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here i've come upon a giant bat. the giant bat is one of the fastest creatures in the game, getting several moves to one of mine. the bat's typical attack pattern is to move up to me, attack, and then move back, out of my reach. its attacks are weak, but there's a more formidable creature in the dungeons that attacks in the same pattern, so it's useful to learn how to effectively eliminate it.



maneuvering the bat into a dead end from which it can't move - by trapping it between myself and another monster, for example - is a good strategy when possible; at the moment it isn't. instead i take a step away from the bat - causing it to end its move right next to me, instead of a space away. i take a swing, then the bat attacks and retreats. i repeat - backing away, then swinging - until the bat is dead.



corpses are the most reliable source of food in the dungeon, but the meat of many of creatures has a chance of being contaminated or outright unsafe to eat. the meat of giant bats, however, is always safe to eat - as is that of giant rats, quokkas, and snakes.



i step over the corpse and press SHIFT D for "Dissect". to cut up a corpse one needs a cutting implement: my dagger will do fine. i pick up the "chunk of bat meat" by pressing the , key. chunks of meat will eventually rot, unlike food rations and fruits - which is why those should be saved as a last resort. corpse chunks are much easier to procure.



it's not long before my character gets hungry. if she doesn't eat, she'll eventually starve. i'll use the e key to eat that chunk of bat.



my character doesn't like the taste of raw meat, and will only eat it when hungry - meaning i won't always get the opportunity to eat a piece of meat before it rots. some races, like trolls, like the taste of raw meat and can eat it as soon as they tear it from a corpse. there are a few ways to coerce my character into liking raw meat, but for the moment i'll make do.

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