A K'Chain Che'Malle Matron was the K'Chain Che'Malle equivalent of a queen. It was she who gave birth to all the K'Chain Che'Malle in her hive. K'ell Hunters were said to be the firstborn of every brood, they were the Matron's own children and answered only to her. Each Matron also produced three Shi'Gal Assassins in order to protect her. These were more intelligent and powerful than her other children, making them more likely to rebel and kill the Matron. With three, should one decide to attempt to kill her, the other two could combine forces in order to defeat him and protect their queen.