Once debated to be a crossbreed side effect due to the creation of the Sansha ships the Laven is thought to have escaped labs where it lurked, deep in the unknown recesses of Faction Warfare space. There, the Laven fed off of orbital belts where the strong energies of the brighter stars were absorbed as additional fuel. It is thought that their vestigial lasers, normally absorbed during manufacturing were stimulated by this excessive sunlight. This allowed the Laven to develop into a small, unknown niche where they were fed by colonel settlers abandoned by capsuleers.
Eventually, flocks of Laven were scattered about contested, low security space. Weak and shy they were too fragile to compete with the Raven Navy Issue that lurked the belts of 0.0 space. Cast out of high sec due to the superiority and high numbers of their Raven cousins, Laven eventually found a place. It was not until the recent spark of aggression between the planet side mercenaries of the various empire factions gained momentum that the Laven came to light.
They paid back their planetside keepers and have spawned into the darkness, their laser based nature making them so surprising that often other ships just stare at them as they soar through the edges of the atmosphere and strike with devastating accuracy when given brilliant circles to shoot at.
In the Wild:
Until recently, the Laven has never been seen in the wild. Even now, only domesticated specimens have been seen. Grants have been issued for further study of the differences in the species. There is some hope that a domesticated Laven can be radio tagged so that researches can come to understand the habits of shit shy, elusive spaceship in its natural environment.
These types of hybrids are known but not well documented. The only other truly well known case is that of the secretive crossbreeding of a Hyperion with a Rifter to create the Megathron.
See: Eve Subspecies
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Euro Gamer Laven Sighting
@seleene_eve @ccp_paradox @eurogamer We're buffing Lavens.They will be all the rage soon.
— Kristoffer Touborg (@ktouborg) January 22, 2013