The Angband Ladder: Mighty Spectral Rider, Spectre Cavalry by chris

  [Hengband 1.7.2 Character Dump]

                          Name  : Mighty Spectral Rider

 Sex      : Male             Age               107   STR!:  18/***
 Race     : Spectre          Height             68   INT!:  18/140
 Class    : Cavalry          Weight             96   WIS!:  18/110
                             Social Class        1   DEX!:  18/210
                             Align         Neutral   CON!:  18/***
                                                     CHR!:   18/40

 Right hand      (+81,+57)   Hit point   1035/1035   Fighting   : Legendary[15]
                             SP (Mana)      0/   0   Bows/Throw : Legendary[27]
 Blows/Round           5+0                           SavingThrow: Legendary[7]
 AverageDmg/Rnd      420+0   Level              50   Stealth    : Superb
                             Experience   11333911
 Shooting        (+68,+12)   Max Exp      11333911   Perception : Very Good
 Multiplier          x3.60   Exp to Adv      *****   Searching  : Good
 Shots/Round          3.50   Gold         13738461   Disarming  : Superb
                                                     MagicDevice: Superb
 AC               [54,+83]   Time   Day 1529  4:55
 Speed     Riding (+26+10)   Play time    14:09:38   Infra-Vision: 50 feet

                         (Character Background)
          You seek the Spectral Wyrm.

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

 Sex   : Male          Stat    BaseRacClaPerMod ActualCurrent  abcdefghijkl@
 Race  : Spectre       STR!: 18/110 -5  2  2 12 18/***         ....42..4.2..
 Class : Cavalry       INT!:  18/80  4 -2 -2  6 18/140         ..4...3s.1...
 Level : 50            WIS!: 18/110 -1 -2 -1  4 18/110         .....23..1...
 Hits  : 1035/1035     DEX!: 18/110  2  2  0  6 18/210         ....4.....2..
 Mana  : 0/0           CON!: 18/120  0  2  1  8 18/***         ..4.4........
                       CHR!:  18/70 -3  0  0  0  18/40         .............

         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  : .............

  [Option Settings]

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

  [Recall Depth]

    Angband         : level 100
    Yeek cave       : level   5
   !Dragon's lair   : level  72

  [Quest Information]

< Completed Quest >
  Thieves Hideout                          (Danger  level:   5) - level  3
  Warg problem                             (Danger  level:   5) - level 11
  The Sewer                                (Danger  level:  15) - level 19
  Orc Camp                                 (Danger  level:  15) - level 20
  Old Man Willow Quest                     (Danger  level:  22) - level 40
  Dark Elven Lords Quest                   (Danger  level:  25) - level 40
  Vapor Quest                              (Danger  level:  25) - level 40
  The Cloning Pits                         (Danger  level:  45) - level 40
  The Borshin                              (Dungeon level:   6) - level 45
  Wutugu, the Chief of Southerings         (Dungeon level:  12) - level 45
  Grendel                                  (Dungeon level:  24) - level 45
  Malekith the Accursed                    (Dungeon level:  38) - level 45
  Charon, Boatman of the Styx              (Dungeon level:  44) - level 45
  Walken                                   (Dungeon level:  50) - level 45
  Kenshirou the Fist of the North Star     (Dungeon level:  56) - level 45
  Iketa, the Brave                         (Dungeon level:  62) - level 45
  The Witch-King of Angmar                 (Dungeon level:  76) - level 45
  The Destroyer                            (Dungeon level:  88) - level 47
  Oberon                                   (Danger  level:  99) - level 49
  Serpent of Chaos                         (Danger  level: 100) - level 50

< Failed Quest >
  Logrus Master                            (Danger  level:  25) - level 20
  The Vault                                (Danger  level:  30) - level 20

 Arena:  5 Victories

  [Defeated Monsters]

You have defeated 40362 enemies including 210 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)
  Gothmog, the High Captain of Balrogs     (level  95)
  The Destroyer                            (level  94)
  Cerberus, Guardian of Hades              (level  94)
  Azathoth, Seething Nuclear Chaos         (level  93)
  Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos         (level  93)
  Shub-Niggurath, Black Goat of the Woods  (level  91)
  Yog-Sothoth, the All-in-One              (level  90)


Your alighnment : Neutral

You are a bitter enemy of Valour.
You are the living embodiment of Harmony.
You are a champion of Unlife.
You are the polar opposite of Honour.
You are the living embodiment of Patience.
You are virtuous in Justice.
You are the polar opposite of Diligence.
You are virtuous in Sacrifice.

  [Leading Pets]

a Great Wyrm of Power called +21(riding)

  [Command for Pets]

 Pets open doors:                    OFF
 Pets pick up items:                 OFF
 Allow teleport:                     OFF
 Allow cast attack spell:            ON
 Allow cast summon spell:            OFF
 Allow involve player in area spell: OFF

  [Character Equipment]

a) a Heavy Lance (Trump Weapon) (4d8) (+10,+13) (+2 to searching)
{Sr;Nx;FaSdRgTe/*, .}
b) (nothing)
c) The Long Bow 'Bull Elephant' (x3) (+14,+12) (+4) {InCn;AcBl;HlXs(Cn}
d) a Ring of Damage (+18)
e) The Ring of Tulkas (+4) {SpStDxCn}
f) The Amulet of Sacred Knights [+10] (+2) {StWi;CfCa;FaSiHlRgBs}
g) The Jewel of Judgement (+3 to speed) {SpInWi;CfCa;SiHl, !!}
h) The Balance Dragon Scale Mail 'Cool Mint' (-2) [40,+19] {FiCoShSoCaDi;Si(In}
i) The Cloak 'Melting' [1,+11] (+4 to stealth) {StSl;Ac}
j) The Iron Helm 'Terror Mask' (+18,+18) [5,+10] (-1)
{InWiSr;AcCoPoNtDiFe;FaSiLvTe[M, .}
k) The Set of Gauntlets of Thanos (-11,-12) [2,+0] (+2)
{StDx;*FiCo;PoCfNtNxCaDi;HlTeAgTy, .}
l) The Pair of Metal Shod Boots 'Roaring Lightning Dragon' [6,+18] (+2 to
searching) {Sr;*El;DkCa}

  [Character Inventory]

a) 37 Mushrooms of Restoring {!E}
b) 24 Potions of Speed {!k!q}
c) 10 Potions of Resist Cold {!k!q}
d) 21 Potions of Cure Critical Wounds
e) 40 Potions of Healing {!k!q}
f) 18 Potions of *Healing* {!k!q}
g) a Potion of Life {!k!q}
h) 4 Potions of Restore Life Levels
i) a Potion of Resistance {!k!q}
j) 32 Scrolls of Teleportation {25% off}
k) 25 Scrolls of *Destruction* {!r}
l) 10 Scrolls of Genocide {!r}
m) 3 Scrolls of Mass Genocide {!r}
n) 3 Rods of Perception {@z7!s!d!k!!}
o) 4 Rods of Recall {@zr!s!d!k}
p) 7 Rods of Detection (1 charging) {@z3!s!d!k}
q) 6 Rods of Teleport Other {@zt!s!d!k}
r) 11 Rods of Stone to Mud {@z6!s!d!k}
s) The Massive Iron Crown of Chaos [0,+0] (+125) {cursed}
t) a Capture Ball (a Spectral Wyrm) 'Frezier Balzoff'

  [Home Inventory]

 ( page 1 )
a) 50 Potions of Speed {!k!q}
b) 99 Potions of Resist Heat {!k!q}
c) 99 Potions of Resist Heat {!k!q}
d) 82 Potions of Resist Heat {!k!q}
e) 99 Potions of Resist Cold {!k!q}
f) 61 Potions of Resist Cold {!k!q}
g) 25 Potions of Heroism {25% off}
h) 3 Potions of Constitution {!k}
i) 3 Potions of Charisma {!k}
j) 39 Potions of Enlightenment {25% off}
k) a Potion of *Enlightenment*
l) 77 Potions of Resistance {!k!q}

 ( page 2 )
a) 15 Scrolls of Phase Door {25% off}
b) 3 Rods of Recall {@zr!s!d!k}
c) a Rod of Enlightenment {!s!d!k}
d) 3 Rods of Probing {@zp!s!d!k}
e) 2 Rods of Healing
f) 13 Rods of Teleport Other {@zt!s!d!k}
g) 12 Rods of Disarming {25% off}
h) 31 Rods of Stone to Mud {@z6!s!d!k}
i) 9 Wands of Haste Monster (47 charges) {!s!d!k}
j) 39 Wands of Stone to Mud (122 charges) {@E1}
k) 10 Wands of Drain Life (70 charges) {@ad!s!d!k}
l) 3 Wands of Dragon's Breath (14 charges) {@ab!s!d!k}

 ( page 3 )
a) 19 Staffs of Enlightenment (19x 11 charges) {@u3!s!d!k}
b) 2 Staffs of Healing (2x 0 charges) {@uh!s!d!k}
c) a Staff of Speed (7 charges)
d) 9 Staffs of Speed (9x 8 charges) {@us!s!d!k}
e) 8 Staffs of *Destruction* (8x 5 charges) {@ud!s!d!k}
f) a Ring of Acid [+15] (charging) {Ac, !s!d!k!!}
g) a Ring of Acid [+12] {Ac}
h) a Ring of Acid [+11] {Ac}
i) a Ring of Acid [+9]
j) 2 Rings of Acid [+10] {Ac}
k) a Ring of Acid and Regeneration [+11] {Ac;Rg}
l) a Ring of Flames [+14] {Fi, !s!d!k!!}

 ( page 4 )
a) a Ring of Flames [+10] {Fi}
b) a Ring of Flames [+9] {Fi}
c) a Ring of Flames [+8] {Fi}
d) a Ring of Flames [+7] {Fi}
e) a Ring of Ice [+13] {Co, !s!d!k!!}
f) a Ring of Ice [+11] {Co}
g) 2 Rings of Ice [+10] {Co}
h) a Ring of Ice [+8] {Co}
i) 2 Rings of Ice [+7] {Co}
j) a Ring of Ice and Power Throwing [+13] {Co}
k) a Ring of Strength (+5) {St}
l) a Ring of Lightning [+17] {El}

 ( page 5 )
a) a Ring of Lightning [+15] {El}
b) a Ring of Lightning [+12] {El}
c) a Ring of Lightning [+10] {El}
d) a Ring of Constitution (+5) {Cn}
e) a Ring of Speed (+13)
f) The Ring 'Frakir' (+1) {StInWiDxCnChSlSr;Po;SiWr}
g) The Ring of Power (Narya) (+10,+10) (+1) {SpStInWiDxCnCh;*Fi;FaSiSdRg(StDx}
h) a Ring of Extra Shots of Hunter (+2 to stealth) {Sl;Xs}
i) a Ring of Warning {Wr~Z}
j) an Amulet of Reflection {Rf, !s!d!k}
k) The Amulet of Carlammas (+2)
l) an Amulet of Anti-Magic {[M}

 ( page 6 )
a) The Amulet of Faramir (+12,+0) (+3) {Sl;Cf(Dx}
b) The Torque of Boromir (+0,+8) {Fe(St}
c) The Amulet of The Pitch Dark Night [+5] (+4)
d) The Collar Harness of the Hell (+15,+15) [-5] (-2)
e) The Charmed Pendant [+5] (+2)
f) The Pendant of Gogo (+4) {InWiDx;SiLu}
g) The Star of Elendil (+1 to speed) {Sp;SiHl}
h) The Palantir of Westernesse (+3) {WiCh~Tele, !!}
i) Metal Scale Mail (Dwarven) (-2) [18,+15] (+3) {StCn}
j) The Metal Scale Mail of Julian (-2) [15,+40] (+4) {StCh;AcElFiCoDkCfDi~Z}
k) The Chain Mail of Arvedui (-2) [14,+15] (+2)
l) The Metal Brigandine Armour of the Rohirrim [19,+15] (+2)

 ( page 7 )
a) The Full Plate Armour of Hyper Nature (-1,+4) [25,+7] (+4) {StDxCn[F}
b) The Full Plate Armour of Isildur [25,+25] (+2) {Cn;AcElFiCoCfSoNx}
c) The Soft Leather Armour 'Hithlomir' [4,+20] (+4 to stealth)
d) The Leather Scale Mail 'Thalkettoth' (-1) [11,+25] (+3) {Dx;AcShSo}
e) a Cloak of Aman [1,+16] (+2 to stealth) {Sl;Cf}
f) 3 Elven Cloaks [4,+8] (+4 to stealth) {SlSr}
g) an Elven Cloak of Aman [4,+17] (+7 to stealth) {SlSr;Di}
h) an Elven Cloak of Aman [4,+26] (+4 to stealth) {SlSr;Nt}
i) an Elven Cloak of Aman [4,+11] (+2 to stealth) {SlSr;So}
j) a Fur Cloak of Aman [3,+20] (+3 to stealth) {Sl;Sh}
k) The Fur Cloak 'vorcarn' [3,+6] (+3 to stealth) {DxSlSr;FiNxDi}
l) a Shadow Cloak of Protection [6,+23]

 ( page 8 )
a) a Shadow Cloak of Protection [6,+21]
b) The Mirror 'Yata-no-Kagami' [0,+18] (+3) {InWiIf;RfSiHlLu~Tele}
c) an Iron Crown of the Magi [0,+14] (+3) {In;AcElFiCoPo~U(In}
d) an Iron Crown of Might [0,+0] (+3) {StDxCn;Sh;Fa(StDxCn}
e) a Golden Crown of Might [0,+11] (+1) {StDxCn;Sh;Fa(StDxCn}
f) The Golden Crown of Amber [0,+15] (+3) {SpStWiCn;ElFiCoLiBlCfCa;SiRgLu}
g) The Steel Helm of Hammerhand [6,+20] (+3) {StDxCn;AcNx}
h) a Dragon Helm [8,+15] {PoShCfSo}
i) The Set of Leather Gloves 'Cambeleg' (+8,+8) [1,+15] (+2) {StCn;Fa}
j) a Set of Cesti of Power (+4,+1) [5,+8] (+4) {St;Fe}
k) The Set of Cesti 'Keeper of Darkness' [5,+15] (+4) {DxCn;ElSh}
l) The Pair of Soft Leather Boots of Shiva's Avatar (+5,+5) [4,+16] (+4 to
speed) {SpDx;Nx;FaLv(Dx}

 ( page 9 )
a) a Pair of Dragon Boots of Speed [5,+22] (+6) {Sp;Nt}
b) The Pair of Metal Shod Boots 'Great Icefield' [6,+10] (+4 to infravision)
c) The Dagger of Fiona (2d4) (+6,+9) (+2)
d) The Katana 'Kusanagi-no-tsurugi' (4d4) (+15,+15) (+3 to stealth)
e) The Katana 'Zantetsuken' (10d4) (+17,+21) (+2)
f) a Bastard Sword of Slaying (4d5) (+11,+9) {|PS}
g) The Bastard Sword 'Calris' (5d4) (-20,+20) (+5) {cursed}
h) The Two-Handed Sword 'Twilight' (4d6) (-40,-60) [-50] (+10 to speed) {cursed,
i) The Blade of Chaos 'Stormbringer' (6d6) (+16,+16) (+2) {cursed,
j) a Diamond Edge (7d5) (+15,+12) (+4) {Dg|S}
k) 2 Poison Needles (1d1) (+0,+0)
l) The Spear of Hagen (1d6) (+11,+13) (+3 to speed)

 ( page 10 )
a) The Broad Spear of Destiny (2d9) (+15,+15) (+4)
b) The Beaked Axe of Hurin (2d6) (+10,+12) [+2] (+3) {AtCn|A/TU}
c) a Glaive (Pattern Weapon) (2d6) (+13,+21) (+1) {StCn;Cf;FaSiHl/*UL}
d) The Trifurcate Spear of Wrath (3d9) (+16,+18) (+2) {StDx;LiDk;SiBs|Ca/*L}
e) 8 Heavy Lances (4d8) (+9,+9)
f) a Heavy Lance of Westernesse (4d8) (+17,+13) (+2) {StDxCn;Fe;FaSi/oTP~oTP}
g) a Heavy Lance of Slay Animal (4d8) (+16,+17)
h) The Scythe of Slicing 'Eenthonlom' (8d4) (+16,+17) (+4 to stealth)
i) The Whip of Gothmog (3d6) (+13,+15) (-2) {cursed,
j) The Bo Staff 'Force of Hand' (2d11) (+18,+16) (+1 attack) {AtIn/T(In}
k) The Mattock of Nain (3d8) (+12,+18) (+6 to searching)
l) a Long Bow of Extra Might (x4) (+9,+10) {Di;Xm}

 ( page 11 )
a) a Long Bow of Extra Might (x4) (+18,+18) {El;Xm}
b) a Long Bow of Extra Might (x4) (+6,+7) {So;Xm}
c) a Long Bow of Velocity (x3) (+17,+24)
d) The Long Bow 'Belthronding' (x3) (+20,+22) (+3) {DxSl;Di;Xs}
e) The Long Bow of Bard (x4) (+17,+19) (+3)
f) The Heavy Crossbow 'Abslicer' (x5) (+12,+9) (+4) {WiCn;XmBs(Cn}
g) The Heavy Crossbow 'Aallad' (x5) (+16,+12) (+3) {Ch;Fi;Xm}
h) The Gun 'Crimson' (x0) (+20,+20) (+4 to speed) {SpSl;ShNt;Wr}
i) 99 Sheaf Arrows (2d4) (+8,+8) (90/315) {@f1=g}
j) 99 Sheaf Arrows (2d4) (+8,+8) (90/315) {@f1=g}
k) 99 Sheaf Arrows (2d4) (+8,+8) (90/315) {@f1=g}
l) 99 Sheaf Arrows (2d4) (+8,+8) (90/315) {@f1=g}

 ( page 12 )
a) 95 Sheaf Arrows (2d4) (+8,+8) (90/315) {@f1=g}
b) 16 Sheaf Arrows (2d4) (+9,+8) (90/315)
c) 17 Sheaf Arrows of Hurt Evil (2d4) (+7,+4) (75/262) {/*}
d) 12 Sheaf Arrows of Hurt Evil (2d4) (+9,+6) (82/287) {/*}
e) 17 Sheaf Arrows of Frost (2d4) (+9,+7) (86/301) {|Co}
f) 28 Sheaf Arrows of Holy Might (2d4) (+7,+10) (97/339)
g) 9 Arrows of Holy Might (1d4) (+10,+13) (99/346) {Bs|F/*UL}
h) 27 Seeker Arrows (6d4) (+6,+5) (115/402)
i) 23 Seeker Arrows (6d4) (+8,+4) (111/388)
j) 99 Seeker Arrows (6d4) (+8,+8) (126/441)
k) 99 Seeker Arrows (6d4) (+8,+8) (126/441)
l) 9 Seeker Arrows (6d4) (+8,+8) (126/441)

 ( page 13 )
a) 23 Seeker Arrows of Frost (6d4) (+9,+6) (118/413)
b) 24 Seeker Arrows of Holy Might (6d4) (+9,+12) (140/490)
c) 20 Seeker Arrows of Wounding (6d4) (+11,+10) (133/465)
d) 31 Seeker Arrows of Holy Might (6d4) (+12,+10) (133/465) {@f3=g}
e) 18 Seeker Arrows of Holy Might (6d4) (+8,+14) (147/514)
f) The Black Arrow of Bard (8d4) (+30,+19) (183/640) {@f2=g}
g) a Capture Ball (empty)
h) a Capture Ball (empty) {25% off}
i) a Capture Ball (empty)
j) a Capture Ball (empty)
k) a Capture Ball (a Balance drake)
l) a Capture Ball (an Unicorn) 'Karen'

 ( page 14 )
a) a Capture Ball (a Great Storm Wyrm) 'Fluffy' {25% off}
b) a Capture Ball (a Great Storm Wyrm) '+9'
c) a Capture Ball (a Great Storm Wyrm) '+12'
d) a Capture Ball (a Lord of Change) '+21'
e) a Capture Ball (a Great Wyrm of Law) '+9'
f) a Capture Ball (a Great Wyrm of Space-Time) '+16'
g) a Capture Ball (a Great Wyrm of Space-Time) '+17'
h) a Capture Ball (a Sky Drake)
i) a Capture Ball (a Sky Drake)
j) a Capture Ball (a Kirin) 'Order'
k) a Capture Ball (a Spectral Wyrm)


 ( page 1 )
a) The Iron Helm 'Stone Mask' (+8,+8) [5,-10] (+3)
{StCnIf;CoPoDkCfNtFe;SiHlRgLv[C, !*!*!*}

  [Check Sum: "07aa1b1849421ce8ec"]

Posted on 7.10.2010 01:56
Last updated on 8.10.2010 04:36

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On 7.10.2010 01:56 chris wrote:
[CL33:DL60] 03:55
Victor, you got me interested in cavalry, among other things.

A while back, someone posted a calvalry spectre riding an Ethereal Dragon, confirming that passwall is possible if both you and your mount have it. So, I figure a Spectral Wyrm would make a fine end game pet. Now, the -5 Str for the spectre makes heavy lance usage very difficult, but I've managed to gather enough strength boosts to make it possible. For now, I am in search of a fast Storm Wyrm mount since I lucked into early electricity immunity.

I'll let you in on a trick: Begin farming granite walls in the Tower as early as possible (I started on CL24). Back up against the wall so you don't get tossed, then macro something like: \e6\eR777\r. Keep disturbance options off. Since there are no open squares nearby, you can't get tossed. Since you are low level and granite walls are high level, you will build riding skill quickly by just holding down your macro key. In under 5 minutes, I was a riding Expert! Just make sure you can kill Granite Walls in a single round of melee.

On 7.10.2010 02:02 chris wrote:
Oh, hats off to Marcus on the Spectre/Ethereal Dragon combo:

On 7.10.2010 03:35 chris wrote:
[CL35:DL60] 04:21
All the dragons are slow! +5. +6. +8. +8. +9 is the best I have spotted so far. Geez. I'd be happy with the normal +10 speed variety at this point.

Intrinsic telepathy means I can finally swap to my Heavy Lance. Hey, the slays are lousy, but what can you do? At least it is +2 to fighting stats.

Scoring kills myself is an art form. I begin by letting my mount breathe, but then I try to time things so that I can shoot for the killing blow, nicely forbidding pet breaths at this point. It doesn't always work as my opponents sometimes continue to chase me even when down to 1 star, but storm wyrms don't fight that well after all and I usually triumph. Of course, I could just kill anything from a distance, but I'm trying to conserve ammo.

On 7.10.2010 03:37 chris wrote:
I suppose ?Phase Door for space is a finishing option. I'm having inventory issues, though, so I stopped carrying them.

On 7.10.2010 04:04 chris wrote:
[CL35:Tower] 04:42
Here's another trick. Bag yourself a Law Drake, and head on over to The Tower to scum a Granite Wall. Macro up \eR777\r with disturbance options off. Stand on the stairs and hold down the macro key, only letting go to feed yourself. In about 3 minutes time, you will have a nice Great Wyrm of Law for a mount ... Just keep your fingers crossed that it gets a good speed roll. I got +9, which is OK. But the Great Wyrm of Law is such a devastatingly powerful mount that it puts my recently acquired +12 speed Storm Wyrm to complete and utter shame!

On 7.10.2010 04:05 kingvictory2003 wrote:
Amazing job so far--superb trick with the granite walls. I haven't tried any Tower scumming yet, but boy does it sound tempting sometimes.

I greatly envy your boots with ImmElec on them. Awesome find!

I absolutely know what you mean by killing blow = art form. My normal sequence of cavalry is to level to around 30 without a mount, then head to a mountain area with fields in it to get a Great Eagle (things are insanely fast, but only have around 250 HP), then progress to a Steel Dragon as soon as I get enough riding skill. This is usually when the discrepancy in damage output starts, as Steel Dragons are SERIOUS ROFLSTOMPERS.

Once your own damage output gets high enough, it is much less of a problem, but it can still be very annoying when your mount takes off that last little bit from that Great Wyrm of Chaos you had just carved, bludgeoned, or jousted up. I think of it as killstealing as I postulate that no loot dropping = mount stole it :)

On 7.10.2010 04:39 chris wrote:
Eagles are fast!! You can also evolve Hunting Hawks of Julian into them, but I completely lack patience for the early game. I leveled to CL24 normally, than spammed a 5 headed hydra from the swamps and did my Expert riding trick. At that point, I had *El, so a Storm Wyrm seemed logical, but man, Great Wyrms of Law are oh so much better :)

If you are morally opposed to Tower scumming (understandable!) then you can still use Granite Walls to level up a Law Drake. ESP animals is nice, and head over to the forest. It might take 10 minutes for the evolution rather than 3 minutes, and you can't simply hold down a macro key as other nasty monsters might spawn.

What's going on with Stumpy?

On 7.10.2010 05:07 chris wrote:
[CL37:DL60] 05:25
Yes! Yes!! Yes!!! Yes!!!!
OMG! A pack of random birds had 3 Lords of Change! Oh, My! I have no haste, and if I get tossed, I am +1 speed so instant dandelion fodder. But those birds are tempting, but how to get to them? The level is difficult, and I'm teleporting around looking for a soft spot to gain a foothold when BAM! I land in the middle of bird central! Holy Cow, I survived that? ?Teleport and only 1 birdy followed, which promptly got thumped down to 1 star and miraculously captured. It cost 1 !Healing, and I'm ready to quaff another :)

Now, I didn't have a chance to probe this guy. Since I killed him without dying, it is probably something like +10 speed rather than the expected +20.

On 7.10.2010 05:13 chris wrote:
Nope, +21 speed! With the perma haste of this mount, I jumped from +11 speed (Hey, I was doing just fine, thank you!) to an amazing, a stupendous, a fantastic +32 freakin' speed! WOW!

I wanted a Spectral Wyrm for what reason?

On 7.10.2010 05:58 chris wrote:
[CL40:DL60] 06:03
The game really picks up once you are +33 speed :D I guess at this point I should go do The Cloning Pits, even if I have no interest in Shiva's Boots. I'm now a Master at riding and with my non-existant, non-riding speed, hopefully, this means I will never get thrown off my mount!

On 7.10.2010 06:19 chris wrote:
[CL40:Cloning Pits] 06:17
Well, there is Triple Immunity and the ability to safely ride a Great Wyrm of Power. You just have to want it badly enough, I guess! Actually, with the TY Curse, I don't want it *that* badly at the moment. Maybe if I actually had a GWoP pet?

I'll keep Thanos in mind, though. If I get desperate enough, it is a path to power hitherto unconsidered ...

On 7.10.2010 06:49 chris wrote:
[CL40:DL64] 06:43
OK, this is my last trick for the night. I just learned it, in fact. But what is that? A +25 speed spectral wyrm for my steed? Holy Cow! It is the elusive Russian Dragon, Frezier Balzoff!!! Now, I just wish I had a trick for Cold Immunity ... :D

On 7.10.2010 12:06 wrote:
Nice to see it implemented.

I've also had a thought about training riding with a class who can train to 5000 in riding, warrior, paladin, ranger and tourist. What can they ride for example?
They can't ride in the arena and perhaps is better to use true riding weapons.

On 7.10.2010 19:11 chris wrote:
Stuck as a Beginner in Riding might be rough. You will never gain most of your mount's speed, and will probably get tossed quite often. I've never tried it out, though ...

On 7.10.2010 19:16 chris wrote:
[CL43:DL64] 08:24
Boy, it took forever to capture a Unicorn. The first one I spotted, I stupidly tried to take down to 1 star and capture. Except that my mount finished it off from 4 stars before I had a chance. So, another hour of searching, and I at last found another Unicorn, which I promptly tamed by:
[1] Dismounting and bottling up my Lord of Change.
[2] Rodeo. I was base speed +0, which rather sucks. But Unicorns are hardly life threatening, provided nothing else is nearby.

Then, it is 200,000xp to evolve into a Kirin. The Unicorn has no distance attacks, so it is straight melee with hoofs of fury. Thank goodness for Granite Walls! "The Granite Wall: Your pets have killed 4 billion, 322 million, 647 thousand, 212 of these creatures ..."

I only got +17 speed intrinsic, and Kirin's don't perma-haste the way Lords of Change do. Instead, they Summon infinite angels and spam Invulnerability!

On 7.10.2010 20:09 chris wrote:
[CL43:DL71] 08:41
Hmmm ... All that work to get the Kirin, and here I'd much prefer to ride a Great Wyrm of Space Time. I forgot all about this steed, which requires no immunities to use. They are base +15 speed rather than +20, and lack basic resistances so are a bit fragile, but they perma-haste, allow passwall, breathe like the dickens, and summon nice dragons to boot. Also, the Kirin lacks levitation so I couldn't really use it in the Dragon's Lair.

I'm gunning for the Jewel of Judgment, at which point I will power dive to the bottom of R'lyeh and hope to luck into the second ring of power. I still want that Spectral Wyrm for a mount!

On 7.10.2010 23:58 chris wrote:
[CL45:DL76] 10:28
I just found my second ego heavy lance: Trump! Now that is a nice find. Not only does it give needed resistance to nexus, and useful regeneration, but it also slays evil. OK, what's a 2x slay worth? Well, quite a bit actually when you weapon is 6d8 to begin with :D

The Witch King of Angmar just got totally annihilated, though the level did point out a need to start carrying *destruction*. I barely was able to find my quest monster as I was hemmed in on all sides by out of control summoners, wall breakers, breeders and tough uniques. Time for full size levels too, I guess.

On 8.10.2010 01:07 chris wrote:
[CL47:DL80] 11:21
These blood curses are getting really annoying. This character is 8 for 8. I had a recent character go 11 for 12, and honestly, I really can't remember the last time I didn't get a blood curse. These are only supposed to happen 1 in 2, not every freakin' time!

Sorry, I had to complain. If I don't, I'll keep getting 'em. Gerard's blood curse brought forth 2 more Amberites. Only 4 remain at this point, and Rinaldo (recently summoned) is wanted. And Oberon must be killed. So even if I wanted to start playing conservatively, only Corwin and Benedict would be spared ... sigh.

On 8.10.2010 01:12 chris wrote:
My strategy worked: I destructed Benedict and killed Rinaldo. No blood curse! Yay! All it takes is a public rant ... :D

On 8.10.2010 01:58 chris wrote:
[CL48:DL88] 12:01
Frick frackin' Destroyer. I had a hunch he was waiting for me, so I went in with:
[1] "Reflection
[2] A spare Space Time Mount.
[3] 40 !Healing (12 used)
[4] 8 charges of _Healing (8 used)

I had to swap mounts 3 times (They heal nicely inside a Capture Ball) and was debating another swap as my current steed was down to just 1200hp. But I pulled it off picking up the coveted Excalipur and Golden Hammer! Also, Bard, but I haven't use shooting in a looong time and would rather cover blindness resistance for the time being.

On 8.10.2010 02:37 chris wrote:
[CL48:DL99] 12:32
For a Cavalrist, Sauron the Sorcerer has the potential to totally make you! We're talking *AcFiCoEl in a single equipment slot, allowing for the riding of any mount. But, alas, I got Darnya. He also dropped Narya, but I really want Nenya if I can't have The One Ring. Great Wyrms of Space Time steeds are really nice, but I wonder if they aren't just a bit too slow and fragile for The Serpent of Chaos? I busted The Destroyer OK, but I can't seem to get anywhere against Wahha-Man without my steed or I being in serious trouble. Probably, I need those _Healing again, as I am just too stingy with the potions. He'll only take 10 or so, and I have them to spare ...

Time for Oberon, a very risky proposition.

On 8.10.2010 02:52 chris wrote:
[CL49:Oberon] 12:38
Oberon was a pushover. He and Corwin both Cursed. Rinaldo and Benedict did not, so I went a whopping 10 for 12 on the Blood Curses. But, the entire family of thieving amberites now lies in ruins!

Oberon was quite weak. I had a more difficult time with The Norsa, who at least forced me to swap mounts once. Oberon only took 5 stars of my fragile Space Time steed, and I quaffed !Healing whenever I got down to 710hp. I only needed 4.

Now, The Serpent will clearly own my weak mounts, so I think I will hang out for Cold Immunity. If I get really desperate, there is always Thanos, and hey, its not like I am any stranger to the awful blood curse! (BTW, I have antimagic from Terror Mask, which is clearly the only reason I am still alive).

Ego Heavy Lance #3 from Oberon: Slay Animal. Its hard to top the trump ...

On 8.10.2010 04:36 chris wrote:
[CL50:Serpent] 14:09
No Spectral Wyrm after all. I decided that the second ring of power was stubbornly hiding from me, and that I could win without it. So, I evolved a Sky Drake into a Great Wyrm of Power, used Thanos for triple immunity, sucked up the biffs of aggravate, AFC, and (-11, -12) melee (really, (-19, -20) if you count opportunity costs of Cambeleg). Chucking !Healing against the wall to heal seems rather ineffective (I chucked 20 but only got a single star). But chucking !*Healing* is good for 3 stars are so, and works well. Chucking !Speed for haste circumvents the GWoP's reflection, and the rest is pretty straight forward.

Hand of Doom is annoying, not for me, but for the 9,000 hp damage it does to my mount! Still, I never needed to swap steeds, never used my spectre passwall for the final battle, and had plenty of resources to spare.

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