Hives are believed to be Conflux “stations” for the lack of better terms. Although most Conflux are believed to spend most of their time in space, hives may be command centers, repair stations, refuges and, perhaps, nurseries.
Hives appear almost exclusively in Conflux Space, but on a very few occasions, The Conflux have constructed hives in sectors outside Conflux Space — most recently in Dark Crossroads.
Hives can be defended by turrets or “nodes” on the surface of the hive, but these can be avoided and eliminated fairly easily. Most hives are also defended by higher-level conflux which present a much more significant obstacle.
Hives can be destroyed using nuclear missiles, such as the Glaive, Maul and Sabre — but the number required to destroy a hive can vary.