The Nekropolis Hive
The Nekropolis Hive and its queen Calliphora are probably one of the most elusive and least explored hives in all of Equestria. They make their home in graveyards, feeding off ponies’ love by posing as ghosts of dead relatives and loved ones. Their size is unknown.
Usually they move into already existing family graves and crypts and only set up rudimentary constructions and decorations. Although they use remains and coffins for this purpose, they don’t actually eat either of those to manufacture their building material, as many ponies believe. Instead it has been found their “changeling goo" is mostly composed of various moss and fungi types.
They have little to no contact with other hives and are actually often purposely avoided by them, for the simple fact that, even if it sounds unbelievable, even other changelings are creeped out by them.
Beside their macabre living conditions, the biggest reason for this are their appearance and their general behaviour. While they appear even more “perforated" than other changelings, with colours reminding of dead leaves and decaying matter, their most distinguishing and disturbing feature is what appears to be a second set of eyelids that they can close vertically and, while see-through, allows them to block out most light. This is important because the hive is almost exclusively nocturnal and thus reacts pretty badly to bright lights. Even their hive is kept in complete darkness (which is why they seldomly keep husks).
Their general behaviour has so far been described as “sort of otherworldly". They tend to buzz around with their second set of eyelids closed, seemingly without direction, or huddled in dark corners, humming quietly, as if listening to some inner voice. Perhaps this stems from the fungi they consume and the various gases present in a graveyard. Nevertheless the hive never falls into ruin or disarray. When an intruder appears, the hive is immediately at full alert and goes into attack mode without so much as a whisper. Many a pony has already found themselves thinking they just walked into a zombie pony attack when the coffin lid next to them flew off with a loud hiss.
One should take special precautions when a full moon is out. For some reason, it sends the hive into even more of a trance and a strange sort of dancing motion above the graveyard it currently resides in. Any intruder is immediately killed on sight, but one can usually tell and avoid these events by keeping a lookout for red eyes dancing in the sky like fireflies.
Some ponies refer to this hive as “the order of the fly", proving that they are rather superstitious, but given that anyone who would find themselves in the clutches of this hive would surely think themselves in Tartarus, it is somewhat understandable.
Since a few people have asked about Calliphora's personality, here's a short blurb copy/pasted from an answer:
Calliphora is...unsettling. Usually silent, just observing, or seems to be somewhere entirely else with her thoughts, but then she suddenly focuses all her attention on you. Unpredictable. In the face of danger (to her or her hive), she becomes very aggressive, very fast. Likes to toy with others' minds at times. (See The Meeting )
Calliphora also seems very creepy and sinister, which i love.
I'm planning on showing Queen Calliphora have a fight with Queen Ambrosia giant sized in that they have a little disagreement on being giant sized.
As for Queen Calliphora there is a strange idea I have been thinking about with her in this story line idea that would center around her having strange run ins the Cutie Mark Crusaders in the Ponyville Cemetery. Such as I picture Queen Calliphora shape shifting into a physic pony with a Crystal Ball who sits at the edge of the Cemetery contacting ponies dead loved ones for a small fee. oceanrailroader.deviantart.com… As for the Cutie Mark Crusaders Queen Calliphora asks the Changelings living under rule to not harm them. In that she wants to be the only one to feed off of them. The question about this is Queen Calliphora simplifying wanting feed off of them or is she trying to protect them from her own kind?
Meanwhile My Pony OC Lotto due to some personal training he got living with a friendly Changeling Queen for a weeks in some strange indecent. What this Changeling Queen did was show Lotto how Changeling Queens behave and how they feed and what he could to live with it. When Lotto gets back to Canterlot he gets a job with Princess Celestia as her royal repair pony. But Princess Celestia finds out about Lotto's little indecent with the Changeling Queen and asks him to help him carry out her new program.
Princess Celestia meanwhile finds out about Lotto's run in with the Changelings and asks him to help her make contact with some of the Changeling hives. The idea is that Princess Celestia has some scientists who have found away to make liquid love from electricity. The Changelings meanwhile don't know the difference. So with this invention Princess Celestia wants to try to get the Changelings to be more peaceful towards ponies. What Lotto does is he goes to the various least aggressive Changeling hives including Queen Chrysalis along with others to offer them this new food source.
What the Changeling Queens have to do is not make anymore Husked ponies or not enslave ponies. If they are friendly they can have as much of this new food as they want as long as they are peaceful. Of course with this said only two to three other Changeling hives listen to this idea. Queen Calliphora listens to this idea based off that if she does. Princess Celestia won't burn down her hive and Princess Celestia won't hold any hard feelings towards Queen Calliphora's hive. Also Queen Calliphora's hive would be having a storage of food at the time.
At the same time this goes on Princess Celestia assigns Lotto with the job of bringing shipments of food to Queen Caliphora's Hive at the cemetery. This in turn has Lotto talking to Queen Caliphora if he wants to or not. Queen Caliphora during this time mainly while talking to him with a full stomach warns that Princess Celestia will make several horrible decisions based off a deep down uneasy feeling Princess Celestia has inside of her. Lotto doesn't know what to say.
As this Changeling feeding program grows from a few days to a few months with Queen Caliphora's hive. Queen Caliphora starts behaving differently. Such as at first Lotto is shocked that Queen Caliphora walked into Sugar Cub Corner and ordered sugary pony food to eat. Lotto sees her and tells her to go back to the cemetery. After that a few months later Lotto nearly loses his jaws in shock when Queen Caliphora attends the Grand Galloping gala in her pony form. During this time Lotto doesn't know if Queen Caliphora is trying to pull a fast one or if she is board or lonely or trying to see what life like outside of being a half starved Changeling Queen.
The highlight of this is when Baal attacks and gores Queen Caliphora leaving her to die. The Cutie Mark Crusaders meanwhile find her badly injured and try to help her. This in turn causes everything that Queen Caliphora ever knew to get flipped upside down.
that explains why they are tripping so much. NOW i know how the necropolis hive communicates with the dead. its like in the movie "How High" where that one dude died and when he got burned into an urne his friend used his ash as a compounder for his weed-plant. When he smoked the plant, he was able to see his dead friend XDDD
I really like this take on Changelings and how they behave. The idea of them taking advantage of a graveyard to feed on love is genius, and the second set of eyelids makes them seem almost soulless in a way. I think it'd be cool to run into one of the Nekropolis, if there wasn't such a great risk of dying by their hooves.
On a side note, looking at this picture is helping me draw my first Changeling!