Just took over a xarquid, with the intent of trying to recover it alive, and noticed a couple of things.
First-it seems only to be carrying a sonic pistol with regards to the capacity to order it to open fire, with very similarly low TU cost to fly, no automatic setting on its weapon. But a blast from a xarquid tends to make a hell of a mess of whatever it hits, way over and above the damage that a sonic pistol would likely do.
Second-unlike any other alien that I've ever MC'ed, when you take control of a xarquid, you can access the inventory through the inventory button, with it displaying 'xarquid' rather than 'xarquid terrorist' which appears in its stats. Does this mean that a xarquid, if a scenario were to be set up to use the 'recover zombie'/pet tentaculat trick could be exploited in order to add a xarquid to the crew as a tank option? that would be a really neat trick.
And third-whats that weird arse icon that appears next to its name, in the inventory screen? the way its inventory is accessible when MC'ed, makes it seem like the behaviour is closer to that of a character NAMED 'xarquid' rather than an alien of species 'xarquid'
One other question-being a 4 tile critter, being able to MC each tile separately allows for additional TU to be restored, does this equate also to being able to repeatedly fire, deplete its TU, MC again and then serve up some more hurt on whatever happens to make itself available for target practice? And, when facing with the 'head' (I.e the calamari end, I know nautiluses (nautili? nautiluseseses? nautilises?
swim 'baclwards' but here I'm counting the end that dishes out the damage.
And is it possible, to have a xarquid which has been MC'ed pick up and use grenades and other items? since it only mounts the weapon in one hand. Or to unload it? drop it?
And, after MCing it several times to bring it inside the triton for stunning in the hopes of being able to capture one alive,even after experimentally ditching the regular tank, MCing the xarquid again, wasn't able to bring it back alive, yet it counted as MIA. And for some reason on the approach to the triton, was only able to MC it once, not 4x sometimes, yet 4x some other times. What gives there? it would be neat to be able to capture one alive, and better yet, to be able to take it over and use it as a sonic pistol-level tank with great accuracy, since they do seem to have a lot better skills as snipers than the base weapon accuracy would suggest.
Lastly, what else can be done with these buggers?