I snap to alertness hours later, ready for action. Vibrant and Crinis are still slumbering whilst riding on my back, the little ant using the ball like JellyMaw as a pillow.
Before resting be had dug into the wall to create a resting chamber. I'd estimated how far the veins of light would be able to travel whilst we rested and made sure we had a bit of buffer. I didn't want dumb plant monsters spawning on our heads while re rested from eating dumb plant monsters. I wouldn't have been able to take the irony.
I have a huge wealth of Biomass saved up at the moment, more than I've ever had before but I don't want to spend it yet, I'll pile up as much as I can before heading back to the surface. This is a long term pre evolution feast fest bonanza! There aint no brakes on this eating train!
While I'm at it I'll pump my pets full of Biomass at the same time. Tiny will be ready to evolve soon so he need as much Biomass as I do, whereas Crinis just needs to keep on growing until she's ready to fight.
Vibrant on the other hand is getting a prime opportunity to supercharge her growth, she'll be swimming in Biomass points by the time we're done down here, getting all of her organs to +5 should be a piece of cake!
The second part of our mission here is to create a path back to the surface, a staircase if you will. I don't want to have to follow winding tunnels hither and thither every time I want to come down into the Dungeon. If the colony is going to settle here long term then a shortcut to the deeper Dungeon is absolutely in order. After I evolve I'll have to go even deeper than this to get a decent amount of Biomass. At that time the shortcut will have to be extended downwards.
["Time to get up you slugs!"] I shout at my lazy crew.
As usual, Tiny requires a few extra pokes until he's ready to get up. He waves me away, even reaching over with one massive hand to push me as he tries to cover his eyes.
["There'll be food"]
The apes' eyes snap open like lightning and he leaps to his feet, purposefully flexing his fingers, looking every inch alert and ready for action.
Damn ape! Have you no shame at all?!
Vibrant jumps into action quickly.
"Morning Senior! Are we eating again today? Will there be dashing?!" she asks.
"There absolutely will be dashing!" I declare, I won't miss a chance to train my skills.
"Yaaaaaay!" Vibrant cheers, even Crinis extends a few tentacles into the air and wiggles them happily.
What is this scene? Are we on a family vacation or about to engage in slaughter and gruesome feasting? Or is it both.
Descending back down our newly dug tunnel we do indeed encounter a few newly spawned plant creatures which we destroy as an appetiser, feeding the last hits to Vibrant. Then we step out into the main tunnel once again.
We haven't even started yet?!
This is very different to the scenes we saw yesterday! Everything was surprisingly chill with the plants until we started to rumble with them, but here are engaged in what looks like all-out war!
Up and down the tunnel there are plant monsters doing ferocious battle with other creatures that we hadn't seen before.
At first glance they appear to be like heavily muscled pigs or boars. On closer examination there is something strange about their hides. They seem to glisten, or shimmer in the light. It's almost as if they're metallic? Are these metal pigs?
Indeed, all around us the plants are engaged in a fight to the death with these pigs who tear at them with fierce tusks or charge them into the ground before ripping into their plant fibres with their teeth.
On my right, further back and surrounded by plants I can see a giant pig, the mega pig! Easily twice the size of its smaller pig brethren this specimen is obscenely muscular, almost grotesquely bulging with mass beneath its thick, gleaming hide.
Well if these guys have metallic properties to their skin electricity ought to go right through them right?
[Tiny, go punch up that giant thing over there. I'll take care of the plants and small fry].
He acknowledges my instructions with a nod and grunt combo, unusually communicative for him in a fight. I can only presume he agrees with these instructions. Bearing his fangs he trundles forward, building up momentum gradually until he's flying at full speed, the ground trembling beneath the impact of his massive fists.
As he charges electricity ripples along his arms and shoulders, gathering in intensity like a storm. Finally he bursts through the crowd of plants cornering the massive boar and roars his challenge, smashing out with one mighty fist. Electrical energy flashes through that fist and lights up the piggy like a Christmas tree. The victim bellows in pain, thrashing wildly with its body and throwing the ape back with a titanic crash.
I do NOT want to be caught in the middle of that Still, it seems my hypothesis on the metallic skin being weak against Tiny rang true. I think I saw that monsters' skeleton.
Those two big bruisers can go at it, my job is serve the greens on the side. Dashing madly about with my cheering hangers' on clinging to my back. I fire acid at the annoying ones and move quickly to snip apart the most dangerous plants. Any pigs I come across are ground into mince by the relentless application of my infused mandibles and shattering bite, metallic skin or no.
Their defence is quite hefty I have to admit but these particular pigs either haven't mutated it or need to further evolve before it matches up to the Earth Bear Tyrant. I do get smashed in the side at one point by a charging pig but the diamond carapace holds firm!
Idiot pig! Out of metal or diamond which do you think was going to be superior!?
As I clean out the smaller creatures Tiny continues to dominate the big pig, smashing it about with his powerful lightning fists. Each time he connects a ringing boom bursts out like a thunderclap, telling of the immense force behind each swing.
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
The pig is reeling at this point. Staggering from side to side, desperately swinging its head to try and gouge Tiny with a tusk, but it isn't going to happen. The ape smartly backs of a touch as he watches his prey intently with his bat eyes. Finally he seems to sense weakness and opens his mouth wide to unleash his sonic scream!
Holy crap! That is only getting louder!
With my firm will I hold on but all around me plants and pigs are drooping to the ground, stunned by the shattering noise! On my head Vibrant has gone completely limp, flopping like a wet towel, even Crinis is looking more like melted jelly than her usual self.
The pig was taken completely by surprise, the point blank sonic attack has blasted it senseless momentarily and Tiny takes advantage by winding up a massive two handed hammer. Leaping into the air to unleash the full weight of his frame the ape collects a ferocious amount of lightning in his fists, causing them to glow so brightly I can barely stand to look at them.
Both hands collapse like a falling mountain on the head of the unfortunate pig, the discharged electricity rippling through its body and roasting it from the inside.
I'm determined not to get my hopes up. This Dungeon will surely find a way to make even roast pig taste disgusting.
With their leader the rest of the pigs and the battered plants aren't able to resist us for long. Within twenty minutes we are once again seated, feasting without rest, without remorse!
OM NOM NOM NOM!
I gain another eight Biomass from this meal, plus one for the new species. My wealth is amassing! Not to mention a few skill level ups I achieved in the fight!
[Dash has reached level 3]
[Shattering Bite has reached Level 6]
With plenty of energy left since we only recently woke up the gang is set to digging the shortcut again, carving a more direct path back to the colony through the Dungeon. After several hours of dirt shifting labour we rest once more.