Aoa

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The aoa is an amorphous monster in dNetHack. A smaller and weaker version, the aoa droplet, also exists.

Both the full-sized aoa and droplet have a disenchanting touch and passive attack. However, adequately prepared adventurers may find them useful because their corpses, which are considered vegan, can be eaten for a possible increase in spellcasting power.

Aoa

A highly reflective sphere of pure magic. Eating an aoa corpse or a tin of aoa may increase the character's current energy by 10, or set their current energy to their maximum energy - 40, whichever is greater. The character then gains a further 6d10 energy. If the character would gain more energy than their maximum, their maximum energy is increased by 10. If the character has <= 2/3 energy remaining, these effects are guaranteed, otherwise there is a 33% chance that nothing occurs. As with all jellies, the corpse of an aoa droplet is considered vegan.

Aoa droplet

A highly reflective drop of pure magic. Eating an aoa droplet corpse or a tin of aoa droplet may increase the character's current energy by 4d10. If the character would gain more energy than the maximum, their maximum energy is increased by 4. If the character has <= 2/3 energy remaining, these effects are guaranteed, otherwise there is a 33% chance that nothing occurs. As with all jellies, the corpse of an aoa droplet is considered vegan.

Encyclopedia entry

Aoa resemble huge blobs of quicksilver that float above
the surface of whatever environment they may be found.
Their surface is like a mirror and reflects all light.
Aoa are surrounded by tiny orbs that randomly separate
from the sphere and reabsorb back into it.

A full-sized aoa is called a sphere. Smaller aoa called
droplets split off from a sphere when it reflects a
large amount of magical energy. Eventually, a droplet
will grow to become a full-sized sphere.

[ DnD 3.0, Fiend Folio ]