"The bond between the pilot and their biomechanical suit forms before the suit hatches."
The pilots are those little Cephalopods swimming around checking out their suits which are being grown in the eggs! The pilots slip into their new suit which become closely linked - they essentially fit in like its nervous system.
One of three key pieces I used as reference and art direction for the rest of the illustrations for this aquatic species. Work is for Void Eclipse by Tau Ceti Studios.