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The Grineer Queens, also called the Twin Queens, are the rulers of the Grineer Empire. All Grineer are genetically engineered at "birth" to display and feel absolute loyalty to the Queens.
The Elder Queen is the main driving force between the two queens, representing a forceful and violent nature. While her body is Grineer, her consciousness is actually that of an Orokin, who has transferred their consciousness into countless bodies through a method known as Continuity. In the Quest that introduces her, she attempts to lure in the player in order to invade their mind and transfer their consciousness into a body free of disease and age.
Also known as simply "Worm", she is the meeker, more rash companion to the Elder Queen. Often abused by the Elder, she nevertheless is obedient to her as well as sadistically scolding and threatening to their Grineer troops. In many cases she refers to eating Grineer who fail their duties by reducing them to protein paste or, in other cases, "miniature dumplings" and sauces.
After fleeing the player before they end up defeating the Elder, she takes up the role as the only standing leader of all Grineer, and begins to gather Kuva for her sister, claiming that she is "sick" regardless of whether the player killed her during The War Within quest or not. Whether she plans to re-vitalize the Elder or is merely gathering it for herself is unknown, but the Lotus makes reference to the Queens (plural) in multiple transmissions following the quest, as if both remain somehow a present threat.
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Wearing heavy armor and adorned in red cloth, the Kuva Guardians are among the fighting elite in the Queens' army. The Kuva Guardians will surround their enemies and with just a few well-placed blows, bring Tenno to their knees.
The Queens are shrouded in mystery. Even the Lotus has little information about them, once believing them to be only myths propagated by the upper echelons of Grineer high command. The only person to claim any knowledge of the Queens' origins is the sculptor of the Kuria statues, known as Olemedi. According to the poem encrypted within the Kuria statues, the Queens were daughters of an Orokin aristocrat who were shunned by the Orokin due to the stigma surrounding the birth of twins. During the fall of the Orokin Empire, the Queens were somehow able to gain the respect of the rebelling Grineer slaves, becoming their leaders.
Shortly after the awakening of the player during Warframe's opening mission, the Queens demand an audience over long-range communicator with Admiral Vor. As a result of his repeated failures, the Queens demote Vor to Captain, promoting Boril in his place, and ordering Vor to destroy any Warframes he comes across.
Despite the destruction of several Relays by the Fomorian fleet, the Queens express great dissatisfaction with the progress made by Councilor Vay Hek, citing an increase of Tenno attacks on Grineer operations and the massive drain of resources needed to replace the destroyed Fomorians. They also threaten to replace the Councilor with burgeoning scientist Tyl Regor.
The Queens are finally revealed when the Tenno tracks down Teshin to the Kuva Fortress, a mobile asteroid base that has remained hidden from detection. The Queens had ordered Teshin, a Dax soldier whom they command the unwilling loyalty of, to deliver a Tenno Operator to them. The Elder Queen is able to use a device on the Tenno's Warframe to sever their Transference link in an attempt to subsume their consciousness. It is revealed that the Queen plans to enact an Orokin ritual known as the Continuity, that would allow her to transfer her consciousness to a new body, essentially continuing her immortality. With Teshin's help, the Tenno is able to break out of the Queen's device, and in the ensuing skirmish manage to destroy the Queen's guards.
Depending on the choices the player makes during the quest, the Elder Queen can be killed either by Teshin or the Tenno, or left alive to rot inside her decaying Grineer body. Regardless of these choices, the Younger Queen, also known as the Worm, escapes.
In later missions, coming after the quest is completed, the Worm can be heard ruthlessly commanding the Grineer forces of the Kuva Fortress and ordering the deployment of Kuva Siphons in various locations throughout the Origin System. In these transmissions she suggests that her sister is still alive and "sick" (regardless of the choices made during the quest), and that the Kuva she is stockpiling is meant to help her. It is unknown if the Worm is simply saying this to maintain morale, or if she is really attempting to revive her fallen sister.