I'm a Chaotic elvish wizard in Gehennom with a pet Archon. Stethescope returns: Status of Archy (lawful): Level 28 HP 224(224) AC -8, tame, fast, invisible.

I do NOT have conflict and have not attacked my pet (I'm carrying Frost Brand).

Any other reason my my pet would attack me, and how to I pacify it?

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    Weird. There's a bunch of ways other than attacking it to make a pet non-tame or hostile, but in that case I wouldn't expect the stethoscope to report it as "tame". You can have a tame hostile pet if it becomes "confused from hunger", but Archons don't eat. And they have high enough resistance that I would expect confusion-causing attacks to bounce off them, too.
    – ToxicFrog
    Commented May 18, 2014 at 17:00
  • Putting the stethoscope to yourself doesn't flag anything does it?
    – Mark Hurd
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 0:59

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Well, I have come across the exact same situation, in my current gaming run, with a small difference: the Archon was confused.

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Now, the main difference here is confusion. You didn't specify whether the attacks continued after your stethoscope results came negative, so it is plausible that on the turn which you checked your pet's status, the confusion wore off. Quoting from the Confusion wiki page:

Monsters have a 1/50 chance of losing the monster confusion status on their turn. If monsters have access to a non-cursed unicorn horn or a lizard corpse they will use it to clear the monster confusion status.

Also on that page there are the possible reasons a creature might become confused. The only possible ones are the following:

  • Being affected by vapors of a potion of confusion or potion of booze.
  • Being exposed to an umber hulk's gaze attack (I place this here because I didn't remember about this question until it happened, and the Archon killed an umber hulk, whose body I found after).
  • Monsters which are clerical spellcasters can confuse players without magic resistance. (this can be ruled out as there were no spellcasters nearby).

In my game, most creatures at first sight either drink whatever potions they have or they throw them at me. Although most of them were paralysis, I believe if they had potions of confusion, they would throw them either at me or at my pet.

Also, after checking the wiki, I found out that the umber hulk's gaze attack isn't resistible (as it isn't a magic effect).

After I noticed, I began checking the status of the pet each turn (as possible, since it is a very fast pet) and after 27 turns passed, the pet regained his composure. I have a certainty that he didn't have an unicorn horn (because I polypiled those that I've found at Orcus' Town) or a lizard corpse (because I didn't find one in Gehennom).

My explanation is that either the RNG God had pity and decided to cure your pet at the precise turn you would be able to use a stethoscope on him or the pet had one of the items that instantaneously cure confusion.

  • Oh, good catch! I didn't remember there were unresistable confusion-inflicting attacks.
    – ToxicFrog
    Commented Jun 1, 2014 at 14:20
  • Having advanced in my run, I triggered a trap, that spawned an umber hulk. After killing it the next turn, the Archon was confused. So, it is now a fact that the gaze attacks do confuse Archons. Commented Jun 1, 2014 at 19:02

Just a guess: do you have the Aggravate Monster property?

This is different from conflict and can happen several ways: ring of Aggravate Monster, eating a dog or a cat (unless you're an orc or cave(wo)man, sacrificing a pet that died while tame, being a cannibal (again, unless you're an orc or cave(wo)man).

While I don't know of any examples, it's possible that Archy could be frightened into hitting you. So be careful playing that tooled horn. Again, just a guess.

Other things can cause monsters to be aggravated with you: shriekers doing their thang, drinking a cursed potion of invisibility, or even high level spell-casting monsters (like a demi-lich, or The Dark One, your quest nemesis) can literally cast an aggravate monster spell.

Let us know if you figure it out or the condition changes. An angry archon is a very bad thing (tm).

  • I'm not sure if the aggravate monster intrinsic would do what. The information in the page just mentions the awakening of nearby sleeping monsters. Commented May 25, 2014 at 17:34
  • Yeah, it shouldn't cause your pet to attack (AFAIK), but I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel to try to figure this one out. I haven't looked at the source code myself; it's rather complicated on this subject.
    – SMBiggs
    Commented May 25, 2014 at 18:27

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