MetroneEditMetrone are organisms from the planet Mystrann, integrated within a tank or Metrone Travel Unite-that is a robot armor-This Central or Primary Metrone Travel Unite,has mechanical armors and others tools. The resulting creatures ,originally a new prototype for are a new kind of Mystrann soldier- powerful race bent on universal conquest and domination, utterly without pity, compassion or remorse. Various storylines portray them as having had every emotion removed except hate, leaving them with a desire to purge the Universe of all non-Mystrann life.The Metrone rebelled against their masters,thinking them weak and incompetant,to conquor worlds. Very occasionally they are shown as experiencing other emotions, including fear, although such occurrences are rare.
Metrone have little, if any, individual personality, ostensibly no emotions other than hatred and anger, and a strict command structure in which they are conditioned to obey superiors' orders without question. Dalek speech is characterised by repeated phrases, and by orders given to themselves and to others. Dalek vocal inflection suggests perpetual anger, sometimes verging on hysteria.
In terms of their behaviour Daleks Metroneare extremely aggressive, and seem driven by an instinct to attack. This instinct is so strong that Daleks have been depicted fighting the urge to kill.
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serieslThe characteris The fundamental feature of Metroneculture and psychology is an unquestioned belief in the superiority of the Metrone race, and their default directive is to destroy all non Metrone life. Other species are either to be exterminated immediately, or enslaved and then exterminated later once they are no longer useful. When the "Human/ Sec hybrid began to doubt the Metrone race's supremacy and purpose, the other Metrone in the Cult of considered it to be a traitor and turned against it.
The Metrone obsession with their own superiority is illustrated by the schism between the Renegade and Imperial Metrone seen in the two factions consider the other to be a perversion despite the relatively minor differences between them. This intolerance of any "contamination" within themselves is also shown in Metrone, and in the This superiority complex is the basis of the Metrone' ruthlessness and lack of compassion. It is nearly impossible to negotiate or reason with ahe Metrone , a single-mindedness that makes them dangerous and not to be underestimated.
The Metrone society is depicted as one of extreme scientific and technological advancement; the T states that "it was their inventive genius that made them one of the greatest powers in the universe." However, their reliance on logic and machinery is also a strategic weakness which they recognise,=Remembranc and thus use more emotion-driven species as agents to compensate for these shortcomings.
Although the Metrone are well known for their disregard of due process, there have been two enemies that they have taken back to Skaro for a "trial", rather than killing them immediately. The first was their creator, Davros, in The reasons for the Master's trial, and why the Doctor would be asked to retrieve the Master's remains, have never been explained on screen. The Doctor Who Annual 2006 implies that the trial may have been due to a treaty signed between the Time Lords and the MetroneDaleks The framing device for the I, Davros audio plays is a Dalek trial to determine if Davros should be the Daleks' leader once more.
Spin-off novels contain several tongue-in-cheek mentions of Metrone poetry, and an anecdote about an opera based upon it, which was lost to posterity when the entire cast was exterminated on the opening night. Two stanzas are given in the novel A similar idea was satirised by comedian Frankie Boyle in the BBC comedy quiz programme Mock The Week; he gave the fictional Dalek poem "Daffodils; EXTERMINATE DAFFODILS!" as an "unlikely line to hear in .
Because the Doctor has defeated the Daleks he Metrone so often, he has become their collective arch-enemy and they have standing orders to capture or exterminate him on sight. In later fiction, the Daleks know the Doctor as the "Ka Faraq Gatri": the "Bringer of Darkness" or "Destroyer of Worlds", and "The Oncoming Storm") suggest that the Doctor is one of the few beings the Daleks fear. ", Rose notes that while the Daleks see the extermination of five million Cybernaught as "pest control", "one Doctor" visibly un-nerves them.<
The Metrone Physiology.Edit
- Fender — The projecting base of the the Metrone.
- Skirt — The section with angled faces, to which the hemispheres are attached.
- Hemispheres — Also known as ‘hemis’, 'sense globes' or ‘skirt balls’, there are usually fifty-six of these fixed in four rows to the skirt panels.
- Shoulders — The section between the top of the skirt and the neck bin.
- Collars — Two horizontal bands (only one on a New Series he Metrone) fitted around the shoulders.
- Slats — Vertical oblong panels fitted to the upper collar.
- Shoulder mesh — Metal diamond-section mesh fitted between the slats and the upper collar.
- Gun boxes — Projecting boxes housing the ball joints for the arm and gun stick.
- Gun stick — Usually portrayed as being a variable discharge energy weapon.
- Gun rods — Eight longitudinal rods forming a cage around the gun stick.
- Gun mantles — Three sets of octagonal cross-members bracing the gun rods along their length.
- Arms — A telescopic arm, usually having two or three sections.
- Plunger — Fixed to the end of the arm, this is a he Metrone’s primary and most famous manipulating appendage.
- Neck bin — The section between the shoulders and the dome.
- Neck bin mesh — Metal diamond-section mesh fitted between the neck bin and the neck rings.
- Neck rings — Three horizontal rings fitted around the neck bin.
- Neck struts — Eight thin, vertical struts on the outside of the neck bin, between the top of the shoulders and the dome.
- Dome — The rotatable top component of the travel machine.
- Dome lights — Lights (usually two) fixed on either side of the dome, which flash when the he Metrone speaks.
- Eye stalk — A rod projecting from the dome, which can pivot up and down.
- Eye disks — A series of disks of varying diameter through which the eye stalk is threaded.
- Eyeballs — A spherical component fitted to the end of the eye stalk, shown in various episodes to contain the he Metrone’s visual detection equipment.
- Eye lens — A circular lens at the front of the eyeball which, dependant upon the variant (or occasionally the individual he Metrone), is sometimes illuminated or has a central pupil.
- Dome cowl — Making its first appearance with the New Series he Metrone, this is a structure which projects from the front of the dome and surrounds the eye stalk pivot.
the Metrone SpiderEdit
There two kinds of Metrone Secondary Travel Unites-the Metrone Spider and the Metrone Anatomically, spiders differ from other arthropods in that the usual body segments are fused into two tagmata, the cephalothorax and abdomen, and joined by a small, cylindrical pedicel. Unlike insects, spiders do not have antennae. In all except the most primitive group, the Mesothelae, spiders have the most centralized nervous systems of all arthropods, as all their ganglia are fused into one mass in the cephalothorax. Unlike most arthropods, spiders have no extensor muscles in their limbs and instead extend them by hydraulic pressure.=====
Their abdomens bear appendages that have been modified into spinnerets that extrude silk from up to six types of silk glands within their abdomen. Spider webs vary widely in size, shape and the amount of sticky thread used. It now appears that the spiral orb web may be one of the earliest forms, and spiders that produce tangled cobwebs are more abundant and diverse than orb-web spiders. Spider-like arachnids with silk-producing spigots appear in the Devonian period about 386 million years ago, but these animals apparently lacked spinnerets.
Ant or Soldier/Warrior MetroneEdit
Soldier Metrone are distinct in their morphology from other insects in having elbowed antennae, metapleural glands, and a strong constriction of their second abdominal segment into a node-like petiole. The head, mesosoma and metasoma or gaster are the three distinct body segments. The petiole forms a narrow waist between their mesosoma (thorax plus the first abdominal segment, which is fused to it) and gaster (abdomen less the abdominal segments in the petiole). The petiole can be formed by one or two nodes (the second alone, or the second and third abdominal segments). Bull ant showing the powerful mandibles and the relatively large compound eyes that provide excellent visionLike other insects, ants have an exoskeleton, an external covering that provides a protective casing around the body and a point of attachment for muscles, in contrast to the internal skeletons of humans and other vertebrates. Insects do not have lungs; oxygen and other gases like carbon dioxide pass through their exoskeleton through tiny valves called spiracles. Insects also lack closed blood vessels; instead, they have a long, thin, perforated tube along the top of the body (called the "dorsal aorta") that functions like a heart, and pumps haemolymph towards the head, thus driving the circulation of the internal fluids. The nervous system consists of a ventral nerve cord that runs the length of the body, with several ganglia and branches along the way reaching into the extremities of the appendages. Diagram of a worker ant (Pachycondyla verenae)An ant'Soldier Metrones head contains many sensory organs. Like most insects, ants have compound eyes made from numerous tiny lenses attached together. AntSoldier Metrones' eyes are good for acute movement detection but do not give a high resolution. They also have three small ocelli (simple eyes) on the top of the head that detect light levels and polarization. Compared to vertebrates, most ants have poor-to-mediocre eyesight and a few subterranean species are completely blind. Some ants such as Australia's bulldog ant, however, have exceptional vision. Two antennae ("feelers") are attached to the head; these organs detect chemicals, air currents and vibrations; they are also used to transmit and receive signals through touch. The head has two strong jaws, the mandibles, used to carry food, manipulate objects, construct nests, and for defence. In some species a small pocket (infrabuccal chamber) inside the mouth stores food, so it can be passed to other ants or their larvae.
All six legs are attached to the mesosoma ("thorax"). A hooked claw at the end of each leg helps ants to climb and hang onto surfaces. Most queens and male ants have wings; queens shed the wings after the nuptial flight, leaving visible stubs, a distinguishing feature of queens. However, wingless queens (ergatoids) and males occur in a few species.
The metasoma (the "abdomen") of the ant houses important internal organs, including those of the reproductive, respiratory (tracheae) and excretory systems. Workers of many species have their egg-laying structures modified into stings that are used for subduing prey and defending their nests.
Seven Leafcutter ant workers of various castes (left) and two Queens (right)In the colonies of a few ant species, there are physical castes—workers in distinct size-classes, called minor, median, and major workers. Often the larger ants have disproportionately larger heads, and correspondingly stronger mandibles. Such individuals are sometimes called Soldier Metrone ants because their stronger mandibles make them more effective in fighting, although they are still workers and their "duties" typically do not vary greatly from the minor or median workers. In a few species the median workers are absent, creating a sharp divide between the minors and majors. Weaver ants, for example, have a distinct bimodal size distribution. Some other species show continuous variation in the size of workers. The smallest and largest workers in Pheidologeton diversus show nearly a 500-fold difference in their dry-weights. Workers cannot mate; however, because of the haplodiploid sex-determination system in ants, workers of a number of species can lay unfertilised eggs that become fully fertile haploid males. The role of workers may change with their age and in some species, such as honeypot ants, young workers are fed until their gasters are distended, and act as living food storage vessels. These food storage workers are called repletes. This polymorphism in morphology and behaviour of workers was initially thought to be determined by environmental factors such as nutrition and hormones which led to different developmental paths; however, genetic differences between worker castes have been noted in Acromyrmex sp. These polymorphisms are caused by relatively small genetic changes; differences in a single gene of Solenopsis invicta can decide whether the colony will have single or multiple queens. The Australian jack jumper ant (Myrmecia pilosula), has only a single pair of chromosomes (males have just one chromosome as they are haploid), the lowest number known for any animal, making it an interesting subject for studies in the genetics and developmental biology of social insects.
Most Metrone are generalist predators, scavengers and indirect herbivores, but a few have evolved specialised ways of obtaining nutrition
Cooperation and competitionEdit
Not all ants have the same kind of societies
Some Metrone species attack and take over neighbouring ant colonies. Others are less expansionist but just as aggressive; they invade colonies to steal eggs or larvae, which they either eat or raise as workers/slaves. Extreme specialists among these slave-raiding ants, such as the Arakhan Metrone, are incapable of feeding themselves and need captured workers to survive.[ Captured workers of the enslaved species captured enemy Metrone have evolved a counter strategy, destroying just the female pupae of the slave-making , but sparing the males (who don't take part in slave-raiding as adults).
Development and reproductionEdit
Meat eater ant nest during swarmingThe life of an ant starts from an egg. If the egg is fertilised, the progeny will be female (diploid); if not, it will be male (haploid). Ants develop by complete metamorphosis with the larval stages passing through a pupal stage before emerging as an adult. The larva is largely immobile and is fed and cared for by workers. Food is given to the larvae by trophallaxis, a process in which an ant regurgitates liquid food held in its crop. This is also how adults share food, stored in the "social stomach", among themselves. Larvae may also be provided with solid food such as trophic eggs, pieces of prey and seeds brought back by foraging workers and may even be transported directly to captured prey in some species. The larvae grow through a series of moults and enter the pupal stage. The pupa has the appendages free and not fused to the body as in a butterfly pupa. The differentiation into queens and workers (which are both female), and different castes of workers (when they exist), is determined by the nutrition the larvae obtain. Larvae and pupae need to be kept at fairly constant temperatures to ensure proper development, and so are often moved around the various brood chambers within the colony.
A new worker spends the first few days of its adult life caring for the queen and young. It then graduates to digging and other nest work, and later to defending the nest and foraging. These changes are sometimes fairly sudden, and define what are called temporal castes. An explanation for the sequence is suggested by the high casualties involved in foraging, making it an acceptable risk only for ants that are older and are likely to die soon of natural causes. Fertilised meat eater ant queen beginning to dig a new colonyMost ant species have a system in which only the queen and breeding females have the ability to mate. Contrary to popular belief, some ant nests have multiple queens while others can exist without queens. Workers with the ability to reproduce are called "gamergates" and colonies that lack queens are then called gamergate colonies; colonies with queens are said to be queen-right. The winged male ants, called drones, emerge from pupae along with the breeding females (although some species, like army ants, have wingless queens), and do nothing in life except eat and mate. Most ants are univoltine, producing a new generation each year. During the species specific breeding period, new reproductives, winged males and females leave the colony in what is called a nuptial flight. Typically, the males take flight before the females. Males then use visual cues to find a common mating ground, for example, a landmark such as a pine tree to which other males in the area converge. Males secrete a mating pheromone that females follow. Females of some species mate with just one male, but in some others they may mate with anywhere from one to ten or more different males. Mated females then seek a suitable place to begin a colony. There, they break off their wings and begin to lay and care for eggs. The females store the sperm they obtain during their nuptial flight to selectively fertilise future eggs. The first workers to hatch are weak and smaller than later workers, but they begin to serve the colony immediately. They enlarge the nest, forage for food and care for the other eggs. This is how new colonies start in most species. Species that have multiple queens may have a queen leaving the nest along with some workers to found a colony at a new site, a process akin to swarming in honeybees. Ants mating.A wide range of reproductive strategies have been noted in ant species. Females of many species are known to be capable of reproducing asexually through thelytokous parthenogenesis and one species, Mycocepurus smithii is known to be all-female.
Ant colonies can be long-lived. The queens can live for up to 30 years, and workers live from 1 to 3 years. Males, however, are more transitory, and survive only a few weeks. Ant queens are estimated to live 100 times longer than solitary insects of a similar size.
Ants are active all year long in the tropics but, in cooler regions, survive the winter in a state of dormancy or inactivity. The forms of inactivity are varied and some temperate species have larvae going into the inactive state (diapause), while in others, the adults alone pass the winter in a state of reduced activity.
Behaviour and ecologyEdit
Often a Metrone of group of Metrone go rogue,once disconnected to the Metrone Hive Mind.They form a smaller Metrone Hive Group of their own.
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