Iunov Supercolony, The
The Iunov Supercolony is a massive collection of sentient nanomachines that were created on the planet Iunov. They were initially designed to assist with tissue repair and regeneration but their ability to work as a complex hive mind made them more adaptable then their initial design anticipated. Their creators’ demagogic leaders used the fear of the self-replicating nanomachines’ to consolidate power, despite the benevolent nature of the Supercolony itself. This fear eventually caused the creator species to irradiate their planet in a misguided attempt to rid it of the nanomachines. Ironically, the damage to the planet spelled the eventual end for the creator species and within 4 generations they had all but disappeared.
The Supercolony, however, took residence in the bodies of the 2 species on the planet largely unaffected by the increase in radiation – a cockroach-like insect and a thick shelled crustacean. Using their knowledge of tissue regeneration to rapidly accelerate and guide the evolution of the two species, the Supercolony became inseparable from their biological hosts.