The Angband Ladder: Mighty Curses II, Nibelung Monk by chris

  [Hengband 1.7.2 Character Dump]

                          Name  : Mighty Curses II

 Sex      : Male             Age                41   STR!:  18/180
 Race     : Nibelung         Height             43   INT!:   18/50
 Class    : Monk             Weight             93   WIS!:  18/200
 Magic    : Craft            Social Class       72   DEX!:  18/210
                             Align         Neutral   CON!:  18/200
                                                     CHR!:   18/90

 Bare hand       (+96,+21)   Hit point   1076/1076   Fighting   : Legendary[15]
 Posture              none   SP (Mana)    409/ 409   Bows/Throw : Legendary[15]
 Blows/Round          11+0                           SavingThrow: Heroic
 AverageDmg/Rnd      724+0   Level              50   Stealth    : Very Good
                             Experience   10468756
 Shooting        (+58,+14)   Max Exp      10468756   Perception : Good
 Multiplier          x4.56   Exp to Adv      *****   Searching  : Good
 Shots/Round          0.83   Gold         28420173   Disarming  : Heroic
                                                     MagicDevice: Heroic
 AC              [14,+142]   Time   Day 1409 12:22
 Speed            (+29+10)   Play time    07:58:34   Infra-Vision: 50 feet

                         (Character Background)
          You are one of several children of a Nibelung Miner.  You
          are a well liked child.  You have dark brown eyes, wavy
          black hair, a one foot beard, and a dark complexion.

          ...You retired from the adventure after the winning.

 Sex   : Male          Stat    BaseRacClaPerMod ActualCurrent  abcdefghijkl@
 Race  : Nibelung      STR!:  18/80  1  2  2  5 18/180         .......s.32..
 Class : Monk          INT!:  18/90 -1 -1 -2  0  18/50         .....4.s....4
 Level : 50            WIS!: 18/120  2  1 -1  6 18/200         .....43s.3..4
 Hits  : 1076/1076     DEX!: 18/120  0  3  0  6 18/210         .....4.s..2..
 Mana  : 409/409       CON!: 18/120  2  2  1  3 18/200         .......s.3...
                       CHR!:  18/70 -2  1  0  3  18/90         ......3s.....

         abcdefghijkl@            abcdefghijkl@                abcdefghijkl@
 Acid  : .......+....#    Sound : .............    Speed     : ..+.+....+..#
 Elec  : .......+.+..#    Nether: ..........+..    FreeAction: ............+
 Fire  : ..+....+.+*.#    Nexus : ..........+..    SeeInvisi.: .....+...+...
 Cold  : .......+.+*.#    Chaos : .........++..    Hold Life : .......+.++..
 Poison: ..........+.#    Disnch: ..........+.+    Warning   : .............
 Light : .........+...    Fear  : ............#    SlowDigest: .......+.....
 Dark  : ............+    Reflct: .............    Regene.   : .........+..#
 Shard : .......+.+...    AuFire: .............    Levitation: .............
 Blind : .........+...    AuElec: .............    Perm Lite : .....+...+...
 Conf  : .........++..    AuCold: .............    Cursed    : .............

             ab@                abcdefghijkl@                  abcdefghijkl@
 Slay Evil : ...    Telepathy : ......+......    Add Blows   : ...+...+.....
 Slay Und. : ...    ESP Evil  : .............    Add Tunnel  : .............
 Slay Demon: ...    ESP Noliv.: .............    Add Infra   : .............
 Slay Drag.: ...    ESP Good  : .............    Add Device  : .............
 Slay Human: ...    ESP Undead: .............    Add Stealth : .............
 Slay Anim.: ...    ESP Demon : .............    Add Search  : .............
 Slay Orc  : ...    ESP Dragon: .............
 Slay Troll: ...    ESP Human : .............    Riding      : .............
 Slay Giant: ...    ESP Animal: ..+..........    Throw       : .............
 Acid Brand: ...    ESP Orc   : .............    Blessed     : .............
 Elec Brand: ...    ESP Troll : .............    No Teleport : .............
 Fire Brand: ...    ESP Giant : .............    Anti Magic  : .............
 Cold Brand: ...                                 Econom. Mana: .............
 Poison Brd: ...    Sust Str  : .......+.....
 Sharpness : ...    Sust Int  : .......+.....    Drain Exp   : .............
 Quake     : ...    Sust Wis  : .......+.....    Rnd.Teleport: ..........+..
 Vampiric  : ...    Sust Dex  : .......+.....    Aggravate   : ..........+..
 Chaotic   : ...    Sust Con  : .......+.....    TY Curse    : ..........+..
 Force Wep.: ...    Sust Chr  : .......+.....

  [*Winning* Message]

  Thanks, Thanos!

  [Option Settings]

 Preserve Mode:      ON
 Small Levels:       OFF
 Unusual Rooms:      ON
 Arena Levels:       OFF

  [Recall Depth]

    Angband         : level 100
    Yeek cave       : level   5
    Dragon's lair   : level  60
    Castle          : level  20

  [Quest Information]

< Completed Quest >
  Thieves Hideout                          (Danger  level:   5) - level  7
  Warg problem                             (Danger  level:   5) - level 12
  Orc Camp                                 (Danger  level:  15) - level 20
  The Sewer                                (Danger  level:  15) - level 20
  Old Man Willow Quest                     (Danger  level:  22) - level 38
  Dark Elven Lords Quest                   (Danger  level:  25) - level 38
  The Cloning Pits                         (Danger  level:  45) - level 38
  The Old Castle                           (Danger  level:  50) - level 40
  Oberon                                   (Danger  level:  99) - level 50
  Serpent of Chaos                         (Danger  level: 100) - level 50

< Failed Quest >
  Logrus Master                            (Danger  level:  25) - level 20
  The Vault                                (Danger  level:  30) - level 20
  Lousy, the King of Louses                (Dungeon level:   6) - level 50
  Wutugu, the Chief of Southerings         (Dungeon level:  12) - level 50
  Ulwarth, Son of Ulfang                   (Dungeon level:  24) - level 50
  Jack of Shadows                          (Dungeon level:  38) - level 50
  Sleipnir, the Odin's Steed               (Dungeon level:  44) - level 50
  The Phoenix                              (Dungeon level:  50) - level 50
  Habu the Champion of Chaos               (Dungeon level:  56) - level 50
  Julian, Master of Arden Forest           (Dungeon level:  62) - level 50
  Azriel, Angel of Death                   (Dungeon level:  76) - level 50
  Gothmog, the High Captain of Balrogs     (Dungeon level:  88) - level 50

 Arena:  0 Victory

  [Defeated Monsters]

You have defeated 70030 enemies including 170 unique monsters in total.

< Unique monsters top 10 >
  The Serpent of Chaos                     (level 100)
  Oberon, King of Amber                    (level  99)
  Sauron, the Sorcerer                     (level  98)
  Cerberus, Guardian of Hades              (level  94)
  Azathoth, Seething Nuclear Chaos         (level  93)
  Carcharoth, the Jaws of Thirst           (level  92)
  Shub-Niggurath, Black Goat of the Woods  (level  91)
  Fenris Wolf                              (level  90)
  Tulzscha, the Green Flame                (level  89)
  Kronos, Lord of the Titans               (level  87)


Your alighnment : Neutral

You are the living embodiment of Faith.
You are the living embodiment of Harmony.
You are the living embodiment of Temperance.
You are a bitter enemy of Patience.
You are somewhat virtuous in Justice.
You are somewhat virtuous in Mysticism.
You are the polar opposite of Compassion.
You are a bitter enemy of Honour.


 You are moronic (-4 INT/WIS).

  [Character Equipment]

a) (nothing)
b) (nothing)
c) The Light Crossbow of Brand (x4) (+10,+14) (+10 to speed) {Sp;Fi;Xm~Z}
d) a Ring of Extra Attacks and Power Throwing (+2 attacks) {At}
e) a Ring of Speed (+11) {Sp}
f) The Pendant of Gogo (+4) {InWiDx;SiLu}
g) The Palantir of Westernesse (+3) {WiCh~Tele}
h) The Leather Jacket of Shiva's Avatar (+3,+4) [12,+20] (+1 attack)
i) (nothing)
j) The Golden Crown of Amber [0,+15] (+3) {SpStWiCn;ElFiCoLiShBlCfCa;SiHlRgLu,
k) The Set of Gauntlets of Thanos (-11,-12) [2,+0] (+2)
{StDx;*FiCo;PoCfNtNxCaDi;HlTeAgTy, .}
l) (nothing)

  [Character Inventory]

a) 3 Books of Craft Magic [Handbook for Pupils] {@ma!k}
b) 3 Books of Craft Magic [Grade Holder's Book] {@mb!k}
c) a Book of Craft Magic [Note of Acting Master] {@mc!k}
d) a Book of Craft Magic [Spiritual Enlightenment] {@md!k}
e) 57 Mushrooms of Restoring {!E}
f) 3 Hard Biscuits
g) 61 Potions of Healing {!k!q}
h) 9 Potions of *Healing* {!k!q}
i) 4 Potions of Life {!k!q}
j) 31 Potions of Restore Mana {!q!k}
k) 5 Potions of Restore Life Levels {25% off}
l) 32 Potions of Enlightenment {75% off}
m) 24 Scrolls of Phase Door
n) 28 Scrolls of Teleportation {50% off}
o) 20 Scrolls of *Destruction* {!r!k}
p) 4 Scrolls of Genocide {!r!k}
q) 4 Rods of Recall {!s!d!k!!}
r) 7 Rods of Detection {@z3!s!d!k}
s) 7 Rods of Teleport Other (1 charging) {!s!d!k}
t) 14 Rods of Stone to Mud {@z6!s!d!k}
u) 2 Staffs of *Destruction* (2x 0 charges) {!u!s!d!k}

  [Home Inventory]

 ( page 1 )
a) 9 Books of Craft Magic [Handbook for Pupils] {@ma!k}
b) 5 Books of Craft Magic [Grade Holder's Book] {@mb!k}
c) 47 Books of Craft Magic [Note of Acting Master] {@mc!k}
d) 6 Books of Craft Magic [Spiritual Enlightenment] {@md!k}
e) 56 Potions of Speed {!k!q}
f) 41 Potions of Cure Critical Wounds {25% off}
g) 8 Potions of Strength {!k}
h) 2 Potions of Intelligence {!k}
i) 14 Potions of Constitution {!k}
j) 3 Potions of Charisma {!k}
k) 4 Potions of New Life {!*!*!*}
l) 2 Potions of Polymorph

 ( page 2 )
a) 40 Scrolls of Phase Door
b) 10 Scrolls of Teleportation {50% off}
c) 9 Scrolls of Word of Recall {25% off}
d) 7 Scrolls of *Remove Curse*
e) a Scroll of Mundanity
f) a Scroll of Holy Chant
g) a Scroll of Acquirement {!r}
h) a Rod of Trap Location {@z1!s!d!k}
i) a Rod of Perception {@z7!s!d!k!!}
j) 5 Rods of Recall {!s!d!k!!}
k) a Rod of Illumination
l) 3 Rods of Enlightenment {@z8!s!d!k!!}

 ( page 3 )
a) a Rod of Drain Life
b) 8 Wands of Stone to Mud (77 charges)
c) a Wand of Rockets (3 charges)
d) a Staff of Perception (13 charges) {@u1}
e) 2 Staffs of Enlightenment (2x 11 charges)
f) 7 Staffs of Enlightenment (7x 10 charges)
g) 19 Staffs of Enlightenment (19x 9 charges)
h) 10 Staffs of Enlightenment (10x 8 charges)
i) 9 Staffs of Enlightenment (9x 7 charges)
j) 3 Staffs of Enlightenment (3x 6 charges) {25% off}
k) a Staff of Treasure Location (8 charges)
l) 8 Staffs of Curing (8x 7 charges)

 ( page 4 )
a) a Staff of Curing (5 charges)
b) 4 Staffs of Healing (4x 4 charges) {!s!d!k}
c) a Staff of Speed (8 charges)
d) 12 Staffs of Speed (12x 7 charges)
e) 2 Staffs of Speed (2x 6 charges)
f) 8 Staffs of Speed (8x 5 charges)
g) a Staff of *Destruction* (5 charges)
h) 4 Staffs of *Destruction* (4x 4 charges)
i) a Ring of Levitation {Lv}
j) a Ring of Lightning [+9] {El}
k) a Ring of Damage (+16) {25% off}
l) a Ring of Slaying (+10,+11)

 ( page 5 )
a) a Ring of Slaying (+6,+10)
b) a Ring of Slaying and Random Teleportation (+16,+11) {Te, .}
c) 2 Rings of Speed (+10) {Sp}
d) a Ring of Speed and Haste (+10) {Sp}
e) a Ring of Speed and Random Teleportation (+5) {Sp;Te}
f) The Ring 'Frakir' (+1)
g) a Ring of Lordly Protection [+11] {PoCaDi;FaHl}
h) a Ring of Extra Attacks (+2 attacks) {At}
i) a Ring of Warning {Wr~Z}
j) an Amulet of Searching and Levitation (+3) {Sr;Lv}
k) an Amulet of Reflection {Rf}
l) The Amulet of Ingwe (+3) {WiChIf;AcElCo;FaSi}

 ( page 6 )
a) 2 Amulets of Resistance {AcElFiCoPo}
b) 3 Amulets of Resistance {AcElFiCo}
c) an Amulet of Resistance and Infravision (+2 to infravision) {If;AcElFiCo}
d) The Amulet of Faramir (+12,+0) (+3) {Sl;Cf(Dx}
e) an Amulet of Wisdom (+4) {Wi}
f) an Amulet of Wisdom and Hold Life (+3) {Wi;Hl}
g) The Amulet of Sacred Knights [+10] (+2) {StWi;CfCa;FaSiHlRgBs}
h) The Collar Harness of the Hell (+15,+15) [-5] (-2) {SpInWiChSl;DkNt;SiAg~L}
i) a Feanorian Lamp of Immortal Eye {Bl;Si}
j) The Star of Elendil (+1 to speed) {Sp;SiHl}
k) a Robe of Permanence [2,+17] {AcElFiCoCf;Hl(StInWiDxCnCh}
l) Soft Studded Leather of Resistance [5,+15] {AcElFiCoLi}

 ( page 7 )
a) Hard Studded Leather of Elvenkind (-1) [7,+15] (+3 to stealth)
b) Hard Studded Leather of Resistance (-1) [7,+8] {AcElFiCoNx}
c) Rhino Hide Armour of Resistance (-1) [8,+16] {AcElFiCoCa}
d) The Rhino Hide Armour of Teleporno (-1) [8,-20] (-6) {cursed, Cn;So[T}
e) Cord Armour of Elvenkind [6,+15] (+1 to stealth) {Sl;AcElFiCoPo}
f) Leather Scale Mail of Elvenkind (-1) [11,+13] (+3 to stealth) {Sl;AcElFiCoCf}
g) The Leather Scale Mail 'Thalkettoth' (-1) [11,+25] (+3) {Dx;AcSh}
h) a Cloak of Aman [1,+21] (+2 to stealth) {Sl;Ca}
i) The Cloak 'Hhoxrhovtox' [1,+18] (+4) {InDx(In}
j) The Cloak of Jack of Shadows [1,+19] (+7 to stealth) {SlSr;FaSiHl~Tele}
k) The Cloak 'Colluin' [1,+15]
l) The Cloak of Thingol [1,+18] (+3)

 ( page 8 )
a) an Elven Cloak [4,+9] (+4 to stealth)
b) The Elven Cloak 'Holcolleth' [4,+4] (+2)
c) The Fur Cloak of Mook [3,+20] {AcCoCa;Lv}
d) The Ethereal Cloak of the Heavenly Maiden [0,+20] (+4) {Ch;ElCoSh;FaSiLvLuAg}
e) a Small Leather Shield of Resist Lightning [3,+9] {El}
f) a Small Metal Shield of Resistance [5,+14] {AcElFiCoDk}
g) The Small Metal Shield of Thorin [5,+21] (+4) {StCn;*Ac;CfSoCa;Fa}
h) a Large Leather Shield of Resistance [6,+7] {AcElFiCoPoDi}
i) a Large Leather Shield of Resistance [6,+9] {AcElFiCoSh}
j) The Large Leather Shield of Celegorm [6,+20] {AcElFiCoLiDkNx}
k) The Large Metal Shield of Anarion [8,+18] {AcElFiCoCf(StInWiDxCnCh}
l) an Iron Crown of the Magi [0,+5] (+3) {In;AcElFiCoDk;Wr(In}

 ( page 9 )
a) an Iron Crown of Might [0,+10] (+2) {StDxCn;Ca;Fa(StDxCn}
b) an Iron Crown of Might [0,+5] (+3) {StDxCn;Li;Fa(StDxCn}
c) a Golden Crown of Lordliness [0,+14] (+3) {WiCh;Cf(WiCh}
d) a Golden Crown of Lordliness [0,+9] (+1) {WiCh;So(WiCh}
e) The Jewel Encrusted Crown of Numenor [0,+15] (+3) {InDxCh;LiShSo;Lu}
f) The Metal Cap 'lunglaer' [3,+19] (+3) {StIn;PoDkBlCfNtDi(Ch}
g) The Metal Cap of Thengel [3,+12] (+3)
h) The Jingasa 'Confession' [4,+16] (+3 to searching) {WiSr;Ac;RgLu(Wi}
i) The Iron Helm 'Terror Mask' (+18,+18) [5,+10] (-1) {cursed,
j) The Steel Helm of Hammerhand [6,+20] (+3)
k) a Set of Leather Gloves of Power (+2,+2) [1,+12] (+4) {St;Nx}
l) The Set of Leather Gloves 'Cambeleg' (+8,+8) [1,+15] (+2) {StCn;Fa}

 ( page 10 )
a) a Set of Gauntlets of Slaying (+8,+7) [2,+12]
b) a Set of Gauntlets of Agility [2,+13] (+5) {Dx}
c) The Set of Dragon Gloves of Wasted Years [4,-27] (-7 to searching) {cursed,
d) The Set of Cesti of Rite [5,+9] (+4) {WiCnCh;ElSh}
e) The Set of Cesti of Fingolfin (+10,+10) [5,+20] (+4)
f) a Pair of Soft Leather Boots of Speed [2,+6] (+7) {Sp}
g) a Pair of Soft Leather Boots of Levitation [2,+8] {Lv}
h) The Pair of Soft Leather Boots of Antarctic Land [2,+15] (+4)
i) The Pair of Soft Leather Boots of Shiva's Avatar (+5,+5) [4,+16] (+4 to
speed) {SpDx;Nx;FaLv(Dx}
j) a Pair of Dragon Boots [5,+4] {CoPoShBlSoFe}
k) a Pair of Dragon Boots [5,+14] {BlSo}
l) a Pair of Metal Shod Boots of Levitation [6,+7] {Sh;Lv}

 ( page 11 )
a) a Pair of Metal Shod Boots of Levitation [6,+8] {Lv}
b) a Poison Needle (1d1) (+0,+0)
c) a Pick (1d3) (+0,+0) (+1) {Dg}
d) The Short Bow of Kamikaze (x2) (-22,-10) {cursed, ElSh;Ag[T, Drain XP}
e) The Short Bow of Robin Hood (x3) (+15,+17) (+2) {DxChSl;Bl;Xm}
f) The Long Bow of Mind (x3) (+13,+16) (+4) {StWi;Cf;XsBs(Wi}
g) The Long Bow 'Belthronding' (x3) (+20,+22) (+3)
h) a Light Crossbow (x3) (+1,+7)
i) The Light Crossbow 'Nimloth' (x3) (+9,+12) {Li;Xs[M}
j) The Heavy Crossbow of the Eagle Lord (x4) (+11,+10) (+4 to searching)
k) The Heavy Crossbow of Suicide (x4) (-22,-14) {cursed, CfCaDi;Ag}
l) The Gun 'Crimson' (x0) (+20,+20) (+4 to speed) {SpSl;NtFe;Lu}

 ( page 12 )
a) 99 Bolts (1d5) (+0,+0) (77/64) {@f1=g}
b) 99 Bolts (1d5) (+0,+0) (77/64) {@f1=g}
c) 7 Bolts (1d5) (+0,+0) (77/64) {@f1=g}


 ( page 1 )
a) The Splint Mail of Hentai (-2) [19,-19] (-8 to searching) {cursed, Sr;TeTy}
b) The Ribbed Plate Armour of Humiliation (-3) [28,-10] (-8 to speed) {cursed,
c) The Robe of Tristan [2,-7] {cursed, Cf;Te[M, Drain XP ... Thieves Q}
d) The Cloak 'imcost' [1,-19] (-8 to searching) {cursed, ChSrIf;SiAg[T(Ch}
e) The Large Metal Shield of Humiliation (-9,-5) [8,-20] (-6 to stealth)
{cursed, Sl;TeAg}

  [Check Sum: "07aa1b1849421ce8ec"]

Posted on 19.7.2010 19:38
Last updated on 20.7.2010 04:13

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On 19.7.2010 19:38 chris wrote:
Revised curses rules. Described in Curses ... but basically, a couple relaxations of the challenge seemed necessary. The key one is you get 3 free equipment choices in addition to rings, amulets and lites which remain free. Your remaining 5 slots must remain empty, or can be filled with cursed gear. What counts as cursed gear has also been slightly broadened to include anything that pseudo-ids as "terrible", anything that aggravates, prevents teleport or has antimagic (this last unless you are not a spellcaster). Also, you can remove cursed gear and put it back on (but you may not carry around Thanos, swapping it in and out to avoid taking the AFC ... the intention is that you are not locked into your cursed gear permanently). Sound OK? Well, here goes:

[CL33:DL0] 02:23
A monk again ... I tried to get a Spectre Warrior going, but I could not get a single stat roll to go to strength, and only 1 to dex, despite 50+ attempts. In frustration, I fell back on the monk which at least has 4 beneficial stat slots.

Being able to enchant a light crossbow really helped out early on. Then, scum the Tower (surprised?). Actually, I think the 3 free items approach makes for an interesting game. By no means easy, but at least you will have a shot at winning ...

Here are my current 3 choices:
[1] a Robe of Permanence [2,+17] {AcElFiCoCf;Hl(StInWiDxCnCh} Resist base: Yay!

[2] The Set of Cesti of Rite [5,+9] (+4) {WiCnCh;ElSh} Some stat boosts. Passwall is really hard to cast and doesn't come until CL37. I pick this solely for the +4 wis, but the con boost is also nice.

[3] a Pair of Soft Leather Boots of Speed [2,+7] (+7) {Sp} This will tide me over until the Cloning Pits. Being motivated to do the Cloning Pits and Old Castle puts some fun back into the game.

Of course, my goal is to get Thanos, which I plan to use the entire game despite the AFC and melee biff. We'll see how that goes ... Its a tough job, but someone has to do it :D

On 19.7.2010 19:45 chris wrote:
Also, I started the game by finding this in the Thieve's quest:
The Robe of Tristan [2,-7] {cursed, Cf;Te[M}

That is probably 1 in a 1000 for a great terrible item, actually coming with a useful resistance. Still, not worth the Antimagic and experience drain. The RNG was trying to help out ... Really, as far as cursed gear goes, the slots would have to remain empty aside from fixed items. And broadening to include aggravates, no teleports, etc also makes it possible to get a rand-art. I can't tell you how many times I seen an awesome artifact that I passed on since it prevented teleportation. OK, its happened at least twice in my life. But now, I might reconsider!

On 19.7.2010 22:51 chris wrote:
[CL38:DL20] 03:51
This is turning out to not be a curses challenge, but a constrained 3 piece of equipment challenge. I've found a few more "usable" artifacts which I am now stockpiling in the museum. I also found Calris, but that hardly benefits a monk. Once Thanos shows up, and it should do so shortly, I think the character of this game will change.

Still, it is an interesting challenge. Not the total impossibility that Dave is attempting (Prove me wrong, Dave :), but still, much harder than normal. I've had a few close calls, and some major annoyances with moronification, which happened 3 times in my first 3 trips down. I've managed to kill Hastur and Ghatanothoa and Ahtu. But theres still a couple Bloodthirsters in every vault, not to mention Shoggoths. Every time my telepathy spell runs out and I recast, I get hit with the Eldritch Horror. Hopefully, my saving throw will improve ...

I gained Passwall last level, and that has enabled me to turn a major corner, killing monsters I would not otherwise dream of. Really, that spell alone probably quadrupled my power. So nice! I gotta get that fail rate down, though!

On 20.7.2010 00:08 chris wrote:
[CL40:Old Castle] 04:53
Thanos! In the Old Castle of all places. Nice :) Well, it is an awful foul piece of gear. It even has random teleportation which definitely does not combo with unusual rooms. Still, I like all the resistances, and even built this character around using Thanos, picking a Nibelung for Darkness resistance rather than Disenchantment. Losing 108hp of melee damage (or 180hp if you count the opportunity costs of Cambeleg) definitely hurts, but I think I will still be powerful enough to be competitive.

Let's see how it goes ... My 3 pieces of non-cursed gear are now:
[1] Shiva's Armor.
[2] Shiva's Boots.
[3] Lordliness with Sound resistance.

On 20.7.2010 01:17 chris wrote:
[CL43:DL60] 05:44
OK, now I am feeling reasonably powerful. For a while, I had sound resistance covered, but then I stumbled onto Brand's crossbow (He must have lost it, since I killed him long ago). Even lacking sound and light, I was able to kill Bahamut, but that is only because an AFC activation quaked and gave a perfect anti-summoning configuration. I powered thru Dio Brando as well, since there was my first RoS in the vault. It turned out to be +11, so I gladly lose my ring of damage +17. Around the corner was Carcaroth (DL92) and then Shub-Niggurath (DL91). Did I mention that I had been teleporting The Destroyer away ad nauseum already? Well, the big boys are certainly out to play.

You're correct, Dave, this is a much easier challenge. But without the ability to wear equipment early on, I would never have gotten this far ... And it is far from over! The AFC activates nearly every time I rest. I'm thru 40-50 activations so far, so it is only a matter of time before one gets me. I predict I will die to Thanos before getting to the Serpent. We shall see ...

On 20.7.2010 03:18 chris wrote:
[CL49:DL60] 07:12
Wow! 2 usable artifacts in a single trip:
q) The Set of Dragon Gloves of Wasted Years [4,-27] (-7 to searching) {cursed, Sr;AcElNx;TeAg}
r) The Heavy Crossbow of Suicide (x4) (-22,-14) {cursed, CfCaDi;Ag}

Too few, too late. At this point, my plan is to swap Shiva's Boots for Amber since Loki just taught me a tough lesson about resisting blindness, especially if one refuses to carry !Healing. And then, once I am powerful enough, to trump down to DL98 and make a sprint for the Serpent. AFCs are not too bad at DL60, though I did get the cyberdemon effect once. But deep in Angband, they are deadly! So I don't plan to spend more than 30 minutes or so below DL60.

I want CL50 and some more !*Healing* before I go, though.

On 20.7.2010 04:13 chris wrote:
[CL50:DL100] 07:58
Oh, heck, I just went for it. My 3 choices for equipment were Brand, Shiva's armor and Amber. Base speed +29 and 724 damage per round on 11 attacks.

Stupid Unicorn and the forces of good kept spawning, as I could never destruct all the good summoners. It really made for some tight fighting with the Serpent, but I was able to easily pull it off.

I guess the 3 equipment cursed challenge was too easy as I was able to win with it. But a lot of that is due to the power of the Craft Monk, arguably the most overpowered combo in the game. So for a monk, I think going down to just 2 pieces of equipment would enhance the challenge. 1 is just too few, and 1 where you can't swap around is crazy. But Dave will probably pull it off, and then I will have to attempt the impossible ... sigh.

On 20.7.2010 04:23 chris wrote:
Next Up: The Beruthiel Challenge. Modify the quest files so that the Thieves quest gives Beruthiel. Then, you must wear it immediately and permanently. Can you overcome the Helm of Anti-Might (-25)?

On 20.7.2010 23:51 wrote:
Ooh, hm, that sounds interesting. Let's see... you won't be doing any melee and you'll be severely encumbered, so let's go with a caster type. But books are heavy, and so are gear. So maybe Mindcrafter or Magic-Eater?

One isn't coming along too well... the BM is not being cooperative... 1200 days of scumming and not a single =oLordlyProtection, "oResistance, or =oSpeed.

On 21.7.2010 01:59 chris wrote:
That's not too unusual ... Curses I never found Lordly Protection (which might be why he died to poison!), and Resistance came at the end. This guy also didn't find Resistance until Day 1300 or so.

Yeah, I'm not sure I really want to try the Beruthiel challenge after all. I just put it out there to see if anybody is interested ;)

-25 con means -2 hp/level. You will need a Con of 33 (18/150) just to avoid a hp penalty! I was figuring on Half Titan HM, scum !NewLife for 18/130 life rating. That would give base of 18/160 (or 34) once maxed. Beruthiel will smack that down to 9! So add 2 =Con(+6), +4 con rand-art weapon, shield, shooter, cloak, boots. That gives back 32 points of con! You are now 18/***! Easy, right? Right?

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