A lifeform that arrived from deep space. The Underfiend is driven by a constant urge to implant other beings with its reproductive spores, but only a member of its own species can incubate a viable embryo. Other hosts experience rapid, unpredictable physiological transformations, molting into increasingly monstrous forms and going mad with cannibalistic hunger. Eventually, the host is destroyed from within by the Underfiend's malformed, dying offspring.
Over time, Underfiend can adapt to local customs and demonstrate more civilized, more considerate reproductive behavior. One particular specimen even enjoys a successful career in marriage counseling.
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