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Mortasheen - Pathogerm by scythemantis Mortasheen - Pathogerm by scythemantis
"Walking Flu"


With live bacteria comprising over half of its body mass, this gibbering colonial being spoils everything it touches with a stinking microbial film that aggressively colonizes the mucosa of living organisms. While temporary and rarely life threatening, the infection may manifest a variety of debilitating symptoms, including fever, chills, sneezing, rash and the development of many tiny new Pathogerm in the respiratory tract, involuntarily expelled in egg-like wads of phlegm. The vast majority of these offspring will expire within minutes, but may spread the outbreak quite far in a short amount of time. The true Pathogerm may freely exchange consciousness with any one of its spawn, leaving its old body to wither as its new form begins to grow.

Though only negligibly vulnerable to it, Pathogerm are nervous around soap and may fly into a panic if they come into contact with cleaning solvents. This is not an advisable deterrant, as they are only more desperate to perpetuate themselves when threatened.


I intended to update the artwork for "Infectcha," but wound up drawing what I think is a much cooler mutant germ instead, and came up with a new name I just couldn't resist in the process.
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possessedtim Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
The alignment of the upper 'tentacles' is perfect! I can almost see them squirm!
Daimera Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I love how this one can have any of hundreds of body shape and eye/mouth position permutations. XD
Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Cool, it looks like one of those plush microbes...if it were made by Playmates circa 1990. I like the segmented root thing projecting out of the left eyeball, and the random mystery orifice over to the right. It looks like this Mortasheen has both plant and animal features, which seems appropriate for a giant bacterium. That reminds me, do you have an euglena monster yet?
NeiniTheLord Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
It's precious. Absolutely precious.
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