Genesplice 9

A species of Forerunner genetically designed bioweapon, characterised by extreme aggressiveness and rapid reproduction. These creatures are very durable and capable of operating in a fantasically wide range of hostile environments, including periods of hard vacuum and extremes of temperature and pressure. GS9s are highly aggressive and their parasitic lifecycle makes them extremely dangerous in any populated environment. They are not regarded as sentient. They appear to be located at some former Forerunner base sites, stored in stasis in large numbers (up to 10,000 at a time). Caches have been found in the Tuskan, Roopy and Penni systems in Quadrant 7. Anyone encountering them is encouraged to take off and nuke the whole site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Martian Marines made the first recorded contact with the previously postulated 'Queen' morph at MYSTERY early in 3212. The individual appeared to be in deep hibernation but rapidly returned to full operation once disturbed. Using a remotely controlled TRUC unit the marines, through the destruction of GS9 eggs laid nearby, demonstrated learning in the creature but not true intelligence. The individual was destroyed by concentrated SCA and APGW fire at the end of the experiment.

Artist's impression based on recent sightings.