Codex: The Hive The Hive was a new species discovered in 1384 CD by both the Turians and the Krogan. First contact occurred when a Krogan raiding party activated and entered a primary relay and was followed by a Turian patrol. While the two forces engaged on the other side of the relay they were watched by a nearby alien vessel. The vessel turned out to be hive ship monitoring the unopened relay and after the battle concluded, several more hive ships appeared to begin diplomatic contact with the Turians. The Hive is the only known species to have developed an interstellar society without the use of eezo FTL. In fact, the species appears to use no eezo at all and may have been unaware of the element before contact with the Citadel. This appears to have led them to develop unique, organic technologies that are less effective than eezo-enhanced technology overall, but grant unique abilities such as FTL telepathy and infantry-scale energy weapons. Little is known about Hive biology or society. Although friendly, the species is highly isolationist and limits their contacts with other species to diplomatic and mercantile endeavors. The Hive military seems to rely primarily on their unique energy weapon. While this weapon is shorter-ranged than standard mass effect weaponry, it is highly accurate and bypasses Kinetic Barriers. This makes hive creatures and ships deadly up close, but ineffective at long ranges. This weapon also allows the hive to field effective fighter-class ships, ignoring the problems conventional fighters have against capital-scale Kinetic Barriers. After being attacked by Krogan forces, the Hive declared war against the Krogan and agreed to a military alliance with the Citadel.