The infant version of a Kantus is...................... the Wretch.
Yeah you heard me right... Check the pictures below and compare!
BTW I am being serious, think about it!...
Although some people will have stopped reading by now, for those that haven't let me argue my case a little...
While choosing your side of the argument please remember that the Locust do not have a civil and humane society like humans (bad example lol). Locust Drones/Boomers are rumored to rape Berserkers to breed, the Locust are known for abducting and torturing humans, the Locust attack on E-Day which was entirely unprovoked (as in the humans had not attacked them first) resulted in the slaughter of innocent men, women and children of all ages. So when reading my arguments and choosing your side please take the Locust mentality into account.
1. Kantus and Wretches both have powerful screams capable of stunning humans.
2. Their limbs are almost identical with both having four fingers and a thumb for hands and both having 3 toes (with a 4th smaller toe higher up the foot on the inside). Granted a Wretches legs are digitigrade (dinosaur style) and Kantus have plantigrade legs (human style), Just try to think of the Wretches as walking on tip toes. Another possibility is that as they reach the age to be trained as Priests their legs are broken forcing them into a plantigrade stance.
3. Their heads are similar, and unlike those of Drones, Therons, Boomers and Berserkers. The slight differences can be accounted for - their tongues could be cut when they reach a certain age (much like some people allegedly do with parrots) or as a means to produce the notes required for the healing chants, and a second row of teeth could develop as they age.
4. Obviously Wretches aren't going to be as intelligent as Kantus or behave the same, they are infants. When was the last time you saw a baby act or look like an adult - do you think Brian Blessed or Robin Williams were born that hairy.
5. Instead of using the term infant, try youngling. As to what the minimum age is that a wretch is allowed to fight, I wouldn't have a clue.
6. Why would the Locust send out young priests into battle. As with Humans it is possible that Wretches are not born priests and must be taught the many and hard ways of the priesthood, such as how to scream in such a way that stimulates the Imulsion within to cure and revive other Locust. Therefore there may be many, many Wretches that never even make the cut to become a Priest, thus they serve the Locust as they do.
7. Try to think of the Kantus as hardcore religious zealots that not only have to learn their Priestly ways and thus earn the respect of the Horde, they would also have bizarre and strange religious rituals (cutting their tongues, breaking their legs), much like some ancient civilizations elongated skulls from birth or used bizarre, heavy objects as jewelry.
8. Try to think of the Wretches as the many failures that were unable to endure the arduous practices and tasks required of them to become Priests, thus they are shamed and serve the Locust as little more than a scouting pack of dogs.
9. If you were a Wretch and you wanted to live a long life, then you would have to endure the arduous path of Priesthood, otherwise you would be almost assured to die young.
1. Why would the Locust send the infants that may become Kantus Priests out into battle, especially as cannon fodder.
2. Wretches are considered the lowest of the Locust army, whereas the Kantus are highly respected and revered.
3. There are some physical differences - Kantus have two rows of teeth, a forked tongue, plantigrade legs and forward facing eyes. Wretches have one set of teeth, a normal tongue, digitigrade legs and eyes on the sides of the head.
4. Kantus are highly intelligent, usually work alone or in small numbers and do not use cover. Wretches aren't too clever, work in packs, use cover and are a lot more agile than Kantus.
5. Kantus have smoother skin than Wretches, whose skin is similar to Drones/Therons/Boomers.
6. Why could the Wretches not be infants of other creatures, such as the Brumak.
7. Are Wretches considered part of the Locust Army or are they just beasts.
8. Maybe they are related but not directly, as in they share a common ancestor.