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SplinterHyphae

Hyphae Splinter2008limited720p-1 Bizarre host Splinter Full body infection

Naming
Others "Thorns"
Binomen Unknown to science
Physiology
Body type Varies on host
Average height Varies on host
Average length Varies on host
Average weight Varies on host
Intelligence
Sentience Non-sentient
Sapience Non-sapient (presumed)
Aggressivity Extreme
Ecology
Habitat Jungle (and any place with hosts)
Diet Parasitoid
Lifespan Unknown
Subspecies None
Status Data Deficient
Behind the Scenes
Universe Splinter

The "Splinter" is an unnamed type of fungal parasite that appears in the film Splinter.

Overview Edit

It is first notable to mention that infection is universally fatal. Organisms that have been assimilated into the Splinter's central mass or have the needle-like hyphae protruding from their bodies are dead. The movements and behaviors noted thereafter are the Splinter seeking available biomass. The organism operates by attacking or "hugging" prey items, effectively impaling them on the myriad splinters protruding from their bodies. A single splinter is enough to cause widespread infection; without intervention it would likely result in end-stage infection, which is a lumbering mass of dead tissue impaled on the splinters in such a way that it can be used for energy and locomotion. Like all earthbound organisms, fire is a suitable way to destroy both Splinter "spores" and any accumulated organic tissue.

Reproduction Edit

The reproduction of the splinter is very simple: After consuming any organic material, it creates more spikes (spores) using its own dejects, then, these spores get inside another host.

Racial Abilities Edit

The splinter detects body heat, and hunts by this sense alone. It is a colony of very small slime mold like organisms, and can infect a host by touch; completely assimilating the host within a matter of hours. The host in many cases is still alive and conscious. The splinter can combine multiple hosts together to form one massive contorting amalgama of flesh, most likely with the instinct of "the bigger I am, the more splinters I can have at one time". It is impossible to kill with most conventional weapons. It is a colony of microscopic organisms and has to be exterminated using methods that deal with microbes.

Weakness Edit

The splinter only senses heat, it has a very limited intelligence, and can be avoided by simply staying in a cold room. It is also attracted to heat from a fire; which will kill it. If it has no host it is extremely weak, and slow; generally lying in wait for a host to come along and touch it.

Notes Edit

  • The splinter appears to be inspired by real life parasitic fungi of the Ophiocordycipitaceae family, such as the Ophiocordyceps unilateralis.

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