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These smaller parasitic Lambent are crab-like with six legs and a small abdomen. They are normally spewed from Lambent Stalks and mutated Drudges, though Lambent Leviathans can spew them out too. Like all other Lambent forms, they have black, rock-like skin with glowing yellow Imulsion-like blood. They spit a noxious, Imulsion goo when threatened and can swarm over floors, walls and ceilings to blow up at an enemy's feet. They are physically similar to Wretches, as they can climb on walls, but are more closely like Tickers gameplay-wise. They also act to spread the Lambent infection to the other Locust, mainly Drones, by attaching themselves to their backs.
Skirmish on the CNV ClementEdit
After a Lambent Stalk came out of the seabed and emerged near the CNV Clement, it started spewing out Polyps that tried to attack the Clement, one managed to jump into Clementn and charged Damon Baird who was in the well of the submarine's bridge, Baird took out the Polyp, it exploded but didn't caused any damage, as a second Stalk popped out, several Polyps were able to get onto the hull, Baird, knowing he'd be swarmed if he tried to get back inside, told Commander Garcia to close the hatch and dive to drown the polyps and Gill Gettner to winch him into the Raven. As the Clement dived, Baird and the Polyps were left on the water's surface with polyps floundering and Baird hooking himself into a sling dropped by the Raven. Baird got himself into the sling and was winched up into the Raven, however a Polyp managed to grab onto his knees before being kicked off by Baird, giving him minor burns. After Baird was safe, Dom Santiago took out the remaining Polyps with the Raven's machine gun.
Battle of Emerald Spar PlatformEdit
After a Stalk emerged at the Imulsion rig, it soon began to spew out Polyps in the lower deck, catching the humans off guard as they thought the battle would be on the upper decks. The people there began to engage them while the other searched for them. Baird, Cole and Sam came across a door that they realized had Polyps behind it from the noises and vibrations. After preparing for the attack, they opened the door. Dozens of Polyps rushed towards them but they were able to eleiminate most of them with only a small ammount of them remaining behind the door, Sam went checking and eliminated the remaining Polyps, they encountered more Polyps coming up a stairway, but Aurelie Dersau, hanging on a ladder and armed with a Scorcher, sprayed fire over them. For some reason, the Polyps didn't immediately detonate, not even when Cole fired into them, but finally one did, causing the stairway and part of the gantry (presumably rusted to a critical point) to fall into the sea and take the Polyps with them, but leave Aurelie hanging onto the ladder with nothing below her. After Polyps started climbing over the walkway above her, Baird and Cole climbed the safety rails to it and took out the Polyps before pulling her to safety. Another wave of Polyps attacked Baird, Cole and Sam, but they managed to take them out, after the stalk had been destroyed the defenders procceded to destroy the remaining Polyps. As everything calmed down however, another stalk popped up on the other side of the well bay to release even more polyps into the rig. In the well bay, Dom, Marcus, a Gorasni driller, four the rig crew and Trescu battled the polyps that came out of the stalk, but no matter how many they killed, more kept coming and due to a ruptured vapor tank, they couldn't use makeshift flamethrowers without blowing up the platform. Eventually the smoke from the fire got too much and after checking to see that the fire had spread and wasn't under control, Trescu ordered the platform abandoned and the crew to board the lifeboats. It is presumed that any remaining Polyps sank along the platform when it finally came down.
First Battle of New JacintoEdit
After a Lambent Leviathan arrived in front of Vectes Naval Base it released hundreds of Polyps inside the jetty that began to attack the Gears stationed there. They destroyed several of them before running away with the Polyps chasing them while another wave was released. The Gears lead them into the Imulsion field trenches before igniting them, incinerating a large number of Polyps. The ones who didn't fall into the trenches were bulldozed into the trenches by several Assault Derricks led by Dizzy Wallin.
While they headed back to the jetty the Gears found that the Gorasni camp came under attack by Polyps, though they were originally easy to defeat, due to charging en masse, they eventually scattered and reformed around the defenders to head into the camp. The Stranded however, had dealt with the Polyps before and manage to form a defensive line and to scatter in pairs. The group was able to stop the Polyps, though with heavy casualties.
Battle of PelruanEdit
While the Battle of New Jacinto was taking place at Vectes, another Leviathan headed for the town of Pelruan. It released several Polyps at the small town. KR Three-Three and the defending Gears began to fend off the Polyps, however the Leviathan managed to launch several Polyps inside the Raven, which managed to destroy it and killed the crew. The defenders were able to destroy the Polyps but the Leviathan dissapeared.
Lt. Kevan Mitchell tries to take out the Leviathan with the KR 239 guns, only to get attacked by one of its tentacles (which barely misses the Raven) and caused the Leviathan to release more Polyps, the town's veterans and the Gorasni forces, though grudginly, manage to stop the Polyps from breaking through their lines. As the Raven attacked the Leviathan once more, it released more Polyps into the town. Anya Stroud and Bernadette Mataki manage to drive a Packhorse and start to take down the Polyps around them. After Mitchell manages to kill the Leviathan, the town's defenders manage to kill the remaining Polyps.
Battle of Grid Echo-FiveEdit
Battle of the Vectes Imulsion FieldEdit
Battle of Edlar FarmEdit
Second Battle of New JacintoEdit
Emergence on Southwest Coast of VectesEdit
When Cpl. Damon Baird and Yanik Laas were looking for samples in the southwest coas of Vectes a Stalk emerged in front of them, launching several dozen Polyps that charged at the two, they took them out quickly, but a last Polyp leaped at Baird, Yanik shot it out of the air before it landed but Baird was slightly burned by some acid, they quickly began to collect samples from the dead Polyps, noting that these had different spines on their backs than other Polyps they had fought.
Stalk Emergence at the ReservoirEdit
Third Battle of New JacintoEdit
Flooding of PelruanEdit
Battle of GerrenhaltEdit
While out on patrol around Gerrenhalt two gears spotted a group of lights in the nearby forest. At first, they lost track of the lights, but they quickly returned as a small group of Polyps charged their vehicle. The two gears fired at them and quickly took them down. The next day several Stalks emerged in the center of the settlement and the gears tried to fight off the Polyps but got quickly overwhelmed. As they struggled to hold them off, KR Eight-Zero and Delta-One gave assistance to the settlement. Marcus Fenix , Dom Santiago and Augustus Cole found the remaining civilians trapped by Polyps in a warehouse, they killed the Polyps and got the civilians to safety. Anya Stroud and the other gears finished off the remaining Polyps attacking the town.
Attack on the SovereignEdit
- " Ah shit! Polyps-they're back!"
- — Dom Santiago after finding Polyps attacking Nash (Sovereign) onboard the CNV Sovereign.
As KR Zero-One approached the CNV Sovereign, several Polyps boarded the ship and began attacking the crew, they quickly killed Nash and entered the galley but were killed by Delta-One. Polyps then used pipes to travel around the ship, bursting out and attacking Delta and other gears across the ship. The Lambent Leviathan spew out several Polyps inside the ship while attacking it with its tentacles but were dealt with by Delta Squad. It released several Polyps inside the ship as it got injured, Delta managed to hold off the Polyps until the Leviathan was killed.
Mission to HanoverEdit
- " Okay, Baird, now we've got polyps! Happy?
- — Samantha Byrne and Damon Baird after seeing Polyps on the roof of the grocery store.
Cpl.Damon Baird at first seemed to be worried to see Polyps in Hanover, however after a skirmish with some Drudges and other Lambent lifeforms at a park Baird remarked that he prefered the Polyps over the new 'glowies', shortly after the group entered inside a grocery store they began to see Polyps on the roof, shortly after spotting them they began to attack them inside the store, they continued to attack Cole 's team around Hanover. At Centennial Bridge the Leviathan unleashed several Polyps on the bridge but were quickly dispatched by the Gears.
Mission to CharEdit
- "Look, that guy is out of his goddamn mind. I mean, how can he even get 'em in there? A box of Polyps, what the fuck!"
- — Jace Stratton after watching Polyps coming out of a box an "Ash Man" dropped.
Inside the city of Char a team comprised of Marcus Fenix, Anya Stroud, Samantha Byrne and Jace Stratton were ambushed by an Ash Man who used several traps to try to kill the gears. Incluiding crates full of lambent Polyps who attacked the gears but weren't a match for them. A few more Polyps attacked them while pursuing the Ash Man.
Inside Aaron Griffin 's refinery the team found several Lambent lifeforms infesting the refinery, Polyps included and after several Lambent Stalks erupted from the ground more Polyps joined the battle but the gears managed to destroy all Lambent and continue their way.
Behind the scenesEdit
According to the E3 Demo, the Polyp will swarm from larger Lambent to attack the player. They have very little health; entire swarms being easily defeated by Lancer fire. However, the explosive damage is high when fought at too close a range, and can cause a lot of damage when exploding in packs.
- In the prologue of Gears of War 3 named Troubled Past Marcus has a nightmare about his father's death, starting with him inside the Slab but instead of Wretches surrounding his cell there are Polyps trying to get inside it until Anya arrives to rescue him.
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