A Maleceptor is a terrifying new creation of the Tyranid Hive Mind. Combining the brute force of an exocrine with the psychic might of a brood of zoanthropes, the maleceptor can crush its enemies with both its claws and the formidable power of its mind.
The Maleceptor is an adaptation of the Zoanthrope genus, a bioform family group of Tyranids who use psychic powers to manipulate, frighten, and destroy their enemies. Like zoanthropes, the maleceptor is a psychic powerhouse whose entire torso is given over to the giant organic processor through which he channels the power of the hive mind.
Unlike its smaller cousins, the Maleceptor's mind node is so large that it cannot levitate under its own psychic power, a problem easily solved by the Hive Mind; it simply built the Maleceptor a body capable of supporting his massive skull, a sturdy, connected exoskeleton, and a crown-like armor that also offered protection from enemy fire.
If ever proof of the Hivemind's sinister intelligence was needed, the Maleceptor surely is it. As the Hive Fleets venture deeper into the galaxy, the Hive Mind learns and adapts, bringing forth new monstrosities as specific, considered responses to the resistance it encounters.
The Maleceptor is the ultimate answer to the problem posed by the psykers of the Tyranid booty races; it's a grotesque living conduit for the shadow at warp. Indeed, the Maleceptor's repulsive mass is little more than an armored receptacle for said conduit - a massive, six-lobed, brain-like organ engineered to destroy flesh and metal alike, manifesting terrifying psychic powers.
What - if anything - survives its mental attack will then surely fall under the fury of its massive scything claws and clawed feet, for the Maleceptor is as adept at pulverizing its enemies in close combat as it is obliterating them with a flex of its alien spirit.
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