Skeletal sommelier

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Skeletal sommelier
Monster ID 714
Locations The Haunted Wine Cellar
Hit Points 162
Attack 168
Defense 142
No-Hit 178
Initiative 65
Meat 80-120
Phylum undead
Elements spooky
Resistance None
Monster Parts arm, head, leg, torso
Drops
dusty bottle of Marsala, dusty bottle of Merlot, dusty bottle of Muscat, dusty bottle of Pinot Noir, dusty bottle of Port, dusty bottle of Zinfandel, sommelier's towel, tarnished tastevin, wine-soaked bone chips
Bounty disintegrating cork
Accordion ghost accordion
Manuel Entry
refreshedit data
skeletal sommelier You're fighting a skeletal sommelier

These are the reanimated skeletal remains of one of Lord Spookyraven's wine stewards. Historians disagree on why he had so many wine stewards, and theorize that perhaps they were simply additional mistresses disguised as wine stewards.

At this point, though, any academic curiosity you might have is overshadowed by your desire not to get hit over the head with a wine bottle. You spring into action.

Hit Message(s):

He cuts you open with a broken wine bottle, then pours wine into the wound. The blood flows like wine, and the wine flows like blood, and both of those things hurt. A lot. Ooh! Ooh! Ow! Ooh! Eek! Argh!

He throws a wine bottle at you. The red, red wine goes to your head, literally. Ow! Ooh! Ooh! Oof! Argh! Ooh!

Critical Hit Message:

He stabs a corkscrew into your eye, carefully pops out the eyeball, and offers it to you to sniff. Ouch! Eek! Ooh! Ouch! Ooh!

Miss Message(s):

He lunges at you with a broken wine bottle, but you point out that it's not a suitable vintage for hand-to-hand combat and he gets embarrassed.

He throws a wine bottle at you, but you duck out of the way, shouting "Would you like some cheese with your wine, that you just missed me with?"

Fumble Message:

He attempts to stab you with a corkscrew, but you object to all this screwing around. (FUMBLE!)


After Combat

Meat.gifYou gain 80-120 Meat (average: 100, stdev: 8.56)*
Wine2.gifYou acquire an item: dusty bottle of Marsala (15% chance)*
Wine2.gifYou acquire an item: dusty bottle of Merlot (15% chance)*
Wine2.gifYou acquire an item: dusty bottle of Muscat (15% chance)*
Wine2.gifYou acquire an item: dusty bottle of Pinot Noir (15% chance)*
Wine2.gifYou acquire an item: dusty bottle of Port (15% chance)*
Wine2.gifYou acquire an item: dusty bottle of Zinfandel (15% chance)*
Somtowel.gifYou acquire an item: sommelier's towel (5% chance)*
Tastevin.gifYou acquire an item: tarnished tastevin (5% chance)*
Confetti.gifYou acquire an item: wine-soaked bone chips (5% chance)*
Cork.gifYou acquire a bounty item: disintegrating cork
(X of 20 found)
You gain 42 <substat>.

Occurs at The Haunted Wine Cellar.

Notes

  • Only one dusty bottle can drop. The mechanic seems to be a 15% rate for a dusty bottle to drop, and a 1d6 for which bottle drops.
  • Despite the running joke in the Kingdom of various lines of text forcibly refusing to end in a preposition (to the point of immediately rephrasing them), one of the miss messages does just that (namely, "Would you like some cheese with your wine, that you just missed me with?"). Though of course since this is a sentence shouted by a character in combat, perhaps it can be excused.
  • If you are an Accordion Thief and haven't stolen an accordion from this monster today, this text is added to the introduction:
    Inside the skeleton's rib cage, you see what appears to be a set of ghostly lungs. Since this doesn't make any sense, you take a closer look, and realize that there's an accordion in there!
  • If you then cast Steal Accordion:
    You pat the skeleton on the back, knocking the ghostly accordion through his sternum and into your sack. Deft!
    Acc16.gifYou acquire an item: ghost accordion

History

References

  • The miss message about cheese refers to the classic insult, "Would you like some cheese to go with that *whine*?"
  • One of the hit messages refers to the song "Red Red Wine".
  • The miss message about a suitable vintage for hand-to-hand combat is a reference to Monty Python's "Australian Table Wines" sketch. The part about him becoming embarrassed might be a further reference to another Monty Python sketch, "Are You Embarrassed Easily?"
  • The hit message about blood flowing like wine is a reference to a scene in Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, wherein wine is spilled across the street.