The aleax is an avatar of certain gods sent as vengeance for angering the deity. It is only visible to the victim, can only be harmed by the victim, and has identical characteristics to the target—the same armor, skills and weapons. If the target is defeated, the victim will be raised from the dead, minus all their treasure and half of their experience. If the target wins, he or she is taken to serve the deity for a year and a day.
The aleax appears as a high level monster in the game Nethack.
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