Usually when I encounter NPCs I can handle them on their own, or with a few bits of fodder (small snakes, kobolds, and the like.) Even Siggy isn't much of an issue if I'm playing my TrMos. When they start showing up in twos and threes and fours and multiple groups on the same floor, thats when it gets a little tougher. On the bright side, Stone Soup is starting to teach me to run from certain things. Maybe my nethack skill will go up?
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