You are a Cave Hydra, big and mighty, and your nap, which turned into full on sleep, was filled with flashbacks which happened before you decided to rest for a longer while.
After waking up, you went to the glowing forest, there you have found a Dwarf Bear fighting their namesakes; 3 dwarves. A giant bat tried to steal the bear, but after minimal effort, you gained two meals.
Conserving the bear and eating the bat, you go nap and then decide to return the sharp pointy stick to the dwarf that left it inside of the bear. You didn't manage to find them before they returned to their nest, but after small confrontation, you left it to other dwarf ad ran unscathed.
"Wake up, I'm thirsty." Says your left side
"I am too. the bear doesn't have blood." Says your right.
Redoing your morning routine, you are finally awake, also feeling hunger growing inside of you besides the need to drink.
>Conserve your meal, hunt fishes in the river.
>Eat the bear now, go drink water from the tunnels below.
>Kill two birds with one head; steal resources from dwarves.
Have none of you played dwarf fortress?
"Tunnels below have rivers, we will use them to hunt and eat." You reply
"I hate fish meat." Says your left.
"I prefer Bear guts. I want more Bear guts." Your right chimes in, but you ignore both, you crave fish, all that is to this.
Quitting from your nest, you head downwards, it's a pretty long walk solely because the tunnel leading there is filled with twists and turns for no reason, you suppose that digging a straight path at some point could be of use.
It's a boring walk as well, both for good and bad, good, because you didn't have to bother with expending energy to fight, bad because you had to listen to your other heads. But finally, you spot your target area.
The tunnel is big and wide, if it wasn't so long, it could easily pass as a cavern and later, into a lake. The shore is littered with mushrooms of all sorts, and from under these fungi you spot running rats and other various snacks which won't fill you the way you want.
Stepping in, you let your other heads drink while you scout the area, and soon enough you spot the two surprising happenings that drastically change the mood of the area. The amount of fish is small, you don't remember a shortage of them in this part of the river, the salt to the injury is also that the only fish swimming are the smallest one, not even remotely capable of satiating you. The other weird thing is the sound, echoing sound of something hitting hard wood or stem of thick shroom tree, joined with something outright drilling through the 'bark' of it, the source from you can gather, being higher, near the source.
"What's happening?" Both of your heads ask after spotting what you have noticed.
>Investigate the sound.
>Ignore it, bigger game lies lower, deeper in the tunnel.
>Wait for other animals to satiate their thirst to eat them
Not saying anything, you turn to your right and face the stream before walking up the elevating tunnel to investigate the sound source; you would use the water itself to hide, but it's too shallow in these parts, so you opt for the flora to be of use for you instead.
"Why you investigate, we're hungry now ourselves."
"Maybe Bears are there." The right side of you replies to the left one.
"I do not care about Bears.. Bears are food, let's go."
And so you did, after few minutes of a lengthy walk, you encounter dwarves, all holding the long pointy sticks, there's five of them, patrolling the river from both shores, your luck end with the fact that there's 2 of them on your side. And since they patrol far off from your destination, you see very little.
Further ahead you can only see silhouettes of the things that, possibly, cause the sound, and since it's just silhouettes, you spot little. a thick stick, a log perhaps, sticks out from the river, right in the middle of the stream. On the shores, you see a growing darkness slowly tighten quite literally. Bit by bit, the silhouette gets closer to each other from both sides, as if teeth slowly grew in length and try to swallow the entire tunnel. Ever so often you can spot what you can only hope to be a dwarf, moving from one side to another, completely ignoring the rather strong stream for some reason.
"Big monster, we can eat it!"
"Too risky, let's leave now."
"But we're hungry."
"So is that most likely."
>"The bipedals ignore it, we can kill the ones in front of us and advance."
>"My right is right, lets leave."
>This is your tunnel, try to intimidate whatever's coming here.
You step out from your cover, immediately spooking the dwarves in front of you, but they're not your target, the beast behind them is.
Digging your feet into the ground, you wind up your neck and soon enough the other 'you' follows, realizing what you want to do. You take in the breath, others do the same, and, you yell out a growl. A shriek loud and booming, stating your territory and trying to force whatever is currently trying to eat the river to scramble off.
The smaller shrooms and rocks move and roll aside from the sheer voice power, and the dwarves in your part of the shore also run away yelling, you can spot one running away on the other side as well. But all of this is for naught, because the beast doesn't budge, what's even more annoying for you, is that it doesn't even seem to bother itself with a reply, as if it was in an eternal slumber, or deaf, or stupid.
"It doesn't move."
"What do we do?"
And before you can reply, you hear yells and sounds of the dwarves, and soon enough, from the, what you can assume to be, throat, emerge dwarves, exactly 13, all armed in long stick and some wearing the shiny rock which doesn't crumble. What's worse, you spot more in the back, only their outlines, they don't seem too keen on advancing.
"It vomits dwarves!" Your right side acclaims.
>Turn around, this is not what you wanted to face.
>You are not afraid of fighting this much, you can take them on.
Thanks for the opportunity to explain this:
If your other head gets cut, it will most likely not regenerate during the battle, it will take much more time, probably few hours/a day and one additional head will pop out.
But if YOU get cut, your body kicks into overdrive as defensive measure and the head comes back in seconds from being cut. Also 2 more heads come out additionally as well, this however takes almost all of stamina, so you'd be in the end, probably better off running.
That's fine, dwarves are only minor inconvenience, only in huge numbers do they pose high threat, or the ones in full suit of shiny rock, these? No problem you think. What you're worried about more is the thing behind them.
You charge into the advancing line, focusing on your current obstacles, your heads show bit of hesitation, but once you enter striking range, your left swipes in and bites into the dwarf who stood too close and snapped him like a twig with a wet crunch.
You swipe ahead, pushing the sticks aside to your left, this lets your other half do the same with another dwarf. The line got already broken and they go back, to which you reply by stepping forward and, with a roar, swipe with your head, bashing two dwarves together and ram them into the wall, effectively putting them out for longer fight.
As you pull your head in, you hear a loud SWISH! go in between you and your left, and then you spot the back line of dwarves.
4 Dwarves hold what you call jumping sticks. They send smaller ones flying and penetrate a lot of things, although you worry little. Those sticks seem flimsy, not powerful and intimidating as some you've seen earlier.
The dwarves scream in terror and back off into the beast, all while the flying sticks either miss or bounce off of you. Taking the advantage, you push in and now you see the mouth of this beast up close. And as you guessed, it's not normal.
It grows from the wall, it's hide made out of the insides of the mushroom's stem, separate lines of hide seem to be connected by rocky things, probably sticks, but all you see is the flat end resting outside of it.
The throat seems to be nonexistent, because behind the mouth there's... Nothing, just the water. And other various things of Dwarvish nature, dwarvish, because they seem like pointless combinations of the insides of the mushrooms.
>Keep the advantage, ruin everything.
>Focus on ruining the beast's mouth.
No, Cave Hydra's start with 3 heads, only the bigger, 'normal' hydras start with random number of heads.
That'd be like stabbing yourself with a knife, and no also for quest purposes.
>Keep the advantage, ruin everything.
Ah, here I was thinking you were foreshadowing some kind of recurring enemy or something.
Our heads can just feast on each other until only the strongest of heads remain for our ascension into the almighty Ball of Heads. Once we become more head than hydra, we will transcend our mortal shell and attain ultimate power just like our ancestors before us.
>Ah, here I was thinking you were foreshadowing some kind of recurring enemy or something. I suggest you to enjoy the every day in the life of Hydra first before I start throwing curve balls, all in due time, hell, this is a second thread only.
You are close enough to rip and tear the mouth and the running dwarves, and you'll be dammed if something stops you from doing so.
You swipe yet again, this time in a wider arc, this lets your claws rip the weird hide which feels strangely like a mushroom stem, a real one. The swipe continues and latches onto the back of a running dwarf, which forces him to fall onto the ground before being ripped apart by your right.
Your advancement is stopped by another hail of flying sticks, most of them bounce, but once prickles you in between the neck of your left and yourself, drawing very little blood, but another sharp pain strikes your side which makes you shriek. Glancing to your left, you spot the long stick sticking out of your left, right in the middle, looking up, you spot the dwarves that are on the other side.
Undeterred, you continue ripping, two more dwarves falling to your attacks, the one who can send sticks flying moving away from you. The stem mouth gains more wounds, yet, you are surprised, because the beast doesn't move its mouth or even yell in pain despite your tries to wound it, in fact, not even blood is drawn despite the mouth, or lip, being quite shallow.
>You did your damage, return.
>Drive out them for once and for all
This seems to be about the finish, all of the dwarves seem startled and on verge of breaking, you wonder why they're even here.
You don't bother chasing the ones far away, you reach for those the closest and crunch them like sticks they're using in a messy gore, no need to put too much energy into this you think. Two more die under your feet, and you drive out the rest with another roar, forcing the water to gently curve its stream away from you as you yell. This was enough as you see them scrambling away.
You bother yourself with the beast for a while, only to find that it's just really the insides of a mushroom, set together to form a wall. All of that for quite nothing, but at least no more dwarves.
"We won. Why were they here?"
"I knew it wasn't food, we wasted effort."
Your heads comment after pulling out the sticks and licking the wounds.
"Dwarves never do good. We did a good thing stopping whatever they were doing." You reply.
"We're even more hungry, eating the dwarves won't be enough."
Your heads are right, and most likely after eating you will have to nap as you feel the small void of energy left after the fight growing on you just like the sticks that shallowly harmed you. Not enough to stop you, enough to be a nuisance.
>Hunt bigger fish game up stream.
>Hunt bigger fish game down stream.
>Eat the bear you have saved up
>Hunt in the forest.
You say nothing, instead you walk immediately forward, as if following the dwarves, but you have different idea in mind rather than hunting them.
The walk takes a bit of time, but soon enough you enter the area you have in mind to hunt in. The crossing streams. Here the flora of shrooms is the biggest, practically a forest, and since the tunnel widens even further, you are not far off with calling it a forest, but the reason behind such name is different. Here, three quite big rivers join into a bigger one, the one you followed.
Animals here are also small, too small to bother you, but if you desired, switching your hunting quarry wouldn't be a bad idea, you just might get your share if you press hunting hard enough. However, fishes is what you're interested in.
Getting closer to the shore, you stand on the joint where all three waters connect, now you can spot some worthwhile fishes, but as it is with the underground, even the fish can kill you if you are not lucky. Especially in such deep water like here. Not to mention possibly other fishers who might as well decide to go for Hydra meat instead once they spot you.
>You are not afraid of anyone, beating the dwarves was a good warm up.
>Hide in the thickest bushes, hope for either good fish or someone else to satiate your hunger.
You know better not to push your luck, so you hide as close as you can without sacrificing cover too much.
"What are you doing. We can hunt in the water." Your left comments your actions.
"That's true, we can hunt in the water."
"I am not risking more wounds, I just want to eat something and then sleep." You reply.
In wait, you watch the stream, hoping to pick out a shade of a huge fish or other animal to eat, the glow of nearby shrooms being helpful enough, but not even those can help if there's nothing to actually show. Undeterred, you sit through and wait, searching for anything to eat. This takes a lot of time you sense, and as you're getting bored enough to call it the end, something happens that hooks your attention yet again.
You spot a Giant Bat, this wouldn't be weird enough to surprise you, but the sticks sticking out of its wings make it very interesting to watch. You see how it scrambles away from the tunnel, splashing into the water and being dragged away by the current, only to be impaled by a shining stick right in the chest and slowly dragged back onto ground by the shiny object. Closer look shows how it's possible; the stick is connected by something long and bendy. Soon after you hear sounds of dwarves, slowly emerging from the middle tunnel.
>Break the connection and burst off with the bat.
>Wait, see what happens.
You don't move, despite having a good food material within your reach, you are more interested in the bipedals and their doing.
Soon enough they emerge, and you consider yourself hiding to be a good idea, because a huge group of them, all coated in the shiny rock to various degrees, a lot of them have both the long and jumping sticks that seem very menacing. They emerge from the tunnel and head over to the Bat, dragging it onto the ground at the same time.
Few of them step closer and circle it, then you see how they pull out little shiny sticks and stab it multiple times, you can hardly see the gore, but the ungodly shrieks of pain being drowned by blood and sounds of the skin and muscle being ripped give you a solid idea that they're trying to clumsily kill it. You almost feel bad for them, even in numbers they are incompetent at even mercy killing.
After the deed was done, you hear cheerful sounds coming from them as they circle about and continue stabbing, curiously enough, they don't eat it right there, instead, they wrap bits of flesh into something white and pack it into their bags. And this is where you spot some familiarities from earlier, from yesterday technically speaking.
"Is it them?"
"Is that the one you decided to bring the stick back to?"
You don't rule it out, they all seem to smell the same from a distance, and you'll be dammed if you can spot a difference visually from a group of tem, they're like doppelgangers, hairy and too sturdy for their good. Also annoying most of the time. But you can spot some familiar signs.
>Surprise attack will be very effective, and they're all clamped together as well.
>Stay for leftovers.
>Leave this place, you can still eat the Bear.
You wait in hiding, you will still have things left to eat once they're done, you're all for free food, even if there's going to be less of it. Food is food and nothing will change that.
They don't take long, each taking a single piece with them, some take two from what you spot, but it all matters little and in the end, they continue their walk down the tunnel where you came from, walking over through the shallowest parts of the water and getting to the shore.
You wait a bit, making sure that they won't spot you, only then you make your way to the corpse, crossing the river and getting close. Now you partially regret your decision and your heads snarl at you to double your sense of regret, because there's not a whole lot left, but beggars can't be choosers and you feast on what's left. Satisfying your hunger, but not your sense of taste.
Now you could use a nap. So you head back, but as you're heading the way you hence came, you notice your problem. The dwarves you've just meet are staying at the same place you've driven the earlier ones out. And some of them leave the most meaty bits out in the open, as if taunting you that unless you take them, they will go bad.
>Charge through, try to force yourself to the other side.
>Take your sweet time and walk the longest way, through the rightmost tunnel where the rivers met.
>Kill them all to ensure that this road stays dwarf-free.
>1. Are we Male or Female?
Gender is not something I will be touching for now, it's not overall necessary and it could lead to things where I might be banned.
I have more plans for pastebin account anyway
2. Are we Venomous?
Nope, pure crushing power.
3. Are we warm or cold blooded?
Warm, you can go all year, but you do feel like sleeping more during a winter, but it's nowhere near hibernation and stuff.
Yes, Hydra language, it's like, dog barking n shit, know what I mean?
Anyway, I gotta go now, ask.fm for more questions in second post, thanks for playing.