Aug 18, 2019 11:53 AM
A Luehmani and a Rianchimaru in Boyfriend Dungeon
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The lunch rush landed on the mall food court, filling it with people, shouts of 'Coffee for Tabitha! Tabitha?' and a severe lack of tables to be properly antisocial on.

Despite Louie best efforts to project an aura of 'go away', two office workers sat down at her table, cheerily chatting over their salads. They're frustratingly immune to glares from people wearing hi-vis over a stab vest. (And okay, they're totally allowed to sit at this table, it's not like she actually owns this table. But still. They didn't even ask.)

She does her best to ignore them. She just got off from A Shift-- the sort that makes you question how the general public has managed to keep themselves alive for so long, question what is up with the state of public education and water supplies that so many idiots are running around, along with the standard questioning your faith in humanity. Not to mention this is the first day of her new schedule, with all the fun sleep cycle fuckery that implies. While it is lunch time for normal, daywalking people, it's dinner for her, and she's been up far too long.

Short of it is: It's been a day where she deserves donuts with dangerous amounts of cinnamon for dinner. For lunch. (For dunch.)

 

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"You thinking separating them? Or getting them to trip over each other?"

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"They might be too dumb to get them to trip over each other-- but separating them out seems like it could work."

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"Some of them are animal-level intelligence and can get aggressive at each other, but, yeah, it varies a lot. Separating them out should work."

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"The trick would be working out how to lure them."

Hmm. Any nearby rocks she could throw at them?

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There's no rocks, nor anything rock-like. Everything in this dunj except the monsters seems firmly attached to everything else.

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Yeah, operation 'throw rocks at the monsters to distract and separate them' ain't going to get off the ground.

"Might be more worth keeping in mind for later dunjes, rather than trying with this one."

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"Most of them can react to noise, if you want to try finding a choke-point and shouting, but that's not really separating them except on a large scale."

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"It's not nothing, but yeah. And considering how small these guys are at the moment, not sure it'd help that much."

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"Bigger ones do tend to be easier to get to trip over each other, yeah."

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She gets the mental image of two large greebly things crashing into each other and falling flat on their backs, and snorts.

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"I've gotten some of the more aggressive ones to fight each other before, though that's rare to be able to get to happen."

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"They generally... recognise each other? As being the same side?"

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"I'm not sure, actually."

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"Hmm. Could be worth investigating."

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"Definitely! Has a lot of fascinating implications, either way."

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"If they can, I wonder if it's across dunjes, or just for the residents of the one... I feel like 'throw a dunj at another dunj to see what happens' would be pretty unethical, but it'd be interesting to watch."

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They laugh. It's a weird sensation. "Definitely."

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"Maybe if there's two really isolated ones nearby. Maybe."

And she presses on. She's getting used to wielding Lianne. She doesn't need quite as much guidance.

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Which is fortunate, because the needed strategy gets ever more complex, and Lianne has to switch to advising on that.

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Strategy help is much appreciated! It's not like she doesn't know anything about strategy-- she just knows alarmingly little, considering she's trying to fight in a dunj, and it's hard to focus on that when there's six legged monsters attacking you.

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That's why teams are important, is Lianne's opinion.

Soon enough they're getting to higher densities of larger monsters, which Lianne indicates means the center of a dunj is probably near.

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That's good. The sooner this portal is closed, the sooner the area will be safe for... hikers or whatever.

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Yup! And monsters can spread, if left alone long enough, and cause problems even further out.

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...Okay, that shouldn't be surprising, but it is alarming.

(Yay for dunj crawlers, protecting people from the fact that these things spread. Gaahh.)

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Yeah, it's probably why the government makes such a point of enabling even freelancers...

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