Duty Session 371: Slime Machine
A steel quest has been offered at the Hunter's Guild, to locate a dungeon of slimes along the northeast of Eastal, and to clear it of monsters. There are rumors that the place was the location of an old elemental machine.
Rec. Party: 4+
World Rewards: Lowered slime presence in Eastal
Having her menu open, Allynna is currently looking through her asthetic options, until she smiles at one that she likes, and had to farm the dye for. A tall Female version of Alucard from Symphony of the Night. Long black cape with a red inner lining, her silver hair down about her shoulders, a black silken shirt, leather pants with knee high riding boots, of course her huge razor shield on her right arm, and a blue rapier in her left hand. She also took liberties and added a pair of smoked sunglasses to the mix. "There we go..." She says with a smile.
The woman continues to berate herself in Elvish quietly as she turns away knuckling at her temple.
A voice echoes from seemingly nowhere, "She is the light that shines upon the darkened hearts of monsters..."
Where is that coming from? Whomever it is, they continue, "She is the hope of all who despair at the lack of loot and XP."
That voice... It sounds familiar, "She is the key to victory, leading all her follow her to the greatest of heights!"
A pink blur suddenly rushes past Allynna, before coming to a stop next to her, "Magical Girl Zekken is on the scene!"
It's Yuuki! And she is DEFINITELY not wearing her usual outfit. Forgoing her usual purple ensemble for a very pink one. Complete with flowers and a giant ribbon on her back. She holds up a V sign for Victory to Allynna and says, "Those slimes aren't going to know what hit them!"
Entering into The Fallen Rocks of the dungeon, the party will come across a place that looks plain, though there are a few pipes that seem to extend into the walls all throughout it. The only way forward looks like a fallen rock slide, and the only way out will be mining it out, whether by skill or magic. Though perhaps one might find an alternative route, if they were to look between the many fallen rocks.
"Rowdy little buggers arent they... well... looks like we will have to invite ourselves in now wont we?" She says as she begins to summon her earth magic.
Yuuki seems equally as disappointed about the lack of Merek costume, "Talk about a stick in the mud!" Pause... "What does that saying even mean?"
Anyway. The group proceeds into the dungeon, finding their way towards a rather annoying rock slide. Yuuki gasps in fake surprise, "Is this already the end of Magical Girl Zekken? Stopped in her tracks before even reaching the dastardly realm of the slimes? Nonsense! Our heroine never gives up! She pushes forth, overcoming all odds and doing her best to-" This continues on for some time.
In fact, Yuuki spends so much time narrating the party's current predicament that she actually forgets to actually do any searching for a way past.
As the party walks to the next area away from the fallen rocks, they
are greeted with a scale that takes up the middle of the place. Old
pipes seem to be broken, that were once part of the machinery. Upon
investigation, it is clear that these scales are meant to be filled
with water to balance them, but with the old mechanism broken, they
will need to use their own physical ability to maneuver the dial that
opens the stone and metal door to the next area.
A mural decorates the walls, the writing worn to the point it can't be
made out, but it's clear that it is a dedication to the elements.
"That device there.. I think if we wet it up and then try and turn it, we could possibly open the way forward." Allynna says as she walks up to the device. "Let's try it out!"
The way has been made clear, "Good work, team!" Not that Yuuki actually did anything to help. It's okay though, cause she'll help this time!
Except... "Uhhh, don't have any magic for this..." Ironic, coming from the Magical Girl.
But then Yuuki bursts out, "Oh no! Our heroine has had her powers taken from her by the evil slimes! Will she be forced to flee? Never!" Yuuki taps her chin for a moment, then ah has! She digs around in her inventory for a moment...
... And pulls out a water bottle! She proceeds to pour the contents into one of the scales.
And it is after the scales that it becomes clear why this place was claimed to be filled with slimes. The ground is covered in oil slimes, the walls seem to be covered in the thick material, and it's difficult to tell what this place used to be. It's no secret to the party, if they want to make it beyond the next door, they will need to clear away the slimes or capture them.
The question is, can the party manage to corral the slimes, and take care of them at one time? Old scorch marks from a fire a long time ago mark indents along the floor that could be set alight if they were to gather the monsters there.
"Alrighty ladies and cat-boi... time to smash some slimes!" She says as she sheathes her rapier, because its just for show, and splits her shield into two peices, and revs it up, the blades on the outer edge spinning like a pair of chainsaws. "Dual Razor Hazard Cut!" She says as she leaps into the fray like the tank she is, spinning around and useing both of her shields.
"Now this is more like it!" It's about time they run into some slimes! Yuuki looks excited as she draws her sword. Very much not for show. She proceeds to rush forward towards a group of oil slimes!
You know, the thing about oil... It's a really good lubricant!
Yuuki's foot slips on a trail left behind a slime, causing the imp to falls backwards to the ground. She groans as she sits up, "Okay, that was a little annoying. But no matter!" She jumps to her feet and charges again!
And slips again!
Yuuki groans some more, "Getting slightly more annoying... But never give up!" Yuuki more carefully pushes herself to her feet. And charges again!
After the third slip and fall, Yuuki just sits there with a grumpy expression.
Once in the next room, it doesn't look like they are clear of slimes yet. A series of spinning windmill posts create a maze, many paths leading into a gathering of slimes that seem ready for the party. The only way to make it by this, is to either inspect the paths to find a way through, to decipher what the clues on the wall means, or to use an elemental air magic to begin changing it to the best path directly. It is clear that everyone will need to work together.
"A puzzle... Merek, you're up, figure this slime trap out and tell us how to get through it." She does give Merek abit of a hard time, but.. she knows that he is one of the smartest people she knows.
"Who left the window open? It's blowing a gale out there!"
In truth, it's a wind maze. Yuuki is definitely not the smartest one here. It might even be fair to say she's last in that regard. But that's okay, she didn't get to where she is today by smarts, but through sheer force of will!
Besides, this is why she has June, "Thanks, Junie!"
Still, it should be no surprise when Yuuki turns to using force to solves this puzzle, "Pfft, you think this light breeze is going to slow ME down?"
Yuuki whips her sword out to the side, activating her sword arte. A dark wind forms around her sword, then rises up her arm to engulf her. Within moments, the speed demon imp is running through the maze. In some places, going AGAINST the air currents, fighting air with air!
At the end of the dungeon, pipes move throughout the walls, and an old machine stands broken. The walls stand above the party as they may note ancient writing, but before they can really take the time to examine the place for any puzzle, from the machine there is a sound, and from that is a slime that slides out of one of the pipes. It begins hostile and comes for the party.
It might look like a simple enemy to fight, but it soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary slime. The first to interact with it in any way, will see it begin to change. Then what once was one slime becomes two. These two begin to grow into a white and black slime that grow into bigger versions of themselves. Afterwards, they grow hostile to the party. It becomes clear that they are two of a kind, any inspect would note that one has a weakness to light and another to dark. It is up to the party to use all their combat ability to clear the slime twins away and make it to the next door in the dungeon.
Allynna starts to sing, causing light to enimate from her as she directs her song to the Slime that is weak against light.
"~When you think all is forsaken"
"~Listen to me now"
"~You need never feel broken again"
"~Sometimes darkness can show you the light."
Yuuki is a little winded by the end of her run... Heh heh, get it?
Yuuki takes a moment to catch her breath before moving on.
Soon enough they come to the epic boss battle of the dungeon. And surprise surprise, it's a slime! Wait. That's not a surprise! That's the opposite of a surprise!
Not that Yuuki is any less interested in the battle. It's pretty easy to tell just by looking at them that these twin slimes appear to have elements for light and dark. Allynna is already turning on the lights, so Yuuki figures she'll handle the dark.
Yuuki raises her sword as she mirrors Allynna's words, saying, "And sometimes, not even the light can outdo the darkness." Her already dark blade turns completely black, darkness starting to spread out from it, causing it to grow in size. Soon enough the darkness is so intense that it seems to suck up the light around it.
Yuuki proceeds to charge in and unleash the fury of her Void Blade against the light aligned slime.
"An unforgivable tragedy"
"The answer isn't where you think you'd find it"
"Prepare yourself for the reckoning"
"For when your world seems to crumble again"
"Don't be afraid, don't turn away"
"You're the one who can redefine it"
"Don't let hope become a memory"
"Let the shadow permeate your mind"
"And reveal the thoughts that were tucked away"
"So that the door can be opened again"
"Within your darkest memories"
"Lies the answer, if you dare to find it"
"Don't let hope become a memory."
The song causing her Sanctuary spell to become a blinding beacon of light, tearing the poor dark slime into nothingness as the rest of the group is overhealed from the spell's healing effects as well.
"Once again the forces of good have triumphed over evil! But were the slimes really evil? Or is it perhaps the ones who programmed them that are the true evil?"
Well, with the boss battle over and the loot acquired, Yuuki laughs, "This was fun! Thanks for organizing it." She gives a thumbs up to Allynna.