In real life, drones are a caste in various social insect hierarchies, such as those of ants and bees, usually involved with the fertilisation of a colony's queen. Being biological in nature, it is possible that Alternia's drones are also related to trolls in the same way the Mother Grub is.
Drones sometimes called imperial drones are responsible for collecting the genetic material of adult trolls and delivering it to the Mother Grub to be combined into the slurry from which all new trolls are created . Failure to produce material from either of the concupiscent quadrants is punished by immediate execution .
Other drones, called culling drones, are at least partially involved in Alternia's process of culling or exterminating the .
Drones should not be confused with the His Honorable Tyranny, who shares a similar thorny, chitinous appearance and bleeds like a living organism , may however be somehow related to the drones.involved in the construction of young trolls' hives, which may be robotic.
During the time of Hiveswap and the reign of the heiress Trizza Tethis, a unique kind of drone decorated in her distinctive fuchsia, black and gold color scheme are deployed around Outglut, aggressively burning down hives and attacking residents during Act 1 and forcing Xefros Tritoh to escape with Joey Claire. Trizza uses her drones to harvest colorful low-caste blood with which to paint her nails.
These drones are capable of rocket-propelled flight, implying they may be technologically enhanced in some way.
During Act 2, a drone is responsible for controlling the train out of Thrashthrust.
In fitting with Crockercorp's post-scratch rebranding, some time after Jane Crocker and Jake English's entry into the Medium the Condesce began to employ drones sporting her signature white and scarlet. Finding the usual human method of reproduction “revolting”, she attempted to use these drones to impose the troll method on humanity, requiring humans to also provide samples of genetic material to them . It was seemingly not until this process had been in place for some time before robotic drones were introduced , implying the Condesce had some success in replicating the non-robotic drones of Alternia, but deemed the process too resource intensive. The new robotic drones are armed with both machine guns and missiles .
Even after the extinction of a majority of the human race, robotic drones continued to be used to police the Earth, possibly in order to keep its new carapacian population in line. They were used to locate and attempt to eliminate the last remaining humans, Dirk Strider and Roxy Lalonde, but ultimately defeated. In addition to a new army of drones, the Condesce may have constructed a new fleet of battleships in addition to an army of drone-like battlemechs flagshipped by the formidable .
In The Homestuck Epilogues (Dubiously Canon)
In the Candy volume, Jane Crocker created a new fleet of drones of her own . These drones, sometimes called Imperial Drones and manufactured in large, fiery factories , are used to perform strikes on rebels like Karkat Vantas and Meenah Peixes.
In Homestuck^2: Beyond Canon (Dubiously Canon)
Jane Crocker continued to employ her drone fleet against rebels during the events of Homestuck^2 .
- Cohen Edenfield. “Maybe if your hallway is REALLY clean, the drones will stop trying to burn your neighborhood down and kill you? Ah, there's that rustblood moxie.” Hiveswap: Act 1. September 14, 2017.
- Cohen Edenfield. “Your imperial-edict-mandated portrait of the HEIRESS. / She rules your planet with a perfectly-manicured GOLDEN FIST. You know it's perfectly-manicured, because she recently issued an IMPERIAL MEMEORANDUM about her new nail paint art. / The drones outside are doing her dirty work. She'll have a shiny topcoat of blood after tonight, all of it COMMON-HUED, you're sure.” Hiveswap: Act 1. September 14, 2017.
|Hiveswap and Hauntswitch|
|Playable Kids||Joey Claire • Jude Harley|
|Playable Trolls||Xefros Tritoh • Dammek|
|Supporting Humans||Babysitter • Pa Harley • A. Claire • Mysterious Cult|
|Supporting Trolls||Trizza Tethis • Cridea Jeevik|
|Troll Call Trolls||Tyzias Entykk • Mallek Adalov • Daraya Jonjet • Barzum Soleil • Baizli Soleil • Nihkee Moolah • Chahut Maenad • Diemen Xicali • Skylla Koriga • Folykl Darane • Kuprum Maxlol • Amisia Erdehn • Polypa Goezee • Tegiri Kalbur • Tirona Kasund • Lynera Skalbi • Elwurd • Galekh Xigisi • Vikare Ratite • Boldir Lamati • Cirava Hermod • Tagora Gorjek • Ardata Carmia • Marvus Xoloto • Fozzer Velyes • Stelsa Sezyat • Wanshi Adyata • Bronya Ursama • Chixie Roixmr • Zebruh Codakk • Azdaja Knelax • Konyyl Okimaw • Karako Pierot • Marsti Houtek • Lanque Bombyx • Remele Namaaq|
|Other||Tesseract • The Lone Gunbirds • Green shadow monsters • Imperial Drone • Zoosmell • Cornibuster • Doc Scratch|
|Concepts||Troll • Extended Zodiac • Cherub Portal • Abilitech • Chittr • Scythian • Achievements|
|Locations (Earth)||Hauntswitch • Half-Harley Manor|
|Locations (Alternia)||Outglut • Dammek's hive • Xefros' hive|
|Acts||Hiveswap: Act 1 • Hiveswap: Act 2|
|Additional Media||Hiveswap Friendship Simulator (Vol. 1 • Vol. 2 • Vol. 3 • Vol. 4 • Vol. 5 • Vol. 6 • Vol. 7 • Vol. 8 • Vol. 9 • Vol. 10 • Vol. 11 • Vol. 12 • Vol. 13 • Vol. 14 • Vol. 15 • Vol. 16 • Vol. 17 • Vol. 18 • Epilogue)|