The Angband Ladder: Lazy Tentaclehead, Mindflayer Archer by <>

  [Hengband 1.6.2 Character Dump]

                          Name  : Lazy Tentaclehead

 Sex      : Male             Age               105    STR :   18/09
 Race     : Mindflayer       Height             73    INT :      14
 Class    : Archer           Weight            152    WIS :      17
                             Social Class       34    DEX :   18/66
                             Align         Chaotic    Con :   18/59  18/69
                                                      CHR :       9

 Right hand      (+27,+22)   Hit point     -3/ 312    Fighting    : Amber [2]
                             SP (Mana)      0/   0    Bows/Throw  : Amber [30]
 Blows/Round           4+0                            Saving Throw: Chaos Rank
 AverageDmg/Rnd      102+0   Level              28    Stealth     : Superb
                             Experience      73075
 Shooting        (+79,+16)   Max Exp         73075    Perception  : Very Good
 Multiplier          x3.06   Exp to Adv      75000    Searching   : Good
 Shots/Round          2.90   Gold            10961    Disarming   : Superb
                                                      Magic Device: Superb
 AC               [16,+42]   Time     Day 24  6:48
 Speed                (+0)   Play time    13:07:19    Infra-Vision: 40 feet

                         (Character Background)
          You have slimy skin, empty glowing eyes, and four tentacles
          around your mouth.

          ...You were killed by a Giant fire ant in the quest 'The
          Cloning Pits'.

 Sex   : Male          Stat    BaseRacClaPerMod ActualCurrent  abcdefghijkl@
 Race  : Mindflayer    STR :  18/19 -3  2 -2  2  18/09         2............
 Class : Archer        INT :     13  4 -1 -2  0     14         ............s
 Level : 28            WIS :     16  4 -1 -2  0     17         ............s
 Hits  : -3/312        DEX :  18/46  0  2 -2  2  18/66         2............
 Mana  : 0/0           Con :  18/79 -2  1 -2  2  18/69  18/59  2............
                       CHR :     14 -3  0 -2  0      9         .............
         | }=="*((]]]             | }=="*((]]]                 | }=="*((]]]
         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  : .............


  [Quest Information]

< Completed Quest >
  Thieves Hideout                          (Danger  level:   5) - level  4
  Warg problem                             (Danger  level:   5) - level 11
  Hobbes the Tiger                         (Dungeon level:   6) - level 12
  The Sewer                                (Danger  level:  15) - level 15
  Orc Camp                                 (Danger  level:  15) - level 19
  Old Man Willow Quest                     (Danger  level:  22) - level 24
  Logrus Master                            (Danger  level:  25) - level 25
  Doom Quest 1                             (Danger  level:  15) - level 27
  Vapor Quest                              (Danger  level:  25) - level 27
  Tengu and Death Swords                   (Danger  level:  25) - level 27
  Dark Elven Lords Quest                   (Danger  level:  25) - level 27
  The Mimic's Treasure                     (Danger  level:  25) - level 27
  The Vault                                (Danger  level:  30) - level 28
  The Tower                                (Danger  level:  30) - level 28

< Failed Quest >
  Shagrat, the Orc Captain                 (Dungeon level:  12) - level 17

  [Last Messages]

> You are enveloped in flames!
> The Giant fire ant misses you.
> You miss the Giant fire ant. <x2>
> You hit the Giant fire ant.
> You miss the Giant fire ant.
> The Giant fire ant bites it.
> It is unharmed.
> The Giant fire ant misses it.
> The Giant fire ant bites you.
> You are enveloped in flames!
> The Giant fire ant bites you.
> You are enveloped in flames!
> You hit the Giant fire ant.
> You have slain the Giant fire ant.
> The Giant fire ant bites it.
> It is unharmed.
> The Giant fire ant misses it.
> The Giant fire ant bites you.
> You are enveloped in flames!
> The Giant fire ant bites you.
> You are enveloped in flames!
> One of your Scroll of Teleportation (f) was destroyed!
> The Giant fire ant bites you.
> You are enveloped in flames!
> The Giant fire ant bites you.
> You are enveloped in flames!
> You see a Giant fire ant Corpse.
> The Giant fire ant bites you.
> You are enveloped in flames!
> It looked harmless.
> Goodbye, Tentaclehead!

  [Miscellaneous Information]

 Recall Depth:
    Angband         : level  23
    Yeek cave       : level   5
    Dragon's lair   : level  60
    Forest          : level  19
    Chameleon cave  : level  30

 Preserve Mode:      ON
 Autoscum:           ALWAYS
 Small Levels:       ENABLED
 Arena Levels:       ENABLED
 Num. Random Quests: 10

 Arena: 26 Victories

 You have defeated 1921 enemies.


Your alighnment : Chaotic

You are the polar opposite of Nature.
You are the living embodiment of Temperance.
You have strayed from the path of Enlightenment.
You have strayed from the path of Diligence.
You have sinned against Sacrifice.
You are a bitter enemy of Valour.
You are the polar opposite of Honour.
You are the polar opposite of Compassion.

  [Character Equipment]

a) The Small Sword 'Sting' (1d6) (+7,+8) (+2 attacks)
b) (nothing)
c) a Long Bow of Accuracy (x3) (+19,+16)
d) a Ring of Confusion Resistance and Slaying (+2,+4)
e) a Ring of Accuracy (+12)
f) an Amulet of Anti-Magic
g) The Stone of Lore
h) Cord Armour of Elvenkind [6,+13] (+3 to stealth)
i) an Elven Cloak [4,+9] (+2 to stealth)
j) a Hard Leather Cap [2,+5]
k) a Set of Leather Gloves of Slaying (+4,+8) [1,+3]
l) a Pair of Hard Leather Boots [3,+4]

  [Character Inventory]

a) 5 Rations of Food
b) 2 Potions of Speed {25% off}
c) 23 Potions of Heroism
d) 28 Potions of Cure Critical Wounds
e) a Potion of Healing
f) 10 Scrolls of Teleportation
g) 3 Scrolls of Word of Recall
h) 6 Scrolls of Holy Chant
i) 3 Rods of Illumination
j) 2 Rods of Detection
k) a Rod of Disarming
l) 2 Rods of Stone to Mud
m) a Staff of Speed (4 charges)
n) a Staff of Mana Storm (3 charges)
o) a Ring of Levitation
p) a Main Gauche (Trump Weapon) (1d5) (+14,+12) (+1 to searching)
q) The Spear of Hagen (1d6) (+11,+13) (+3 to speed)

  [Home Inventory]

 ( page 1 )
a) a Mushroom of Restore Constitution
b) 7 Potions of Speed
c) 11 Potions of Heroism
d) 4 Potions of Healing
e) a Potion of *Healing*
f) 7 Potions of Resistance
g) a Potion of Curing
h) 11 Scrolls of Phase Door
i) a Scroll of Remove Curse
j) 3 Scrolls of Enchant Weapon To-Hit
k) 4 Scrolls of Enchant Weapon To-Dam
l) a Scroll of *Enchant Weapon*

 ( page 2 )
a) a Scroll of Recharging
b) a Scroll of Rune of Protection
c) 2 Scrolls of Genocide
d) a Rod of Drain Life
e) a Wand of Teleport Other (11 charges)
f) a Wand of Rockets (4 charges)
g) a Staff of Starlight (12 charges)
h) a Staff of Starlight (10 charges)
i) a Staff of Starlight (7 charges)
j) a Staff of *Destruction* (3 charges)
k) a Ring of Protection [+16]
l) a Ring of Flames [+8]

 ( page 3 )
a) 2 Rings of Free Action
b) a Ring of See Invisible and Lightning bolt
c) a Ring of Fear Resistance
d) a Ring of Sound Resistance
e) a Ring of Confusion Resistance
f) an Amulet of Anti-Teleportation
g) The Phial of Galadriel (+1 to searching)
h) Double Chain Mail (Dwarven) (-2) [21,+21] (+3)
i) a Dagger (Pattern Weapon) (1d4) (+8,+9) (+1) {StCn;Nx;FaSi/*UL}
j) a Guisarme of Slaying (3d6) (+10,+9)
k) a Battle Axe of Extra Attacks (2d8) (+11,+6) (+1 attack)
l) The Fishingpole of Taikobo (1d1) (+0,+0)

 ( page 4 )
a) 4 Arrows of Slaying (2d4) (+12,+9) (91/263) {99% off}
b) 9 Arrows of Holy Might (1d4) (+8,+10) (87/252) {99% off}
c) 3 Arrows (1d4) (+7,+2) (62/179) {99% off}
d) 24 Arrows (1d4) (+5,+6) (74/214) {99% off}
e) 60 Arrows (1d4) (+5,+5) (71/205) {99% off}
f) 7 Seeker Arrows (6d4) (+5,+6) (113/327) {99% off}
g) 27 Mithril Shots (4d3) (+0,+0)
h) a Blubbering idiot Skeleton
i) a Hobo Skeleton
j) 3 Raving lunatic Skeletons
k) 2 Mangy looking leper Skeletons
l) 2 Singing, happy drunk Skeletons

 ( page 5 )
a) 3 Jackal Skeletons
b) a Novice warrior Skeleton
c) a Novice priest Skeleton
d) 2 Kobold Skeletons
e) 2 Snotling Skeletons
f) 4 Snaga Skeletons
g) 2 Cave orc Skeletons
h) 2 Hill orc Skeletons
i) 6 Black orc Skeletons
j) 2 Half-orc Skeletons
k) 4 Mirkwood spider Skeletons
l) 2 Gnome mage Skeletons

 ( page 6 )
a) a Forest troll Skeleton


 ( page 1 )
a) a Cutlass (Shattered) (0d0) (-6,-9)
b) a Wooden Statue of Noborta Kesyta, the Yeek President
c) a Clay Statue of Kavlax the Many-Headed

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Posted on 8.7.2005 21:55
Last updated on 12.7.2005 17:23

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On 8.7.2005 22:06 wrote:
(clevel:20, dlevel:18) Ok, way too early to be posting this guy (and he even failed the quest for Shagrat! Oh, the shame! Archers don't handle big packs of monsters terribly well. Tentaclehead fired off all his arrows, but Shagrat wasn't quite dead and his pack wasn't quite gone, and an un-ID'ed scroll proved to be curse weapon. That's twice in recent memory I've had characters fail quests because of blasted weapons.), but look at the wands and staffs in his house: *Destruction*, Mana Storm, and Rockets!?! Found all 3 of 'em sitting on the floor on an otherwise unremarkable level 14 in Angband. Quite surprising.

After multiple recent failures with level 40+ characters of various sorts, I've decided to get back to my strength, Archers, in an attempt to get another winner. To make it interesting, I decided to see how Lazy characters do. My only winner so far was an Archer (who was Lucky) and if not for finding the Cloak of Jack of Shadows in the Cloning Pits, detection would have been far and away his biggest problem.

Since with a Lazy character I can't count on ridiculously good equipment finds, I'm going with a Mindflayer, in part because they eventually get innate ESP (yes, Spectres do too, but Spectres feel too Munchkinish for me. Maybe after I fail a few more times I'll give 'em a shot.), thus solving the detection problem, and in part because I just felt like playing a Mindflayer.

On 11.7.2005 23:07 wrote:
(clevel:28, dlevel:23) Slow going with this guy for a while. The RNG was really messing with him. The short bow (+4, +2) he got for doing the thieves den quest was the only enchanted bow or crossbow I was able to find anywhere, despite repeated round-trips of the weapon stores and BMs. It was just horrible, plus no good melee weapons dropped, either. At level 25, his best weapon was a (+4,+3) lead-filled mace because the short bow, crappy as it was, actually got disenchanted so it became even worse.

Finally, around clevel 27, the RNG made it up to him when he current delightful bow came up for sale in one of the BMs. Looking at the dump, you can see exactly when it happens, because all of a sudden Tentaclehead does a whole bunch of quests he just hadn't had the firepower to do. Life became much nicer after that, and his melee pretty much faded away to nothing.

Tried the Dragon Lair a few times, and it wasn't pretty. You're seriously taking your life in your hands down there if you don't have a renewable source of doubling your base resists and ideally at least temporary ESP. ESP will be taken care of shortly, but unless he finds Colluin, Tentaclehead is out of luck on the resists, so the Dragon Lair may not be doable.

Instead, I'm thinking of doing the Cloning Pits ridiculously early, like right now. He's got the offense, and while he doesn't have rPoison, he'll bring the staff of mana to nuke the Gachapins quickly, and then he'll just keep his distance from the Dagons. Should be doable.

On 11.7.2005 23:53 Mars wrote:
Without rChaos, I'd at least bring a few potions of curing with you in case of hallucination by chaos breath.

On 12.7.2005 01:32 wrote:
That'll be covered by that trump main gauche. It'll be along as a swap, along with the ring of levitation.

On 12.7.2005 04:28 wrote:

My character has been doing the Dragon's Lair without Colluin or res potions - He's been swapping in ring of Flame/Frost/Acid when required against the requisite Wyrm and levelling + treasure was quite nice. Sounds a bit silly but if you've got telepathy it works quite well. Recently picked up ring of Lightning + Mook (activates for res: cold). I only mention it because my character has basically done it from chlvl 30-40 without any major problems so you should be able to do it. With the gear he picked up he's now diving through the lair successfully.

On 12.7.2005 17:00 wrote:
Wow, that's a really inventory-intensive way of solving the problem, though it would certainly work. Tentaclehead has only found a ring of flames, so far. Maybe if he finds a couple of the other types he'll give it a shot.

Currently in the Cloning Pits and its not going very well. The Its, Ant Queens, and a Bokrug are dead, but that stupid Bokrug summoned a greater basilisk (and some lesser stuff) and the Ant Queens managed more summoning than I had hoped, and most of Tentaclehead's ammo is sitting underneath a mass of red ants locked in battle with a chaos spawn and some cave trolls.

If the ants are cleared (by Tentaclehead or the trolls) and he can get to that ammo, then he can still finish the quest. Otherwise, he's probably out of luck.

On 12.7.2005 17:23 wrote:
(clevel:28, dlevel: Cloning Pits) Well, its academic now. A couple Dungeon Cleaners woke up and were threatening to destroy a cache of ammo. Tentaclehead lured them away from it and tried to melee one of them, but he really wasn't up to it and teleported away, landing amidst the red ants.

I realized at that point that he was going to fail the quest and was gloomily pondering what to do next so I didn't realize how badly injured Tentaclehead was. That's how it works. If you start thinking about anything other than keeping the character alive, your character's life span can be measured with an egg timer.

On 12.7.2005 17:26 wrote:
Never used the staff of mana storm. Tried a few times, but failed all of them.

On 13.7.2005 01:08 wrote:
Just imagine if Jack of Shadows was in the quest as well, or Yibb-Tstll (or both of them at once), or Utgard Loke, or a Greater Titan, or Khamul the Easterling who is happy to summon Dracoliches and Zephyr Lords that are happy to fill the quest with gravity and inertia hounds, or ... ;-)

I've had enough bad luck with the random monsters generated on the quest to wait a while, even if I think it is doable. Unless I've had too many "Pints of Fine Ale" ...

On 13.7.2005 13:55 wrote:
Yeah, every once in a while that quest goes smoothly, but it often turns into a brutal endurance match, even for characters who I think can breeze through it.

I've gotten Greater Titans and Malekith down there before, but my personal worst was probably Garm. Managed to beat all three, though for the life of me I can't recall how I beat Garm. I think he got bogged down with Fire Ants and by the time I got to him he only had 3 or 4 stars left. Getting Khamul or Jack of Shadows would pretty much be a worst case scenario that I've thankfully never encountered.

Funny. This guy didn't get any of those. The worst "extra" monster that showed up was a Chaos Spawn, yet the quest totally squashed him anyway.

On 13.7.2005 13:56 wrote:
I should have said "A" Greater Titan. I've only run into one, and it was only once.

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