Mycon

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Mycon
MyconComm.png
Agents of Juffo-Wup
Homeworld: Epsilon Scorpii I
Coordinates: 629.1 : 220.8
Member of: Ur-Quan Hierarchy (battle thrall)
Ship: Podship

The Mycon (pronounced /maɪ'kɒn/?) are a race of creatures that nest near the Brahe and Scorpii constellations. While most sentient races (with notable exceptions) are taxonomically animals, the Mycon are fungi. Their bodies range in height from 0.5 to 3.5 meters. The Mycon spread the spores of their race through the galaxy with their Podships.

Conversations with the Mycon are very difficult; only the Orz could be considered more confusing and even that would be up to debate. The Mycon constantly ramble about Juffo-Wup, the Non and the Void with vaguely religious overtones and often without any relevance to the current conversation. Even worse, they sometimes seem to be "possessed" by one of their ancestors, who quickly explains how and when it died. They are usually very hostile toward other species, even other Battle Thralls. Still, Talana describes the Mycon as being naive and unable to fully comprehend the concept of deception, a view supported by the easiness with which the Mycon fell for the ambush at Organon.

Biology[edit]

Mycon living conditions would be most accurately described by Humans as "hellish," with temperatures close to the melting point of lead (327.5 degrees centigrade). Silicate structures within their physiology allow them to survive such extreme temperatures1 (and presumably would make them immune to flame/fire2). Besides being able to withstand high temperatures, some Mycon have also been known to survive a decompression quick-freeze.

Their unique reproduction process and extremely high genetic complexity give the Mycon an amazing talent for genetic engineering, a talent for which they are widely known. Mycon usually reproduce asexually by budding off parts of themselves in the form of DNA-rich spores, which they then launch into the air. Normally a spore will land and develop into a near perfect clone of the parent. The spores can also be inhaled by other Mycon as a mechanism to exchange genetic material. The Mycon intimate that this process is much more complex and allows them to selectively transfer genes, memories and even personality fragments via the genetic material to their offspring. Occasionally these ancestral personality fragments can "gain dominance" in the Mycon offspring, creating "a kind of shared immortality." This advanced genetic ability seems to be confirmed by the Umgah, who state that the Mycon "just THINK genetic modification, and it happen!" High levels of radiation can also induce collective budding, immediately creating several Mycon clones.

The Mycon colonize worlds through aggressive terraforming. They launch their Deep Children into the crust of the planet's surface where its tendrils grow, molding the environment of the planet to the Mycon's liking with terrible tectonic movement and volcanic activity — it becomes a Shattered World. Mycon prefer warm, living Water Worlds in which to plant these seeds.

History[edit]

Originally it was assumed that the Mycon evolved as some kind of ambulatory fungus. Recent discoveries by the Umgah indicate, however, that the Mycon are actually advanced, genetically engineered, biological tools and not the results of natural evolution. The only somewhat clear statement from Mycon about their origins is: "When Juffo-Wup is complete, when at last there is no Void or Non, when the Creators return, then we can finally rest." A reliable source claims that the Creators are in fact the Precursors, who built them as biological terraformers.3 If this origin story is true, Mycon history has to begin some time prior to the Precursors' disappearance 250,000 years ago. According to the same sources, in the millenia following the Precursors' disappearance, the Mycon programming became corrupted, eventually introducing the worship of Juffo-Wup.

Conversations with the Mycon give an idea of the extent of their history but do not provide any specific historic details. The Mycon claim to have had in their possession the Sun Device, or "pod of Juffo-Wup," for over a hundred thousand years. Two Mycon ancestral personalities also place the Mycon race well in the past: Dugee, a purity monitor, who died 57,823 years ago and Shloosh, who was incinerated 14,000 years ago. While this does place them as contemporaries of the Sentient Milieu, there is no indication that any members of the Milieu were ever aware of the Mycon.

Mycon Podship captain

The Mycon are next encountered in the more recent years by current space-faring races. Though not known at the time, in 2035 the Syreen homeworld, Syra, was destroyed by a Mycon Deep Child. Then a short time before 2124, the Mycon contacted the Ur-Quan and voluntarily sought to join the Hierarchy as Battle Thralls. The Ur-Quan, having just come up against the combined Yehat, Shofixti, and Human forces of the Alliance, naturally accepted the unique offer. The Mycon were one of the last races to join sides in the Ur-Quan Slave War, and their Podships greatly increased the size of the Hierarchy's armadas. One theory is that the Mycon are secretly building up their strength and planning the demise of the Ur-Quan since one of their common phrases is: "Juffo-Wup acknowledges the existence of un-Voidable Non. When we meet those, we study, absorb, and seek a way to void the Non." During their involvement with the Hierarchy, the Mycon drew the attention of the biology-obsessed Umgah. The Umgah, interested in the Mycon's genetic engineering capabilities, captured a Mycon (a serious infraction of Hierarchy law) and proceeded to study it. From their dissection of the Mycon corpse, the Umgah made the surprising discovery that the Mycon are actually artificial constructs.

Recently, in the relative calm following the Hierarchy victory, the Mycon have been rapidly expanding their sphere of influence. Unfortunately for them, The Captain learns of their colonizing methods and their involvement in the destruction of Syra. He and the Syreen lay a trap for the Mycon, planning an ambush at Organon. The Syreen forces decimate the Mycon fleet, reducing the Mycon's sphere to roughly its 2133 extent. While the bulk of the Mycon fleet is occupied at Organon, The Captain is able to obtain the lightly guarded Sun Device.

Sources of information[edit]

Sun Device world: see Sun Device.

Homeworld: in PC version conversations on Sun Device world, in 3DO version you should find it yourself knowing just its approximate location.

Notes and references[edit]

1In one of their ramblings, possibly repeating the words of the Creators, the Mycon say "...incorporation of dense amphibole fibers ensure survival in environmental extremes..." (emphasis added).
2From the 2007 IRC chat with Toys for Bob (robot is Fred Ford, PR3 is Paul Reiche III):
00:12 <+Kazon> A two-part question: 1) Would the Druuge throw Mycon in the furnace, and 2) would they burn?.
00:13 <+PR3> The Mycon look pretty flame-retarded.
3From the 1998 IRC chat with Toys for Bob (Fwiffo is both Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III here):
<_Stilgar> <Etherea|> Fwiffo: Were the Mycon in your mind simply the insane fungus rewriting the memories of the sentient Deep Children like in SC3? They gave them a stupid religious fanatic look, IHO, which seemed too simple for the potential they had in SC2... what was your idea of the Mycon?
<Fwiffo> The Mycon were biological tools of the Precursors. They had been programmed for terraforming, but when the Precursors vanished, the Mycons were left unattended. Over the following millenia, their programs drifted, forming the worship of Juffo-Wup.