Location Infinite Dungeon
Monster type Humanoid
Alignment Chaotic
Unique? Yes, special wish
Sees invisible? Yes
Sees in the dark? Yes
Magic resistance Very high
Picks up items? Yes
1.1.1 KPL N/A

Filk, the quickling bard is a unique NPC in ADOM. Once the PC takes the Kill Filk quest from the Assassin prince, Filk appears in the Infinite Dungeon on the level number that matches the number of monsters the PC has killed that were the same type as the first monster (s)he ever killed.

If the PC reaches the level Filk in on but leaves the ID without slaying him, he can found randomly in the wilderness; in this case, the player will be asked if they wish for Filk to accompany the PC.

Filk is the fastest monster in the game, and with a DV score of 500, he is by far the most evasive. Ball spells will kill him easily, though, as he has few HP. As well as being extremely fast and rapidly regenerating (making any damage he survives inconsequential), Filk is a karmic being, meaning that if the PC somehow manages to hit him in melee, their luck might be affected.

When chatted to, Filk asks the PC to kill his archenemy, the Mad minstrel. If the PC does so, though, Filk will not give any reward; he will just say "Meisaveryhappyquickling!" when chatted with. Since killing Filk for the Mad minstrel opens the possibility of an Ultra ending, it would be very wise for the player to take the minstrel's side in this dispute.

If the PC tries to wish for a "quickling bard", lots of hostile quickling lords will be summoned instead.

Special abilities[]

Common stats[]

Level: 1, DV: 500, PV: 3, Hits: 65, Attacks: 1, Damage: 10-13, Speed: 1400.

Corpse effects[]

Eating Filk's corpse increases the PC's speed, but also reduces their maximum age by 20%. However, PCs will not die of old age until they reach the 'very old' age category, even if their "maximum" age is below that. This is a good trade-off for longer-lived races, but somewhat risky for short-lived races (especially if relying on potions of longevity to increase maximum age).

Monster memory[]

The fastest quickling that ever whizzed past you, this particular individual seems to be very alert and vigilant. His blurring movements are accompanied by an eerie whistling sound... a tune of strangely compelling power.