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Excalibur and princes

From experience, wielding excalibur prevents bribery both at level generation and initial meeting. The prince is normally generated peaceful but I've seen them generated hostile according to telepathy if I was wielding ex. And if he was peaceful but I approach wielding ex, he goes hostile. I could be misremembering and I can't test this as I don't have wizard mode for a few days. -- Qazmlpok 00:45, 26 December 2010 (UTC)

Yes, the relevant source code lines seem to be makemon.c, line 1050 for level generation and minion.c, line 147 for meeting. --Ilmari Karonen 11:20, 26 December 2010 (UTC)

Bribing soldiers

It does not seem to be possible to bribe soldiers via the #chat command like this article states, but the throwing of gold does work. --Kdgarris 18:44, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Indeed. I'm not seeing anything special in the source code beyond multiple messages when #chatting. -- Qazmlpok 21:30, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Minetown Watch

Do I remember correctly that pacifying a shopkeeper in Minetown will also pacify any angry watchpeople? Perhaps there should be a note. -- 12:45, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

Agreed. I went ahead and added it. -Ion frigate (talk) 15:30, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

Demon princes?

But how much will demon princes demand? 21-80 times your visible gold divided by 100; half as much if you match the prince's alignment? I tried carrying 1 gold, which made him angry; with 2, he asked for 1.__Train (talk) 12:21, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

I was wondering how little gold I could get away with carrying in open inventory for demon bribes. Amazed that you can actually pay them off with a single zorkmid (assuming you're carrying two). I'll have to try that next time. Funcrunch (talk) 06:34, 13 March 2016 (UTC)
5 if cross aligned, 10 if coaligned. Anything smaller has a chance of becoming 0 after division (which rounds down). 1 visible gold will always yield a bribe of 0 (and therefore make the demon angry). 2 visible gold will make him angry 37.5% of the time (98.8% if coaligned). -- Qazmlpok (talk) 14:31, 13 March 2016 (UTC)
Good to know. Since I generally don't carry any money below the Valley of the Dead, I've gotten in the habit of just picking up the first pile of gold pieces I see when I arrive on Asmodeus and Baalzebub's levels. I didn't even know they were bribable for a long time because in my early games I was usually wielding Excalibur. Funcrunch (talk) 18:40, 13 March 2016 (UTC)