Dream sheep

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dream sheep YDream sheep.png
HP 14-30
HD 9
XP 256
Speed 10
AC 2
EV 10
MR 30
Attack1 13 (bite: plain)


Type of Meat Clean
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type dream sheep, dream sheep
Flags Warm-blooded
Herd
A drowsy, fluffy ovine whose coat sparkles with motes of dream dust. It gathers in herds and fills the air with dream dust, overwhelming its victims and putting them to sleep.

“How undisturbed, the sleep of the foolish.”
-Philip K. Dick

Useful Info

Dream sheep are a step below the common yak, pack monsters that don't hit too hard and are about as tough as an iguana. Physically, they pose little threat unless you're already injured; however, if you can see them, they can make you sleepy and vulnerable, which greatly magnifies the danger of any other creatures nearby.

Spells

Spell set I
Slot1 Dream Dust Natural flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Magic resistance does not protect you from their sleep effect, nor does hiding behind other creatures. Kill a few or limit how many of them can see you and their dream dust becomes easier to resist.
  • Clarity guarantees resistance to sleep, as does going berserk. Though most characters will likely not have clarity in the Lair, methods of going berserk are easier to come by. Just be careful not to take on more than you can handle -- one rage can usually get you through a herd of dream sheep, but you might have trouble if more monsters decide to investigate the sounds of fighting.
    • Undead characters, Gargoyles, and players in Statue or Wisp Form cannot be put to sleep and have very little to fear from dream sheep. Living Vampires, however, remain vulnerable to sleep -- consider becoming Bloodless when dream sheep are about (be sure to leave time for the exsanguination process to finish).
  • Try to kite a herd of dream sheep or hit them with area-of-effect attacks like cleaving or Fireball; aim to kill them quickly before they put you to sleep. Failing that, try to fight them somewhere only a few creatures can get to you at a time, and especially don't fight them where dangerous monsters like hydras or komodo dragons can get at you.
  • Heavily armoured characters have less to worry about, as AC is unaffected by being put to sleep. Characters that rely on evasion should be far more cautious.
  • If run into a pack of dream sheep you weren't ready for and need to flee, consider reading a scroll of teleportation -- even if you get put to sleep, the teleportation effect will still kick in after a few turns.

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