The primary function of Virai Warrior drones is defence of the colony. However, the Virai are pragmatic and avoid wasting resources if they can, so both warriors and constructors cooperate in work such as demolition and mining as well as in combat. Compared with other constructors, warriors are more homogenous in style and design – given the variability that may naturally occur given environment and materials available for construction.
Warrior drones weapons are relatively consistent, the architectors long ago settling on a basic design that can be reproduced from whatever materials are available. Their power source for weapons and locomotion is essentially a miniature fusion reactor and a readily adaptable design for protection long ago produced a complex structure that is more akin to the Ghar armour – multi-layered, mixed alloy and ceramic honeycomb shells rather than the advanced hyperlight or reflex armour of the IMTel nations.
All Virai warrior drones are strong, well-armed and heavily armoured and are intended to have a dual-purpose heavy lifting and defensive role. Despite their strengths, they depend on planning and co-ordination from their architector leaders, so lack initiative. They are very occasionally specialised into Assault drones – almost purely militaristic drones – with combat heuristics and stronger armour and actuators.
Like all Virai, warrior drones rely on their architectors for in-flight battlefield repairs and substantial amounts of command and control. Not being dependent on nanospore, they are immune to Scramble munitions and, of course, being artificial beings, Scoot munitions have no effect.
‘Rocky’s War Room’ has a video on assembling the warrior Hive Defender/Assault drones.