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NotMorgoth May 21, 2022 14:53

How does cutting Sils work? (For those without Angrist)
 
I've managed to get several wins now. The first one found Angrist and cut a Silmaril from the crown easily, but the second did not, and had a harder time.

My main weapon was a longsword and I did not have any success cutting the Sil with this; I then tried switching to a 5d3 mattock, which, with a strength potion cut the Sil on the first attempt.

So is it just a case of getting the highest damage weapon possible? Would a great axe or similar be just as good? How much does melee skill contribute to success chance, and is it much harder for low-melee characters, eg archers or pacifists?

I gather that in the Elder Days it was possible to use Song of Sharpness with a light weapon, but that song is long forgotten and has passed away into the West.

wobbly May 21, 2022 15:52

Its a straight roll of damage vs protection, with later sils having higher protection. More damage is good. A sharp weapon halves the protection number. Angrist is double sharp, it ignores protection completely.

Melee skill helps, but the crown has crit resistance. Its similar to wraiths, you need a bigger roll to crit. I mostly just use a heavy weapon.

If you have the rolls window open you can see the actual numbers.

NotMorgoth May 21, 2022 17:23

Thanks - I forgot to add, does the digging bonus from mattocks help at all?

Pete Mack May 21, 2022 18:36

Does Smithing skill contribute?

wobbly May 22, 2022 08:41

Smithing doesn't count, digging doesn't count. It's basically an attack on a - 5? Evasion target with high protection and critical resistance.


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