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Old July 15, 2020, 20:01   #4
NotMorgoth
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Portal vaults in DCSS could be seen as a type of mini-quest.

When you enter a level with one of these, you get a message like "this level contains a portal vault, find the entrance before it's too late."

You then get a limited number of turns to get to the entrance before it disappears, with an indicator (the sound of a ticking clock) giving a rough idea of how much time is left and how far you are from the entrance.

Entering the vault takes you to a special level depending on the type of portal, eg ice cave, volcano, wizard's lab etc, with themed monsters and loot. These can be quite challenging, and may themselves contain quest-like elements, eg the volcano may be flooded with lava after a time so you have a limited number of turns to grab stuff before escaping.
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