers of a bivouac have barely a mind of their own, instead only being content when completing the tasks ordered of them by their queen. If a worker is permanently separated from its’ queen, it will frantically rush around, growing more and more panicked, until it finally collapses and dies from stress. If the queen is removed from a bivouac hive, said hive will fall apart and the individual workers will swarm after their queen, chewing their way through anything that stands between them and her.
Bivouac hives are always hungry. In order to keep a healthy stream of new workers to reinforce the hive, the queen must eat nearly constantly. Due to lacking a conventional mouth, with the food instead being ripped apart by the thousands of individuals making up the hive, said hive can simply touch food and consume it via absorption. If they run out of food, or are attacked, a bivouac hive will not hesitate to kill and eat sentients. When a bivouac hive feeds, they eat nearly everything, leaving only the hard bits behind, such as bones, chitin, shells, and horns.
An interesting thing about bivouac naming conventions is that their culture seems to lack pronouns, instead preferring to use military titles such as Captain, Admiral, or Lieutenant, though General is rarely used. In the eyes of a bivouac, using General is the equivalent of capitalizing the first letter of one's pronouns; at best looked upon with pity and concern, and at worst with scorn and annoyance. These pronouns do not seem to be based in anatomy or presentation, and instead by scent.
The homeplanet of the bivouac is currently unknown, but it is widely theorized that they hailed from the planet Eciton. The story of the discovery of the bivouac goes as follows; a small crew of explorers landed on Eciton. When the ship was next spotted, the crew had been slain, and living in the ship was what appeared to be a sentient mass of insects.
Ever since their discovery, bivouac hives have been hassled by notails, often being mistaken for Singer anomalies and killed. Due to this, some bivouac often grow rather attached to the Singer, for better or for worse. Some believe the Singer to be a sort of god-parent, who courted the General to birth their entire race. Others believe the Singer, in his narcissism, blessed their very form, in order to match his grotesque, writhing body.
Fire: Fire bivouac tend to be more reddish in color, and are much more aggressive than their common counterparts, often attacking everything and everyone around them. Their hives rarely take a non-amorphous form, and it is hotly debated whether or not they should even be classified as sentient.
Carpenter: Those who meet a carpenter bivouac may not even know it. Carpenter bivouac are typically black in color, and experts at hollowing out wood for their own purposes. Many hives reside inside artificial wooden bodies to hide their true nature from the world. Carpenter bivouac tend to be quite polite, and are often slightly larger than their cousins.
Weaver: Similar to carpenter bivouac, weaver bivouac also conceal themselves in false shells, but weaver bivouac often live inside of leaf cloaks, knitted together with the queen’s silk. These cloaks are very fragile, and their owners are very careful about who gets to touch them. Weaver hives often live in secluded, forested areas, where they have easy access to supplies with no risk of their leafy skin from being torn.
Corpsewalker: After killing a large creature, some bivouac hives will use the remains of the body as a framework for their new hive, modeling the hive’s form after the victim’s body shape. Most hives do this as way of convincing their fellow sentients that they are similar to them, but some may do it as a way of luring potential prey closer.
• Some bivouac hives corpsewalk using the remains of regular, non-sentient food. These false bodies are almost always unstable and weak, and the smell is so ghastly that other species will often flee on sight.
• Individual bivouac are edible, and certain, more morally bankrupt restaurants may enslave bivouac queens and serve their children as appetizers. Insect-eating species say that fried bivouac taste like salted oranges.
• There are rumors that there was once a fourth subspecies of bivouac that could fly, but nobody has any evidence that these claims are true, so if they did once exist, they must be extinct now. Besides, the editors of the Cosmosdex don’t really want to think about the possibility of a flying bivouac hive.
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