Cronos Parasite Engine
The Cronos Parasite Engine, often shortened to the Cronos, is a variety of "oh god what the fuck!?" biological machines known as Pain Engines. They, alongside their brethren, the Talos Pain Engine, are one of the darkest and most sick fuck of all sick fuck abominations created by the Dark Eldar. Chaos wishes it could be this cool.
The Cronos are semi-sentient, part organic and part mechanical monsters that slowly drift along on anti-gravitic motors. Created by the Haemonculi through a strange blend of alchemy and science, the Cronos drains away not only the physical constituents of its victims but also their life essence - what little is left of its unfortunate victim is a pathetic shriveled husk which quickly collapses to little more than dust, hence why they are called Parasite Engines.
The majority of the Cronos soul-sucking vampiric weapons are such, that it uses their life force as literal fuel to power their arcane abilities. For example, their multiple combat tentacles leech the essence of their prey which than travels within the Cronos and invigorates itself in the process. Alternatively, similar to the Medusae, the Cronos acts like money trees, in which the stolen vitality of the machine’s victim is then magnified within its shiny carapace, fed through its ribbed capacitor-valves and projected from its resonator vanes once more. The affects of which is like that of a psychic pulse of pure spirit juice - nourishing and rejuvenating any DEldar standing near the Cronos. Usually that DEldar is its Haemonculus master and his petting zoo creatures from Hell.
It is this ability that has led the superstitious denizens of the Imperium to refer to the Cronos as ‘time-thieves’, for they steal youth and vigor from their prey and gift it to their keepers. The DEldar who drank all the ghostly Kool-Aid promptly becomes stronk and powerful. No wonder the higher ups in Commorragh wants these guys so bad.
They are often armed with a plethora of hooks to chains, to the numerous segmented tendrils that drains the life out of their victims such as chain-flails, ichor injectors, a liquefier gun, syringes and adrenaline boosters. And no, they are too fucked to be even be included in /d/...yeah, it's that bad.
|Forces of the Dark Eldar|
|Command:|| Archons - Haemonculi - Kabalite Trueborn |
Lhamaeans - Medusae - Sslyth - Succubi
|Troops:|| Beastmasters - Commorragh Slaves - Grotesques |
Hellions - Incubi - Kabalite Warriors - Mandrakes
Scourges - Wracks - Wyches
|Beasts:||Clawed Fiends - Khymerae - Razorwing Flocks - Ur-Ghuls|
|Pain Engines:||Cronos Parasite Engines - Talos Pain Engines|
|Vehicles:|| Raiders - Raven Fighters - Razorwing Jetfighters |
Reapers - Reaver Jetbikes - Venoms
|Super Heavies:||Ravagers - Tantali - Voidraven Bombers|