HIVE MIND (DEAD SPACE)
Hive Mind (Necromorph Variant)
The Hive Mind is a massive human hive mind Necromorph variant. It is encountered in Dead Space on Aegis VII.
Initially seen on a blurred video shown by Dr. Terrence Kyne and worshiped as a divine being by the insane scientist named Dr. Challus Mercer, the Hive Mind appeared to be the controlling intelligence of the Necromorphs in the Aegis VII System.
The Hive Mind was unwittingly created as a result of military testing of the experimental Marker 3A over two centuries prior to the events of Dead Space on the remote planet called Aegis VII. When the Marker proved to be too dangerous to wield as a weapon, further experimentation with it was aborted and it was used one last time in order to suppress the Hive Mind—a massive Necromorph. The Hive Mind retreated into a massive complex cave system underneath the surface for the next 200 years. The Marker was also abandoned somewhere next to the creature’s resting place.
Events of Dead Space
200 years later, the mining company CEC discovered the planet and found out that it is a goldmine of resources. Regardless of the restrictions for traveling to the Aegis System due to classified information regarding the First Aegis VII incident, the CEC decided to begin constructing a colony on the planet to begin tearing it apart.
Some time before the arrival of the USG Ishimura, a small team of miners found the Marker. Immediately upon it’s discoverance, it began the first phase of the second Necromorph outbreak by slowly turning the crew of the mining colony insane. As the Ishimura arrived to the planet, the colony began the extraction of a large portion of the planet. As the piece of the planet was moved away, the Hive Mind was exposed to the surface. Not too long after the planet crack, the Marker’s influence finally reached it’s final potency, turning the dead into Necromorphs. As all hell broke lose, the Hive Mind re-awoke from it’s new pawns to command which began smashing and killing anything that came close to it’s nest and tried flying away. Some survivors managed to get few seconds worth of footage of the massive beast until they are smashed to pieces.
As the colony fell apart, so did the Ishimura as the Marker was brought on board the vessel. In a matter of hours, the colony and the ship were lost.
After Isaac made his way to the ship, he met a slightly crazed Doctor Kyne who explained the Hive Mind to the engineer and how returning the Marker to it’s original position would calm it down, ending the terror. Isaac decided to do so, but Kendra Daniels, a member of the repair crew sent to the Ishimura along with Isaac betrayed him and killed Kyne, attempting to flee back to Earth with the Marker. Thanks to the Marker’s influence over Isaac, it made Isaac pull the escape shuttle back to the Ishimura that forced Kendra to flee in an escape pod that landed somewhere on the planet. Isaac successfully regained the shuttle containing the Marker and landed on the planetside colony, tearing his way through the Hive Mind’s forces to the pedestal site where the Marker launched it’s first EMP strike that drove the colony insane. Finally reaching the pedestal site, the Hive Mind launched it’s final attempt to stop Isaac, but was set dormant for a brief moment as Isaac returned the Marker where it belonged. However, returning the Marker set out a similar EMP strike from earlier that this time disabled the gravity tethers that kept the chunk of the planet in the orbit in place. With the impending doom on the way, Isaac headed back to the shuttle, but was stopped by Kendra who stole the Marker. This event once more re-awoke the Hive Mind that became even more aggressive, attempting to slam down the colony structure in an attempt to retrieve the Marker. As Kendra and Isaac reached the shuttle pad, the Hive Mind ambushed the two, smashing Kendra into pieces and beginning the final fight with the engineer, putting everything that it had on him.
Isaac put it down with shots on it’s weak spots. The Necromorph emitted it’s final cries of pain until slamming down on the landing site before sliding to the massive crater below. As Isaac barely escaped the chaos, what was left of the Necromorph presumably burned into dust when the chunk of the planet fell down.
The Hive Mind resembles an enormous worm, with many tentacles along its length. Its full size is never truly shown, as an unknown portion of the creature is hidden inside a crater, but it appears to have a defined “head” and thorax. Just like any other big Necromorph, the Hive Mind was created from multiple bodies, possibly hundreds if not even thousands. The Hive Mind has a very fleshy appearance on its lower thorax, almost resembling the human skin with muscle tissue covering certain areas.
The head’s most prominent feature is a massive circular mouth, consisting of two sets of jaws, each with their own rows of teeth. The Hive Mind is able to spit acidic pods from its central mouth. Around the mouth, there are five eyes made from the yellow explosive fluid. The thorax features several branched appendages serving as some sort of arms (exact purpose of them is unknown, although they can be found on the Alien variants of the Necromorph) on the back and a frontal cavity which shelters five more yellow sacks, which serve as the Necromorph’s vital organs with a rib-cage serving as protection for them.
The Hive Mind rested underneath the excavation site of the planetcrack, withnin a maze of Corruption created from the victims of the first outbreak.
The Hive Mind is capable of utilizing its immense tentacles for manipulation and offense. It uses three of them during the fight with Isaac; however it almost certainly has more than three. The tentacles grow from some part of the creature that is well below its thorax area. The sizes of these tentacles vary, as some are meters in thickness and tens of meters in length as some are hind and possibly even smaller in their size, which the Hive Mind uses mainly as grabbing objects meanwhile the bigger arms serve as crushing its victims or doing other damage, or blocking off the victim’s escape route during Isaac’s and the Necromorph’s encounter.
While initially thought to be a sentience and the ‘command center’ for the Necromorph hive-mind, it is now known that it was merely a drone. The true controlling source were the “Brethren” Moons, or more specifically, the Tau Volantis Moon and is one of many other hive mind Necromorphs, similar to the Nexus on Tau Volantis.
After reawakening, the Hive Mind became aggressive and attacked Isaac and the escaping Kendra as they made it into the shuttle bay. After killing Kendra, it curled it’s tentacles around Isaac, forming an inescapable enclosure, initiating the final fight. In the following fight, Isaac managed to defeat the Hive Mind by destroying what appeared to be it’s vital organs and it fell off the edge of the colony. What happened to the Hive Mind afterwards is unknown, but it can safely be assumed that the Hive Mind was ultimately killed, either after it’s battle with Isaac when the portion of the planet initially removed by the USG Ishimura fell on top of the colony and the Hive Mind or when Aegis VII was destroyed.
The Hive Mind made a brief, but impacting appearance in Dead Space: Extraction. After making their way through the Megavents, the newly assembled group proceeded to fight their way to the last remaining shuttle on the colony. Just as the “firefight” seemed to be subsided, a large tentacle bursted through the ground, the camera panning up as it towered overhead and slammed down near the group. Gabe Weller did his best to repel the Hive Mind as Nathan McNeill fought his way through another wave of Necromorphs, frantically trying to open the shuttle doors. The full scope of the Hive Mind is seen as it tried to swat the shuttle out of the sky after launch.