YAAP - Schopenhauer-Wiz-Elf-Mal-Cha polyselfless, polyless

Ascension report
Character dump
Final attributes
Spells known in the end
Vanquished creatures
Genocided species
Voluntary challenges
Your skills at the end
Top Ten

This text was posted on the 23. June 2004 on the newsgroup rec.games.roguelike.nethack

This is my second ascension, the first was back in November with a Valkyrie.

Ascension report

Starting equipment

I started the game as a chaotic wizard with a spellbook of detect food, a ring of regeneration and a wand of magic missile. Not the best things I could get I thought at first. But the ring was indeed crucial for my survival, I didn't take it off upto the Castle after which I had a decent AC.

Schopenhau the Evoker     St:13 Dx:12 Co:14 In:20 Wi:10 Ch:9  Chaotic
Dlvl:1  $:0  HP:11(11) Pw:7(7) AC:9  Xp:1/0 T:1

Sokoban and Gnomish Mines

I got lucky in the beginning as there was a general store on dlvl 2 where I bought a skeleton key, a magic whistle and two magic marker. The marker were spared until I knew what spellbooks I was missing. The statues on the Oracle level didn't have any spellbooks. I did Sokoban without any problem and got a bag of holding.

The RNG was teasing me as I found a spellbook of magic missile on dlvl6 lying around and a throne on dlvl 8 which granted me a wish. So I got a +2 SDSM which I was wearing until the end.

Minetown had a co-aligned altar, but without any scrolls or wands of create monster I couldn't take advantage of it.

The wine cellar was interesting. I found a blindfold (I had telepathy since dlvl 4) and a polymorph trap. Kelly II got beefed up into a silver dragon. I accidently picked up a loadstone although I didn't know there is one where one finds the luckstone. Was it randomly generated or are my spoilers outdated?

Fort Ludios and Quest

On dlvl 12, the same level with the portal to the Quest, I've eaten a quantum mechanic which gave me speed. I think this is the longest time I've ever been without speed. Usually I would have found long ago speed boots or a wand of speed monster. A little while later Anhur gave me MagicBane which increased my survival possibility enormously. Now I had a reliable and fast way to engrave Elbereth to keep monsters separated in different rooms. Call them private zoos if you like.

At about T:30000 I've entered Fort Ludios. As usual it was lots of whacking without any great danger. Croesus was killed by several magic missiles and left me his accumulated wealth of 46k zorkmids. I've found some good armor to improve my AC: a blessed +2 pair of leather gloves, a uncursed +3 helmet and a blessed +3 small shield. After Ludios my AC was -35 (including protection points).

The throne was very generous. It let me genocide arch-liches, identified my complete inventory and reduced my charisma to 4. Up until this moment I was thinking about a genocideless ascension, but when offered this opportunity I couldn't resist.

Then I had to gain experience to be allowed to the Quest. I killed Medusa and ventured deeper until I got exp lvl 14 and quickly completed the Quest.

The Castle

The armor room had a helm of telepathy and of opposite alignment which cost me my protection points. I learn something new every game. The dragons (three green ones and a black one) didn't interest me, I already had my SDSM. The wand of wishing at the Castle was (0:1). I wished for two scrolls of charging, got em and then wished for +2 blessed boots of speed, got em, too. The throne on the other hand vanished immediately without any effect.

At T:49000 I wrote a spellbook of create monster and got into a sacrifice frenzy that lasted almost 9000 turns. I got several protection points, several artifacts and almost every spellbook I wanted.


Then I considered myself to be ready to go to hell. The named demons (Juiblex, Baalzebub, Asmodeus, Vlad, Orcus) were no problem. Baalzebub was kind of annoying. He escaped with a scroll of teleportation. I had to track him down on dlvl 12 to kill him.

Although I recently had an unfortunate incident with an cockatrice corpse, I couldn't resist to use a cockatrice that Orcus summoned to kill him. I don't know if he appreciated the irony but I did.

Compared to my first ascension Gehennom wasn't as boring this time. I could walk through quickly thanks to my knowledge of the spell of magic mapping and a lot of potions of object detection.

On dlvl 48 I found the vibrating square and made my final preparations for the Ascension run. I made a stupid mistake as I sacrificed a former pet. All protection points gone again and my AC at -25. I got me a stronger pet, let it kill the priest in mine town and took the money (ca 110k) to the only other priest I've found so far. Then I continued my preparations.

At T:70820 I was ready.

Schopenhau the Sorcerer   St:18 Dx:22 Co:16 In:20 Wi:19 Ch:14  Chaotic
Dlvl:42 $:0  HP:300(300) Pw:285(295) AC:-34 Exp:21 T:70820 Satiated

Ascension run

In the Wizard's tower, I found a ring of conflict that I only used on the Plane of Earth and the Wizard's zoo.

At T:71090 I nearly died a stupid death. I choked over a killer bee corpse, but luckily I was wearing one of three amulet of life saving. That'll teach me to check if I'm satiated or not.

The finger of death took care of Rodney. At the three occasions we met, he never had a chance. Every time my finger of death worked. At T:73477 I took the Amulet of Yendor into my possession.

On my way up, the mysterious force kicked in annoyingly often. He took me seven times back to the level I was trying to leave and five times to the level below.

The Planes

At T:75303 I left the Dungeons of Doom. The Plane of Earth was a little tedious. I thought I need cursed scrolls of gold detection to find the portal. So I thought I hadn't any means to find the portal and had to dig the level out completely.

But I consulted my spoilers and learned that uncursed scrolls and being confused also works. I already had two scrolls and the other two were quickly written and then Earth was left in no time.

Air was easy, only the Air Elements gave me a little bit of a hard time. As I was near the portal as an Archon wielding Sunsword appeared. He was beating me heavily and followed me to the Plane of Fire. He summoned several monsters among them a master mind flayer which ate a part of my brain. I had to quaff two potions of full healing before realizing that blinding myself protected me from the stunning radiance of the Archon. Then it was much easier to kill him.

Astral Plane

At T:76227 I arrived on the astral plane. Quickly applying my blindfold showed Death on the left, Pestilence at room in the middle and Famine on the right. After putting on my ring of regeneration and slow digestion I tried the left one.

In my first ascension twoweaponing a +6 Demonbane and a +6 silver saber I hit the Riders so hard that they almost didn't touch me at all. This time wielding "only" a +7 Frost Brand Death brought my max HP from 303 down to 266. Extensively casting charm monster made it a little bit easier, but the power drain from the Amulet of Yendor worried me a litte bit. The first time my valkyrie never came in any bad situation and it was pretty clear that she would ascend. This time on the Astral Plane was much more exciting. Until I stood on the right altar I wasn't sure I would make it.

Great. The temple was Thoth's. I had a helm of opposite alignment but that couldn't make me neutral. So I rested, restored my low power and considered my options. With telepathy I saw too many liches around so I bless genocided L. Then I stood beside the door and let them coming, taking one priest at time. As Death appeared again I killed him with several blows and made a dash to the middle room.

Pestilence was annoying but no real threat. I had to kill him twice and the rest of the time my pets kept him away from me.

I entered the temple, closed the door, stood on the altar and it was the right one. I double checked that I had the right amulet, summoned as many pets as I could with my magic whistle, lit the Candelabrum and offered the Amulet to Anhur...--More--

An invisible choir sings, and you are bathed in radiance...--More--
The voice of Anhur thunders: "Congratulations, mortal!"--More--
"In return for thy service, I grant thee the gift of Immortality!"--More--
You ascend to the status of Demigod...--More--

Lessons learned

  1. Having the spell of remove curse and confused reading of scrolls of remove curse is an easy way to bless your inventory if you're short of (un)holy water.
  2. Using Elbereth to confine monsters to certain rooms is nice.
  3. If you have a cool pet (master lich), you can lose it if it grows in experience (Arch liches genocided)


Playing as a wizard is a completely different experience than playing a valkyrie. It took quite a time to get used to the differences in these two classes but I had to do almost as many Wizards as I had to do Valkyries to ascend. It took 70 Valkyries and 77 Wizards before I could ascend. I think I'll try next a pacificist or a Tourist.

Character dump

started: 14 Jun 2004 17:13
ended:   22 Jun 2004 19:10

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Schopenhau the Necromancer  St:18 Dx:22 Co:16 In:20 Wi:19 Ch:14  Chaotic        
Astral Plane $:2 HP:282(282) Pw:169(320) AC:-39 Exp:22 T:76475 Satiated Burdene 

Your inventory


g - the uncursed Eye of the Aethiopica
V - an uncursed amulet of life saving (being worn)


h - the blessed rustproof +2 Magicbane (alternate weapon; not wielded)
n - the blessed rustproof +7 Frost Brand (weapon in hand)


c - a blessed fireproof +5 cloak of magic resistance (being worn)
o - a blessed +5 silver dragon scale mail (being worn)
s - a blessed fireproof +4 pair of speed boots (being worn)
A - a blessed +4 helm of telepathy (being worn)
D - a blessed fireproof +5 T-shirt named Thoth and Ptah suck! (being worn)
U - a blessed fireproof +4 pair of gauntlets of dexterity (being worn)


u - the uncursed Book of the Dead


d - a blessed ring of regeneration (on left hand)
r - a blessed ring of levitation
F - a blessed ring of free action // never worn
G - a blessed ring of slow digestion (on right hand)
P - a blessed ring of conflict


q - a blessed +0 unicorn horn
t - a blessed magic whistle
w - a blessed bag of holding
x - a blessed blindfold
y - a blessed rusty skeleton key
N - the blessed Bell of Opening (0:2)
R - the blessed Candelabrum of Invocation (7 candles, lit)
X - a blessed oilskin sack named Souvenirs


v - a blessed luckstone

Contents of the bag of holding:


a blessed amulet of ESP // backup in case the Eye got stolen
a blessed amulet of life saving


a blessed +0 cloak of displacement
an uncursed -1 helm of opposite alignment

Comestibles // didn't need them at all, didn't meet Famine

2 uncursed lizard corpses
2 blessed lembas wafers
4 uncursed K-rations named Konserven
4 blessed lumps of royal jelly named Kuchen
4 blessed lumps of royal jelly named Schokolade
4 blessed lumps of royal jelly named Torte
4 blessed lumps of royal jelly named Schinken
4 blessed lumps of royal jelly named Salami
4 blessed lumps of royal jelly named Kekse


a blessed scroll of genocide
a blessed scroll of fire
an uncursed scroll of fire
a blessed scroll of enchant weapon
an uncursed scroll of enchant weapon
a blessed scroll of scare monster
an uncursed scroll of scare monster
a blessed scroll of charging
an uncursed scroll of stinking cloud
5 uncursed scrolls of remove curse
2 uncursed scrolls of taming
6 uncursed scrolls of magic mapping
a blessed scroll of blank paper
4 cursed scrolls of blank paper
14 uncursed scrolls of blank paper


an uncursed spellbook of magic missile
a blessed spellbook of charm monster
a blessed spellbook of magic mapping
a blessed spellbook of finger of death


2 potions of holy water named Fanta
3 potions of holy water named Rivella
2 potions of holy water named Sprite
2 potions of holy water named Cola
3 potions of holy water named Pepsi
8 blessed potions of full healing
9 uncursed potions of extra healing
an uncursed potion of object detection


a blessed +2 ring of protection
an uncursed +4 ring of increase damage


a wand of wishing (1:0)
a wand of magic missile (0:6)
a wand of magic missile (0:6)
a wand of death (0:4)
a wand of death (0:5)
a blessed wand of enlightenment (0:11)


a +0 pick-axe // backup for planes of Earth, forgot to drop it
a magic marker (0:17)
a blessed magic marker (1:3)
a blessed magic marker (1:50)
a blessed +0 unicorn horn
a blessed +0 unicorn horn
6 blessed wax candles
6 blessed tallow candles
an uncursed wax candle

Contents of the oilskin sack named Souvenirs:

a cheap plastic imitation of the Amulet of Yendor


the rustproof +0 Fire Brand
the blessed rustproof +1 Demonbane
the fireproof +0 Sting
the blessed rustproof +0 Sunsword
the rustproof +0 Trollsbane

The Nazgul rings

a cursed ring of invisibility
a cursed ring of invisibility
a cursed ring of invisibility
a cursed ring of invisibility
a cursed ring of invisibility


an uncursed flint stone
// snipped them, they appear below in the score list

Final attributes

  • You were the Glory of Arioch
  • 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 warned
  • You had infravision
  • You were invisible to others
  • You were stealthy
  • You aggravated monsters
  • You could teleport
  • You had teleport control
  • You had slower digestion
  • You regenerated
  • You were protected
  • You were very fast
  • You had reflection
  • Your life would have been saved
  • You were extremely lucky (13)
  • You had extra luck
  • Good luck did not time out for you
  • You survived after being killed once

Spells known in the end

Name LevelCategory Fail
a-force bolt 1attack 0%
b-magic missile 2attack 0%
c-sleep 1enchantment 0%
d-light 1divination 0%
e-healing 1*healing 0%
f-dig 5matter 90%
g-identify 3divination 0%
h-levitation 4escape 69%
i-detect monsters 1divination 0%
j-charm monster 3enchantment 0%
k-cure sickness 3healing 0%
l-magic mapping 5divination 0%
m-finger of death 7attack 0%
n-clairvoyance 3divination 0%
o-confuse monster 2enchantment 0%
p-cone of cold 4attack 0%
q-extra healing 3healing 0%
r-create monster 2clerical 0%
s-remove curse 3clerical 0%
t-fireball 4attack 0%
u-wizard lock 2matter 0%
v-cure blindness 2healing 0%
w-slow monster 2enchantment 0%
x-cancellation 7matter 100%
y-detect food 2divination 0%
z-detect unseen 3*divination 0%
A-turn undead 6*clerical 0%
B-restore ability 4healing 69%
C-knock 1matter 0%
D-haste self 3*escape 0%
E-jumping 1*escape 0%
F-teleport away 6*escape 100%
G-drain life 2*attack 0%
H-cause fear 3enchantment 0%
I-polymorph 6*matter 100%
J-create familiar 6clerical 0%
K-protection 1clerical 0%
L-invisibility 4escape 69%

Vanquished creatures

  • Asmodeus // he's such a wimp, I'll have to take on Demorgon sometime.
  • Baalzebub
  • Orcus
  • Juiblex
  • The Wizard of Yendor (thrice)
  • Death (twice)
  • Pestilence (twice)
  • an arch-lich (0 created)
  • a high priest (4 created)
  • 2 mastodons
  • Medusa
  • Croesus
  • 2 krakens (17 created)
  • an Archon (3 created) // nearly killed me with Sunsword
  • 4 master liches
  • 2 storm giants (6 created)
  • a titan (2 created)
  • 2 glass golems (3 created)
  • 3 balrogs
  • 5 purple worms (8 created)
  • 3 gray dragons (6 created)
  • 3 silver dragons
  • 3 red dragons (13 created)
  • 2 white dragons (5 created)
  • 5 black dragons (7 created)
  • 7 green dragons (9 created)
  • 17 minotaurs (25 created)
  • 3 jabberwocks (7 created)
  • The Dark One
  • 15 baluchitheria (21 created)
  • 7 Angels (26 created)
  • 3 demiliches (4 created)
  • Vlad the Impaler
  • 16 stone golems (17 created)
  • 2 master mind flayers (5 created)
  • 22 Olog-hai (13 created)
  • 5 Nazguls (6 created) // didn't saw Nr.6
  • ...
  • 12 mind flayers (14 created)
  • ...
  • 3 erinyes // got 'em all!
  • ...
  • 40 cockatrices (49 created)
  • ...
  • 36 chickatrices (43 created)
  • ...
  • 10 white unicorns
  • 10 gray unicorns
  • 2 black unicorns (7 created)
  • ...
  • 2 red naga hatchlings
  • 3 black naga hatchlings
  • a golden naga hatchling
  • a guardian naga hatchling // lowest single kill
  • 17 gray oozes (20 created)
  • ...
  • 35 floating eyes (42 created)
  • ...
  • 127 killer bees (132 created) // most whacked
  • ...
  • 15 newts (19 created)
  • 4566 creatures vanquished.

Genocided species:

  • liches
  • demiliches
  • master liches
  • arch-liches
  • 4 species genocided.

Voluntary challenges

  • You genocided 4 types of monsters
  • You never polymorphed an object
  • You never changed form
  • You used 5 wishes
  • You did not wish for any artifacts

Your skills at the end

Fighting Skills
Weapon Skills
long sword[Basic]
Spellcasting Skills
attack spells[Expert]
divination spells[Expert]
enchantment spells[Skilled]
clerical spells[Skilled]
Goodbye Schopenhauer the Demigod...
You and the giant beetle and the giant ant and the giant ant 
and the giant beetle and the giant ant and the giant beetle and the owlbear
went to your reward with 5362554 points,
The Eye of the Aethiopica (worth 4000 zorkmids and 10000 points)
Magicbane (worth 3500 zorkmids and 8750 points)
Frost Brand (worth 3000 zorkmids and 7500 points)
The Book of the Dead (worth 10000 zorkmids and 25000 points)
The Bell of Opening (worth 5000 zorkmids and 12500 points)
The Candelabrum of Invocation (worth 5000 zorkmids and 12500 points)
Demonbane (worth 2500 zorkmids and 6250 points)
Sting (worth 800 zorkmids and 2000 points)
Fire Brand (worth 3000 zorkmids and 7500 points)
Sunsword (worth 1500 zorkmids and 3750 points)
Trollsbane (worth 200 zorkmids and 500 points)
16 fluorite stones (worth 6400 zorkmids),
12 amethyst stones (worth 7200 zorkmids),
9 opals (worth 7200 zorkmids),
9 garnet stones (worth 6300 zorkmids),
8 diamonds (worth 32000 zorkmids),
8 emeralds (worth 20000 zorkmids),
7 rubies (worth 24500 zorkmids),
6 jacinth stones (worth 19500 zorkmids),
5 black opals (worth 12500 zorkmids),
5 topaz stones (worth 4500 zorkmids),
5 jade stones (worth 1500 zorkmids),
3 aquamarine stones (worth 4500 zorkmids),
3 jasper stones (worth 1500 zorkmids),
2 turquoise stones (worth 4000 zorkmids),
2 amber stones (worth 2000 zorkmids),
2 jet stones (worth 1700 zorkmids),
2 chrysoberyl stones (worth 1400 zorkmids),
2 agate stones (worth 400 zorkmids),
1 dilithium crystal (worth 4500 zorkmids),
2 amulets of life saving (worth 300 zorkmids),
1 amulet of ESP (worth 150 zorkmids),
1 cheap plastic imitation of the Amulet of Yendor (worth 0 zorkmids),
and 2 pieces of gold, after 76475 moves.
Killer: ascended
You were level 22 with a maximum of 282 hit points when you ascended.

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