Yeti

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The yeti, wintery cousin of the sasquatch, is a dangerous beast, to be dealt with as carefully as a carnivorous ape. Though it cannot grab the player, the yeti moves quicker than the largest ape, and does extra damage by biting.

Eating a yeti corpse has a 33% chance of providing the player with cold resistance.


Origin

The Yeti or Abominable Snowman, is a cryptozoological animal not recognized by science. Is said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. Hence the cold resistance.

Strategy

Although a Yeti is rather quick, with a bit of preparation one can safely deal with it. Just like other creatures who are not blind, engraving Elbereth on the ground then standing on it, will scare it off. Having dealt with the immediate danger of losing one's life, one may then proceed with more trifling tasks, like assuring that no mythical Yetis stay alive for long.

It has been experimentally confirmed, that using long-range attacks may have mortal consequences to the mythical snowman. Note that Yetis are susceptible to spell damage. So even a mediocre wizard can kill a Yeti with 2 to 3 uses of the force bolt spell. In addition one may choose to throw miscellaneous objects such as daggers or darts at a Yeti.

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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