Fedhas Madash

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Fedhas altar.png "Spread life and death."
The god of plant and fungal life, Fedhas Madash demands that followers encourage the decomposition of corpses. Fedhas also forbids followers from harming any species under Fedhas' protection, and from using any necromantic effects that interfere with corpses. In return Fedhas grants a number of abilities that promote the growth of plants and fungi. These abilities may incidentally prove useful to adventurers.

Plants and fungi will not attack Fedhas' worshippers without provocation. Fedhas' worshippers may walk through plants or fungi, and even fire missiles or spells through them without causing harm. Fedhas grants the ability to promote plants and fungi into stronger species. Followers can eventually grow a wall of plants and create explosive spores from corpses. They are also granted some control over the weather, being able to call sunlight and eventually rainstorms.

Fedhas likes it when you promote the decay of nearby corpses by praying.

Fedhas dislikes it when you or your allies destroy plants or allied flora die. Fedhas strongly dislikes it when you use necromancy on corpses, chunks or skeletons.

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Racial restrictions

Fedhas does not accept undead worshipers (Ghouls, Mummies, or Vampires), most likely because they violate the natural cycle of life.

Appreciates

Deprecates

  • You or your allies destroying plants. (Piety loss)
  • Attacking allied flora. (Piety loss)
  • Using corpse-violating spells. These include Animate Dead, and other spells that affect corpses or chunks, as well as Necromutation (which violates your own corpse). (Penance) Necromancy spells that don't affect corpses, such as Regeneration, Pain, Bolt of Draining, or Sublimation of Blood are allowed.
    • If you are not sure whether a spell is allowed, check to see if it is highlighted in red.

Given abilities

Piety level -: "Fungal"

  • All plants are friendly towards you. (Passive)
  • You can walk through plants, though it takes 50% longer than normal to do so. (Passive)
  • You can fire through all allied plant-type creatures without harming them. (Passive)
  • Decomposition - By praying, causes all corpses in your field of vision to rapidly decay. Corpses with a monster on top of them will not be affected. It turns corpses into skeletons, zombies into skeletons (or destroys them), destroys ghoul genus monsters for piety gain, and causes friendly toadstools to grow. Any monsters defeated this way grant no XP. (Free)

Piety level *: "Green [Species]"

Piety level **: "Cultivator"

  • Sunlight - Targeted ability with a small area of effect, inflicts back lit status (same as Corona, but irresistible), and evaporates water (deep water turns to shallow water and shallow water turns to dry land). (2 MP, 50-100 Food)

Piety level ***: "Fruitful"

  • Growth - Creates plants in a circle around you and costs 1 fruit per plant. If a complete circle can't be placed, then the plants are placed on open squares closest to monsters. Lets you choose how many plants to spawn. (2 MP, Fruit)

Piety level ****: "Photosynthesist"

  • Reproduction - Creates giant spores from corpses in your field of vision to attack your enemies. (4 MP, 100-200 Food)

Piety level *****: "Green Death"

  • Rain - Creates a circle of water around you. The floor becomes shallow water, shallow water becomes deep water. Tiles with monsters in them cannot be turned to deep water. This ability also spawns random plants and fungus, and removes Sticky Flame. (4 MP, 150-300 Food, 4-6 Piety)

Piety level ******: "Force of Nature"

  • No new abilities.

Punishments

Fedhas does not appreciate abandonment, and will call down fearful punishments on disloyal followers!

It is Fedhas's considered opinion that offenders against the natural order (Fedhas) simply need more exposure to nature to realize the error of their ways. Accordingly, Fedhas provides said nature, in the form of pure elemental destruction, waves of giant spores rising from nearby corpses, and, for the truly incorrigible, surrounding rings of animate mushrooms and acid-spitting oklobs.

During penance, Fedhas will occasionally punish you with one of the following forms of divine retribution:

  • The elements will be invoked against you. This equates to a random Ice Magic, Earth Magic, Fire Magic, or Air Magic miscast.
  • Hostile plants (biased towards oklobs) will grow around you. This effect will only happen when abandoning Fedhas, never when simply under penance.
  • Corpses in line of sight will produce hostile spores.
  • All previously neutral or allied plants will also turn hostile upon abandonment or excommunication.

Strategy

  • Fedhas' abilities may seem less powerful than those of many other gods, but they are still more than capable of proving devastating in combat. Creating a wall of plants, oklobs, or wandering mushrooms between you and approaching enemies will slow them down, giving you several turns to attack at range in safety. A ring of shallow water will hamper attacking enemies, while a ring of deep water will stop them in their tracks (though unless you're playing an aquatic species or are capable of flight or blinking, escaping the ring yourself may be tricky). Merfolk especially benefit here, as fighting from water grants them a significant bonus to evasion, while large species (trolls, ogres, centaurs, and nagas) and octopodes are not penalized for fighting in shallow water. The explosions from giant spores may be unlikely to kill any major threat outright, but the confusion they induce allows opportunities for stabbing, and can insta-kill opponents that wander into deep water. Even Fedhas' granted allies are unusual; oklob plants are devastating, and can fire through each other's tiles, but can only attack things within their range, and wandering mushrooms can injure and confuse opponents without poison resistance, but run out of HD after enough attacks.
  • Try to use Fedhas' abilities creatively to prepare traps for enemies to blunder into. Creating a large oklob plant farm just outside of a branch end will allow you to lure powerful enemies to an acidic doom (bear in mind that as piety is plentiful and fruit is not, it's cheaper to use Rain to generate plants than Growth). You can use a combination of Rain and Sunlight to create single tile pathways with deep water on both sides; confuse enemies halfway across to drown them with ease. You can even use Sunlight afterwards to dry up the water and claim the loot and corpses. Generated water tiles can also be used to create interesting cloud effects; cast Bolt of Cold on enemies in a watery hallway to fill it with freezing clouds, dealing extra cold damage each turn, or Bolt of Fire/Conjure Flame to generate billowing clouds of line of sight-blocking steam.
  • Bear in mind that Rain can also be used to permanently seal off areas you don't want monsters getting out of. A couple uses can block off a dangerous jelly vault, for instance, or keep overly dangerous uniques trapped in a section of the floor you're willing to abandon.
  • Apart from Sunlight's obvious uses (increasing your accuracy against nimble enemies and drying up deep water), bear in mind that it can also reveal invisible monsters, and that stranding aquatic opponents on dry land is an effective way to defeat them from a safe range (though they may manage to flop back into water if any is nearby).
  • The Reproduction ability can be devastating if used correctly, but requires caution. Spore explosions automatically confuse anything that is of natural holiness and which lacks magic immunity, regardless of poison or magic resistance. This includes you, so never cast it at nearby corpses. Ranged fighters can "create" a single corpse in a group of enemies. Using Reproduction will then hit the group several times over.
  • Kills from oklob plants and wandering mushrooms count as kills by summons, granting reduced XP. Kills from spores grant full.
  • Don't worry too much about letting allied plants die, as the penalty is only 1 piety, or about 1 corpse's worth.
  • Along with improving your ability success rate, improving Invocations also improves the power of your abilities: your oklob plants will fire more often and for more damage, your wandering mushrooms will generate with additional HD, your plants will be more durable, and your Rain will generate more rain clouds.
  • Winning a 3-rune ascension with Fedhas is perfectly reasonable, but getting a 15-rune victory is significantly harder. Fedhas is one of the least effective gods in the extended end-game; their abilities burn through piety quickly, and the near absence of corpses in the Abyss, the Hells, and Pandemonium will leave you with very little ammunition to work with. On top of that, many of their abilities are ineffective against demons: spores can't confuse them, and most demons fly right over deep water.
  • Fruits are finite. If you're running low on fruits and you've obtained for yourself a scroll of acquirement, you can acquire yourself fruits. Scumming Pandemonium/Abyss/Ziggurats could also theoretically give you an infinite number of fruits, but by that time you will likely have no use for Fedhas.

History

Prior to 0.15, worshipers of Fedhas could not cast Sublimation of Blood without incurring piety loss and/or penance. Prior to 0.8, Decomposition was accomplished as an ability, not through prayer.

Gods
Good ElyvilonThe Shining OneZin
Neutral AshenzariCheibriadosDithmenosFedhas MadashHepliaklqanaGozag Ym SagozOkawaruQazlalRuSif MunaTrogUskayawVehumetWu Jian
Chaotic JiyvaNemelex XobehXom
Evil BeoghKikubaaqudghaYredelemnul
Chaotic and Evil LugonuMakhleb