GERMALADY - The Fever Queen


CLASS: FECTOID



MACROFORM: A far larger mutation of the Pathogerm, this squelching, dribbling chain of organs and bacteria is a mobile breeding ground of contagion, constantly developing unique new microbial strains to spew from its smacking mouths. Infectees may experience a range of flu-like symptoms, delirium or even minor epidermal necrosis, mimicking a milder range of symptoms exhibited by other Fectoids in their microbial stages. Pus, mucus, bile and other fluids excreted by infected organisms are the monster's favorite meal, though it can also subsist on rotting vegetable matter, mold and insects.

MICROFORM: Germalady seldom feel the need to take on an infectious form, lacking any obvious symptoms or even a capacity to spread from one host to the next. Rather, the Germalady simply integrates itself with a host body until it has total control over their cognitive and motor functions. While occupying a body, the monster may assemble portions of its original form as appendages, defending itself with its usual microbiota as it slowly replaces the victim's inner tissues with its own.

REPRODUCTION: A Germalady fertilizes itself with borrowed genetic information as it exits a host body, and may later bury a small egg in damp soil. Remarkably, it is also capable of replicating tiny Pathogerm and any other Fectoid it has encountered, though this requires a prolonged incubation period. Germalady have been known to construct large "hives" of garbage glued together with mucus and living Fectoid biofilm.




PERSONALITY: the Germalady is a proud and haughty creature, regarding most other organisms as both uglier, lower class and "filthier" than itself. Though naturally immune to disease, it is extremely wary of contramination by microorganisms that are not its own, exhibiting severe hypochondriasis and taking great pains to avoid contact with the "unwashed masses."


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