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Glossary: Model Ten

Model Ten?

Enemy Classification: Hive Caretaker / Low-Threat / Structural Support

Elimination Reward: 1 Point

Model Description: Model Tens are small, child-sized entities with a distinctive monkey-like appearance and six identical limbs, each ending in a hand equipped with three fingers and two thumbs. A unique blade extends from the back of each hand, utilised primarily in their role as caretakers and gardeners within the hive. Despite lacking a conventional head, these models are effective in their tasks, focusing on the pruning and maintenance necessary for the hive's growth and adaptation. They are not built for speed but compensate with surprising strength, making them robust workers essential to the hive's early and ongoing development.

An Artist's Depiction of a Model Ten


Threat Analysis Report: Model Ten

Threat Rating:


Model Tens are integral to the structural and environmental maintenance of the hive. While they pose little direct threat due to their lack of combat capabilities, their role in supporting the hive's infrastructure makes them crucial for the Antithesis's sustainability and expansion.

Threat Capabilities

Structural Maintenance:

Model Tens are responsible for the physical upkeep of the hive, ensuring that it remains adaptable and resilient against both environmental and man-made threats.

Resource Management: Their activities help optimise the hive's resource usage, contributing to the efficiency of other models and the overall ecosystem of the hive.

Adaptability: Despite their lack of speed, the strength and multipurpose functionality of their limbs allow them to perform a wide range of tasks essential for hive sustainability.

Survivability: Model Tens are hardy, capable of operating under various environmental conditions which ensures their utility throughout the hive's life cycle.

Strategic Threat Assessment

Containment Difficulty:

Low. Model Tens are not equipped with mechanisms for evasion or defence, making them easy targets if isolated from the hive.

Military and Civilian Risk: Very Low. They are not designed for combat and pose no direct threat to human forces or civilians.

Potential for Expansion: High. By maintaining and expanding hive infrastructure, Model Tens play a passive but crucial role in the Antithesis's territorial and biological expansion.

Mitigation Strategies

Surveillance and Containment:

Monitoring hive areas where Model Tens are active can provide insights into the layout and vulnerabilities of Antithesis structures.

Targeted Disruptions: Disrupting the activities of Model Tens can slow hive growth and adaptation, potentially making the entire structure more vulnerable to attack.

Research and Development: Studying their role and biology can yield methods to destabilise the hive ecosystem without direct confrontation.


Model Tens, while not combatants, are fundamental to the Antithesis's operational capacity. Disrupting their work can indirectly weaken the hive, making them strategic targets in efforts to curb the spread of the Antithesis.

Addendum M10-1: Transcript of Field Observation by Dr. Evelyn "Dagger" Hargrove

Date: [Redacted]

Subject: Model Ten Behavioral Analysis

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Dr. Evelyn Hargrove:

"Recording now. Observing the Model Tens in their natural environment provides fascinating insights into the communal and cooperative structures of the Antithesis. Despite their simple tasks, the complexity of their interactions and the precision of their movements suggest a highly developed, albeit specialised, form of intelligence."

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[Sound of notes being scribbled]

Dr. Evelyn Hargrove: "Each Model Ten is equipped with a blade on the back of their hands, which they use with surprising skill to prune and manipulate their environment. This not only supports the hive structurally but also seems to play a role in controlling the internal climate and resource distribution. They're like... little lab assistants, but without all of the complaining, evem when they get splashed with a bit of unidentified antithesis juice."

[A saw buzzes for some time.]

Dr. Evelyn Hargrove: "Muscle density is pretty high, and their bones are almost bird-like in the way that they're hollow. They guys are light and strong. I'm surprised they haven't seen any combat use outside of last lines of defence. Also, their brains are quite large and dense. I suspect these guys are a lot smarter than we give them credit for."

[Recording ends]

Dr. Evelyn Hargrove: "In conclusion, while they might seem mundane compared to other models, the Model Tens are pivotal in maintaining the operational efficiency of the hive. Disrupting their routine could have disproportionate effects on the hive's stability."

End of Transcript.

Addendum M10-2: Known colloquially among troops as:

- Pruners

- Gardeners

- Blade Hands

- Caretakers

- Monkeys

Addendum M10-3: Ongoing research into the biological adaptations of Model Tens suggests potential applications in robotic engineering and autonomous maintenance systems, offering insights into creating machines that can perform complex tasks in unstructured environments without direct human oversight.

Addendum M10-4: Incident Report: Hive Collapse Due to Model Ten Disruption

Date: [Redacted]

Incident Summary:

An accidental disruption in the routines of Model Ten units at an Antithesis site led to a partial structural collapse of the hive. This incident occurred during a routine operation aimed at planting surveillance devices. The interference caused the Model Tens to abandon their tasks, resulting in rapid deterioration of critical support structures and subsequent resource mismanagement. This unintended experiment has highlighted the pivotal role these units play in maintaining the structural integrity and operational efficiency of the hive.

Addendum M10-5: Experimental Strategy: Model Ten Mimicry

Following observations of the crucial roles played by Model Tens, a proposal has been made to develop robotic mimics that could infiltrate hives by emulating the appearance and behaviours of Model Tens. These mimics would carry sensors and disruptors designed to subtly interfere with the hive's operations without alerting other models to their presence. Early designs and tests are underway, focusing on mobility and the integration of blade-like tools that match those of the Model Tens.

Addendum M10-5b: Experimental Strategy: Model Ten Mimicry

Operation cancelled.

Antithesis hives noticed the intrusion immediately. Even mimics that our AI couldn't identify as anything but a Model Ten were immediately noticed and destroyed.

Addendum M10-6: Note on Ethical Considerations

Ethical discussions have emerged regarding the treatment and consideration of Model Tens during Antithesis containment and neutralisation operations. Given their non-combative nature and essential role in the ecological balance of the hive, questions have been raised about the morality of targeting these units. Ongoing debates focus on the balance between military necessity and the ethical implications of disrupting what are essentially maintenance workers within the Antithesis ecosystem.

Such debates are to be suppressed, degraded, and censored.