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Shroomy

Shroomies are very small nature dragons that live in Etrea. They live in mushroom forests and swamplands, constantly absorbing nutrients from the ground to fuel the mushroom that grows atop their heads.

Basic Information

Anatomy

Shroomies have a spherical body, with two arms and two legs. These legs are short, and don't allow the dragons to run particularly fast. On each foot are 4 small hooves. Their heads are large, and are so heavy that it's difficult for them to look up. They possess two large curved horns, and a beak that is very strong. The mushroom that grows on their heads are a different species depending on the dragon, which are completely rooted into their brains and controls some of their actions. Shroomy wings are very large too, and when not in use they fold up and wrap around their bodies, keeping them warm and out of the way. Their overall colouration is a light green, with darker splotches all over their bodies, and a yellowish tinge along their bellies.  

Mushrooms

Shroomies are infected with mushrooms practically as soon as they are born. Mushroom spores are attracted to baby shroomies, and to help the process of morphing together, babies have a tiny hole in their head that is perfect for a spore to fit in. Over time the spore grows into a mushroom, its roots embedding itself into its brain, becoming a co-host.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Shroomies, instead of feeding in the normal ways, have pads on their feet that are able to suck nutrients out of the soil as they walk. They are a big factor for a lack of nutrition in some forests, and have thus developed a bad reputation. Most of the nutrients that the dragon gets go to the mushroom, as they have more control over the brain.


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Dec 4, 2021 13:38 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

This is an interesting concept! A mushroom growing out of dragons' head O_O Can the mushroom infect other species too, or are they too specialised by now and only work on those dragons? As part of the mushrooms develop in another direction to infect other species or are those not specialising in those dragons extinct?

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Dec 4, 2021 13:45 by Mochi

Glad you like the concept! I haven't figured much out, but I expect that the mushrooms only work on these dragons.

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Dec 4, 2021 19:35

Oh, very cool! How intelligent are they? Do they live alone, or in packs? :O


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Dec 4, 2021 19:36 by Mochi

Thank you! I've not really thought about that. I can't see them being very intelligent, or them really socialising in packs much. Thanks for the feedback?

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Dec 4, 2021 20:24

Oh the sound so cute! Really interesting idea! The fact that the roots go into the brain is a bit scary though xp Is it always the same kind of mushrooms that grow or can another type grow which is potentially not beneficial?   Oh and don't forget to notify Emy about anything mushroom related :p

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Dec 4, 2021 20:46 by Mochi

Thank you! Quite a lot of mushrooms do this, so you'll find a variety of them on different shroomies wherever you go.

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Dec 11, 2021 16:30 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

The mushrooms are like a (slightly) more benefical kind of cordyceps, then, if they control the brain. :O These guys sound really cute, and I like the way they absorb nutrients through their feet.

Dec 13, 2021 19:39 by Mochi

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Dec 13, 2021 18:27 by Angantyr

Cordyceps sp. style! Yay! :D   It's nice of you to adapt their relation from a purely parasitic to something, well, more balanced. And with the spherical bodies, they somehow remind me of large walking candies.   Do the mushrooms themselves possess some special properties, that would make them useful and worth foraging?

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Dec 13, 2021 19:39 by Mochi

Glad you liked the article! I have not put much thought into the mushrooms themselves, maybe in the future they'll get an article xD

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