Quest artifact

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A quest artifact is a special artifact that you retrieve from your role's quest nemesis. You need not even pick up your quest artifact to ascend, but you must somehow defeat your nemesis for the Bell of Opening, so you might as well pick it up.

Each quest artifact has a default alignment; your own quest artifact will be adjusted to your alignment. All quest artifacts are intelligent artifacts, therefore you can only pick up a quest artifact that you share a role and/or alignment with. You cannot wish for your own role's quest artifact. Also, don't wish for a cross-aligned quest artifact unless you intend to convert yourself.

Finally, each quest artifact has a few special effects. For example, The Orb of Fate not only invokes for a levelport, but it also halves any physical damage you receive. Since The Orb of Fate is also a crystal ball, you can also apply it to get the normal crystal ball search-for-a-glyph effect. See the entry for a particular artifact to find out all of its effects.

Role Quest artifact Base item type Alignment Carry effect Apply effect Invoke effect Wield/Wear effect
Archeologist The Orb of Detection crystal ball Lawful magic resistance, telepathy, half spell damage crystal ball selective object detection toggles invisibility
Barbarian The Heart of Ahriman luckstone Neutral stealth, luckstone toggles levitation double damage and +d5 to-hit when slung
Caveman The Sceptre of Might mace Lawful magic resistance toggles conflict double damage to cross-aligned, +d5 to-hit
Healer The Staff of Aesculapius quarterstaff Neutral heal half HP damage, cures sickness; blindness; sliming double damage to non drain resistant, +d8 damage to non non drain resistant, level drain attack, hungerless regeneration, drain resistance
Knight The Magic Mirror of Merlin mirror Lawful magic resistance, telepathy, Knights do double damage with certain wands and spells. gives random rumor, reflect gaze attacks, other mirror effects
Monk The Eyes of the Overworld pair of lenses Neutral magic resistance enlightenment astral vision; protects against the stunning and blinding effects of the Archon's gaze attack; overrides all blindness; prevents blindness from ravens, black naga, and cobras (like normal lenses.)
Priest The Mitre of Holiness helm of brilliance Lawful fire resistance restores approximately half your lost power, up to a maximum of 120[1] half damage from undead and demons (only for priests), helm of brilliance intelligence and wisdom boost
Ranger The Longbow of Diana bow Chaotic telepathy creates a small amount of arrows reflection, +d5 to-hit
Rogue The Master Key of Thievery skeleton key Chaotic warning, teleport control, half physical damage gives random rumor, lock and unlock objects untrap doors and containers without fail
Samurai The Tsurugi of Muramasa tsurugi Lawful luckstone bisection, +d8 damage, +2 to-hit
Tourist The Platinum Yendorian Express Card credit card Neutral magic resistance, telepathy, half spell damage unlock objects charges an item
Valkyrie The Orb of Fate crystal ball Neutral warning, half spell damage, half physical damage, luckstone crystal ball selective object detection levelport
Wizard The Eye of the Aethiopica amulet of ESP Neutral magic resistance, faster energy regeneration, half spell damage branchport telepathy


Slash'EM[edit]

Role Quest artifact Base item type Alignment Invoke effect
Flame Mage The Candle of Eternal Flame magic candle Neutral summon a fire elemental
Ice Mage The Storm Whistle magic whistle Lawful summon a water elemental
Necromancer The Great Dagger of Glaurgnaa great dagger Chaotic energy boost
Undead Slayer The Stake of Van Helsing wooden stake Lawful
Yeoman The Crown of Saint Edward helm of telepathy Lawful

UnNetHack[edit]

Role Quest artifact Base item type Alignment Invoke effect
Convict The Iron Ball of Liberation heavy iron ball Neutral Temporary phasing; chains self to player

References[edit]

  1. Artifact.c, line 1238