Siren

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For a list of all merfolk, see list of merfolk.

siren mSiren.png
HP 26-54
HD 9
XP 467
Speed 10 (swim: 60%)
AC 4
EV 12
MR 60
Attack1 19 (hit: plain)


Max Chunks 4
Type of Meat Clean
Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type merfolk, merfolk
Flags Speaks
Warm-blooded
A beguiling merfolk whose voice can mesmerize listeners.

“Row'd on, in reach of an erected voice,
The Sirens soon took note, without our noise,
Tuned those sweet accents that made charms so strong,
And these learn'd numbers made the Sirens' song:
‘Come here, thou worthy of a world of praise,
That dost so high the Grecian glory raise,
Ulysses! stay thy ship, and that song hear
That none past ever but it bent his ear,
But left him ravish'd, and instructed more
By us, than any ever heard before.
For we know all things whatsoever were
In wide Troy labour'd; whatsoever there
The Grecians and the Trojans both sustain'd
By those high issues that the Gods ordain'd.
And whatsoever all the earth can show
T' inform a knowledge of desert, we know.’”
-Homer, _The Odyssey_, XII, 268-82.
trans. George Chapman, 1857.

Contents

Useful Info

Sirens are aquatic creatures with the head and upper body of a female humanoid and the tail of a fish. Their singing will mesmerise you, preventing you from moving away. Sirens are commonly found in the Shoals or guarding the entrance to it.

Spells

Spell set I
Slot1 Siren Song Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Although it's not technically a spell, high magic resistance will let you ignore a siren's song. The effect can also be broken early by killing or confusing the siren, using a scroll of silence, or wielding a lantern of shadows to reduce your LOS so the siren can't see you anymore.
  • Blinks and teleports can also break mesmerisation if you manage to leave LOS.
  • Fortunately, sirens still try to close into melee with you. Unless you're in extreme danger, all you really have to do is wait for them to get close enough for you to hit them (though they often have polearms, allowing them to poke at you from a distance).

History

Prior to 0.16, they were called mermaids. The monsters previously known as sirens were renamed to merfolk avatars.