"Tiny spore-motes flutter down from the fleshy gills that twitch on the striated skin. Trapped inside are another thousand spores waiting to be jostled free."
Fickle Gill is an ailment that afflicts the player character, NPCs, and enemies via spores released from the original mushroom or a host. When you have been infected with fickle gill, the input box will display the message "Your skin itches". Within an ingame week a part of your body will be fully infected with fickle gill, providing bonuses depending on which part of the body has been infected.
Hands slots : cudgel weapon, with a strength bonus cap of 4.
The infection also provide +200 reputation with Fungi and -200 reputation with Consortium of Phyta (per slot infected) and can release a cloud of spore around the player in case of damage. This cloud is harmless for the player and items on the floor, but deal 1 damage per round to every creature (allies or enemies) in the area.
Fickle Gill parts can't be removed without the proper cure.
The treatment regimen for all fungal infections is the same, which is found in Corpus Choliys.
Note that parts of the cure is changed each playthrough, but the way it is made stays the same. You are always required to have a gel (made from adding desalination pellet in slime) mixed with randomly chosen liquid in a portion of 1:1 and a spray bottle for applying the mixture. After that is done, you first must consume a corpse of a randomly chosen creature and within two hours from that, apply one dram of the curing mixture to the infected area.