This is an extension of What Weapons Would Benefit From the Rubberizing Enchantment? and covers people instead of items.
Basically, when someone kills a Plop with an item, that item is Rubberized; tough, flexible, and waterproof, akin to natural rubber. A Rubberized rock will be firm but springy, like a tennis ball, and it'll bounce. A Rubberized sword will be just as sharp but will be less rigid and more flexible. If someone pours acid on a Plop, the acid will transform into a rubbery substance; if someone burns a Plop, the result will be rubbery ashes; and if one shoots a Plop, the arrow and not the bow will be Rubberized.
However, if someone squashes a Plop into oblivion with their bare hands, or eats one, they will be Rubberized. Do that once, and you'll just affect your hands or stomach (the inside, not the outside). However, those that consume twelve Plops change more dramatically, essentially becoming living ragdolls with unnatural elasticity, flexibility, and tough (and rubbery) skin.
That being said, while such 'gummified' people can breathe and walk, there are problems. Their muscles are plenty strong, but they tend to be loose, causing gummified people to walk like they've been zombified, or they're drunk, or perhaps sick.
They may be tough (bludgeoning weapons don't usually hurt them, and they tend to slip out from heavy objects before they get crushed) but they fold, fall, or fly away when struck, because they are essentially living ragdolls. Or in other words, they may be strong (5x stronger than a regular person), they may be tough, but they're too flexible to really do anything with it (I assume; can rubber be stiffened by tensing it, or by stretching it tight? In that case, Rubberized people can actually do something with all that strength!)
My question is: Would Rubberizing Benefit People and If So, How?
- Since the Rubberizing enchantment makes one tough and flexible, it increases the strength and endurance of one's muscles. At the same time, it makes one's body flexible (bendy) and have a tendency to looseness, which as stated above is not exactly beneficial. The best answer will take this into account, as well as any capacity non-vulcanized rubber has to stiffen or hold a shape, which will determine if gummified people can use their increased strength effectively!
- The best question will also account for:
a. Whatever benefits ragdoll (or mannequin if that makes more sense to you)-like flexibility would have for people
b. Whatever benefits the toughness resulting from Rubberizing will give to someone
c. If there will be any benefits from the waterproofing effect of Rubberizing
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