A massive Wraith mothership, home to an untold number of Wraith who hibernate for centuries at a time. The large ships are capable of interstellar travel and of landing on the surface of a planet.
Most of the hive ship first encountered by the Atlantis team was concealed beneath the surface of their homeworld -- so much so that they did not realize it was a ship at all. It sat undisturbed on the surface for so long that tall trees grew on its dorsal surface. Only the Keeper and a small number of Wraith warriors were on guard to defend the sleeping race; when the Keeper was killed, the sleeping creatures began to awaken.
The craft contains untold numbers of hibernation pods, and is equipped with at least one holding cell for individuals awaiting an audience with the Wraith before their life-force is consumed.
There are at least 21 hive ships in the same quadrant of the Pegasus Galaxy that Atlantis is in, and at least 60 in total.
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FIRST APPEARED -
Rising, Part 2
KEY EPISODE(S) -
Rising, Part 2 - Sheppard takes the Puddle Jumper down to the Wraith hive ship, intent on rescuing Sumner and his men, as well as Teyla and a handful of Athosians.
Thirty Eight Minutes - The team revisits the Wraith homeworld, only to find that the hive ship has left -- only a massive crater where it hibernated for centuries.
Underground - The team infiltrates a hive ship with the Genii and steal a Wraith data node -- which reveals that at least 60 hive ships are now on the move.
The Brotherhood - An Wraith dart attack on Atlantis reveals that three hive ships are en route to the city -- the attack the team has been expecting.
Letters From Pegasus - Sheppard and Teyla investigate the Wraith armada's movements, discovering that they are stopping along the way to Atlantis in order to feed.
The Siege, Part 1 - Dr. McKay leads a team to reactivate the Ancient defense platform, which destroys one of the approaching hive ships with a single blast.
The Siege, Part 2 - The two surviving hive ships arrive at Atlantis and begin a devestating assault.
The Hive - Two hive ships destroy one another over Edwin after Colonel Sheppard manages to drive a stake of distrust between the Queens.