Also known as Strain 5 Parents
These highly sophisticated strains are sometimes the offspring of Strain 4 viruses, but often are originally Strain 4s that deliberately modified themselves to this level.
Parent Viruses exercise sexual reproduction, meaning that two allied Parent Viruses donate code of their own pure "genotype", which is recombined into a new "genotype" carried by the offspring. Unlike the asexual reproduction of other strains which merely replicate code possessed by the single parent, sexual reproduction create genetic diversity, as new features developed by one virus can be combined with features developed in another. Similarly, weaknesses in one virus' code can be masked by strength in the code donated by another, just as dominate genes prevent the expression of often harmful recessive genes in organic life forms.
History & Background (Dossier)
Whether the Puppeteer Virus deliberately or accidentally modified its thinking to realise that it could better its offspring by sharing code with another instance of a Virus
Combined with the social structures of Alliance Builder Virus, these strains became the Awaken when they realised that they could be sociable with non-Virus entities.