Faction Spotlight: Prawn Gang
Although many Prawn carry a genetic predisposition for obedience and docile behavior, some exhibit signs of aggression and intelligence without being classified and tagged as verified A.A.C. (‘Above Average Cognition’).
Although not completely understood because of their non-terrestrial biological origins, these ‘violent’ Prawn have formed loose affiliation around district control of food, resources, and alien reproduction paraphernalia.
Dubbed ‘Prawn Gang’ by the media when the behavior first began to be observed and noted by NGO social workers, MNU personnel, and district security forces, the nickname has stuck.
Although cat food addiction, resource hoarding, and obsessive reproduction behavior (illegal egg facilitation) have been observed in individual Prawn, the social coordination seemingly adopted by the Prawn Gang, as well as their use of violence against both Prawn and Humans to achieve their goals, has only solidified their reputation as a dangerous phenomena within District 9.
BEHIND THE SCENES: NOT HUMAN
“Weta Workshop’s designers began exploring the world of District 9 in late 2006. At the time little was known about the film, which was simply referred to as Project X among the Weta crew, but the earliest direction made it clear that it would be similar in setting and tone to Neil Blomkamp’s short film Alive in Joburg, featuring tentacle-faced, humanoid aliens in a grim South African slum.
The stigmatized aliens themselves would be the first design task tackled by the artists, with a large team contributing ideas in an initial frenzy of conceptualization. The guidelines at the time were that the creatures should have tentacled faces and hands, and be designed with practical creature-suit wearing human performers in mind, distorting the recognizable human form where possible.”
Excerpt from “The Art of District 9” – Daniel Falconer