Both parasites are trying to take over New York City, will come out on top? The Xenomorphs have the queen and the Flood have the gravemind. New York City is fully inhabited with people.
@nick_hero22: doesn't the gravemind have that same ability? he's the one that can create flood spores
IDK if the Gravemind has telepathy, but it was shown in the comic Aliens: Earth Hive that Queens are able to utilize telepathy to send horrific nightmares and influence the behavior and perception of dozens of individuals over a pretty large radius.
Given enough Aliens, I'm sure they could take over a planet, but the Flood would come out on top in this battle.
As intellegent as a Xeno Queen could/can be, the presence of a Gravemind suggests that the Flood have "taken" a very large amount of humans as their hosts. That means that all the mind power of all those humans is collected in the Gravemind, and it has total control of all it's flood subjectives. Even with the Queen's telepathy, I don't think she will be able to push any telepathic messages to, or through, them due to the fact that a Gravemind's mind is exonentially stronger.
The Gravemind is said to be omicient, with the ability to be able to recall all the memories of every human the Flood had ever taken. With a Gravemind in control of the Flood, issuing orders telepathically to all flood hosts, It would have much more info about the Xeno's, and the landscape they are fighting in, than the Xeno's would have on the flood in the same amount of time. The Flood would be able to gain a good position to take the Aliens due to shere number simply because they would have eyes and ears everywhere.
The Flood also has many forms that can match the Xeno's in strength and lethality, not to mention that Xeno's need living bodies to procreate while the flood can use the dead. Xeno's can't use the flood because they are already dead, but the Flood can use the Xenos. On top of that, while I don't think there has been any account of a Gravemind making a human see specific things, the Gravemind can speak directly to a human through telepathic means so psychic screams in the mind of an opponent isn't far from possible (but that might be speculation).
I respect that a queen can push a couple dozen human minds, but for a Gravemind to form it takes hundreds, if not thousands, of minds to be collected and assimilated into itself.
@onilordasmodeus: I know Xeno Queen's have telepathy, but it is difficult what counts as sentience. They have no form of higher thought besides to reproduce and spread. But given that Xenomorphs more times than not has shown the ability to problem solve and do pretty impressive things, I'm left in a stump. If they are considered sentient life then the Flood would assimilate them, but if they're not the Flood would just leave them be.
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