Insectoid

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The insectoid (sub-species of Team Ant) is a playable race specific to Slash'EM Extended. They can be any role and alignment, and they start with their signature Summon Team Ant technique. However, insectoids have no hands, so they will have difficulties when using weapons or doing any other action that requires hands.

Insectoids start with poison resistance and flying intrinsics. They can also sting enemies with their melee attack, dealing poison damage.

Their maximum stats are as follows:

Character
Race
Strength Dexterity Constitution Intelligence Wisdom Charisma
Insectoid 25 25 25 25 25 25


Strategy

The insectoid can actually wield weapons and use them; however, equipping them only has a 33% chance of being successful. If this check fails, the player will lose a turn and be subjected to a nasty detrimental effect instead, so it's probably best to quickly find a good melee weapon (or be a role that starts with one, as it will start out equipped in foreclaw) and just use it all the time. Melee attacks will also poison non-resistant enemies sometimes, with a chance of instakilling them.

Many other actions are harder to perform due to the lack of hands. If possible, the player should not do those things with dangerous monsters around because some of the side effects may be very dangerous. The Summon Team Ant technique should be used a lot as it provides the player with squads of pets; using it instantly at the start of the game may create a tame killer bee that can be useful early on, and one can hope to randomly get some migo or other high-level insects later in the game.

Usually, Team Ant members start out peaceful to an insectoid character. They can also be eaten without a penalty. Blessed genociding a, though, is a bad idea that will instantly kill the player character with no chance of life saving.