Wraith ships are constructed from a biological polymer similar to polysaccharides but containing organo-metallic compounds. They are grown from a host infected with a Wraith pathogen. It resembles an insect's or crustacean's shell in the sense that it starts out soft and pliable, then it becomes tough and leathery and eventually hardens to become extremely dense and resistant to heat, pressure and even radiation (though not sufficient to indefinitely protect a Wraith ship from the effect of the radiation in hyperspace). The polymer uses the resources around it to grow into what ever ship or outpost it is designed to become. (ATL: "The Siege, Part 1", "The Seed")
Wraith warships are significantly weaker than those of the Ancient fleet or the Asgard upgraded Tau'ri fleet and must therefore rely on strength in numbers. (ATL: "No Man's Land", "The Siege, Part 3")
The Wraith fleet is at least 10,000 years old since the war with the Lanteans since being much weaker than the Ancient Fleet the Wraith were unable to best the Lanteans during the beginning stages of the war being pushed further and further to the edges of the Pegasus galaxy. Due to the Lanteans overconfidence and believing that their Aurora-class battleships and other vessels were unbeatable, they sent them deeper and deeper into Wraith controlled territory to weed them out. The Wraith needing an advantage to turn the tide of the war captured three Ancient vessels that were powered by Zero Point Modules and created a cloning facility causing their army to grow several times its original size as well as allowing many more Hive ships and Wraith cruisers to be constructed. It has been confirmed that during the entirety of the war 40 Hive Ships and 900 Cruisers were destroyed by the Ancients and their powerful weapons.
By the time of the Wraith Civil War less than 48 Hive Ships remained in the Pegasus galaxy due to the efforts of the Atlantis expedition as well as the Wraith's own territorial instincts which was only made more intense by the few numbers of Humans in the galaxy to feed the Wraith resulting in their first Civil War. Hives formed alliances with others and the strong ones attacked the weak in an effort to gain control of the "food supply" making it into a very volatile situation. Over the course of the next year, the situation would become worse as with the help of Dr. Rodney McKay an enemy known as the Asurans, machines created by the Ancients, attacked the feuding Wraith causing a new war to come about. In the course of the war, the Wraith lost another 12 Hive Ships to the attacks of the Asurans until they discovered a vital weakness the need for the Wraith to feed on Humans. In order to kill their enemy through starvation, the Asurans began to target the human worlds and annihilate six of them killing tens of thousands of humans in the Pegasus galaxy causing the already volatile situation even worse. During the battle to destroy them, the Wraith under the command of Todd brought a force of 7 Hives to join the battle along with the Atlantis expedition and Travelers while the battle raged a single hive was destroyed by the Asuran's energy weapons.
Impact of the Asuran-Tau'ri-Wraith WarEdit
The war would have far more exceedingly devastating effects on the Pegasus galaxy than could have been foreseen. A number of Zero Point Module's were stolen from the Asuran homeworld before it was destroyed and were spread to several different projects. Three were known to be used to power a Wraith cloning facility to create a massive army against rival alliances and the facility was destroyed when a Hive Ship was used to crash into it Another ZPM was given to a single Hive Ship in order to make it into a Super-hive that would go on to not only reach Earth, but also was able to outmatch two Tau'ri BC-304 's, nearly culled Earth, and nearly destroyed Atlantis in the ensuing conflict. The last two ZPM 's were used so Atlantis could reach Earth to render aid before it was too late, helping in the fight to defeat the Super-hive.
Future of the Wraith FleetEdit
It is known that Atlantis returned to the Pegasus Galaxy to find that a new Hive Queen named Death who had taken complete control over the Wraith and united them into a single faction, kidnapping Rodney Mckay and forcing him to create newer hyperdrives for the Wraith ships in order to get them to Earth so they can conqurer it. It is unknown whether new Hive Ships were created, but a single Hive and a Cruiser were sent by Death to scout out the defenses of Atlantis, upgraded with shielding technology allowing them to survive the fight long enough to do crippling damage to the George Hammond before both being destroyed.
- Hive Ship - Mothership
- Cruiser - Battle ship/ Escort
- Supply ship - Supply and transport
- Scout ship - Scouting and personal shuttle
- Dart - Personal fighter/Culling vessel
|Wraith starship classes|
|Cruiser · Dart · Hive ship · Scout ship · Supply ship|