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Slime, from Ultima VII manual
First appearance: Ultima IV
Last appearance: Serpent Isle

Slimes are named for their appearance; their bodies are essentially translucent, greenish masses of slime that can move quite readily over terrain. Though they are one of the weaker foes one can encounter, a slime can be quite a nuisance to the adventuring party, as they often split into two when attacked. A slime attacks by ejecting part of its body at a nearby foe. This chunk is usually well-laden with poison.

First appearing in Ultima IV, slimes often ambushed parties holed up in camps. They are typically found in moist environments such as swamps and dungeons.



A slime (Ultima V, cave)

Dungeon walls fairly ooze with slime. Most slime just sits there, this evil variety comes after thee!

- from The History of Britannia (Ultima IV)

In appearance, slimes are gooey green splats. They are weak, clumsy, and not very damaging, individually. But they almost always travel in schools and, when a slime is hit, it is apt to split into two healthy, hostile slimes. If the slime does not split, it succumbs quite easily. Slimes carry no booty.

- from Book of Lore (Ultima V)

This shimmering, amorphous mass seems more an oddity than a threat when first encountered. Constantly dividing and recombining, it seeks to surround the traveler who happens upon its swamp or dungeon lair. Though susceptible to damage from ordinary weapons, the experienced adventurer is always ready to use fire against the ooze's subtle maneuvers.

- from Compendium (Ultima VI)


This grotesque gelatinous mass lives in the depths of a dungeon or the murkiest corners of a swamp. It reproduces by dividing itself and grows through the absorption of other slimes. Slimes attack by hurling foul blobs of slime at their intended victims. Fire is known to be a very effective weapon against them.

- from The Book of Fellowship (Ultima VII)

It is difficult to describe these creatures in any way other than to repeat their name. They reproduce through division, sometime initiated by opponents' blows; they can quickly increase size by melding with other slimes. A useful tool for combating slimes is a lit torch, for fire hampers their ability to divide and, therefore, to reproduce.

- from Beyond the Serpent Pillars (Ultima VII Part Two)

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