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1002454 No. 1002454 ID: 4c9664

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You awaken alone in a field. Beneath you the ground is scorched. The grass around you is tall and wild. The wind is soft and warm.
You were once a Grand Slime, the queen bee of a hive of slimes. Now you’re barely a fraction of your old self.
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The broken hilt of the sword that slew you is wedged in a small, heart-shaped fragment of your magical gem core. The other pieces don’t appear to be close by.
The blade is stuck pretty good, almost like it’s fused with the crystal. Right now you’re not sure if that’s a Good Thing or a Bad Thing, so you file that away under “Thing” for now.
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No. 1002462 ID: 4c9664
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As far as you can tell you’re currently all alone. You hear a stream nearby. In the distance you see some trees, and in another direction what might be a town. It’s different from how you remember, and your memories are still a little fuzzy, but you think you recall your hive being somewhere nearby.
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No. 1002463 ID: 0fae41

Sniff out some lunch. Won't be getting revenge on an empty stomach.
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No. 1002464 ID: e7c7d3

Head towards the stream
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No. 1002466 ID: ef6063

What's the road to the trees like? Any memories of your name?
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No. 1002467 ID: eb1fcc

>>1002457
damn, fuckin' twat really just walked up and stabbed ya

who does that, jesus

we should file a police report, get this dude on trial
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No. 1002470 ID: fa20da

Idly chew some grass while looking for your hive.
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No. 1002471 ID: 6f14a3

Try to shake the feeling that you've been here before.
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No. 1002511 ID: 094652

Immediately mark where your 'death' occurred with a big rock, and move in the direction of the sun.

Bawl at the incalculable loss of your former masteries of shapeshifting, including the ever-elusive "enhance knockers".
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No. 1002512 ID: 2aa5f0

go to the water
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No. 1002521 ID: 30b9f6

>>1002470
Yeah, have a wander about and a chew. Reflect on the state of things.
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No. 1002539 ID: c09f5e

Why not head to the town? Maybe the people there are nice enough to not attack you on sight.
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No. 1002556 ID: ee2771

Head to the water, a drink might clear your head.
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No. 1002654 ID: 6c85e8

God that's so mean!! Go have a snack. Grass is good.
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No. 1002958 ID: 4c9664
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You feel pretty hungry, so you grab a handful of tall grass and chow down. It’s bitter and hard to chew, but a slime can eat anything with enough time.

The grass doesn’t satisfy you, but it takes the edge off at least. You decide to stop for now, hoping to find something more hearty later.
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No. 1002959 ID: 4c9664
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You head towards the stream. It’s a little thing, not very deep, and narrow enough to jump across. The water isn’t moving very fast, so you can get a good look at your reflection.
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No. 1002960 ID: 4c9664
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It’s you!
But this isn’t really you. You used to be big, much bigger. What happened? You close your eyes and try to remember.
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A knight, dark, piercing eyes.
A sword, sharp, plunging deep.
Friends, family, gone, killed or hiding. Fleeing.
You remember burning.
You remember breaking.
You remember crying.
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There’s also a vague sense that this has all happened once before. You hope that it goes a bit more smoothly this time around.
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You open your eyes. Someone killed you, but didn’t do a good job.
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You get up. The sun is starting to set behind the town, so you decide to head off in that direction. Maybe there’s someone who will feed you. More importantly, maybe there’s someone in there who has answers for you.
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No. 1002965 ID: 4c9664
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1002965

The sun is almost set as you arrive at the town gate. A lizard with a giant hat stands guard by the open gate. They look extremely bored.
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No. 1002966 ID: ef6063

Make a silly face to liven up their day!
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No. 1002967 ID: 512d05

>>1002965
do a fun dance!
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No. 1002968 ID: e7c7d3

Inquire where you can get a hat like that
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No. 1002969 ID: 96c896

>>1002965
Ask him if he knows anything about a slime settlement that was nearby. Or if not, does he know if there's anyone in town who would?

Oh, is there a doctor in town that can help slime injuries?
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No. 1002970 ID: 9a2966

Can you talk?

If so, say that they have a cool hat. What's the symbol on it mean?

Then ask them if they've seen any other slimes, or if they know where you can get something nice to eat.

If you can't talk, pantomime that you want to enter town then look questioningly at him.
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No. 1002971 ID: c09f5e

Eh. Have a staring contest. Let him speak first.
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No. 1002975 ID: cdabe3

Tell them they’re cute
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No. 1002995 ID: 312b32

Yikes, 13 always was an unlucky number. Whelp, nothing for it but to mock them for their lack of nakedness.
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No. 1003002 ID: 0fae41

Ask him for his hat.
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No. 1003046 ID: c93e10

Great guard. Ask where you are as you are unfamiliar with this town.
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No. 1003048 ID: c93e10

>>1003046
Greet*
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No. 1003218 ID: 403dc3

>>1002965
Say hello and compliment their hat
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No. 1003449 ID: 4c9664
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“Hey,” you say to the guard, “Nice hat.”
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No. 1003450 ID: 4c9664
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“Thanks,” he says back dryly, and it slips down over his entire head because it’s too big.
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No. 1003451 ID: 4c9664
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You seize the opportunity and do a silly dance while he can’t watch. It’s hilarious, and you get twenty fun points for being silly. Cash those in later at select retailers for fabulous prizes!
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No. 1003452 ID: 4c9664
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“I’m new here, can you tell me where I am?”

The guard successfully frees himself from his hatted prison with a gasp. “I freaking hate this hat, it was the only size they had, and I HAVE to wear it,” he perches it atop his head and sighs.
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No. 1003453 ID: 4c9664
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“What was that? New in town huh? I would have thought you came from the hive, but I guess you slimes are all over these days.
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“Folks call this place the 'Lesser Hyther Orbital Edge Town' (or just 'Edge Town' if you're in a hurry) on account of... well, you know,” he does a motion with his hands as of something exploding.

“It used to be a mining town, but I think the caves ended up on the other side of the break, so now it’s just kind of a regular town.”
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No. 1003455 ID: 4c9664
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“I don’t recognize the icon on your hat. What is that?”

The guard’s brow raises. “You must be new, that’s the Void Mark. It’s been around as long as I can remember.”
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He shrugs, “Tho these days it really doesn’t mean much of anything. The Void are pretty chill.” The hat falls over his head again.
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No. 1003457 ID: 4c9664
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You seize the opportunity and make a silly face while he can’t see it. You get twenty more fun points. you’re really racking them up!
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No. 1003458 ID: 4c9664
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“I was attacked earlier, and got hurt pretty bad. Is there a doctor in town who can take a look?”
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No. 1003459 ID: 4c9664
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“hmm, there’s a doctor yeah. Don’t know how good they are with slimes tho. They’re right on the edge, tallest building.” He leans on his spear and yawns. “Anyway, yeah. Welcome to Edge Town. Don’t cause any trouble, I really don’t wanna have to actually do anything.”
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No. 1003460 ID: 4c9664

Promise to cause some serious slime based trouble
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No. 1003461 ID: 9d29cf

Let's go look for this mysterious doctor.
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No. 1003466 ID: a2493c

>>1003459
sure thing bud

also you could probably glue like a bowl or something into the brim so it at least sits on top of your head better, food for thought
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No. 1003468 ID: ce39da

"Kind of makes me wonder why the whole hat is hollow in the first place. Do guards usually have really tall foreheads or something?"

"Anyway, k' thx bai."

Let's go see this doctor.
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No. 1003469 ID: 96c896

>>1003459
Ok, one last question. Where's the hive?
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No. 1003470 ID: 08e322

>>1003459
ask him if you can have his hat
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No. 1003472 ID: 681bfa

Thank him for the information and head into town.
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No. 1003511 ID: c09f5e

>I would have thought you came from the hive, but I guess you slimes are all over these days.
Your hive is still A Thing? How long has it been since the incident? Get the date today.

Still a good idea to see a doctor to diagnose your condition before you deal with any issues back at the hive, with the power vacuum and all. As you are now, I don't think anyone would take you seriously, much less believe you're their (former) queen.

Hopefully, your subjects and/or the fragments of your majestic self won't get into too much trouble without you...

>on account of... well, you know
No you don't know. This amnesia thing is why you need to see a doctor, you know.
Ask if you could see him in a tavern later, after the doctor, to share news and a meal (that he'd have to be pay for, so be cute). There may be better sources of news, but they don't have that hat.
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No. 1003622 ID: 63edbf

Who are these chill Void? Do they have cool hats?
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No. 1003624 ID: 422cea

Retract your limbs and do a silly slug crawl into town.
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No. 1003690 ID: 6c85e8

You know, that would be a really great hiding place.
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No. 1003706 ID: 74c499

"Wouldn't you want to do something with me?" Wink
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No. 1004147 ID: 4c9664
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“I promise nothing,” you say defiantly, “I do what I want.”
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No. 1004148 ID: 4c9664
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The guard is already asleep standing.
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No. 1004149 ID: 4c9664
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You decide you could use a giant hat, and take it from the sleeping guard. He doesn’t seem to notice.
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Now you have a Giant Guard Hat. It’s big enough for you to fit your entire body in, but it’s also a pretty conspicuous object. In the right environment it could certainly be of some use. Like as a stepstool or somethin’.
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You enter the town. With the sun nearly set by now it's pretty dark. A few houses among the pines have lights on. Directly ahead of you is a large weathered statue of -

You’re not actually sure what it’s a statue of. Looks like some kind of giant. The head is shaped like some sort of insect, the pincers pointed skyward. Strange grooves cut across its form like circuitry, and a large round gem is floating in a cutout in the center of the head. Vines have crept over it from years of neglect, and one of its arms appears to have fallen off long ago. The other arm is holding the hilt of a very large sword which appears to be sunken into the stone platform the creature is resting on.

There’s a glowing yellow slime near the statue, looking up at the being. They don’t seem to have noticed you yet.
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No. 1004152 ID: 38aa7e

Exercise your eminent domain over that slime’s slime.
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No. 1004154 ID: 96c896

>>1004151
Say hi to the slime, ask who the statue is.
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No. 1004166 ID: 6c85e8

Be nice. Say hello. Ask what it is looking at and why!
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No. 1004173 ID: c09f5e

Prepare a greeting equally as glowing as they are.
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No. 1004174 ID: ef6063

Are they the warm type of glowy? Bask in their glow holding your hands towards them!
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No. 1004197 ID: ec2dda

Inform them that eating giant stone arms off of statues is, like, the eighth best way to grow arms. Offer your superior arm-growing secrets in exchange for a [month or month-equivalent] of service as your bard.
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No. 1004202 ID: 2aa5f0

Greet slime, ask about the statue and where you could find the doctor.
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No. 1005028 ID: a6c929
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1005028

“What’s this a statue of?”

The slime jumps in surprise. “OH! oh hi, I didn’t know you were there,” it eyes your hat nervously, “I’m not causing any trouble, I was just, I’m, goodnight,” and it begins to scoot away.
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No. 1005029 ID: a6c929
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1005029

“Hey come back here,” you call out, “I just wanted to ask a couple of questions.”

The yellow slime reluctantly scoots closer, eyeing you and the hat. “Sorry to keep you, I only have a few questions and then you can go.”
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No. 1005030 ID: a6c929
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“I’m new to this area. What can you tell me about the statue?”

“Oh," it perks up, "this isn’t a statue. Or, well, it WASN’T a statue. When the earth was whole it was protected by these mighty slime titans. They stood against any who would seek to upset the balance of nature.
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No. 1005031 ID: a6c929
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When the Void showed up, the titans rose up against them and defended Ahrcane from their invasion. But the Void was too great, and then..
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No. 1005032 ID: a6c929
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.. the Void King landed..

His power was too great, and he overwhelmed the titans, destroying them one by one.
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No. 1005033 ID: a6c929
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Those were the lucky ones. The others were consumed by the Void and left behind like this. The core in some still shines out, but gradually they’re starting to fade out. It’s only a matter of time, and then that’s it. No more titans. Void officially inherits the world, or what’s left of it.”

Something stirs in you, maybe anger, maybe guilt.. perhaps once you see the doctor you’ll be able to remember more and process your emotions properly.
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No. 1005034 ID: a6c929
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1005034

“So, the Void are pretty bad then, yeah?”

“Oh, n-no, not exactly,” he looks very uncomfortable, “I mean, like, they did break the planet and kill the titans, but uh, I mean, things actually haven’t been so bad. I guess, the worst thing about it is that it’s harder to get around because the world is broken, but like, everyone else seems pretty cool with them.
“It’s a little weird seeing a slime in the Void guard, but I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.”
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No. 1005036 ID: 96c896

>>1005034
Oh tell them you just took the hat off a sleepy guard. Maybe you shouldn't be wearing it...

Climb up and touch the core.
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No. 1005041 ID: 094652

Throw the slime into the titan's core.
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No. 1005043 ID: 9a2966

>>1005036
Laugh mischievously and tell your glowy new friend this, then climb the statue and poke the core.

And put that hat on top of the statue. It's the perfect crime.

In what way you're not sure, but it surely is.
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No. 1005048 ID: 894419

>>1005034
Assure the poor slime that you're only wearing the hat because its a nice hat, not because you're a guard.
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No. 1005053 ID: 2aa5f0

ask what the void guard is. Then when he questions you about the hat tell him that you found it on the ground outside of town and thought it looked neat and decided to wear it. You would have asked the guard outside of town about it be you didn't want to wake him as you felt that would be rude.
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No. 1005056 ID: 24ae03

The core seems all glowy and slime-good, while the flesh looks all stoney and icky. The latter can't be doing anything good for the former. Try to rip out the core and maybe give it some slime to act as a starter-body. You can spare a chunk out of your butt, right?
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No. 1005065 ID: beea23

Short term: Make friends with as many slimes as we can, make an army of friends and family.

Longer term: Find your slime dragon fragments. Hunt them down. Make them part of us once more.

Very long term: Awaken the slime titans and have our VENGEANCE! MAKE THE VOID RETRURN FROM WHENCE IT CAME! MAKE THE VOID KING SUFFER FOR EVERY ATTOSECOND WE WEREN'T WHOLE!!!
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No. 1005071 ID: c09f5e

Is it just you or is the core looking at you? Tempting you to eat it, maybe? Touch it first. See what happens.

You could remove the mark off your nice hat, but as a disguise it's pretty handy. Either way, nobody's taken it off you yet.

Also, you still don't know why your fellow slime is glowy. Does he know why he's glowy? Either way, let him know you're going to the doc. Invite him to your party.
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No. 1005211 ID: 741a2f

Oh, man, the Void King! That's the guy who slew you! We need to be extra cautious people don't learn you were strong enough for the Void King himself to kill you.

Touch the core only when no one is looking.
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No. 1005381 ID: 08e322

>>1005033
could you eat the glowy bit?
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No. 1005410 ID: a0e9bd

>>1005032
Oh. Hey. It's probably that dude that killed us, or someone pretty close.

Hey yellow dude, can we touch the glowy bit?
(if yes, touch. If no, get them to look away/touch when there isn't anyone looking)
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No. 1005564 ID: e221bc
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1005564

“Oh, this isn’t mine,” you say quickly, “I’m just borrowing it.”
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No. 1005565 ID: e221bc
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1005565

“Oh, why?”

“Never you mind.”
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No. 1005566 ID: e221bc
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1005566

You look up at the glowing red core. A strange longing fills you as you gaze into it. “Can I touch that?”

“Wh- I uh.. sure, I guess. You wouldn’t be the first one.”
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No. 1005567 ID: e221bc
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1005567

“Rad,” you say, and begin climbing up the titan.

The core is a vibrant, softly pulsing red. You can almost hear, or rather feel, a low hum coming from it.

You reach out to grab it.
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No. 1005568 ID: e221bc
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1005568

-it’s all over you, it's crawling all over you, try as you might it won’t shake off, it's climbing higher and higher, it's digging inside, it's hurting-
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No. 1005569 ID: e221bc
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1005569

You wake up on the dirt, the statue looming over you. Your hat is a short distance away, like it rolled off when you hit the ground.

“What did you see?” the slime hangs over you, looking concerned.

“I saw the Void crawling all over my body, digging into it. That was horrible!”
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No. 1005570 ID: e221bc
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1005570

“Yeah, those were the last moments of this titan. I don’t want to think about what any of the others went through…”

You had vaguely considered trying to eat the core, but if touching it threw you on the ground, maybe eating it would also be a poor choice.

Which reminds you..
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No. 1005571 ID: e221bc
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1005571

“Oh yeah, I had a couple other questions! I’m hungry, is there any place I can get some food?”
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No. 1005572 ID: e221bc
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1005572

“Well, since you’re a slime, you’re always welcome to visit us in the hive! I was gonna head back there as soon as you uh, let me. We’ve got plenty of food there for you.”
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No. 1005573 ID: e221bc
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1005573

“Cool, thank you! And one last thing,” you point at the impaled core floating inside you, “I got hurt bad, and the guard said there was a doctor I could see, do you know where they are?”

“They’re near the edge, across from the gondola. If you don’t mind waiting til morning, I can show you? It’s not really a great idea to wander around at night, unless you’re a guard or have a sword, or somethin’.”
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No. 1005574 ID: e221bc
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1005574

You nod. “Yeah, I can wait. Hey I never asked, what’s your name?”

((In a past life, this character was named Humphrey. Do you want to keep this name, or vote on a new one?))
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No. 1005575 ID: 2aa5f0

old name is fine.

Also can't help but wonder if the Titian is actually dead and it's core is just filled with it's last moments or if it's still alive and trapped in place. Oh well nothing we can really do about it. Go get some food and then you can see the doctor in the morning... Also uh, what do they use for money around here because I'm pretty sure you don't have any.
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No. 1005576 ID: 094652

Humphrey Showercurtains!
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No. 1005580 ID: a2493c

>>1005574
Hink Skinkler, part-time sprinkler
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No. 1005586 ID: c09f5e

/hits accept without looking at name entry

We leave now and there's a chance the guards might not let us back in the morning, if only because of the hat. OTOH, we secure a homebase (or just a rest couch) and potential allies if we go with him.
Just ditch the hat when you leave, where the guard was posted. He'll take the blame for "reporting it stolen after losing it".

What's his hive like? Are they accepting new members?
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No. 1005602 ID: e22f01

him a hum
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No. 1005670 ID: 24ae03

Rey Humph
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No. 1005673 ID: 36784c

Explain that you used to be a Grand Slime and you had your own hive. But then some jerk came and stabbed your core and left you severely weakened. You don’t know how long you were gone, but it must’ve been a really long time, since your hive had disappeared when you finally woke up.

Express how sad you are and how much you miss your hive.
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No. 1005856 ID: 15a025

Humphrey is swell name.
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No. 1006625 ID: 3a576f

Humphrey’s a fine name. And yeah, let’s roll with him to get sone food.
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No. 1007195 ID: 5fc1f4
File 162811078789.jpg - (58.36KB , 500x500 , 51.jpg )
1007195

“It’s Humphrey,” they say, “what about you?”

“Oh, uh, hmm..” You have a good long think. You should know your own name, it’s right at the edge of your mind, but you can’t seem to focus on it. Humphrey eyes the pierced core inside you.
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No. 1007196 ID: 5fc1f4
File 162811079021.jpg - (100.30KB , 500x500 , 52.jpg )
1007196

“Oh, I guess you might not remember. That looks pretty serious. What happened to you?”
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No. 1007197 ID: 5fc1f4
File 162811079312.jpg - (132.74KB , 500x500 , 53.jpg )
1007197

You recap what you already know: you used to be a Grand Slime, and you remember a dark knight thrust a sword into your core. Then you woke up in a field. You can’t recall anything further back than that. You’re not even sure you know what “Grand Slime” means, just that you remember Being It.
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No. 1007198 ID: 5fc1f4
File 162811079661.jpg - (75.77KB , 500x500 , 54.jpg )
1007198

Humphrey ponders over all this info. “There was a time where I would have laughed at you for saying you used to be a Grand Slime, but if even a Titan can be defeated, I suppose anything is possible.

“I know our Grand Slime went missing a long time ago, but I think that was before I was around,” they look thoughtful, “it’d be pretty wild if it turned out the Grand Slime survived and it’s you. Maybe someone at the hive will recognize you?”
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No. 1007199 ID: 5fc1f4
File 162811079816.jpg - (65.42KB , 500x500 , 55.jpg )
1007199

You nod. “Maybe. Either way, I’m starving. Let’s see what you slimes do for food.”
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No. 1007200 ID: 5fc1f4
File 162811080154.jpg - (164.97KB , 500x500 , 56.jpg )
1007200

The two of you make your way from the statue and head towards a giant structure sticking out of the ground. It looks sort of like rock, sort of like crystal, sticking up like a weird fragmented tower. There’s a dull yellow glow shining inside of it, and the whole thing is full of tunnels and holes.
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No. 1007201 ID: 5fc1f4
File 162811080409.jpg - (250.52KB , 500x500 , 57.jpg )
1007201

You enter the hive. There are a few round slimes like Humphrey scooting around, as well as some upright slimes like yourself, all going through tunnels and climbing the walls and ceiling. Large yellow mushrooms are scattered through the space, shedding a soft warm light on everything. There are doors cut into some of the walls. It seems like everyone is closing up for the night.

Nobody really seems to notice you or Humphrey.
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No. 1007202 ID: 5fc1f4
File 162811080750.jpg - (100.45KB , 500x500 , 58.jpg )
1007202

Humphrey leads you through some tunnels and rooms. You try to keep track of where you are, but soon you’ve traveled too far into the hive to retrace your steps. Everything looks the same. It also looks vaguely familiar, but no matter how hard you look nothing seems to trigger a specific memory. You continue deeper and deeper feeling an increasingly uncomfortable sense of deja vu.
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No. 1007203 ID: 5fc1f4
File 162811081024.jpg - (170.90KB , 500x500 , 59.jpg )
1007203

You eventually spill out into a cavern with a different set of glowing mushrooms growing out of the floor, these ones green and blue, and much smaller than the yellow ones in the lobby.

“These are glowshrooms,” says Humphrey, “They’re safe to eat. Don't eat the yellow ones tho, those are sunshrooms and they’re not safe to eat.” They absorb some of the mushrooms and you see them start dissolving in their flesh.
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No. 1007204 ID: 96c896

>>1007203
c o n s u m e
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No. 1007206 ID: 736b7e

Om nom
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No. 1007211 ID: 2aa5f0

whelp, he offered. Grab some shrooms and get your fill. Also thank friendly slime for the food.
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No. 1007226 ID: 24ae03

The yellow slimes are not safe to eat. So lick them instead!

Honestly, you need to take more opportunities to show off your elite tongue-having skills.
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No. 1007289 ID: c09f5e

"'ow 're 'ey 'ot 'afe?"
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No. 1007290 ID: c8996f

CONSUME ALL, LEAVE NOTHING FOR THE INFERIOR SLIMES
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No. 1007325 ID: 66fcbc

Om nom, time for a three course snack. Become the slime and mushroom katamari ball you’ve always wanted to be!
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No. 1007368 ID: 2de4fd

Consume only glowshrooms. Get a nice meal.
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No. 1007403 ID: 24ae03

Hunt as did the ancient slimes of distant yore! Just collapse your form and see what you catch as a puddle.
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No. 1007469 ID: 028f23

Doubt we have enough mass to eat all the mushrooms, and that also that would be very rude.
Humphrey has been very nice, and also we desperately need friends/allies right now.
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No. 1007476 ID: fa8baf

Fall into the glowshrooms and make a shroomangel.
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No. 1007673 ID: 81d799
File 162871529840.png - (132.76KB , 500x500 , 60.png )
1007673

You decide not to lick Humphrey (for now anyway) and instead focus your efforts on eating. You get five fun points for thinking about it tho.
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No. 1007674 ID: 81d799
File 162871530214.png - (131.61KB , 500x500 , 61.png )
1007674

The glowing fungus pops out of the ground fairly easily. “It’s about medium size for a mushroom,” is a thought that enters your mind briefly before you remember you’re in a room with giant yellow mushrooms bigger than you.

Wasting no time you give it a bite.
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No. 1007675 ID: 81d799
File 162871530544.png - (163.08KB , 500x500 , 62.png )
1007675

It tastes pretty good! It’s kind of savory, almost buttery, with a sort of earthy aftertaste.

You eat your fill of them and are now Fed and Satisfied.
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No. 1007676 ID: 81d799
File 162871530856.png - (165.65KB , 500x500 , 63.png )
1007676

“So, you said the Grand Slime that used to live here disappeared?” you say between mouthfuls of mushroom, “who’s in charge now then?”

“Not anyone really, we just sort of do what we can to get by and help each other out.”

“What about the Void, what’s really going on with them? The guard earlier seemed pretty chill about them, but you seem to be afraid of them.”
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No. 1007677 ID: 81d799
File 162871531173.png - (122.40KB , 500x500 , 64.png )
1007677

Humphrey looks a little uncomfortable. “It’s … complicated. The Void hurt the world and its people really badly. But that was all before my time. Now days the humans talk about it like its ancient history,” he looks thoughtful, “but some of the older slimes here remember, and are worried it could happen again. It’s hard for me to say what’s really going on.
“You shouldn’t have any trouble with them tho, as long as you don’t try to cause any trouble.”
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No. 1007678 ID: 81d799
File 162871531454.png - (101.02KB , 500x500 , 65.png )
1007678

“Yeah, they’re alright.”
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No. 1007679 ID: b081a5

Ask for a bit more information from your new acquaintance.

Try desperately not to freak the fuck out that the Void King who probably killed you before is just right there.
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No. 1007680 ID: c8996f

Ask the new guy if they're edible.
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No. 1007681 ID: 0fae41

What's he got on his head?
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No. 1007682 ID: 96c896

>>1007678
You. YOU KILLED ME. WHY DID YOU KILL ME.
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No. 1007684 ID: ce39da

"Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"
> Looks like your attacker.
"UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH"
> Super casual - friendly, even.
"UHHHHHhhhhhhhhhh... Hi?"
> Probably not the same person. Same species(???)?
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No. 1007686 ID: 1433b0

ask the new guy if he's seen any real cool hats laying around, you're starting a collection
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No. 1007687 ID: e70793

Oh, hey, you are the Void King? Hi!
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No. 1007690 ID: 736b7e

What happens if you lick the void king.
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No. 1007691 ID: 2aa5f0

...is that a void slime?
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No. 1007702 ID: ef6063

Ask the small voidlad if they know of anyone with a flowing scarf the same color as their... handkerchief?
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No. 1007711 ID: c09f5e

If this is a random encounter, they're the one who has to start things. Not you.
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No. 1007794 ID: 24ae03

Politely inform them that the yellow mushrooms are yours, and that they are not allowed to have any.
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No. 1007795 ID: fa8baf

Ask if they're from the hive.
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No. 1007813 ID: 486c93

>>1007678
Holy Shitfuck! That is the bastard that did you in! Run the Fuck away!
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No. 1007827 ID: a2493c

>>1007678
"Oh hey you're the dude that stabbed me apparently like a century ago or something, why'd you do that? kinda rude bro"

why be shocked when you can turn it back around?
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No. 1007847 ID: 03f6c0

>>1007678

> Just play it cool~ Talking things out is always preferable and you're not the one intruding here.

HEY! It's a lil rude for you to just eavesdrop like that! And is that a lamp on your head? Well, if you're going to intrude so suddenly, please join us for lunch and tell us a lil about yourself!
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No. 1008325 ID: 400296
File 162940054416.gif - (151.65KB , 500x500 , 66.gif )
1008325

You have an intense inner battle as you look over this void person and fight to not freak out.
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No. 1008326 ID: 400296
File 162940054831.jpg - (140.30KB , 500x500 , 67.jpg )
1008326

They *look* like the figure you remember murdering you, but.. somewhat different? The shape in their “eye” is different, an inverted pyramid instead of an hourglass glyph. You remember your murderer wearing a great cape, but this one is wearing a kerchief . The color is the same tho. They’re a lot shorter than you remember, too, and the pointy bits accenting their head shape are different. Small droplets of their body seem to slowly drip upwards off of them.
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No. 1008327 ID: 400296
File 162940055136.jpg - (190.96KB , 500x500 , 68.jpg )
1008327

“Any luck down there?” Humphrey asks them.

“Nah,” they shake their head, “It’s starting to seem like it might actually be on the other island. The caves and mineshafts are deeper over there. We’ll dig around a little more next couple weeks and if we don’t find something then we’ll prolly head out.”
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No. 1008328 ID: 400296
File 162940055369.jpg - (112.35KB , 500x500 , 69.jpg )
1008328

“What are you looking for?” you ask.

“Lookin for a gem. Or part of one. Void King wants it. Or them, I guess. They’ve got voidkin everywhere looking out for them,” they shrug, “Not sure what it’s about, but Void King must have a good reason to send everyone after them.” They turn to leave through one of the holes. “Anyway, we’ll be back at it tomorrow

“Well, keep us updated on how it goes,” says Humphrey, “let us know if you need anything.”
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No. 1008329 ID: 400296
File 162940055789.jpg - (196.84KB , 500x500 , 70.jpg )
1008329

“So that’s why the Void Guard is hanging around?”

Humphrey nods, “Yeah, they showed up a couple months ago. This hive is connected to the old mines, so they’ve been digging around looking for that gem piece. The voidkin have been doing the searching, and the guard have kinda just been the escort.”
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No. 1008330 ID: 400296
File 162940055980.jpg - (193.88KB , 500x500 , 71.jpg )
1008330

“You seem really chill about it, are you really ok with those murderers rooting around your hive?”

“Oh no, I don’t like them here at all. They're weird and scary. But they’re not really hurting anything by being here. And they’ve actually been really helpful, leaving any gems or food they find for us. Hmm..” they look thoughtful.

“Hmm..”

“Anywho, we should probably get some rest. I’ll take you to the doctor tomorrow, and we can figure out what happens next after that.”
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No. 1008333 ID: ce39da

They're... a void-slime? How is that even possible? Also:
> Looking for gem shards.
Oh crap. You're gonna wanna find those before they do. Are you tired or anything? Maybe while our inky friend is off the clock, we should try searching the mine he just came out of.
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No. 1008336 ID: 96c896

It does sound like you want to get to at least one of the gem shards before them. If only to find out why they want them. That's going to be difficult, though. They have more manpower than you do... unless you were to take your place as the queen of this hive and direct the slimes to dig around for it while the void guards aren't here.

Ask Humphrey if all the void guard wear red. I'm guessing the Void King has a double triangle eye, not a single?
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No. 1008345 ID: 9ce839

Go to sleep. If they've been searching for the gem for several months, then it's unlikely they'd find it tomorrow, so we're not in a hurry. It's more important to get whatever info we can and prepare ourselves, maybe even get healed, before we decide to go into the caves.
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No. 1008357 ID: 2aa5f0

so why was that guy in here? Was he waiting in here to tell you what he found or was he just for the mushrooms? Who was that anyways? Oh and who's the void king?
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No. 1008713 ID: 400296
File 162991918758.jpg - (169.47KB , 500x500 , 72.jpg )
1008713

“Why were they waiting here, did they have to tell you specifically about their progress?”

“No, I think we’re just the first ones they came across. There’s not really any sort of authority figure here, so they’ve kinda been just telling whoever they find, and we’ve been relaying the info to each other.”
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No. 1008714 ID: 400296
File 162991919098.jpg - (171.57KB , 500x500 , 73.jpg )
1008714

Humphrey leads you through more tunnels and into a different chamber filled with shallow pits and holes. Some of them are occupied by slimes, others are empty. “You can just kinda pick a spot, wherever looks most comfy. You’re taller than the round slimes, so you might not be as comfy but you’ll be fine for one night.”
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No. 1008715 ID: 400296
File 162991919353.jpg - (165.57KB , 500x500 , 74.jpg )
1008715

You curl up in a hole, hugging your knees and tail close to you. The temperature is pleasantly cool, but not so cold you feel like you need a blanket.
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No. 1008716 ID: 400296
File 162991919645.jpg - (165.70KB , 500x500 , 75.jpg )
1008716

You close your eyes and try to relax. Your mind is racing, leaping from thought to thought. Who are you? Are you really a Grand Slime, or do you just think you are? What are the Void? Why is the Void King looking for a special gem? Was it really the king who killed you, or someone else? It feels like your already fragmented memories are being cast into the shadows of doubt. Nothing is certain. Everything is strange. The void seem nice enough, but..
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No. 1008717 ID: 400296
File 162991919907.jpg - (76.08KB , 500x500 , 76.jpg )
1008717

You have an uncomfortable dream about a hundred giant eyes looking at you, staring. Their gaze pierces you as they scan and study your body and core. You wish they would stop.
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No. 1008718 ID: 400296
File 162991920280.jpg - (75.86KB , 500x500 , 77.jpg )
1008718

A tall bright figure wearing that brilliant red approaches you. The eye you remember so clearly looks down at you silently, the cloak around them gently swaying in the breeze. Their face bears no expression. You feel oddly at ease in their presence. The eyes wink out one by one, leaving the two of you in peace.

They seem like they’re waiting for you to say something.
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No. 1008719 ID: b081a5

LEAVE ME ALONE YOU ALREADY GOT WHAT YOU WANTED YOU MONSTER
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No. 1008720 ID: 9ce839

"You have no penis."
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No. 1008721 ID: de3746

“Why?”
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No. 1008723 ID: 33f0ce

>>1008718
Sup' Di*k weed, you better not think I'm one of those Pu*sy a*s pi*s babys who think killing is wrong. 'Cuz when I find ya', I will kill you.
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No. 1008724 ID: 9a2966

>>1008721
Good question.
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No. 1008725 ID: a2493c

>>1008718
honestly I just want to know why ya did it. I don't think I was hurting anyone, doesn't seem like me. so why'd you try to kill me?
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No. 1008728 ID: 629f2e

>>1008721

This.
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No. 1008738 ID: e7c7d3

>>1008720
>>1008721
These two together
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No. 1008743 ID: 2aa5f0

>>1008721
I'll support this
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No. 1008758 ID: fc1eab

>>1008738
Supporting these two as well

If they answer by asking us the same thing, literally just form one for a sec cuz you are a slime and can literally make yourself whatever shape you want.
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No. 1008807 ID: e5dcca

Imagine some slime kittens.
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No. 1008896 ID: d052fd

The "oddly at ease" part has me concerned. Maybe try going the opposite of what the silent stare act would seem to suggest he expects from you. Like, smile and say you forgive him.
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No. 1008915 ID: ce39da

"Was killing me the first time really necessary?"
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No. 1008964 ID: 03f6c0

>>1008718

"What do you want from me? Haven't you caused enough harm to me, and to this world?"
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No. 1008967 ID: fa8baf

Where can I get a cape as stylish as that?
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No. 1009226 ID: c4c039
File 163052563562.jpg - (67.25KB , 500x500 , 78.jpg )
1009226

“Why did you kill me?” you ask.

There’s a prolonged silence. Then a voice, monotone, low, almost artificial replies

“You are not dead.”
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No. 1009227 ID: c4c039
File 163052563890.jpg - (44.36KB , 500x500 , 79.jpg )
1009227

“N-no? I mean, I guess so. Why did you try to kill me, I guess?”
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No. 1009228 ID: c4c039
File 163052564087.jpg - (73.92KB , 500x500 , 80.jpg )
1009228

“Critical error. A misunderstanding. An apology.” The figure bows its head. “an effort is made. Seek yourself. We will speak again.”
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No. 1009229 ID: c4c039
File 163052564320.jpg - (3.33KB , 500x500 , 81.jpg )
1009229

The world around you fades into quiet nothing, and you sleep dreamless the rest of the night.
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No. 1009230 ID: c4c039
File 163052564688.jpg - (91.34KB , 500x500 , 82.jpg )
1009230

“Well, here we are.”

You and Humphrey have made your way to the edge of town where the doctor’s house stands. A short ways away a rickety looking gondola sits at the edge guarded by a single voidkin, its ropes stretching out almost so far you can’t see where they end.

The house isn’t very wide, but it’s several stories tall, more like a tower than anything. It looks very old.
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No. 1009231 ID: c4c039
File 163052564943.jpg - (112.38KB , 500x500 , 83.jpg )
1009231

You reach out and knock on the doctor’s door. “It’s open, please come in!” a voice calls out from within, “Or, I think it’s open, I haven’t checked. It’s unlocked anyway.”
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No. 1009232 ID: c4c039
File 163052565220.jpg - (183.36KB , 500x500 , 84.jpg )
1009232

The two of you step inside the house. The windows are all open, and the pleasant morning breeze gently blows through the house. There are books and bottles lining the shelves and tables everywhere. The wall is covered in dozen and dozens of maps, charts, diagrams. Any spaces that aren’t papered over have strange symbols carved into them.
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No. 1009233 ID: c4c039
File 163052565538.jpg - (152.14KB , 500x500 , 85.jpg )
1009233

There’s a small seating area in a sort of pit in the middle filled with soft cushions, and lounging in it is a magnificent unicorn holding a steaming mug. Her eyes are closed, but she turns her head to face you and smiles.

“Always a pleasure when slimes come to visit. What can I do for you two?”
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No. 1009234 ID: c8996f

"can you fix an attempted murder?"
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No. 1009235 ID: 582604

>>1009233
"Help, I've been stabbed!"
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No. 1009242 ID: ce39da

"I uh... have what I think is the remnants of a magic sword stuck through my core. It was left in for... probably a while before I woke up, judging by how much things have changed, and I guess I'm mostly consulting you to ask whether it'll be more dangerous to try and remove it versus simply leaving it in."
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No. 1009244 ID: 1433b0

Ask if you can pet the mysterious creature the doctor has in a fishtank in her bookshelf.
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No. 1009260 ID: 2aa5f0

I believe that I have been stabbed awhile ago and I wanted you to check how bad it is. I am also suffering from memory loss and I think I've also shrunk as well and believe both of those are also a result of the stabbing. Mind taking a look?
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No. 1009261 ID: 63edbf

"AHHHH Your house is gorgeous and so are you!"
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No. 1009286 ID: e5dcca

Act out a valiant death scene, collapse to the floor, then point at where it hurts.
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No. 1009303 ID: 53560f

So a dude put his sword in me without protection and now I think I’ve got something wrong with me.
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No. 1009492 ID: c92a02

Give me back enough mass to wipe this place cleaner than the Void's backside.
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No. 1009851 ID: 9bc6b6
File 163112742996.jpg - (67.92KB , 500x500 , 86.jpg )
1009851

"well, someone tried to murder me, and left their sword in me. I think it's stuck in there pretty good, can you get it out?

"Also I may or may not have been a grand slime before that but my memories are kind of scrambled. Is there anything you can do about lost memories?"
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No. 1009852 ID: 9bc6b6
File 163112743299.jpg - (103.94KB , 500x500 , 87.jpg )
1009852

Her smile fades. "oh, that sounds terrible, I'm so sorry. Yes, I'll take a look."
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No. 1009853 ID: 9bc6b6
File 163112743571.jpg - (125.52KB , 500x500 , 88.jpg )
1009853

She climbs out of the seating pit and sets herself on a stool to peer at your pierced heart.

"Hmm.. this is void stuff. Tricky to work with, deadly for most, but you're lucky; you're a slime." She puts her fingertips lightly on your chest. "May I?"
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No. 1009854 ID: 9bc6b6
File 163112744073.jpg - (103.68KB , 500x500 , 89.jpg )
1009854

You nod. She gently presses her fingers into you, sinking her entire hands inside. Her fingers wrap carefully around your core, feeling the cracks splintering down from the sword. Weird soft jolts ripple through you as she carefully pulls at the hilt, before finally pulling her hands out of you.
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No. 1009855 ID: 9bc6b6
File 163112744482.jpg - (91.82KB , 500x500 , 90.jpg )
1009855

"Well I have some good news and some bad news," she says as she wipes her hands off with a nearby towel, "the bad news is that for right now, that sword is stuck in there. It's fused with your core in a way that makes it more dangerous to remove than it would be to leave it alone.

"Thankfully there's a wealth of good news. It's not corrupting you, which to me says that your core was once much bigger and more powerful, strong enough to render the sword harmless. We still can't say for certain, but it's more likely than not that you are, or at least were, in fact a grand slime.

"Secondly, and this is especially exciting, that's a void sword. Since it's fused to you, it IS you. Right now that may not mean much, but over time you may come to learn some void magic, and this sword gives you the power to use it.
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No. 1009856 ID: 9bc6b6
File 163112744786.jpg - (105.02KB , 500x500 , 91.jpg )
1009856

"Lastly, this one is sort of a mix of good and bad. The bad is that I can't do anything about your memories right now. This is a fragmented core, and it's missing a lot of its pieces. Without a whole core, some of your memories are permanently lost, etched on those lost pieces.

"But there's hope. If those fragments are still out there, and you can find them and put them back together, you should be able to get your full memory back."
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No. 1009857 ID: 9bc6b6
File 163112745056.jpg - (95.95KB , 500x500 , 92.jpg )
1009857

"Can you do anything about my size? If I'm a grand slime I should be big like one so I can crush the dumb idiot who tried to kill me.”
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No. 1009858 ID: 9bc6b6
File 163112745795.jpg - (106.74KB , 500x500 , 93.jpg )
1009858

She shakes her head. "Right now that core can only handle the slime flesh you have currently," she giggles, "pull yourself together a little bit first and then we'll talk about making you big again."
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No. 1009859 ID: 9a2966

"Say, would those core pieces be capable of, well, being me, too? As in, walking around, talking, wondering what's up with their scattered memory."
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No. 1009860 ID: 730b0a

Say thank you, then start questing for Big
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No. 1009861 ID: 5232cd

I wonder if the pieces of your heart are the same crystals the void king is looking for? He's trying to make amends, for some reason, and finding your pieces for you would go a long way towards that.

First thing's first, tell your hive. If they're hiding any pieces from the void guard then you can recover them. After that, I suppose you can start gathering information on where else your pieces might've gone.
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No. 1009905 ID: 2aa5f0

I guess ask if she has any idea how to put a core back together... and I guess take a shot in the dark and ask if she would have any idea how one would go about finding their missing shard pieces?
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No. 1009910 ID: 988d40

>>1009859
and is there any way to find these pieces or am I gonna have to search for bits of myself spread across a field?
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No. 1009913 ID: 53560f

I don’t suppose you’d happen to know where I’d even begin to learn some void magic?
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No. 1009990 ID: 2de4fd

Thank her for being so helpful! Does she know any good way to start trying to find them?
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No. 1010149 ID: 5fd55c

Huge Quest: Slime Edition is a go!
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No. 1010286 ID: 2e4e5c

Interpret this news through ponderous dance!
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No. 1010451 ID: 9ce839

I'm pretty sure that swords and slime cores shouldn't go together. Like a crystal, if your core would grow around the sword, it would just become imperfect and deformed. I doubt the gain in void magic would outweigh the loss of slime powers. What we need to do is find a way to melt this sword as only then could we properly absorb it. For now, I think only the titans would possess such info... we need to go back to the statue.

Ask the unicorn about the void magic and how to deal with void stuff.

And then go back to the titan statue.
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No. 1011351 ID: 171f20
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1011351

“If I’m broken up and able to walk around, does that mean the other pieces could be walking around as well?” The thought of parts of yourself moving around without you, thinking their own thoughts, missing their own memories, your memories, sends a brief shiver of existential dread through your body.
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No. 1011352 ID: 171f20
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1011352

“I suppose it’s entirely possible, yes,” the unicorn says thoughtfully, “if they were somehow able to acquire a slime body, they could theoretically take over and control it.”

“And supposing that happened, where would be a good place to look for them? I didn’t see any pieces near me when I woke up, so maybe they just got up before I did and went into hiding?”

The doctor thinks about it for a bit. “I don’t think there’s any way to say for sure. The world is quite broken, and has been for a very long time. But it’s possible the pieces could have moved to other islands and started new lives.”
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No. 1011353 ID: 171f20
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1011353

She crosses the room and begins touching one of the maps on the wall, moving her hands carefully over the canvas. It shows what appear to be several islands, each with detailed labels and measurements. “So, if I were a broken slime, and I wanted to lose myself in a new place, I would start with the hive. I know that there’s an old mineshaft connected to it, split in half between two islands, so maybe one of those became home to one of your fragments.”

“It’s possible, sure,” pipes up Humphrey, “The Voidkin have been searching the half on our side, and as far as I know there aren’t any slimes living on the other side. The Voidkin said they were going to search the other side soon, so maybe someone is hiding there.”
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No. 1011354 ID: 171f20
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1011354

“Might be a good place to start,” says the doctor with a shrug, “There are a couple other places to consider. There’s a small town in the mountains hidden in the snow and trees. They don’t get many visitors, so it would be a wonderful place to hide.”

“There’s a big city a little closer to use than the mountains. It would be easy to get lost in a crowd, a great place to blend in.”

“If we go in the complete opposite direction from the mountains and the city, there’s an old castle that’s recently been rebuilt into a sort of college for slime folk. Losing yourself among so many of your own kind would be easy, almost certainly one of your pieces would have ended up there.”

“hmmm, other than that, I suppose it’s possible that the Void King has already found some pieces. You could always go pay them a visit and ask.”
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No. 1011355 ID: 171f20
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1011355

“So to summarize: Mines, City, Mountains, College, Void King..?” you recite back.

“That’s where I would start if I were a slime looking for autonomous pieces of myself,” she giggles, “but it’s up to you! those pieces could be anywhere at all.”
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No. 1011359 ID: 96c896

>>1011355
The void king telling us to seek ourself implies that he doesn't have any pieces. If he did, he'd ask to meet.

Anyway, the mines are a terrible place to live on your own, and a terrible place to search without an organized effort. Let's head to the small town on the mountain. It's a comfortable place to hide, and a relatively easy place to search by yourself.
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No. 1011360 ID: 1433b0

Hug the doctor
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No. 1011370 ID: 9ce839

Uhh... it's quite a leap of logic to imagine that the pieces would just walk away on their own. Because if I was one of those pieces, the first thing I'd do is take the rest of the pieces with me. At least if they were smart. But if they weren't smart, then they also wouldn't be smart enough to mingle in a crowd. Which leads me to think that, if they did wake up, they were probably already divided when it happened.

We found ourselves near a stream. Maybe there was a flood and the other pieces were washed away (except us because sword). And then found by someone later. Maybe the stream just happens to run through a cave network that happens to be connected to a certain mineshaft...

Anyway, I'd vote to first visit the titan statue again and see if we can access some other memories of theirs. Like how to deal with void stuff. Or if the titan had some famous last words (or novels) it wanted to leave behind. My second choice would be the castle.
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No. 1011384 ID: 2aa5f0

well if we're just guessing I guess one place is as good as any other so I guess we can check out the mines though a part of me also thinks the castle would be a good spot to look as well.

Oh and I just realized we never did ask the good doctor her name.
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No. 1011387 ID: 736b7e

>>1011360
Second this

Also if the castle "certainly has one of" our pieces there then we should start there and get the pieces easy to find first. We'll be stronger for finding the other pieces afterward then.
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No. 1011407 ID: 2e4e5c

The mines look like a pretty miserable place to hide, so let's go there first to rescue any lost fragments, who will be more appreciative and less socialised, thus easier to mentally coerce and dominate.

If we should happen to find any crystal fragments while we are down there, then we can grab them on principal, to spoil Voidhead's plans.
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No. 1011417 ID: 2de4fd

Thank them for all the help, they've been really really helpful.
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No. 1012212 ID: da5175
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1012212

“Well, I guess I’d better get moving. Um.. what was your name?”

“Not important,” she waves you away, “there are more important names to remember than ours. Just ‘Doctor’ is fine.”
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No. 1012213 ID: da5175
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1012213

“Ok.. thank you for the advice.” You reach out and give her a hug. You don’t really know why you do it, but you go with it. She seems surprised, but hugs you back with a giggle. Something about this feels familiar. Tears well up in your eyes and you don’t know why. You hug her tighter.
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No. 1012214 ID: da5175
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1012214

(Before you leave, the doctor gives you a cloak lined with many pockets. If you find any cool items, you can now hang onto them!
“It’s not much for defense, but it’ll at least hide your weak spot.”)
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No. 1012215 ID: da5175
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1012215

“The mines are a good enough place to start looking. They’re closest and if nothing’s there, then we can head somewhere else.”
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No. 1012216 ID: da5175
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1012216

“I do wanna go back and look at that statue again first, maybe there’s more info I can get from that core.”

“Okey dokey.” Humphrey nods, “I’m gonna go wait by the mines while you do that. Uh, just be careful.”
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No. 1012217 ID: da5175
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1012217

You stand at the base of the statue. The sunlight lights up the core floating between its pincers. The ivy wrapped around the stone waves gently in the breeze.
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No. 1012218 ID: da5175
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1012218

You clamber up the statue. There’s not really a safe way to situate yourself so you don’t fall, so you just kinda perch up there, accepting your inevitable reunion with the earth.

You touch the orb with both hands. “You’re the closest to where I died, is there anything you can tell me?”
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No. 1012219 ID: da5175
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1012219

- You see chunks of slime raining down, a dark figure standing in their midst.

- Some of the larger parts seem to collect themselves and hurry off in different directions. One of them heads into the mines, others towards the mountains and trees.

- The Void army begins to swarm you. You raise your sword, ready to strike the knight as they approach.

- The Void covers you entirely, painfully turning you into stone again.
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No. 1012220 ID: da5175
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1012220

“Hey, you good?”

You’re on the ground again. The guard from earlier is standing over you. They’re wearing their hat again.

“So like, you’re new or whatever, but like, just so you know, don’t touch that again maybe. Void King says they’re dangerous or something.”
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No. 1012222 ID: fdc5ef

Thanks, you've got a good idea why that is now.
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No. 1012223 ID: be12da

>>1012220
I'm good. Did your hat get fit better?
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No. 1012225 ID: 96c896

>>1012220
Maybe for others.

Anyway, looks like our leads are between mountains and mines. The mines are closest so let's start there, then head to the mountain town or city afterwards?
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No. 1012226 ID: 56d49d

Thank the guard and kiss them goodbye and then head towards the mines.
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No. 1012227 ID: 737d27

>>1012226
A pat will do, methinks.
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No. 1012236 ID: 53560f

“I am going to touch everything.
Also thank you for making sure I was okay, you’re very nice.”
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No. 1012238 ID: 3ab17b

Fair enough, wish him a good day.

Also, did you use to be yellow?
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No. 1012327 ID: fd3bf4

Argh! Scary guard! Puff up like a cat so as to look enormous and scary.
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No. 1014154 ID: 4c9664
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1014154

“You’re not the boss of me,” you say from the ground, “I do what I want.”
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No. 1014155 ID: 4c9664
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1014155

The guard shrugs. “Ok. I’m not here for your sake anyway. Saw my dumb hat laying over here, so I had to come get it.”
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No. 1014156 ID: 4c9664
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1014156

You clamber off the ground and dust yourself off. “Well, thanks anyway for checking on me. I guess it’s the least the town guard could do.”
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No. 1014157 ID: 4c9664
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1014157

“Oh, ha, no. I’m not with the town itself. I’m with the Voidkin working in the mines. Just figured I’d let you know about the statue while I’m here.” The hat falls off his head. He sighs and picks it up again before turning to leave with a noncommittal wave.
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No. 1014158 ID: 4c9664
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1014158

“Oh, which way are the mines?” you call after him, “I’m supposed to meet my friend there.”

“It’s past the slime hive. You’ll know it when you see it.”
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No. 1014159 ID: 4c9664
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1014159

You meet up with Humphrey just past the hive. A few tents with flags bearing the void mark are pitched in front of a small doorway carved into the face of a large rock. There are small lanterns hung on the support beams leading down into the earth. Old rusty rails run out of the mouth of the tunnel. There are a handful of voidkin milling about, their strange chatter bubbling about the tents and gear.
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No. 1014160 ID: 4c9664
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1014160

“I already let them know we were gonna poke around in there, “ Humphrey says as you approach, “They’re still packing up, so we might bump into a couple on their way out.”

A tall figure approaches you, a slender voidkin wearing the same brilliant red you saw one of them wearing earlier. In fact you notice all of them seem to be wearing some article of clothing of the same color. The large white circle in their face bears a large black X in the center, like some kind of strange unblinking eye.
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No. 1014161 ID: 4c9664
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1014161

“Hey, I just wanted to ask you something real quick, if you don’t mind? A couple things, actually, small stuff, don’t worry. Or do worry, I dunno, whatever you slime folk like to do.”
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No. 1014162 ID: ce39da

"I'm kind of in the 'trust, but verify' mindset regarding you guys right now; thanks for your concern. Ask away, I guess?"
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No. 1014163 ID: d591f0

Find some state between worry and not worry to take out of spite. This person is also still not your boss.
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No. 1014164 ID: 9a2966

Sure, if he'd be happy to answer some questions in turn.
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No. 1014165 ID: 4c9664

>>1014164
[What do you want to ask the voidkin?]
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No. 1014166 ID: 9a2966

>>1014165
They know why they're searching for those gems, or whatever?

Could you - or someone you know - teach someone else void magic?

Are all voidkin black, or do they ever come in other colors?
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No. 1014168 ID: b73e3a

Ask the voidkin if they're single. Or if they know any single void guys. Asking for a friend.
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No. 1014170 ID: c01eb5

Ask the voidkin where everyone's getting those super cool scarves. You want to be cool and popular and fit in, because PEER PRESSURE.
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No. 1014200 ID: 2de4fd

"If I worry too hard I won't be able to get anything done so just go for it but go gentle ok"
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No. 1014201 ID: 53560f

Us slime folk do tend to do things. Ask away.
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No. 1014204 ID: 5b1c8c

Well he can ask but not sure if you’ll have the answers. You do have memory loss after all.
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No. 1014472 ID: 829897

Is it true that Voidkin are made of liquorice?
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No. 1014523 ID: 96c896

>>1014161
Where do baby voidkin come from?
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No. 1014698 ID: 4c9664
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1014698

You still don’t feel like you can trust these voidkin, but they seem harmless enough for now. “Ok, but I wanna ask you some stuff too.”
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No. 1014699 ID: 4c9664
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1014699

“Oh, sure, go for it,” they say down to you. They’re easily three or four times your height, absolutely towering over you. Small dark droplets slowly drip upwards, vanishing in the air when they get too far away.
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No. 1014700 ID: 4c9664
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1014700

“What exactly are you looking for?” you ask, “One of your guys said something about a gem, or parts of a gem?”

They pause for a moment, their large eye staring straight through you, before responding, “Yeah, I remember us telling you that. Not much else to say about it. Void King wants the parts of some kind of weird gem. Has been looking high and low for it. ‘Could be anywhere’, they said,” the voidkin shrugs, “So we’re out looking for it. Don’t know why, other than Void King wants it.”
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No. 1014701 ID: 4c9664
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1014701

“You said ‘we’ and ‘us’, but aren’t you single?”

“I mean, aren’t you one person,” you quickly correct yourself.
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No. 1014702 ID: 4c9664
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1014702

“We are Voidkin,” they say simply, “your interest is noted tho.”
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No. 1014703 ID: 4c9664
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1014703

“Can you do magic? Can you teach me magic?”

“You’re…. not… quite void,” they seem to study you harder, as tho noticing you for the the first time, “Not…. yet… but soon, maybe.” Another pause, and then suddenly they lean forward, stabilizing themselves on all fours. Several soft voices echo out of them, all speaking in unison, “We wonder… Will you march in lockstep, or find your own rhythm?”

They blink. It’s really weird to see that giant eye move.
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No. 1014704 ID: 4c9664
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1014704

“How about this,” they say suddenly standing upright again, speaking in their original voice, “So, we found some weird mushrooms, strange stuff, different from the glowing ones you all eat. Uh, some of our kin got kinda messed up by it. It’s a whole thing. We’re taking care of them in the tent, don’t worry, but uh, there are a couple of us that are still missing. You’re not like obligated to assist us in anyway,” they pull out a small bottle filled with a strange dark-glowing fluid inside, “But if you DO happen to find them down there, and they’re messed up, can you give this to them and point them back to the surface? Do that, and we’ll write down some void runes for you to get started on.”
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No. 1014708 ID: 629f2e

That seems totally reasonable, and even if you aren't sure how to feel about these guys yet you probably don't want 'em being messed up. Agree to take the bottle and help any you meet.
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No. 1014709 ID: c92a02

What if their idea of 'messed up' is actually a good thing though? Like partially un-corrupted by void because it wore off, or something. Take potion and sniff it.
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No. 1014711 ID: b73e3a

>>1014702
>your interest is noted tho
Hmm, having multiple bodies like that could be pretty fun; could go out with a new one every day to keep things fresh hehe

Anyway, the bottle. Lips suddenly feel very dry~

Accept the request and ask what's in the bottle.
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No. 1014718 ID: 96c896

>>1014704
I'm guessing that's some kind of void-healing potion.
Anyway yeah agree to the rescue sidequest and then let's go.
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No. 1014719 ID: 4c9664

Agree to take the bottle and help any you meet.
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No. 1014729 ID: 515cc0

quick, double down and ask to take them on a date
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No. 1014730 ID: 2aa5f0

that seems fair, go for it.
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No. 1014797 ID: 34dfce

>>1014729
Seconding!


Humphrey looks a bit sus tho
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No. 1014800 ID: 36784c

>>1014704
>strange mushrooms mess with the voidkin
We should also try to avoid those mushrooms. Since we’ve got that void sword fused to our core, interacting with those mushrooms might also mess with us!

>assist the voidkin?
Agree to help them.
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No. 1015487 ID: 4c9664
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1015487

“Sure, we’ll keep an eye out for them,” you say as you accept the bottle, “What is this stuff?”

“Medicine. Flushes invasive entities from the body and reestablishes a connection to the Void King. Hopefully you won’t have to use it at all.”
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No. 1015488 ID: 4c9664
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1015488

“What are you doing stop it,” they say as you uncork the bottle and sniff at the contents, “You’re not infected, please don’t use it on yourself.”
It smells … sweet and spicy, like some kind of pepper candy. You pop the cork back in.
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No. 1015489 ID: 4c9664
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1015489

(You put the Medicine in your inventory.
“Probably enough for two swallows. Purges the body of strange effects.”)
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No. 1015490 ID: 4c9664
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1015490

The voidkin leaves you be as the two of you steel yourselves in the mouth of the mines. The lanterns hung inside provide a dim light that fades quickly into darkness the deeper you look.

Nothing to it but to do it. If your core is in there, you won’t find it standing in the door. You step forward and enter the Old Crystal Mines of the Lesser Hyther Orbital Edge Town.
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No. 1015491 ID: 4c9664
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1015491

-{ CHAPTER ONE }-
The Old Crystal Mine
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No. 1015492 ID: 4c9664
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1015492

It gets dark very quickly. You follow the lanterns down the tunnel, slowly descending until you pass them. Humphrey’s body gives off a soft light, bright enough to see where you’re going. Even so, it begins to feel oppressively dark as the lights from the surface grow dim behind you. There are old carts, picks and shovels, piles of rock and other minerals. Here and there you catch the glint of small crystals growing out of the walls.
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No. 1015493 ID: 4c9664
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1015493

You continue following the tracks as they open out into a larger cavern, and eventually come to a sharp drop. The tracks hang just over the edge. It’s too dark to see how deep it is from where you stand. There are a couple of tunnels branching off from this room, a cool breeze gently wafting through one of them. More piles of mining junk litter the place.
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No. 1015497 ID: 96c896

How well can you climb? If you jumped down there could you climb back up? Also could you survive the fall?

Maybe we should go down a tunnel first though. Acquire shovel.
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No. 1015500 ID: ce39da

That track used to lead somewhere, but trying to reach where it starts back up would be folly without a better light source.

Equip yourself with a shovel or pickax or something, then head down... I'd say the tunnel with the breeze. If it cuts back up to the surface, that's one path explored. Do we need to keep a mental map, by the way?
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No. 1015505 ID: 279c23

Do you have anything to mark the paths you have taken? It can be pretty easy to get lost in a mine if you don’t know where you’re going.

Anyways I see two passages behind you, might as well see if they will lead you down.
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No. 1015508 ID: 53560f

Wow, that looks like a humongous health and safety violation. Good thing you aren’t a safety inspector.
Follow the breeze and make sure shout out to see if anyone can hear you every now and then.
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No. 1015512 ID: ab862d

Wait, why is Humphrey coming with us? It never said that it was going to help or follow us forever... sus~

Check the non-breezy tunnel first because it's probably a dead end. Get that completionist achievement.
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No. 1015527 ID: a2493c

>>1015493
we're a slime, so why don't we just stick to the wall and slowly drip down it?
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No. 1015532 ID: 829897

Can you eat some of the crystals? It might be like how some animals eat rocks to improve their digestion!
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No. 1015908 ID: 4c9664
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1015908

You grab a shovel from one of the piles. It’s an average sized shovel, but still bigger than you. Holding it makes you feel a little better equipped to handle a scary dark cave.

(You put the Shovel in your inventory.
“A sturdy old tool. A little unwieldy for your size, but it’s better than nothing.”)
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No. 1015909 ID: 4c9664
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1015909

You also grab a small piece of crystal from the pile and eat it. As you chomp on it, it cracks and begins to glow a soft pink.
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No. 1015910 ID: 4c9664
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1015910

Humphrey looks mildly distraught seeing you eat crystals off the ground, but now you know that you can make crystals glow. You grab a few for the road.

(You put some Crystals in your inventory.
“Tastes like stale bitter salt. Not much of a meal, but they glow when broken.”)
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No. 1015911 ID: 4c9664
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1015911

You contemplate trying to slide down the wall, but without knowing what’s down there, the idea doesn’t seem very appealing. You think that maybe you could do it if you had to tho.
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No. 1015912 ID: 4c9664
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1015912

“Let’s go this way,” you say to Humphrey, pointing down the breezy tunnel. You crack a crystal by the entrance, and the two of you head down that way. Daylight seems to be ahead, and sure enough you turn the corner to an interesting sight.
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No. 1015913 ID: 4c9664
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1015913

The cave continues down, but the wall on the left is completely gone. You can see clouds and sky outside of the dirt and rock around you. Across the way there’s another island, it’s side a little rough, but strangely clean for a break. It sits a little lower than you, but is too far away to jump down to. You can see tunnels and caves exposed to the air on its side, as well as some crystals that must have grown out from the wall since the break. It looks like there used to be wooden bridges connecting the two halves, but those have since broken and now simply hang down the sides of the island.

“That’s the other half of the mines,” pipes up Humphrey, “The voidkin said they haven’t been over there yet, probably because it’s not easy to get over there.”

The tunnel continues back into the island. Looks like it keeps going down.
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No. 1015920 ID: ab862d

I don't suppose you could extend yourself to reach the end of the wooden bridge on our half, could you? If not, then go back to the other tunnel branch.
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No. 1015921 ID: ce39da

Note the hole above you, but proceed down that tunnel for now - we still have voidlings to find.
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No. 1015927 ID: 96c896

Continue down this path until we reach the end. The missing voidkin are most likely deep in the mines, so there's no point backtracking just yet.
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No. 1015982 ID: 3e0315

Attempt to construct a crude trebuchet from the remnants of the bridge above you, then leave it behind as an artwork to commemorate your glorious presence at this place.
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No. 1015991 ID: 2aa5f0

well I don't see any other way for you two to easily get to at this time so might as well keep moving forward and see what else is up ahead.
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No. 1015994 ID: a2493c

>>1015913
build a giant straw and have humphrey blow into the end to send you flying over like a big spitball
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No. 1016906 ID: 4c9664
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1016906

You wrap your tail around Humphrey and try to stretch out to the other island, but going too far starts to strain your core, so you can’t really bridge the gap with your body. Not yet, at least.

You also don’t have the materials or knowhow to build a way over there. You ultimately decide to keep exploring this side before trying the other.
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No. 1016907 ID: 4c9664
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1016907

The tunnel with the bridge above you is too high up to reach. You might be able to find a way up to it from inside the mines.
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No. 1016908 ID: 4c9664
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1016908

You and Humphrey continue your descent into the mines. The tunnel twists back and forth, always going down. It’s dark most of the way, but after a bit you start to see more of that pink light spilling out into the tunnel. A few minutes later the path turns out and into another large cave.
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No. 1016909 ID: 4c9664
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1016909

Before you lies a whole little town made of rock and crystal. Small simple houses dug into the stone, larger buildings carved out of the crystals, lamp posts lining the main street. Several beings seem to be milling about, wandering to from various buildings.
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No. 1016910 ID: 4c9664
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1016910

They appear to be strange bugs. All sorts of beetles and worms and other hard-shelled critters skitter about purposefully. A few stand on two legs, but most seem to scurry by on multiple segmented limbs. Most of them are about as tall as you, but some are at least twice as tall, and there’s a long thin one in what seems to be the middle of town that’s as tall as the cave. A couple notice your arrival and watch you, while most of the others continue milling about. A couple of tiny glowing bugs flutter around the glow of Humphrey’s body.
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No. 1016911 ID: 4c9664
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1016911

There’s a bug in a cape leaning against a lamp post. They’re eyeing you suspiciously.
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No. 1016922 ID: 2aa5f0

whelp they made eye contact, time to go talk to the to cool for school bug by the lamp post. Might as well start off with simple questions and ask where you are and if they don't seem immediately hostile if they've seen any wondering voidkin wondering by.

Maybe introduce yourself as well if they don't seem to upset by you being here.
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No. 1016924 ID: 96c896

>>1016911
Cute bug. Tell them they're cute.
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No. 1016932 ID: 53560f

“Hi, you wouldn’t have happened to see a slime around here, would you? Might look a bit like me, probably the kind of guy to eat rocks. Know anyone like that? Or if you haven’t seen the slime i’m looking for, then maybe you’ve seen a void dude or two?”
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No. 1016953 ID: 3a06e7

I can tell that the caped bug is very excited and they're desperately trying to keep their cool. I mean, who wouldn't at a sight of a fellow cape-wearer.

Ignore the caped bug and talk to the other bugs instead. The lack of attention would cause some veins to pop on the forehead of this obviously important character, but that's ok because it would be hilarious. Let's see how long it takes before they come to talk with us themselves.

Ask other bugs (in a way that the caped bug can overhear you) why is the caped bug wearing a cape, why are they leaning against a lamp alone like that, are they someone weird / a deviant, etc.
But in general, you can ask about what is this place, who they are, where to go looking if you're searching for lost voidfolk, etc.
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No. 1017002 ID: 736b7e

What's in the lamps?
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No. 1017057 ID: df4bc9

Be polite to the bugs. Ask for the name of their town.
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No. 1017088 ID: fec07f

>>1016911
Time for some POLITE INTRODUCTIONS
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No. 1017104 ID: 9a2966

>>1017088
Heck yeah POLITE INTRODUCTIONS! No matter how rude, boorish or standoffish they're gonna be (because you've got matching capes?), a nice proper greeting is its own reward.

Say you're new around these parts and looking for someone you might know - so you're exploring and looking for any other slimes who might be living in the mines currently.

Oh, and has she seen any voidkin acting odd? Or, well, odder than usual?

Oooh, or does she know where "strange" mushrooms grow?

(If the strange mushrooms are messing up the voidkin, it's an area where a crystal part or a slime self of ours could be, since it's not been as widely searched. Our best bet is to search there.)
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No. 1018071 ID: 4c9664
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1018071

You approach the bug with a friendly wave. “Hello! Can we ask you some questions?”

“Sure.”
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No. 1018072 ID: 4c9664
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1018072

“We’re looking for a couple things down here, we were wondering if you’ve seen any slimes or void kin down here?”
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No. 1018073 ID: 4c9664
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1018073

“Yeah we’ve seen voidkin. They’ve been wrecking the caves for months looking for some kind of treasure. You’re not with them are you?”

“Not officially. They asked us to look out for a couple of them that might have gotten into some mushroom trouble as we were coming in.”
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No. 1018074 ID: 4c9664
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1018074

“Ah, ok. That's too bad, for them. I haven’t seen any void stragglers, but as it happens I have actually seen a slime around here. They’re in a good bit deeper. Huge thing, can’t miss it.”
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No. 1018075 ID: 4c9664
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1018075

You and Humphrey cast each other an excited look.
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No. 1018076 ID: 4c9664
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1018076

“Bad news tho, you gotta go past the mushrooms to get to them, and that stuff doesn’t play around. A single spore is enough to do you in,” they chuckle.
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No. 1018077 ID: 4c9664
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1018077

“Oh..” the two of you deflate a little.
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No. 1018078 ID: 4c9664
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1018078

“But maybe,” they say with a mischievous twinkle in their multiple eyes, “if you can help me out with something, I could help you get past the mushrooms somehow.”
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No. 1018084 ID: ce39da

"Well, I suppose there's no harm in hearing you out, at least!"

Do keep an ear out for alternate solutions in case this request ends up sounding shady. Come to think of it... you'll probably find downed void-kin near the mushrooms... which means this guy is lying about not having seen them, if he knows about the slime boi (especially since it aligns with the shard being in a place they failed at searching)... which checks out, considering his clear distaste for them in particular.

"... Hey, wait a minute, if a spore will normally do most people in, how's that slime okay? Are slimes not 'most people' to begin with, in this case?"
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No. 1018085 ID: 68dfed

Make sure to there’s hugs in it for you.
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No. 1018088 ID: 3a06e7

Okay... but melting bones is hard so you're leaving those.
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No. 1018100 ID: f105d9

What did you have in mind beautiful?
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No. 1018125 ID: 9a2966

>help in exchange for help
Goooo onnn, trustworthy and dependable person who we just met. We are intrigued.
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No. 1018127 ID: a2493c

>>1018078
"alright but if you bring out a strap I'm walking"
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No. 1018147 ID: 2de4fd

"Sure, but be advised, our morality's down for 'precocious mischief' at maximum."
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No. 1018148 ID: 7217df

Ask where they got their outfit, and whether there is one in your size.
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No. 1020304 ID: 4c9664
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1020304

“If the spores are dangerous, how do you know if that slime is safe?” you ask them.

“I’m not a slimeologist, I don’t know if it’s fine or not,” they answer back, “I just know where it is, not how it is. That actually ties into the thing I need.”
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No. 1020305 ID: 4c9664
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1020305

“Ah. Ok sure, we’ll see what we can do. What’s this thing you need help with?”

“It’s horrible. The mushrooms have been getting too wild lately, what with all the ruckus the voidkin have been stirring up. Normally we have ways of totally avoiding the spores and keeping the mushrooms in check, but they’ve become more and more difficult to deal with.
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No. 1020306 ID: 4c9664
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1020306

“One of our strongest was helping to clear them out and an accident occurred, rendering them completely exposed to the spores. There’s nothing we can do ourselves, but, there may be a way for you to help.
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No. 1020307 ID: 4c9664
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1020307

“one of two things. Firstly, if you’re willing, we may be able to use some of your slime to create a healing potion. Our doctor says she’s made it in the past, but it requires a significant amount of slime matter, and it takes a while to make. By the time it’s ready, it may be too late for my friend, but we would be able to make enough for the rest of us at least.

“we can’t use the slime in the cave because it’s beyond the mushrooms, and we’re not willing to risk ourselves further for slime that might already be compromised. You can see our predicament, surely.
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No. 1020308 ID: 4c9664
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1020308

“Alternatively.. it smells like you’ve got some special medicine. I would normally never EVER entertain the idea of using something created by the void. I despise them and everything they have done and ever will do. But… even I can’t deny they make incredibly powerful things. I’ve seen the things they use down here. If I could have that medicine, I’m certain it could cure my friend.”
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No. 1020309 ID: 439a2b

Help bug
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No. 1020310 ID: 094652

Ask to see the wounded friend first.
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No. 1020311 ID: 9a2966

You wanna help, of course! It'd be the right thing to do, and if nothing else it sounds like this strong person could help in turn by finding or clearing a path to our lost slime - or their buddy here can, at any rate.

Y'dunno about giving them the void medicine, though. While probably the best bet for a quick cure, you need that stuff to give to the affected voidkin as well! And using voidstuff tends to leave some after effects, right? Still... if it's that or nothing, and the spores were riled up by the voidkin activity, leading to this accident, it sounds like it'd only be fair to offer the void medicine to rectify the situation.

Oh! Could the slime potion also work on the affected voidkin? Then maybe you could TRY BOTH!

Void potion for the local spore-slayer to get their help and slime potion for the affected voidkin to help fight their affliction might work - assuming the voidkin haven't been afflicted as badly as the spore-slayer and that a slime potion would even work for them.

Let's hurry off to the doc and see what they think - how much slime mass they'd need and whether they think their slime potion would work for voidkin. Then we can decide, yeah?
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No. 1020312 ID: ce39da

"I dunno about the void medicine - the guy who sent it with me said it purges one's system and 'reestablishes their connection to the Void King.' If you still wanna try using it, more power to you, but I just wanna make sure y'all know there's a risk of void-y side effects. We should prolly want to get the patient's informed consent, too, assuming I haven't turned you off of it already. I'd be happy to provide some slime if you aren't down for that kind of risk, though!"
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No. 1020313 ID: 2aa5f0

ask if you can see the person that got sick. You want to see how bad things are and hear how much time they have left.
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No. 1020321 ID: 96c896

The void medicine will probably work but will have an unintended side effect. Is that okay? Hmm, what if the bug only drank a little bit of the void-medicine? Just to keep them alive until the slime-based medicine is ready?

Obviously if you're going to donate slime you will need them to give you food to recover it. Also you can split the donation between you and Humphrey, so nobody gets too small.
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No. 1020323 ID: c92a02

You're right not to trust void ichor, and falling prey to it when desperate is how they get you. We do not have much slime of our own, but given that we are no ordinary slime we may be able to cleanse the slime of spores ourselves. We cannot promise anything but we will keep your friend in mind.
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No. 1020326 ID: 7fe3d1

>>1020313
This seems like a good idea.
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No. 1020331 ID: 7217df

Have you tried diplomacy with the mushrooms? Maybe they can coax their spores out of someone...
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No. 1020337 ID: 53560f

Sorry, i’m fairly sure that the void medicine is only designed for void dudes and will probably have funky side effects if it works at all. I can share some of my goo though.
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No. 1020340 ID: 35f98c

It seems to me like using void medicine on non-void could easily poison them. (Plus, we were given it to give to injured void. Though, granted, this situation is due to the void activities.) Though
>>1020321
using just a little bit, both for safety and for keeping the majority for its intended recipients, (hopefully healing him enough to last), then using the slime potion when ready, might be a good compromise.

And/or, if the guy would last a while anyway, we could talk to the void about getting another healing potion?
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No. 1020668 ID: b01382

>>1020308
Slime is stores in the potions. Lewd.
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No. 1020686 ID: 7217df

Because of the nearly identical morphology, I am assuming that a body-fusion team-up is incoming, and I don't want that nasty void stuff inside someone who is sharing an oversized coat with me, regardless of if they are the legs or the head.
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No. 1020928 ID: 4c9664
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1020928

You ask for a moment of privacy and turn away to discuss this with Humphrey. “What’s your take on the situation?”

Humphrey thinks for a moment. “It’s possible the medicine could heal this bug, but we don’t know what else it might do. It’s special medicine specifically for voidkin. And we were supposed to give it specifically to any voidkin we find in here. I don’t really want to make them angry if we can avoid it.”

“Fair, but maybe we don’t need to use all of it,” you retort, and pull out the flask to examine it, “There’s not much, but I’m sure we could spare a little bit. Maybe it could buy them some time while they make a potion with our slime?”

“Possibly… about that, which of us is donating a chunk of their body for medicine?”

“I guess it depends on how much they need, but I was thinking we could split the cost between us? We can regenerate mass by eating, right?”

“It’s not quite that straightforward. It’s pretty hard to regrow in the wild, but in a hive it’s fast and easy. As long as one of us is able to make it back to the hive intact, we can regrow a body around our cores there.”
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No. 1020929 ID: 4c9664
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1020929

“I think before we decide on anything we should be able to see this friend of yours,” you say after some debate with Humphrey.
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No. 1020930 ID: 4c9664
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1020930

The bug nods and motions for you to follow, leading you to a crystal spire further in the town. As you arrive at the tower, you see a small crowd gathered by the entrance, chattering and clicking excitedly They seem like they’re waiting for something to happen.
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No. 1020931 ID: 4c9664
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1020931

An imposing bug stands by the door, presumably keeping the crowd outside.

“Dang, Soot. That was fast,” the guard says as you and the bug approach. They step aside and let the three of you enter the double doors. They seem to watch you and Humphrey suspiciously as you enter. “Good luck.”
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No. 1020932 ID: 4c9664
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1020932

The door closes behind you. You’re inside a sort of hospital lobby. The waiting room is empty, appears to have been vacated suddenly and quickly. There’s only a strangely suited creature behind a receptionist desk.

“Hey, I got some slimes, now let me see her!” the bug shouts.
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No. 1020933 ID: 4c9664
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1020933

The receptionist leans out and examines you. “Mmm. They’re kind of small, but they look clean enough,” they lean back and write something on a clipboard, “Doc is in 5-4. Better Hurry.”
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No. 1020934 ID: 4c9664
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1020934

You race after the bug as they dart up several flights of stairs.

You stop just before room 5-4 and the bug throws open the door. Inside there’s a long bug in a lab coat and sweater sitting by the bed in which lies their patient. They jump, startled by your sudden entry. “Soot!! You shouldn’t be in here, you might get infected!!”

The patient is a rough looking bug tethered to a large crystal and a strange, softly beeping box with glowing runes flashing across its surface. Several bright red, slowly blinking mushroom caps are sprouting from a gash in their chest, and also from the stump of one of their four arms. The bug seems to be having some trouble breathing.
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No. 1020935 ID: 96c896

>>1020934
Wow, that looks bad. Tell the doc the idea to use a little potion to stabilize the patient then donate slime to make the cute.
As for who to donate... well, Humphry *is* more expendable?
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No. 1020938 ID: 9a2966

Donate your own slime, but say you've got some void medicine (reserved for infected void people) in a pinch if the patient takes a turn for the worse. Unless it needs to be applied now? You're not a doctor! They DO look bad...

Also, pull the doc aside and whisper-ask privately - doctor-donor-patient confidentiality-wise - if... you once having been a Grand Slime (and being a tiiiiinge void-infused) might have any positive effects on your slime as medicine - or worse, make it LESS useful?

Could also try to split the difference with Humphrey's slime and both just turn into tinier versions of yourself!

(But if you do donate your own slime, the bug-buddy owes you a ride until you recover! You had stuff to do down here, after all.)
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No. 1020941 ID: ee9ae6

That's some advanced tech they got there...

This is ridiculous. We should just absorb the mushrooms/spores directly with our slime powers. Besides, I think that any sort of fungicidal effect that they could produce from our slime is something that we should be able to create on our own already. Altho we lack the practice to do that, there's nothing stopping us from trying out on a sample mushroom first. So ask them if you can try doing that first.
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No. 1020942 ID: 2aa5f0

I guess ask the doctor for more details on what's happening to the bug and I guess how your slime will help. Also ask about the void potion... as in side effects. You really don't want to give something to a sick person that will poison them in the end.
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No. 1020958 ID: ce39da

"Listen to the doc, Soot! I don't think we can spare enough potion for two critical patients!"

"Speaking of, the void potion was specifically made for voidlings. Specific intended effects are 'purges the system of impurities' and 'reestablishes the connection to the Void King.' Not sure how that second one will manifest if I give it to this patient - maybe it'll establish a connection, and I think we all know what that means. Or it could purge them too much by normal person standards. You still wanna try that, Soot, or should we just hope our slime is processed in time to save her? I mean, preferably, it'd be her choice, but you seem to be the closest one to her that ain't too out of it to answer."

If they do choose to use the potion: "Here it is, doc; we were told the potion has two doses, so don't use more than half."
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No. 1021015 ID: 7217df

Pick the mushrooms and commune with or eat them.


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