Quickling queen
Location Quickling Tree
Monster type Humanoid
Alignment Chaotic
Unique? No
Sees invisible? Yes
Sees in the dark? Yes
Magic resistance Medium
Picks up items? Yes
1.1.1 KPL 5

Quickling queen is a type of monster in ADOM. They are extremely nasty late game monsters that have truly incredible speed, and not only are guaranteed to injure the PC if their attack lands but each attack also poisons. When fighting a quickling queen the PC can end up receiving several counts of poisoning each turn, which can lead to catastrophic results if not cured quickly enough. Since they are extremely evasive and tend to stay out of melee range after attacking, PCs are advised to try to take them with whatever magic they have (even if they rely primarily on melee combat). Archery is also an option... if the PC is an extremely good shot.

A quickling queen is guaranteed to appear in the Quickling Tree, guarding the boots of great speed.

Special abilities[]

Common stats[]

Level: 1, DV: 60, PV: 0, Hits: 5, Attacks: 1, Damage: 1-4. Speed: 1200.

Corpse effects[]

Eating a quickling queen increases the PC's speed between 0 and 6 points, but also reduces their maximum age by 20%. PC's with low speed are much more likely to receive a larger bonus than those with high speed and vice versa. At PC speed 150, speed increases of 3-4 are common. Eating quickling queens with speed values over 190 often results in no speed increase.

This can be a good trade-off for PCs of longer-lived races, but somewhat risky for short-lived races, especially if relying on potions of longevity to increase maximum age. PCs will not die of old age until they reach the 'very old' age category, even if their "maximum" age is below that.

Monster memory[]

Seeming a petite blur, the quickling queens are much revered for their clear vision and rapidity of thought. These queens are not only creatures of speed and observation, but have a sharp sting of their own, injecting enemies with poisons as swift as their thoughts.