Xenomorphs were a parasitic species.
Xenomorphs were an aggressive endoparasitoid species. In order to breed, an early form, hatched from an egg, would attack a viable host, such as a Human, and hijack the host body's systems to create a new xenomorph based on the host DNA. Over the span of several standard hours, the embryo would begin to grow and the facilitating form would die. When gestation was complete, the newly-produced xenomorph would burst out of its host, killing it in the process. Within a matter of hours, the embryo developed into a full-grown xenomorph.
Fully-developed xenomorphs possess formidable physical abilities which far exceed that of the host, along with exceptional durability, senses, claws, blades, and highly corrosive blood to discourage an opponent from injuring one.
Xenomorph society existed as a hive, controlled by one queen. This matriarch was much larger and more daunting than her brood, and exhibited a greater intellectual capacity.
Behind the scenes
The Xenomorph aliens, sometimes simply called "Aliens", first appeared in the film Alien, based on the designs of fantasy artist H. R. Giger. The first movie later spawned a franchise including three direct film sequels, two crossover films involving the aliens from the Predator franchise, and the indirect prequel Prometheus. The Xenomorphs have appeared in numerous crossover comic books published by Dark Horse Comics, such as Superman/Aliens, Batman/Aliens, WildC.A.T.s/Aliens, Judge Dredd vs. Aliens, and Aliens versus Predator versus The Terminator.
In Terminators: Five Movie Monsters to Torment Your PCs, an article published in InQuest 39, Wizard Entertainment gave an explanation for the Star Trek, Aliens, Terminator and Star Wars universes being joined together so that players of Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game could use characters, creatures, and machines from those settings as adversaries in Star Wars roleplaying adventures. However, the article has not been confirmed to have been officially licensed by Lucasfilm.
What appears to be a Xenomorph can be seen in one panel of Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron: The Phantom Affair. This is the only appearance of Xenomorphs in canonical Star Wars material, although the species was also given a mention in Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows.
- "The Revenge of Tag & Bink"—Star Wars Tales 12 (First appearance) (Non-canonical appearance)
- Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows (Mentioned only)
- X-Wing Rogue Squadron 8
- Supernatural Encounters: The Trial and Transformation of Arhul Hextrophon (Canceled novella)
- Terminators: Five Movie Monsters to Torment Your PCs"—InQuest 39 (First mentioned) "
Notes and references
- Terminators: Five Movie Monsters to Torment Your PCs"—InQuest 39 "