So, this question concerns gaining the Engorgement Enchantment, which one can only obtain by killing an Engulfer without a weapon (ie. non-natural weaponry, one must use one's own body to accomplish this). Now, I don't want this question longer than it has to be, so if you want to see more about the Engulfer (and I'd suggest you see more on the Engulfer) you can use this link to see the relevant question.
So, let's cover the basics:
1. Why Would You Even Want The Engorgement Enchantment?
The Engorgement enchantment supersizes whatever it affects, along with supercharging any held enchantments it has. Since everyone has a profession-relevant enhancing enchantment, granted at birth (AKA a Class), Engorgement is, therefore, very desirable, because it supercharges one's Class and therefore the enhancements from one's Class.
- Okay, What's The Catch? If one is practically a skeleton (malnourished) and gets Engorged, they'll become regular skinny. If someone skinny gets Engorged, they'll fill out nicely. If someone isn't skinny and gets Engorged, they'll become heavyset. If someone is already heavy-set and gets Engorged, well, they'll either look even more heavy-set, or become a sumo wrestler, or become a candidate for My Six-Hundred-Pound Life. The last category's size and mass increase is determined by whether they are just heavyset or actually overweight, and for the latter, how overweight they are.
3. Okay, How Can Someone Gain Engorgement? (This is the question you are to answer) Or in other words, "How can someone who isn't a noble, mage or savvy adventurer kill an Engulfer (and therefore gain Engorgement) without a weapon?" Think a peasant or layperson, perhaps a budding adventurer or a "Chosen One" of humble origins who isn't being taken seriously....This question demands information, so here we go:
Bludgeoning Attacks An Engulfer is similar to a Plop in terms of defenses (see this link for more on that) so hitting it with a mace, warhammer, or club will just make it jiggle a little. Hitting it with a large rock (like a boulder) should work, due to the sheer force involved, but that would count as a weapon.
Slashing/cutting/piercing attacks An Engulfer's thick, slick, and tough hide (plus abundant blubber) makes it highly resistant to such attacks. Chances are a blade will fail to penetrate, bouncing or sliding off it. Its insides are similarly protected because otherwise eating a villager's hut or some dead trees could puncture its stomach and lead to a slow, painful death. This leaves the eyes, which are protected by its own thick hide (translucent over the eyes, but they don't see very well).
Pit traps Engulfers are big creatures, so it'd be awfully difficult to make a pit trap big (and deep) enough to work. They can climb up the sides of the pit trap if they aren't vertical, making things even more difficult. That being said, a pit trap full of Plops would work great, except when it comes to cleanup-Engorged Plop are the stuff of nightmares.
Fire/explosives YES! This is the answer, you guys! Nope, sorry, that won't work. Why, you ask? When fire consumes an Engulfer, the flame itself is Engorged, so igniting an Engulfer is akin to lighting a car's weight in lithium.
Smothering These things can eat houses, so it'll be basically impossible to choke them-their throats are too slippery and expansive, so if it can be eaten by an Engulfer, chances are it can't choke an Engulfer. They're also too big to choke the normal way. Add in the flailing eyestalks and tentacle tongue, and this rapidly looks rather flawed. You can't even bury them except with a rockslide, because they can eat their way out of being buried alive.
Poisoning Engulfers have a cast-iron stomach (figuratively speaking), so if they can eat it, it won't poison them. If it's poisonous/hazardous enough to kill them, chances are they'll instinctively avoid eating it. They may be gluttonous, but they aren't (too) dimwitted; a container of a hazardous substance that smells even a little bit of its contents will naturally not be eaten by an Engulfer.
Drowning Engulfers are actually quite buoyant, and they're also jiggly/slippery, so a boulder should roll off instead of sinking them.
Overeating Ha! Engulfers are a force of nature, overeating is how they grow! That being said, there is a limit to how much they can grow, but seeing as they eat houses, boulders, and just about anything else they can catch, this would be a very expensive (and hard-to-execute) plan. The nobles would likely find out about a project of this size and shut the hard-working individual down.
Criteria For Best Answer:
- The best answer will list and account for all methods feasible for a peasant (AKA medieval layperson), and explain which options are the best (AKA least dangerous, easiest to execute, most efficient, require the least amount of people and/or manpower, and capable of being hidden or explained away so the inquisitors don't shut said peasant down).
- The best answer should be thorough and clear as well.
- The possible methods listed above have serious drawbacks; yes, they are feasible, but one has to be close enough to touch (or closer, actually on or in the thing) the Engulfer when it dies to get enchanted. Also, the magic released upon an Engulfer's death when it is not killed by a living thing (or a weapon directly wielded by a living thing, like a dragonslayer's sword) will distribute itself into the immediate area, meaning the peasant will only get a fraction of the Engulfer's power. It is best to use one's natural weaponry, because otherwise the majority of the Engorgement will go to whatever was used to kill the Engulfer.
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