"GIVE THE SQUIDDIES NO QUARTER."
- – General Kojhmar on the war against the Thyrrus, propaganda poster
"What the fuck is that thing doing?"
- – Anonymous Imperial Guardsman, after watching a Thyrrus warrior dance around a fire while making mating noises
"All the world's a stage, and all the
men and women Thyrrus merely players."
- – Jaques, As You Like It
The Thyrrus (or Histrio Tragoedus, according to Magos Biologis Sharle Darvus) are a xenos species of cephalophod-like beings, first discovered in the Segmentum Pacificus in around 784.M41, where they fought the Imperial Guard. This species is remarkable due to being one of the weirdest aliens Mankind has ever made contact with, and considering the amount of weirdoes that populate the galaxy, that says something.
A Thyrrus specimen is heavily described in Xenology by Magos Biologis Darvus. According to the researcher, Thyrrus have a cartilagenous body, with a lot of tentacles both on the upper and lower parts, which are probably used as means of locomotion. They have two pairs of proper arms, each one having multiple joints, ending with three or four-fingered hands. They have four eyes, suggesting that they have 230º peripheral vision. They don't have any form of endoskeleton or exoskeleton, as the weight of their bodies are supported by a cartilagenous spine. This means Thyrrus are quite squishy, although this doesn't mean they're fragile creatures. They eat through a process of osmosis done by a series of organs located on their... mouths?... They also breathe by the same means, like the system used by jellyfish, although much more complex.
They seem to be adapted to live in extreme locations and climates, adapting quite easily to adverse conditions. They are able to adapt their bodies according to atmospheric, gravitational, and geographical conditions on the planet they're on. They also can change the colours of their body at will, probably with a social purpose in mind rather than camouflage. They are basically the result of a squid and a jellyfish smashed together and then put in the microwave to melt.
Society and Behaviour
The Thyrrus' way of life centers entirely around show and spectacle. They seem to think that life is just a big performance, either as a big elaborate play or some game being played by neckbeards in their spare time, so they've just decided to have fun while they're at it. They have no concept of victory or defeat, and every single aspect of their lives, from the battlefield to cooking, is interpreted as a show. Thus, it is pretty common for the Thyrrus to just try to make as many flashes of light and noises at every opportunity, regardless of the sense (or lack thereof) that they make in the context they're in. For instance, they can blow up a building trying to cook dinner, but the place looked so pretty while burning~
In warfare it seems like they don't care about who actually wins, so long as the battle is really freakin' cool. During their fights against the Imperial Guard in the Segmentum Pacificus, the Thyrrus were a quite imposing opponent, with their threatening looks and their plasma weaponry... only for them to start doing weird shit that worked to their detriment (probably their equivalent of drinking and dancing during battle), which left the Guardsmen wondering what the hell was going on. Due to this, and because of their weird shape, humans have given the Thyrrus the nickname of "Squiddies", which is absolutely fucking adorable.