This is the one used by the game The Last Of Us. However, I used it in a more “realistic” way.
I did my research for the novel story. I wanted that my Changed were the most realistic possible. I discover that the genus Cordyceps are mainly insect parasites. This fungus attack invading the host with their mycelia and replacing the tissues with it. It also changed the behavior of the host in its own benefic. The Cordyceps can activate a secondary metabolism that produces antibacterial, antibiotics and other substances that protect the host and itself. For that reason, this fungus has a lot of natural medicine potential.
This is the Cordyceps Unilateralis in an Ant. The next one is Cordyceps Militaris. This is the one that I chose for the physic design to be prettier and striking
GWFCE used a cocktail of mutated spores, formed with different fungus to create their Toxin. The Cordyceps was the base of the Toxin. The reason was that the survivors of the Hard War already use it for making cheap natural medicines. The idea behind the Toxin was the mutated spores would infect the humans, killing them. Of their dead bodies would borne fungus, trees, and other flora, that will attract insects, creating new ecosystems.
Now, all the survivors have in their bodies this special parasite-fungus. The only thing that is different between them is the type of mutation that they have. (More information in Mutations). The good thing is this type of fungus is great natural medicine and is cultivated by the survivors in the Greenhouses. However, is easy to find in the Corpse’s Forests and in the dead bodies after a few days.
I want that the dead bodies of the enemies and the animals do not disappear immediately. I want that the Parasite-Fungus born of them few hours later of the death and then disappear after a while.
Other ideas are that the fungus grow immediately, so the players can collect it in the moment or that only some of the bodies have this featured.
The players will able to create powerful healing medicines using the Parasite-Fungus.