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A note from falcon167

This is an important thing to remember guys.

Shadows do not equal darkness.

 

Shadows are the absence of light.  Darkness is the opposite of light.

This has been a big things with me since I was a little kid.  Darkness is not always a evil trait, it is merely the opposite of light.  Shadow, however, is the absence of light and is thus more evil than darkness.  Not always of course, but that's how I view it.  Like how chaos is not necessarily evil or law necessarily good.  

The twins have power of shadow, the lack of light.  They do not hold power over darkness, which is the opposite of light, because Doc does nto have that property within him.  The main reason he is trying to absorb the two monster cores, light and dark, is to gain that attribute.

Of course, none of this annoys me more than that review that says I plagerized book 2 and so far book 3.  I'm quite annoyed, please change that.  Keep the half star review if you want, but this is my story and saying I stole it pisses me off.

 

Enjoy!

After beating the twin bosses, the trio of beast-men used their escape charm to return to the surface.  The spoils of the last boss fight: a dagger of shadow that held the essence of humiliation.  When they appeared at the entrance to the dungeon, they were met with cheers and celebration.

 

Anhel and William stayed with the growing crowd of admirers while Jare went into the Adventurer Guild office.  There, he found a healthier Mary at her desk working.  He raised an eyebrow at her.

 

"I thought you had a few more weeks fo healing?" he asked her.

 

"Work came up; I'm using healing charms to keep me stable." she explained, "Not that I'm allowed to move around at all.  Don't be fooled; this desk is as bad as the bed."

 

Ally and Bella nodded as they kept watch of their guild-master from across the room.

 

Jare chuckled, "Well, whatever works for you my lady.  I'm here to report the successful dive and conquer of the slime dungeon.  Here are the reports." he handed over a small stack of paper to Mary.

 

Mary glanced at the top few sheets, "Anhel's hand-writing is getting better I see." She ignored Jare's coughing as she continued, "I'll look over this in better detail later.  For now, let's get the award ceremony prepared for you and your brothers."

 

Jare shook his head, "Actually, we brothers need to be heading off soon.  Our mission was to verify the dungeon wasn't a threat and to report its conditions.  Fighting and undead dungeon and completing the advancement test were nice distractions, but we really need to be returning to the war front.  That old coot Falcon left quite awhile ago, after the party I believe, and it won't do to be here having fun when our brothers are still in the fight."

 

Mary smiled sadly as she nodded in understanding, "Your troop is in Groatland right?  The reports state war just started a few days ago."

 

"All the more reason to go." Jare turned worried as he heard the news, "I think Polaris is leaving today back to border.  We'll hitch a ride with him.  Thank you for all your help Master Mary."

 

"No, thank you and your brothers for helping to save our town." Mary bowed her head to him, "Without your strength, we would all have died to the tomb.  I wish you safe travels."

 

She waved at Ally, who brought forth a parchment and three new badges.  "Here is the certificate of advancement and new adventurer identities for you three.  I wish you well in the war effort."

 

Jare smiled at Mary and shook her hand, "It's been a pleasure."  With that, he got up and left the room, nodding at Ally and Bella.

 

"Master Mary, are you sure you can't convince them to stay?" Bella asked sadly as the door shut.  She had been the recpetionist closest to the beast-man trio and would miss them the most.

 

Mary shook her head, "No, they were always meant to be temporary adventurers.  Our little town may be growing, but we lack the challenge they need to advance their skills.  The dungeon may have provided some, but once they knew the bosses it would have become easier to win everytime.  Besides, they are part of the beast-man tribes war delegation against the empire.  Thet would never leave their brothers in arms to fight without them if they could help at all."

 

"For all greetings, there will always be a good-bye."

~~~Later that Day~~~

 

Jare sat on the back of the wagon as Polaris rolled his caravan away from the dungeon town.  Polaris glanced back at the beast-man.

 

"I'll be returning here eventually, so I'll keep you informed as best I can about their well-being."

 

"Thanks," Jare nodded in gratitude.

 

They waited as the horses began to pick up speed before continuing the talk; one out of concentration and the other out of patience.

 

"Do you regret leaving?" Polaris asked.

 

"They were nice people, for humans and elves anyway." Jare admitted, "One of the few towns that didn't throw stones at us for having fur."

 

"It's a big world out there; even in all my travels as a merchant I've never seen it all." Polaris admitted, "All it takes is one idea to take root, and a tree of cultures will spawn out."

 

"Stop quoting your merchansice," Jare scolded, "I thought Philosopher scrolls were expensive."

 

Polaris shrugged, "Expensive out here, but in the country of philosophy they are a copper a dozen.  A story for another time though." He looked back at the fading town, "I guess with you leaving, the dungeon is out of secrets then.  Looks like the town will slow down soon."

 

"You think so?" Jar wondered, "Actually, I think . . ."

 

They balanced themselves as the earth rumbled.  Polaris and the other horse drivers took a moment to calm the horses.

 

Jare grinned as he looked back to the town, the forest, and the little hill in the plains where an entrance stood, "I think the dungeon is just getting started showing us what it has in store."

 

The End

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Really though, maybe I should have ended book 2 here . . .

Coming next chapter, Doc's story resumes with slimes, upgrades, boss fights, and more!


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Bio: Hi, I'm writer of the Slime Dungeon series and a few others. I like monster evolution, fantasy worlds, video games, and hearing from fans. I hope you enjoy my stories!

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Neruz @Neruz ago

Isn't 'night' just the shadow of the planet you're standing on though? Underground\caves are the same, by your definition I think the only place in the entire universe where actual darkness can be found would be inside the event horizon of a Black Hole; all other forms of 'darkness' are just shadows being cast by physical objects intervening between the most relevant light source.

Even in deep space you wouldn't get true darkness, just really, really dim light and shadows.

Furthermore; logically if darkness is the opposite of light it should actively destroy light in some way, so what exactly is darkness by your definition? Because the way you've described it just defines all darkness as shadows and then defines darkness as 'anti-light' whatever that is.

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    Mortismorte @Mortismorte ago

    Also, you can not have a shadow with the absence of light, as in darkness you can not see the shadow, so calling shadow an absence of light is incorrect as light is needed to be able to see said shadow. If I recall correctly the reason night is called darkness instead of a shadow, same with caves etc..., is that the sun's light is not reaching your eyes. BTW light, darkness, and shadows are not inherently good or evil, as they make no effort to be so, it is usually a metaphor to help us understand to a point about good and evil. To much light will kill as surely as not enough of it, unless you are talking an intelligent sentient being made of one of them, then they have no will so can not be good or evil.

mufarasu @mufarasu ago

Christ these chapters are so short. Been a real lack of content for the past while. You've just been streching out this dungeon dive.

epiclobster @epiclobster ago

I totally agree with Neruz on how you defined darkness and shadow.

the madfull god @the madfull god ago

i agree with you 

you should of eneded the book here

i thought the beastmen will play more in the story

but still great story

Stoneslide @Stoneslide ago

I always love hearing different interpretations of known themes! Seeing how authors use these reimagined themes is what makes similar stories unique and keeps the reading experience exciting! My personal views on darkness and shadow is a bit opposite to yours. I've always viewed light and shadow to be opposites since where there is light there is always shadow, and where there is shadow there is always light while darkness is something independent. The dark is not necessarily evil but it is definitely other; primal. It is in darkness that all things are born and eventually all things will be consumed by it; time and space, light and shadow, life and death, land, sea, and sky. Darkness is the infinite void that bites at the borders of reality itself and is only ever seen in brief flashes within that border.

In regards to the story, I am absolutely loving it! It's light and fun while still being serious enough to take... seriously. I'm really going to miss those bears and while I'm happy to be getting more Doc I hope they come back later in the story. Keep up the good work!

superloner @superloner ago

Wonder what the earthquake came from.

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mjkj @mjkj ago

Thank you for the chapter  :)

minestorm @minestorm ago

Thanks for the chapter! :)

rusticsoldier @rusticsoldier ago

this would be a good ending if the beast men where the mcs... it would totally make sense. however the mc is doc.. so while it feels right to end a story here the only story that would end currently are the beastsmen. doc story is just getting set up.

ZanthaV @ZanthaV ago

Thanks for the chapter. Glad to be getting back to Doc.