Abominable Snowman

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The Abominable Snowman, Y, is a unique monster that appears in EvilHack. Among its three attacks, it has a powerful bite and a claw swipe that can send the target flying back; it is also capable of lifting and throwing boulders, and can freeze pools of water underneath it as it moves.

Generation

The Abominable Snowman appears on the second floor of the Ice Queen's Realm, where it is generated in the middle of the gorge's narrow pass on level creation. It is always generated with a dozen boulders in its inventory.

Strategy

The Abominable Snowman's ice power makes it immune to drowning, and the boulders it will pelt you with can obstruct the pass. It is typically worth keeping a wand of striking or two around so that non-giant characters can break them and pass by; casters such as Healers can also try the stone to flesh spell.

Origin

The Abominable Snowman is also known as the Yeti, an iconic cryptozoological animal said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. Folklorists trace the origin of the Yeti to a combination of factors, including the folklore of pre-Buddhist Himalayan cultures such as the Sherpa people, and misidentified fauna such as bears or yak. The Abominable Snowman is often described as a large, bipedal ape-like creature that is covered with brown, gray, or white hair, and it is sometimes depicted as having large, sharp teeth.

Encyclopedia entry

The Abominable Snowman, or yeti, is one of the truly great
unknown animals of the twentieth century. It is a large hairy
biped that lives in the Himalayan region of Asia ... The story
of the Abominable Snowman is filled with mysteries great and
small, and one of the most difficult of all is how it got that
awful name. The creature is neither particularly abominable,
nor does it necessarily live in the snows. _Yeti_ is a Tibetan
word which may apply either to a real, but unknown animal of
the Himalayas, or to a mountain spirit or demon -- no one is
quite sure which. And after nearly half a century in which
Westerners have trampled around looking for the yeti, and
asking all sorts of questions, the original native traditions
concerning the creature have become even more muddled and
confused.
[ The Encyclopedia of Monsters, by Daniel Cohen ]

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