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 – or were encouraged to evolve – to live within the Borom asteriod belt. With the ability to survive in harsher environments and an extraordinarily dense hide, they make a perfect platform for mining and, on the battlefield, for heavy weapons, the Boromites 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. For she is a mother, indeed, laying mobile eggs that scurry off into surrounding crevices to incubate. When they hatch, the small hatchlings gravitate towards a Brood Mother and feed upon the gritty ﬂakes of scale that she sheds for this purpose. She is very protective of her young and her territory, so only in very few circumstances can more than one Brood Mother be taken in a Boromtie army.
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. She also carries three or more hatchling swarms which appear in Assaults to defend her but which cannot be targeted at any other time. On the table she tends to act as a firing platform rather than as an offensive unit, as she is a little slow, but she is tough – incredibly so – and with the swarms around her makes for a very difficult unit to destroy.
Showcases and Intros
There is a video by Matt ‘Rocky’ Schreiber on YouTube on putting the Brood Mother together as well as a step-by-step painting guide by Rocky. We also have a Matronite Showcase, here on the NExus The Tabletop Warlords have a video overview of the broodmother, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uz7O9Mchgg (offsite).