X-headed Hydra

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The stairway to the next level down is guarded by a ferocious (X + 2)-Headed Hydra. Looks like you've got a lot of heads to chop off if you want to get any further.


Round m...Fight! (1)


X-Headed Hydra
Monster ID 237
Locations Fernswarthy's Basement
Hit Points (Scales as ceiling(1.7*ceiling(basementlevel1.4)))
Attack (Scales as 2*ceiling(basementlevel1.4))
Defense (Scales as attack)
Initiative 70
Meat None
Phylum beast
Elements None
Resistance None
Monster Parts head, tail
Drops
None
Manuel Entry
refreshedit data
X-Headed Hydra You're fighting a X-Headed Hydra

You're fighting a hydra with X heads. Each of the heads has a mouth, and each mouth is trying to bite you. Or rather, the hydra is trying to bite you with each mouth.

Come to think of it, though, since each head ostensibly has a brain in it, do you suppose it's really a single monster you're fighting, or X different monsters that share a body from the neck down?

You sit pondering this for a few moments, and then abruptly realize that you're in the middle of a battle, and that you should probably start paying attention.

Hit Message(s):

The Hydra bites you in the <throat>, the <elbow>, the <kidney>, and the <face>. Ouch! Eek! Eek!

The Hydra bites you in the <head> with several of its heads. At least a half-dozen. Ouch! Ouch! Ooh!

One of the Hydra's heads breathes fire at you. Your <bung>, <lower back>, and <kidney> are bathed in flame. Eek! Eek! Oof! Eek! Ugh! (hot damage)

One of the Hydra's heads breathes a ray of incredibly cold air at you. How it does that without getting brain freeze, you'll never know. Brrrrrrrrrrr. (cold damage)

One of the Hydra's heads breathes a noxious cloud of green vapor at you. The other heads cough and sputter, and so do you. Ooh! Eek! Ugh! (stench damage)

Critical Hit Message:

In a feat of unparalleled coordination, the Hydra manges to bite you with every single one of its heads at the same time. You say "Ouch!" more times than you can count. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

Miss Message(s):

It tries to bite you in several different places at once, but ends up straining three of its necks.

The Hydra attempts to bite you in the <elbow> with several of its heads, but they end up bumping into each other instead.

One of the Hydra's heads breathes fire at you, but you give it a quick etymology lesson and the fire is abruptly extinguished.

One of the Hydra's heads tries to breathe a ray of incredibly cold air at you, but you're too hot to handle. And... to freeze.

One of the Hydra's heads attempts to breathe a noxious cloud of green vapor at you, but it turns out to be vaporvapor, and it never gets released.

Fumble Message:

The Hydra attempts to bite you with every one of its heads at the same time, but it results in what could only be described as "The world's largest Ourobouros fiasco." (FUMBLE!)


After Combat

You gain Y <substat>.

Occurs at Fernswarthy's Basement.

Notes

  • m is the current basement level.
  • X is equal to the monster attack.
  • You can fight it for 50 rounds, instead of the usual 30.
  • This monster cannot be copied.

References

  • The title of this adventure is clearly a reference to the quote that begins each round in most fighting games.
  • The miss text for the hydra breathing fire refers to the fact that "hydra" is etymologically derived from the Greek "hydor," meaning water, and that water is used to put out fire.
  • The miss text for the "ray of incredibly cold air" references the saying, "Too hot to handle, too cold to hold."
  • The hot and cold attacks may be a reference to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which includes a boss fight against a hydra, with a blue head that attacks using ice and a red one that attacks using fire.
  • The stench miss message refers to the technological phenomenon of vaporware.
  • The fumble message is a reference to the Ouroboros, a mythological serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail.
  • The Hydra is a serpentine water beast from Greek mythology capable of growing two heads when one was cut off. It was eventually defeated by Hercules.
  • The Hydra's appearance, minus the smallest head, and combat messages seem to be inspired by the final boss of the video game The King of Dragons.