Taming the Void Monsters: A Few Tips from Mab

Final Fantasy Bahamut

Hi . . . I’m Mab and I’ve been asked to explain why the monsters of the darkness don’t make a meal out of me.  They tried at first, but now most of them leave me alone.  Those that approach are looking for food or attention, so they’ve become my pets.  Nothing like a dog or hamster, but like a stray cat that wanders over for a snack before heading back into the wild.  So, what are my secrets?  Guess there’s no harm in sharing since none of you can get in here.

  1. When I first arrived, I went rushing about to avoid getting eaten.  This is the natural reaction one should have to be in a realm where there’s no ground, thousands of hungry monsters, and you can see clearly regardless of it being a world of shadows.  It’s disorienting and you need to survive for a bit to calm down.  Once you get your bearings, I suggest killing the most aggressive monster.  This demonstrates that you’re a threat and, if the beast is a big one, creates enough food to distract the others and give you time to find a way out.  You might have to kill a monster every time you show up for a few weeks, but that’s only if you spend a lot of time in there.
  2. After you’ve mastered the basics of moving around in The Void, you need to spend extra time in there.  This makes you part of the environment and the monsters get used to seeing you there.  More importantly, you get an idea of which ones are friendly and which ones need some roughing up to keep in line.  Eventually, you will develop some kind of pack of loyal creatures that can follow orders and keep others in line.  This tip is simply making yourself the alpha of the world.  It takes time and patience and probably more killing, but you can also make due with some fights that only result in a light maiming.  You can win points with these monsters if you tend to their wounds too.
  3. Once you’re no longer on the menu, it helps to serve up a few dishes.  You don’t have to show up and present the meals that often.  These monsters are pretty smart and can catch your scent on whatever you send into The Void.  They become pretty good at knowing who is a friend and who is food too.  Oh, I probably should explain that I simply grab some enemies and toss them into the shadows or I drag them in or I shove them in.  The point is that I feed people who attack or annoy me to my pets without having to go into The Void myself.  Like any living thing, they enjoy getting an easy meal and will stick to the source.  Sometimes being very protective, which can cause some issues when I need to travel fast.
  4. I mentioned these monsters knowing who is friend and who is food.  The way I make them aware of who not to eat is by maintaining physical contact with my guests.  If I’m holding onto the person or they are holding onto me with no signs of struggling then they’re safe.  After a while, I can let my companions float a little on their own, but I have to stay nearby.  It takes a long time and it’s perfect because not every monster sees you during every visit.  The only person they’ve never considered taking a bite out of is Clyde, but he’s a special case.  Like an animal, they can sense when something is too dangerous to mess with.
  5. Check out my adventure in War of Nytefall: Rivalry.  This isn’t a way to tame the Void monsters, but it can show you some of my tricks in action.  Also, it would make them very happy.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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11 Responses to Taming the Void Monsters: A Few Tips from Mab

  1. kevin cooper says:

    Mm… Better be careful when I step into the void. Lol.

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  2. I love this post, Charles. Even the little call to action at the end works well.

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  3. L. Marie says:

    Your world building is incredible. Talk about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Everyone should stay on Mab’s good side.

    Like

  4. Not exactly a tourist spot, is it?

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  5. V.M.Sang says:

    Very useful for next time I find myself in the void.

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