The Cymod is an autonomous small arms platform made from vatgrown organic components fused with a bionic frame. They are less resilient than robots, but move with a finesse and agility as yet unmatched by machines. The mere sight of these grotesque constructs has panicked inexperienced soldiers, while veterans who have faced them and lived attest to their effectiveness.
- The Cymod’s tall and slender build aids mobility and presents a harder target. Its lack of arms limits its range of tactical options but reduces weight and complexity. The bulky and vulnerable respiratory and circulatory systems found in normal organisms have also been dispensed with in favour of more compact fuel cells that inject synthetic blood.
- Cymods are usually armed with a 2.25mm flechette rifle. This is effective against personnel and other lightly armoured targets within 1000m. This weapon’s low recoil helps to negate the unit’s high centre of gravity, though Cymods will usually kneel or lie prone during sustained firefights.
- The Cymod’s light composite armour can withstand small arms fire, though most of its protection comes from its speed and sensory awareness. The CPU is housed in the pelvis where it is less likely to be damaged – especially by combatants trained to target the upper body and head.
- Cymods are blindly obedient, being immune to pain and fear. They can self-repair to some extent, as damage to organic components will naturally heal over time. If a Cymod is destroyed, its mechanical parts can often be salvaged and used to refit other units, or more rarely, act as the framework for a new vatgrown symbiote.