Overmind and Undermind
The two ancient Spore Minds that control Glimmertown. They are rare examples of their kind in that they are highly symbiotic in their relationship, and their fungal networks are intertwined across hundreds of kilometres of twisting tunnels throughout the lower levels of the Abscula. Despite this intimate proximity, they have resisted the usual pattern of subsuming each other into a single consciousness. Instead they have retained distinct and separate consciousnesses that have remained separate for thousands of years. Violent conflict between the two is rare, but not unknown. When violence occurs it is brief, and resolved with minimal destruction of either consciousness. The two minds have been known to compete feverishly with each other. They will occasionally spar through the spreading of rumour, misinformation, and outright lies between their networks. Suspicion, intrigue and petty revenges can be commonplace when these conflicts occur. From an outsiders perspective, this can seem horrendous, as this behaviour can sometimes escalate into the deaths of thousands of individuals across the network. Deaths are not seen of as highly negative across the Ferment though, more as a natural part of the cycle of life. As a result, many believe though, that it is the Spore Minds' idea of fun. Some liken the relationship between the Overmind and the Undermind to the competitive and playful teasing of close siblings. Visitors are often caught in the chaos of these stoushes though, and while the Overmind at least tries to lessen the damage to outsiders, the unwary can easily end up as compost in the Rotting Depths.