Slave

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HP 16-38
HD 5
XP 130
Speed 10
AC 2
EV 12
MR 20
Attack1 10 (hit: plain)


Type of Meat Clean
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Normal
Uses Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type human, human
Flags Speaks
Warm-blooded
A once proud human who has been magically enslaved, and is now a timid, simpering creature, ready to perform any deed at its master's command. However, its magical enslavement lasts only as long as its master does, and it would surely appreciate being freed.

“Who rebels? Who rises in arms? Rarely the slave, but almost always the oppressor turned slave.”
-E.M. Cioran, _History and Utopia_. 1960.

A human who has just been released from magical enslavement. It tries to stand proudly before you, despite its lingering fear and unkempt appearance.

Useful Info

The unique big kobold Pikel is accompanied by several human slaves. They give no experience when killed, and become neutral freed slaves when Pikel dies, so you may want to avoid fighting them. They leave behind animal skins when killed.

Tips & Tricks

  • Check out Pikel's page for tips.
  • Slaves can be dangerous for a low-level character. In general, try not to let them come at you in a mob; they're pretty strong even individually. If you can get Pikel away from his slaves, he's much easier to kill.
    • Fortunately, Pikel will move past his slaves to attack you, so if you can just lure the lot into a corridor, isolating Pikel will be relatively simple.
  • After they become neutral, they will fight any hostile monsters they encounter, whether or not you are present. You will not get experience for their kills. This can be a problem when you wanted corpses or experience, as the full set can clear out most of the level for you.
  • Certain gods give piety for killing them or sacrificing their corpses.