| Of the same stock as angels or demons, these spirits have been created from smokeless fire by some deranged god. Unlike regular living beings, they draw their sustenance from magic rather than eating or drinking, although for some reason they can still do the latter - probably due to being unintelligently designed by a creator with no knowledge of evolution.
Magic is literally their life, to the point of their health and magical powers' being one force, called "essence". The Djinn can also withstand more magical contamination than most, and slowly recover from its effects.
Being spirits of fire, they obviously suffer no harm from any kind of fire, but the same cannot be said of their equipment. Accordingly, cold and water cause them great harm. Fortunately, levitation allows them to cross bodies of liquid, although without external means to power their flight it takes them much effort to do so.
Djinn make great fire mages (duh). They are competent with air magic, enchantments, magic items, and weapons with long reaches that don't require high dexterity. They are terrible with ice, earth, necromancy and poison.
- A Djinni's HP and MP were unified as essence. This affected their gameplay in several ways:
- Djinn paid 2EP for every MP they would normally spend. MP costs were displayed in EP, not MP.
- Djinn could not evoke crystal balls of energy, the Staff of Wucad Mu, or sublimate their own blood (a staff of energy still worked).
- Using the Regeneration spell caused magical contamination.
- MP draining attacks applied a monster-like antimagic effect instead of draining essence points.
- Sources of guardian spirits were useless.
- They could not wield weapons with the antimagic brand.
- Djinn did not have any food clock, but they could still quaff potions and eat food for the additional benefits they provide.
- A Djinn's magical food costs (such as spell hunger) caused magic contamination instead. This included invocations and evocations. Mundane and hunger-themed costs like vampiric weapons were free.
- Magical contamination caused two unique effects:
- Mutations caused by magical contamination were temporary.
- It applied an anti-wizardry penalty depending on how severe the glow is.
- Djinn had full immunity to fire, including hellfire and holy fire.
- Djinn were vulnerable to cold damage. They also took 150% damage from Primal Wave.
- Djinn could not memorise the following spells: Ice Form, Ozocubu's Armour, and Leda's Liquefaction.
- Djinn did not have legs and could not wear boots. They were permanently flying.
- Life Protection 3: Djinn were almost immune to the effects of negative energy.
- Djinn could not go berserk.
Djinn were recommended for the following backgrounds:
- Warriors: Fighter, Hunter
- Zealots: Abyssal Knight, Death Knight, Healer
- Warrior-mages: Warper, Arcane Marksman, Enchanter
- Mages: Wizard, Conjurer, Summoner, Fire Elementalist, Air Elementalist
- Adventurers: Artificer
- +1 to a random stat every 4th level.
- Djinn have EP instead of HP and MP, but their EP is just the combined total of their HP and MP. Their HP and MP modifiers are as follows:
- +3 magic resistance per level.
Starting Skills and Equipment
Djinn receive the skills and equipment listed for their background.
Difficulty of Play
Djinni were a moderately difficult species to play.
The higher the value, the better the aptitude.
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- Djinn are immune to fire, so you can do things like cast Fireball or Inner Flame in melee range or Conjure Flame behind yourself then flee through it.
- The lack of a food clock means you can afford to hang around for long periods to get your essence back to full, though followers of especially bloodthirsty gods like Trog or Okawaru will probably want to keep the resting to a minimum.
- Djinn have to worry about a slightly different set of monsters than other characters. Sources of fire damage, be it a wand-bearing goblin or an orb of fire, are largely negligible, but an ice beast or merfolk aquamancer can spell sudden doom.
- Playing a spellcasting Djinn means you're essentially slowly killing yourself every time you enter combat, especially once you start casting higher-level spells. While it might not matter how much essence you have left if everything else is dead, keep in mind that Crawl is a game where discretion is very often the better part of valor.
- Djinn have more reason than most spellcasters to branch out into a hybrid playstyle. You might take more damage from enemies, but their attacks can be resisted or dodged.
- Djinn have a decent Evocations aptitude; don't be afraid to put a few levels in it to make better use of the various wands or rods you find lying around. Sure, it's less effective than casting the spells yourself, but at least zapping a wand doesn't (usually) hurt you.