The thing with it being a parasitic fungus is that parasitic organisms usually are pretty specifically adapted to certain conditions (like the hosts body temperature etc. for endoparasites); Plus fungi aren'tusually that keen on shifting conditions like sudden extreme heat, an will most likely produce spores of some sort. But I mean, you can really do whatever you want, sometimes especially fungi behave not like expected! Reversal of some inner reactions under changing conditions for example
Ohh gotcha! The fungi in question aren’t–really so much fungi beyond they ‘look like such’ but rather an intelligent lifeform–going a bit spoilery here, i’ve shown once (in a terribly old comic)
that there;s enormous projections of a sort of plant/fungal macroform enveloping Frontera, enormous spires that weave in and out of the planet’s crust. It’s sort of a big deal what it entails, and there’s even a membrane that covers the surface of the planet and makes it hard to pass in and out–a sort of imposed quarantine that only recently outside federations were able to traverse (in no small part because of Altes who live in the membrane) Domes are also very organic and there’s a sort of ‘nerve cluster’ network made by this macroform some call Huizache.
The fungi is venerated as a being, and it does respond to this–Amanuenso have an innate affiliation with it, as well as most other frontera gestalt and just gestalt in general, with a sect of knights that are ‘anointed’ by being possessed by this thing. One of such examples is a main character whom i don’t touch much–here’s drawing by the amazing @extra-vertebrae
Sabelico is one of the more hardcore knight examples, though overall the huizache’s presence could definitely imply super adaptive biology since knights compose military and theistic ranks that traverse outside of the amanu sphere, so definitely outside their safe environments. Though man I loooove the suggestion that it’d behave unexpectedly under certain circumstances! gives good food for thought
ooh perhaps the fungi or a specific type of fungi serves as a kind of “parasitic hemoglobin” in warmer tempretures, meaning they can i dunno spend a few weeks eating it/bathing in it to fill their bloodstream with oxygen-carrying nanospores that allow travel in warm enviroments but have to be purged every so often, giving a kind of waiting period moving between tempretures to stop the “fungal bends” or something
maybe it could cause damage long term so they cant LIVE in warm enviroments, and have to return to a cold enviroment every few years, a process requiring a few weeks or months of acclimatization and parasitical fungal hemoglobin purging to prevent blood hyperoxygenation . and the spores can turn them a funny colour/have wierd side effects
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! It reminds me a little of Jauria biology issue where they sometimes become bloated with blood if they don’t berserk often or do blood-letting, the purging thing entails just so much nice…weird body horror stuff? Also a sort of, universal ‘get down and purge’ thing…since Jauria also have a kind of symbiote fungi and Jauria run both SUPER hot and live in hotter environments maybe it helps with this in some way?
They gotta groom their huizache growths or get curly hair or something, haha…oh man this sounds super cool, thanks for the suggestion!