I am a wizard in Minetown, and I usually don't make it much farther than this. The one other time that I encountered winter wolf cubs, they swiftly kicked my ass. This time, I teleported using a scroll as soon as I saw them, and ended up in a shop. The shopkeeper is standing in the doorway blocking the wolves, thank you sir!
I don't have any offensive wands, I am not cold resistant, and my power is low. Since I have time, I am preparing for this fight as best as I can: I quaffed a potion of increase level to bring me to level 7, enchanted my dagger to +3 using scrolls, and I will rest. Now I am scheming about clever tricks I can to turn this in my favor.
Will throwing a potion of hallucination at a winter wolf cub make it likely to start attacking the rest of it's pack? If it does attack it's pack, could it's pack turn to fight it, giving me opportunities to attack?
update The shopkeeper walked away from the door! He doesn't even know I'm in here, when I teleported in, I got a message "This shop appears to be abandoned"!