The Universal Collective operates on the principle of recycling. It views the various distinct beings and machines scattered across the galaxy as all capable of serving a greater purpose, but as unable to do so because they are directed by their own will or the control of another's will. It further views destruction as inherently evil, as it makes formerly useful objects useless. To this end, the Universal Collective seeks to assimilate as much foreign technology and biomass as possible, and repurpose them to serve the greater goal that is the Collective's unified vision of the universe. Assimilated beings and equipment are part of the class of being known as hive drones.
Hive drones vary in size and shape; some are the size of insects, while others are the size of planetoids. Almost every Collective "being" is a drone, with the exception of processor nodes, which are the only portions of the Collective's interstellar infrastructure where the Collective can be considered to "exist." In