Rare and extremely tough members of the extensive slime family who are highly sought after due to the rich rewards one can potentially earn from slaying them.
Generations ago, a descendant of the legendary hero Erdrick battled the wicked Dragonlord and brought peace back to the land of Alefgard (as told in the original Dragon Warrior/Quest). Victorious, the young champion wed the Princess Gwaelin and the royal couple founded and ruled over the country of Torland. Time passed and the three children they bore grew to adulthood and scattered across the globe, eventually carving out their own kingdoms of Cannock, Midenhall, and Moonbrooke. Under the wise and just guidance of those carrying Erdrick's blood, decades of prosperity followed.
Until one fateful day when the dread wizard Hargon appeared, spreading death and destruction wherever he went. The young prince of Midenhall has been called upon to follow in the footsteps of his fathers before him and slay this new threat, but first he must enlist the aid of his cousins, from Cannock and Moonbrooke, to join him in his quest . . .
Metal Babbles are one of the many monster species that the heroes may meet and battle with during their adventures. Babbles are a unique offshoot of the slime family that resemble a constantly bubbling puddle of goo with eyes and a mouth (while the eyes function as one would think, the mouth is largely cosmetic and it is only used to audibly speak the Slime language--it is not used for respiration or ingestion). Slimes can reproduce both sexually and asexually, via fission. It is unknown if Metal Babbles are a breed separate from the common green Babbles or if they are the hybrid product of a mating between said common Babble and a Metal Slime. A Babble absorbs oxygen from the air through its external membrane, and, likewise, nutrients from various organic surfaces as it slithers over them (a moderately acidic secretion aids in this process). Waste materials are excreted into the air in the form of bubbles.
A Metal Babble's body consists of very dense, semi-liquid metal. Further, the creatures lack any discernible vital organs, bones, cartilage, etc. Striking a Metal Babble is akin to hitting a blob of metallic gelatin. Although they can be harmed and killed, Metal Babbles have a disturbingly high resistance to both physical damage and magic.
Metal Babbles are extremely fast, slithering and slipping about like flowing water. Once they decide to make a run for it, even the swiftest of human feet hasn't the slightest hope of catching them.
Metal Babbles are fairly proficient in magic, although they only know two spells. The first, "Surround", casts illusionary mirror images around the slime, making the already difficult task of striking a Metal Babble almost impossible. The second, "Firebane", creates a horrific firestorm that deals heavy damage to all of the Metal Babble's opponents.
Finding a Metal Babble is difficult, slaying one even more so. The task has been known to frustrate adventurers to the point of nervous breakdowns or berserk rages. Hunting them is not a sport for the easily irritated.
Metal Babbles are notorious for the frequency with which they run from battles. Some pessimistic babble hunters believe this has nothing to do with fear, rather they contend that the grinning slimes flee for no other reason than to torment their pursuers. As slimes are known to have a penchant for mischief, this is entirely possible.
Despite how difficult it is to actually slay one, Metal Babbles are constantly hunted by adventurers everywhere due to the huge amount of experience points they're worth and the rare Dragon Potions they're known to carry. You would have to kill roughly 262.5 regular Babbles in order to equal the experience you'd get from slaying a single Metal Babble. It is not unknown for a party of adventurers to beat the bushes in the known habitats of these creatures for hours, hoping to encounter some of these elusive slimes. If they weren't so hard to kill, Metal Babbles would doubtlessly have been hunted into extinction a long time ago.
(In no particular order of importance.)
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