Anatomy and Appearance
They have the appearance of large mushrooms that walk on two feet resembling upside-down mushrooms. The ones encountered most often are approximately a quarter of the height of a tall-man. However, at a certain point in dungeon growth, they can become markedly huge, able to reach from floor to ceiling of a dungeon level. They are then able to extend filaments from their feet to anchor themselves to the dungeon and release spores that on inhalation can incapacitate adventurers, putting them in a zombie-like state. Another variant appears to be much larger versions of Changelings.
Multiple species are classed under the name Walking Mushrooms, which vary significantly in size, shape, ability and flavor. As they are easily affected by their environment, their general appearance is a good indicator of what the dungeon they are in is like.
They have no visible sensory organ, so it is unknown how they are able to detect other organisms.
Behavior and Weaknesses
Walking Mushrooms can be seen chasing extremely weak adventurers on the highest floors, although it is unknown if they do so in hopes of eating inexperienced adventurers or for simply territorial reasons.
Not all species of Walking Mushrooms are edible, and it can be difficult to differentiate between those that are and those that are not, even for veteran cooks. When preparing Walking Mushrooms, the outer three inches of the body and the rear should be thrown away as the texture is not pleasant. The feet are good to eat, though, and should be kept.
Walking Mushrooms have been used in the following dishes:
- Huge Scorpion and Walking Mushroom Hotpot
- Walking Mushroom Soup (in a dream)
- Succubus and Bicorn Brain Doria
- Phoenix Confit
Walking Mushrooms are extremely popular among monster enthusiasts, with a field of study dedicated to examining their varied traits and various associations that go to look for them. One man even wrote a travelogue on his daily experiences of eating Walking Mushrooms, although the final entry indicated he met his demise in the process, turning into a fungus himself. The amount of information known about Walking Mushrooms is surprisingly large, comparable to knowledge of dragons.
- The final entry of the travelogue that implies the man turned into a fungus himself is titled Matango. This is likely a reference to the Japanese horror film Matango, in which people are unwittingly altered by mutagenic mushrooms.
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