The chimantis are a race of bizarre monstrosities that organize in hives, similar to eusocial insects. While the different classes can be extremely varied in appearance, all chimantis can be identified as such due to their similartiy to a bizarre amalgamtion of arthropods and reptiles or amphibians. They tend to have at least three pairs of limbs, a tail and a sharp toothed maw with two independently moving lower jaw halves, their bodies covered in chitinous plates. A winged chimantis has thick, almost leathery but still translucent insect-like wings.
chimantis communicate via an empathic link shared between all creatures within 90 feet of each other as well as a rudimentary but efficient language of hisses and clicks and pheromone traces. Each chimantis also has a set of strong instincts based on its role in the colony but it is also intelligent and capable of adapting to unusual situations, which allows a clony to funtion with minimal communication.
The massive chimantis matriarchs seem to be able to consciously modify the genetic makeup of their spawn and guide the evolution of their colony. They birth larvae containing all genetic variations the matriarch deems useful. These larvae have the ability to enter a metamorphosis into any of the chimantis variations “stored” in their genetic code. This metamorphosis, during which other stored genetic structures are discarded to preven accidental malformations, is triggered by a telepathic impulse of the matriarch. The source of the genetic material used in the evolution of a chimantis colony comes from prey either fed directly to the matriarch or consumed by a lesser chimantis which in turn is then fed to the matriarch.
A newborn matriarch “knows” only the genetic structures of the swarm’s most basic forms: larvae, drones, soldiers and matriarchs, it must first consume differing genetic materials to create more complex forms. This means, a matriarch founding a new colony needs to first capture prey to diversify its swarm, while a matriarch taking over an existing colony can simply consume the necessary material from other individuals of its swarm.
All basic forms of chimantis are universally adapted to life in various environments, ranging from underwater to high mountains. They are excellent climbers and swimmers and can breathe underwater, which is why their colonies can be found in any of these environments. More specialized chimantis are usually only adapted to the environment of their specific colony, which keeps their genetic material simple and thus more capable of being specialized towards certain tasks.