The Brood Mother – or Matronite to give the creature its proper name – is the largest and most extraordinary Lavan species of them all. Yet it begins life as a hatchling quite indistinguishable from its siblings, and it is only its extraordinary capacity for growth than comes to mark it out as a species of a vast and diﬀerent kind.
These creatures are an extreme physical morph that evolved to live with in the Borom asteriod belt. With the ability to survive in harsher environments they make a perfect platform for heavy weapons, carving out ﬁghting compartments within the beast’s stony hide to carry men and weapons. Normally a placid and gentle creature, suitably powerful neural implants are used to goad the Brood Mother into a savage killer.
When eggs hatch the small hatchlings gravitate towards a Brood Mother and feed upon the gritty ﬂakes of scale that she sheds for this purpose.
The Brood Mother is a Humongous Beast unit and the crew’s role is simply to operate any weapons and direct the creature by means of neural implants much as if it were a vehicle. The stats are a mix of its crew’s abilities (Acc, Init and Co) and those of the creature itself. Full details can be found in the Beyond the Gates of Antares rulebook on page 188.
MATRONITE BROOD MOTHER
Humongous Beast Unit
Points Value: 258
Special: A force can only include a single Brood Mother
Unit: Brood Mother
1 x Matronite Brood Mother with 4 mag light support
0 x Lavamite Hatchling Swarms
MOD2: The Brood Mother is a multiple order dice unit with 2 order dice.
1 Attack SV4: In hand-to-hand ﬁghting a Brood Mother makes one attack with a strike value (SV) of 4.
Slow: The Brood Mother is slow with a M of 2.5”.
Large: A Brood Mother is large. Yes, I know it is rather obvious, but it needs to be said none the less!