The strange land with many ponds was an unusual place for Flay.
The dark of the night was thankfully not a hindrance to Flay, who now could see in the dark with his new strange powers.
It had been several minutes since he jumped out of the Pteranodon and sprinted as fast as he could. The creatures had gone into hiding at the appearance of the Pteranodon, and this meant that Flay could make his escape from the region without being detected. And so, Flay bravely traveled through the land, knowing that he could buy himself more time.
Using the stars as a guide, Flay began his quick run towards the location of the Camp Site.
“The Tamers should still be there! I just hope everyone is safe from the attacks of the Might Wolves!” Flay thought to himself.
“Master. We can use the Pteranodon a few more times.” Kairo advised.
“I think I know what you are planning, Kairo. You want to come out and lure the Pteranodon, and then you hide in the Taming Hand. This will scare all the monsters for a time, and I can stealthily escape. Is that what you planned to suggest?”
“Yes. Since Master has thought of this, what are you thinking?”
“I need to get out of this Pond Lands. I want to bring you out and make use of you. This Pond Land is wet and moist. We, Tamers, are taught about the rules of the ecosystem in the monster world. Such a place like this has to affect the nearby lands. This is all part of the three H.”
“The Three H?” Kairo was curious. He had never heard of such concepts.
“The Three H refers to the necessity to create balance in the monster world. We tamers have studied it in order to survive in these harsh lands. There is a system that causes stability in the world of monsters. This system applies the Habitat, Home-Field, and Homeostasis principles. Basically, monster herds and groups try to find these three to survive.”
“I am unfamiliar with this concept.”
“I’m not very good at it either. You’ll have to ask the elders and elite hunters to understand more of that. But what I do know is that this Pond Lands provide a good home to many creatures as they can sustain the waters here. And with water here, the nearby lands would definitely be full of plants and trees. I’m headed to these lands so that you can use another one of your System.”
“Yes! I’ll create a large distance between the Pteranodon and me and run to the next land. There, I will use you to absorb the low-grade plant essence until the Pteranodon draws near. That way, I can level up!”
“Master, Neptune's power of absorbing low-grade life essence isn’t just something that can help you level up. While you can gather the essence and absorb it as we did with the Gator’s monster core, the power of Neptune and Gaia is much more powerful as of now because I’m a slime!”
Flay recalled the original form of the slime in the form of the strange pool that the Pteranodon was brewing.
“You said you’re an alchemist. You mean, you can use your slime power to mix all these things?”
“Yes. Is Master familiar with alchemy?”
“I only know of its existence in the Kingdom. Some of the Hunters who have shown potential as an apprentice is sent to the Kingdom to serve as knights. These are used to help us generate more income for the village. They tell of these pills and medicines that can help improve the body. They tell that alchemists use amazing furnaces and use magic heat for cooking these ingredients!”
“I can do the same. The power of Venus grants me some immunity to tamed fire. If I absorbed the heat of the tamed fire and have absorbed numerous plants and minerals, I can perform alchemy. I act as the furnace and the alchemist who mixes it.”
“What’s tamed fire?”
“There are two types of fires. When the Eos created fire, it created two forms, one that was used to destroy, and the other, born from the Light. The ones used to attack, be it directly or indirectly, is what we call Rage Fire. The other is Tamed Fire. It is a Fire that is not borne from Brute, Magic, or Ability with the intention of harming others. Basically, fire is not used to attack. I do have some resistance to fire, but at my current level, I won’t survive a basic fire spell from a mage.”
“So… if it’s a fire I make, you could absorb it? But if someone throws fire at me with the intent of harming me, you’d get hurt.”
“Yes. But if someone throws fire at you, and it misses, we can go back, and I can absorb the fire.”
“… You're weird..”
“Venus placed this restriction to help whoever will be my master grow. I am someone who was called to help lead a mighty warrior for the Eos.”
“Well, I’ll think about helping your masters once my village is safe. But through this power, you can create medicine?”
“Medicine, poisons, pills, and even alchemy weapons.”
“What can you create?”
“It depends on the plants. I used to be Saturn and Gaia’s acolytes in alchemy. So I am quite learned of that field. But I do not know of all the lowly plants of the field. Saturn and Gaia’s power allows me to sense what nearby plants and minerals, and what I can extract once I’m near it. But at my level, I only have enough power to mix things with up to three plants and create the lowliest of plant medicine. Basically, only some of the simpler Red-Tiered medicines, pills, poisons, and alchemy weapons can be created.”
“Red Tier? So it still follows the same color system. Red is the lowest of tiers?”
“Alright. I guess we have to work with what we can make. I have to hurry to get out of this pond lands to see what we can create.”
Flay ran and ran. There were many monsters and creatures hiding in the ponds, but as expected, none of them dared to show up due to the Pteranodon. This allowed Flay to travel with ease.
Nearly an hour passed, and because of Flay's constant running, his Rookie-6 stamina was reaching his limits.
The end of the pond lands was in sight. As Flay predicted, the laws of the Three H in the ecosystem revealed a thick forest, even more, lush than the decaying forest near the Pteranodon’s hiding place. It was full of large shrubs that grew wildly around the area.
“I must note this down. The Pond Lands create great moisture that causes the nearby lands to be full of shrubs. I guess I’ll call this the Shrub Lands.”
“Interesting. Knowledge arises in the most challenging situations. You Tamers are weak, but your knowledge and understanding of these lands have allowed you to persevere…”
“I still have much to learn about the Three H. You’ll find more interesting things. Anyway, if you can do a mixture, I need something that will help me hide my scents. I think I’m getting closer to the lands I’m familiar with due to the location of the stars. But a strong group of wolves has been terrorizing our lands recently. It was due to these Might Wolves that I feel into the underground river that brought me to that Pteranodon’s lair.”
“I think that’s simple enough. You can just keep absorbing a lot of shrubs that have a scent to it. I could make a balm of some sort to hide your scent.”
“Good. We have to make a lot. I can’t afford to bring you out until that Death Mark is gone. Otherwise, I’d lead the Pteranodon to my village.”
“Understood. That shrub with the red berry. That can be a good ingredient.”
“Alright.” Flay nodded and ran towards the said shrub.
Kairo appeared once more and began to devour the plant and slowly absorb it.
Flay was carefully listening to the sounds deep in the forest.
“My hearing seemed to have increased. Now I can hear even the leaves sway from the wind! Is this because of the obstruction in my Taming Hand? Amazing!” Flay was amazed.
Kairo was silent. But he knew the sudden increase of Flay’s power was due to the fact that another seal was broken. It was this seal that showed Kairo that vision. Somehow, during their link, the powers of Pluton were slowly being leaked out.
“Kairo, make a few more. I need enough to get me back to my village. There are lots of creatures here. I can hear them. I need the Pteranodon to scare them, and then I’ll be running like crazy! So make that balm, and try to see if you can make a plant that will increase my stamina.”
“A Stamina Pill... That should be possible with the shrubs I sense nearby. Understood, Master!”
"Can I complete my level up with the plants here?"
"We don't have time for me to absorb several bushels of shrubs. If that gator can't increase your level, then the required energy that you need from these plants will be greater. The life essence of plants is not really effective in fueling Brute power. I'll see what energy we can take, Master."
"That's fine. But hurry. We don't know when the Pteranodon can come back here.
What Flay did not know, was that a beast was lingering in the darkness. It was a beast that even Flay could not hear, for this beast was the king of this forest and the keeper of the Homeostasis.
A dark panther watched in the darkness and continued to prowl. It was moving closer and closer to Flay’s location.
Kairo began to devour the plants and shrubs that were nearby quickly. It would slowly envelop and digest the plant, and its slime form would change in color. A green coating soon filled it as the leaves of various plants were devoured.But as expected, the Life essence that it got was not even noticeable to Flay when he tried to absorb some.After devouring the second plant, Kairo condensed all the green coating into a small ball. Soon, a large ball was formed, and Kairo spat it out.Flay grabbed the strange green ball. It was slowly starting to melt away.“Mix that into your body, Master. That should hide your scent. It’s plant essence, so it will make you smell like a walking plant. As a result, most monsters should avoid you.”“Great! How about them stamina pills? I need to keep running out of here to avo
The successful plot of Flay led to the angry Pteranodon going after the Midnight Panther, which it saw devour the slime. With an angry Pteranodon chasing the Panther, the entire forest boomed with loud sounds.Flay continued to run through the thick forest, which was now in a state of panic. The booming thunders from the distance and the mighty roar of the Pteranodon could be heard.“Sorry about that. I made you sacrifice quite a bit of your slime. It would take a while for you to recover it, right?” Flay asked.“Yes, Master. I would need to absorb two gators and take all of its energy.”“That much, huh? Sorry. I sort of expected that. But, if the entire concoction that the Pteranodon was brewing was so thick and had several creatures, I knew that a single drop of you would be worth an astronomical value.”
Flay arrived in the oasis and could see the Bewilderbisons feeding on the marsh that grows nearby. The strange thing was that the Kragg Hippose were not alarmed by the heard but welcomed them.“Strange…”“What is it, Master?”“The interaction of these monsters… I thought the Kragg Hippos would get all territorial with a herd of Bewilderbisons approaching since it would mean their food supply would decrease. But the Hippos actually welcomed them!”“What does this mean, Master?”“I don’t know. I should have paid more attention to the classes in the village regarding the Three Hs. In any case, I need to get this green plant essence off me! Otherwise, the hippo or the bison will eat me!”Flay ran and jumped into the water to wash
Kairo couldn’t believe what he had done. It was one thing when he would experiment with the hazardous waste of creatures to create elements; it was another to clean up little nighttime accidents.“Alright. What are my stats?” Flay asked immediately.“...Master. I’m still processing that nightmare.”“That should make you more afraid of what I, your Master, can make you do! But anyway, let’s move on. You’re a slime. You’ve dived down the bowels of beasts, for crying out loud.”
The anger and frustration that Flay felt all those years began to flash through his eyes. He had gone through intense bullying, mocks, and jeers from those who were of his generation.Flay was an orphan and grew up challenging his friends to various contests of strengths. He would always win and was seen as a genius. But he soon became a fallen genius.He failed when he claimed he had finally reached Rookie-4 and took the test. And the result of the test was rather embarrassing.The Strength Measuring Sto
“The horror… The horror…” Kairo was clumped to the side and felt so… dirty.Never before was he used as a soap.“Ah, get over it! You can dive into monsters and move in their guts without a problem! Why are you being so dramatic after I used you like a bar of soap? Relax, Majekon!"Kairo was still weeping."Why don't you try and be someone else's soap!" Kairo wept."I guess you have a point there. Well, actually, I’ve been thinking about it… Since you are a slime, can you merge with other slimes? Can you control them? Because, if I had several of you, I could have several Slimes with a specific Sol System. Won’t that make me greater than the mages in the town? And that way, id' have plenty of soap to use.”“I… never thought about
Splash! Splash!The angry Xandra rose from the waters. But the nearby Kragg Hippos and the Bewilderbisons were now glaring at them.“If we fight any more, these beasts will kick us out of this Habitat! Calm down! And stop exaggerating! What happened?” Flay asked.“It’s your fault! You and that stupid ears of yours! We should have never followed you to that cave! The Might Wolves attacked!”“The Elite Tamers decided that. I acted on orders and led them to that cave because of the thump! You were there that night! After we successfully tamed the Spike Tortoise, everyone decided to turn this hunting expedition into one that was to understand the changes in the Homeostasis in this land! The Master of the Hunt, Glum, asked me to do this! Why are you blaming and attacking me for following orders? And the Tamers are strong! Have
Two large leaves were seen moving across the desert. The desert was a wide, open land that stretched out endlessly with dunes rising and falling, making it impossible to see the distant terrain.But despite this, Xandra was still a Tamer of Monster’s Edge. And as a woman, her initial training was that of the Scouting Tamers. And so, despite her previous panicked retreat to escape the Might Wolves who chased her deep into the Desert Lands, she still managed to take note of the terrain and knew the path that would lead them into the Craggy Rock Plains.But the journey of the two tamers was very quiet. Flay knew that Xandra still blamed him for the death of her friend.They continued to move, and Flay simply watched Xandra take the lead.Finally, Flay spoke.“Erm… I need to get something there. Desert Vultures are there, and