Lavamites and Handler
Combat Level: Strategic
Where: Core Rulebook
The Lavan species, and in particular, the Lavamite unit, are the most deadly creatures known in Antares. Bred by Boromites, they are used primarily for mining but come in a number of different sub-species to perform other tasks.
The Lavan sub-species making up a Lavamite unit consist of the Lavamites themselves, a handler and optional upgrades to Lavamite Rock Broods and added Hatchlings.
Lavan species abound within Boromite enclaves, kept, bred, and made use of as part of mining operations and to some extent simply as pets. Lavan creatures are ﬁtted with technological implants that allow the Boromites to monitor them and control them, at least, control them to some degree…
Lavan hatchlings are the first hatch stage of the Lavan creature. As the hatchling grows it moults its stony exterior shell and from it emerges a new, larger and sometimes quite different secondary stage juvenile. Most hatchlings mature into lavamites, moulting and shedding their outer shell several times during the process. Some just keep growing and gradually become creatures of vast size and awesome appearance. Hatchlings are tiny when they first emerge but quickly expand until they are ready for their first moult. This means hatchlings can be various sizes all mixed up together. Quite how many make a swarm is anyone’s guess and depends upon the size and maturity of the hatchlings as much as anything. As mere babies hatchlings have a lower resist (Res) than adult lavamites, but what they otherwise lack as individuals they make up for in terms of sheer mass.
Lavan creatures are also adapted into micromites that the Boromites use as battlefield probes, and locomites, used for riding and racing.
On the table
Though they have precious little in ranged firepower – and that from the handler – it is worth noting that the Lavamite unit is the most deadly unit in Assaults in the Antares game. The most basic lavamites are deadly, but their elder form, the Rock Brood, is even more deadly and is astonishly quick in short bursts. To keep up with them, many players give their Boromite handler a suspensor platform which can also sprint in the same way as the Rock Brood, and which can carry up to three hatchling swarms.
Each lavamite has numerous attacks in hand-to-hand. Many also have the option to spit lava in point blank shooting, just before they engage.
The main weakness of the unit is in its lack of ranged firepower and in the need for a handler. Without the handler, the unit becomes just a beast unit, and potentially cannot control objectives, but it also loses some critical command and control.
|Lavamite Mixed Infantry/Beast unit||Ag||Acc||Str||Res||Init||Co||Special|
|Handler with with plasma pistol, lectro lash, reflex armour||4||5||5||6(7)||6||9||Leader (can be upgraded to Leader 2: recommended!)|
|3-5 x Lavamite||4||7||7||8||6||5||3 Attacks SV2, Lava Spit|
|Lavamite Rock Brood (upgraded lavamites)||4||7||7||8||6||5||4 Attacks SV3, Lava Spit, Rapid Sprint|
|0-1 Hatchling Swarms per Lavamite/Rock Brood||5||7||7||7||6||5||3 Attacks SV1, Lava Spit|
Lavamites in store
A lavamite unit is available on its own but can be upgraded with further hatchlings and rock brood lavamites, and is sometimes also available as part of some army deals. Wherever found, many Boromite players consider the lavamites a core component of their force, one an enemy has to handle!