November 14, 2011 by marrier9999
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Canoptek Scorpions were designed for two purposes; demolition and salvage. Sometimes even a swarm of scarabs cannot remove the wrecked hulks of enemy vehicles effectively, particularly when the battle itself is still in progress. Thus it falls to the scorpions, armored and nearly as large as the vehicles themselves. Using their cutting lasers and large claws, they take apart scrap with ease. Once it is in pieces, the Scorpion will either allow scarabs to recycle it, or dispose of it with its transdimensional beamer. On occasion, the Scorpion will be required to return the components of xenos vehicles so they can be studied. For these more delicate operations, sets of manipulators can be deployed from its claws so it can take components apart without destroying them. They will then return the delicate cargo to their masters with surprising gentleness and grace. Groups of Scorpions are sometimes deployed to take apart much larger targets like crashed space craft. This is when they are at their most impressive and terrifying; seeing dozens of tank sized mechanical scorpions crawling over and tearing apart cruisers and battle barges is an awesome and horrifying spectacle. It\'s size and array of equipment also make it equally adept at taking apart vehicles that are still operating. Quick and nimble on its feet, just like the living arthropod it\'s modeled after, it quickly skitters onto vehicles and begins taking them apart. All the crew can do is huddle inside and wait in fear for the moment when the Scorpion opens the crew compartment and discovers it needs to dispose of more than just the vehicle.