WRAITH HIVE SHIP
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Wraith Hive-ships are starships in the Stargate Atlantis science fiction series.
The Wraith Hive-ship is a massive Wraith mothership, home to an untold number of Wraith who hibernate for centuries at a time. The large ships are capable of interstellar travel and of landing on the surface of a planet.
Most of the Hive-Ship first encountered by the Atlantis team was concealed beneath the surface of their homeworld - so much so that they did not realize it was a ship at all. It sat undisturbed on the surface for so long that tall trees grew on its dorsal surface. Only the Keeper and a small number of Wraith warriors were on guard to defend the sleeping race; when the Keeper was killed, the sleeping creatures began to awaken.
The ships seem to have a bridge with three to four consoles present that
are controlled telepathically by the Wraith in the same way that the Puddle
Jumpers can only be controlled by someone with the ATA Gene. Deeper
inside the craft lies a 'Royal chamber' where the leader of the Hive-Ship
sits. A holographic system generates a misty screen in front of the throne
to allow the Wraith a view on events. The craft contains untold numbers of
hibernation pods, and is equipped with at least two holding cells for
individuals awaiting an audience with the Wraith before their life-force
is consumed. They also contained an untold number of cocoon alcoves which
were used to store humans for later feeding.
|OFFENSIVE & DEFENSIVE WEAPONS|
A Wraith Hive-Ship has a large number of weapon ports stationed across the
exterior of the ship. These ports rapidly fire blue energy bolts which are
powerful enough to destroy another Hive-Ship after around 20-30 hits and, when
several Hive-Ships worked in concert, were able to bring down the Asgard
designed shields of the Daedalus
in less than a minute. The ship does not seem to have any point defense weapons
to fight off smaller ships such as F-302s.
Instead the Wraith Dart is
used for fighter-defense. It is not known how many fighters can be carried by a
Hive-Ship, but it is estimated in the hundreds as shown in "The
Siege" and other episodes.
What makes the Hive-Ships different from other known combat vessels of
comparable size is the fact that they do not have energy shields for protection
during combat, something previously un-encountered amongst ships constructed by
technologically advanced alien races. Instead, they rely on an organic armored
hull which allows the ship a limited ability to repair itself (literally
'healing' the damage.) The hull and armor of the ships has been shown to be
able to withstand a direct hit from Mark III tactical naqahdah enhanced nuclear
weapon, although the ship suffered serious damage and was rendered largely
Because of its massive size a Wraith Hive-Ship is not as maneuverable as a Daedalus
class battlecruiser or Ha'tak.
However as seen on "The Siege, Part 3" they are able to alter course
to intercept ships quickly. There is only limited information regarding
Hive-Ships but it is known that they can enter the atmosphere of a planet and
break orbit when needed. The hyperdrive on Wraith Hive-Ships is not as
effective as that used by other races. As seen also on The Siege, Part 3
Hive-Ships do not have intergalactic Hyperdrives and are much slower than even
a Ha'tak. They have to travel in a series of jumps and depending on the
distance, must take breaks to allow the organic hull time to recover from the
effects of hyperspace radiation as stated in "No Man's Land". It is
also known that due to the massive size of the ship they have certain
weaknesses such as the hyperdrive being able to be disabled by a few well
placed shots from a F-302. The reason the Wraith have never developed advanced
hyperdrives is unknown. More then likely its because they live in a dwarf
galaxy and since the solar systems are close, in galactic terms, when they need
to take breaks to allow the ship to recover, they can cull a planet filled with
|Wraith Hive-Ships are the second largest known ships in the Stargate universe, after the Ancient city ship. It is even larger than the Ori battlecruiser as seen in the SG-1 episode "Camelot". Hive ships are at least 13 times larger than Earth's Daedalus class battlecruiser. It is unknown precisely how many Wraith each hive ship can carry, but the number is well into the thousands.|
|NUMBER OF ACTIVE WRAITH HIVE SHIPS|
In the episode "Underground", the Atlantis expedition collected
information from Wraith computer systems during a raid aboard a Hive-Ship.
Through this they found out that there are at least 21 hive ships in the same
quadrant of the Pegasus Galaxy that Atlantis is in, and at least 60 in total.
This number has been decreased over time:
This is a total of ten confirmed Hive ship kills. (Additionally, during a mission to the wrecked ancient ship AURORA, two Wraith cruisers were destroyed by the AURORA's self-destruct function; however, the total number of Wraith cruisers is unknown.) This leaves a total of at least 50 Wraith hive ships that are known to be active, with more possibly constructed during the show. However, it is quite possible that other Hive-Ships (and cruisers) were destroyed in the Wraith civil war. Information learned from the Wraith during a short-lived alliance with a single Wraith hive indicates that Wraith civilization has stagnated for centuries or longer, with all but a handful of the Wraith forgetting much about Wraith technology (the Keepers apparently handle most basic maintenance and repair that the Hive ships cannot heal on their own, and the Wraith spend most of their time hibernating anyway.) Given that Wraith provided this information, and that they later betrayed Atlantis, this information is suspect, but other information learned by Atlantis supports it.