Psyche

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Psyche @Psyche.png
HP 26-54
HD 5
XP 428
Speed 13
AC 2
EV 12
MR 20
Attack1 7 (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 Speaks
Warm-blooded
Unique
Female
A fair-haired mage, wandering and seemingly half-mad with grief and guilt.

“Let Psyche’s corpse be clad in mourning weed
And set on rock of yonder hill aloft;
Her husband is no wight of human seed,
But serpent dire and fierce, as may be thought,
Who flies with wings above in starry skies,
And doth subdue each thing with fiery flight.
The Gods themselves and powers that seem so wise
With mighty love be subject to his might.
The rivers black and deadly floods of pain
And darkness eke as thrall to him remain.”
-Apuleius, _Asinus aureus_, “Cupid and Psyche”. circa. 160 AD.
trans. William Adlington, 1566.

Useful Info

Psyche the Insane Magess is a fast-moving unique mage. Although her collection of spells is no more dangerous than you'd find on an orc wizard, she is notoriously deadly due to the chaos (75% odds) or distortion (25%) dagger she generates with, often sending careless melee fighters to the Abyss at lethally low levels.

Location

Spells

Spell set I
Slot1 Throw Frost (3d6) Wizard flag
Slot2 Cantrip Wizard flag
Slot3 Haste Wizard flag
Slot4 Throw Flame (3d6) Wizard flag
Slot5 Magic Dart (3d4) Wizard flag
Slot6 Invisibility Emergency flag,
Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Fight her at range. If this isn't an option, confuse or paralyze her before engaging her in melee; her magic resistance is low enough to make this a fairly safe bet.

Trivia

Psyche is a character from the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche. In this myth, Psyche was a girl who fell in love with the god of desire, Eros, but needed to complete several impossible tasks before his mother Aphrodite would allow them to be wed.