Name: violet fungus
Difficulty: 5
Base level: 3
Base experience: 34
Speed: 1
Base AC: 7
Base MR: 0
Alignment: 0
Frequency: Quite rare
Genocidable: Yes
    Touch: 1d4
    Sticks to you
Weight: 100
Nutritional value: 100
Size: small
Resistances: poison
Resistances conveyed by eating: poison

Due to its unusual body chemistry, A violet fungus has no need to breathe. It has no eyes, and is therefore impervious to gaze and blindness attacks. It has no mind, and is therefore not detectable via telepathy. It has no limbs and no head. A violet fungus cannot pick up objects.

Fungi, division of simple plants that lack chlorophyll, true stems, roots, and leaves. Unlike algae, fungi cannot photosynthesize, and live as parasites or saprophytes. The division comprises the slime molds and true fungi. True fungi are multicellular (with the exception of yeasts); the body of most true fungi consists of slender cottony filaments, or hyphae. All fungi are capable of asexual reproduction by cell division, budding, fragmentation, or spores. Those that reproduce sexually alternate a sexual generation (gametophyte) with a spore-producing one. The four classes of true fungi are the algaelike fungi (e.g., black bread mold and downy mildew), sac fungi (e.g., yeasts, powdery mildews, truffles, and blue and green molds such as Penicillium), basidium fungi (e.g., mushrooms and puffballs) and imperfect fungi (e.g., species that cause athlete's foot and ringworm). Fungi help decompose organic matter (important in soil renewal); are valuable as a source of antibiotics, vitamins, and various chemicals; and for their role in fermentation, e.g., in bread and alcoholic beverage production.
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