[Vol. 1 pt. 19] Advanced Tactics
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Giant Centipede Corpse Converted
+12 Aether
+23 Dungeon Points

Do you like my drawings of windows? Because there are going to be more of them. More events were triggered from the killing of that giant centipede than I knew. But first, I did tell you that the centipede had a surprise left for us.

You see, upon converting it, its body disappeared – or rather, most of its body disappeared. The end section of it that was blown off thanks to my fire snake, however, did not disappear.

My initial reaction was to try and convert what was left of the centipede into dungeon points and aether, but that didn’t work – no window appeared when I tried. It was simply there. Nothing more, nothing less.

Then we decided to make it something more.

Here is what we had to work with: a bunch of fleshy bug meat, two broken legs on the right side, two regular legs on the left side, and those two, long stingers sticking out from the very back.

The uninjured legs and the stingers looked even more deadly than my aurbold’s sword. Her sword might have been made out of metal, but it lacked in sharpness and size compared to the legs and stingers. Though, they were only really sharp at their tips. When it came to slashing, they would only be a bit more effective than swinging around a sturdy stick, but the pointed tips could have pierced metal with ease.

Seeing as how it wasn’t like the sword would be effective for much longer given how quickly it was dulling from training against skeletons, I gave my aurbold the order to cut off one of the elongated stingers. The effort spent in cutting off the stinger was enough to finally dull the blade to the point of uselessness thanks to how annoyingly hard the exoskeleton was.

Oh, right. That was something else we had to work with: leftover parts of the exoskeleton.

Even though I was still a kind-of dumb not-rock, I was able to understand two important things: pointy, sharp things are good; hard, protective things are good. That was why I gave my aurbold the order to take one of the centipede’s stingers and why I gave my construct the order to peel off as much of the exoskeleton as it could.

It also broke off the rest of the legs and remaining stinger in the process. There was no point in letting those go to waste, after all.

Now, as for what there was to do with the exoskeleton chunks, I remembered that they kind of looked like what those humans were wearing when I saw them. They had their arms, legs, and torsos covered in what appeared to be chitin similar to the centipede’s exoskeleton.

My construct and aurbold had the closest similar bodies to the humans, but there was only really one choice to be made. The former was made out of rock and was already more than tough enough, but the same couldn’t be said for the latter. Therefore, I ordered her to use the centipede’s exoskeleton as armor.

This is when I realized that there was a problem.

None of us had any idea how to actually turn it into armor. Sure, I was smart enough to order them to collect the centipede’s natural armor and weapons, but I had no idea how to actually turn those into anything effective. Even the stingers and legs had joints in them that bent them and made them useless for actually using as weapons. They needed to be kept straight so that they could be aimed properly if they were to have any use. Instead, if my aurbold were to try and stab the stinger at an enemy, it would just flop at the joint instead.

Yes, the solution to this is obvious. No, none of us realized it yet. You might be thinking, “well, that’s easy, all you have to do is separate it from the joint upward and hold it from there,” or something like that, but that wouldn’t exactly do any good seeing as how this all happened in the past. Your thoughts from now are not going to somehow appear in my head from all the way back then. I didn’t even have a head yet!

Moving on, what my aurbold first tried doing was hanging a chunk of the exoskeleton over her shoulders, but it slid off as soon as she moved. So, that was out of the question. The next thing that she tried doing was wrapping it around her tail but, without anything to hold it there, it just fell off again as soon as she moved or stopping holding it there.

I could tell that she was getting distressed from not being able to properly follow my order, so I ordered her to eat from the centipede’s flesh instead since it had been a while since I last left her a monster’s corpse to eat. I gave the snake the order, too.

Neither of them seemed too interested at first, but they both did it. Food is too important to pass up even if it’s coming from a giant centipede. However, there was still some flesh left over by the time that they were done with it.

They opted out of being greedy and eating as much as they could.

There was, however, one monster of mine in particular that seemed willing to eat what was left of the centipede’s body. It was the monster who already grew several times its size by helping out against the centipede.

My slime.

Standing by what was left of the corpse as if waiting for permission, I gave it the order to finish the centipede’s body off.

The slime slowly moved its body over the corpse, dissolving the flesh as it was until it had grown even larger and none was left.

Are you ready for another drawing?

Can you guess what it is?

Let’s look at the facts: you know that another window is going to pop up and I was looking at my slime right after it had done something.

If you guessed evolution, you’re right. If you guessed anything else – well, I suppose that doesn’t really matter.

Dungeon Monster Evolution: Fire Slime -> Fire Ooze
As this monster has been summoned for your dungeon, you may choose whether it evolves or not.
Evolution Effects
Daily Aether Cost: 1 -> 3
Fire Oozes available as Monster Summons
Fire Ooze:
  Increase size by 500%.
Reach 100 total Dungeon Points
20 Aether

That was the most simple requirement for an evolution so far. My construct had to develop an instinctual will to grow stronger and my aurbold had to learn how to fight with her natural body. My slime… just had to get bigger.

Thanks to how useful my slime proved in its fight against the centipede, and recently in how useful it was in disposing that which nobody else wanted, I allowed it to evolve.

Its slime – or rather, its ooze grew even thicker, a bit more solid, less translucent, and it became a swirl of colors from red hues to orange hues rather than being purely red. Its body did shrink back down to a more manageable size as a result of the evolution, but it gained an incredibly useful ability in return.

My new fire ooze could produce tentacles and various other shapes and limbs using its ooze.

The first thing it did after experimenting with making some tentacles was grab onto some of the centipede’s exoskeleton and pull it against it. I was worried that it was going to try and absorb the exoskeleton and dissolve it, but all my ooze did was keep the exoskeleton held against its body. It was able to easily use its ooze to “hold” onto something while still being able to move around and produce more tentacles at will.

My aurbold was already getting jealous and had a new rival capable of doing that which she failed to do.