Ergot (Hannigram Reverse Bang)
Folk Horror Fungi AU (17th Century)
Skilled soothsayer and traveling apothecary, Will Graham has been invited by the villagers to investigate the bout of horrifically elaborate murders and madness that has begun to plague them.
Previous attempts to cleanse the village from ‘curses’ and ‘devilment’ with the use of forced confessions and well known Witchfinders failed when all of those leading the trials became almost immediately possessed by the same affliction.
Perhaps science can help where religion failed?
Will Graham obsessively cultivates and experiments with fungus found on rye and wheat, he is often found hunting for mushrooms in the woods, taking samples, preserving them in jars of golden honey and experiencing their psychedelic effects. He finds them fascinating, it connects him with nature and enhances his empathic skills. There is a deep spiritual and sexual element to this.
Mycelium extends the area of a fungi fruiting body, providing nutrients for growth. It branches, thread-like within the soil and other surfaces, producing spores and massively spreading the scope and influence of the original.
Will finds evidence of mycelium and spores all over the village and its unfortunate victims. An extremely potent strain - it can spread and decompose biomass much faster than usual. His hallucinogenic experiments allow him to connect to this network and experience/empathise with the entity behind the mayhem both mentally and physically: the fruiting body of the fungi can take many forms, including that of a man.
Fragile-Teacup turned this prompt into an excellent fic on AO3 - titled Ergot
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