In Nethack, a figurine of a monster can be applied to create that monster. The resulting monster will be tame, peaceful or hostile with a probability determined by the blessed/cursed status of the figurine:

           Blessed  Uncursed  Cursed

Tame         80%       10%      10%
Peaceful     10%       80%      10%
Hostile      10%       10%      80%

Many players like to wish for a blessed figurine of an Archon so as to have a very powerful pet which can fly, is resistant to everything and doesn't need to eat.

Fi`gu`rine" (? ∨ ?), n. [F., dim. of figure.]

A very small figure, whether human or of an animal; especially, one in terra cotta or the like; -- distinguished from statuette, which is applied to small figures in bronze, marble, etc.

 

© Webster 1913.

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