Chrysalis - Chapter 498

Published at 13th of April 2020 11:20:06 AM

Chapter 498: 498
There's not a lot to do when imprisoned . It's lucky that I'm used to this sort of thing, others might have a really hard time . In fact, being confined to a small space without anything to do is almost bringing up nostalgic feelings of my human life . Except this time I'm brought regular meals and have pleasant, non-shouty conversations . It's a plus . After Tiny hung around for a little while and I forced him to absorb that rare core he and Corun headed off for some more hunting . I'm levelling and mutating at a good pace here and I'm keen for my first pet to keep pace with me . I'm sure Crinis is levelling like crazy, wherever she is . When I imagine what she would do to anything that tried to prevent her from getting back to me, let's just say I don't picture it going well for the unfortunate creature .

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Claws crossed she manages to level up enough to evolve before I meet up with her again . She's going to need at least that much power if we end up getting pursued by those damn Golgari hunting parties again .

Corun did manage to speak to Granin and he was fairly confident that Tiny's problem could be resolved through evolution, which would be amazing . The poor dude has been getting his insides ripped up for long enough already . It can't be pleasant . Although he puts a brave face on it, I can tell it's driving him bananas . Since he's out hunting, and with the 'joy' of having a rare core absorbed after maxing out he's going to be fully motivated to level up and evolve, so it shouldn't take long .

For me, I'm back to training and raising my newfound pet! Who I still have to name . The Envy Demon is nearly fully grown now, even if he hasn't physically changed size all that much . The floating eyeball stores 90% of its body in a separate dimension after all, which I'm sure is now packed full of brains . Soon enough he'll be able to start casting magic again and I fully intend to have him grinding healing and support magic as fast as possible . His offensive ability is already way higher than I need it to be, but after chatting with Torrina and Corun the wide variety of support magic out there is making me drool . I had no idea this stuff was possible! Certainly I didn't realise how powerful it could be! This is going to revolutionise the Colony when I get back there . But who will cast the spells? Generals are probably too stupid… maybe if they evolve to tier four? Mages obviously can, but they're primarily offensive in nature… healers maybe?

Gah! I can't decide . I'll leave it to the council to work out . They can do the heavy lifting when it comes to thinking about the way the Colony should operate going forward . That's exactly why the council was formed in the first place!

Still, these different branches of support magic are interesting . Healing magic is an obvious one, restoring health and all that . Mind magic has applications for distracting enemies, which is also great . But Illusion magic, an advanced form of light magic that can create false images, much cheaper and easier than trying to insert thoughts into your opponent's head . Barrier magic exists, allowing the caster to produce actual magical shields with varying properties . Curse magic and necrotic magic to weaken foes or damage them over time .

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The options are almost endless!

Ah, little Demon! Your future will be busy indeed! So many skills to train, so little time! I can picture Tiny leaping into battle with a powerful shield defending him from harm . Or Crinis extending tentacles through the ground only to have a forest of illusory dark limbs spring up around the real one . With my plethora of defensive options and healing abilities I'll become truly unkillable with shields and additional healing to back me up! Gweheheheh . It's going to be great .

All I have to do is get out this damn hellhole .

I haven't received any signal from the Colony through the newly expanded range of my Vestibule, much to my disappointment . I'd hoped that as soon as the mutation was complete they would be there, on the edge of my awareness, but nope . Nothing . I just have to keep my claws crossed that eventually they'll find their way towards me .

More practice with Torrina before Granin eventually storms back in to break up the monotony .

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[Granin, thank Gandalf in his shiny whiteness of beard and robe! Tell this mad woman to give me a rest!]

[Torrina, lay off the bug for a bit . You can keep torturing him in a minute . ]

[Sure . ]

The originator of my pain sits down looking not even slightly tired . Surely that's just a ruse! I don't care how advanced her Skills are, there's no way she can keep casting like this when I'm putting four brains into the effort to her one!

[How is she able to do this?!] I demand of Granin . [I'm putting some serious mental firepower into this! She's what twenty years old?! How high can her Skills be?!]

Granin pauses for a second as he descends the ladder down to the bottom of my cell before continuing .

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[Anthony, how old do you think I am?] He asks .

[I don't know . Fifty?]

[I'm over a hundred and fifty…]

[You what mate?!]

Perfect! First the Lizard Wizard who was hundreds of years old and now this! Is every sapient race on this damned planet able to live hundreds of years or something?!

[Torrina is more than forty years old and she's been training in the magical arts since she was six . Yes, her Skills are higher than yours, obviously . More importantly, I've got word back from the leadership regarding your situation . ]

[Oh! Did they take me up on my offer?]

Certainly it would be the best possible outcome if they did . Getting out of here as soon as possible is all I can think about these days .

[No . ]

[Dang . ]