She must be killed in a special way, with a full group working together.
Just inside the cave are three rooms going north before going down. In the third room there's some cocoons. These can each hold a captured player, a druid, a giant spider or lots of vicious spiders.
The vicious spiders are very strong and wander inside the cave, dealing lots of damage very fast and injecting poison. They attack giant fruitbats. Gloomy forest spiders are very weak in comparison.
She will instantly block the cave's exit upon encounter, effectively trapping everyone in the cave with her.
Queen Shelox releases a string of web from her abdomen that covers the tunnel leading out of the cave! Queen Shelox scuttles rapidly toward you! An ominous gurgling noise can be heard coming from Queen Shelox's abdomen.
Her attacks will sometimes cause gp loss (around 30):
Hp: 604 (1714) Gp: 317 (337) Xp: 709023 Queen Shelox bites you in the stomach but your cloak of fog absorbs some of the blow. Queen Shelox sinks her fangs into you! You seethe in agony. Energy seems to be sapped from your body. Hp: 519 (1714) Gp: 289 (337) Xp: 709026
She has an area attack:
Queen Shelox rears up and sprays acidic venom across the entire lair! The pair of fawn cotton trousers breaks!
She also has a targeted venom attack, which reduces stats:
Queen Shelox turns toward you and spits venom into your face! Lethargy strolls through your body, making your limbs slow and your eyes heavy.
Being wet may help protect against the acidic venom, at least until you dry off.
The acidic venom is diluted on your soaking wet body. You feel dry now. Queen Shelox melts you with her acidic venom! You scream in agony. You collapse into an unconscious heap from the pain.
Dying in the lair
Upon death, your corpse will be deposited outside Shelox's lair, where the cocoons are kept. Once either Shelox or all of players inside the lair die, the web covering the escape tunnel will decay.
Millions of tiny spiders appear from nowhere and drag your corpse away. The web covering the tunnel out of the cave decays and falls to the rocks below.
Defeating Shelox now provides rewards in the form of rare items! (dev blog )
- Spider Yum packet (contains 6 tablets that provide a medium strength Bug shield)
- enormous spider carapace (a heavy shield for EFF)
- iron broomstick (better weapon that holds gp for 4 trips but heavier)
- venom-coated dagger (radienced dagger dealing high damage rates and poison but that cannot be repaired)
- webbed baton (faith rod with 3 slots instead of 2 for a bit more weight and harder to charge)
News announcing the release of the area:
Bulletin Boards: Frog Arachnophobia Note #39 by Jian at Sun Jun 20 13:27:35 2010 [EST] on board frog Word is spreading rapidly across the Ramtops: an elite Lancre Regiment company has been completely lost somewhere in the depths of Gloomy Forest. According to local rumours, a single soldier managed to make it back to town, babbling madly about a monstrously huge spider before succumbing to his own wounds and falling silent. Venture into this darkness at your own peril. You have been warned.
First victory announced
Bulletin Boards: Frog Re:#1 Arachnophobia Note #48 by Groux at Tue Jun 22 05:08:36 2010 [EST] on board frog Heaps of thanks for jian for coding this epic piece of work. To put a quick reply on this, a new big spider boss called shelox was made and finally killed recently. It was an absolute monstrossity and has to be killed in a special way. It took maybe 15 hours? of trial and fail many many times not totally sure but a long time to do this. it took me, naboo, krylin, inige, chooxen, dialapishe, nirilil and anyone else who helped that i cant remember. thanks!, my best discworld login of all time i think. ps. we maybe would rather you try and figure things out than ask us how to do this:)
Bulletin Boards: Frog Re:#2 Arachnophobia Note #49 by Dialapishe at Tue Jun 22 05:11:41 2010 [EST] on board frog Ok Exalted, Chooxen, Lanfear, off the top of my head. Angelin/Raen did you join in too? DaP
Bulletin Boards: Frog Re:#3 Arachnophobia Note #56 by Zexium at Tue Jun 22 12:00:51 2010 [EST] on board frog I think Elspeth and Mancow were involved at some stage too. Zexium
Bulletin Boards: Frog Re:#4 Arachnophobia Note #70 by Dialapishe at Tue Jun 22 22:01:37 2010 [EST] on board frog Actually how could I forget you Zex, healing and ressing us. Mancow and Elspeth made an independent attempt to our attempt