These little rodents live in the Fungal Forest along side the Queen’s Hat. However, instead of a symbiosis, the Fungal Thrall is completely taken over by the parasitic fungi. The fungi colony takes over parts of the rodent, and maintains the body so the host often ends up “living” longer than its natural lifespan, with no will of its own. When the host body finally breaks down enough to become immobile, the fungi colony will sense this, and morphs into hibernation mode. When a new, suitable host comes near and triggers the hibernating colony, it’ll spring back to life, infecting any suitable hosts within range.
Duality-52 is a world-building project being developed by the very skilled and art-loving Johanna Rupprecht, and yours truly. Duality-52 is a fictional alien planet that is tidal locked, and these are the creatures that live within its habitable band zone.