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Old November 9, 2016, 18:24   #1
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boots of wormtongue and curse

i just found the boots of wormtongue, a pretty decent +3 speed (would bring me to +7), the stats are (-1, -1) [2, +0] <+2, +3> {cursed}

now, as i understand it, objects can be uncursed in 4.0 by enchanting them to a positive stat value; for example, if you use mormegil (IIRC) which is (-20, +20), you need to enchant it until it's (+1, +20) which then uncurses it.
If you have a piece of armor, say, [5, -10] and you enchant it to [5, +1] then it uncurses it.

But how do you do this with something which does not have any negative stat? You can't raise the (-1, -1) anyway, so, is it just that you need a single Enchant Armor scroll to bring them to [2, +1] ?
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I'm pretty sure that the curse-breaking effect of enchantment scrolls occurs regardless of the pluses on the item. Since Wormtongue is boots (i.e. armor), scrolls of Enchant Armor can break the curse on them.
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You can break the curse with scrolls of armor enchantment. For artifacts, it is roughly 1/4 successful.
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Old November 9, 2016, 18:34   #4
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so, if you enchant mormegil ONCE, you could in theory use it, as a (-19, +20) ?
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so, if you enchant mormegil ONCE, you could in theory use it, as a (-19, +20) ?
By my understanding this is correct.

EDIT: indeed, even if you did not successfully enchant it, you could still break the curse.
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It used to require positive AC and a successful enchantment, but scrolls of enchantment were readily available at the alchemist.
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hmmm...

ok, so.

i got hit by a stat swap that left me with 17 STR, overweight, slowed, so i needed a way out and the boots give +3 spd, so i put them on.

i now cast 3 Enchant Armor and 1 *Enchant Armor* and the boots are [2,+6] but still cursed ...
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Keep trying. It'll work eventually. The only effect of the curse is that you can't take them off, so it's no big deal right now because you don't want to take them off, right?
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Old November 10, 2016, 01:28   #9
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i died.

i suicided, really.

got drained down to 7 STR, my base speed was -9 while carrying just the very basics, and 80k to go to level up. wound up using a stupid number of CCW and Speed just to kill a few mob, but i would likely never have made it to next level.

I managed to get the boots up to [2, +9] but they were still cursed. I did try a test character with wizard mode and yes, they can get uncursed, it's just a matter of luck.
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Seems pretty unlucky. I usually uncurse regularly cursed artifiacts with one or two (sometimes 3) regular armor enchantment scrolls.
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