Owen is a young boy from the sleepy town of South Arc. The Mayor is dismayed by his town's lack of exciting tourist attractions
, so he gets a really bright idea - get someone (Owen) to build a dungeon in the nearby cave to attract monsters. Upon discovering a talking magic shovel, Owen is given the daunting task by the Mayor of transforming the town's only cave into something a hero would be proud of.
As the aspiring eponymous Master of the Monster Lair
, Owen must use his shovel to dig holes in the dungeon and create rooms for monsters to spawn in so that Owen (and presumably other future heroes) can fight them.
Tropes used in Master of the Monster Lair:
- Black and White Magic: Kate and Owen use them, respectively. The shopkeeper calls them "naughty and nice" magic.
- Black Magician Girl: Tomboyish Kate uses primarily uses offensive magic, in contrast to Owen's repertoire of healing and support magic. She asks the magic shopkeeper for ever more powerful spells to use against monsters. To round out the trope description, she primarily equips bows and staves as weapons.
- Cat Folk: Some of the monsters.
- Crossover: Owen and Kate also appear in My World My Way.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Shovel really likes it when Owen rubs him with olive oil.
- Dungeon Crawling
- Eye Beams: Ironsides uses them.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: The cat monsters are female; the dog monsters are male.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Kate can equip bows and staves, while Owen can't. Conversely, Kate can't equip axes or swords, while Owen can. Kate also has far more offensive magic than Owen.
- Holy Hand Grenade: The Holy Light spell. It's extremely effective against undead like ghosts and skeletons, and usually one shots them.
- HP To One: The "Weaken" Magic.
- Hub Level: The town.
- Item Farming: Owen and Kate raise their stats by eating food. Almost all decent food requires at least one ingredient you can't purchase in town. Half the time, fighting an enemy gets you equipment or Vendor Trash rather than the food you're looking for. Do the math.
- Life Drain
- Non-Human Sidekick: Gloop the slime, who joins Owen after a few days.
- Power Copying: While Owen and Kate raise their stats by eating food every day, Gloop has a chance of mimicking a body part of an enemy monster after every fight. What he's copying at the moment determines his stats, special attacks, and possible equipment. The only thing that persists between forms is learned spells; he can learn spells by copying the Head of certain monsters.
- The Reveal: King Leon was using you to set up a dungeon as his base of operations to take over the world before the Devil Prince can.
- Vendor Trash: Animal enemies have a tendency to drop pelts. Humanoid enemies have a tendency to drop coins.
- We Buy Anything: The weapon/armor shop purchases any items/equipment you find.