Duvessa

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For a list of all elves, see list of deep elves.

Duvessa eDuvessa.png
HP 23-48
HD 4
XP 144
Speed 10
AC 2
EV 9
MR 40
Attack1 10 (hit: plain)


Type of Meat Clean
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type elf, elf
Flags Fighter
Speaks
Warm-blooded
Unique
Female
A plain-looking elven fighter who is technically brilliant in many forms of combat, but over-confident because of it. She is complemented by the magical skills of her twin brother, Dowan. She journeys to the surface to challenge its greatest champions.

“Twin children: the Girl, she was plain;
The Brother was handsome & vain;
‘Let him brag of his looks,’
Father said; ‘mind your books!
The best beauty is bred in the brain.’”
-Aesop & Walter Crane, _The Baby’s Own Aesop_, 36: “Brother & Sister”. 1887.

Useful Info

Duvessa, Sister of Dowan is one of a pair of twin elf uniques that hunt through the Dungeon as a team and are always encountered together. Duvessa has the stats and gear of a deep elf fighter, while her brother is a somewhat competent magician; however, when either one is struck down, their sibling becomes significantly more dangerous. In Duvessa's case, this means going berserk the moment she sees you.

Location

Tips & Tricks

  • Neither Duvessa nor Dowan will follow you up or down stairs unless their sibling is adjacent to you too (in which case they both will) or their sibling is dead.
  • A berserk Duvessa hits very hard and very fast, but only hurts in melee range and has no ranged attacks, contrary to Dowan who will pelt you with strong magic from a distance.
  • Consider wearing them both down before killing either of them. The survivor's HP will still be fairly low even after finding hidden power.
  • While Dowan will keep his buffs forever, Duvessa gets over it in about 20 turns, so if you can kill Dowan when she's not in sight, you can then stall for time when she sees you and goes berserk.