2018-09-01 13:01:50 UTC
My gnomish caveman advanced quite well; Sokoban, Mines, Wyrm Caves, and
some lesser special levels. During my second visit to the Black Market an
unfortunate incident got me in troubles; a lightning bug (or something
like that) exploded some of my wands while I was adjacent to One-eyed Sam.
It seems I had polymorph in my inventory, got poly'd, became a gray dragon,
my armor (shield of reflection and speed boots) gone. Got reverted again,
could retrieve my +6 Sceptre of Might and Deluder, now wearing only the
cloak and the dragon scales. Luckily my artifacts (+6 Skullcrusher, the
Wallet of Perseus, Magicbane), my freshly aquired magic lamp and the other
tools, seem all intact. Now I am in the corridor outside his shop and
pondering what to do; I'd like to get his armor which would mean that I
have to kill him - which is extremely difficult as I read. They say that
I should disarm him to not get level drained or beheaded, but I've never
used that technique. I read (my comments and questions interspersed):
You must be wielding a weapon in which you are skilled,
and be able to see your opponent.
Wielding Skullcrusher or Sceptre of Might would be the available options.
Will I have to come adjacent to try to disarm him or just "see him"?
Your opponent must be wielding a non-cursed weapon.
I don't understand e.g. what that TECHLEVEL is. What are the typical odds
to be expected here? (My two melee artifact weapons are both at Expert.)
And I hope that the Thiefbane doen't turn out to have been created cursed.
It appears that you have a (num-1)-in-num chance of
knocking the weapon to the floor.
Otherwise, you have a 24-in-25 chance of grabbing the weapon.
Otherwise, you take damage from the weapon.
I certainly want to avoid being beheaded or level drained. Meanwhile I
also have no reflection, so I'm unsure what to do.
One more detail; the effects from the exploding wands created some pits
in the corridor and also in Sam's shop. The door got locked too (probably
by an exploding wand of locking). That means I'm not that mobile to escape
quickly if need be - though I could wear "-x" levitation boots now that my
speed boots are gone.
Will #invoking conflict help here? Or shall I just skip the level? Any