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1081887 No. 1081887 ID: df47b5

We have something on the order of a week until this possible patron for my dungeon arrives for his tour, but we're making steady progress.

https://questden.org/wiki/Dungeoneer
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No. 1083103 ID: bbce81

>>1083072
I mean, normally yeah the curse would eventually wear off. But it seems to be becoming an entrenched theme of her dungeon, so I'm not super sure we should be counting on that anymore? Plus, even if the curse itself is gone, the theme it created could stay.
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No. 1083104 ID: c4b5da

>>1083072
I'm all for breaking it later. We have more important things to focus on, like finishing our preparations for Olan's visit.

We need to use our remaining time wisely and not get distracted by doing something that can wait until after Olan has left.
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No. 1083106 ID: 5b2941

>>1083072
The "break now" crowd is in the minority too. We literally just had a vote to decide priorities, that was one of the choices, and the majority decided to go with other things.
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No. 1083140 ID: 9de95e
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1083140

>You don't have time for that! You need to focus on Green Thumb and Golem Guidance to prepare for Olan's visit! Throwing a 3rd activity into the mix will just make you run out of time you could've been using to prepare!
I was going to abandon working on the plants and instead focus on golem work and breaking my curse. I was already very on the fence with the curse breaking

Unless...

>Stargazer might be able to do something with the spores if you're too busy curse breaking.
I shouldn't be greedy.

I shouldn't.

But those two are very well suited to clearing the spores. Even if we can't get things replanted in other areas, that'll let the slime lair be cleaned up and finished. I'll ask them.

>Break the curse, you need to be as un-cursed as possible for this important visit.
>Personally, I say break it. Your dungeon already has a theme of growth, and I worry that adding in gluttony/consumption could shift that more towards growth at the expense of others.
>Being seen as a glutton is bad for your figure and bad for your image. You should be a better role model than that.
I am a glutton. I hunger endlessly for things that I can't have and am never satisfied when they do fall in my reach. That's probably why this curse has held on as long as it has. Still, I don't want anything to come at a cost to my denizens. And I hate the thought of anything messing with my head.

>There is never plenty of time for anything, only the next priority and the next emergency.
I'm going to break the curse. I slip out of my outfit, let's see what it's actually done.

I feel indecent. My golem body's rocks have not been keeping up... But this shouldn't be too difficult, I just need some focused time for it.

>I'll support breaking the curse. The tittymonster plague has gone on long enough.
It's not a tittymonster plague!
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No. 1083141 ID: 9de95e
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1083141

>Reisarf should practice with spatial extrusion, as it is the safest to mess with.
True, but I feel that there's other spells that might be useful sustained. Reisarf keeps toying with her hat as I think.

"I can tailor that to work with the horns?" I offer.

Reisarf hesitates. "Ah, it was a gift from someone in my village, I want to keep it the same."

Considering Reisarf was banished from that village due to forming a pact with Stargazer as a child, I don't think she had many friends there. I'm not surprised she doesn't want to modify a memento like that. Wait, there's that thoughtful look in her eyes.

"I want to make sure you try other spells, but if you have some time you can practice using Spatial Extrusion to fit it over your horns. It might be good practice for working up to sustaining two spells at once."

Reisarf's eyes widen in astonishment. "Wow Deem, how did you know? It's like you're a mind reader!"

If only it was always that easy.

>Give Reisarf one of those potion golems to maintain!
Moriko has the last doses of those potion in her new flask.

>Have Stargazer focus on Gigant form too, since she can suck up a lot of water/mana/etc.
>An aspect for Stargazer: Well, Hidden Reservoir and High Speed Ritual are your most beneficial abilities for casters.
>How about nudging Stargazer in the direction of your new plant aspects? Verdant Image ended up being about storing and refining power, which would suit her role well.
Stargazer stares as she slowly starts putting mana into the remaining eggs to duplicate them. These are copies of copies of copies. I hope the quality is good enough.

I explain to Stargazer that I have several aspects pertaining to absorption and direction of power. While she's never going to get a dungeon's raw ability to cast complex spells and efficiently draw mana from the earth-pulse, Reisarf and her have made enough progress in mana manipulation and storage that new perspective might be useful, if she can glean anything from egg-induced mimicry. I suggest she focuses on my Gigant Mode, plant golemetry, and Verdant Image, since those are expressed mainly by my golem body. With this low fidelity copying I doubt she'd glean any mysteries from my Heart fragment.

I can never tell if she's listening... It's infuriating.

>What about a spell just for good luck? You wouldn't know any, would you?
No. Shut up.

>I'd support using it to help Stargazer along, Reisarf just got an upgrade and somehow it feels like they ought to stay balanced. Maybe something to do with the plant stuff above?
I cobble together a spell of plant symbiosis for Stargazer. Much like a dryad, she'll temporarily be linked to a plant and thrive when it does. They leave to pick out a plant for Stargazer, and move the more useful plants to the slime lair so they'll get another dusting of spores from whatever do manage to get past Reisarf and Stargazer.
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No. 1083142 ID: 9de95e
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1083142

>How about these loose fitting star pattern clothes? You know, because she's an Alienist and aliens are related to the stars.
>Standalone collar/shoulder cover.
>Pilot of the outer spheres outfit
I need something adjustable and I want to get it done quickly so I modify the protective slime garments I used for the magical item forging as a base. It'll be good to know how hard wearing they are. I add a collar piece, and a tabard with some night themed iconography. With that sorted, I send a golem to fetch Reisarf to try it one.

"Thanks Deem, look Stargazer!" Reisarf says. Stargazer waggles at her alienist.

"Remember, you just have to capture the spores so we can store them and finish excavating the slime lair." I tell the pair, as they go to head back. "Anything past that is a bonus."

"Don't worry Deem, we're not going to lose!" Reisarf says.

I constantly feel I've had some subtle miscommunication with these two.

>Or, if we're going to be truly weird, no outfit at all.
Don't be weird.
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No. 1083143 ID: 9de95e
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1083143

>Remember, curses are more like magical diseases to Deem, she'll work it out naturally if it's left alone, it isn't permanent.
Blessings are given, curses are inflicted. It's a matter of how subtly they infect the spirit and how grievously they wound it to cling on.

Much like recovering from a lingering illness or injury, it needs time to be given over to it.

This curse has been sneaky, as it has made me absent-mindedly snack when distracted. This is behaviour to be avoided. So I will stay focused, keep my concentration on this curse and finally abrade the wretched, barbed thing away before it distorts me any more. I've already stolen part of the power of this curse, taking the fruitful and monster luring elements and using it to help build my Verdant Image. Now all that remains of the Orange Crag curses are this one of appetite, and with how fat it's gotten from my weeks of distraction, it's now easy prey now it has my full attention.
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No. 1083144 ID: 9de95e
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1083144

The midnight hour has come and gone. It's very early in the morning.

The curse is shed. I feel light on my feet. I-

There's a panicked imp thrashing through the bushes. Moriko's imp. I grab her and she yowls like a cat.

"Quiet!" I say. "It's the middle of the night!"

The imp looks at me. "Mow!"

"Stargazer's started eating everything in sight?"

I concentrate. Everyone's accounted for. Most of my denizens are up here in the hidden valley. Chakarchelou is in his lair. Belphe is in the potions room. My golems are scattered about doing their tasks. Stargazer, Reisarf and most of the slimes are in the Thaumatorium? I try to concentrate on there, but my senses there feel numb. Something is interfering?

I demand a fuller explanation from the imp and receive a rambling tale of how she was walking about at night, making sure no-one was going to get into trouble and then she saw Stargazer headed to the slime lair with some bottles. Filled with suspicion that Stargazer was starting a new potion party without her-

"Wait, Stargazer was the final member of your secret potion party?" I say.

The imp starts wriggling frantically. No, don't tell her that she said that! She didn't say anything about Stargazer organising the parties! Oh no, she's going to eat her!

I suspect something stupid has happened.

Everyone's asleep. Alkaline and Hin are still out on their expedition. Who should I wake up and take with me to investigate?
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No. 1083145 ID: 5b2941

>>1083141
>I can never tell if she's listening... It's infuriating.
She's always listening, for better or for worse.

>>1083144
Oh. Oh my. That's a good look on you, Deem. Anyway, you have Moriko's imp already, might as well get the rest of her too.
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No. 1083150 ID: 5fb55e

Moriko, I suppose.
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No. 1083151 ID: 5fb55e

And a side thought:

Your denizens are mutating more and more rapidly and it's concerning me. I'm sure the others here are happy to have more boobs and thick thighs or whatever, and sure, Reisarf is mutable as are yourself, but we need to reign this in and be more careful about bodily mutations. This isn't a "before it gets out of hand", this is *already* out of hand. God only knows what your boss form looks like now, since you're halfway there already! Can your chamber even accommodate it?! Are we going to wake up one morning and find Moriko looking like a fertility idol or something? Yes, everyone is stronger, sure, but it'd be nice if everyone would stop inflating.
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No. 1083154 ID: a7a180

Perhaps Stargazer was doing it as revenge for Doyle trying to eat her on their first meeting.
Take Chakarchelou and some golem backup to investigate.
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No. 1083158 ID: bc24cb

>>1083144
Oh no. Go back. Maybe the curse will forgive us if we beg?
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No. 1083160 ID: 377373

Hmm...
From thicc to Amazonian...
It's only a matter of time until one of us begs you to step on them...
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No. 1083166 ID: 273c18

>>1083141
Reisarf where are your glasses?
Also, huh, I thought Reisarf's evolution stole the anomaly but I guess they can just swap it around freely?

>>1083142
>potential miscommunication
They might wind up capturing the spores for their own development. I guess that's fine too though, so long as they get used for something, right?

>>1083144
Ah, that's a much better form. Breast size is still big, but acceptable.
Sounds like Stargazer got affected by the Appetite curse before you removed it, or it somehow transferred itself to her through your connection instead of dissipating.

Another possibility is that this is a side effect of whatever method of growth she chose?
Anyway, bring Moriko- wait no, she'll be vulnerable due to her Mana Vacancy; this effect is strong enough to affect you, so it's too strong for her. Bring Merud since this could be a magical malady. Also get one of your stronger golems.
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No. 1083167 ID: bbce81

>"Stargazer's started eating everything in sight?"
Not to be paranoid, but I do NOT trust the Imp to have an accurate understanding of the situation. We shouldn't assume much about the situation other than Stargazer is involved.

>Who should I wake up and take with me to investigate?
How about Chakarchelou? Whatever happened *probably* has to do with plants somehow, between Stargazer's new symbiosis spell and the spoors. Chaka can breathe fire. Depending on what's going on, that could be needed.
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No. 1083168 ID: f2320a

>>1083144
The curse of gluttony and weightgain wonder how much people would pay for it to be inflicted at there livestock could make alot of cash.
Or inflict it on adventurers around debuff consumable items
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No. 1083181 ID: 743e67

>>1083166
>Sounds like Stargazer got affected by the Appetite curse before you removed it, or it somehow transferred itself to her through your connection instead of dissipating.
Pretty sure that's not what happened at all.

I think Stargazer is just doing whatever she wants in order to make things that will help Reisarf. And she doesn't care if her actions are causing problems for others.
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No. 1083186 ID: 5ebd37

I hope the new body helps you feel more in control, Deem.
Bring Moriko, her imp's already here and she is the most level headed among you, usually.
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No. 1083215 ID: dbabb8

I'll definitely miss the old look, but your new look is strong.

Didn't you ask Stargazer to help deal with the spores? I imagine there's been some- misunderstanding, or over eagerness? That noodle is inscrutable.
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No. 1083224 ID: 6049e5

See, look what the curse was hiding. You’re in top form now.
Bring Moriko and Chakarchelou to deal with whatever sticky magical situation presents itself.
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No. 1083264 ID: 273c18

Oh I know what's going on. You told her to try some plant-affinity growth, and gave her the spores, so she's growing a LOT and of course she needs nutrients.

You should help her eat, not stop her.
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No. 1083283 ID: ca9d2e

>>1083264
Can we not? As much as this new form has advantages, it's getting a little disturbing how hard we're leaning into making more and more people thicc. We can stop at Deem. There's no reason to turn this into a titty dungeon.
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No. 1083284 ID: 273c18

>>1083283
What? It's STARGAZER. She's not going to get fat, she's going to... uh, do whatever her species does to evolve, probably.
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No. 1083285 ID: ca9d2e

>>1083284
Apologies! I misread your post, please disregard.
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No. 1083295 ID: 00589d

>>1083144
>Stargazer
Remember what you told Reisarf and Stargazer? You said, "You just have to capture the spores so we can store them and finish excavating the slime lair. Anything past that is a bonus."

The whole "eating everything in sight" is probably just Stargazer gathering the spores.

As for why they're in the Thaumatorium, it's probably just Reisarf doing another one of their crazy tests. Or they're doing something to prepare for excavating the slime lair.

Then again, if the slime lair is already excavated, then like you said, "Anything past that is a bonus." So they might be using the spores to create something as the "bonus". After all, you said to store the spores, but you never said anything about storing all of the spores, so they might be using some of the spores to make something, while storing the rest of them for later, like you wanted.
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No. 1083296 ID: bbce81

Those are good potential explanations but they do still leave the question of what's interfering with Deem's senses. Spatial Extrusion doesn't do that... right? Have we actually tested it before? I can't remember.
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No. 1083356 ID: f28a01
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1083356

>Oh. Oh my. That's a good look on you, Deem.
All my looks are good looks.

>Bring Moriko, her imp's already here and she is the most level headed among you, usually.
>Anyway, bring Moriko- wait no, she'll be vulnerable due to her Mana Vacancy; this effect is strong enough to affect you, so it's too strong for her.
Hmm it's risky but I did promise her involve her in more things. She has a good head on her shoulders, this should be a safer way to test if her Mana Vacancy is going to be a problem on an expedition.

>Not to be paranoid, but I do NOT trust the Imp to have an accurate understanding of the situation. We shouldn't assume much about the situation other than Stargazer is involved.
True, she is very excitable, doesn't have much experience, and may just be looking to cause some mischief.

>The whole "eating everything in sight" is probably just Stargazer gathering the spores.
I ask if the imp just saw Stargazer gathering the spores.

No that was earlier! Reisarf - who's fat now, did you know Reisarf is fat? - went with Stargazer to the slime lair, and rolled back Pancake who is the best golem and then Reisarf (who has cool horns too) made pretty dark balls and Stargazer got all puffed up to suck up the green air that came out. Does green air make you fat? But they were doing that for a while and bouncing on slimes was getting bori- and she had other places to look for miscreants to hammer!

>Didn't you ask Stargazer to help deal with the spores? I imagine there's been some- misunderstanding, or over eagerness? That noodle is inscrutable.
I'm going to speculate that Stargazer sucked up most of the Green Thumb spores so Reisarf decided to toss some plants inside her too to give them a high intensity dose. Using Stargazer as a greenhouse has the stench of exactly the sort of idea those two would come up with.

My theory immediately is confirmed when Moriko's imp says when she later followed them to the Thaumatorium she saw Stargazer drank a lot of potions - probably raw mana - and the slimes started tossing plants in her mouth.

It's then dashed when Moriko's imp says Stargazer pounced on a slime and swallowed it up. Wait, Alkaline's slimes can act like soil. Maybe they really went all-in on this greenhouse idea? No slimes ran away after all. I think I'm prepared now. There's going to be an orange elephant in my Thaumatorium full of slimes, plants and spores, and perhaps it was even a good idea.

It's odd they convinced so many of the slimes to come with them to the Thaumatorium though. Maybe there's something I'm missing. Or maybe they just miss direction with Alkaline away.

I collect Moriko on the way to the Thaumatorium.
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No. 1083357 ID: f28a01
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1083357

The door is stuck, and eventually in frustration I kick it down. I need to use better materials than cobbled together rubble with a veneer of smoothed stone.

>It's STARGAZER. She's not going to get fat, she's going to... uh, do whatever her species does to evolve, probably.
GET FAT APPARENTLY.

Moriko pushes forward, hammer raised to defend me.

The Thaumatorium is mostly filled with a bloated maggot of a starspawn, the only noises her laboured wheezing as she takes spore laden breaths and the slight rasping of her sides against the stone walls as she inhales and exhales. I suddenly recognise what's interfering with my senses: another dungeon.

"Runaway growth, but look -" I say to Moriko, stepping past her. I kick a tentacle. Stargazer doesn't even twitch. "She can barely move. I haven't seen it often, but there's something dungeon-like inside her. It's usually bad: a sickness or parasite in a leviathan. Maybe her and Reisarf managed to be absolute overachievers with ideas of a living greenhouse, but most likely she took in too much negative material and that tainted her."

"Where are Reisarf and the slimes?" Moriko asks, still on guard.

I point at Stargazer.

I try to think about our next steps.
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No. 1083358 ID: f28a01
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1083358

One week! Can I have just ONE WEEK without some bizarre disaster!?

>I think Stargazer is just doing whatever she wants in order to make things that will help Reisarf. And she doesn't care if her actions are causing problems for others.
She is certainly giving me a headache! I don't know if I should be impressed or furious. It's borderline miraculous if she's managed to replicate a dungeon-scale spell, but those require a Dungeon Heart for a reason. She's neither a dragon nor a dungeon so she can't scoop power from the earth-pulse. It's some stopgap feedback loop made out of what? Consumption, raw mana, the void orb, plant symbiosis, sharing mana with Reisarf and a knockoff of my False Idol ritual? Maybe she somehow is drawing on my mana intake too? I don't think I'm losing any but I do feel numb in this area. Dungeons aren't supposed to exist inside dungeons!

I send my golems out to do a quick inventory. I can't find any of the raw mana that was stored away, or the remaining locus fluid. The chrysopear tree, sap bomb, oreberry bush, the original sample of Izakikk's kindly mushroom and some of the bomb plant seedlings are all missing. The interior of the cavity the Green Thumb spores were growing in looks like it's been licked clean.

>As for why they're in the Thaumatorium, it's probably just Reisarf doing another one of their crazy tests. Or they're doing something to prepare for excavating the slime lair.
Stargazer obviously grew after moving here, maybe they needed the water? She obviously drank most of it. I look up at the void stretched over the roof of the Thaumatorium. Or maybe the void shard for its spatial properties, or its tie to that piece of void from that Orange Crags that they're carrying around?

>Also, huh, I thought Reisarf's evolution stole the anomaly but I guess they can just swap it around freely?
It's equipment of course they can do that.

>Oh no. Go back. Maybe the curse will forgive us if we beg?
>It's only a matter of time until one of us begs you to step on them...
>Ah, that's a much better form. Breast size is still big, but acceptable.
I think I should probably stop taking any aesthetic input.

>Oh I know what's going on. You told her to try some plant-affinity growth, and gave her the spores, so she's growing a LOT and of course she needs nutrients.
>You should help her eat, not stop her.
I think that's going to break my dungeon.

I explain to Moriko that we're going to have to go in and sort out Stargazer's insides.

"You want us to climb into that thing's mouth?" Moriko asks me.

"Into Stargazer's mouth, yes." I say.

"The spirit beast who has already swallowed her own bonded magician?" my hammerai asks for clarification.

"If Reisarf had died, I'd have resurrected her already." I think for a moment and sigh. "We're going to find Reisarf trapped in a giant crystal, aren't we?"

Moriko stares at me in incomprehension.
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No. 1083359 ID: f28a01
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1083359

>Perhaps Stargazer was doing it as revenge for Doyle trying to eat her on their first meeting.
That sounds plausible. She's the type that holds grudges. Though if she's going to have a grudge over me untangling this mess for her, she's going to learn I'm better at grudges.

After giving Moriko a fuller explanation, we climb into Stargazer's mouth. It's wet. Thankfully Stargazer doesn't have bad breath. It smells a little like the sea and a little like soil after the rain.

"Up there, hit that the orange bump." I point out to Moriko, as I'm carrying the imp. "Don't fall in the water though, There's tentacle traps in there."

After a little bit of explanation that I meant the more protuberant and paler one, Moriko leaps and hits it. It starts faintly glowing and we hear a wet squelch ahead. A hidden switch already? You might barely impress me by the end of this Stargazer.

I tickle the membrane blocking the exit and it retracts. We move to the next chamber.
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No. 1083360 ID: f28a01
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1083360

There's a monster here! Some sort of staring nut?

It makes a threatening move and then Moriko cracks it.

"Weak." she says.

"Not bad for a first attempt." I defend Stargazer. I don't know why I'm doing that, I don't even know if she had any conscious input on this. I lever the shell open with the tip of my short sword. "Be careful, I think they can self destruct. The nut's more like a bomb flower. And there's definitely something cursed in here." I point out some dark fluid dribbling out of a wall. Kindly mushrooms are sprouting out of it. "Izakikk said these thrive off cursed material."

"That's not raw mana, is it?" Moriko squints at the fluid.

"More like raw curse." I say. "Don't touch it. Maybe Stargazer's new diet is giving her some digestive problems."

>She's always listening, for better or for worse.
She's certainly been paying attention if she's actually managed to deliberately replicate any of my Heart's functionality!

One tunnel leads onwards, but we've opened a hidden chamber. There's a sac half filled with the me-mimicking eggs steadily replicating in a mana-rich broth. The excess are drained off in a pipe that must lead to Stargazer's stomach to help sustain this transformation.

We should break this. We can cut it open or tie off the pipe or mess with something. Or am I being too hasty here?
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No. 1083361 ID: 273c18

>>1083357
Oh that's much bigger than I expected.

>>1083360
If you sabotage that thing you won't be able to complete the dungeon, I think it'll collapse quickly which means you'd want to escape immediately. It would be more beneficial if you kept going and completed the dungeon. More mana for Stargazer, maybe more mana for you, and more experience for Moriko.
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No. 1083362 ID: 56fadc

>>1083360
What does the seenut taste like?
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No. 1083363 ID: b4b039

I'd say in general to get a pretty thorough understanding of things before breaking them, unless speed is important.
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No. 1083365 ID: a7a180

Scoop out some of the eggs to feed to other dungeon constructs, you might be able to get past them without a fight by feeding them and it’ll take a while before they start rolling down the pipe again. Also you should be looting samples of all those plants she ate, lest you lose all of them when she turns back!
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No. 1083366 ID: 273c18

Another reason to keep going and not sabotage it: if Stargazer DID put conscious effort into this you wouldn't want to disrespect it.
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No. 1083370 ID: 486840

>>1083360
>>We should break this. We can cut it open or tie off the pipe or mess with something. Or am I being too hasty here?
I think we should find Reisarf and be ready to leave before we do anything decisive. This whole thing isnt supposed to be happening in the first place and is probably unstable.
Maybe cut a small whole in it so only some of the eggs are fall out over time, starve the process slowly that way. it might weaken the dungeon somewhat too.

In any case, I think maybe Deems been too lenient with Reisarf and Stargazer and their shenanigans, because they happened to work out most of the time. This seems like it could have gone deadly wrong extremely easily, still might.
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No. 1083373 ID: 2ee9c9

You need to Delve around Stargazer to give her room to breathe! Also be sure to capture some of the unique flora and fauna of this dungeon. Your minions are evolving in leaps and bounds under your influence, and it is your job to guide them and trim their branches so they don’t grow too far too fast. When the time is right, you can replant these clippings to preserve the incredible advances she’s made.
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No. 1083374 ID: 1effd3

>>1083360
assuming theres going to be a boss at the end of this, weakening the boss-form would be a good idea. i wouldnt entirely cut or stop the eggsack, but at least do something to slow it down so this thing doesnt... you know, collapse ON TOP OF YOU
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No. 1083375 ID: 5b2941

>>1083356
>Pancake who is the best golem
dammit, I'm starting to trust the imp's judgement now

>>1083358
>One week! Can I have just ONE WEEK without some bizarre disaster!?
Not with your luck stat as it is, you can't.

>>1083360
>I don't know why I'm doing that
Probably because she's the closest thing you have to an apprentice, it's not like she's learned any of this from any other dungeon.

>"More like raw curse."
I wonder... did she eat the orange slime too?

>Or am I being too hasty here?
You are, yeah. You don't know if doing that would do anything to Reisarf or the slimes trapped in here. Besides, I wanna see just how much she learned.
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No. 1083382 ID: 86d8fb

Yeah, we're gonna need to have a serious talk with Reisarf and Stargazer on their habits of carelessly doing experiments without thinking things through. Because this seems to be very dangerous!

Also, this carelessness might explain why their village kicked them out. Too many dangerous experiments.

>Where's Reisarf?
Well, we saw Reisarf's statue in the Resurrection Matrix. I'm pretty sure they're in a cocoon or an eggsac in the boss room of the Stargazer dungeon.
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No. 1083384 ID: 588b52

Okay, we have gotta put our foot down on these wacko experiments. We're not gonna kick them out, but...

>Options.

So, on some level, we've got ourselves some sort of self-sustaining loop. If we tie it off, it will probably eventually end the loop but in the meantime it'll cause a logjam where some of the fuel isn't being recycled? Cutting it open will end the loop immediately, if I'm reading this correctly, but might harm Stargazer in some irreversible way. And it's not like we can ask the inscrutable Noodle what the hell to do.

This looks like it's - metaphorically - a stomach of some kind. We don't want to jam up the process or destroy it, because both options might lead to bad ends and damage to a dungeon member. Is Stargazer an individual or a piece of equipment? Will she rez if she dies? Can she die? Would it more count as equipment breaking? All important questions, but right now...
Right now I want to induce vomiting. Reverse the process happening here, not end it. Check and see what all this is intended to eventually produce, first - let's see what the hell this is all for - but right now, I think the best option is to try and get the whole system working backwards.

tl;dr:
Find out what this is all for
Reverse the process without causing harm
For the love of god stop your denizens growing huge in various ways it keeps causing problems

ALSO I TOLD YOU SO
I TOLD YOU THAT STARGAZER WOULD GET FAT
(not you, Deem, I'm talking to another one)
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No. 1083386 ID: 588b52

>>1083373
nonononono

THis has *already* gotten out of hand! We're reversing this process here and now, talking to Reisarf about these experiments, and making sure our denizens stop exploding in size, because this makes like four now counting ourselves and it's getting out of hand! Goodness knows if Reisarf is actually okay!
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No. 1083391 ID: 2f7f6e

If those eggs are copies of copies of copies and so on... how stable is this?
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No. 1083393 ID: 2fb935

>>1083386
mate, cut that out. I'm not even into the size thing but now I kinda want it to keep going just cause you keep whining about it
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No. 1083394 ID: bbce81

Huh, I just realized Deem's new look still has the curse perma-blush on her cheeks. Wonder what's up with that?

>We can cut it open or tie off the pipe or mess with something. Or am I being too hasty here?
Yes. Find Reisarf first. She knows WAY more about Stargazer's biology than anyone else, and she was there when this happened. That's incredibly important information for figuring out how to fix this. Just trying stuff without any clear idea of the results is how Stargazer got INTO this mess in the first place. Don't just continue what they did.

Finding Reisarf should be the first step.

>I defend Stargazer. I don't know why I'm doing that
Well...
>A hidden switch already? You might barely impress me by the end of this Stargazer.
She's the closest thing to another dungeon you've encountered since waking up, and a self-aware one at that. Not shocking you might feel some fleeting kinship, even if she's not a true dungeon.
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No. 1083403 ID: eacb9d

>>1083394
I agree that safety of our denizens is first and foremost. We need to ascertain reisarf's status, learn what stargazer is up to here, and determine benefits and danger.

The size thing isnt the core problem, its the lack of stability and safety around here. We really need a denizen meeting to address issues beforethey get outof hand. Make it regular, even. We need to start preventing fires.
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No. 1083418 ID: 031458

Don't cut the power so soon!
Run the dungeon!
I'm sure she'll surprise you!
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No. 1083496 ID: 5a7a53

>>1083360
Continue through the dungeon. Find Reisarf and get a better picture on what's going on.
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