FOULMONELLA - "Flotsam Funk"


MACROFORM: Attracted to filthy, briny water rich in biological matter, the macroscopic Foulmonella uses its hollow, spiny central stalk to intake food, whether raw sewage or cadaverous juices, and enjoys soaking deep in rancid materials. When threatened, it delivers a paralyzing electrical shock with its barbed antennae, and its filthy pincers easily inflict septic wounds on paralyzed prey. Many Foulmonella may work together to drag an immobilized animal to a watery grave, enriching their stagnant environment with more decomposing material. Out of water, Foulmonella employ their feeding trunk as a third walking appendage.

MICROFORM: A Foulmonella's microbial stage usually reproduces in waterlogged carrion or beached sea life, but infection of a living host may occur as a defensive maneuver. Victims suffer from a constant epidermal secretion of encumberingly slippery, oily and malodorous mucus, colloquially referred to as "the fish sweat," rapidly dehydrating as their bodily fluids are expelled in the copious ooze. This process is accompanied by increasing fatigue and loss of motivation or any strong emotion, hosts desiring little more than to eat, sleep, and wallow in the same conditions favored by the Foulmonella.

REPRODUCTION: Ejected in the slime secretion of a living or dead host body, microbial Foulmonella assemble themselves into many juvenile macroforms, which must feed and grow for several weeks before they are capable of breaking back down into microforms.

PERSONALITY: In stark contrast to their psychological effect on most carriers, macroscopic Foulmonella are carefree and playful creatures, frolicking happily in bodies ofputrid enough liquid and imploring others to join in their frivolous games, unconcerned that "new friends" may wear down quickly. It does, after all, frequently result in even more friends than ever before.



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