|Recent Necrontyr Hardware Upgrades
Recently we have begun noticing new hardware packages being installed on Necrontyr facing
our forces. It is imperative that you are informed of these new upgrades, and pass this
information along to those who can best use it.
The most noticeable recent change in hardware is the disruption field employed by a number
of Necrontyr warriors. Most of these Necrontyr appear to be more elegant and streamlined
than the ones we have been facing up to this point, so it is possible that they are either
a 'higher form' of Necrontyr or have had more advanced shells built for themselves.
Whatever the reason, they are certainly more advanced than before. The disruption field is
a grand example of this. Rather than relying on gauss 'grenades' to attack our vehicles in
close quarters, Necrontyr equipped with disruption fields can simply walk up to them and
damage them with relative ease. The disruption field allowing them to do this works in a
very similar manner to the gauss grenades. However, instead of placing a small container
on the vehicle that disrupts the vehicle's molecules and stores away a sample for later
study, the entire Necrontyr body now performs that function. It appears that the Necrontyr
have a permanent 'gauss field' around them, excited by their electromagnetic field. This
field removes random particles from objects around the Necrontyr and stores them as codes
in the Necrontyr's memory banks. The most damaging side effect of this molecular breakdown
is that soldiers fighting the Necrontyr often get nauseous, and many die from sever
hemorrhaging brought on by internal injuries. Another side effect is that equipment tends
to fail and begins to break apart. This field would not be much of a serious problem for
our vehicles, were it not for the Necrontyr's ability to direct the field and focus it,
allowing them to bring the full field to bear on a nearby vehicle. Even then it would not
be though of as a problem, save for those few Necrontyr that equipped with upgraded dermal
plating allowing them to smash through a vehicle's weakened armour. However, most
Necrontyr work in squads, allowing a group of them to severely weaken a vehicle's armour
before they attack. I have not yet found a way to counter this field, but I am working on
An upgrade to an already existing Necrontyr system is the Phylactery. This is basically a
vastly improved Necrontyr self repair and diagnostics system. It works on the same basis
as all Necrontyr repair systems; that is, it uses miniature drones to move about and
reshape portions of the Necrontyr, either repairing or replacing damaged systems. The
Phylactery contains highly advanced repair drones, which are far more efficient than
normal repair drones. These drones contain a wide range of repair tools, as well as
electronics and wiring, any of which can be pulled out and patched into the Necrontyr at
any time. In the event that an area is too heavily damaged to repair using normal
methods, a phylactery drone will attach itself to the damaged region and reshape its
internal and external body plates, electronics, and wiring to repair the damage,
occasionally rerouting some of the Necrontyr's systems through unconventional means when
needed. For more information on the Phylactery, see my full report on the device.
The Phase Shifter is an alternate form of the C'tan Phase Field. Instead of a device
worn by its user, the Phase Shifter is built into a Necrontyr's chest. The effect is still
the same, in that it moves the user in and out of realspace, making him corporeal one
instant and non-corporeal the next. See my report on Necrontyr Equipment for a full
description of how the C'tan Phase Field works.
The Nightmare Shroud is another new form of hardware. It creates a 'shroud' of psychic
energy around the Necrontyr. Within this shroud, non-Necrontyr sentients are treated to a
psychic stimulus that brings their worst nightmares to the fore of their mind,
transforming the already menacing Necrontyr into a hideous monster that would surely
destroy the sentient in its mind. This appears to be another of the Necrontyr's
psychological weapons, and has been noted to be rather effective on the field of battle. I
have found no way to reverse the effect or even nullify it, but it has been noted that on
one occasion a Cullexus Assassin was able to approach a Necrontyr equipped with a
Nightmare Shroud without a problem, suggesting that the Shroud requires its victim to have
a warp presence (a 'soul') to be affected.
I hope you have found this report most useful. I will continue to report to you any new
hardware or equipment found in our investigations of the Necrontyr.
ADDENDUM I (8780999.M41)
A new addition to the Necrontyr armour is the Warscythe. This is the name given to a class of weapons made from the same unknown materials as the Necrontyr ships and the C'tan Necrodermis. The 'living metal' used in the creation of these weapons gives them superior strength and a cutting edge that is able to slice through practically any material, including the armour of a Leman Russ main battle tank, or the sides of an adamantine bunker.
ADDENDUM II (8782999.M41)
The Chronometron is an interesting device. It has the ability to slow time
imperceptibly around a Necrontyr and his personal retinue. This allows them to react faster in the pursuit of
their foes or in a tactical withdrawal. It works by bending time around the Necrontyr in a small bubble, just extending past it a small amount.
ADDENDUM III (8782999.M41)
The Lightning Field is a new protective device that is placed directly in a Necrontyr Lord's metal body. The field extends to cover the Lord's personal retinue as well, by emitting a small pulse of data carrying specified commands to the
electro-magnetic pulse generators of other Necrontyr. When the Lord and his retinue are struck by blows in personal combat, the field activates, sending out a small pulse of focused
electro-magnetic energy directed at the individual that scored a hit on the Necrontyr. This pulse is not generally deadly, but it will usually be strong enough to take a soldier out of action for several hours, or at the very least weaken him significantly.
ADDENDUM IV (8783999.M41)
A new device designed to counter the use of powerful weaponry or powered weapons against Necrontyr is the Resurrection
Orb. This device is a small orb held by a Necrontyr Lord, or attached to his Staff of Light. The orb emits a mixed pulse of energy over a distance of approximately 20m that augments the
self-repair drones contained within all Necrontyr and prevents them from shorting out or being completely destroyed by destructive weaponry. This allows the Necrontyr within the radius of the orb's effects to repair horrendous damage, including that which would normally totally destroy a Necrontyr drone.
ADDENDUM V (8786999.M41)
The Solar Pulse is a basic protective device, built into the shell of a Necrontyr Lord's body. It emits a short burst of bright light that makes it all but impossible to accurately target the Lord and surrounding Necrontyr, and sometimes has been known to blind Imperial soldiers. In night conditions, this pulse also allows the Lord and Necrontyr within his retinue to clearly see for a short period of time. Whatever the reason, the pulse cannot be used more than once in the space of a few hours.
Your obedient servant,
Magos Biologis Urieth Malkar