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969126 No. 969126 ID: e7703b


The guild test was simple, as all I did was provide answers from examples in the books reviewed yesterday. It was late morning when the result was released to me.

The guild lady, Cynthia, attaches a small tag to my id bracelet, it flashing brown before fading out.

“And with this, you’re registered as a rank F adventurer.
You are entitled to most of the F related missions on the board, and allowed to buy and sell materials to the guild. For now, you’ll be put under observation until it’s proven than you can be reliable enough to be on your own, or else we’ll provide you with alternatives, such as joining in a party, or shadowing a more experienced member.
The colors go from brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet, according to your rank. There are a variety of criteria for someone to rank up, including peer reviews and achievements. You could also always refuse to rank up, whatever the reasons, but doing so would limit what you can do or benefits you can get. There are many reasons to do so, and the rank within a guild hold little relation to how powerful a person is, so please, don’t think you’re strong just because the person next to you have a lower rank.” She sighs, “There are a few people who have a sense of enjoyment grouping with lower ranking people, only to feel dismay as their party ranks up above them, or even worse, obstruct their achievements. That’s why we have strict guidelines and rules on how people conduct themselves.”
She reaches up to rub my head.
“Any questions?”
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No. 970802 ID: 7d9195

When we gained the Spire spell we also gained the Solid Material Manipulation skill. However, we traded that skill off, so it's questionable whether we'd be able to use that spell.

Tell him you can do earth magic, but that you're unsure which spells would be useful or how. Ask him if there's anyone else around here that could demonstrate the usage of such spells. Also ask what the difference in the work would be depending on your skills.
No. 970803 ID: b1b4f3

Spells are not tied to abilities. Abilities are learned differently. I'm actually not quite sure how they work, but anyway, Spire still does what it does.
No. 970807 ID: 7d9195

>Spells are not tied to abilities.

>{Solid:Heat; Target:Self; Scale:1% Initiate;}
>Thermoregulation (Heat) has been triggered.

>{Gas:Flow; Target:Coordinates:Vector; Scale:1%; Initiate;}
No. 970809 ID: 82ab4c

You’re not sure you can help them with dirt-moving spells... at least not directly. You may need to experiment a little to see what you could do - and how to do it safely. If just moving dirt is all they need, though...

You can self-regulate your body temperature to prevent overheating and you’re pretty strong for your age thanks to your Body Affinity and, well, a training regimen. You will eventually tire, but you suspect you can excavate and haul earth manually fairly well. If they’re willing to let you have a few mana crystals for your own - for a personal project - in addition or instead of payment for the work done, you can give it a shot. If that’s no good you can certainly put your traits to use mining instead.

Why is hauling dirt such an issue here? You’d think an operation like theirs would be prepared for it.
No. 970812 ID: e7c7d3

No, you don't know any dirt moving spells, and besides, you'd be more comfortable in the mines. Less watchful eyes... in case you mess up! It's your first mission after all.
No. 970814 ID: 36784c

>dirt moving magic?
Well, we do have that Spire spell. But the last time we tried to use it here: >>/questarch/876810 , it caused a large spire of flesh, bone, and slime to explode out of our chest.

We might not be able to help with moving dirt.
No. 970816 ID: e19a40

Our spells may not be ideal for the task. If it's urgent we could try, otherwise it's better to leave the task for someone else.
No. 970817 ID: e856a3

Since we can use the earth element I don't see why we couldn't help. We should try experimenting whith our magic anyway.
No. 970822 ID: b1b4f3

That's because we used it without a target, so it defaulted to Emils' body.
No. 970828 ID: 6e6f32

So why do we need to worry about Emils' ACTUAL earth magic though?
The basic slime abilities come in super handy here.

Just claim it's magic and go to town. Yeah they'll be a little weirded out at first, but everyone has a job to do here. If it works they probably won't worry about it for long.
No. 970830 ID: ba56e6

I know an earth spire spell, but that is too violent and would likely cause a collapse.

I am extremely strong. I bet I can carry twice as much as you.
No. 970942 ID: 0cb682

I can use earth magic. Demonstrate any spells you think may be useful and I'll see if I can copy them.
No. 970949 ID: dce46f

Demonstrate the kind of spells you mean by "dirt magic", I'll tell you if I can do any of them.
No. 971438 ID: e7703b
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“I do have some dirt magic, but I am not sure how good it will be for you.”
Jason thinks, and then points to a dirt pile, “Show me.”
I walk up to the pile of dirt. I don’t know the full chant for [Spire], so I hum instead, putting the mana pattern for [Spire] onto the pile.
I walk back as the mana collects from the edges of the pattern to the center, dirt from the area of the spell is drawn to the center, erupting the dirt into a hard pillar.
“Huh... I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that before.” Jason says as he inspects the dirt pillar.
He hits it from different angles, and asks, “Is this the only spell you know?”
“No. What do you need ground magic for, if I may ask.”
“Taking care of waste, really. We have a few ground mages, but they’re overworked. A few extra hands would be great.”
“And how do you take care of the wastes?”
“We make them into bricks.” He points to the walls, “We double as a quarry, but we produce more dirt than stone for now.”
Jason grabs a chisel from one of his pouches, and tries to chip off a part of the spire.
“This could work... hey kid, I can’t really hire you to do this without the guilds approval, but would you like to help out? We can’t sell them, but I’ll give you 50 credits per brick if you can turn this pile of dirt into something usable.”
“How would it differ from going mining?”
Jason frowns, “Its 5 credits per days work in the mine for the guild, more if you bring in extra stuff, like ores or huge crystals. But you’ll have to compete with the other kids down there, and no one is going to have kids mining unexplored or dangerous areas. Unless you got some way to see though walls, you won’t earn as much down there. Even if you do, you’ll be sure you’ll be surrounded by those wanting to ride on your good luck.”
“Other than that, we could use some help cleaning tools. It’ll cost 1 credit per item, but anything broken will come out of your pay.”
> Bricks
> Mining
> Cleaning
No. 971439 ID: 0fae41

Cleaning. Learn the tools of the trade.
No. 971443 ID: e7c7d3

Bricks probably will bring in the most money and also be the most helpful, honestly. But I do want to see if these mana crystals from the mine is something substantial enough to consume. Plus, there's a decent chance that we could detect good crystals.

No. 971445 ID: e19a40

>... 50 credits per brick...
>... 5 credits per days work in the mine...
>... cost 1 credit per item...

Those are some really valuable bricks in relation to everything else. Tempting...

What standard must my bricks follow? Would it be enough to cut blocks out of the spire or do I need to chisel and cook them? What should the dimensions of each brick be?
No. 971448 ID: 7d9195

Convert the whole mine into a self-sustained brick factory :B

Anyway, I don't think using thermoregulation on bricks would work because there's a good chance that the heat would break the crystalline structure that makes it hard. So I'd ask to see the ground mages at work, if possible, and learn the spells necessary to make bricks from them. If it's not possible, then I'd go with mining because we can see through walls~
No. 971468 ID: b1b4f3

>Unless you got some way to see though walls
Heh, we do. You can use Solid Material Perception.
>you’ll be sure you’ll be surrounded by those wanting to ride on your good luck.
We could try scaring them off. If that doesn't work, wander in to a "dangerous" area. Solid Material Perception should warn you of possible cave-ins. If one of them gets particularly annoying and has a good element in their core we could just eat 'em.

On the other hand, attempting to make bricks could get you some good experience with your earth element.
No. 971470 ID: 094652

Do the brick job. You can also analyze the waste and see what potential materials they've overlooked.
No. 971474 ID: fa2754

We can pretty much cheese all of these tasks. I say go for the one that benefits us the most. Mines. We don't have much need for credits.
No. 971475 ID: a9af05

We don't need money. We came here for mana crystals, so let's get mining.
No. 971477 ID: dce46f

Do we have enough mana to spire stuff into bricks all day? Its been awhile since we last snacked on someone. If we have enough though we totally should, at least for a little while. Maybe ask if we can check out the mines after a bit of time spent making the bricks?
No. 971485 ID: f133dc

The way Emils can manipulate matter she could use the spell to make an appropriate sized brick, then use her matter shaping to make it clean and usable and shear it off at one end.

Could probably make a lot more bricks than they are expecting you to. I say go for it.
No. 971489 ID: b1b4f3

We can't. We have physical sensing, mana manipulation, and minor light manipulation. Any manipulation of matter needs to be done via spells. Emils would have to learn a new earth spell to shape earth better than the spire demonstration.
No. 971492 ID: 53560f

Honestly we don’t get all that many chances to practice or refine our magic. Make the bricks and see if we can’t find a way to make [spire] form the dirt into bricks outright (maybe by making a cast for it to form into?), if not then we’re still getting paid well so it’s all good.
No. 971495 ID: f133dc


What are you talking about? Emils made an arm out of some rare magical metal and said she could make more using her own mass if she wanted too.

Should be a breeze to make something as simple as a square brick of earth, particularly when mixed with spire to get a vaguely correctly shaped rock.
No. 971496 ID: 6e6f32

It would be- With Solid Material Manipulation. Not a thing Slime currently has.

That's not to say Emils can't make bricks. She has super strength, [Spire], can absorb, and melt things. The job IS doable, but it will take some creativity and trial and error.

Which really would be the point of taking the brick job to be honest. Credits are nice, but the opportunity to hone our skills and magic to rise to a challenge is the real draw.
No. 971498 ID: bf0653

We can ask (or eat) the resident ground mages for new spells and stuff,then we can practice making things out of dirt.
No. 971500 ID: ba56e6

Time to shit bricks.
No. 971502 ID: e4abe1

yeh, go look at heart mages, then start making briks
No. 971515 ID: 0cb682

See if you can figure out how to make them square, a standard size (ask for a sample brick) sturdy, durable, and long lasting via the addition of thermoregulation.
No. 971516 ID: f133dc


Once again I'll ask, when did this change? We made that arm like, 4 or 5 scenes ago. The only change in abilities we have had was stealing ice magic from the detective.
No. 971517 ID: 8fab7a

Solid Material Manipulation was lost back in Chapter 4 when it got combined with Mana Perception into Mana Manipulation and Solid Material Perception by Lust.

>arm prosthetic
If I remember correctly, Emils used her slime mass to eat bits of the arm that were unusable, then modify her mass into properly arranged components for the remnants of the original arm. She could do this as her slime mass is material she can freely change and manipulate AND she knows how the biology of an arm works, cuz' of her own ability to mimic living things realistically.

Through her Mana Manipulation humming, Emils has probably learned to bypass using the native interface to cast magic, which is how she regained the use of [Spire] here. With practice she can probably learn all kinds of custom magics, including outright brick-making.

That said, let's go into the mine. We may not be able to see through walls, but we have Solid Material Perception which would allow us to explore the tunnels and identify veins and good areas to mine - and we're more interested in the phenomenon of mana crystals than earning credits, no?

Plus, using magic to solve large-scale problems is a leading cause of the kind of mana overuse that's plaguing this world. I'd say that needs to be fixed before Emils starts figuring out (and spreading) spells for industrial applications. Though earning a solid income isn't necessarily to be scoffed at either.
No. 971518 ID: adb916

Wildly using mana will probably drain us faster. Lets try handling our innate need for mana crystals. Get sustainability first.
No. 971521 ID: 6e6f32

That's how Slime deals with biological components it's absorbed. The prosthetic was made of a special mana reactive super metal. If we had told her to, Emils could have used it to make a perfect replica of the real thing (And it probably would have been better, no less).

Also Emils is a long way from "Spreading" her magic, lol. She would need to alter someones core to allow them to finely sense mana, first of all.

That said, there ARE shenanigans Emils can get up to in the mine that would make her super effective. Not only can she find ore and mine it easy, but she can collect it inside of her body, thus preventing nearby and passing rival miners from realizing shes striking. Also, if any caves or voids are found she can make a crack, slime on through, and mine in peace, or better yet, stack muscles and see if she can hulk mode mine.

Mining actually sound pretty dope. Though, we will need to tell him that we are deceptively no obscenely strong, and that we will require a tool that can handle it.
No. 971522 ID: 36784c

>Though, we will need to tell him that we are deceptively no obscenely strong, and that we will require a tool that can handle it.
They would require us to prove these claims and the looks on their faces will be hilarious!
No. 972008 ID: e7703b
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“I could try out making bricks first, but I would also like to go into the mines. I need to get some mana crystals.”
“Fine. Put away your items and come back.”
I head into the shed and find an empty locker to hold my inventory.
Pocketing the key and numbered tag, I follow Jason to a large masked rabbold.

“Simon, this is Emils, another mage. She’ll help you for today.”
Simons voice is heavily muffled behind the mask. I can’t understand him at all.
Jason and Simon are discussing, and hands him a piece of stone he removed from my spire, “think you can work with this?”
More muffling from Simon as he examines the stone.
He then points to a pile of rubble, and asks me something.
“He says to do your magic on that pile. He’ll then be able to cut them down later.”
Simon hands me an wooden block, and Jason explains, “We need it to be about this size. Just do as many as you can, and Simon will do the rest.”

Simon grabs a chunk of rubble and muffles out a spell. I can sense the mana run though his body and into the rock, splitting it into segments which slides off into bricks. He begins tossing the parts from the edges, and broken bricks into the rubble pile.

> Create a few spires
> Create a lot of spires
> Clear up all the rubble into spires
> Attempt to copy the spell
> Make bricks physically
No. 972009 ID: 19fdd8

> Clear up all the rubble into spires
No. 972014 ID: 0fae41

Create a few spires, as a test.
No. 972016 ID: d63ea8

Clear up all the rubble into spires.

We need to show that we can excel.
No. 972017 ID: ae9bd9

copy the spell of course
No. 972019 ID: 094652

Slice the walls into hexagon-sided boulders, then cut the boulders individually into bricks. Or just jigsaw an entire brick wall.
No. 972020 ID: b1b4f3

Copy the spell, but uh, just ask him to teach it to you. You can't make out the chant from the mask.
This is not suspicious- that's how people learn spells normally!
No. 972021 ID: e7848c

Create a few but start a steadily increasing rhythm of creating more.
No. 972023 ID: ba56e6

This. If no one stops you or says they're not working, just do the whole pile. He said to do as much as you can.
No. 972026 ID: e4abe1

No. 972028 ID: 864e49

If he refuses to teach you the spell then just make a shit ton of bricks.
No. 972031 ID: dce46f

Create a lot of spires but lets not go overboard and tip our hand. We want to look hyper-competent not super-human. Ask the man in the mask to teach you his spell when he finishes and use that as an excuse to copy it.
No. 972035 ID: e78a3b

>I can’t understand him at all.
Universal Language do your job!

If we ask him to teach us, he might reject us on the grounds of not being a teacher. However, if we asked him to hear him chant, he might be more willing to do that. Perhaps if we said something like, that he had a soothing voice, and that we really wanted to hear him without his mask on at least once, that he would accept our request.

But even before that, we should demonstrate our own skills before asking him to demonstrate his.

>He’ll then be able to cut them down later
Since he used the word "later", we can assume that he expects us to waste a lot of time doing our work. In other words, if we go slow, he'll just leave us to do his own stuff and won't teach us anything. This is why I'd vote to clear up all the rubble into spires, so that he would have no choice but to stay here. After all, we would be waiting for him to do his stuff.
No. 972038 ID: f2320a

Why not try and clear it up into a single spire
No. 972040 ID: e78a3b

If possible, sure. Altho making such a large spire might have unforseen consequences (such as destabilizing the mine)
No. 972041 ID: adb916

Start small and gradually make larger spires
No. 972042 ID: 5b0071

Make a few spires. Might look fishy if we can suddenly copy the mage's brick spell.
No. 972043 ID: 6e6f32

Clear all the rubble into spires. See if you can adjust the shape of the things as you go. Maybe make something easier to work with.
No. 972160 ID: f133dc

Only clear the entire pile into spires if you are SURE it's not going to hurt one of the people in the room with you, or collapse the room by mistake.

But yes, give them a show. Make it a big bunch of those spires.
No. 972173 ID: 278f7f

I'd say make lots of spires, not enough to clear all the rubble in one sitting but a solid chunk of it.
They'll probably take notice and maybe even ask for you to help out again in future.
No. 972679 ID: fde50b
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[Universal language] seems to function if I can directly receive what is being conveyed probably. Otherwise Simon might not be really talking.

As I do not need to keep feeding the spell with mana, I quickly set up a few small [Spire]s around the rubble pile, and leave a trail of reformed rock behind me.
Simon comes up to the first spire, and makes quick work of a spire to produce a single brick for each one, and quickly catches up to me.

I observe the flow of mana each time he does so, and keep up the pace by increasing the size of the [spire] spell. It doesn’t seem to slow him down the slightest, as he adjusts his muffled chanting to makes more bricks each cast.
Each spire I create is larger than the last, and Simon is hit with his limit, and casts another spell to fit the rest of the remaining space of the spire to create more bricks.

Other people around us begin to take notice as Simon calls out to them, and they begin to shift the bricks off to a pile at one side.

Knowing Simons limits, I estimate how much he can create, and produce the largest spell I’ve casted, and surround the rubble pile to create a huge spire so Simon could work on it as I continue to observe his spell.
No. 972680 ID: fde50b
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I step aside to practice what I am seeing.
Grabbing a stone from the ground, I copy the way the mana flows, as my mana saturates the stone. Humming as I do, I can feel lines of mana along the natural grain of the stone, and let my mana straighten them out into units. It’s tiresome, and I need to touch what I am affecting, but I use the mana to part the stone into sections, and create a small rectangle. From what I understand, I’m creating planes of mana, and intersecting them with other planes of mana to form grids and sections. I then agitate the material to sheer it apart at the planes I select to make a brick.

If I want to do create more complex shapes, I would need to inject more mana, and need more time to create more planes. It’s a [mana barrier] in essence, but with its application, I would have to diffuse my mana into the surrounding to make a projected shield. Doable, but wasteful.

> What to do next.
No. 972684 ID: e78a3b

Good. Let's finish whatever bricks we can make from these spires and then go mining.

The plan is to use Solid Material Perception to sense various kinds of materials through the ground and then dig them out. Perhaps the newly acquired skill can help us with that. We should get a small sample of each type so that we can learn what is what. So besides the mana crystals for the mission, we can also get paid for any rare ore that we find.
No. 972685 ID: b1b4f3

A shield from nothing is pretty handy, despite the cost. Can you use it as a weapon? Like, for instance, a single plane used as a knife? Or three planes angled together to produce a piercing point? How far away from your hands can you project the "barrier"? Can you launch the barrier?
People don't normally sense mana at all times. That means the barriers are mostly invisible, which is useful as well. You can raise your guard without anyone noticing, or attack in a completely unexpected way.

Probably shouldn't experiment with weaponizing it right in front of everyone though. If you've spired all the rubble then I suppose it's time to work in the mines.
No. 972699 ID: e19a40

>Can you use it as a weapon?

>I then agitate the material to sheer it apart at the planes I select to make a brick.

The presence of the barrier isn't enough to produce a cut, there is another step before the desired result. To me that sound like this process only cut hard materials that can be physically moved to break where the barrier is. If the material is flexible the process shouldn't result in a cut.
Assuming those barrier can manifest inside living beings they could be used break bones or squish organs. We should test when no one is looking.

> What to do next.

Talk to Jason about your payment than enter the mine.
No. 972706 ID: b1b4f3

Well, I dunno if cutting rock is a good example of how difficult it will be to cut flesh. Might be all we need is to make a barrier in the air with a sharp enough point or edge, and direct it against flesh.
No. 972711 ID: e19a40

I'm interpreting the affirmation that the barrier appear inside solid matter without instantly cutting the material as meaning it doesn't work like a material blade.
It can't have any volume because if it had the rock would separate immediately. If it's a bidimensional surface the edge should be a perfect blade that cuts with the minimum resistance possible, but the process described isn't moving the edge against the material it's agitate the material to cut where the barrier prevent motion.
If the barrier work like a blade the process used is very inefficient. The same result should be accomplished with far less mana if instead of creating multiple barrier we make only one and use it as a knife.
What I'm assuming is that instead of cutting the edge of the barrier phase through matter. The motion prevention property would be exclusive to movements perpendicular to the surface.
If my interpretation is correct we can still make a blade with this spell, but it would require two barriers in different angles.
No. 972715 ID: 6e6f32

That's tiring?
For you?!?

Simon must be a fucking beast.

I guess all there's left to do is take the waste rubble from the spires and make one last one. Unless of course there is more rubble to spire up.
Once that's all done Inform the foreman and get mining!
No. 972718 ID: 977456

How easy is it to move these barriers? If you can build a dart, and then activate the sheering force after throwing it, then it wouldn't need to be maintained for long. The same if you can get into the habit of maintaining layered arm-guards and briefly exciting the outer layer to disrupt things that come into contact with it.
No. 972727 ID: fa2754

Well let's get our money and go down to get our crystals
No. 972794 ID: d186fc

What if you used both hands and placed one on each side to make a circuit?

What are the odds that you are missing something in the spell?
No. 973191 ID: fde50b
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It’s tiresome since I am forcing the mana in the objects to align against their paths to form a plane. Raw stone is not a good mana conductor, and I have to push my influence into it to control it. It would be easier to form the barrier in or around materials that can handle mana better, like my slime or draconite.

As for ease, I can only assume it’s because Simon has more practice, and his natural ability is helping.

I make my way to Jason and tell him that I’m done with creating spires, and that Simon is busy making more bricks.
He’s surprised, but hands me a metal bucket with a small pickaxe and blue helmet.

“This should fit you,” he said as he straps the helmet to my head, “the color of the helmet tells you who’s who. Red helmets are supervisors and safety. Always listen to them. Blue helmets are guild members like you, you are free to do whatever with them, but don’t get into fights. We aren’t responsible for fights in there. Green helmets are staff. Don’t bother them when they are working, and listen to them if they tell you not to go places.”
He brings me to a mine entrance and points to a glowing stick with colored string tied to it, anchored on the wall. “These are waypoint markers. Any path that goes deeper into the mine glows red, and on the opposite side of the marker is green to show you the way out. The strings indicate which places you’re allowed to go. You’re free to mine at the blue strings area. Keep out of red string areas, and green string areas are resting and safe spots. They all have different sizes so try to remember them in case there’s no lights. Try to keep safe in there.”
Jason quickly walks off, yelling at some workers.

How should I handle this.
> Focus on mining
- Grab whatever
- Use perception to grab mana crystals
- Fill your bucket with anything of value
> Look around
- Learn who’s around
- Check out the mine
> Consume everyone
No. 973192 ID: fa2754

Load up on crystals, but put some less valuable stuff on top of it so it doesn't look suspicious or like a prime theft target. Only consume if you can get away with it and put their tag back outside without notice
No. 973193 ID: 8fab7a

Retrieve mana crystals - you're here to get some and figure out more about them. Figuring out more about them might also involve finding out why such things form/are here in the first place.

To that end, explore as you go and don't empty out every find you locate.

Remember the warning that others might see our successes and start following us around to exploit our luck. If you keep your bucket only semi-full or half-full and pick stuff clean on the way back, you might avoid too much undue attention.

If you can keep your bearings and a mental map, do so.
No. 973194 ID: 62e4df

Focus on mana crystals. It's why you came here, isn't it?
No. 973199 ID: a1b662

No consuming. We're trying to instill a "consume only aggressors" policy here.

Focus on mana crystals. And as >>973193 suggests, don't look *too* successful.
No. 973211 ID: f133dc

Yeah, lets not consume anyone who doesn't actually deserve it. I think we should be looking at a better means to learn magic anyway, while it's been quite effective as we are aware so far, Lust made it pretty clear we'd be better at magic if we'd stop relying on the way natives use it. Emils can probably use song to figure out that nature of the universe one little piece at a time and make better spells.
No. 973214 ID: 6931f1

Hmm, now I'm interested in finding out what's deeper in the mines...

Go look around.
No. 973219 ID: e19a40

> Look around
Figure out the underground layout, how many people are in each chamber and the distribution of colored helmet.

The first thing to figure out is who is watching you and where. Acting unobserved should be to our advantage.

If any isolated individuals is located take notice of their surroundings. Those are potential targets for consumption.
No. 973222 ID: e7c7d3

Check out the mine

I'm hopeful that mana crystals can offer some sustenance, but if not then this is still an opportunity to ward off hunger. There's sure to be at least one opportunity to consume someone and bury the evidence.
No. 973265 ID: 0cb682

mana crystals
No. 973266 ID: b1b4f3

Get the mana crystals. Eat a couple of the crystals out of view of anyone else, that'll satisfy your cravings.
No. 973268 ID: 0fae41

Consume everyone, just like before. How many exits does this mine have?
No. 973282 ID: dd42eb

Mmmm... some people sound tasty right about now. No We've come so far without murdering anyone(at least anyone who didn't have it coming)!

I think its time we got mining. Lets use mana perception to grab as many crystals as we can, and consume as many of them as we can get away with. Maybe observe how many crystals other people are leaving with and save approximately that many to turn in at the end of this trip.

Maybe keep an eye out for other adventurers who you might team up with while you go through the early ranks?
No. 973307 ID: 864e49

Lets go make friends! While exploring!
With our abilities finding mana crystals will be easy so there's no need to rush.

And those 25 guards Emils ate.
No. 973314 ID: 8fab7a

>25 other guards
Yup. It's pretty obvious there's no sating Emils' desire to devour. It'll just keep hanging around as an impulse.

Re: eating all the people. Other people know we were in here. If we leave, having eaten everyone else, that'll definitely raise severe warning flags about Emils. One or more people going missing while we were in there might also raise flags if people later start correlating disappearances while Emils was around.

Unless pressed into a survival situation, do not do it.
No. 973316 ID: 53560f

Before we consider hunting we should make sure people don’t question why we’re the only survivor, a “cave-in” would make sense as to why we lived and why some bodies couldn’t be found.

Before we consider that however lets collect mana crystals, get an idea of the layout, people of interest and peoples locations then strike when/if an ideal opportunity presents itself. An alibi should always be priority even if we don’t act on our plans.
No. 973398 ID: f133dc

I'm pretty sure we are done eating people at random. Lust asked us to be the steward of these creatures, so no eating people unless you are planning on killing them for a good reason anyway.
No. 973406 ID: b1b4f3

Also, the more we ingratiate ourselves to the rabbolds, the more spells we can learn. Elemental affinity is an issue, but we can get around that in the long term by merely stealing mana cores after the mages die. Or outright buying them. I'm sure there's a black market for rabbold mana crystals somewhere.

Slime should by now see the value in avoiding eating sapients or otherwise doing anything that would greatly upset the general populace or provoke those in charge. At the very least it means losing an identity. Guild membership isn't trivial to get, and the ID bracelet is also a pain to get; we'd also have to eat someone who is relatively unknown so that nobody realizes they're a different person now.
It's just more convenient to hold onto the Emils persona for the time being. Wouldn't hurt to develop a backup identity though...
No. 973415 ID: 2378bd

Let’s fine some mana crystals. Keep tabs on people you find in each chamber. Act like you belong there.
No. 973471 ID: ba56e6

Grab mana crystals.
No. 973473 ID: 2adab5

> It’s a [mana barrier] in essence, but with its application, I would have to diffuse my mana into the surrounding to make a projected shield.
>It would be easier to form the barrier in or around materials that can handle mana better, like my slime or draconite.
Does this mean that instead sending mana to the surroundings as a projected shield we could cut down on the mana cost by using it to make plating on or just under our skin as a sort of Iron Skin spell?
No. 973509 ID: c0253a

Look around. There might be some inaccessible areas we can get in to
No. 973681 ID: fde50b
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The barrier could be used as a subdermal shield, but it will sheer off the surrounding materials if activated.

With the aid of [Solid material perception], I can easily find differences in solid density in the rocks around me. Without any confirmation, I can’t tell what is what however.
Walking deeper into the mine, I reach the first rest spot, with a ventilation hole, a water spout, and a mana lantern in the middle. There are some traces of people, but they have long since left, probably to go deeper.
I follow one of the exits of the room, tracing the green cables as I go. I pass by a few more identical rest spots with traces of people passing by, skipping past exits that only has red cables. Most people I’ve passed are too busy mining or working on their tools to pay any attention to me.
Keeping a mental map of where I’ve been is simple, considering I’ve never stopped from the start.

At last I’ve hit a place with a blue cable, meaning I’m free to mine in the area. Deeper in the tunnel, I can hear the sound of metal striking rock, but I don’t have to go as deep, stopping near the entrance of the mining area.
Placing a hand against a free wall, I use the mana barrier to mince the rock into squares, exposing a chunk of mana crystals.
I can feel it as a blockage of the natural path of mana. Shifts of the rocks, change of density, or overlapping of mana veins in the rocks seems to have caused the formation of mana crystals.

It tastes sweet, but not filling. I can freely convert it to basic mana. I would need a block to sustain a days worth of normal mana consumption however.
I shove a few inside me to hide them, and place some of the nearby ores into the bucket to carry them.

With that I easily filled half my bucket with various non-rock materials.
Chewing on a shard of mana, I can hear some people walking towards me.

> Walk away
> See who it is
> Consume
No. 973682 ID: 0fae41

See who it is. Entrance of the mining area but not at the start of the tunnel system isn't the ideal place to start consuming, but if it becomes necessary it's pretty quiet here.
No. 973684 ID: b1b4f3

>sweet but not filling, would need a lot to sustain
Well... most of your mana usage is coming from how much mass you already have, isn't it? What if you lost some weight? Also, let's not forget you can hunt small animals to eat their mana. How much would that compensate?

Go see who it is. Try not to kill them unless they try to kill you first.
I thought it would be harder to find mana crystals... wouldn't some people have mana sense and have scoured all the easy spots? Oh well, not complaining.
No. 973685 ID: e19a40

> Walk away
The chances of receiving help from others around here are slim. Whoever is approaching is either indifferent or threatening.
Avoid contact and go dig somewhere else.
No. 973686 ID: e4abe1

see who it is
No. 973687 ID: e7c7d3

See who it is. Maybe ask if they have an idea of the worth of the crystals you've mined so far.
No. 973740 ID: 864e49

>Dab Hard
Who isss iiit?
No. 973746 ID: c8edab

See who it is. Also, try to ask them about the kinds of minerals down here.
No. 973779 ID: ba56e6

See who it is.
No. 973950 ID: bf0653

Are you feeling hungry, Emils?
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