>Eat the spider/bug thing. >Eat a bug. >Eat all the bugs! >Equip Bug > Yes, eat the beetle.
Yeah, you like where this is going. Time to eat like a goddamn king.
Well, at least, a king who eats bugs. Wait, what kind of king is that? Some kind of mad king. Okay, we’re going to throw that analogy into a swamp - you need some grub. Whilst you’re musing on regent insanity, however, the leaves are absorbed and you get some crazy powers out of them.
GROW LIKE A WEED - Photosynthetic powers enable you to gain energy from the sun.
LIKE A LEAF ON THE WIND - Decrease density and soar on strong breezes.
LAY DOWN ROOTS - efficiently absorb water through immersion.
Wow, these sound like megapowers for superchumps but in your current predicament, you’ll make do with what you can get. If you don’t like them, you can always toss them later. If you keep them and new powers overwrite them, however, they’ll merge and make new and interesting combinations… or else corrupt and make terrifying ones that won’t work or work weirdly or maybe mutate you or the game. Down that path lies glitches.
With a few powers under your lack-of-a-belt, you decide to resolve grub. At least you think beetles have grubs - or is it larvae? In any case, that fat one looks like an adequate starter for the day! You rear up and ready to attack the little blighter when you hear a fizz. No, not a fizz - a BUZZ. If you had hair, it might stand on end and give you a little warning - instead, the tension is a little too vague to catch before the little bugger outright ZAPS you with a jolt of electricity. Senses frazzled, you tumble backwards as the insect advances on you.
The mandibles work fast - it isn’t every day a Lightning Bug gets this big a meal! - shovelling you into its absurdly expansive gob, slathering those coils up in its foregut and then forcefully you end up crammed into the darkness of it’s abdomen, where no amount of photosynthetic power will aid you. These things have mighty appetities - their defensive powers do consume a lot of calories but you’ll charge its batteries right back up, after its done with you…
Could this be THE END?
No, of course not. That isn’t how these things work. There’s always a save game, a rewind, a finger held on the previous page to go back to the last option… but what’s going on here…?