Slimes

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Slimes
Slime
Slime, from Ultima VII manual
First appearance: Ultima IV
Last appearance: Serpent Isle

This article is about the creature. For the Ultima VI spell of the same name, see Slime (spell).


Slimes are green viscous organisms whose bodies emit a venomous toxin. They appear in Ultima IV, V, VI, VII, and VII Part Two.

Description[edit]

A slime (Ultima V, cave)

Slimes are often found in swampland or dungeons, preferring moist dark environments. They attack by ejecting part of their envenomous flesh at their victims, and are capable of extremely rapid asexual reproduction - a process which may be instigated when a slime is struck with a weapon. As a result, large swaths of slime can easily overwhelm an ill-prepared adventuring party, especially when they are vulnerable or at rest. Most wayfarers, however, can protect themselves against such assaults by keeping a watch during the evening hours, and by equipping themselves with flame-based weapons or torches, which are extremely effective against such beasts.

Given the ease with which slimes may be dispatched given appropriate precautions, during the years of the gargoyle wars a spell existed which would transmute more threatening enemies into slime, although this cantrip eventually fell out of favor with the the magical community.

Lore[edit]

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Dungeon walls fairly ooze with slime. Most slime just sits there, this evil variety comes after thee!
In appearance, slimes are gooey green splats. They are weak, clumsy, and not very damaging, individually. But they almost always travel in schools and, when a slime is hit, it is apt to split into two healthy, hostile slimes. If the slime does not split, it succumbs quite easily. Slimes carry no booty.
This shimmering, amorphous mass seems more an oddity than a threat when first encountered. Constantly dividing and recombining, it seeks to surround the traveler who happens upon its swamp or dungeon lair. Though susceptible to damage from ordinary weapons, the experienced adventurer is always ready to use fire against the ooze's subtle maneuvers.
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This grotesque gelatinous mass lives in the depths of a dungeon or the murkiest corners of a swamp. It reproduces by dividing itself and grows through the absorption of other slimes. Slimes attack by hurling foul blobs of slime at their intended victims. Fire is known to be a very effective weapon against them.
It is difficult to describe these creatures in any way other than to repeat their name. They reproduce through division, sometime initiated by opponents' blows; they can quickly increase size by melding with other slimes. A useful tool for combating slimes is a lit torch, for fire hampers their ability to divide and, therefore, to reproduce.


See Also[edit]

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