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826501 No. 826501 ID: 6cbace

"Captain."
"Sargent Stanford. What's the story here?"
"Grave robbing. The groundskeeper reported at first daylight, delirious about some kind of monster. Not sure what happened here, but this place is a mess. The grounds are all dug up. Bodies missing and there are body parts all over the place."
"What did the groundskeeper say?"
"He was kind of out of it, kept whispering about a large monster out to get him."
"Hm... Any sign of drugs?"
"Not that we could find, but the shack is filled with alcohol."
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No. 828941 ID: 12aed4

Ice magics now!
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No. 828966 ID: 41c9bc

>>828925
This, basically.
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No. 829145 ID: 6cbace
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829145

I build mana up into my left hands and snap my fingers, "Frost, heed my call and fire upon my foe, [Ice Spear]!"
Vapors twist upon my glove, solidify and shoots into the mass of mana, but it sinks deep into it and stabs into Corporal Judas.
I try to fall back, but my legs refuse to move under my control. I drag myself back while building up mana into my right hand.
"Frost, heed my call and form into a blade, [Ice Blade]!"
I try to slice away the mass of mana, but it clings tight to my robes, making it's way up my legs. It's... getting harder to feel my toes.

Investigate: Panic
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No. 829147 ID: 7b6617

Try rolling away from the corpse.
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No. 829148 ID: e4b014

>>829145
You definitely need to try and get your legs out of there somehow. Rolling, maybe, or if you can pull on them?
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No. 829149 ID: e8f4bd

I don't think it's possible to get away anymore and struggling would only be perceived as a hostile reaction.

Undo all your spells and lay perfectly still and motionless.
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No. 829151 ID: 69fef8

>>829145
>Panic sever legs, lurch away,
chill stumps with iceblade and hope you get to a healer

Uh, shit, freeze slime? if it works it'll trap your legs in it, but frostbite is probably more survivable than whatever's going on right now.
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No. 829153 ID: deec6e

You're done. You're done for. It got you, like it got inside the guard. You are dead, dying, or worse. Acknowledge this. It got you.

Now get it, in turn. Bring down the wrath of your colleagues - and may they have a hope in hell of beating something this insidious.

Scream with all of your might, before it can stop you. Though they might not care for you, there are witnesses still. Trigger the backup charm over and over and over again, if you can. Make a mess and a spectacle to draw the witnesses' attention, and yell:

"REMEMBER THESE WORDS! THE CREATURE IS SHAPESHIFTING - THE CREATURE IS MANA - TELL SARGENT STANFORD - HE WILL REWARD YOU - TEST TRUST - THE GRAVEKEEPER SAID ITS EYES WERE RED - NOW STAY AWAY - RUN! THIS CREATURE WILL KILL TO HIDE ITSELF!"

This is all you can do - to spread your findings. It did not want anyone to know. Otherwise you would not be dying now.
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No. 829155 ID: e8f4bd

>>829153
I wouldn't give up too soon~
>>/questdis/115479
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No. 829156 ID: 7cdf1e

Keep dragging yourself away as fast as you can and yell for assistance.
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No. 829160 ID: 486e87

Crud, you need to get aware from this thing. Push away from it with your legs, and/or if there's something to grab on to within reach, pull yourself away from it. Try to limit how much of this thing is on you so you can better deal with it.
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No. 829162 ID: deec6e

>>829155

Then causing as much ruckus as possible is also a way to survive - make the creature retreat.
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No. 829169 ID: 9f4c9d

You're going to die.
You can either accept it, or you can kick and scream and spell and curse to your last.
if this thing swallows your Mana Core it's going to be a battle of Wills,
anyway

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No. 829170 ID: 015058

You have to chop your legs off and then quickly shove yourself away. It sucks but your legs are probably already done for. Amputating them with a frost blade should keep you from bleeding to death and will leave some food to distract this thing while you roll away screaming for help.
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No. 829171 ID: be0718

Why fight it? It'll only sour your last memories. Try to enjoy the feeling of the goo as it seeps over and into every part of your body.
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No. 829174 ID: ba506f

so ice doesn't work, know any fire spells?
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No. 829175 ID: 600f38

>>829145
Use your arms to crawl away while you still can.
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No. 829178 ID: 3abd97

>>829145
Drag yourself out of the puddle with your arms. If you move faster than the ooze, you can make it.

Use ice blades as climbing stakes to stab into the ground and drag yourself with, if necessary.
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No. 829190 ID: 41c9bc

>>829175
>>829178
Cut off your legs, then freeze the stumps and do this.
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No. 829195 ID: 6cbace
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829195

I struggle to pull myself away from the mass, but it still clings to my legs, preventing me from twisting or rolling away.
I fire more spells at the mass, but it doesn't seem to do much.
I try grabbing the mass, pulling it away from me, slicing at it, but it's like a lump of dough. It's heavy, springy under my grip, and I can't feel enough to know if I really got it off my legs.

I'm yelling for help, I hear distant voices but it doesn't seem anyone will step out to help me any time soon, and it's quickly growing closer and the numbness is rising to my calfs.

Investigate: Panic Struggle Give up Remove legs
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No. 829196 ID: be0718

Give up and get jelly.
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No. 829197 ID: 41c9bc

>>829195
Remove Leg
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No. 829198 ID: e4b014

>>829195
I fail to see how removing your legs is going to help you here. You might free yourself in the extreme short term that way, but then you're left trying to crawl away from whatever this is. I mean, yes, you're kind of doing that now, but I imagine you're not going to be faster after self-amputating.

Keep trying to get away, I guess?
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No. 829200 ID: 600f38

>>829195
Cut off your legs and freeze the stumps.

It's eating mages, so while you're crawling away expend all the mana you can as visibly as possible, as long as you can do so without slowing down. It may lose interest if you have no mana left.

You need to escape.
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No. 829201 ID: 015058

Keep struggling. If you cant get it off your legs before it gets much farther then you will have to cut yourself free.
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No. 829202 ID: 486e87

Keep struggling. Also, odd idea but it's on your clothes, removing them or the parts that the mass is stuck to could help to free you.
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No. 829203 ID: 91ee5f

>>829195
Cutting your legs off will just give it an opening to crawl into your body!

You need to keep struggling! If you press your identity bracelet again, would that get someone to show up faster?
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No. 829204 ID: a633c6

Remove your clothes before your limbs, silly
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No. 829215 ID: e8f4bd

Btw, it takes an incredible amount of force to cut through bone. I don't think there's any time to do that. Assuming Resida would even be able concentrate and tolerate the pain, we'd probably just end up with mangled legs. Which would likely kill us :B

Give up. Cease all movement.
The best you can do is concentrate and try to redirect mana inside you away from your legs. This may cause the creature to recognize you as dead or incapacitated, in which case it may back off.
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No. 829217 ID: 7b6617

Not moving is how we got slime all over our legs in the first place!
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No. 829219 ID: 3abd97

Problem with amputation is you're probably going to go into shock, or be slowed down by the pain, which the goo will take advantage of to keep spreading.

What if you instead put ice between you and the goo? Gave yourself ice boots, basically?

Whatever happens, keep pulling yourself further away. That backup you called for has to show up eventually, right?
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No. 829225 ID: 26c0a3

>>829195
>Remove pants.
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No. 829227 ID: 69fef8

>>829225
yes, cunning plan
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No. 829233 ID: 9876c4

For as often as tgchan uses nudity to solve all problems, they might actually have a case here.
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No. 829249 ID: 805448

>>829225
if it works it works
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No. 829262 ID: 6edb59

>>829225
I suppose if this fails theres no stopping leg removal as option 2. Seconded.
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No. 829265 ID: 41c9bc

>>829219
>>829225
Changing my vote from leg removal to this.

Try the pants removal first. If that fails, mold an Ice Blade around your feet and legs the same way you made one on your hand. That should push the slime off of the surface of your limbs as the ice takes form, allowing you some time to put distance in by crawling. Keeping it up might risk frostbite, but it seems like your legs have worse problems than that right now.
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No. 829274 ID: 12aed4

Remove Pantsu
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No. 829393 ID: b88e47

Remove pants, if that fails, remove legs.
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No. 829411 ID: 6cbace
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829411

I use my blade to cut the lower half of my surcoat as the mass pulls it towards itself. Dispelling the blade to free my hand, I bring myself up by my elbows and grip around my waist to unbuckle my belt and pants.
It takes a considerable effort to rock my hips to pull it under my butt while struggling to pull myself back, letting friction and the pull of the mass pull my clothing away from me.

The loose clothing gathers at my ankles and boots. I am unable to pull away from that, but I am able to gather a bit more distance from the mass.
With the sight spell wearing off, I am starting to see where the light refracts around the mass, bringing it into view. It has definitely seeped into my boots and wrapped tight around my feet at this point.

It is a predator slime, but I can't tell what kind it is nor where it's core is. Probably still hidden inside the body.

Investigate: Panic Struggle Give up Remove legs
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No. 829418 ID: 91ee5f

>>829411
Keep struggling!

It can't move away from it's core, right? Get far enough away and it'll have to pull back!

If you press your identity bracelet again, would that get someone to show up faster? Or can you send a distress signal with your bracelet to let others know that you're in danger?
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No. 829419 ID: 41c9bc

>>829411
Create ice blades from your legs to cut up your pants and make it easier to get free of them. Possibly also use the ice to push the slime off of your skin, as suggested earlier. Even if you have to freeze your own feet.
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No. 829421 ID: 0d1514

>>829411
Cut your legs off below the knee! Clearly this is not a winning fight and you might be able to get new ones maybe.
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No. 829423 ID: d79f26

ask it politely to stop
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No. 829427 ID: 3ce125

If you keep blasting the tendrils connecting the body to the part enveloping your feet, it might lose connection. Then you could get away.

Save enough mana to cut off your legs, just in case there's no other option. Also, aren't predator slimes-- apparently you know they exist?-- intelligent to a degree? Maybe you can get it to stop by talking to it.

((also what the heck even is this thing? It shouldn't be Emils, Emils is better at killing than this. Unless she's just toying with the captain.))
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No. 829434 ID: 600f38

>>829411
Keep struggling.
Also, shout at it to leave you alone.
Also see if you can use your blades to sever its connection to its core.
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No. 829455 ID: 015058

Ok now that you know what this is start thinking on the best ways to fight it. You should know how these things hunt.

Is struggling a good idea? Or will it stop attacking you if you lie still?

Will cutting your feet off do anything? Or do slimes have a weakness that you can take advantage of.

Calm down and think on what you know about these things for a moment before you start chopping feet off.
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No. 829465 ID: 41c9bc

>>829427
Probably the other slime seed Emils was keeping, finally 'hatched'. Because yeah... if it was Emils, Resida would be dead by now.
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No. 829466 ID: 3ce125

>>829465
That would make sense. Emils is probably watching to see who wins, then. She could even be planning to save the Captain's life in order to gain her gratitude... optimally she'd capture the baby slime in some makeshift container in order to bring it back home and gradually feed it dragonblood.
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No. 829470 ID: 416762

Stop resisting, maybe it responds to movement?
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No. 829474 ID: 12aed4

>>829465
Emils and her "sibling" are red slimes but seeing as everything is in black and white maybe? This may also be a sewer slime or some other slime muscling in on our turf

>>829411
quick what do you know about predator slimes? How smart are they? Can they understand speech?
Try struggling a little less while talking to it.
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No. 829476 ID: 3ce125

>>829474
Emils is only red because she ate a whole bunch of dragonblood. Her sibling was not given the same treatment.
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No. 829480 ID: e8f4bd

>>829466
Those are some really far-fetched theories. The way I see it, this is entirely in line with how Emils could act and fight.

I'll keep voting for Give up. And I suppose doing >>829423 wouldn't hurt to try.
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No. 829490 ID: e4b014

Don't cut off your legs, geez.
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No. 829492 ID: 1b77c6

Keep struggling, do not remove legs.
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No. 829494 ID: be0718

Give up, you'll just die tired.
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No. 829497 ID: 486e87

As embarrassing as it was, that gave you a bit of time, if it's gotten through your boots there's no point in continuing to try and remove clothes.

Keep struggling, keep activating your beacon, hope help comes. Since it's gotten a solid hold on your feet, I think it's either hope for help, or unfortunately, remove your feet.
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No. 829501 ID: 6cbace
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829501

Fuck it, I'm not letting this thing take me.
I twist around, clawing at the ground trying to pull me away from the slime.
Predatory slimes are rare and hard to kill since they are immune to stabbing and magic, which is what I'm good at. Unfortunately. Best way to deal with a slime is to slice off chunks of them or to break their core, which I can't do either of.

I start yelling for help, building up mana into my legs, ready to freeze off the slime around my feet. Unfortunately without the same enchantments as my gloves, it would end up freezing my feet as well. That would be unpleasant.
I can hear sounds of yelling and running, people are coming. I don't know how long I can stay free as the slime's pull is getting stronger. If it gets a good grip on me, it can pull me off to who knows where until it completely digests me.

Investigate: Panic Struggle Give up Remove legs
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No. 829507 ID: be0718

Let this slime take you back to its lair so you can find out where it's hiding.
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No. 829508 ID: 830fb7

Can't you cast the ice blades on your hands and use them like ice picks to pull yourself harder and faster out of the slimes grasp. Just jab them as deep in the ground as you can and drag yourself forward
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No. 829509 ID: 69fef8

>>829501
If you can re-manifest an ice blade and use it to hook into the ground, you might have enough leverage to drag yourself away, at the very least it'll make a good anchor.
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No. 829511 ID: 1b77c6

>>829501
If you hear someone coming then that should mean you don't need to hold out all that much longer. Keep trying to pull yourself away!
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No. 829512 ID: e8f4bd

Make sure you wiggle your butt as you struggle.
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No. 829513 ID: 91ee5f

>>829501
Keep struggling!
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No. 829517 ID: 486e87

>>829508
This. Keep struggling, use ice blades to anchor yourself or drag yourself forwards. Help is on the way Resida, don't give up!
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No. 829518 ID: 41c9bc

>>829501
Make sure to use the freezing magic in your legs at the right moment to loosen its grip, you need to be ready to put the distance in when you do.
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No. 829530 ID: 600f38

>>829501
Freeze it.
You'll need a pyromancer to treat your legs for frostbite, or failing that a warm water bath (95f), but the ice should provide enough of a barrier between you and the slime and provide it less purchase.

No matter what, keep struggling.
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No. 829546 ID: c88e6d

>>829501
Freeze your legs solid. That should lyze the creature's cells. Don't let that patrol die in vain and allow their sacrifices to be for nothing!
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No. 829575 ID: 12aed4

Keep dragging yourself along while yelling obscenities.
And get ready to frostbite those legs but only as a last resort.
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No. 829582 ID: 3abd97

>>829508
I like the ice picks option. It can't drag you off like that.
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No. 829692 ID: 3ce125

>>829501
Do the planned freeze. You can get your legs healed afterwards, so long as they're still attached.
Also watch the fuck out it's about to grab you.
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No. 829767 ID: 6cbace
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829767

I fire off ice spears ahead of me, using them to climb forwards, pulling myself away from the slime, feeling a burning sensation in my legs.
I build up the rest of my usable mana around my legs, I gritting my teeth as an additional burning sensation floods my lower body.
I can hear the voices get closer as I yell out for help, but the slime's pull gets stronger. I don't know if I can hold on before I start feeling weak from using too much mana.
I only have enough energy for one last action.

Struggle
Explode mana
Give up
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No. 829768 ID: 205799

Explode Mana

Final Explosion, go out like Vegeta!

Do not go quietly, and all that.
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No. 829769 ID: 3ce125

>>829767
Blow that fucker up.
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No. 829771 ID: e8f4bd

I've no idea what exploding mana is. You're not a pyromancer so it definitely wouldn't be a fiery explosion. So I guess it would just.. freeze you and stuff around you? A suicide that wouldn't accomplish anything heh.

Give up
It's the only option we haven't tried yet.
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No. 829774 ID: 3ce125

>>829771
She's planning on creating a bunch of ice around her legs to force the slime to let go. This would also freeze her legs.
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No. 829780 ID: e8f4bd

>>829774
That's not what your "Blow that fucker up" suggestion implies tho. Anyway, I'll stick with my vote because, if I'm right, the slime already absorbed most of that mana out of the legs and the freezing will just fail.
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No. 829781 ID: c31aac

>>829767
>ask it nicely to please stop trying to eat you
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No. 829782 ID: fd306a

Just give up, you know you aren't going to make it so you may as well go peacefully into whatever afterlife you believe in.
let your last thoughts be not of struggle and pain but rather the life you've led with it's ups and downs.
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No. 829786 ID: bfdaf0

What does the mana explosion do?
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No. 829787 ID: bfdaf0

>>829771 >>829780
If a predator won't let you flee, giving up on fleeing is giving up on life.
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No. 829792 ID: be0718

Give up. Your deliciousness will be added to our own.
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No. 829796 ID: 486e87

Freeze the fucker. Sorry about whatever happens to your legs, but if you're starting to feel weak I don't want to risk you getting dragged off before help gets here.
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No. 829811 ID: b9b4da

give up, you won't feel a thing as the slime numbs its way up your extremities. Maybe enjoy your last moments instead of screeching and shooting ice everywhere while your pants fall off?
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No. 829812 ID: 486e87

>>829796
To clarify, I'm voting for the explode mana option here. Don't give up! If this doesn't work then it'll be the same as giving up, but if it does they we're free (potentially sans legs but still).
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No. 829814 ID: 91ee5f

>>829767
Explode mana!
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No. 829819 ID: 41c9bc

>>829767
Explode Mana
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No. 829827 ID: 8d4593

Keep Struggling! Almost there!
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No. 829883 ID: da72f1

Are we talking ice explosion or regular explosion cause I thought the plan was to flash freeze your legs.
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No. 829897 ID: 91ee5f

>>829883
Seeing as most of her spells are ice based, I think it's going to be an ice explosion focused on her legs that ends up flash freezing them and the slime.
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No. 829898 ID: a633c6

Keep struggling
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No. 829929 ID: 3abd97

A slime seems like it would be explosion resistant. What does mana explosion do? Is it a literal explosion? You expending your entire mana reserve in one go? Is it a suicidal tactic?

Barring better information, I'm inclined to keep up the struggle.
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No. 830090 ID: 23a020
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830090

Shit! The slime has gotten enough leverage to pull me off the ground, quickly pulling me towards it!
I hope I've got enough mana not to kill myself,
"Ignite, That with flows though my veins, [Mana Forge]!"
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No. 830091 ID: 23a020
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830091

My body flips, unable to properly re-orientate while in the grasp of the slime.
I feel my blood boiling as my mana burns in my veins.
I concentrate onto my legs and "Frost, heed my call and fire upon my foe, [Ice Spear]!"
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No. 830093 ID: 23a020
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830093

The air around me freezes cracks as my mana runs wild.
My legs are frozen as ice bursts from my flesh and spears the slime, freezing parts of it with me.
The added weight causes the frozen slime to shatter and I fall, only able to block my head as I hit the ground hard.
"Captain!" I hear, but my vision is blurry. I can't see who it is, but I can hear people running towards me.
"Get a medic!" she yells, but I can feel my blood chill inside me, sapping my strength.
My breath mists as my vision darkens.
I am exhausted.
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No. 830095 ID: 2fe26a

What a waste of good slime food.
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No. 830101 ID: 2870fe

Hope she recovers by the time we see her next time!
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No. 830112 ID: 91ee5f

>>830093
When you wake up, you need to tell the other soldiers that you all need to work on your response times to distress signals! They were almost too late to save you!
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No. 830202 ID: 3abd97

>>830093
Pyrrhic victory.
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No. 830277 ID: 3ce125

I kindof wish the captain went to talk to the information brokers or criminal groups. Would've made for some cool worldbuilding. As it stands all we really did was get her completely wrecked by a predator slime.
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