So I actually really like myconids. Does anyone have some cool artwork of mushroom men and fungus fellows that you can share?I’ll post some of the ones I’ve found.
my fave mushroom person, a shaggy ink cap
I drew one ages ago. Myconids are always fun to draw
>>77348674Myconids are the best original D&D race, because they were the first attempt at something with a truly alien mindset. They think nothing of taking your corpse and growing baby myconids from it, but they're not evil, they're neutral. Not neutral in the sense of keeping the balance, but neutral in the sense that good and evil don't apply. Lizardmen were neutral too, but lizardmen were still overtly hostile and wanted to eat you.
>>77348748I thought that looked familiar!From the “Empire of Mushrooms” series of paintings by Barbora Urbankova. Good artist
>>77348792Oh man, that’s good!
>>77348923Yeah I had actually never encountered them at all for many years and I was really impressed once I’d learned about them.Part of the idea behind the art being gathered here is to try to construct a myconid player character - which is a lot harder than it might initially seem, based on their alien culture.
I like to emphasise the Mycelial nature of the Myconids.The face might be a Flowering bulb, IE a mushroom, but the creature itself is a mycelial network, that eats the bodies of dead things so it can wrap itself around the skeleton and use itself as the muscles for locomotion.It feels kinda dark, but only in an uncomfortable circle-of-life kind of way. Plus, it seems less goofy to me then just a bunch of walking mushrooms.
>>77349142OH GODIt does initially seem disturbing, but it makes a lot of sense. And it gives them a very unique look.I’m growing mushrooms myself currently, and they’re fascinating
>>77349348Thanks. n all fairness, i wasn't picturing a human-sized myconid- although i've just realised the implication is a great idea for a myconid villain- I was picturing them, er, "borrowing" the stuff they just find lying around in the underdark. So mostly rats, maybe the odd Kobold or deep gnome that was already in the ground heh when they found it.
>>77349517Mmm, that is a neat idea.Additional quest hook idea: locals report sightings of undead and hearing terrifying noises in the local catacombs. It turns out that myconids have “repurposed” the hundreds of corpses entombed there. The myconids may not want any trouble, but the terrified and disgusted family members of the deceased certainly do.
>>77349517>>77349643Myconid clerics are all fun & games until the Paladin asks them to "bring back" their fallen comrade...
>>77349142>eats the bodies of dead things so it can wrap itself around the skeleton and use itself as the muscles for locomotion.Why only dead things?> Parasitic or symbiotic myconid growing on a living creature
>>77349731This is one of the best and most profoundly fucked up ideas I’ve heard in a long time.
>>77349731>>77349758Now either of these could make for a really good character. Maybe the character’s personality constantly fluctuates between their original host’s personality and the bizarre, distant, borderline indecipherable ramblings of the myconid.
>>77349795>Oh, so it's "freakshit", is it, /tg/?>I'll GIVE you freakshit...
>>77349914>>77349924Now this is freakshit done right!
>>77349879>Flowering bulbs come together when 2 mycelial nodes of differing genders contact & conjoin>Mycelial parasites function by overriding the host's movement and instincts>The host is suddenly struck by a desire to go out adventuring>Years later>They're more mycelium now than man>Meet another myconid host>The Myconids conjoin>You're nothing but a brain and nerve endings>You can feel your "body" being restructured to accomodate the other>You can feel the other "body" being restructured to accomodate you>you can feel yourself being submerged into a new whole>One Myconid>Two skeletons>So many flowering bulbs feeding on what's left>The Myconid, now fully grown, ambles off to find another larvae to conjoin withAnd that's where sovereigns come from.
>>77349879Maybe the host is in agonizing pain at all times but isn’t in control of his body anymore. Maybe he used to be a paladin before he was taken over by the Myconid. Maybe the myconid itself isn’t evil but doesn’t understand (or care about) human morals. Maybe he’s now part of an evil party, and the paladin is now forced to watch helplessly as his body is used to commit atrocities.
liking the dump so far. Anyone got decent jpgs of the mushroom guys from Veins of the Earth?
>>77350189>Oh hang on guys, my host is trying to talk.>What do you mean, we need to stop?>I know you're a paladin, that's why we're doing this!>'pay-lore'? No, you imbecile, it's pronounced Zuggtmoy.
>>77350189Conversely, evil dude condemn to be a host by debatable druidic justice.
That took quite a grim turn, no symbiotic myconid?
>>77350175>Mycelial parasites function by overriding the host's movement and instincts>The host is suddenly struck by a desire to go out adventuring>Years later>They're more mycelium now than manThis is a darkly hilarious idea. Evolutionarily it makes perfect sense: the fungi wants to spread as far as it can, right? And so subconsciously forcing a humanoid to go adventuring would be a great way to do this. After all, myconids love subterranean dwellings, like dungeons for instance.It starts out as a slight urge, but developed into a need for adventure. In its latest stages, the host can think only of adventuring, and he pursues it with manic obsession. No collecting treasure. No eating. No sleeping. ONLY ADVENTURING.In our own world, this sort of thing already cappers with cordyceps fungus, which will force an insect to climb to a high branch, or gorge itself on food, etc.
>>77350189>”Salutations, human shopkeep. I wish to purchase this sword.”>”All right, that will be-“>”OH GOD KILL ME PLEASE! THIS IS A LIVING HELL!”>”Um...”>”My apologies, human shopkeep. Please disregard my previous statement.”
"Aren't Myconids just the best? They're so cool and wholesome!">Exactly 13 posts later
>>77350510Poor misunderstood myconids.
>>77350555I'm with the post that started the Edgy Myconid tangent, tbf. Sentient fungus-flowers waddling around is pretty goofy. Benevolent beneficiaries of the cycle of life and death? Sign me the fuck up.
>>77350510Clickers suck. Echolocation doesn't mean you can't see something that's not moving, it means that a clicker can find you as long as you can hear it.
>>77350694Yeah, in the same way that it could find, say, a chair, or a table. Just because it can detect that SOMETHING is there doesn't mean it's something it has an interest in. It's only interested in living things, and living things tend to move.
>>77350723That's great, but it attacks humans and clearly knows what humans are shaped like. Creatures that use echolocation don't need to have their prey move to grab them.
>”The prisoner’s not talking. We need to find a way to coax the information out of him.”>”COMRADE, WOULD IT HELP IF I RELEASED A CLOUD OF HALLUCINOGENIC SPORES?”>”What? No, that wouldn’t help at all.”>”OH.”>”...”>”ALLOW ME TO REPHRASE MY ORIGINAL STATEMENT: I AM GOING TO RELEASE HALLUCINOGENIC SPORES.”
>>77350646Im gonna agree, these are some fresh new ideas and I’d like to subscribe to this newsletter.
>”No, you don’t understand. It’s not bad. It’s wonderful. You’re going to love being one of us.”
I’d love to see one of these fungal zombies with high charisma so he has to sweet talk shop owners and stuff. Meanwhile they’re just this shambling mass of mycelia in a husk of rotting flesh.
>>77350947In principle, yeah! Exactly like that.In execution, though, quite a bit less grimdark. Like, ditch the skull, more mycelium over the bones, and more pale/ warm earthy colours.Basically it's more of an uncanny valley kinda feel; they're humanoid enough that you can relate to them, get to know them, come to appreciate their society; they're still the warm, welcoming, enlightened mushroom men of the base lore, after all. It's just... something about the way they walk. The way their body is structured. It's like they're... hiding something...
>>77351554>”Ah, hello there. What can I do for you?”>”GREETINGS INNKEEPER. I WISH TO PURCHASE A ROOM, FOR MY FRAGILE HUMAN COMPANIONS REQUIRE SLEEP.”>”Well, I do like the look of your exposed entrails and your plentiful fruiting bodies, so I’m gonna cut the price in half!”
They look like tendrils, but this is clearly based several mushroom species like the Octopus Stinkhorn
Finally answering the question of what a myconid’s animal companion would look like.
I'm liking both of these ideas. Maybe two Myconid subraces? Neither are really good or evil, it's just the way they propagate.The first kind are those that grow over the dead. They're not really harming anyone, & they're really quite chill dudes usually, so people are generally OK with looking past the skeleton in their closet. As long as they didn't personally know the skeleton in question.The other kind are the kind that grow into the living. Maybe they're an offshoot bred by the drow for torture or slave control purposes that got seriously out of hand. Maybe they're the original Myconids, sent to do the bidding of Zuggtmoy, & the Hippies who don't eat living creatures are the splitters. Either way, this kind is considerably more... chaotic, then the other. They start off as an infection in a host, and as they grow, they rely on the host's own mind to form theirs. Eventually the host is eaten away, but their mentality, their thoughts, emotions and gradual insanity, is left behind... as the personality of the Myconid. And as they require conjoining with each other to breed and grow, they tend to combine such personalities, over time... the oldest of these Myconids can be very large, very powerful, and almost completely insane.
>>77351096>>77351117I wrote the thing these are from. Neat. They kinda work a bit like this dude's idea >>77349142 >>77351653 . Their focus is more on the parasitic side of it though, they're not just claiming animals as host bodies but also integrating into the settlements of other cultures to be social parasites too. The art isn't super representative of them though, although it is gorgeous. The average saprophican is way more human looking, because the more human you look the less likely you'll have your head chopped off and your body burned by humans, it's only the rare saprophican that ends up looking that gross. They also all have some sort of fungal adornment to beautify them, anything pretty you've ever seen a fungus do is something they can do to make themselves more appealing. That sort of stuff helps with integration into human villages. Their end goal is the end goal of all things, propagation. They set out to find new locations for their colonies and push the settlements they integrate into to that end. The establishment of a new colony does involve their death though and they give themselves up to kickstart that whole process. They've got some other stuff going on too, a mysterious religion, some strict laws about converting sapients, and their lifecycle being as grotesque as it is leads them to being very secretive and protective of their colonies.
>>77351904Good storyline possibilities for both varieties as well.For instance, the first type might not be actively hostile, but in places with very large numbers of corpses, their numbers can rapidly get out of hand. Catacombs are an obvious first choice, but you could also see myconid outbreaks on former battlefields, mass graves, following natural disasters, etc. Anything where lots of corpses are left together.The second variety could see a player character get infected, or maybe some noble looking for a cure. It might even develop into a terrifying epidemic.
>>77351937Very cool! What was the original project called?
>>77352157Thanks. They're from Brood of the Mother Spore, it's a supplement for Shadow of the Demon Lord. Other anon included the source in the pic, although that's because I named them and they downloaded them from some thread or another I've posted them in before.
>These humans are so wasteful, they don’t even do anything useful with their dead bodies
>>77352041I'm working on a world with a sword-and-sandals kinda feel- civilisation is the new kid on the block, and hunter-gathering is still a completely valid lifestyle in certain places.I can totally see one of the barbarian tribes worshipping the Myconids as a form of both animism and ancestor worship."Great grandfather Urbuk has passed, but don't worry, kiddos; His spirit will join the spirit in the caves, and they will walk among us through him."
The superior mushroom person. The whole body is the hood of the mushroom which has detached from it's stem to walk around and cruise for dick.
There’s a fungi that was recently found to grow structures that imitate a specific flower and its scent to lure bees into its spore cloudjust wanted to add that
No fungal tits?No dickshroom?
>>77353535Oh please, anon.This isn't pathfinder.
>>77353535>>77353093You don't like mushroom pussy? Imagine those wet, slimy lamellae wrapped around you as it silently urges you to fertilize it's spores.
>>77354110That's not how mushrooms work.
>>77354155Fine, fuse your semen with it's hyphae, whatever.
>>77353566>sexual dimorphism on beings that shouldn't have sexes
>>77354434Technically they have anywhere from 4 to 36,000 sexes.
Not gonna lie, it's still freakshit for PCs, but this thread has given me some worldbuilding ideas.Consider your thoughts pirated.
>>77349643>>77349731To be entirely fair, i'm not sure that the Myconids would be all that thrilled if they found out what we do with THEIR dead bodies...
>>77352491There are a lot of good ideas in this thread but this is one of my favorites:Some very isolated village where the culture is entirely mushroom-related. Houses in the shape of mushrooms. Mushrooms making up much of their diet. Stuff like that. And their religion is very concrete- they believe in an afterlife because they can literally see it. They bury their family in nearby myconid caves, and their relatives’ corpse literally appear to be resurrected. Maybe on a holiday once a year they get to go down there and commune with the myconids, not realizing that they are actually entirely different entities that are just using the corpses as a host.
>>77364490>Animistic, nature-revering religion>Concrete belief in a tangible cycle of life after death>Live in Mushroom-shaped housesFinally. An excuse to put !Picts in my setting.
>>77349517>>77349643>>77350646>Just living my life as a myconid, chilling in some caverns, getting high on spores>We get a visit every few weeks from Ulric, a half-elf salesman from a nearby village on the surface>He’s a nice guy, and will chat and make jokes while buying up our potions>One day Ulric is terribly depressed, and tells us that his young daughter Rowan just died>I feel awful for him, so I decide to set up a special surprise for the next time he comes to visit>When he returns, we hold a huge feast for him>Explain to him that we myconids have a different view of life and death from the surface dwellers>In death, there is also new life, and it is never really an “end”. And that is true for his little daughter as well>Ulric smiles, out of happiness>Explain to him that this is why we snuck into his village at night and dug up his daughter’s body>Ulric stares blankly, out of happiness>Explain how I inoculated Rowan’s corpse with spores, in order to harvest the mushrooms used in this feast>Ulric vomits, out of happiness>Explain that we even infused her rotting cadaver with myconid mycelium, in order to birth the newest member of our circle>Our newly created sibling shambles out, proving that the cycle of life continues, and that Rowan’s death has not been without meaning>Ulric shrieks and runs off, out of happiness>I’m glad we could give him some closure and comfort in his time of need
Are myconids a unique opportunity to have a lawful good necromancer? After all, their bizarre relationship with death seems to ensure that they can do all sorts of fucked up things with dead bodies and still have it be ethical in their eyes.
>>77368067Well, they are *now*.
>>77348748Ate one of them the other day. Didn't like it
>Vintage Victorian Era myconid illustration
So I’ve been thinking about some unique properties of different species of fungi, which could be potentially incorporated into different varieties of myconids. Some of these have already been touched upon in the official books, such as bioluminescence, poison, and hallucinogenic properties. But a few other ones I thought of are:>The Artist’s Conk mushroom will permanently darken if it is cut into. This can be used for something similar to tattooing on a myconid>Hoof fungus is extremely flammable slow burning tinder. Maybe a myconid could have a special ability that lights his fists on fire>Some fungi produce antibiotics like penicillium, which might transfer into an ability to cure illness>Yeast are utilized in brewing alcohol, and at high concentrations alcohol is flammable or even explosive, maybe there’s something we could do with that?>A number of irritating diseases are caused by fungus, so maybe the ability to inflict rashes on enemies or something?Any other ideas?
>>77369646These sound great for flavour. I could definitely see the penicilium thing being a subrace trait, too. Once a day able to heal 1dx worth of damage during a short rest, that kind of thing.
>>77353535>>77354110>>77354434You know, technically a mushroom having organs designed to produce milk. There is a whole category of shrooms called “milk caps” that produce large amounts of milky latex (which is actually edible).
Bumping to keep the thread alive overnight because this is the most productive thread i've seen all week
I like the thought of Myconid adventurers being just a part of the overall life cycle, or just one subtype of myconid.Maybe there's more Myconids that are considerably more monstrous, then the humanoid ones that you can use for PCs. Like Pic related. Very different to our eyes, but to a myconid, they might come from the same spore release & look at each other like brothers.
>>77368067> Symbiotic myconids can be grafted to desperate medical cases to live again, albeit a bit changed.> Resolute warriors fighting a terrible invader infect themselves with spores before marching to certain death, so that their inevitable end can grow more defenders.> The corrupting magic of undeath that plague the lands can raise corpses into an army of evil, unless the profusion of life that are the myconids get there first.
>>77373830Maybe myconids grow into different beings depending on the soil they originally grew on? Myconids growing on plants are "just" shrooms, but myconids growing on corpses keep something of its host. An imprint, some may call it a soul, shaping the growing myconids. They would be entirely defined by their environment. Growing on an animal make a beast myconid, keeping some of its instincts, but growing on a sapient being has deeper consequences. An imprint of the deceased that can shape the myconid mind. There is no deception though: all of it is true to him through and through. What look like a parody mimicking the lost is his very being to him.You could add some animism to it, or beliefs of reincarnation or on the contrary beliefs that they prevent the soul to truly pass on.
>>77373830I have this mini, it's fucking chad
>>77374676> The bloodied warrior was stumbling on the uneven ground of the somber forest.> Sole survivor of the ambush, his gaping wound would soon have him join his companions.> Still, he had a destination. He found a dark corner of the woods and finally collapse into the soft and fresh moss growing there.> It was not comfort he was seeking however. Already the lands was drinking his blood, his last breaths were inhaling quantity of spores and soon his flesh would fester and nourish new life. Just not his own.> Yes he would die, but part of him will pass on. His hatred of his killers, his sorrow for his lost comrades, his love for those that still live. Even as he fades away, the forest will remember.> And grew new hands to arm his will.
>>77348923Wherever he is, he must also rape dead corpses
Okay, this is a little off topic but:I have recently identified seven different art books depicting depictions of different species of mushrooms anthropomorphized as cute anime girls.I just wanted to tell someone.
>>77383100I AM SO GLAD YOU ASKEDTwo books by Emi Tamaki (玉木 えみ), she’s the best one:>https://www.amazon.co.jp/少女系きのこ図鑑-玉木えみ/dp/4925064592>https://www.amazon.co.jp/増殖・少女系きのこ図鑑-菌類イラスト集2-玉木-えみ/dp/4907583265Two books by “OSO”:>https://www.amazon.co.jp/oso的-キノコ擬人化図鑑-OSO/dp/4575307343>https://www.amazon.co.jp/新版oso的キノコ擬人化図鑑-oso/dp/4575311782One book by “Kuonrei”:>https://www.melonbooks.co.jp/detail/detail.php?product_id=616218And one brand new book by Gin-iro Hagiwara which has actually not been given wide release yet (pic related)
>>77383807Oh, and the seventh book is an actual yuri manga about mushroom girls. Mediocre overall, but with some nice worldbuilding in parts.
>>77383807>>77383848Oh hell yeah. The pics in those links look like some great flavour ideas. Do they sell them in English?
>>77384363Well, no, sadly. Except for that last manga.However the first four art books do have the species names listed in English so you know which mushroom is which. Ask me how I know... (pic related)
>>77384994Shame, but thanks for the information anyway, anon. I might just pick up some copies when i've got the money. Those designs are really creative. Maybe a bit too much anthro & not enough pomorphic for Myconids themselves but i could *definitely* see Symbiotic cultures like >>77352491 >>77364490 >>77364927 suggested having a similar aesthetic if slightly less... magical realm.
Bumping because while I have nothing to contribute I love these funky mushroom people
>A paladin is cursed to undeath, and despite his great rank and pull even with his diety, it cannot be lifted - month by month, the curse eats away at his soul and mind, and eventually he will be a zombie. >The Paladin seeks a cure, none is forthcoming. Despairing, he finds the deepest, darkest cave he can, and seats himself within the dark, weeping. >A myconid - a mere youth - appears. He is no larger than the man's fist, but is still capable of speaking - and asks the paladin what is wrong. >The Paladin explains, at length. At the end, the Myconid asks a question: >If you could continue to serve your god after death, would you? >The myconid is curious. It wishes to know of faith and understand it. The Paladin fears not death, but his corpse bringing harm to others. >And so a deal is struck.
>>77355910>Why, yes, I steal all my ideas from other sources, how could you tell?
My party will meet a small myconid soon as they walk through a heavy forest area. It'll be inquisitive, nonthreatening, and potentially even helpful. At some point I want the myconid to turn on them, reveal itself to be a spiteful forest spirit, but I'm not sure how best to go about that. What should it look like, what should it do, etc. Motivation is probably just "the forest doesn't want you here" with a dash of "you will be fertilizer for my mycelium"
>>77348947hee grumpy>>77349381What gods would mushrooms even revere?
>>77350361>That took quite a grim turn, no symbiotic myconid?yeah not a fan of the grimdark mushroom men. It's been done to death in every other mushroom setting, especially since Last of Us. It's much more interesting to have friendly/neutral myconids. What if the myconid lives symbiotically with the human in the way algae lives symbiotically on sloths? The man is old and stooped but always makes sure to keep his worn overcoat nice and damp for his mushroom pal Gerald
>>77350370>It starts out as a slight urge, but developed into a need for adventure. In its latest stages, the host can think only of adventuring, and he pursues it with manic obsession.Twist that on its head: Mushrooms grow in the dark, damp, and still places, right?>Adventurer gets infected by mycelial parasite>Host simply will not stop adventuring, constantly getting into bar fights or tackling dragons or sailing the seven seas>The myconid is tired of waiting for this guy to settle down and just wants OFF>Fungus has to bargain with the party to remove himself from their adventuring buddy so he can just fruit in peace
>>77372904That's a zombee though. Another awesome concept, but not a myconid
>>77376222Got any shots of it painted? I'm assuming that's supposed to be a Soverign but I'm unsure of scale. Or why you'd buy it, frankly, given how rarely mycenoids pop up
>>77408424Uh, because it's fucking chad?
>>77373982Used to occasionally talk to guy who made this video, big RIP to the /dsg/ Darl Souls 1 Xbox 360 tinychat ;_;7
>>77407589Actually not a zombie, a living host to insect swarms caused by a space fungus that messes with DNA in pregnant women
>>77411811What about their civilisation?Do myconids build, forge, trade and so on?
>>77394647Cute>>77412258they decompose, myceliate, and cycle nutrients and resources
Hey guys something just occurred to me, Myconids, that get their nutrition from decomposing dead and waste material would find cites a smorgasbord, think about the amount of household waste from leftover foods rotten goods tattered clothing ext for them to break down and absorb nutrients from.
>>77374557>The corrupting magic of undeath that plague the lands can raise corpses into an army of evil, unless the profusion of life that are the myconids get there first.Think about living in a world where on your deathbed your family/companions have a responsibility to ensure you get infested by mushrooms to ensure the necromancers don't raise you up.>>77376234Also chad situations like this, well done
>>77351653Something like this, then?VERY rough first draft. Took the idea of a Myconid growing over the body of a dead rat like >>77349517 Suggested. But, being Mycelial mushroom men, i kind of figured they'd pick & choose what parts they needed. Like, the forearm bones would DEFINITELY be out; they need the legs to stay stable, but the forearms are just extra weight that restricts the movement of the mycelium.I figured they'd feel the same way about the skull, but now i'm not so sure; it's at the top of the Myconid, and bulky enough that they could use it as a sort of flowering platform.
>>77350370This reminds me of a disease I've used once or twice as a plotpoint.The swordsman's plague. Symptoms include coughing up blood, a proclivity to swordplay, and an overwhelming desire to find the cure.