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The Dungeon Fairy: Three Lives
A Dungeon Core Escapade
The Hapless Dungeon Fairy Series
Cover Design: Yvonne Less, Art 4 Artists
Edited by: Celestian Rince
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Table of Contents
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Tacca GloomLily was born under unusual and negatively portentous circumstances, leading the young Dungeon Fairy to suffer from prejudices and distrust due to the disastrous omens centered around her. Most of her life she had discounted what people said about her as fictitious nonsense, but it turned out that the “bad luck” associated with her mere presence was in fact entirely true. Fortunately for her, the adverse effects of her birth weren’t necessarily detrimental to her; unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for the Dungeon Cores she was trained at the Dungeon Assistant Preparatory School (DAPS) to help guide as they entered the world.
After some orchestration by the Dungeon Placement and Regulatory Council (DPRC), Tacca was sent to dozens of “misbehaving” Dungeon Cores; her bad luck was used as a weapon to assassinate these Cores so that they could be replaced with another that would follow the rules. Such acts weren’t only hard for the Dungeon Cores themselves, however – the poor Dungeon Assistant assigned to see them on their way suffered from the Bond between them being broken every single time. The severing of their connection wasn’t fatal, though at times it hurt Tacca so much that she almost wished she had died.
Then came an assignment unlike the others. A non-responsive Dungeon Core that wouldn’t talk to any of the Assistants sent to it, who would break the Bond between them as soon as it was established. Her determination and persistence in trying to maintain the connection between them paid off in the end – but it resulted in the soul inhabiting the Core being destroyed. At the same time, Tacca’s soul was sucked into the void left by the departure of the previous tenant inside the Dungeon Core, and her Fairy body was killed as a result.
Now a Dungeon Core, the former Dungeon Fairy – and still technically Dungeon Assistant – made the best of the situation by using her vast knowledge to create an unusual dungeon. By using some tricks to allow her to have all the Variants of the creatures she chose to inhabit her dungeon, she was given a wide selection of Canines to choose from: Foxes, Dogs, Jackals, Coyotes, and even Wolves. On the flip side, those advantages came with some serious detriments to her overall growth, with a 95% decrease in the Core Improvement Points she would normally receive and the inability to create higher-Leveled creatures without paying exorbitantly high Dungeon Force costs.
Added to those complications, the DPRC sent another Dungeon Assistant to find out what happened to Tacca when she didn’t report back. Shale IronSchist eventually became Tacca’s new Assistant, though he only knew her as “Tamara” and the Core didn’t inform him of her actual identity until later.
Opening up to the outside world, Tacca discovered that she was far to the south in the Wentrylock Mountains on the continent of Abenlure – where no Dungeon Cores had ever existed before. It took until the heavy snows melted before her dungeon was located and her first visitors were two farmers-turned-Raiders from a nearby village. Despite their obvious inexperience – and aided by a deliberate decrease of the difficulty of her dungeon – the two Hill Dwarves, Sterge and Gwenda, managed to somehow survive until they reached the last room. Instead of turning back right away, however, Sterge accidentally fell inside the room and caused all of the Canine creatures inside to attack.
Tacca was torn on whether to help them. She had already done a lot to ensure their survival to that point, her justification being that she needed them to live and leave her dungeon, if only to spread the word of her presence there in the mountains. Ultimately deciding that she needed to stop them from dying with whatever she had at her disposal, the Dungeon Core resorted to Bonding with them so that she could heal them of their injuries – which had unintended results.
For one, Tacca now had access to create Hill Dwarves in the Melee and Caster Variants, as well as being able to assign Abilities to her creatures that matched what Sterge and Gwenda had available. In return, the two Hill Dwarves acquired an Ability called Dungeon Sight that allowed them to temporarily pinpoint the locations of nearby creatures, traps, and environmental objects inside of