Archivist's Records:

Type: Entities

Topic: Swarms

Location: The Nest

Behavior: Swarms are exactly what they sound like: a swarm once composed of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of individual entities that are commonly referred to as Locusts. They act according to typical swarm behavior, with each individual being indifferent to the deaths of their brethren. The Locusts are carnivorous and will devour any and all scraps of flesh they come across.

Descriptions: The Locusts have many characteristics of insects and other such organisms, but are far larger. The typical Locust is around 10-12 inches long, with occasional specimens being even larger. Each individual is nearly identical to their brethren outside of the usual size variations.
Head: The mouthparts of one of the Locusts is specialized for tearing and burrowing through flesh, but are also capable of chewing through many different materials, allowing the Locusts to burrow into the solid walls of the Tunnels. They have 4 eyes, with 2 located on each side of the head. They are organized in pairs with the second eye located just behind the first.
Toxin: A Locust's bite is not venomous, however, bleeding caused by bites from these creatures does not clot as it normally should.
Thorax: This section can be considered the "chest" of a Locust, being wider than the rest of the trunk. This is also where the longer grasping limbs are attached.
Grasping Limbs: The 8 grasping limbs are long and used to hold onto the victim. The first 2 pairs are tipped by pedipalps similar to those of a scorpion, while the other 2 pairs end in sharp hooks. These limbs are far stronger than the smaller ambulatory limbs and can be extremely difficult to remove once the Locust has latched on.
Trunk: This section is located after the Locust's thorax and is composed of numerous segments with each segment having 2 ambulatory limbs attached. The trunk ends with 2 extra limbs (the trunk of one of the Locusts is extremely similar to the trunk of a centipede).
Ambulatory Limbs: These limbs are shorter and less powerful than the grasping limbs attached to the thorax, but each one is tipped with sharp hooks and are still fully capable of latching securely onto a victim.
Coloration: Locusts are generally a dark brown-black color, with their legs generally being slightly lighter in color than their body and head.

Recommended Approach: The strength of a Swarm comes from sheer numbers, not the strength of an individual. If faced by an individual Locust, stomping on it will work to kill it, however, it should be known that killing an individual will release chemicals that will attract any nearby Swarm. If faced by a Swarm, the best option is to flee as quickly as possible. Incendiary weapons have proved effective, but it is unlikely one person could carry enough fuel to destroy an entire Swarm. It is recommended that a person flee immediately if they notice signs of a Swarm being nearby. These creatures are the main reason expeditions into the Nest are currently forbidden.

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