Entity 88
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CONCORD ENTITY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
ENTITY ID: 88
HABITAT(S): Level 8, Level 4
IETS:
0E
CLASS:
Floral
PROPERTIES:
HVM
VRL-A
VRL-B
NCR
MCH
CBR
SYN
DMN
SSV
CVL
RAD
NRO
TXC
PYR
RLA
UNQ
AGR
BNV
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Entity Number: 88

Habitat(s): Level 8, Level 4

Description:

Hiveminds are plantlike organisms originating in Level 4 that spread to Level 8 on 1/4/2020. They are roughly the size and shape of a pear, seeming to be a cross between a reptile and an embryophyte. They resemble spiders, but have six rootlike legs and extremely elongated "heads". Their primitive heads contain a brain almost equal to the body mass of the rest of the organism. They have no eyes, but rather a very light pink membrane around their entire head that appears to be photosensitive, nearly replicating one wider eye. They have no mouth, instead using small suckers on the end of their extremities to harvest water and minerals. They seem to have adapted to consume radiation from florescent lights, and in the absence of such, will have their growth stunted greatly when relying just on minerals.

One of the most interesting aspects of the entity is its ability to adapt and evolve within mere weeks or months. Upon being introduced to a cave in Level 8 by accidental transmission, a new species evolved within roughly two months, much more adapted to life without light.

Hiveminds, while rarely prepared, can be consumed if cooked properly and detoxified. While their first recorded cultivation for nutrition was done by The Lost, but most prominently done by The Eyes of Argos. The B.N.T.G. have outlawed this practice as it can lead to poisoning if done incorrectly. The M.E.G. now requires members to have a license to cultivate and prepare Hiveminds. As of 1/10/2021, Tom's Diner is the only place with such a license.

Behaviors:

Hiveminds are generally harmless and are content to stay rooted to a single spot for their roughly 7-week lifespan. However, if put in immediate danger, will scuttle away to a recluse area. They constantly release invisibly small amounts of spores, which will sometimes grow into more Hivemind specimens.

Biology:

The strangest trait of the Hivemind is its namesake. Hiveminds all share one collective conscious and are generally thought of as a singular entity in many bodies. Additionally, while this entity is not particularly intelligent, it has enough brainpower to understand simple human attempts at communications, similar to the way a dog or pig would.

The spores released by Hiveminds can be irritating to the esophagus if the person inhaling the spores has asthma or a similar condition. Additionally, large quantities of the spores can cause slight memory alteration, but Hiveminds as a whole are largely harmless.

Discovery:

It is unknown who discovered Hiveminds, or when their discovery took place. The first recorded cultivation of Hiveminds for food purposes was done by The Lost.

Species:

As of 2/12/21, two separate species of Hivemind exist. The Wall Hivemind was the original, with six leglike appendages, a slight purple-pink hue, and around the size and shape of a small pear. A secondary species, the Cave Hivemind, now exists in level 8. These Hiveminds are almost entirely white, glow much more violently, and are significantly smaller than Wall Hiveminds. It is unknown whether the species still share a single mind or if they are now two separate beings.

Do's and Don'ts:

Do:

  • Ignore
  • Scare away

Don't:

  • Stomp on one, as it can release a cloud of noxious spores.
  • Pour water on one, as it will rapidly disintegrate and release clouds of spores.

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