Comic 113 - Return to the slime cave

3rd Jun 2018, 1:23 PM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Return to the slime cave
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Morgenstern 3rd Jun 2018, 1:23 PM edit delete
You ask Ranse's dad what kind of materials he might need for potions of... uh... bigger asses.

"Well..." he begins, placing his hands on his hips. He looks at the floor for a second, then returns his gaze to Valley's breasts. "I would need something with size changing properties or... powers. There's a small forest south west of Threeroads--there were monsters there, as I recall, that grow fungus upon themselves. I would need a sample of that fungus."

You think you remember that wooded area--it's just north of the partially submerged cave.

He continues. "I would need the tail of a creature with exceptional size. Size changing properties would be... a plus. In the north parts of the Witch's Woods--the deep, far northern parts--there are... monkeys. Aggressive but weak. Every... rare once in a while, one of the monkeys will... secretly be something else. A monking. I would need the tail of such a beast."

He takes a slow breath. "Lastly, I would need something to grant it all... permanence. A fragment of a gargoyle would do, if you could find one--they prefer to stay in dark, urban environments where they can blend in. A piece of something very old would suffice, as well... but I doubt you'll find any... demons. Around here."

"Thank you for your help, sir," Justice states. Ranse's father finally breaks his attention away from Valley's boobs... and brings his eyes straight to the also impressive bust of Justice. "You are... very welcome," he says with a smile.

You switch Valley out for Ranse in your active party for the moment. You, Ranse, and Justice head south to the King Slime's cavern.

You pass a few regular slimes on the way to the throne room.


As you arrive, the King Slime sort of squints at you. "Could it be? Has the hero of the slimes returned at last?"

Well, you don't know about 'hero of the slimes,' but you confirm you are the person that scared the goblins off.

Ranse's expression is subtle, but you can read the vaguest hint of dumbfounded in her face. "Th-that... really is. A King Slime. Shaped... l-like a person," she mumbles.

"Welcome back to my humble chambers!," the King Slime declares. "I fear that you have not missed much, my hero."

You glance over at the summoner, who you met back at the ranch. It looks like she's just been... kind of hanging out here for a while. The summoner sighs, looking quite disappointed. "The King Slime, um... declined my offer."

"Indeed!," the King Slime declares. "I did consider it for the sake of practice. However, after reading more books, I have reached a royal decision. As the ruler of a new slime kingdom seeking good terms with the non-slime world, what I TRULY need... is to become married."

"...What," Ranse says flatly.

"That... is quite the conclusion," adds Justice.

The King Slime continues. "Political alliances throughout history have been forged by convenient marriages! The King Slime taking a slimeless human or elf bride or... husband, I'm not especially picky, would truly cement the alliance between our species. It is my understanding that in such political arrangements, the bride should be... how was it phrased? Pure, for the husband. Thus, I am saving myself physically for my future marriage partner."

"...But you are a King, yes?," Justice inquires. "Would that not make you a... husband, in this arrangement?"

"A-also," Ranse stammers, "p-political marriages and... and th-the purity. Thing. Are both... r-ridiculouslyoutdated."

"Well, it SOUNDS correct," replies the King Slime. "I may be a King Slime, but I am very much shaped like a woman--saving myself for marriage seems critical with that in mind. I would not want my politically convenient wedding to be a sham, after all! And it may be old fashioned, but this is very much a new kingdom. We can't jump straight into the modern era--we must catch up first!"

"This is what I've been dealing with," the summoner huffs. "She wants to be married before she... c-copulates."

"...Question," Ranse says with some hesitance. "Would you... c-consider an open relationship. In your marriage. With... y-your husband. And you. Still... f-fuckingotherpeople."

"That would be very progressive!," the summoner adds hastily. "A swinger-ish marriage would catch you up to modern culture really fast."

The King Slime thinks on it, pouting out her lips. "Hmmmm... I hadn't considered it! I suppose if that was what my husband or wife preferred, and it didn't detract from the stability of our alliance, then... I wouldn't mind."

Justice blinks. "Ranse," she says quietly. "Are you planning to marry the King Slime...?"

"No," Ranse forces out promptly. "No. Hells no. Not... lookingtogetmarried. Right now. But. We could look for... s-someone. To be the... slime queen."

Or secondary king. Well, if there's a female king, you suppose there could be a male queen. ...You decide it's better not to think about the semantics. It would probably be easier just to talk the King Slime out of the whole marriage thing, but she does seem REALLY into it.


G. Sansa 3rd Jun 2018, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
Traditionally, marriages are either arranged for maximum political advantage (which we can't offer, and neither can the summoner) or love matches. Which require getting to know each other first. Wanna join our party and get to know us? We're nice people.
G. Sansa 3rd Jun 2018, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
In terms of our party members:

Nast: wants whatever we want him to, but honestly, this is kinda ideal. Open marriage, check. Interesting way around the no-children problem, check; a princess slime could be a possibility, and could in principle even be influenced in personality by the, um, materials provided in order to build her; Ranse could help with that. Settling down but not settling down, also seems negotiable.

Ranse: Already said no.

Valley: Seems like not her speed.

Justice: no vow of chastity but marriage is another story? We'd have to ask.

Inzo: Just no.

Lagrand: Probably not his speed either.

So Nast really is the best bet on this score, but it's not a good idea to narrow our options before we know more.
G. Sansa 3rd Jun 2018, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
Other option, of course, is to recruit both summoner and slime to our party for a get-to-know-you trip. Which could be good.

But um, somehow that feels sad for Ranse? She was maybe kinda looking forward to having a relationship with Slimey and having Slimey and future spouse join the party as an established item before any of us have strong relationships with either seems like it would get in the way. And also the party numerology doesn't work.
MakePeaceAndLove 3rd Jun 2018, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
Nast does seem like our best bet.

It might be hard to convince King Slime and the Summoner to join our party if they both lack actual ties with us. It's worth a try, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
GS 3rd Jun 2018, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
Nast is currently wanted by the law.
All other considerations aside (such as the fact that Nast has no strong romantic bond with Queen Slime, nor any political or economic power to bring to the Union), if the king and his Knights find out that the man they believe is the panty thief is allied with the slimes, the slimes are going to get curbstomped until they give Nast up.
People already think of slimes as low-grade monsters in need of stomping on. It'll be worse if people get serious about it -- especially people in power.
lil Joshu 3rd Jun 2018, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
However, on the flip side of GS's point, not many true royalty are going to consider a slime for a marriage; heirs are important afterall; so pretty much only a magic user would consider it.

To that end, Nast could propose to be suitor, and it's not uncommon for royals to have harems and dallyances, but a royal marriage should wait until Nast's name is cleared and a formal alliance with the goblins is secured as that will provide a mediocrum of military strength. Now, granted, an existing kingdom exists whose boundaries go outside contain the slime kingdom, so the slimes will also need to start building deeper underground networks to impress any who come by in order to establish that it's a shared boundary thing (but establishing that boundary as surface vs underground). There will definatly need to be work on encouraging slime intelligence in future generations so they are taken seriously - might need to find out exactly how a slime becomes a king slime (and see if it can be extended further to turn this king slime into an Empress slime so as not to be threatened by the new more intelligent slimes?) Although I do respect the king slime's determination to rule well... maybe with other king slimes she's prefer more of a democracy? With their biology involving merging and splitting, if I understand correctly, that might actually be a more comfortable concept for them than hierarchy, and they could weight it by the intelligence they grant each slime... and....

... I think I get carried away sometimes.

Anyway, I give a +1 to modified version of the plan were we delay the political marriage until after Nast's name is cleared and goblin alliance forged.
Krylo 3rd Jun 2018, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
That's a pretty long term thing (the whole, building a full on slime + goblin kingdom and ruling it alongside the slime king) and not something we should really plan for yet, I think.

Lots of things could happen between then and now. I say we don't act on this at all, get to know the Slime King and let things go where they're gonna go rather than trying to force anything.
1977 3rd Jun 2018, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
Nast, propose formally to KingSlime, get on knees and all.

Say you would be honored to become her husband and an open marriage like the others said would be no problem.
G Sansa 3rd Jun 2018, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
If we do actually do this, of course Justice could officiate.
MakePeaceAndLove 3rd Jun 2018, 3:15 PM edit delete reply
Feels a bit sudden for such a move. But we might as well try.

If the King Slime declines, then plan B would be if she expects anything particular from her spouse... if she's counting on a virgin partner as well then we're out of luck and need to recruit someone new (possibly from Peace Calling?)
1977 3rd Jun 2018, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
Another thing we could offer her is becoming a partymember, either with or without marrying Nast.

Travel the world to form alliances for the Kingdom.
GS 3rd Jun 2018, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
-1. It'd be so dishonest.
I mean, Nast has said that he doesn't want to get married and settle down anymore; that was his old dream, his plan, and it got blown out of the water.
And also; Nast is currently a wanted fugitive from the law. That is the exact opposite of what Queen Slime is looking for in a consort. By marrying Nast, she'd be putting her people in more danger, not ensuring the stability of their society!
Guest 3rd Jun 2018, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
-1 we should find someone interested in a long term relationship, not who is available.
Y 3rd Jun 2018, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
A marriage to end a war - Slime king and Goblin Chief (with relationship OPEN to the other goblins, as long as it doesn't threaten political stability)
Slime king would, indeed, be able to exhibit properties attractive towards Gobs, plus, establishing Human-oblin trade for burn resistance potions would be profitable.
The Mighty Dragon Lizard 3rd Jun 2018, 5:26 PM edit delete reply
OHMYGOD! THAT'S IT! We get the Goblins and slimes togther via Political marrage! +1! +1 A MILLION TIMES!
lil Joshu 3rd Jun 2018, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
If it wasn't for the fact the goblin chief already said no to this idea, I'd +1 it. But I was reminded of the fact the goblin chief already opposed it, so it's kind of out.
G Sansa 3rd Jun 2018, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
As for the ingredient hunt for butt potions, I'm not sure it's worth it. Too many steps, when panty sleuthing should be our first priority. And I think that the sex golem would better satisfy the letter of our quest from the goblin patriarchy, and then we could talk to the women and work out something else for them. Maybe get an exceptional female goblin for our party in the process?
G Sansa 3rd Jun 2018, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
But if we do fetch this stuff, we should definitely refer to it as the Mixalot Quests.
MakePeaceAndLove 3rd Jun 2018, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
That potion make have other uses than just finishing up that goblin tribe quest. I don't think it's slowing us down by that much to gather those ingredients, plus it helps out Ranse's dad at work.

We don't have to rush the thing, especially since the woods are back North of the submerged cave, but we might as well look around while traveling through that area.

And we can send half our party lead by Lagrand to the Witch's Woods looking for the Monking while the other half explores Peace Calling.
GS 3rd Jun 2018, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
In any case, we shouldn't go for a permanent potion. If the gob women are permanently augmented to mini-J.Lo status, the demographic explosion some of us fear would become almost a certainty.
Instead, make the potions temporary so the gobs have to work hard to earn their kicks. That'll keep them busy and happy to be busy.
Guest 3rd Jun 2018, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
We should find the permanent potion so it solves the goblins problems long term. Also, we will probably have to have one of our female party members test it out before handing it of.
Tech 3rd Jun 2018, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
+1 to this. We've got lots of T but not much in the A department.
ZincFingers 3rd Jun 2018, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
Well, if she wants a politically advantageous marriage, she should marry the Goblin Chief It would cement peace between their peoples. Goblin Cheif might overlook her being a slime if she can manually control the size of ass.

Might have to talk to Inzo about how goblin politics work.
G Sansa 3rd Jun 2018, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
> Inzo speaks with the chief. He shakes his head. "Chief say no. Gobs not want icky slime. No gob woman, no slime woman."

Doesn't sound like the foundation of a healthy marriage. -1.
ZincFingers 3rd Jun 2018, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
Never said that it would be a happy marriage, only that it would be good to bring the peoples together, hell he might jump on the idea just because it gives them access to the cavern again. Not to mention that I don’t think the Chief has even seen the Slime King.
Y 3rd Jun 2018, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
+1 on Goblin - Slime marriage pact. And then set up profitable burn resistance potion trade. Get them hooked on that potion, and reap profits. Make Ranse's father oversee the business, should keep him busy.
GS 3rd Jun 2018, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
-1. The gob chief seems more interested in pursuing pleasure than in pursuing smart politics. Add in the recent gob/slime-frackas, and I doubt he'll go for it.
1977 3rd Jun 2018, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
Vote against it.
Placeholder 3rd Jun 2018, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
-1 Goblin Slime marriage
MakePeaceAndLove 3rd Jun 2018, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
We do have an alternative path to take... if the Slime King decided she wants marriage based on the books she read, then maybe giving her Ranse's erotic literature can inspire her to adjust that idea.

.... or make her into a total dominatrix partner before we even find her spouse. Or any other weird result. Is that a risk worth taking? Maybe if our search for her spouse candidate goes poorly.
GS 3rd Jun 2018, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
You know, I think it may be too soon in Queen Slime's life for Ranse's books.
Let's face it, she's a newborn intellect learning to cope with the wider world.
It might be better to start her off on some high school-level texts before we show her fetish erotica. :<
G. Sansa 3rd Jun 2018, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
+1 on giving books and hoping for a future change of mind.

Maybe trade them for some secretions that Ranse could use to make a "potion of hentai"? Even if it's just single-use, we could use it to get into the E-guild and satisfy Ranse's fantasies at the same time.

But if we are giving the books we need to spend the night so we can read them first.


Tell Summoner about the monking. And learn people's names.
lil Joshu 3rd Jun 2018, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
-1 on giving slime king the books (yet). I agree with GS, new intelligence. Hentai books should be shared when she's ready and has some experience under her belt and understands normal relationships first, and when presented, should be emphasized they're only for willing participants who desire something more 'exotic'. "These are -advanced- mating rituals that feature species like yours with similar strengths. You do not use them on unwilling parties, or parties that do not have the 'kink' trait. However, with those that DO have the 'kink' trait, these can be powerful towards building interpersonal relationships." She's trying to be respectable and not just a monster, which means saving being 'monsterous' for enjoyment for when its tempered with her emerging 'humanity'.

+1 on attempting "potions of hentai"

+1 on learning names.
GS 3rd Jun 2018, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
Y'know what? We don't have to take every side quest that falls into our lap.

The Slime Queen is clearly not going to be on board for that plan to get us into the entertainers' guild -- and honestly, I don't think it's a good idea to make her leave the cave.
Especially not for this kind of job, not when she considers us to be her people's hero. That'd be all kinds of awkward. Besides, she's not entirely wrong; it may be oldfashioned, but so is the very concept of royalty. And Queenie doesn't NEED sex to make herself an heir! Leave the books if we must, but also try to get her some other books; stuff on politics, economy, science, magic, whatever.

But let's hurry and move on out of here. We have plenty of other things on our plate.

+ Collect the summoner if she'll come. Point out all the weird critters we've already met; she could do alright for her craft if she joined us. (Personally, I'd be happiest if she got her inspiration where we don't have to look at it, but that's me.)
+ Head for Peace Calling to talk to Nast's family about a possible unknown sibling/Nast being adopted.
+ Head to Lightsend to talk to Justice's family and look for the puppeteer.

Vote we put those potion ingredients on the back burner for now. If we run into any of those critters at a later date, that's fine. Right now, let's move on outta here.
ZincFingers 3rd Jun 2018, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
Fair point, we should cross some other stuff of our list and circle back round to this if/when we we find a suitable partner.

To that end, let’s ask the summoner if she can conjure up anything that has tentacles. Maybe she can help us find Ranse an alternative.
MakePeaceAndLove 3rd Jun 2018, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
I kind of agree actually. We don't have to press for her to join our party if she has other plans. She may just be happiest here with her subjects, and if we meet the right partner out there in the world, we can send them her way eventually.

I'm all for trying to recruit the Summoner again. We can also point out that we doesn't have to limit herself to sex JUST for the sake of inspiration, sex for its own sake is worth something too (... and oh, the irony if she took us up on the offer and Nast gave inspired in her some kind of passive charm that finally makes the monsters she summons obey her).
GS 3rd Jun 2018, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
@ MakePeaceAndLove: I think Queen Slime would be happiest with her subjects, and I'm fairly sure she'd be most useful there, too. She's their leader, and for all her naïveté, their most intelligent.
Without her guidance, it's only a matter of time before a slime messes something up and they're all in trouble.
Taking Queen Slime away from her throne when she has no lieutenants with approximately the same intelligence to replace her in her absence would be the opposite of being her hero.
GS 3rd Jun 2018, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
We might want to point out to Queen Slime that she doesn't really HAVE an alliance with the non-slime peoples at this time.

All she has, is a temporary cease-fire with the goblins, which depends on us helping them get their rocks off.
Before she even thinks about forging political marriages, she might want to upgrade some of her subjects so they can talk to people and establish formal contacts with neighbouring communities.
And eventually, with the human king.
That's going to be a big enough hurdle to clear before she turns her thoughts to political marriages; people at large think of slimes as monsters that need to be stomped on, yet.
lil Joshu 3rd Jun 2018, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu

Also, due to breeding & heir issues, likely only a magic user will consider a marriage with slimes. Which means someone like Nast (who is already a hero of the slimes). Nast needs to clear name, catch the panty thief, and get awarded by the king with an official title (such as knighthood or lordship... I suspect there aren't many wizards houses due to them being infertile, and that would make them easier to be granted as royalty would be used to noble lines from wizards not being established, meaning it's a gift he can -usually- keep giving, making a slime relationship a surprising exception), THEN Nast would be an ideal candidate for a political marriage.
Nona 3rd Jun 2018, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
From its description, it doesn't sound like a single skull helm is all that useful to a party of three, maybe the summoner would be interested in buying it.
Then again, maybe fucking zombies is a line she'd rather not cross.
GS 3rd Jun 2018, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
We can just keep it in our inventory until we need it.
Imagine someone with power like Valley or Inzo just calmly walking into the middle of a horde of undead and then, when the rest of the party uses ranged attacks, smacking them all down from behind. :D
1977 3rd Jun 2018, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
We can hunt for other skelecans and steal from them until we have enough for all.
Nieki 3rd Jun 2018, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
This is... quite a twist. You know what? No, I respect her(?) decision. My suggestion is this: Rather than having a party member--or Nast themselves, good grief--propose, or suggesting she come along, or the summoner come along, let's make this place our HIDEOUT.

As others have pointed out, we are wanted fugitives, and a stable, friendly 'town' is hard to come by. There are an abundance of slimes for Ranse to get materials from, we could probably decorate bit by bit to make this feel more like the capital of a kingdom, and we can bring back odds and ends to support Her Majesty--things like more literature, or even furniture, or decor.
GS 3rd Jun 2018, 4:07 PM edit delete reply
Huh. I had not thought of that.
It sounds like it would be hugely convenient for us, but we'd have to be up front with Queen Slime. She'd be endangering her people if she let us make her kingdom the lair of the man suspected of being the notorious panty thief, after all.
Krylo 3rd Jun 2018, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
I haven't considered the full implications of having a hideout, but I'm going to +1 to bringing more stuff back here and kind of 'moving in' after a fashion.

We can have some of the party man the hideout as our group gets bigger and bigger, and maybe the queen slime can meet someone that way.

Also +1ing GS about letting her know we're kiiiind of wanted for right now, but working on clearing our name. She should know not to talk to anyone about us staying there, at least.
lil Joshu 3rd Jun 2018, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
+1 for most. Totes respect the the slime King, she's awesome. Humble beginnings growing towards (respectful) plans of grandeur.

Nast is not a good candidate right now, but imho, Nast has the -potential- to be a good candidate. (Especially if he clears his name, catches the real thief, and is awarded knighthood and/or lordship as a result). Since their subject of an heir is a -ahem- sticky situation with a slime, someone who can't have kids in the traditional way (like Nast) is more likely to consider a relationship with slimes. And Nast is already a hero of slimes... founding a kingdom with one of the first monarchs having stories of heroism is a good first move, and Queen Nast sounds good. (However, King slime needs a name beyond just "slime".)

Also +1 on letting Slime King know we're currently working on clearing our name, and pointing out that, at best, Nast should just be a quietly unknown suitor for now until that's cleared up.
MakePeaceAndLove 3rd Jun 2018, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
+1 to asking if we can stay at the Slime Cave and use it as our hideout. We're already welcome with the Slime King, so if we ask nicely or help her out more she may agree to it.

+1 to letting her know we're a wanted man but working on clearing our name.

Also, we can be upfront on telling her we're interested... but 'unworthy' now? However you want to call it.
Krylo 3rd Jun 2018, 4:41 PM edit delete reply
I honestly think this is a good time to split the party.

I suggest Lagrand (knows the woods), Inzo (we're going to head into town so it's better to send the goblin tank away), and Ranse (she can find alchemically useful items in the woods as they go and harvest the tail) head north to collect the monking's tail, while Valley, Ranse, and Justice head to peace calling and ask around.

As for the queen slime, I'm with Nieki in that we should make this into a hideout, but also with GS in that we should let the king slime know we're wanted.

ALSO, adamantly against proposing to King Slime as Nast is everything she doesn't want (no political power, actively wanted) at the time, and we don't even know her that well.

If something develops while we're using this as a centralized hide out/location, then cool. Something develops. Or we might be able to find a more proper suitor (some noble with a thing for slime girls and open relationships?)

Also: Ask the summoner if she wants to come with us with the knowledge we are going to be sending some of our allies out to hunt monsters for materials soon. Good chance to meet strange and interesting creatures and fuck them.
Krylo 3rd Jun 2018, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
Valley NAST* and Justice head to peace calling.

G. Sansa 3rd Jun 2018, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
Summoner's situation makes me kinda sad:
lil Joshu 3rd Jun 2018, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
We actually know the king slime pretty well. She's given us her life history (She's a slime, she came to consciousness, and she's bee reading books, found a place for her slimes, and has established it, and she's trying to be a good monarch). I agree Nast isn't a good match for King Slime now, but I think that once Nast clears his name (and if captures the real culprit, he'll likely get granted noble title), that will actually make him a pretty good candidate. And considering King Slime is okay with an open relationship after the marraige, it works well for Nast (who levels up that way).

Alternatively, since Nast is already a hero to the slimes, it would make sense for the slimes to pull him into their royalty -somehow-... maybe another sentient slime as a princess (but not crown princess), establishing Nast and her as slime nobles after Nast is also a human noble? Might be good to keep things more even between slime & human... I dunno... brainstorming here.
Krylo 3rd Jun 2018, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
We know ABOUT her, but what are her hobbies? What's her favorite meal? Favorite color? What kind of jokes does she enjoy? What kind of subjects does she most enjoy discussing.

We've met her twice and while we know about her, we don't know her well enough to know if her and Nast are romantically compatible.

In that same vein we don't know who the panty thief is or if they're really deserving of the punishment the crown wants to put on them.

What if we catch the panty thief and decide that turning them in for execution is a little too dark for us? We may never actually clear our name even if we succeed.

I don't think it's a good idea to make plans for things that far ahead. Too many variables.
MakePeaceAndLove 3rd Jun 2018, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
We could get to know her better though.

If we marry A slime then I'm all for this King Slime though. Nast as the hero of the slimes has a connection with helping this one in particular, not any new one that might... evolve into a King Slime? It's alright for Nast to be... queen, or secondary king.

And there's so much we don't know about the panty thief. We may even learn enough to want to join forces, actually - in which case our similar appearance could be turned into an advantage later on. But that's still far off and hard to plan for.
Krylo 3rd Jun 2018, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
Right. I'm just saying for now lets not even consider marriage, and if it happens where Slime King and Nast get along really well, sure, that can be a thing later. On the other hand if someone else turns out to be a better option? Also fine.

No need to consider marriage now, even an open one still closes doors.
Spades 3rd Jun 2018, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
Marriage talk aside, we came here for a reason. Offer the King Slime something new to read.
Corwin of Amber 3rd Jun 2018, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
ZincFingers 3rd Jun 2018, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
And see if we can get some slime stuff for alchemic experimentation.
MakePeaceAndLove 3rd Jun 2018, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

If she already read enough romances to get the idea of political marriages into her head I think she's past the level of basics of basics.
Corwin of Amber 3rd Jun 2018, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
I'd be against proposing or marriage at this time. Nast had a relationship with the girl from the inn that ended badly, one in which he thought marriage was the goal. He seems to be committed to other options currently. Plus, who knows what sort of unforeseen entanglements might emerge from a royal slime marriage.
Korsha 3rd Jun 2018, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
She wants a marriage of political convenience, have Inzo propose. He's the future ruler of a united goblin nation, basically king of the world, and a member of the tribe the slimes have had trouble with, she couldn't get better!.
Inzo may not be into it, but we convince him it's for the good of the party and his tribe, and more importantly, we ask King Slime to morph a big ass. Once the open marriage deal is set up, we can ask for her help with tentacle goodness.
G. Sansa 3rd Jun 2018, 7:12 PM edit delete reply
We're probably not the first murder hobo to come from Humblestart, given the name. Good Slime/Goblin relationships will not stop the next one from wreaking havoc. Slimey needs a human mate.
Twelveseal 3rd Jun 2018, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
Don't think it's a good idea to marry the Queen right now. Maybe later. If she's interested in traveling tho, she's free to join us. Or we can just keep an eye out for more books for her. Maybe even introduce her to Ranse's dad, since he seems knowledgeable. It might give us a chance to find out more about those monsters.

See if the Summoner wants to join us. We tend to run into a bunch of Monsters. Fairies, spiders, mushrooms, kuo toa, just to name a few. Who knows, maybe we'll end up in a three way with her and something relatively humanoid and can get doubly inspired. Also, might point out we have a helmet that could help her learn to summon undead. She might even have info on Mel or the panty thief. Or even just general monster lore.

Splitting the party might be a good idea for parts gathering, but we don't really know how dangerous the creatures involved are, so it makes me a bit uncomfortable. Maybe if we knew more about them.

Checking in with Nast's family seems like a good idea. See if we can uncover any family secrets or stories.

Later we can try Lightsend to find the puppeteer and Justice's family. Inb4 they're one and the same.
MakePeaceAndLove 3rd Jun 2018, 11:25 PM edit delete reply
+1 to these ideas in general.

I especially like contacting Ranse's dad or other humans about visiting the Slime King. If she wants to establish political relations then we can't be the only ones coming here, and connecting her with someone we know that (hopefully) won't freak out upon seeing a humanoid slime would be a good start. You got to start somewhere.
Placeholder 3rd Jun 2018, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
Don't suggest any marriages for the king, but do point out that in those political marriages it was usually only the female who was pure, so if (s)he would sprout the man parts (s)he could get her rocks off that way without risking her future political marriage. Also leave her with the smut and check back in a few days.
1977 3rd Jun 2018, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
We should explain to her that the whole political system in the world is changing right now.

The Archmages left a pretty fucked up world and people are trying to recover from them.

Something so backwards as a political marriage is not good in the long term.

KingSlime should become strong on her own without political ties to anyone at first, then she can seek alliances with others.

Relying on a marriage to establish a kingdom will not her in that regard.
1977 3rd Jun 2018, 11:53 PM edit delete reply
Additionally, people reject the old ways, they look for new ways to do things.

Political marriages are one of the oldest things there is, so they won't accept it.

Strong independent leaders who will not abuse their powers, that is what the people today want, what they really need.
MakePeaceAndLove 4th Jun 2018, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
If you wanted to convince the King Slime that a political marriage is wrong and she should look to establish her rule instead, that's one angle you can take.

I wouldn't use the argument of the Archmages for this, however. The way Lagrand and Ranse explained it, the Archmages have messed up and changed things centuries ago. The world still feels their influence, but only because it left such a deep imprint, not because the wounds are still fresh.

I'd prefer to humor King Slime here though. We might not have a candidate for her now (or even be the best candidate ourselves) but we can add it to our pile of quests with little urgency behind it. And if we ever find a good candidate we can point them towards the Slime Cave and make them and Slime King both happy.