Forms of the Vord Edit
Primary Forms Edit
Before the main invasion force appears, the Vord will send out small rodent-size parasites called Takers. These parasites take over the host and, during the initial phase, will just lead the host back to the Vord nest. The Marat refer to the hosts as the "taken". Once they're taken, there's almost no hope of ever recovering the original person's consciousness. If the host could previously control furies, this ability is lost until furycrafting is used against the taken host. When fighting, the host will have little concern for its own life and will ignore most pain. The Taker will often override the mechanisms of the hosts body, allowing the taken to bring out it's full strength at the expense of the host's body.
The Vord warriors vary depending on the target of the invasion. The parasitic version returns samples of their target and the warriors assume a similar, but different form. They don't use any weapons directly, but are incredibly strong, fast, have swordlike appendages, and are naturally extremely well armored. The warriors are known to have a weakness on their back - a croach-filled sac, which acts as a sort of breathing apparatus. Once destroyed, the warrior will soon smother to death. The first form seen by the warriors is the size of a large bull covered in chitin. The second form seen was in Canim, where the Vord assumed shapes similar to the large, muscular canine race. The third and final form the warriors displayed was similar to a mantis.
The Vord queens are the leaders of the Vord, and also capable of varying their appearance and shape. They are extremely fast, strong, and tough. During an invasion, a queen will quickly create a nest and send out two other queens to form their own nests. Queens are known to have telepathic abilities and can, if within a certain range, control enemies that are not yet under control of the parasites. The original Vord Queen developed the power to furycraft, and had power enough to rival the First Lord.
Called 'Keepers of Silence' by the Marat and often referred to as wax spiders, the Keepers are spiders the size of large dogs, light-weight, and covered in tough, pale chitin. Custodians of the croach, they act to repair any breaks in its surface as well as entomb captured prey beneath for digestion. Keepers communicate with others of their kind through chirps (generally for passive vocalizations) and whistles (for aggressive communications and alarms). They are also armed with a deadly and fast-acting venom. Keepers are capable of infrared vision, which allows them to see at night and locate enemies (as Tavi established they have 'heat vision'). (Furies of Calderon ch.33-34)
Blade Beasts Edit
Seen only in the Vord Queen's hive, Blade Beasts look like very large Wax Spiders, but have steel blades furycrafted to their legs. They act as protectors for the Vord Queen and defend her when Amara and four High Lords come to assassinate the Queen.
Large hornets made of Vord chitin, the Vord Hornets live in large hives, from which they burst out to attack their foes. The Hornets have very large stingers, about the size of a woman's finger. The stingers are filled with a fast-acting poison that can paralyze and kill the target in a matter of minutes.
The Vord utilize large Gorilla-like beasts called Behemoths as seige units when attacking a city. Behemoths are very large - nearly the size of Gargants - and use their oversized arms to smash enemies and knock down walls.
In the final assault on Garrison the Vord employed a new assets - unbelieveably large monsters called VordBulk. These gigantic creatures are the size of buildings with heavy armored heads and a beak similar to an octopus. They wield no special abilities, instead using their massive size to simply obliterate everything in their wake. VordBulk have extremely tough skin, able to shake off metalcrafted steel, firecrafted explosions, and the sharpened beads of the Herdbane. The only viable way to kill a Vordbulk is from the inside, demonstrated by Count Bernard and High Lord Cereus in the battle at Garrison.
In Furies of CalderonEdit
In Furies of Calderon, Tavi and Kitai come across the wax spiders, also known as Keepers of Silence by the Marat, as part of Tavi's trial of cunning while amongst the Marat. In order to pass the trial, both descend into the Wax Forest to retrieve Blessing of the Night, a native fungus that grows at the forest's center. Early on in the trial, Tavi breaks through the croach, alerting the Keepers to his and Kitai's presence. Tavi and Kitai's presence near the circle of blessing wakes the Vord queen.. Later on, once the Blessing is retrieved, Kitai gets bitten by the Vord Queen. Doroga throws a large boulder at the queen to defend Kitai, and drives the Vord queen back into the Wax Forest.(Furies of Calderon ch.33-34)
In Academ's FuryEdit
Doroga informs Isana, Bernard and Amara that a large number of Marat were killed recently destroying a Vord nest. They had traced the movements of the Vord in three directions from the Wax Forest, which has now been completely abandoned and the remaining croach has died. The first was the nest they attacked. The second was in the direction of Aricholt. The final was in the direction of Alera Imperia along which they found Tavi's bag from his previous encounter with the Vord. Isana leaves to warn Tavi of the potential enemy and ask for reinforcments.
Bernard, Amara, and Doroga arrive at Aricholt only to find that they arrived too late. Most of the townspeople are already missing. During the investigation, several of Bernard's own men were captured by the Vord. Bernard sends for help, but goes ahead with an attack on the Vord nest, which is in a cave. The attack initially looks successful, with no remaining Vord in the cave. The group quickly discovers this was just a ruse and that the queen and her army are actually outside and have them pinned in. The Vord queen offers to let the group escape if they allow themselves to be Taken. The group refuses and plans to hold out as long as they can against overwhelming numbers.
Once in Alera Imperia, Isana is attacked by Kalare's men before she can tell Tavi or the First Lord about the situation. She is rescued by Fidelias and makes a deal with the Lady Aquitaine to send reinforcements to Calderon and to make sure Tavi is okay in exchange for her votes as a Citizen. Lady Aquitaine dispatches troops to Aricholt and decively turns the battle against the Vord.
In Aleria Imperia, the Vord have formed another nest in The Deeps. They have been taking the Canim. Ambassador Varg has noticed discrepancies with his guards and makes several attempts to talk to the First Lord about it. Unfortunately, the First Lord has been (unknown to most people) incapacitated and there is currently a look-alike in his place. Varg eventually successfully gets the attention of Tavi and alerts him to the matter, making the Vord nest in the deep known. Tavi attempts to warn the citadel about the upcoming attack, but is too late. Max and Tavi successfully defend the incapacitated First Lord while Lady Aquitaine destroys the assault from behind. All of the Vord except for the queen are wiped out. Sir Killian is heavily wounded, and reveals that he was a spy before he dies.