Blastoneuron parasite

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  • Appearance: Massive single-cellular beings resembling neuron cells
  • Incredibly resistant to most forms of harm (TOS: "Operation: Annihilate!")
    • No sign of effect from nearly all forms of energy or radiation (TOS: "Operation: Annihilate!")
    • Notably vulnerable to ultraviolet light, resulting in near-immediate death (TOS: "Operation: Annihilate!")
  • Individuals interconnected with one another in massive, potentially interstellar or intergalactic network (TOS: "Operation: Annihilate!")
  • Able to attack nervous systems of humanoid beings so as to enforce obedience with demands through extreme pain (TOS: "Operation: Annihilate!")
    • Individuals sting target to attack (TOS: "Operation: Annihilate!")
      • Stinger begins to rapidly grow along target's nervous system, intertwining with it so as to manipulate sensation of pain, communicate with host (TOS: "Operation: Annihilate!")
    • Infection eventually leads to insanity, potentially death (TOS: "Operation: Annihilate!")
    • Past invasions have generally resulted in planetary extinction of dominant humanoid species (TOS: "Operation: Annihilate!")
  • Later research suggested possible origin in Large Magellanic Cloud (DS9: "The Nagus")