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1002454 No. 1002454 ID: 4c9664

2.0
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No. 1026217 ID: 9a2966

rolled 14 = 14

>>1026121
Second roll!
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No. 1026218 ID: 01f77d

rolled 19 = 19

>>1026150
This was me.

Second Roll.
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No. 1026219 ID: 01f77d

>>1026150
>>1026218
Wow
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No. 1026275 ID: ce39da

rolled 6 = 6

>>1026131
This was mine.
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No. 1026276 ID: 96c896

rolled 7, 19 = 26

Hmm, ok.
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No. 1026302 ID: cd48aa

rolled 4 = 4

>>1026196
First roll was 4. Really hoping this one is better.
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2d20 Drop Lowest Average: 13.825
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No. 1026303 ID: cd48aa

>>1026302
This is legitimately hilarious to me.
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No. 1026428 ID: 575fcc

rolled 13 = 13

>>1026124

Second Roll
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No. 1027017 ID: 4c9664

SOFIA -- {{Do you want to use the last cleansing burst, or save it for the heart?}}

A. Use it
B. Save it
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No. 1027020 ID: 17d021

Save it!
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No. 1027022 ID: ce19e8

Save it
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No. 1027023 ID: 1f11d7

Save it
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No. 1027028 ID: a9ad31

USE IT! :D
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No. 1027056 ID: 4c9664
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1027056

You dash past the spores and arrive at the cluster of roots and mycelium. The light behind is soft, gently pulsing. It’s too thick to see what exactly is behind them, but you can detect some gentle movement deeper in the room.
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No. 1027057 ID: 4c9664
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1027057

You raise the large blade above you and take a couple of swings at the roots. The blade passes fairly easily through them, burning and shriveling back the tendrils as you work. The nearby caps begin rustling violently as you clear an opening, shaking loose thick clouds of spores on top of you.
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No. 1027058 ID: 4c9664
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1027058

“Save that last burst!” you shout as the dense yellow dust settles on you, “We need to get you to the heart!”

$$ WE HOPE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING $$

You feel the spores burrowing into you. The cut in your chest doesn’t seem to burn as badly now.
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No. 1027059 ID: 4c9664
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1027059

You finally tear open a hole large enough to scramble through. You glance back as you crawl in. The voidkin is laying still in a pile on the ground, their shrieks slowly fading until you can’t hear them anymore.
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No. 1027060 ID: 4c9664
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1027060

Inside you see what looks like a large slimey dragon with thick mushroom caps growing out of it from all over its body. Hundreds of thin tendrils shoot upwards from its body into the roof of the cave. Inside there’s a couple of brightly glowing objects, one red, one blue.
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No. 1027061 ID: 4c9664
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1027061

In between pulses you can just make out the shapes; One of them looks like a small spherical wedge, the other like a hollowed diamond. The two appear fused together, and several mushrooms are sprouting from the point of contact.
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No. 1027062 ID: 4c9664
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1027062

The slime dragon raises its head slowly to look at you as you approach. It towers over you, head swaying slightly, eyes unblinking. The mushrooms are transfixed on the light of the sword. The dragon is fixated on you. The voidkin’s shrieks outside have faded. It’s crushingly silent now.
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No. 1027063 ID: cd48aa

rolled 16, 20 = 36

No time to waste and no time to talk. GET IN THERE!
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No. 1027064 ID: 9a415c

(( oh, and no need for rolls this time ))
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No. 1027065 ID: 96c896

You're sprouting. Burst! No negotiation, these mushrooms have caused verifiable harm and when you tried to talk you got attacked anyway.

Make sure the burst hits the heart. Hmm, does that look like a piece of your heart? I'm not sure it would fit. That blue thing looks like a foreign object, you're gonna have to extract it.
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No. 1027066 ID: 736b7e

I bet that core inside is the heart and if you purify it, it'll fix everything including your own spore problem. Go ahead and try to burst it clean but also try not to kill our new friend who might be a part of you.
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No. 1027070 ID: ce39da

"I'm not here to hurt you."

Envelope the sword, then jump into the dragon towards its core, burst.
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No. 1027112 ID: d53872

Ask your new head-friend what the proper etiquette is for introducing yourself.
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No. 1027167 ID: d8b1de

Obviously the sword burst doesn’t harm you, but aak the sword if it would harm this dragon. If not, then get in there and use the last burst to purify yourself and the dragon’s core.
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No. 1027200 ID: 34dfce

>>1027065
Humphrey didn't look like they would fit either, yet here we are.
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No. 1027216 ID: 9a2966

>GET IN THERE
>Burst!
>burst it clear
>burst
Oy oy oy! Stop stop stop!

She's... sort of hugging her mushrooms, protectively. She's scared. She's stuck, rooted.

She's you. She's A you, right? Gotta be! So hold on to your horslimes!

The wedge crystal must be the 'you' bit. And it's stuck in something else... is... is that the same material the eye of that Titan was made of? Could there be a different mind-part in there, and not just another you? Like a symbiosis between two conscious crystalline entities? Or maybe one part has control of the other - one IS somewhat bigger, after all!

It looks like this dragonslime part of you either found that diamond or got stuck to it (willingly or not), and then formed these... eye-mushrooms? And that she can see through, infect and control people (at least voidkin!) with them.

She spoke through that voidkin, too, and said the Void King was a "fraud", so she must know and remember some bad old things and keep a grudge, but it's probably not gonna be the full truth, just scattered parts of it. Just like you can only remember some things!

But... if they remember how you died even half as well as you did, imagine what they see here: someone coming for them with a sword 'n cloak, the sword it knows can hurt its mushrooms bad. And what does some hero coming in with a sword and cloak combo remind YOU of?

Of the old you, being stabbed, that's who! So how scared and afraid don't you think this part of you is right now? Are we sure we're just gonna go in gung-ho and blow her mushroom bit to kingdom come before we can convince her of our good intentions? Who knows what'd do to the stability of this part of you and the memories she keeps?!

Maybe the best thing to do is slow down. To stop, lower your blade (sorry god-slayer, it's slime time!). Discard your cloak. Show her your regal booty, your stabbed-through core. Prove that you're not actually here to hurt her, like so much else surely has of late.

Tell her you can see they're hurt. And that you are as well. That you used to be a Grand Slime - Queen Humphrey! - and that the Void King did you in... sorta! You got better. Now you think a part of them might be an old part of you, and it hurts you to see yourself so wounded and scared and... angry? That's not how it should be. What happened to this old face?

(Try to Basic Shapeshift your head into roughly the old shape you used to retain - at least what you remember of it! That might jostle some memories on their end.)

Tell her you'd really rather not fight if you can help it, but they need to reconsider what they're doing down here and stop hurting people if they can. There are bugfolk dying from being infected by their shrooms, y'know? She's really got the whole town up there terrorized from the looks of it! And that's bad, even if they have been fighting her mushrooms.

Look, you don't know what she knows, but the world above has changed. When was the last time she was up there? The voidkin appear to have stopped doing their weird conquest thing and are instead trying to... be confused and non-hostile? Make amends? The mushrooms of the dragonslime did control one, so they should know the Void King is actively searching for some crystals, right? You've been looking to gather them for yourself - since it'd seem like it'd be to gather yourself, too!

Would they be willing to share their story?

>Two-way communication
If the slime can't speak and the sword can't translate, try to communicate through that shroom in your body - there has to be possible to form a connection there - it managed to do so with the Voidkin, after all. But try not to lose control over your core and body! If it DOES try to mind-control you, you can trigger that blade as the last resort!
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No. 1027236 ID: cd48aa

>>1027216
There's no time for all that! We know the mushrooms screw with the minds of Void, we know they cause physical pain to QH, and we know that if we don't act fast Bramble might die. If QH stops to worry about all of that she might lose control of her body, or at least be unable to act quickly enough to possibly save Bramble. It's now or never. Trauma and consequences are the future's problem.
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No. 1027264 ID: d53872

This is looking kinda heavy... Spend some fun points to make things more fun! Can we at least et some smiley-faces on those mushrooms?
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No. 1027272 ID: 0e2a6f

you've got a mushroom head, time's up. Burst now!
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No. 1027855 ID: a557fd

QH: step on a mushroom by accident
Mushroom: make a fun squeaky sound
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No. 1031520 ID: 4ef090
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1031520

You gaze up into the large glassy eyes of the dragon, eyes so large you can see your own reflection in them. The sword burns brightly, casting you in that harsh red light. From this angle, in this lighting, you notice something about yourself.
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No. 1031521 ID: 4ef090
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1031521

The last thing you ever saw before dying was a dark knight with a sword and cloak. If this slime dragon is a part of you, then seeing a figure like yours, with a cloak and a sword, is probably terrifying.

You lower the sword.

“Humphrey, I.. is there a special way to greet a grand slime?”

## not that I know of, but we might try bowing? ##
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No. 1031522 ID: 4ef090
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1031522

You do a bow. The dragon doesn’t react.
“Hi there, I uh, I’m .. what’s your name?”

The dragon responds with a low raspy voice. “I don’t have a name. I don’t need one. I don’t want you here. Please go.”

“I won’t hurt you, I promise. I just want to talk.”
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No. 1031523 ID: 4ef090
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1031523

The dragon glances between the sword and you, taking a long moment to think before finally saying, “… you, did hurt me. That light burns my eyes, and you killed my new friend. I don’t trust you.”

“I’m not comfortable trusting you either, you’ve hurt a lot of people up above. Those bugs are suffering because of what you’ve done to them.”

“They tried to hurt me, I had to defend myself. I don’t want to have to hurt you too, so please leave me be.”
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No. 1031524 ID: 4ef090
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1031524

“What’s up with you and the mushrooms anyway? How’d you get like this?”

The dragon doesn’t respond for a while, but their eyes quiver as tho they’re thinking hard about what to say. Then, finally, in a low voice, they speak.
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No. 1031525 ID: 4ef090
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1031525

“I am not just one being. These mushrooms are the fruits of my union with another. We found each other impossibly in the dark, and together have protected each other for ages. You cannot possibly understand.”
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No. 1031526 ID: 4ef090
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1031526

You feel something pulling at your mind. The cap flowering on your head is growing. You try to focus on what the dragon is saying, ignoring the faint whispers beginning to manifest in your ears.
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No. 1031527 ID: dbc6b8

Stab the blade into the ground and hang the cloak on it?
You've got a story to share too, and while insisting you get the concept of finding others who assist you and finding yourself might not get it across, maybe laying clear your desires and intent will.
At the very least, it wouldn't hurt to put the blade down within arm's reach.
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No. 1031528 ID: dbc6b8

>>1031527
sometimes you just have to know when to ask for help. it doesn't need to be from a position of power.
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No. 1031540 ID: 96c896

>>1031526
>cannot possibly understand
Show them that you have two cores. You understand what it is like to be... more than one.
Also, just go ahead and tell them that you think they are you, or the other entity is, depending on who you're talking to right now. Share your story, but uh, maybe try cutting off the mushroom with your sword if the whispers get too intense?
Ask if the union they mean is the other type of crystal fused to their core. Was it another slime? Or something else?

Also yeah their "new friend" tried to kill you, despite trying to talk to them, and you don't think you killed them either; it might look that way if the mushroom connection was severed.
Speaking of which, how exactly did the ants try to hurt the slime queen?
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No. 1031541 ID: 34dfce

>>1031523
>Don't want to hurt you
(points to mushroom on head) You are already hurting us. Trying to involuntarily control someone's thoughts is hurting someone. Just like the spores hurt the bugs. Are you saying this is for the bursts before? We can apologize, but moving forward, we need to talk diplomacy.

>>1031540
We don't have two cores. They merged into one.
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No. 1031543 ID: 3ce9fb

>and you killed my new friend. I don’t trust you.”
he's not dead, the potion just teleported him back home.
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No. 1031546 ID: 839eb2

Just tossing it out there, but maybe slicing off that mushroom would lessen its influence over yourself?
It'll probably grow back with a bunch of small versions or something, but that extra minute or so might make all the difference.
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No. 1031556 ID: dbc6b8

>>1031546
It seems like the mushrooms are a hive mind of sorts, and aggression against them is probably not the greatest idea. Something to do if it becomes necessary.
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No. 1031580 ID: cd48aa

Try dropping your sword clutching your head and screaming in pain, maybe that will be enough to convince them to at least stop the continuing growth.

> You cannot possibly understand.
Try pointing out the Void sword fused to your core.

> you killed my new friend
I agree with everyone else. Definitely point out that their friend attacked first while you were trying to find out if they were okay.

If the mushroom grows any more, burst. It's self defense.
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No. 1031581 ID: b01382

>>1031526
Mushroom bad. Stab the mushroom on your head with the sword.
I didn't give you permission to sit there mister!
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No. 1031582 ID: cd48aa

Oh! Also try begging them to stop hurting you. They may not even be aware that they're doing that.
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No. 1031932 ID: 4ef090
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1031932

The fungus doesn’t seem to hurt. You can feel its roots reaching deeper and deeper inside you as the cap slowly grows larger. It hasn’t reached your core just yet. You might be able to speak with the mycelium if it does touch.

## I’ll try to handle it if it grows too close to us. Keep doing whatever you’re doing. ##
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No. 1031933 ID: 4ef090
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1031933

You feel your grip around the sword tighten. You don’t want to have to use it, but if you need to..
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No. 1031934 ID: 4ef090
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1031934

“You say I couldn’t understand, but we’re not as different as you think. A lifetime ago I was attacked by someone and torn apart. I’m just a fragment of my old self.”

You point to the core in your tail. “But I found a piece of myself again, miraculously, and we’re one unit now.”
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No. 1031935 ID: 4ef090
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1031935

“We didn’t kill your friend, we were asked to find them and heal them,” you glance back, “I think they’ll be ok now, that medicine should have helped.”
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No. 1031936 ID: 4ef090
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1031936

You turn back to the dragon, “They said something about choosing a simpler beat to follow. They phrased it like it was the lesser of two evils. Were they really your friend?” You point to the mushroom on your head, “Do I get a choice, or are you going to force me to be one of your new friends?”

The dragon is silent for a long while. Their gaze flicks between you, your core, and the mushroom growing in you. They then stare into the passage through which you crawled.
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No. 1031937 ID: 4ef090
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1031937

All the eyes growing in the cave turn to gaze at the dragon. “We didn’t choose this,” they say softly, “but we needed it. What other choice did we have? To wither in the darkness, weak, until someone finally found and killed us?” they look at you, eyes quivering, “I don’t want to hurt anyone, but if I don’t, then someone will hurt us. That’s what they’ve always told us.”
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No. 1031938 ID: 629f2e

"You did what was necessary to survive. But you don't have to keep doing this. You're strong enough now to choose your own path, apart from the spores that preyed on your weakness and drive away any and all who might disprove their assertions that others will only cause you pain."
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No. 1031939 ID: 96c896

>>1031937
Self defense is fine. Attacking first is not, that only breeds more violence.
There is another option. Stop the mushrooms, come with us. We will defend you.
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No. 1031942 ID: cd48aa

Who's "they"? The mushrooms that literally control people's minds?

Point out that you aren't trying to kill them even though you probably could do so right now. Also, explain that you wouldn't have even had to hurt them if they weren't attacking you and you could probably have just talked things out. And add that the bugs have only had to hurt them because they're hurting the bugs and preventing them from going about their lives. Not only has hurting people not prevented people from hurting them, but people are hurting them BECAUSE they're hurting people. Clearly, whoever "they" is lied.

Humphrey, handle the defenses.
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No. 1031956 ID: dbc6b8

>>1031938
>>1031939
This! The mushrooms are so far the instigating party here.

>>1031942
At the very least they're incapable of grappling with the fact they're hurting people and it can't continue.


At this point we might be rescuing the dragon and getting out however we can.

Talking isn't over though, so hold the aggression! The dragon doesn't seem to be unreasonable as of yet.
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No. 1031963 ID: ce39da

"Why did you assume that someone was coming to kill you? Were you attacked by someone before meeting 'them?'" If so: "I think we might have even more in common than you may have come to realize. Will you let me in?"
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No. 1032113 ID: b01382

>>1031937
"They've" told you only what "they" wanted youto hear, to manipulate you. You and I, nothing but food for these spores. I meet a bug outside who's friend was endangered by these mushrooms, thats not so friendly. We're more just food to them, or a lure to attract other slimes to you. Did you know theres a place up there where slimes like us can eat moss and stuff? We fould be up there where its safe, instead of down here where the mushroom can hurt people. I can help you, but we need to get rid of the spores.
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No. 1032172 ID: b01382

>>1031523
Not gonna lie the dragon pic in this post is terribly cut i wanna hug her and sleep on her back!
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No. 1032180 ID: 96c896

Let's not speak for the mushroom entity's motives until we talk to them directly.
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No. 1032224 ID: b01382

>>1032180
If reach that point of infection, i doubts we'll be able to go back.
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No. 1032239 ID: 9a2966

>>1032224
Silly! There's definitely a way to reach that point without having to go through the vehicle of the spore infection.

Gently put down Godkiller (Thanks for the escort, buddy! You'll take it from here.), discard your cloak (since, hey, bad memories) and wander up to give the the big ol' thing a gentle squish-hug as you bump your fine tail-part into their side, by their glowing heart.

Offer to touch your core to theirs. You were once a Grand Slime, and they too, yeah? There's a chance you can connect, and then you can give that other part of them a, well, a more direct talking to than through this (prod mushroom) funny hat here. Because there's a lot to say, and you want both of them to be in on the conversation.

For one, how can they accept just staying down here, trying to control others through fungi spores - which can kill, by the way! - and never, ever make proper friends with someone? If they're lonely and sad that they're stuck, they need to figure out how to make friends again. And... maybe figure out if they've got all that much to be afraid of anymore.

See, sometimes all you gotta do to make a friend is try to be friendly! Friends say hi when they meet! Friends do fun things together, like share food and talk about all sorts of topics that interest them. Friends certainly don't go out of their way to control their friends, or stop them from doing what they really want. Or if they do, they ought to consider whether what they're doing is right and talk about it, or else they aren't being much of a friend at all.

Even if all you're trying to do is help, or you're scared it might lead to something bad.

You get that their other part is worried, maybe super so. It used to be a Titan, didn't it? But the war's over, and things have calmed down, apparently a lot. You met some good people above, they were (mostly) nice, so it can't be all bad. There was a slime colony, too, and they were being left in peace.

Even if the two of them can't bring themselves to leave, if they don't push people away using all these spores, they might get people visiting and bringing them stuff. Like food! Or news! The slime colony has got these really delish mushr-ooo wait, would that be cannibalism? Anyway, if they could at least stop their spore thing - or reduce the radius and let slimes past - to accept visitors then they'd have a lot more space to consider whether the world's still dangerous and they gotta hide and hurt people and all that compost at all.
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No. 1032247 ID: 36784c

>>1032239
>put down Godkiller and hug them
Don't do that.

The Godkiller is our only way of protecting ourselves and keeping it with us will ensure that the mushrooms won't try and suddenly attack us.

And the slime dragon doesn't trust us enough to just walk up to them and hug them. They'll think we're going to hurt them and they'll attack us.
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No. 1032248 ID: 9a2966

>>1032247
Not if we put down Godkiller!
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No. 1032257 ID: 01fe07

>>1032248
Getting rid of our only protection is pretty dumb.

Also, having no weapon doesn't mean the slime dragon will automatically trust us. They'll still attack if we approach them.
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No. 1032262 ID: 96c896

Do not drop Godkiller.
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No. 1032265 ID: ba605b

>>1032239
>>1032248
I'll have to disagree with putting down Godkiller. It's the only thing preventing the spores from advancing any further. Plus the funny little guy is growing on me.

I hope we'll find it's other half some day and make it whole.

>>1031937
Remember the slime titan statue thing we touched? Is it possible to absorb it to combine our sliminess?
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No. 1032266 ID: ba605b

>>1031937
More questions for you OP
>How often do you post updates? You said Weekly? Week ends? Week days? Specific days of the week?
>Why did you do Slime Quest over and not continue from the first try? Is the First Slime Quest Canon?
>Would it be possible to combine Godkiller with our core, or the broken sword still in our core?
>Can we use Godkiller to kill small game to eat and grow bigger?
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No. 1032281 ID: 36784c

>>1032266
These questions should be asked in a disthread, not here in the main quest thread.
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No. 1032301 ID: 4ef090

>>1032266
I try to update every wednesday, tho I don't always manage to hit that mark, so once a week is the loose goal.

If you have other questions unrelated to current suggestions, please ask in the thread I just set up! thank you!

https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/137440.html
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No. 1032303 ID: b01382

>>1032301
Thanks
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No. 1032307 ID: b01382

Maybe we should use our last burst from Godrender to purify the big slime? Talking to her might not really matter since the mushrooms are so imbedded in her, and they more or less control the bigger slime's thoughts and actions, so.
Really the best thing we can do for them now is use the last charge of the sword to kill the mushrooms and save us all. That makes sense right?
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No. 1032356 ID: cd48aa

I agree that dropping Godrender and directly hugging the other slime would be suicide and we shouldn't do it.
>>1032265
I strongly agree that we should try to eat the Slime Titan if possible. As it is it's slowly dying and isn't really able to do anything. But it may contain some power that a Grand Slime could use. Plus maybe eating it would count as killing a god and make Godrender happy.
>>1032307
I think that's definitely a good backup plan, but we can still try talking.
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No. 1032387 ID: b15d9c

>>1032356
Yeah exactly. It seems a majority wants to try talking the big slime out of collaboratinf with the giga slime. It could work, maybe it doesnt. Weather it works or not we should resort to using Godrender to purify the heart of the corruption which is the slime's core. There's honestly no other option since talking right now is a formality.

So after talking is over, weather the grand slime consents or not, we will use Godrender to purify them- WHICH will hopefully purify us as well. Then from there we can try combining with the grand slime because more likely than not its one of our bigger pieces that managed to crawl away.

Then after our ordeal here, and maybe conversing with ghe voidkin we "saved(?)" We can head baxk to the titan slime to absorb it. As mighty as it once was, it's probably too weak to resist us, especial after we combine with the two sline cores here. I mean honestly? Absorbing the titan would be doing it a favor.

Oh and yeah you're probably right that Godrender might like us "killing" thw titan, since its more or less a demi-god equivalent for slimes.
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No. 1032758 ID: 4ef090
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1032758

All eyes are on the dragon. Even the mycelium has frozen, almost like it’s waiting.

“Who is ’They’? The mushrooms? Nobody would be hurt at all in this situation if it weren’t for them. Nobody would want to hurt you if your mushrooms hadn’t tried to kill everyone who got near you!”
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No. 1032759 ID: 4ef090
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The dragon closes its eyes, teeth grit as tho straining against something. “n-no, you’re wrong! They’re here to keep me safe! They HAVE kept me safe!” They glare angrily at you, “You’re just like the rest of them, you’re only going to hurt me! You’re here to finish me off, but I won’t let you!”
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No. 1032760 ID: 4ef090
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All the eyes return to you, and you feel the mycelium resume its advances. The dragon raises its tail and swings it down on top of you.

You jump towards the dragon, narrowly missing the attack as it crashes behind you.
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No. 1032761 ID: 4ef090
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The faint whispers you’ve tried ignoring are growing in volume, a soft hush of mutterings caressing your mind as the mycelium begins to grasp your core.

“You’re not a fighter”
“You can be safe here”
“You’ve been hurt too”
“We will keep you safe”
“You don’t want to kill”
“It’s ok to be afraid”
“Let us protect you”
“Please be reasonable”
“We don’t want to hurt”
“We want to help you”
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No. 1032762 ID: 4ef090
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Time seems to slow to a crawl as you get on your feet. You can feel Humphrey panicking. You can see the dragon readying another attack. You feel thin strands, links of sorts highlighted in your mind, connecting your core to the {A} dragon, to the {B} sword in your hands, to {C} Humphrey, and to the broken {D} hilt inside you.

You must act, and only have enough time to act on one of those links.
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No. 1032765 ID: 1f11d7

While the dragon is focused on offence, now's your chance to surprise attack them!
Drop your sword!
Hug the dragon and bring your cores together!
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No. 1032766 ID: b01382

>>1032762
{A} dragon
USE THE LAST BURST NOW! PURIFY THE SHROOMS!
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No. 1032767 ID: b01382

>>1032765
Dude no what is wrong with you? The sword is one of the few things stopping the advance of the mushrooms. You do know that the sword can either purify or destroy?
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No. 1032769 ID: 96c896

>>1032762
A. Show them you are connected.
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No. 1032789 ID: 36784c

>>1032762
You need to get close enough to use the sword to purify the mushrooms!

>>1032765
>Drop your sword!
No, don’t do that.
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No. 1032805 ID: 4f399b

A. You tried to talk it out and the dragon swung first. Use the sword on it and hopefully it'll purify the dragon core.
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No. 1032808 ID: 629f2e

A is the way.
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No. 1032813 ID: dbc6b8

Humphrey. We have connections with others like the dragon does, it's not an empty boast. Nothing else is either.
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No. 1032816 ID: 736b7e

Pretty sure B is the option for using the sword. A seems to be connecting yourself to the dragon, which might be a peaceful way toward solving this problem, but this situation seems to be getting worse. This is a hard decision.

I guess try A? It would be sad to have to kill the dragon.
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No. 1032821 ID: 30b9f6

Finishing them off is the last thing you'd do! But they really do need to get that 'they' aren't being very much of a friend right now. You hear them now and boy are they being pushy!

Please be reasonable? Is it reasonable for this poor old gal to sit down here forever, huh? Sheez! Get a grip! She's lonely, you mycelium mooks! Mind-control fake friends won't cure that! But you think you know what might - or who, rather!

Queen Humphrey was never so sad as to not look for a way to make things better!

A!
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No. 1032838 ID: cd48aa

{A} Connect to the dragon to hopefully snap them out of it. Just yell for Godrender to burst now instead of communicating psychically. Hopefully either it can hear sound or Humphrey will hear your words and tell it. I don't trust the hilt.
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No. 1032840 ID: cd48aa

Just adding some further thoughts:
If the dragon is another part of the Queen, then strengthening that link should make it realize that fact and hopefully stop attacking because it would be attacking its self.
I don't see how linking with Humphrey would help right now anyway. He's supposed to be fighting off the spores' corruption specifically so the Queen can focus on other factors.
The Queen already has links of some form with Humphrey, the Hilt, and Godrender, whereas the link with the dragon is new and thus should be seized upon now. Plus the Queen has already physically become one with Humphrey and the Hilt, and we don't currently have any intent to merge with Godrender, but if the dragon is a part of the Queen then merging with it is important.
And if the Queen acts on link {A} it's possible that the slimes will automatically merge and we won't have to worry about physical combat any more.
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No. 1032901 ID: ce39da

[C], assuming that's what the "purify burst" suggestions actually translate into! Even if it doesn't permanently solve the situation, it'll at least buy you some time to come to a better understanding and find a more permanent solution!
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No. 1032960 ID: f98a7b

B
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No. 1032991 ID: a70d43

>>1032762
A, probably
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No. 1033035 ID: bed7b5

D: the mystery option! In theory, these are a chance to communicate with the dragon in a more forceful way, Kill mushrooms(which may be a god), fortify ourselves but likely reduce the extent to which Humphrey is its own being, and finally to connect with the void in some way. The void seems destructive and domineering, but if we don't form connections with it, how can we understand it enough to be rid of it?

I wonder how honest the mushrooms are. This could be a case of them genuinely wanting to help, but having an extremely poor grasp of/interest in our perspective.

I am plum out of ideas on how to farm silliness points here?
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No. 1033175 ID: ce39da

>>1032901
*rereads* Ah snap, Sword is [B], not [C]. Changing my vote to [B], then!
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