Twenty-two. X. Khi.

Hybrid, symbiont. Insect-Fungus.

Hybridised, symbiotic entities separable only in death, leaving the survivor mute, incomplete. On the death of the arthropod-host the dormant fungus is returned to the amalgamated hive to await a sort of reincarnation once more as individual. An endless array of forms: from ubiquitous and mundane, to monstrous.

Through subsumation an individual can start a hive. A final and irrevocable death.