You need to get her back out here, where you can keep track of her. Running away when you have so far to go, and she can attack from any number of angles plus being able to knock out the lights just seems stupid, but chasing her down doesn't seem particularly intelligent either. So that leaves you with trying to lure her out.
Now, you wouldn't be trying this if you weren't at least confident that this would work. A Slime variant mon literally can't
form here naturally, and unless there was a human settlement inside the tunnel no mon was going to charge into the tunnel just to live here. She had to have been abandoned.
"Hey, are you hungry? I could let you have part of my lunch if you'd like." You make sure to speak nice and loudly for her, since she could be hiding anywhere.
You've read about Abandoned mons too. It's where trainers couldn't be bothered to take the simple step of ensuring that their mons end up in a good home, and just toss them out wherever. Highly irresponsible to begin with, but the trainer responsible for this SlKogasa is even more so, considering how Slimes usually operate.
Now, you weren't going to accuse this slime of being a monster. You had no proof of that. However, since abandoned mons may seek company, she might get overzealous and create more slime variant mons. Meaning this is the potential start of a slime nest that doesn't need to exist.
For a long moment the tunnel is as quiet as can be, only the sounds of dripping water and the pipes doing their jobs reaching your ears. Eventually though, you hear the sound of a vents grating being carefully undone and pushed up and out of the way. Looks like you got her attention at least. You can't tell just where she's coming from though with how this tunnels acoustics are working out, but you can hear what you think is the sound of her crawling along the walls or ceiling. She hasn't attacked yet, but she still hasn't come down.
...Your girls must think you're nuts right now, but the slime mon is coming out. "I'm not going to hurt you or run away. I want to talk to you." The simple fact that she's not outright attacking you is a good sign, though you do look up again as you keep an eye out for her.
Lyrica, Merlin and Lunasa are all huddle around you now, trying to figure out just where the noises are coming from as you attempt to coax the slime out into the open in what is no doubt some clever ruse. The SlKogasa still isn't revealing herself though, but shining the flashlight around shows she's not above you, or over there but-ah ha! You finally manage to catch her in the light of your flashlight...or, well. Part of her anyway. There's a mass of slime on the ceiling in a disk with a tongue dangling from it that looks like the Kogasa's but where is-
" A voice suddenly yells loudly from right behind you. Your girls panic in response to it and how she easily got past their detection and react with force, unleashing what must no doubt be a vicious classical power chord.
The SlKogasa's body is jiggling under the barrage of sound, but aside from giggling and grabbing parts of her slime body to try and make them stop jiggling she doesn't seem affected by the sound.
You cringe at your girl's sudden, violent reaction but note that the SlKogasa doesn't seem to be that bothered by it. Suddenly you're glad you didn't order your girls to start playing music to generate a sound barrier. From the looks of it it wouldn't have worked.
Still, you did offer her lunch, so you rummage through your bag and take out half of a sandwich meant for you. You step closer to the goo girl and offer it to her. "Here."
Now that you've got a clear look at her, there's something off about this SlKogasa. Pretty much every single slime variant is capable of forming a whole body, but this one has only formed a body from the waist up.
SlKogasa looks at the sandwich for a moment as you hear her other mass of slime drop down to the ground with a plot and start to ooze it's way over to where you all are. It's actually fascinating to watch as the two masses of slime join together, as they press up against each other for a moment as the membranes seem to resist, and then they simply become a part of the greater mass as her blobish lower body grows as it is joined with the rest of her. SlKogasa eventually moves forward fast enough to spooky you as she opens her mouth and proceeds to take the sandwich and your entire hand into her head. You can't help but watch as the sandwich floats up out of your hand and starts to slide down deeper into her body, breaking apart rapidly as it goes. The Kogasa sucks on your hand for a moment before releasing it, just as good as it was before...except coated in a fine layer of her slime.
Still SlKogasa is now positively beaming at you, and seems more curious about your girls as they warily regard the slime and try to make sure they can protect you if she tries anymore funny business.
You are pretty surprised that she went ahead and took your whole hand into her mouth, and noted that it felt like her internal currents weren't just whisking your half sandwich away, but making sure there wasn't so much as a crumb left on your hand. You get the feeling she enjoyed doing that. "Alright. I think I've got most of your situation figured out, but I wanted to ask you about it personally."
SlKogasa manages to bring her attention fully back onto you and puts on her 'game face' as she finally stops jiggling in place. She nods to you, speaking something in a broken mixture of common and moonspeak, from which you gather that she's said 'okay'.
...A combination of common and moonspeak. She can't even talk properly? Just what... "I can't understand what you're saying that well, so I'll try to stick to yes or no questions. First off, were you abandoned down here?" You keep one eye on your girls to watch for their reactions. You need Yume or Ruukoto to translate properly, but your girls can help you gauge just how bad off the goo girl is.
The SlKogasa's expression shifts as her whole body starts to shake and shudder after you asked her that question. Lyrica cuts in and starts to chatter something at the SlKogasa, getting the Slime's attention and starting to calm her down. Given that reaction though...
Lyrica continues to try and chat with the SlKogasa, speaking with her in moonspeak and trying to get her to answer you as best as she can. The SlKogasa just shakes her head rapidly and speaks, "No no no no can't..." She struggles to find a word, "Memories. Can't memories."
"Can't remember?" You ask. Honestly you want to give this poor girl a hug, but you're not totally sure about how smart that is just yet. Still, you've got enough now to where if you meet whoever dumped her down here, that individual is going to have broken shins, broken balls, or both. Not Touhouballs either.
She looks to Lyrica who quickly chats with Lunasa and Merlin and then nods to her, which leads to SlKogasa nodding to you, confirming that she cannot into her memories.
"You can't recall what happened, you know you don't want to be down here all alone, and judging from your actions and reactions you must be tame." You try to avoid bringing up the 'and you were dumped here' point since you didn't want to upset her again. "It doesn't look like you can form up completely and you're mixing common and moonspeak, so you must have been down here for a while..."
Funny. This feels similar to what you felt when you recruited your girls. You reach out and pet the slime variant on the head.
Her head is fairly firm under your hand, only squishing a bit as you rub her membrane and manage to get a smile out of the poor slime girl as she leans into your patting with a sigh. Out of the corner of your eye you can make out your girls all sharing looks.
You look to your girls while continuing to pet the goo girl and look at them quizzically.
Well, you look back to the goo girl. There's really only one sane option here. Leaving her here would just compound whatever issues she's got. You're probably jumping the gun here but... "Lyrica, Lunasa, Merlin, do you three mind if we take this Kogasa with us?"
Lyrica just shrugs and smirks, having already pegged you for what you are. Merlin gives the slime a look over and then nods to you, giving her consent as long as the Slime behaves. Lunasa is...hugging the slime girl and crying and saying something to her in moonspeak and SlKogasa is hugging her back but looks positively bewildered at what to do with the small crying touhou in her arms.
...But you know if she was caught before she might still have the protections that all mon get when they're captured on her. You don't know what, how or when she was left down here, and that's something you need to keep in mind while figuring out just what you're going to do.
The problem is knowing how to approach this scenario. Your girls approve, with Lunasa being the most vocal about taking the SlKogasa along, so there's no real issue there. Still... "It's fine." You say to the SlKogasa. "These three girls were basically left by themselves to die before I managed to catch them and form them into a new trio. Lunasa's just empathizing with you about it." You hug the goo girl as well, figuring that if Lunasa has deemed it okay, it might be okay for you to do so too.
And since you're hugging the goo girl and their chosen sister is as well, Lyrica and Merlin join in on the group hug as well. The SlKogasa is very much surprised at all the physical affection that she's receiving and doesn't quite know how to handle it all. That's why just moments into her hug you feel her upped body melt down and flow through your arms into the pile of slime on the floor that your standing in up to your ankles.
"I guess that was a bit much?" You ask your girls sheepishly. Honestly, if she was alone for a long time, she might not know how to deal with that kind of thing. "Are you alright?" You ask the slime puddle.
The slime puddle burbles in response.
Lyrica is trying to restrain her giggling but Merlin isn't even bothering to hold it back and is laughing uproariously at what just happened. Lunasa is trying to help the poor Kogasa get herself together by trying to gather her slime up and shape it into a slime girl again.
That's not really working out very well.
You just sigh at your girl's antics before saying what should be said. "Since the girls approve of it, would you like to come with us?" You squat down and ask the puddle of SlKogasa.
The slime promptly lunges up at you, knocking Lunasa aside and sending her spinning as it wraps around you and pulls you part ways into it. It's like your entire body is being hugged now as the shapeless mass squeezes you softly.
Just moment later your face is buried between two very shapely masses as the SlKogasa manages to regain control of her form again and hugs your head to her chest, happily repeating the same word in moonspeak over and over again.
You're guessing that means yes.
You're pretty positive it means yes...right up until she starts to drag you off down one of the little tunnels that lead to maintenance and rest areas in this place. She's humming happily as her whole body vibrates around you. You can see your girls flying after you behind you, and they don't seem to be in an attack pattern just yet.
The SlKogasa throws open a door and you find yourself in a very dark room. You can feel her gingerly letting you out of her body and you can't help but find yourself missing the feeling of behind hugged safely inside of her. It was comforting, if a bit weird. SlKogasa is excitedly about, as much as a slime can, and spreads her arms wide around her right in front of you, "Stuff!"
That was out of left field, but not entirely unexpected you suppose. "Stuff?" You repeat, not quite sure what she's getting at. You really either need to pioneer some way to learn moonspeak or get Yume or Ruukoto on the phone to act as a translator.
There's a few ways that could go, after all. She could be talking about catching her, or having sex with her. Admittedly you're not quite sure which one it is but she may not object to either one.
Or she could be trying to show you her
stuff. You still have your flashlight, so you decide to light up the room a bit and see if that's what she's talking about.
Your look around the room shows you that you're in a decently sized area with numerous shelving units all over it. On those units you can see a surprisingly large amount of stuff. Some of it's just junk, but there's an impressive amount of potentially very valuable things in here. You'd need to look through some of the bags, but this is amazing-is that a Star Piece!"
"This is all stuff you've collected? This is impressive!" You mean that too. Befriended a slime and get to see her treasure trove, maybe even take some of it with you since you're going to take her with you.
She actually starts to slime around the room and pick up things and carry them over to you to show them off to you. Looking at some of the things in the room and some of the thing she's shown you it seems like some of the touhoumon related products have expired by now, but others look to still be good.
Looking at one of the objects she shows off to you now, you realize that some of these supplies seem to be marked with stamps from the nearby Science Lab, and you connect the dots to realize that they're probably supplies for various expeditions.
That raises an interesting question, given her circumstances. ...Though to be fair, given all the nooks and crannies this place has, and that there was a group of people who tried to stay here before, it's possible that some of these items are just what was left of those people. It warrants asking though. "Kogasa, I wasn't the first person to come through here while you were stuck here, was I?" You ask her with genuine curiosity.
Kogasa pauses mid search and turns around to look at you, her waist swiveling on her lower slime half as she regards you. She shakes her head back and forth, answering your question that you were not the first person what came through here while she was stuck.
The Prismrivers are actually poking around the room themselves now, chatting as they take a look at all the objects and various things. Merlin gives a flute a toot and all four mon in the room flinch at the sound it makes, leading to her quickly putting it back.
A flute..."You make a mental note to check what that is later. Considering the reaction of your mons, that may just be a Black Flute. Still... "Though you were more interested in playing with people... Kogasa, was this stuff left behind after various Touhoumon attacks? I know mons typically don't have uses for this stuff."
SlKogasa is looking confused and a bit upset when Lyrica gently smacks you upside the head and then chatters at Kogasa, getting the Slime girl to focus on her while she explains what you're asking. Kogasa seems to be having trouble explaining it even in moonspeak, but then Merlin and Lunasa show up carry a...is that a white board? What's that doing down here?
Lyrica claps her hands and quickly begins to tell her sisters what to do, and they set to work creating something while SlKogasa watches on.
"Agh, sorry." You apologize when you realize that you sounded like you were accusing the SlKogasa.
Finally, you're presented with a comic that helpfully explains the situation. Apparently while Kogasa remembers people passing through here before, there were either lots of them so she was scared or she was asleep and didn't notice when they passed through. When they came through they'd end up dropping stuff, and she'd pick up some of the stuff and bring it back here to where she sleeps and keep it because she liked it.
"Oh, that makes sense." You say after reading it. You turn to the SlKogasa again while blushing from embarrassment. "I wasn't trying to say you
made anyone disappear. I heard rumors that there was a group of people who tried to settle down in this underground tunnel and got carted off by mons who decided that the concept of having new humans to mess with was more than worth braving the repellant measures. What I was trying to ask is if you is if you found some stuff from that too, and added it to your pile."
SlKogasa just looks confused at that. She shakes her head from side to side, "No, no...memories."
Lyrica and the other sisters are now drawing a comic after having erased the previous one. It's about a stylistically drawn brave young man carrying off a trio of princesses after saving them from an ivory tower and then he takes off his pants...
"Alright." You respond. "Still, you must be quite the treasure hunter. Items on the ground aren't always easy to spot." That's pretty much why the Itemfinder- You catch a glimpse at what your girls are drawing and proceed to blush for a different reason.
"Uh... so, yeah." You look at the SlKogasa again. "That's stylized a bit but that's pretty much what happened. Except I had sex with my girls while I was still convincing them to come with me." And then proceeded to have sex with them for an entire week as you got acclimated to them, since while they didn't break you you were still partially broken in and needed to have the job finished in a controlled and careful manner so you could still be a trainer and not a fuck pet.
SlKogasa is staring at you and oh she just licked her lips and her slime that was pooled around your feet is climbing up to your ankles and is working its way up your legs to-
Lyrica smacks her upside the head, just a bit. She then chatters at the SlKogasa and makes a series of vaguely erotic hand gestures as her sisters nod along behind her, Merlin offering up what you suspect are suggestions while Lunasa is being the serious sister and trying to make sure that nothing funny gets tried.
SlKogasa is pouting, just a little bit.
You're still just a tad stuck though. "So... should I take off my pants then?" You ask your girls, since that's what they seem to be aiming for anyway. YAAAAAR BELOW THIS POINT THAR BE NAUGHTY BOOTY INDEED. >>/at/31714 YAAAAAR ABOVE THIS POINT THAR BE NAUGHTY BOOTY INDEED.
You're pried off the SlKogasa, but have to take a couple minutes to recover from the afterglow. That was certainly exotic enough that you wouldn't mind doing it again sometime. Still, there's one more thing left to do. You're not sure if the SlKogasa has any protection against being caught. "Hah... Kogasa, there's one more thing I have to do if I'm going to take you with me." Rather than just straight up ask the question since you seemed to be on an idort streak, you take a leaf out of your girls' book and take up the whiteboard, drawing a servicable picture of yourself, her, and a theoretical trainer. "I'm not sure if you remember, but when caught, a trainer's mon has special protection applied to it in order to keep it from being caught." You proceed to draw the theoretical trainer throwing a ball, which then bounces off the SlKogasa in the picture.
"Since I have no idea how long you've been stuck here, I don't know if that protection even applies to you anymore. For all I know, your original ball has degraded beyond all hope of repair." You erase the ball from the earlier scene and redraw part of it again, this time showing a more successful capture with the you in the pic panicking. "If it doesn't apply, anyone could catch you, and I wouldn't have a leg to stand on in terms of my claim on you."
"So, really, I need to catch you to make sure someone's not going to be able to steal you from me."
She stares at you for a long moment before she slimes off into the distant parts of her lair, disappearing into the darkness.
Eventually, she returns carrying something wrapped up in multiple rags and holds it out to you.
Curious, you take it from her and start to unwrap it carefully.
You're not sure if you're supposed to do this, but at the same time you need to check.
SlKogasa watches nervously as you push aside the rags to reveal an odd looking touhouball that it takes you a moment ro place. This is a premier ball and it's probably quite old judging by the look of it. The surface of it is worn down and just after a cursory look you can tell that the seal on the ball itself failed at some point, leaving it so that it couldn't possibly contain a touhoumon at this point.
...And for once, you set your flashlight down and pull out your Tablet. It has enough functions and apps that there should be one to check the structural and storage integrity of the ball in question, seeing as even the most durable balls can fail after a while. Having early warning to a ball degrading shouldn't be necessary, but just like everything else you've got something that could help with that.
It's broken, you don't need an app to tell you that. What you want to know is the severity of the damage, since that could help explain a few things.
Your tablet does its level best to connect with the ball and see if it can gain access to its diagnostic systems. The ball complains and attempts to force you put in a password as you don't have the authorization for it on your tablet, but 'Mama's Own Cracker' deals with that easily, breaking open the balls information for you. What you find inside isn't exactly heartwarming. A lot of the data is compromised or damaged, but you can find that this touhouball was manufactured about thirteen years ago, and the mon captured in it was registered in...
Metro City. Figures.
There' no name on here, but you do find a trainer id number, and one other important bit of information. This touhouball is so compromised that its protection has failed completely.