Nethack ascension #1

Lawful male human samurai


This was my first ascension and there was a lot of things I had to learn about the hard way - like that lichs are likely to remove blessing from your bag of holding when you're going to say "Hi" to the Wizard of Yendor. :-) Anyway, this game didn't quite go as I was expecting.

Warming up

Beginning of this game went quite well, I descended quickly to Oracle, where I found bones of a wizard (I use Hearse to share bones), who left several spellbooks after him. I claimed his possessions and went to the gnomish town (which had chaotic altar) and sold the stuff. I descended further, got the luckstone and went to sokoban.

The Quest

Sokoban was easy, I got my first bag of holding. After reaching experiment level 13 I went on the Quest to take Ashikaga Takauji down. While on my way, I ate two invisible stalker and got invisibility and ability to see invisible. Last time I had to fight Ashikaga I got the sword, but somehow he stole it from me and cut me in half - this time I was surprised how easy it was. When I finally arrived at his place, I threw a potion of paralyzation and zapped wand of lightning twice, then went slashing him with my Excalibur. He managed to hit me only once and then he was dead. Took Tsurugi of Muramasa and Bell of Opening and went back home. I couldn't talk to my leader, he had polymorphed into a troll - there was a polymorph trap next to the chest. :-P I looted the chest and went back to Dungeons of Doom.

Medusa and the castle

I ascended further to beat Medusa with a mirror while blindfolded, crossing the waters was easy with a ring of levitation. Now I had shield of reflection, but I had no use for it - after all, I was wielding Tsurugi. At level 22 I finally found co-aligned alter so those wand of create monster were finally of use. I got ten potions of blessed water so I blessed my bag and put the rest into the bag.

Arriving the castle, I blasted the drawbridge with wand of striking and a winter wolf made me a bridge of ice. I took everyone down, feasted with a black dragon and got the wand of wishing. Put the wand into a bag.


This was the first time I managed to descend beneath Juiblex's lair - last time I got this far I ate green slime. So there I was, turning into a green slime, trying to apply unicorn horn and praying when it was already too late... This time I wouldn't make the same mistake again. Juiblex as very easy, I didn't even know he was a major demon before I had to combat him again with other characters I played. After beating Juiblex, I descended and fell thru a traphole.

Going up was quite an experience: I got Yeenoghu, Baalzebub and Asmodeus after me all the three at the same time ! Actually this wasn't even a problem, they couldn't really hurt me - the worst they could do was summoning other demons. I took the demons down while still going up.

Vlad's tower

When I was going to visit Vlad, I decided to re-arrange my stuff. During this, I managed to slip wand of cancellation into my bag and BOOM, all my stuff was gone - including my wand of wishing, Excalibur, all my money, all my potions, all my scrolls, both my magic markers - everything but ring of levitation, one potions of full healing, unicorn horn, Tsurugi of Muramasa and my armor was gone. Just great. I went back to gnomish mines to get some necessary items, fortunately I had spare bag of holding with me all along.

Wizard of Yendor

After this, I went to get the Candelabrum of Invocation after which I descended to the bottom of Gehennom. Thanks to some spoilers I had came along :-P I knew I had to find the vibrating square. I did this and went to find the portal to Wizard's tower. After getting in, arch lich in David's Treasure Zoo unblessed my bag of holding and there I was, overtaxed. I emptied the place, took some food and potions with me and went up to the altar to make some blessed water.

After getting 30 potions of blessed water (boy, that amulet of magical breathing was great help in getting potions of water :-), I went back to the tower. I created an opening into Wizard's place and he created some gremlins. Soon the place was literally full of gremlins. I bashed the Wizard and finally got the Book of Dead.

Getting into Moloch's sanctum

When I got to the vibrating square I realized I didn't have the candles ! This couldn't happen to me, could it ? I started the long way back to gnomish town...

On my way up, Wizard summoned Demogorgon. Biiig trouble. It took me five potions of full healing and four dungeon levels to take him down, but it was the best battle so far. I killed Wizard several time on my way up, then I got to gnomish town. Bad news. Gnomish town only had FIVE candles - I was two candles short. I continued searching and at level three Wizard decided to pay a visit again. Again, I started hitting Wizard with Tsurugi and Wizard summoned some monsters. This time Wizard caused me a lot of trouble, multiplying everything I thought I got him -- and getting my sword stolen was not going to help, I had to use my +0 Frost Brand. I actually died once while trying to bet my belongings back from the Wizard, fortunately I knew I was in trouble so I was wearing amulet of life saving. Finally I got my stuff back and the other monsters dead.

I started to descend, again, killing Wizard from time to time, still without those two missing candled. I searched, I killed monsters I polypiled - no luck, except that one monster was actually carrying a single candle. Finally getting back to the bottom, I had six candled, no more, no less. I was desperate, I was out of ideas. Then I realized. I remembered I was carrying a magic lamp. I quickly took out two blessed potions of water and got the lamp blessed and started rubbing it. My luck must have been changing - djinni promised me a wish. I never thought I would use a wish to get mere candles.

Finally I lighted Candelabrum, rang the bell and read the book (after uncursing them). I stepped down, went through the graveyard and killed the bad guy. Ah, there it was, Amulet of Yendor, thing I was after. Took the Amulet and started to ascend. This time ascending was easy - and I even found a wand of wishing on my way up. Great timing, by the way, it's not like I didn't have use for it earlier. I quickly wished from some magic markers and wands of death to be able to handle the Wizard faster.

End game

Stairs up at dungeon level 1... it was almost a religious moment. Took a deep breath and walked up -- and ended to the "End game". Great. I started exploring the place with help of my pick-axe and the wands those monsters left behind. Finally found the portal. On plane of air I soon realized I had to wear ring of levitation to get around. Air elemental put up a good fight but after quaffing a few potions of healing, everything was ok again. I accidentally found the portal and got to the plane of fire.

Plane of Fire was a pain. Monsters didn't do much damage, but it was extremely slow to move around. When I had cleared most of the elementals away. I started to search for the portal by levitating from left to right, from up to down. At the plane of water all I could do was to hold still and hit 'search'-key. Finally I found the portal and decided to eat, I was hungry, after all. After I was finished, the portal was gone. *sigh* Finally I found it again, this time under a boulder some fire giant had left behind.

When I arrived the astral plane I was granted an Angel. I wore the blindfold and got kind of overview of the place. Three peaceful priests, eh ? I decided to visit the priest at the right first. I zapped Famine with wand of death several times and finally got to the alter. Chaotic altar. My next pick would be the alter to the left - I didn't want to face Death, who was guarding the altar in the middle. I got over Pestilence quite easily, killing it only once. This time I got to the right altar. I offered Amulet of Yendor and ascended. Game over.

There is an altar to Amaterasu Omikami (lawful) here.

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Wind the Shogun        St:25 Dx:18 Co:18 In:13 Wi:18 Ch:9  Lawful
Astral Plane $:0 HP:207(250) Pw:154(154) AC:-31 Xp:30/100263789 T:152434 Burden

# offer
What do you want to sacrifice? [O or ?*] 
O - the Amulet of Yendor

You offer the Amulet of Yendor to Amaterasu Omikami...
An invisible choir sings, and you are bathed in radiance...
The voice of Amaterasu Omikami rings out: "Congratulations, mortal!"
"In return for thy service, I grant thee the gift of Immortality!"
You ascend to the status of Demigod...

Do you want your possessions identified? [ynq] (n)

 c - a cursed amulet of life saving (being worn)
 z - an uncursed amulet of magical breathing
 a - the blessed +7 Tsurugi of Muramasa (weapon in hands)
 j - a cursed fireproof +4 cloak of displacement named (fireproof) (being worn)
 u - an uncursed rustproof +5 pair of gauntlets of power named (proofed) (being
 w - a cursed fireproof +5 pair of speed boots (being worn)
 B - a cursed rustproof +4 helm of telepathy named (proofed) (being worn)
 M - a cursed +5 gray dragon scale mail named (proofed) (being worn)
 A - an uncursed partly eaten gunyoki
 y - the cursed Book of the Dead
 v - an uncursed potion of full healing
 Q - a wand of teleportation (0:5)
 U - a wand of death (2:4)
 d - the Bell of Opening (1:1)
 f - the uncursed Candelabrum of Invocation (7 candles attached)
 i - a +0 unicorn horn
 k - an uncursed magic whistle
 q - a blessed oilskin sack
 t - a blessed +0 unicorn horn
 x - a blessed bag of holding named #1
 D - a cursed skeleton key
 G - a magic marker (1:29)
 N - an uncursed blindfold
 S - a blessed magic marker (0:3)

Contents of the oilskin sack:

a potion of holy water
a blessed potion of full healing
5 uncursed potions of extra healing
an uncursed potion of full healing
2 uncursed potions of full healing
an uncursed potion of gain level
an uncursed potion of healing

Contents of the bag of holding named #1:

a wand of death (2:0)
a wand of death (1:0)
an uncursed rusty ring of searching
a cursed scroll of confuse monster
an uncursed citrine stone
an uncursed amulet of life saving
an uncursed ring of teleport control
a blessed scroll of enchant armor
the corroded +0 Frost Brand
a cursed wand of striking (0:2)
a wand of digging (0:6)
a wand of digging (0:6)
2 uncursed scrolls of teleportation
an uncursed potion of water
a cursed ring of conflict
2 uncursed scrolls of blank paper
a magic marker (1:0)
3 uncursed garnet stones
a rusty wand of digging (0:7)
a cursed wand of fire (0:2)
a wand of create monster (0:14)
an uncursed ring of fire resistance
a cursed ring of aggravate monster
an uncursed +1 ring of gain strength
a blessed potion of gain energy
an uncursed potion of gain level
a cursed potion of gain level
an uncursed scroll of remove curse
an uncursed stethoscope
an uncursed clove of garlic
a blessed potion of invisibility
an uncursed potion of speed
a blessed scroll of create monster
a wand of striking (0:8)
a blessed wand of digging (0:6)
a wand of striking (0:6)
a wand of cold (0:7)
a rustproof wand of create monster (0:10)
a wand of create monster (0:14)
an uncursed potion of invisibility
an uncursed candy bar
a wand of polymorph (0:0)
an uncursed ring of regeneration
4 uncursed scrolls of create monster
the rustproof +0 Fire Brand
3 cursed scrolls of blank paper
a +0 unicorn horn
a cursed potion of healing
an uncursed ring of conflict
6 uncursed tallow candles
a +0 unicorn horn
a cursed -1 ring of increase accuracy
2 blessed potions of extra healing
3 uncursed scrolls of enchant armor
2 uncursed luckstones named luckstone
an uncursed scroll of taming
a cursed wand of fire (0:4)
a cursed wand of fire (0:2)
3 blessed scrolls of teleportation
an uncursed ring of free action
a wand of fire (0:6)
a wand of fire (0:6)
a wand of fire (0:4)
a wand of fire (0:3)
a wand of fire (0:5)
a wand of fire (0:3)
a wand of fire (0:7)
a wand of fire (0:5)
a wand of fire (0:8)
a wand of fire (0:4)
a cursed wand of undead turning (0:5)
a wand of slow monster (0:8)
an uncursed ring of polymorph control
an uncursed ring of protection from shape changers
a cursed ring of polymorph
a cursed ring of hunger
a blessed +1 ring of increase damage
a blessed +1 ring of protection
2 uncursed potions of restore ability
2 uncursed potions of gain energy
a wand of lightning (0:8)
a wand of teleportation (0:2)
an uncursed scroll of amnesia
a blessed scroll of charging
a cursed scroll of taming
a blessed amulet versus poison
a wand of striking (0:2)
a cursed amulet of life saving
an uncursed black opal
7 uncursed amethyst stones
3 uncursed amber stones
7 uncursed jasper stones
4 uncursed jacinth stones
3 uncursed citrine stones
3 uncursed opals
4 uncursed aquamarine stones
4 uncursed jade stones
9 uncursed dilithium crystals
5 uncursed rubies
a wand of speed monster (0:6)
a tinning kit (0:84)
an uncursed ring of stealth
2 blessed +1 elven arrows
a +1 yumi
16 +2 elven arrows
3 blessed potions of full healing
a +0 pick-axe
a wand of striking (0:3)
a wand of lightning (0:6)
a wand of opening (0:8)
a wand of digging (0:7)
a cursed wand of cold (0:8)
a wand of cold (0:6)
a wand of lightning (0:3)
a wand of light (0:14)
a very rusty wand of digging (0:6)
a wand of create monster (0:14)
a wand of sleep (0:4)
a wand of sleep (0:5)
a wand of sleep (0:3)
a blessed wand of speed monster (0:4)
a wand of create monster (0:10)
a wand of lightning (0:4)
a wand of striking (0:3)
a cursed wand of light (0:15)
a cursed wand of teleportation (0:6)
a cursed wand of make invisible (0:3)
a wand of striking (0:6)
a wand of striking (0:4)
a wand of sleep (0:5)
a wand of lightning (0:7)
a wand of sleep (0:0)
a wand of lightning (0:2)
a wand of cold (0:3)
a wand of cold (0:6)
a wand of lightning (0:7)
a cursed luckstone
6 uncursed obsidian stones
12 uncursed agate stones
an uncursed topaz stone
an uncursed emerald
an uncursed touchstone
an uncursed turquoise stone
2 cursed scrolls of teleportation
an uncursed jet stone
a wand of striking (0:0)
a wand of striking (0:8)
a wand of cold (0:5)
a wand of speed monster (0:3)
14 uncursed scrolls of teleportation
2 cursed scrolls of enchant weapon
4 uncursed lumps of royal jelly
50000 gold pieces
14 potions of holy water
a wand of create monster (0:13)
a wand of create monster (0:12)
a wand of create monster (0:12)
a wand of create monster (0:13)
a wand of create monster (0:14)
a wand of create monster (0:13)
an uncursed ring of slow digestion
29 uncursed scrolls of blank paper
3 blessed scrolls of blank paper
an uncursed lizard corpse
2 uncursed tripe rations
13 uncursed gunyoki
2 uncursed carrots
a blessed scroll of genocide
100 +0 arrows
the +2 Mjollnir

Do you want to see your attributes? [ynq] (n)

Final Attributes:

You were the Hand of Elbereth.
You were piously aligned.
You were fire resistant.
You were cold resistant.
You were sleep resistant.
You were disintegration-resistant.
You were shock resistant.
You were poison resistant.
You were magic-protected.
You saw invisible.
You were telepathic.
You were invisible to others.
You were displaced.
You were stealthy.
You could teleport.
You were protected.
You were very fast.
Your life would have been saved.
You were extremely lucky.
You had extra luck.
Good luck did not time out for you.
You survived after being killed once.

Do you want an account of creatures vanquished? [ynq] (n) 

Vanquished creatures:

The Wizard of Yendor (41 times)
Famine (5 times)
a high priest
4 mastodons
17 krakens
35 iron golems
4 master liches
25 storm giants
3 titans
8 glass golems
5 balrogs
33 purple worms
2 gray dragons
5 silver dragons
22 red dragons
10 white dragons
2 orange dragons
25 black dragons
9 blue dragons
22 green dragons
18 yellow dragons
29 minotaurs
17 jabberwocks
Ashikaga Takauji
19 baluchitheria
11 Angels
11 demiliches
Vlad the Impaler
19 stone golems
6 master mind flayers
42 Olog-hai
4 Nazguls
20 pit fiends
5 sandestins
10 hell hounds
14 titanotheres
13 trappers
2 baby silver dragons
2 baby white dragons
a baby orange dragon
a baby blue dragon
a baby green dragon
5 guardian nagas
2 disenchanters
67 vampire lords
5 skeletons
6 shopkeepers
The Oracle
20 aligned priests
21 captains
6 shades
9 liches
7 clay golems
30 nurses
10 ice devils
14 nalfeshnees
17 lurkers above
an Aleax
12 frost giants
17 ettins
3 golden nagas
19 black puddings
36 vampires
15 lieutenants
a watch captain
48 ghosts
a barbarian
a healer
a priestess
11 samurai
a queen bee
17 winged gargoyles
8 mind flayers
20 giant mimics
26 zruties
28 fire giants
31 ogre kings
14 ice trolls
57 rock trolls
31 umber hulks
21 flesh golems
26 Elvenkings
17 doppelgangers
28 hezrous
26 bone devils
20 large mimics
10 wumpuses
8 fire vortices
2 baby long worms
a baby purple worm
25 long worms
12 couatls
83 stalkers
24 air elementals
59 fire elementals
38 earth elementals
64 water elementals
23 hill giants
15 giant mummies
5 black nagas
43 xorns
26 giant zombies
68 elf-lords
30 sergeants
a water demon
11 barbed devils
18 vrocks
16 salamanders
37 wargs
9 winter wolves
21 hell hound pups
29 small mimics
14 glass piercers
28 warhorses
16 steam vortices
48 xans
8 ettin mummies
20 ogre lords
20 quantum mechanics
73 trolls
6 sasquatches
10 wood golems
3 erinyes
9 mariliths
a djinni
8 sharks
14 electric eels
33 gelatinous cubes
16 pyrolisks
10 large dogs
18 freezing spheres
24 flaming spheres
17 shocking spheres
12 large cats
21 tigers
22 gargoyles
6 dwarf kings
12 tengu
43 ochre jellies
33 leocrottas
18 energy vortices
15 mountain centaurs
13 stone giants
18 elf mummies
13 human mummies
8 red nagas
16 green slimes
16 pit vipers
11 pythons
42 cobras
63 wraiths
21 carnivorous apes
28 ettin zombies
15 leather golems
42 Grey-elves
76 soldiers
4 watchmen
12 horned devils
13 succubi
17 incubi
35 chameleons
17 crocodiles
59 giant beetles
22 quivering blobs
58 cockatrices
190 wolves
38 winter wolf cubs
10 lynxes
14 panthers
52 gremlins
6 spotted jellies
75 leprechauns
12 orc-captains
23 iron piercers
16 mumakil
22 giant spiders
29 scorpions
26 horses
8 ice vortices
18 black lights
22 vampire bats
22 forest centaurs
15 gnome kings
11 orc mummies
8 dwarf mummies
23 ogres
16 brown puddings
15 rust monsters
48 owlbears
16 yetis
10 gold golems
17 werewolves
22 Green-elves
6 piranhas
18 giant eels
43 lizards
22 ninja
21 chickatrices
9 dogs
11 dingos
8 housecats
22 jaguars
6 dwarf lords
16 blue jellies
6 white unicorns
11 gray unicorns
7 black unicorns
24 dust vortices
16 ravens
14 plains centaurs
13 gnome mummies
22 snakes
3 water moccasins
29 apes
28 human zombies
15 rope golems
65 Woodland-elves
96 soldier ants
53 fire ants
25 bugbears
6 imps
32 lemures
13 quasits
14 wood nymphs
16 water nymphs
8 mountain nymphs
43 Mordor orcs
48 Uruk-hai
15 orc shamans
34 rock piercers
11 rock moles
12 ponies
13 fog clouds
39 yellow lights
4 shriekers
21 violet fungi
38 gnome lords
17 gnomish wizards
9 kobold mummies
9 red naga hatchlings
2 golden naga hatchlings
4 guardian naga hatchlings
16 gray oozes
16 barrow wights
36 elf zombies
17 ghouls
14 straw golems
11 paper golems
9 jellyfish
a baby crocodile
60 giant ants
10 little dogs
29 floating eyes
4 kittens
38 dwarves
15 homunculi
12 kobold lords
5 kobold shamans
114 hill orcs
46 rothes
8 rabid rats
11 centipedes
7 giant bats
9 monkeys
32 orc zombies
26 dwarf zombies
a wererat
9 werejackals
29 iguanas
119 killer bees
7 acid blobs
24 coyotes
5 gas spores
11 hobbits
66 manes
6 large kobolds
58 hobgoblins
8 giant rats
25 cave spiders
7 brown molds
6 yellow molds
4 green molds
4 red molds
77 gnomes
26 garter snakes
13 gnome zombies
6 geckos
39 jackals
6 foxes
3 kobolds
14 goblins
11 sewer rats
42 grid bugs
8 bats
10 lichens
16 kobold zombies
15 newts

6188 creatures vanquished.

Do you want a list of species genocided? [ynq] (n) 

Genocided species:

dwarf lords
dwarf kings
mind flayers
master mind flayers
master liches
rust monsters

13 species genocided.

Do you want to see your conduct? [ynq] (n)

Voluntary challenges:

You genocided 13 types of monsters.
You used 14 wishes.
You did not wish for any artifacts.

Sayonara wind the Demigod...

You went to your reward with 10406572 points,
The Tsurugi of Muramasa (worth 4500 zorkmids and 11250 points)
The Bell of Opening (worth 5000 zorkmids and 12500 points)
The Candelabrum of Invocation (worth 5000 zorkmids and 12500 points)
Frost Brand (worth 3000 zorkmids and 7500 points)
Fire Brand (worth 3000 zorkmids and 7500 points)
Mjollnir (worth 4000 zorkmids and 10000 points)
The Book of the Dead (worth 10000 zorkmids and 25000 points)
      12 agate stones (worth 2400 zorkmids),
      9 dilithium crystals (worth 40500 zorkmids),
      7 amethyst stones (worth 4200 zorkmids),
      7 jasper stones (worth 3500 zorkmids),
      6 obsidian stones (worth 1200 zorkmids),
      5 rubies (worth 17500 zorkmids),
      4 jacinth stones (worth 13000 zorkmids),
      4 citrine stones (worth 6000 zorkmids),
      4 aquamarine stones (worth 6000 zorkmids),
      4 jade stones (worth 1200 zorkmids),
      3 amber stones (worth 3000 zorkmids),
      3 opals (worth 2400 zorkmids),
      3 garnet stones (worth 2100 zorkmids),
      1 black opal (worth 2500 zorkmids),
      1 emerald (worth 2500 zorkmids),
      1 turquoise stone (worth 2000 zorkmids),
      1 topaz stone (worth 900 zorkmids),
      1 jet stone (worth 850 zorkmids),
      3 amulets of life saving (worth 450 zorkmids),
      1 amulet versus poison (worth 150 zorkmids),
      1 amulet of magical breathing (worth 150 zorkmids),
and 50000 pieces of gold, after 152434 moves.
You were level 30 with a maximum of 250 hit points when you ascended.

You made the top ten list!

 No  Points     Name                                                   Hp [max]
  1   10406572  wind-Sam-Hum-Mal-Law ascended to demigod-hood.        207 [250]