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909503 No. 909503 ID: ea36cf

The guild test for entering the basic rank is held at a clearing outside of the city, with directions given.
I equip some simple clothing and the wooden sword given to me for self protection, and head out after school.

Signs and arrows are set up to mark the way as I leave the city gates and head out into the wilderness until I meet other trainees.

Four other children appears to be around, with a few adults hidden out of sight.
One seems to be Hoor carrying a staff, and a small rabbold hiding in their hood, carrying a war hammer.

The other two are a female Rabbold who appears to be wearing a robe and seems to be carrying a few old wands hanging off a belt in her robes, and a swordsman Avaros. Judging from their outfit, they appear to be wearing aged gears, perhaps inherited.

>Mingle with Hoor
>Mingle with others
>Wait
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No. 911614 ID: 080aaf

I should hope not, that was only the first part of the test.
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No. 911617 ID: 83bf07

"It's a test. You have to pace yourself."
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No. 911620 ID: e3e99e

>>911612
"That was the first test. I can't imagine anyone could get a good score by exhausting themselves at the start."
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No. 911621 ID: 7694f4

I suppose i could have gone faster but then the rest of my performance might suffer for it.
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No. 911623 ID: e0ca8d

"Running is something I'm practiced in. We'll see how tired the rest of the test will make me before I earn a compliment like that."
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No. 911625 ID: 0c3c2c

>>911612
Politely mention that you do a lot of physical training and supplement it with magic.
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No. 911628 ID: 91ee5f

>>911612
“I had to pace myself, I didn’t want to go too fast and end up exhausted after only the first test.”

And saying that will imply that Emils could’ve run faster, but chose not to. Which will end up baffling anyone that hears her say that into thinking, “She could’ve run faster than that?!” O_o
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No. 911629 ID: 7efe6b

Tell him that you've seen many stronger and faster rabbolds. Ask him if he knows anything about following tests that are about to take place here and if he believes that he will pass them.
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No. 911654 ID: 977456

"The forest will be dangerous."
Cryptic and vaguely threatening is always correct!
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No. 911795 ID: b1b4f3

>>911612
Just say thanks. If someone wants an explanation say it's a secret.
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No. 911878 ID: 810743

I used magic. Got alot of it.
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No. 911881 ID: 094652

>>911878
Sounds legit.
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No. 912447 ID: ea36cf
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912447

"It was just the start of the test, it would not do for one to be exhausted this early."
Lily looks at me, with a twitch in her eye.

"From what I've been told, it would be best to pace yourselves. We do not know what other tests there are."
"Really, you don't know what's next?"
"No-"

Lily grabs Mark's hand, pulling him aside, "Come one Mark, no reason to give our competitors any help."
"Whoops, Sorry." he says, letting her pull him aside.

We continue in relative silence until we reach a clearing with a basket cage.

"Alright kids, time for part two."
Terra reaches into the cage and pulls out a small two legged lizard, the size of her hand.

"This is a Denka. Common pest in this area. You see one, you're in the middle of a hundred. Come on up and grab one."
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No. 912448 ID: ea36cf
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912448

I reach into the cage and grab one.
"Hello predator." it chirps

"For this test," Terra continues, "You just gotta place your thumb under it's neck, and your finger above it's skull, and squeeze hard."
And thus, she demonstrates, causing skull of the Denka in her hand to separate from it's spine with a crack.

Lily blanches, looking at the Denka in her hand.

"what was sound?"
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No. 912450 ID: b1b4f3

>>912448
What an easy test. Do it then ask if you can eat it now.
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No. 912453 ID: 080aaf

Does he recognize you specifically? From the snoot booping? Or does he just call every rabbold that? If he does, it seems our disguise can't fool some beings.
Separate spine from skull.
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No. 912455 ID: b1b4f3

>>912453
This is a different kind of lizard! Emils ate some cave-dwelling lizards, which had four legs.
Also it's probably just labeling all Rabbolds as predators since they hunt around here.
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No. 912456 ID: 86eb65

Got to eat it after right? Otherwise its a waste of food.
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No. 912459 ID: b1b4f3

I wonder how fresh the kill has to be for Emils to enjoy eating it?
Ooooh I got an idea. If you're allowed to eat it, look directly at Lily while doing so and make sure to make loud crunching noises. Bully the competition.

Ah, though, one last thing. I'd like to influence Emils a little and encourage her to see the difference between this little lizard pest and the people living in the city. People are much smarter, thus their lives have more value.
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No. 912460 ID: c92184

Put lizard on head. Protect your new friend.
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No. 912462 ID: 0c3c2c

>>912448
Politely request the purpose of this test.

Terminating [siblings] generally causes distress in local life and thus it could be a trap.
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No. 912468 ID: a9af05

>>912448
"Are we going to eat them? Because I have a rule of only killing an animal if I intend to eat it, otherwise it's a waste of food."

If she answers that you're not going to eat it, then.....I don't know, put it back in the cage? Put it on your head? Do something that doesn't involve killing it?
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No. 912469 ID: 1774cd

>>912448
Kill it quickly and painlessly
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No. 912471 ID: 575ec0

Throw it in your mouth. Eat it alive.
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No. 912473 ID: eaca94

Confirm eating, kill as demonstrated, eat.
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No. 912479 ID: e0ca8d

>>912460
He will know bag and go on adventures.
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No. 912480 ID: e0ca8d

>>912479
(A shame this can't come true. The voices are out for blood tonight.)
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No. 912482 ID: 094652

Oh crap.

Whether or not the test is to determine killing intent or ability to resist orders, you need to be decisive. Save the sentient little fluff or do exactly what the instructor said; any deviation (rip its head off with your hand, stomp it to death, eat it) that showcases your violent sociopathy will likely result in a fail.

Personally, I say save as many lizards as you can, then order them around. If you can prove they aren't pests but capable of rational thought, even the instructors will second-guess this exercise.
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No. 912483 ID: b67388

Ask the lizard how it got captured.
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No. 912485 ID: b67388

>>912482
>>912483
Also this, swiftly and efficiently rescue the lizards, then inform them that they are now your minions. Order them to go scout what tests are further ahead, and tell them you will track them down and return them to the cage if they disobey.
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No. 912490 ID: a6ee53

Magical Girls protect the innocent.
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No. 912495 ID: 977456

I feel as though this is a test for us. To determine how much pressure we are under to [consume]. Slimes learn from all sorts of activities and this is a big lesson in the value of life(and peer pressure)...

>>912468
This! So much this! Destruction always results in lost value. Save value for important things like food and self-/cause-perpetuation.

>>912459
Smartness is a very arbitrary means of determining value, and smartness per unit mass seems to favour the lizard over the rabbold... Better to wait until we have the modelling capacity to simulate a large enough scale to predict long-term advancement in versatility and efficiency of energy expenditure and data storage or something of that nature, to maximise the value of future decisions...
>>912482
People gotta eat. Personable food doesn't change that(though mana might). Although there is no need to be pointlessly murderous(unless overpopulation is getting out of hand or an infection needs to be quarantined for preservation of unique data sources...).
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No. 912497 ID: 00991c

In case that wasn't clear enough, by saying >>912473 I meant do as >>912468 says.
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No. 912501 ID: 7efe6b

Since adventurer's missions often involve cleaning up pests, this test is likely a demonstration of such a mission. It's probably meant to test your ability of how quickly you can learn instructions, how accurately you can follow them, while also testing your hand skills and your ability to kill / stomach gore.

As such, making excuses (personal rule or otherwise) about not killing this creature would be a sign that we're incapable of doing real missions and it would spell bad for this and further tests. It would tell them that if we got a real mission to kill pests, we'd be failing it.

Now, I think it's important to mention that there's likely a whole bunch more denkas in that cage (in case something went wrong there should be several extras), so even if we saved one, the rest would likely be disposed of either way, given their pest status.

Unless... she lied. We have read books about creatures (>>/questarch/801705) before so it's possible that denkas are neither pests, nor common. If we can recall reading about them, we might be able to pull out some important detail that we could use as an excuse to not kill one, plus impress Terra with our knowledge.

Alternatively, we might be able to create a copy of one, and then crush this lifeless copy to pass the test. Of course, that would probably demand that we absorb one first so... hmm. We could first ask Terra to get an extra denka first and absorb that one...

Personally, my goal is to absorb at least one denka, so in the end here's what I would do:
1. Try to quietly (turn away or something) negotiate with this denka. Ask if its leader is in the cage. The point is that we would be trying to release/talk to the highest one in their hierarchy, assuming such a role exists.
2. Ask Terra if you can get an extra denka. Argue that you've been studying denkas in the past (if possible, mention some detail that you've read about) and that it would help you with your studies and make it easier to pass the mission.
3. Absorb a denka (even if it's your only one), then create a mimic of the denka and detach it.
4a. If we got an extra denka before, then crack the mimicked denka as per instructions and present it to Terra to pass the test.
4b. If we didn't get an extra denka, then mutilate the mimicked denka and tell Terra that you had "an accident" and request to try on another one.
5. If we have an extra denka now, we can talk to it freely or negotiate for its freedom. Of course, doing so quietly.
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No. 912502 ID: 87353e

>>912485
Seconding the prospect of lizard vassals. Commune with the lizards and become the Beast Master.
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No. 912503 ID: e3e99e

>>912448
Tell it to climb up and sit on your head.
"I have already eaten and it is neither aggressive nor hazardous.
Killing simply to prove you can is psychopathy."
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No. 912511 ID: 91ee5f

>>912468
Yeah, say this!

And if anyone asks about where that rule came from, then we stick to our story of growing up in the wilds, before Victoria took us in, and we taught ourselves that rule!
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No. 912514 ID: e0ca8d

>>912501
Though you could also look at it as Emils being able to control pests without making a mess, thus being even more valuable in those situations.
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No. 912516 ID: 3cc68c

Tell the lizard that if it wants to live it needs to crawl on the top of your head and do a little dance.

Then tell your instructor you have tamed the mighty beast and its not a pest anymore.
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No. 912519 ID: 7efe6b

>>912514
I have considered that. It's not a question of whether we can control them or not. The problem is in blowing our cover by revealing that we can communicate with various creatures, especially to an adult that's an expert in measuring people's capabilities and who would likely report this information to others.
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No. 912521 ID: fbd963

>>912448
that's horrible..
still, no avoiding it, do as the lady says.
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No. 912522 ID: d5e7dd

>>912448
"This creature is defenseless. It is not a threat, and would produce negligible food. Why kill it?"
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No. 912525 ID: 575ec0

Eh. We could just swallow him whole and hold him in a pocket inside us.
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No. 912526 ID: c92184

If you kill him. Eat him whole and keep him safe inside you with air and all that. Tell him you will do this so he doesn't panic.
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No. 912527 ID: e3e99e

>>912525
Actually, this is a good plan.
While they are looking, unhinge your jaw and swallow the Denka.

The onlookers will likely not be pleased with this outcome. If they express discomfort then regurgitate the Denka and state that it's amoral to kill a harmless creature if you don't even intend to eat it.
The Denka can then ride on your head and be adorable.
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No. 912535 ID: 2202fb

Just say something about how it hasnt harmed you. Lets not set up rules we may regret later.


It may be more impressive to just communicate with it and play pied piper rather than exterminator.
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No. 912537 ID: b15da4

>>912490
Magical slime girls gotta eat to grow big and strong!
Say hello back to the food and squeeze firmly.
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No. 912568 ID: b67388

>>912537
Food yield of this creature would be minimal. Villains make much better food.
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No. 912569 ID: 977456

Or in more general terms, we have yet to see any value of these tests. Exercise was enough reason for the first test, but this test serves no value and destroys a lizard. More data is required to justify that course of action. What are the consequences of failing the test?
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No. 912584 ID: 556568

Just pop its neck and start eating, acting surprised if anyone looks at you funny, explaining that you thought it was for food.
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No. 912597 ID: 787c3d

Make loud lizard bone crunching noises as you chew. Be careful to not to damage it's mana stone before absorbing.
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No. 912688 ID: f0f1d9

>competitors
I thought this was a test, not a competition, did we miss something? Is there a maximum amount of people that can pass? What are the criteria to pass anyway?

>"what was sound?"
"I'll show you."
These tests are a little wierd, and way easy.
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No. 912689 ID: e0ca8d

>>912688
This is only easy if you don't have empathy. Other people might struggle to overcome it to kill a creature, especially if the creature isn't actively hostile. That's important to remember, because we're supposed to be masquerading as a kid.
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No. 912691 ID: 9551e1

>>912689
Hence the asking about eating: A kid who grew up in the wild is familiar with killing to eat.
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No. 912696 ID: 556568

>>912691
Hence just doing it and eating it, because that's the only reason to kill something helpless, right?
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No. 912709 ID: e3e99e

At this point this whole Fight/Mercy argument should be moved to the questdis.

>>/questdis/108985
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No. 912720 ID: b1b4f3

>>912709
I disagree. Emils could learn from the debate.
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No. 912721 ID: e3e99e

>>912448
Tell it to climb up and sit on your shoulder.
"I am unsure of your goal. You say these are easy to kill, but you need help? Do you just want us to kill things? Or are you testing to make sure we won't break the rules about killing?

Until recently I spent my life living alone in the wilds. When I came here I was told to only kill things that can talk when they are hostile and a threat to myself or others.
I can speak with Denkas, this one is not hostile, and both they and the people in the village are equally non-threatening.
Victor told me I am not allowed to ignore the rules and kill things just because someone told me to kill it, and I should tell him or the guard when someone wants me to break rules for them.

This is one of those 'fine distinction' things, yes? I am not very good at those.
Is there an exception to the rules? Is it acceptable to kill talking things when they are pests? I have heard people in the village call each other pests. Are you just not supposed to kill talking things inside the village and those rules don't apply outside it?
Victor is not here to clarify, and I don't want to get in trouble for killing something I shouldn't.

Do you want to watch something die? Would you like me to find something that is both a threat and hostile? I am sure I can find something I am allowed to kill and bring it back so you can watch it die.

Also, are you going to eat that Denka? They taste best fresh and still warm."
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No. 912724 ID: 91ee5f

>>912721
That’s too many words and I don’t think this is the correct time to try and give a speech to someone.
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No. 912733 ID: b67388
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912733

>>912721
Emils doesn't talk this much.
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No. 912738 ID: 7c90bc

Geeze people, Emils can talk to anything, these lizards are still just pests. It chirped a "predator" noise and then chirped a "cscary noise" noise, it's not smart because it Emails can understand it.

Follow the instructions as you were told.
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No. 912750 ID: 83bf07

"Thank you for the meal you're going to provide." Proceed.
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No. 912846 ID: 719d94

Yeah, if it's acknowledging you as a predator, it understands that best case is probably getting eaten, and worst case includes things like getting tortured to death as a hunting practice toy. No reason not to just do as you're told.
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No. 912853 ID: 977456

Most predators are moderately safe to be around if they aren't hungry.
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No. 912862 ID: e0ca8d

>>912738
This wouldn't be framed like this if it was that simple.
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No. 912866 ID: 341b1e

Walk over to Lily.
"Are we supposed to kill it? She didn't say so, did she?"
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No. 912915 ID: 2a7417

The true test here is overthinking. Also making sure you have the constitution and strength to be an adventurer.
Squeeze hard and fast.
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No. 913299 ID: 575ec0

Emils... Kills people. And then eats them. When she doesn't she generally has some sort of justification not to.

Cute lizards though. Emils has on multiple occasions spared them for just being cute.

I think the real question here is, do we:
Solidify a distaste for killing cute things and a preference toward lizards?
-or-
Do we continue reinforcing Emils' pragmatism?
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No. 913301 ID: b1b4f3

>>913299
I think it's ok for Emils to do so reluctantly, since she wants to pass the test first and foremost.
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No. 913320 ID: 977456

But how important is passing the test? Do they just kick kids out forever if they hesitate to make human rabbold living sacrifices for the sake of magical power? Because killing a lizard to learn magic is selective pressure to devour your teachers to absorb their magical aptitude. If they were sensible then this test doesn't count for much.
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No. 913340 ID: 2202fb

>>913320
Not really quite this fanatical, but i am also against killing the lizard, especially if we can turn this around.

--

Maybe ask if we just need to utilize the lizard for our gain. We could let it grow and train it to be an adventuring companion. (i admit this is a bit out there)
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No. 913347 ID: 575ec0

Yall know we can pass this test by fake killing this guy pretty easily, right?
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No. 913348 ID: e0ca8d

>>913347
Yeah, that'd be great.
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No. 913349 ID: 54d95a

Let's experiment! Try to extract the mana core and keep the core alive in your body, we can try to make something useful out of it later.
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No. 913385 ID: 2202fb

>>913349

Fuck no!

That is probably going to be very messy and idk about you, but i would rather not cover everyone in lizard.
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No. 913404 ID: b970b2

Just kill it, apparently it's a common pest so if we really need a lizard we should be able to find one.
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No. 913459 ID: 75c493

>>912448
"This doesn't seem very adventurous"
-snap-
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No. 913482 ID: ea36cf
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913482

"Why are we to kill this creature?"

"why hesitate predator?"

"Denkas are the most common kind of extermination missions around civilizations around these parts."

"is silly for this one to say"

"They feed off of crops and can easily overpopulate an area to desolation."

"but predator should not hesitate when hunt"

"And in a pinch, Denkas are suitable for consumption. This part of the examination
is just to see how well you kids handle killing and dismantling of beasts."

"hesitate will only prolong suffering"

"I see."

"Goodbye pre-" -crack-

"Now then, Just you left Lily."

Lily winces, and slowly grips hard.
The Denka in her hand chirps for help, as it slowly suffocates, wrapping it's tail around her wrist. She tries to unwrap the tail, but her arm tenses under the wrap and she crushes the Denka, making it grow limp.

Mark tries to comfort Lily, but she's clearly upset and looking at the corpse in her hand.


"Great!" Terra starts, "Since that's done with, here's some dismantling knives."
Terra pulls out some sheathed knives from under her coat.
"They're sharp, so be careful with them. It's to congratulate you kids on your first step on being a hunter."
She hands them out to us, bringing Lily out of her thoughts. Freya hugs hers against her chest.
I strap the sheath to my waist, pulling out a knife.

"They're kinda cheap, so don't expect it to use it in a fight, but they're good for what comes next."

Terra begins to instruct us and demonstrate how to bleed, flay, disembowel, and dismember the Denka, extracting a tiny slither of a mana rich crystal from inside it's chest.

"Mana crystals are primarily extracted from near the heart. Not all beasts will have proper core, and it's best to take these out last, as once removed, the meat of your prey will start rotting faster. For a prey this size, they'll keep for a day before becoming dusty. Once the flesh becomes dusty, it's no longer safe to eat. There are ways to process and cook them by using Mana, but that's not part of the hunter course."
Terra then digs a hole and buries the offals.
"Without a proper way to clean these, it's best to cover the unneeded parts with dirt. It'll help cover up the scent and returns the nutrients and mana to the soil."

Terra begins inspecting our work, pointing and aiding the others while I look at the small dismembered corpse before me of the Denka I processed.
I can sense mana fading from the flesh and the slither of a core I hold in my fingers. It's imperfect, covered in gore, but it was once alive.

>What to do with the core
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No. 913484 ID: 080aaf

Consume it. If you were meant to hold onto it for the test, you can just find another one.
They are a common species, like the instructor said.
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No. 913485 ID: 575ec0

Consume it. With your mouth. Don't like, absorb it through your hand or something.
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No. 913487 ID: 0c3c2c

>>913482
Eat it with your mouth-parts. Poor Denka. It was incredibly wise among its kind.
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No. 913488 ID: 10c408

Don't eat the core, it's too suspicious of a move. Ask the instructor.
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No. 913489 ID: e3e99e

>>913482
Shove the corpse in your mouth, chew it, swallow it, then consume it.
If the others react negativity then simply state that meat tastes best fresh, and until very recently you survived in the wild on your own.
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No. 913490 ID: 1774cd

>>913482
Ask what to do with the core.
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No. 913491 ID: e0ca8d

>>913487
Yes, roll sleight of hand and just pop it in there. Or try not to draw attention, be quick but casual.

Oh and definitely. Denka was a real warrior poet. Their lesson will guide us.
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No. 913498 ID: 908948

Clean it up best you can. Pocket it for later.
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No. 913501 ID: b1b4f3

>>913482
I think you're supposed to keep the core. Remember, you saw some being sold in the market? Those were bigger, but a small one like this should still have a use, right?
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No. 913502 ID: 91ee5f

>>913482
Eat the corpse with your mouth and save the core. If the core isn’t required for the test, then you can absorb that too.

>>913489
>If the others react negativity then simply state that meat tastes best fresh, and until very recently you survived in the wild on your own.
This.
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No. 913504 ID: b1b4f3

Emils should not attempt to eat the butchered body at least until her work is inspected.
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No. 913509 ID: b70ae2

Absorb the core.

Leave the corpse for Terra to inspect.
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No. 913515 ID: 094652

Good thing you don't have teeth to rot. Put it in your mouth and suck on it until the instructor tells you to stop.
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No. 913516 ID: b67388

Eat core and body.
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No. 913517 ID: becba8

Can we use mana manipulation to correct imperfections before absorbing the core?
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No. 913521 ID: c92184

Close hand around core. Absorb it when nobody is paying attention. If someone asks for it, say you dropped it and can't find it.
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No. 913528 ID: 5d725b

I think we'll get a demerit if we "loose" the core.
I wonder if it's possible to keep the core alive inside your body.
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No. 913534 ID: 75c493

>>913482
Hold onto it. No telling if its got a use later in the exam
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No. 913535 ID: 055cbc

You may ask your instructor what to do with the core, or you may place core in pocket until you are instructed to do otherwise, leave it there until you get home.
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No. 913565 ID: 977456

You are supposed to learn how to butcher. So butcher. This is supposed to be an important skill.
After it is butchered, follow their advice and consume it before the meat becomes dusty.
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No. 913568 ID: afdebc

>>913482
What are the others doing with their cores? You don't want to be witnessed doing something unusual with yours. (I'm all for eating it, but it no one else is, you don't want to be seen eating it).
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No. 913580 ID: 2202fb

keep it external but connect it to your own via skin contact.
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