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Old September 30, 2019, 18:51   #6
Ingwe Ingweron
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Arin II arrived at DL 100 for the final fight. As he was wielding ‘Deathwreaker’, all sorts of things woke up, and he saw a ton of wall-eating monsters, undead spread out too far for destruction. He rushed up some nearby stairs, then located another down stair to get a different milieu. This time, he landed near two pits, one full of Greater Demons and the other with Ancient Red Dragons. Morgoth wasn’t near, so Arin easily took care of the pits by reading a scroll of Destruction, creating the terrain for the final battle. He used a few charges from a stave of Banishment to clear any stragglers and get rid of any charges that could have been drained by Morgoth for healing.

Arin sensed Morgoth coming, quaffed a potion of Speed and potion of Berserk Strength, and had already buffed with Blessing, Heroism, and Protection from Evil. He slowed Morgoth with a Rod of Slow Monster, casted a Glyph of Warding to stand on, and battle was joined!

I was going to do Compubox Numbers about the fight, but angband.live crashed the game after the win. Gwarl restored the game, but the majority of the message history was lost, so I was unable to reconstruct a blow-by-blow account. Luckily, I had already grabbed the file and posted the win to the comp ladder.

The battle took place in the destructed area, with TO of Morgoth and Destruction in between to clear out baddies, as Arin didn’t want to waste all of his precious Mass Banishment or limited TO resources. Only TO’d monsters that absolutely had to be gotten rid of, and let others crowd around as they might, being careful to ensure they couldn’t breathe or cast anything that might result in an unfortunate “double-blow” insta-death when added to Morgoth’s attacks. When they became too overwhelming, Morgoth was TO’d and another destruction wiped the field clean. Arin had to always be conscious of keeping at least one TO rod in reserve for just such occasions. A combination of enhanced melee with Deathwreaker and Spear of OromŽ spells, with phase doors to heal and recast a glyph as necessary, and Morgoth went down in the third round.

Playing on angband.live with a small audience for the final battle made the comp even more fun. Looking forward to the next “lightning round” 4.2.0 comp. What will Gwarl come up with next?
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