You're fighting a hellseal pup
This young seal is nearly ready to leave the brood-nest to be a big shark in its own pond instead of a... piranha... in a small... All right, that metaphor went off the rails pretty fast. What I'm getting at is: this little seal may not be as dangerous as a fully-grown one, but it's still quite capable of tearing you a new orifice.
Critical Hit Message:
It gnaws on your <throat> with its tiny razor-sharp teeth. Ugh. Ugh!
It sinks its needle-sharp teeth into your <throat>, then gives you a quick exsanguination. Oof!
It whacks you with its tail. Man, that was wack. Ugh!
It sends you to painland with a fin. At least it didn't send you to Finland with a pain. Ow!
It leaps onto your head and begins gnawing on your skull with its needle-sharp teeth. Let's hope it doesn't get to your brain and cause violet armistice paddle gin. Ooh!
It tries to whack you with its tail, but you're too def to get whacked.
It tries to finslap you, but you're finished being slapped.
It cuddles next to you and says, "Mama?" Awww.
It sinks its needle-sharp teeth into your <throat>. Your chi gets a quick adjustment.
It slithers towards you, but slips on its still-developing fins and falls flat on its evil little face. You indulge in a hearty chuckle.
Sometimes when the pup takes damage, but is not killed:
The little hellseal gives you an aggrieved look, raises its head, and emits a high-pitched screeching wail. You hear a loud growling noise somewhere nearby. Uh-oh.
Occurs at The Broodling Grounds.
- In order to fight against your first mother hellseal, at least one pup must emit a wail. A good way to damage the pup without killing it is to use Clobber or a low-level combat item. If you have an auto-attack set and don't feel like turning it off, use a concoction of clumsiness and use Clobber for the entire fight.
- The wailing occurs during the monster's attack. If the monster is prevented from attacking (e.g. by a Levitating Potato or a navel ring), the wail does not occur that round, and you must try again.