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"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change." ~a misquote of Charles Darwin
some say that the xenomorph is the perfect organism. Up until recently, they were right. But now, a terrifying new strain has been created, a species that makes the xenomorph look like a house cat. Enter the mutanurmorph, a xenomorph hybrid species created by a mysterious cult known as The Brotherhood of Obsidian. The first mutanurmorph came from a standard drone that was spliced with the DNA of a human and a type of sea slug that has the ability to steal genes. Though the sea slug only stole genes from the algae it ate, the mutanurmorph has the ability to steal genes from anything it can kill, allowing it to further adapt to its environment. In addition, the human genes already present in the creature’s genetic code make it more intelligent than an average xenomorph, comparable to the cloned xenomorphs of Alien Resurrection. They also seem to be capable of being trained, as mutanurmorphs have been seen being used as "guard dogs" by the Brotherhood of Obsidian. Unlike most xenomorph species, they are solitary creatures, and each individual has the ability to "cocoon" a human or other suitably large creature using the same substance a queen's hive is made out of. The unfortunate victim will emerge as a mutanurmorph a week later.
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