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1051450 No. 1051450 ID: 08229c

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My name is Mary.

I own a dungeon.

Not by choice, mind you. I was forced into this when the previous owner placed a curse on me after I tried to audit him. Now I'm the ruler of this place.

And by my hand, this shall be a grand dungeon.
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No. 1056733 ID: 673bb3


Hmmm, Mary, you could insert yourself here as an evil orderly force. A kind of puppet master behind the curtain that insists nobody should pay attention to her.
No. 1056735 ID: d14e86

You could use Team Chaos' distraction to infect Curi with chaos yourself?
No. 1056737 ID: 58c090

Oh I never meant free, just allowing the Law team to have the Chaos team resurrected, they'd still have to pay for it. But it still feels wrong, like that's not something you just go back to business as usual so easily.
No. 1056740 ID: 4aaa23

Then don't let them do it. There are plenty of ways you can give them the option to unlock revives/purify

Not that it matters much at this point, we're near the end. I do want to revive them all once it's over to talk about feedback, if possible
No. 1056747 ID: 6f4507

Wait they get music? What music does Curi have?
No. 1056752 ID: 58c090

The music is why any encounter that involves Music Slime is not simple combat despite it being a 5-rune monster.
No. 1056760 ID: a5ff13

I don't want them to win the raid by default, but they sort of did win the scenario as it was stated because they are defending. I'm pointing out that as is it's unbalanced because the attackers couldn't win like that.

They could still need to do another task to properly win.

If my id changed again, that was me

wait did Curi summon the corrupted and defeated slimes, too? I assumed those were removed from the pool.

The problem that I have with some of the Team Law boss ideas is that they don't really win. Defeating a corrupted Curi is a pyrrhic victory. But I can't think of much else that isn't even worse
No. 1056770 ID: 08229c
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No. 1056774 ID: 58c090

>The problem that I have with some of the Team Law boss ideas is that they don't really win. Defeating a corrupted Curi is a pyrrhic victory. But I can't think of much else that isn't even worse
It was always a phyrric victory. Remember, the way runs normally go is that the whole thing is to test if adventurers are capable of defeating Jeffrey, because the seal is running on borrowed time. Defeating the Chaos invaders this time changes nothing about how Jeffrey is guaranteed to come out sooner rather than later unless someone strong enough to kill him appears.
No. 1056944 ID: d12415

Methinks in this situation, Law won, and we just need to seriously tweak Curi's strength. Like, the summoning all the other bosses is like secret boss/true ending levels of difficult that I imagine most adventurers are not willing to face.
No. 1056953 ID: 58c090

>Methinks in this situation, Law won
No. None of that. Nobody wins a raid without beating the boss. This is a dungeon.
No. 1056958 ID: 708905

Is there some way we can offer a post-raid message/gift to the Chaos team? A sort of "Sorry for the dissapointing fight we're still adjusting things for the final boss and would appreciate your input"
No. 1056963 ID: 4aaa23

I wouldn't call it "disappointing". Phase 1 was an exciting match. They seemed to enjoy that fight.

It does need some adjusting though. I'm fine with Curi being that hard, but I think it'd be better with a smoother difficulty curve. As of right now the curve is a 90 degree wall.
No. 1056964 ID: 426929

I dunno, going with Chaos probably deserves that Curi ramp up the difficulty. Maybe not as much as she did, but still pretty high.
No. 1056973 ID: 5651d1

Maybe instead of a boss tsunami, we should turn it into a bunch of boss waves. The raiders gets a time limit to down a bunch of weakened bosses. They go over, the next wave comes and they have a harder battle. They down the boss, they get a maximum of 10 seconds before the next wave comes.
No. 1056974 ID: 5651d1

Also, we should have a toy drop which allows for the cosmetic red line tattoos, which is also sold from Chaos Oilivia for a ton of tokens
No. 1056992 ID: 4aaa23

That reminds me. I think we don't have law equivalents yet. We have slimecrown items but not that many law items. Unless I'm forgetting them.

Only thing I can think of right now is a big gavel as a hammer weapon. For outfits, maybe some robes, blindfolds, clothes with scales and/or other justice motifs.

What would law cosmetics look like?
No. 1056998 ID: e669c5

Have we been saying law to contrast with chaos or is there a law aspect I don't remember? I know Mary is cosmetically represented by law.
No. 1057001 ID: 58c090

Just to contrast it with chaos. All they're doing is defending Slimecrown, there's nothing else involved.
No. 1057562 ID: 08229c
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Mary rubs her temples.

Ow. I think I have a good idea. Team Chaos is done, but I still want to provide a good fight for Law. A chance to have a crack at the final boss and one that won't break the lore in half.

I can't see any reason for Curi to fight them, so...

She gives orders to her minions. Curi and Lucia both agree that the plan can work. Though there would be some severe limits due to restraints and the fact that the two aren't really viable for...

The Plan.

The price of improv, I suppose.

With a tug of her tie her Dungeon Master gear appears.

I don't plan on fighting but I feel relatively confident that I can hold my own.

Now... Let's greet them...

Mary sets herself up outside of Curi's chambers. She does a few vocal exercises and goes over her lines. She's not really mentally ready for this, but...

She spots Marauder and the rest of Team Law.

"The Dungeon Master!" Marauder shouts and draws her axe.

Mary holds up her hands in surrender.

"Hold on, I'm not here to fight," Mary explains, "Yes, I am the ruler of this land but it's... Complicated. I'm running things in the background, and in exchange I keep Chaos sealed for this kingdom."

"Oh. Well... You're not doing a very good job at it." Marauder says.

"Yes... There have been a few unexpected cracks in my plan. And not only that but it seems the Queen has been taken as well."


"Indeed. While she put up a good fight against the forces of Chaos she was infected... As we speak, they are ready to unleash the beast of chaos onto the land.

Unless... Could you stop her? The monarch may fall, but another will take their place. And Chaos will be stopped."

Marauder looks to the rest of her group. Ronin and Bulk Mage nod.

"We'll do it."

"Thank you. And good luck."

She opens the chambers. A monster is in the center, Curi, half eaten and fused with Lucia.
The fusion is unstable and Curi has lost her ability to summon more slimes. But, instead, Lucia can use the forces of chaos under her control.

No. 1057565 ID: 08229c
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"Mother!" Sophie shouts.

Curi doesn't respond. She's already too far gone. Lily glares and immediately fuses into her final form.

She tells Sophie to get ready to fight.

Sophie nods. She is outside of her normal arena, but she will still do the best she can!

No. 1057568 ID: 08229c
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Team Law attacks. The abomination that was Curi strikes hard and fast. She conjures up blobs of the former gummy wyrn to flood the field with it's sticky breath, she pulls out slimes and minions she's corrupted to attack.

Sophie shoves a part of herself into the ground. The field rumbles and cracks and sticky mud emerges. It slows down Curicia's own slime, slows down the boss herself.

It's not much, but it's enough that the others of Team Law are able to begin cutting the monster down.

Each time a chunk is torn off, Queen Lily uses her magic to blast the stuff and made it turn to ash.

Like this, the boss is whittled down bit by bit.

Her mass feels like it's infinite, even with all the backup. But eventually the group notices that the attacks are less frequent, less powerful.

Even so, the boss is able to score a few hits against them. She whittles down their HP, breaks armor, snaps weapons.

"I'm reinforcing the seal!" Mary yells to the group, "Just keep at her!"

"You heard her, gang! We can do this! We almost got her beat!" Marauder rallies the group, buffing their attack and giving them a minor bonus to their HP. "No retreat! No surrender!"
No. 1057571 ID: b6c09a

No. 1057572 ID: 58c090

aaand that's a wipe.
No. 1057573 ID: 08229c
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Marauder is rewarded for her efforts by having her head cut clean off.

Curicia is holding on, but just barely. The slime has bitten off more than she could chew. She's so powerful, but still young. Her inexperience has shown and she can barely maintain control over her minions.

She's practically falling apart at the seams. Yet, she still goes on. Even in her weakened state she has a massive advantage over the others. They simply can't tell where her core is. She doesn't display it and that massive blade is freakishly powerful.

"Any plans, Ronin?" Bulk Mage asks.

"One," She grins, "We should do our combo move."

"We didn't perfect that one. I'll just be pushing you to your death."

"Don't worry. I got a new thing. I can do it this time."

"Hrm. Are you certain?"

"Nope! But it'll be a glorious death, yeah?"

"For you, perhaps. Very well."

Ronin leaps to Bulk Mage. The man cradles her in his massive gauntlet while she tries to make herself ball shaped.

"Combo Attack - Roninball!"

"That's not what we agreed to call it."


[/i]Bulk Mage launches Ronin out.[/i]
No. 1057575 ID: 08229c
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Ronin laughs as she flies through the air. Tendrils of slime immediately try to strike her. There's too many for her to cut, even with her added spin.

Then, she activates her latest artifact, The Wary Eye. For three seconds per day, all activity is slowed but the wearer can still react normally. The dozens of slime and crystal blades mean nothing when they move so slow.

And she is still going forward so fast. Her mechanical limbs spin and whirr. There is no space that isn't a sword.

When she impacts with Curcia it is as if the chunks of her are reduced to dust.

Ronin simply flies through her and hits the opposite wall with a loud thud. She lands ingloriously onto the floor. Everyone pretends to not notice.

No. 1057578 ID: 08229c
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Lucia does her best to put herself back together. Her core is cracked and her life continues to leak out.

She doesn't have much longer left.

"You... Will not... s̴̢͝u͏͟c͏͡c͘͝͝e͠ę́d̴͘͜..."

A blade ends her, truly.

"G-good job... E-everyone..." Sophie is huffing. "We did it... We saved... Slimecrown... Gosh, fighting is hard..!"
No. 1057580 ID: 08229c
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Mary approaches what remains of Law.

"You did an excellent job... With this, Chaos is stopped. For now. But, the creature they worship still remains. Will you, brave heroes, defeat him?"

"HAHAHAHA Nope!" Ronin laughs, "I have no more money, we're down several people, and I'm running on empty."

"Indeed. I have not been pushed so hard in a while. We will depart for now, lass. Thank you for the adventure."

"I understand."

Wow they are DONE. I've never seen adventurers so tired.

Well, I have their attention for now. I could ask them questions. Oh and give rewards.
No. 1057581 ID: 6f4507

well, both of our chaos girls got chaos outfits, maybe we can hand over some ORDER outfits? Since your the order faction leader, it makes sense that you would give gifts. Also, it seems like the crown has been hurting mary's head if it gets to many questions, makes me worried.
No. 1057582 ID: 58c090

Revive the rest. We want feedback from everyone. Remember, this team thing is a new thing, and there's no shame in admitting it to these people in particular, since they're some of our most loyal customers. Also, the Big Guy is bound to appreciate you gathering this data.
No. 1057583 ID: 06095b


This was a long, unprecedented dungeon run. Time to lavish them with rewards, and I recommend not being stingy with gold. How much did they spend, anyhow?
No. 1057584 ID: a8e6c3

Okay, that's way better than what I was thinking. Way less time, but way more powerful in exchange, a perfectly fair trade. Also, I adore how giddy Ronin is about using Roninball, she's just such a fun customer.
No. 1057585 ID: d12415

Disclose that this was the first run of this new raid campaign. Ask them for suggestions and critiques for ways they feel it could be improved. Since the run is over, maybe call the deceased members back to get their input too.

Also maybe ask if you could get their numbers so you could invite them over to chill sometime (not as a dungeon run). They seem pretty cool. Be clear that this is a personal request unrelated to the dungeon though.
No. 1057586 ID: a8e6c3

A cool 1000 gold - basically just refunding their rentals from the Splatoon minigame - would probably be a good start for treasure. For the items/relics...maybe "the" Slime Crown? Like, a helmet with a clear slime visor and a crown motif on the top that can allow you to command slimes of, say, two runes or less, up to five slimes a day? Seems suitably epic without completely neutralizing the Citadel. Seems like something Marauder might get use out of, and her and Bulk Mage are the only ones to not profit yet this run. For other more "generic" rewards, I got nothin'
No. 1057587 ID: a8e6c3

Oh! Oh! I've got it! Bulk Mage loves his cape, right? Wonder how he'd like a copy of Queen Lily's? Regal, awesome, I *think* it's not colored in a way that would clash with his blue theming, and I'm sure he could dye it if it is. Just don't know what it would give for bonuses...
No. 1057588 ID: 1effd3

dont forget to give them some YUM and Prize Tokens. We know Bulk Mage wants that daki
No. 1057589 ID: 15b66d

Everyone gets a hug from Ms Bloops.
No. 1057590 ID: 58c090

>I recommend not being stingy with gold
I mean, sure, but... is this that important? I dunno about you, but after the end of a dungeon I'd rather have a whole bunch of cool items rather than just straight money. I always treat gold rewards as the game equivalent of the old aunt who doesn't know what to give you as a present so she gives you a gift certificate: it's nice, but not as nice as an actual gift you'd like.
No. 1057591 ID: d12415

how about a royal slime helm? Same sort of style as what you are describing, but no ability. Will have excellent stats though.
No. 1057592 ID: 6f4507

Don't know if we need to give chaos faction any rewards, since we gave them the cool outfits earlier, anyone else think they need more?
No. 1057593 ID: a7a180

Chaos Circlet - a cracked, corrupted slime core set into a tiara. This trophy of victory over chaos lowers monsters' morale. But is it your steely gaze, or the core's that does it?
No. 1057594 ID: 58c090

We gave them some rewards and they can keep it, and we're probably give them a few more rewards for giving feedback. Other than that, I don't think so?
No. 1057596 ID: aa60d9

Give wizard his tokens. He’s waited long enough for them.
No. 1057597 ID: 06095b


> 1000G as a baseline reward
> Sufficient tokens to buy four nice items from the citadel shop
> Free spa tickets (obligatory with the money they spent) with an added upgrade to deluxe
> Lucia's Blade of Ruin: As seen in the fusion bossfight, has vorpal characteristics but can also become liquid and whip-like on command.
> Seal of Slimecrown: The seal which keeps Jeffrey in check inscribed into a gleaming shield. Strong against chaos and can protect allies even at a distance.
> Sophie's Resolve: An item commemorating Sophie's part in the battle. Prevents mind control and fear effects.
> Royal Slime Cloak: Queen Lily's cloak. Infused with her vanity, it can assume any form the wearer desires while conferring enormous bonuses to charisma and defense, particularly against water.
> Slimecrown Defender Crests: Commemorative crests showing that they beat the split raid. They may have a hidden function if used somewhere in the dungeon that we can figure out later
No. 1057598 ID: 22952f

I'd consider giving the Law guys a glowing blue line tattoo cosmetic to counter Chaos red tattoo
No. 1057599 ID: 340403

Ask for feedback on balancing the raid's C vs L theme.
No. 1057600 ID: 06095b


To add to this, maybe we could throw in some Chaos tokens for the people who were on the chaos side as well as a commemorative (but less impressive) badge.

The Chaos tokens could be brought to the ruins and traded in for Chaos specific items, incentivizing people to take advantage of the split raid feature in the future.
No. 1057603 ID: e38c45

You're the accountant, I'm sure you have a value in mind to give them. Dunno why you want to ask us about something like that.
No. 1057605 ID: 8e07f4

Let one of the shop keepers in the spa shop be a secret agent of Chaos. They can pull aside people they detect Chaos tokens on and reveal a chaos mark/rune/tattoo then offer them items from the "secret" shop.
No. 1057606 ID: 4534a6

Give them each a Yum Brand treasure chest in addition to some Order themed costumes, some gold and a deluxe Spa pass complete with a deep tissue massage from Oiliva that they can cash in now if they want
No. 1057607 ID: 4534a6

Give them each a Yum Brand treasure chest in addition to some Order themed costumes, some gold and a deluxe Spa pass complete with a deep tissue massage from Oiliva that they can cash in now if they want
No. 1057614 ID: 4b4d4e


Give them some time to rest, dole out the rewards, Rez the Chaos faction, and heal them up to make them comfy for player feedback.
And given that they've chosen to end their run, we could do away with the blindfold and put back on the glasses so the personal Q&A would go smoother.

>"Now that the Dungeon raid is over, mind if I ask a few to several questions? Player feedback's important to me, and it seems that you've become quite the regular customers to my dungeon."
>"Oh and before that...Let me rez your other party members so we can hear their side of the raid."

A Several questions:
>Were there any snags you encountered during the PvP event? Any features in the dungeon or the PvP system you'd like to see improved?
>How's the faction balance? Did the event feel like both were on even ground or was it too one-sided? I try to make sure that each side had equal opportunity to tip the scales to their favor.
>To Chaos: "I'm surprised that both of you immediately went to attempt to conquer Curi after the Spa battle, I had planned for an actual PvP battle between Law and Chaos with the two sides fighting each other before gaining the right to fight Curi, but what you did also works. Might I ask why the immediate rush to Curi?"
>"Is Mary's outfit fitting to the dungeon lore or does it need some changes? It's currently a work in progress."
>"Are there any questions or comments on your end?"
>To the Raid party: Well done to all of you for participating in the PvP event, and for putting the dungeon through it's paces in raid mode. Slimecrown Citadel still holds in the aftermath of this Raid mode, but should chaos finally claim victory...I wonder what sort of Citadel would arise in the aftermath...? (drop hints for Citadel B-side: Chaos-slime Castle)

Present the rewards to the raid party in faction-specific treasure chests.

Chaos faction should get the following for making it all the way to defeating Curi phase 1:
>Mindflayer's tunic: Attune Psionic spells from physical type (i.e. Telekinesis) to Mental type abilities (i.e. Mind Crush/Stupefy)
>Chaotic Ritual knife: When used to last-hit a mob, spawn a controllable chaos mite.
>Mindflaying beads: +5 on San Damage spells
>Spell Scroll: Chaos Dragon's Torrent (Channel) - Recreate the Chaos Wyrm's Terrifying slimebreath. 10 mana for the initial cast with an increasing upkeep cost to keep the spell channeled (up to 30 mana/second)
>Mark of Chaos: Cosmetic Chaos rune. Can be used as a tattoo or their adventurer's profile picture.
>Corrupted Slime Cores: The delicacy in which the Titan of Chaos craves in its eternal hunger. Offer them to the Alter in the Ruins for rewards. (Currency token for Chaos)

Law faction should get the following rewards:
>Crest of Slimecrown: A rare accolade given to those who defend Slimecrown. See Magnus the blacksmith for his "special wares". Can also be used as a Cosmetic item or set as an Adventurer's Profile picture.
>Jar of Fertile Earth: (trinket) +10 to Ground/Earth based attacks. +2 res to stagger and terrain hazard. A token given by Sophie after recruiting and aiding her in defending Slimecrown.
>Sophie's Resolve: An item commemorating Sophie's part in the battle. Prevents mind control and fear effects.
>Royal Slime Cloak: Queen Lily's cloak. Infused with her vanity, it can assume any form the wearer desires while conferring enormous bonuses to charisma and defense, particularly against water.
>Slimecrown Defender Crests: Commemorative crests showing that they beat the split raid. They may have a hidden function if used somewhere in the dungeon that we can figure out later
>Gummy Wyrm Great Axe: 2-handed Great-axe bearing the Gummy Wyrm's likeness. Leaves a trail of rainbow slime when swung. Has a Gummy-mode that allows the user to deal 65% of its slash damage as Blunt damage.
No. 1057618 ID: 4b4d4e

Yeah...I think we should tone down the amount of suggestions. What we currently have should suffice. To think that we're making a system this basic expand to headache inducing pains for Mary...
Sorry about the headaches, Mary. We can't help but be over-eager.
No. 1057621 ID: 4b4d4e

Not sure if this is a viable suggestion, but what about a visa that lets adventurers skip the Hamelet or alternatively start the dungeon run at the Citadel itself? Because given the situation, it's clear that our regular raid mode customers are at the limit of tolerance in the dungeon length and difficulty. Having to fight Jeffrey after Curi? that's gonna take the wind out of their sails.

It'll only be available for adventurers who have made it to Curi though, and won't be usable unless all adventurers in the party has the visa. No carry trains. This is RP focused dungeon, not an xp grind dungeon.
No. 1057622 ID: 8e07f4

That's always been the plan. These guys had the option to skip straight to the citadel but chose to check out the new content. Basically if Colt recognizes them as a party of past adventurers who challenged the citadel they'll be let in no problem. Any newer adventurers can either tackle the hamlet or fight Colt for the right to enter immediately.
No. 1057629 ID: 9b3046

Reviving everyone is a good start.
I also like the idea of giving everyone a Chaos/Order badge based on whichever team they chose, for being the first party to complete the Raid. Maybe give them a buff against creatures of the opposite alignment. Its a narrow buff, but it'll probably have some use in other dungeons, and it'll be a good excuse for them to come back and try again.

I also think it would be thematically appropriate for them to get a reward item for each of the Slimecrown Citizens they managed to save uncorrupted. So a Lagianna Item, A Lily item, Etc. Maybe something from Mary, since they took her "quest" at the end and succeeded.
No. 1057649 ID: 447b74

Let them pose for a victory photo for finally clearing the dungeon fully.

Give them a direct feedback form along with design-a-slime so that they can help craft slimes to hinder other adventurers as a signature of clearing the dungeon.
No. 1057650 ID: ad76be

Backing the revive for additional feedback, minus whatever items we’d normally claim from them. Armor sets Chaos got during the run can be kept, and we can provide more “modest” sets to temporarily replace what we claimed from the fallen heroes. No special properties, just enough so they aren’t running around nude or close to it.

Bring them all to the tea room, set everyone down, take off the blindfold so they know you’re not in “lore” mode, and get to the questions.

Reflect on the fact that you’re now in a job where you knew nothing yet have regulars, kludged together a badly thought-out PvP system for a Raid mode that nearly got you into trouble and these people probably love you for it, and they’ll be coming back again. I am sure you’ve never had had anyone outside Drachma Bank when you worked there not only appreciate the work you do but whose days are made actively better every time you’re a part of it. At your current rate I’m not sure you will ever disappoint this group since you’ve busted ass for them every time and they’ve always loved it.

Try not to cry. But it’s probably okay, you’re really new to this whole thing and they don’t seem the types to judge you for it.
No. 1057655 ID: 1ed92d

Unless we give them enough gold to pay back all they spent and more, we aren't gonna encourage returns with that.

Still, 'exotic skins' would be a cool touch. Glowy TRON lines might be night.
No. 1057656 ID: 58c090

No, seriously, why are people so focused on giving them gold? Gold is important for dungeons, but not that important for adventurers. When was the last time you completed a dungeon and went "gee, all these cool items and artifacts are nice, but I wish I got straight money instead"? They won't appreciate it as much as the items, and if we "give them enough gold to pay back all they spent and more" as you put it, the profit we made is negative.
No. 1057657 ID: 36784c

Agreeing with this. Don’t give them gold.
No. 1057666 ID: 881370


I view it as being similar to DND. Sometimes you want things that cost money or want to buy consumables for your next raid. Money helps with that.

It isn't the end-all, be-all when we have fun and powerful items up for grabs, but some actual hard coin is nice, if not expected from what we've been told in previous chapters.
No. 1057668 ID: 58c090

I'm not against giving them gold enough for it to feel like a reward, it's just some people seem to think that gold is better than items for adventurers and... no? The gold reward should be secondary to cool item rewards.
No. 1057673 ID: 4aaa23

I agree with everyone who said they should be revived.

Some gold is fine, but it should not be the main reward. I like the ideas that give them tokens. It gives them access to exclusive stuff that they can't buy with money (I think?)

I also like the idea of a rewards based on who was saved/corrupted. What if we gave them something commemorative? Badges are nice and simple. So team law would get three order badges for Lagianna, Sophie, Queen Lily, and one for defeating Lucia. Chaos would get two chaos badges for Mirelle and Olivia. Idk if I'm forgetting anyone. They can complete the set by corrupting/recruiting the others on a different run.

I assume we will reward anyone who completes a set. I don't know what we would give them but we can cross that bridge when we get to it.
No. 1057675 ID: d12415

We are trying to run a business here, my guy.

I feel like we should give them some "prototype" items. Basically drops that would go into regular circulation, but theirs have slightly better stats, the prototype name, and a slightly different appearance (maybe with gold accents). These versions would be exclusive to them for being the first ones running through the new raid scenario.
No. 1057676 ID: a7a180

They don't need revives, they're all here already in spectator mode. Take a group photo in ghost-o-vision or something.
As for some more order themed stuff...
A copy of Queen Lily's sword, with decorative scales on the hilt. That's good for Ronin.
Marauder or Punch Wizard could take a scarf. Mother's Scarf - Knit by Curi for her daughter Sophie. Enchanted so that if you lose your head, you only drop to critically wounded rather than instant death, and can be healed normally if you stick the head back on in time. It just glues right back on! You can wear it as a belt if you're Psion.
No. 1057684 ID: 58c090

You know, I never quite got where the idea of prototypes being stronger than the final version came from. A prototype is at best a beta version (and most often an alpha) of a thing. They're generally barely functional and serve more as a proof of concept than anything else.
Anyway, pedantry aside, I like the idea of giving them stronger items that would normally be given for this.
No. 1057688 ID: ad76be

I’ve been upset at the same thing, but there’s legit reasons. A prototype can be stronger but either less reliable or too expensive for mass-production.
No. 1057697 ID: e2339e

Idea for a Chaos/Law item with the same flavor text but differing appearances.

Shardforged Blade
+2 attack Speed
+5 Armor penetration
+3 Darkness damage (If chaos)
+3 Light Damage (If law)
May take a full action to charge the blade and levy a rapid fire volley of attacks at the end of turn if untouched.

"Long has the Citadel contended with the Beast Below, and long have core been broken, blades been shattered and Armor riven. This particular rapier, broken along with its weilder, was so precious that Curi could not bear to cast it aside. The shards reforged into a weapon anew."

With a Law or Chaos version based upon who wins the fight, the Chaos version leaving an inky trail of corruption in it wakes the blade glowing with red runes.

Where as the Law versions shares Slime crown aesthetics and glows.
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I'm not going to cry. I'm pleased that I did a good job and they enjoyed it. That's all. I don't cry.

Mary clasps her hands together. The music dies down a bit and the arena starts to clean itself.

"The raid is over, and your group is victorious. I have something to confess. This entire experience was a trial of sorts. A new type of dungeon that has never been done. I was wondering if, perhaps, I could have your feedback on the experience. Oh, and let me bring your comrades back to life so they may answer as well."

Mary has her own healing units enter the area and resurrect all those who have fallen. The Chaos members are back to normal and fully revived.

"Ey, you're back!" Ronin says, "Sis! I can't believe you got killed!"

"I can't believe I wore that swimsuit... End me..."

"You looked good!"

Marauder smiles at Ronin and Bulk Mage.

"I had faith you two could pull the win. I suppose we're stopping here?"

"Indeed," Bulk Mage replies, "It is late and we are out of funds for the night."

"This still counts, right?" Ronin asks, looking towards Mary this time.

"It counts. You have obtained victory. The creature sealed below is just for those who want a greater challenge."

"Victory!" Ronin shouts.

"Bah," Cleric shakes her head. "We got so close! I can't believe it!"

"You did well," Marauder says, "You did better than I ever thought you could. And, I'm sorry I didn't recognize your potential sooner..."

"O-oh... Uh..." Cleric shrugs, "It's fine. I'm used to being written off as 'just the healer'."

"That doesn't make what I did right. I took your skills for granted and was a poor leader. Would you forgive me?"

"Oh my god, Marauder, lighten up. It's fine! It's just for fun! I'm not bitter about it or anything."

"... You look happy."

Cleric grins.

"Playing the bad guy was fight. I think I might actually go into chaos magic."

"I think you'd be great at it."

Cleric seems to smile even wider. Mary pulls out her clipboard

"A few moments, if I may? Were there any snags you encountered during the PvP event? Any features in the dungeon or the PvP system you'd like to see improved?"

The group thinks for a bit but no one can come up with anything.

"This is fine. How's the faction balance? Did the event feel like both were on even ground or was it too one-sided? I try to make sure that each side had equal opportunity to tip the scales to their favor."

This time Marauder speaks up.

"It feels like things were pretty easy for us up until the end with all the monsters. Maybe some more challenges for Law?"

"The hell?" Cleric looks over, "What did you guys just walk through a garden or something?"

"I mean, basically," Ronin replies.

"We had to fight an entire friggen army."

"We had to solve an exploding maze."

"As I said," Mary interjects, "We're still working on keeping things even. The nature of the story meant that Chaos would naturally meet a more heavy handed resistance. I will keep this in mind."

She gestures to Cleric and Psion.

"I'm surprised that both of you immediately went to attempt to conquer Curi after the Spa battle, I had planned for an actual PvP battle between Law and Chaos with the two sides fighting each other before gaining the right to fight Curi, but what you did also works. Might I ask why the immediate rush to Curi?"

"It seemed like the smart thing to do," Psion replies, "We were tempted to rest for a moment but I knew that the others would definitely be doing so. We'd hoped to score an easy win. Maybe we should have got more allies before trying to face such a boss."

"Mm." Mary makes notes, "Any questions or comments?"

Marauder raises her hand.

"If we do this again will the dungeon be reset or will we carry on from here?"

"It will most likely be reset. Then you can try it again and try a different path."

No one else seems to have any questions. After waiting a moment, Mary clears her throat.

"Thank you for your run and helping try out this new system. You are the first to do so, and will be rewarded accordingly. Slimecrown will recover, though its ultimate threat still remains unvanquished Farewell, and have a wonderful day."

I... Don't really want to ask them for their contact information. I don't know. I just... Maybe another time.

Mary awards the group their loot. It consists of:

>Marks of Chaos x 5 for each of the Chaos members.
>Slimecrown Defender Crests x 5for each of the defenders.

>Cosmetic lines that they can wear. Red for chaos and a blue mark for the defends.

>A YUM! Brand loot bag for each of them consisting of YUM! brand snacks and some small cosmetic gear.

>Defender outfits for the law team.

And for the defends ultimate victory they get:

>Sophie's Resolve: An item commemorating Sophie's part in the battle. Prevents mind control and fear effects.

>Royal Slime Cloak: Queen Lily's cloak. Infused with her vanity, it can assume any form the wearer desires while conferring enormous bonuses to charisma and defense, particularly against water based attacks.

Shardforged Blade
+2 attack Speed
+5 Armor penetration
+3 Light Damage
May take a full action to charge the blade and levy a rapid fire volley of attacks at the end of action if untouched.

All of them get a Deluxe Spa Pass.

And each team gets a pin/badge for each member of the citadel they assisted as they went along. Collect them all for a special prize!

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With their run done and the adventurers gone, Alex reports some good news.


The small adventuring party returned with:
>A good chunk of gold

>5 monster fangs that are worth 50 gold each or can be runed for Monster runes
>3 swords that can be sold for 75 gold each or runed for sword/metal runes
>2 Phoenix downs that sell for 250 each or can be runed for the phoenix/life runes

>Monster, Cute, and Rubber runes.

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Mary isn't surprised when her screen rings. She answers the call. It's the First DM.

"Dungeon Master of Slimecrown. I notice your run is complete. Are you prepared for my visit?"


Am I? I think we hid everything that needs to be hidden.
No. 1057709 ID: 06095b


Get what new runes you can, invert, and then hold onto the rest. It's possible the first GM will bust your rune replication.

Otherwise, answer yes. It's time to be visited by the king nerd.
No. 1057711 ID: 3d6e34

get rid of your duplicate runes. You know, the ones that you created with your auditor spells instead of getting them the “legitimate” way of beating up adventurers.
No. 1057712 ID: 4534a6

Time to bust out the sexy bathingsuit and have the greeters bring the king nerd to the spa for your meeting
No. 1057713 ID: 3d6e34

No! Bad! this is a professional visit! the First DM is basically Mary’s boss. A surprisingly hands-off Boss, but still Mary’s Boss.
No. 1057714 ID: ad76be

Does the first DM have a preferred tea? We have some slimes that can brew a decent pot after all.
No. 1057715 ID: 4534a6

We can bust out the professional bathingsuit
No. 1057716 ID: 4534a6

We can bust out the professional bathingsuit
No. 1057717 ID: 1effd3

If we some time before they arrive (assuming they dont instantly teleport here), trash the duplicate runes, rune/sell/invert our loot from this run and from the run with Abomination.

Should we remain in our DM gear for when the DM arrives? Also probably have a list of "Because i'm an auditor" excuses.
No. 1057722 ID: 58c090

>2 Phoenix downs that sell for 250 each or can be runed for the phoenix/life runes
Oh hey, we don't have the Life rune. Rune one of those, then invert all 4 new runes.

Do you mean the ones we runed from stuff we bought? Since they're limited by the system it means they're fully recognized within it and we're not doing anything wrong. No need to overcorrect.
We'll need to make sure nobody's operating the slime playpen room, tho. Just play that room off as a place for them to just relax and have fun.
No. 1057723 ID: 979165

Shove more runes into Alex.
No. 1057734 ID: d85568

Rune new runes. Invert them. Sell the rest. Hug Lucia. Have Ms Bloops and Curi with you to meet the guy since they're some of your first monsters.
No. 1057736 ID: 58c090

Oh yeah, hug Lucia for a job well done. That's important.
No. 1057738 ID: a7a180

If Dungeoneer has managed to get a move on, yes.
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Okay. Runes first.

If I rune the stuff I don't have runes for and then sell the rest...

That leaves me with G 9,145.

Uhm... Alright. Runes. Demonologist!

The Monster rune inverts to Hero
The Hero rune inverts to Villain
The Villain rune inverts to Hero
The Cute rune inverts to Ugly
and back again
The Rubber rune inverts to Adhesive
and back again
Predictably, Life turns to Death
and back again.

We still have the shield I stole a while ago... I want to keep that. Sorta an emergency backup. That proved super useful before.
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Mary tells the First Dungeon Master to come over in just five minutes. She goes over to thank Lucia for all her hard work, only to find the slime surrounded by a few others. Many of them are patting her on the back and chatting excitedly.

"Lucia?" Mary manages to get the chaos slime's attention, "I just wanted to say you did a fantastic job today. The run wouldn't have been so unique without you."

"Right!?" Mirelle laughs and slaps Lucia on the shoulder, "Who knew that shy little slime had it in her?"

"A-a͜-a͢-͘a̸h̴h̢.̶.͠..̵ Th-t̕ha͞n̴k̕ y҉ǫu ̶m͏-mo҉t̵he̷r̶.͜.҉. ͞I̷ méan mothe͡r̢.͠.͝.͘ ̸I͜ ͠m҉-̶mea̸n m-mo҉th͝er.̴. ͡I m̷ean̢.͠.̛.͢"͝



"I'm going to meet with the first Dungeon Master. Why don't we all have a celebration when that's done?"

"Sweet!" Mirelle says.

Lucia simply nods.

I'll have tea and everything ready. Anything potentially problematic has been put away...

I think we're as ready as we'll ever be.
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At five minutes -exactly-, Mary gets a warning that someone is trying to enter the dungeon. She takes a deep breath and adjusts her tie. The tea is ready. Everything is set.

She opens the door to her dungeon, to greet the First Dungeon Master.

"Well," a woman wearing only a big t-shirt and sipping a can of YUM Chilk, "This place has changed."
No. 1057744 ID: 1effd3

No. 1057746 ID: 6f4507

Oh this was a business casual meeting instead of a meeting with the boss. Clearly, she's not execting us to swear undying loyalty or anything. Introductions! Say hi, offer snacks, offer a seat, all that good shit.
No. 1057747 ID: 6f4507

Not gonna lie, I hope we get to see the party's reviews! That's always my favorite part of the dungeon, funny enough, seeing how people reacted, rated, and enjoyed.
No. 1057748 ID: 1effd3

we can look them over with the main DM, they kinda did want the stats of the run afterall
No. 1057749 ID: 58c090

Careful, tho. Bosses or people in power showing up in casual wear is a known power move, and being informal in those cases may still be a faux pas, gotta gauge which way they'll go. But I'm sure Mary already knows everything about office politics and all that bullshit, and she'll act accordingly.
No. 1057751 ID: 4b4d4e

Look at the size of dat crown, an absolute unit of a lad right there!
No. 1057754 ID: 4534a6

No. 1057755 ID: 426929

Don't know what the symbol above it is, but the rectangle symbol on her shirt is the symbol for Bone. So it's "-Boner".
No. 1057767 ID: 340403

It's ok, let Lucia call you however she deeply feels about you.
Mary, you're too overdressed for this visit, take your pants/skirt off but leave the cape on.
No. 1057771 ID: 4aaa23


Hey Mary, tell Lucia she can call you mother if she wants. I can't wait until Isabelle finds out she has a big sister. Or is Lucia the little sister? Oh well, we'll figure it out later

Is it just me, or does that black stuff floating above their heads remind you of the stuff that came out of Dungeoneer?
No. 1057774 ID: 58c090

That's no symbol, that's part of the Bone rune.
No. 1057796 ID: ad76be

All I can contribute is that we should get more chocolate milk. We have YUM-branded goods, milk is probably mixed in.
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