Research:Mama Kolydina's Instant Infestation

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Type of bugs

At the moment, I can't get any useful/reliable data on the quality of bugs summoned, because I can't rank the bugs in terms of how good they are. I suggest the best way to go about doing this would be in terms of their counterstrike damage. Therefore, PK witches (and cooperative PK victims): We need you to help us here! If there's an enthusiastic pair who want to help, please could you gather data on how much damage the various bug types do on average.

--Chat 17:38, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

Size of swarm summoned

I've narrowed this down as definitively affected by either summoning or defensive, and probably not affected by chanting or binding - observe that large swarms show up when def and summoning are reduced (-6 wis), and plagues otherwise; also observe that the size doesn't change when chanting and binding are lowered (-7 dex). We really need someone who usually gets non-plague swarms to test this to get some decent skill relationships, though.

--Chat 17:38, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

Oh, hey, you can reduce defensive without affecting summoning if you eat a scorpion poison sac... that's -5 con, -2 dex. It's a very convenient poison, too--it doesn't last that much longer than it takes to cast the spell, and you can get a sac from any scorpion corpse. (Of course, due to the dex loss, chanting and binding are also lowered a bit.) I saw no real difference when I reduced defensive this way, so I suspect summoning is the skill used.
--Ilde 00:31, 21 November 2009 (UTC)
Ooooo... scratch that. If you got half plagues even with summoning lower than mine, while I got entirely large swarms, then it's probably defensive, not summoning. Or some combination... --Ilde 00:36, 21 November 2009 (UTC)

Raw data

Results of 10 casts

All in a room (terrain) with no visible background enchantment, not in a circle. (p) = plague (l) = large swarm (s) = small swarm

Defensive Summoning Charming Chanting Binding Cursing Result
372 365 374 385 357 375 cicadas (p), hornets (p), 2x bees (p), 2x wasps (p), 2x horseflies (p), ants (p), mosquitoes (p)
372 365 374 351 357 375 cicadas (p), 3x hornets (p), 3x bees (p), wasps (p), horseflies (p), locusts (p)
372 365 374 351 334 375 2x cicadas (p), hornets (p), 4x horseflies (p), ants (p), locusts (p), gnats(p)
372 335 374 349 334 375 hornets (p), 2x wasps (p), 2x horseflies (p), 3x ants (p), locusts(p), grasshoppers (p)
372 335 349 344 334 375 hornets (p), 2x wasps (p), horseflies (p), 3x ants (p), crickets (p), 2x locusts (p)
357 335 349 340 334 375 2x cicadas (p), bees (p), wasps (p), 2x ants (p), crickets (p), 2x locusts (p), grasshoppers (p)
357 335 349 340 334 346 2x cicadas (p), bees (p), wasps (p), 2x horseflies (p), 2x ants (p), 2x locusts (p)
305 189 396 360 334 375 gnats (p), sandflies (p), ladybirds (l), mosquitoes (p), butterflies (l), 2x damselflies (l), termites (p), locusts (p), bees (p)
357 335 396 360 334 375 cicadas (p), wasps (p), termites (p), 4x horseflies (p), sandflies (p), gnats (p), flying ants (p)
365 359 396 360 334 375 3x locusts (p), 3x wasps (p), cicadas (p), 3x horseflies (p)
357 335 396 284 263 375 locusts (p), flying ants (p), 2x cicadas (p), 2x sandflies (p), bees (p), hornets (p), crickets (p), gnats (p)
191 204 371 200 202 363 3x butterflies (l), 3x damselflies (l), 2x dragonflies (l), ladybirds (l), praying mantids (s)
155 204 371 192 193 363 4x butterflies (l), 3x damselflies (l), dragonflies (l), lacewings (l) ladybirds (l)
275 216 255 237 189 242 3x winged termites (v), 3x moths (v), grasshoppers (v), stick insects (v), dragonflies (v), 2x damselfies (v)