- Win by any means
- Battles takes place on real life Earth
- Humans are not taking part in the war unless called by the Heptapods
They see no difference between past, present, and future
They see time like we see the horizon. And that includes multiple timelines.
They are a superorganism in which the "Omega" plays the role of the cerebrum, while the "Alphas" act as the ganglia through which the Omega controls the ordinary Mimics. If an Alpha is killed, the Omega turns time back a day, thus giving the Mimics a seemingly unbeatable advantage.