Kirke

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Kirke @Kirke.png
HP 73-149
HD 16
XP 2101
Speed 10
AC 0
EV 10
MR 100
Attack1 18 (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 human, human
Flags See invisible
Speaks
Warm-blooded
Unique
Female
A master of transformation and treachery. Beware, or you may be the next swine to join her herd!

“Lo, thy comrades yonder in the house of Kirke are penned like swine in close-barred sties. And art thou come to release them? Nay, I tell thee, thou shalt not thyself return, but shalt remain there with the others.”
-Homer, Odysseia

Useful Info

Kirke, Weaver of Myths is an unusual unique sorceress who travels with a band of hogs and would very much like for you to join them! She can cast several dangerous Hexes, including one unique spell which turns you into a pig, and calls various mythical beasts into existence to aid her in combat. Bring high magic resistance to avoid an embarrassing death (MR+++ is generally enough to resist all her enchantments).

Location

Spells

Spell set I
Slot1 Porkalator Wizard flag
Slot2 Slow Wizard flag
Slot3 Monstrous Menagerie Wizard flag
Slot4 Invisibility Emergency flag,
Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Kirke's most dangerous abilities all check magic resistance, so stack on as much of it as you can if you're going to fight her, then aim to finish the fight as quickly as possible.
  • Make sure you have an escape plan lined up before fighting Kirke. Fortunately, scrolls of teleportation still function in Pig Form, and Pig Form will at least give you increased movement speed.
  • Having the ability to see invisible creatures can also help if she turns herself invisible.
  • All of her summons are significant trouble for a character stuck in Pig Form. Harpies can deal very heavy damage to low-AC characters, manticore spines devastate anyone trying to flee on foot, and a sphinx's Paralyse spell is even more likely to succeed against you than Kirke's Porkalator.
  • Don't waste time killing her hogs. Kirke is by far the bigger threat.
  • Should you get turned into a hog yourself, your best bet is usually to flee, as pigs are unable to use weapons, armour, or spells. Unarmed Combat specialists may be tempted to continue fighting, but your damage output will be severely reduced, so don't try it.
    • If you've got one, drinking a potion of cancellation will instantly snap you out of Pig Form.
    • Wands and Invocations still function in Pig Form; if Kirke's almost dead and you've got a good way to do damage, you might still be able to take her out. Strongly consider reading a scroll of teleportation before making the attempt, just in case things go sour faster than you anticipated.
  • Silence will shut down Kirke's spellcasting abilities entirely, at which point you can just take her out in melee. She's no threat there, though any allies she's already summoned will still be trouble.

Trivia

Kirke is an alternate spelling of Circe, a beautiful Greek goddess of magic who used potions to turn her enemies into pigs.

History