Forum:A black dragon at Mines? Really?

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I was a human lawful Valkyrie. I felt confident for Gnomish Mines. I even had a plate mail at the early game, and since I like to do two-weapon combat, I chose a random pick-axe as a second weapon. I got both long sword skill and pick-axe skill to Skilled, and was happy doing two-weapon combat. And when I got past Minetown and going to Mine's End...

... A dark red 'D' appeared. I thought, Dark red D? It must be just a baby dragon, is it? Let's farlook it.

black dragon

Wait, it's an adult? And black? Black? BLACK???? OH SHI-

(I use dark red (#6D0000) as dark grey.)

I nearly panicked. Since I possessed neither disintegration resistance nor reflection, I decided to melee it, because dragons never use their breath weapon to adjacent enemies. But I had no chance to it, even a prayer didn't help. DYWYPI?

Moral of the story #1: A pick-axe is not a good choice for the second weapon.
Moral of the story #2: Dip for Excalibur first.
Moral of the story #3: You can escape an enemy while avoiding its line of fire.

Besides, I was only XL 7 at that time. It must be unlikely such high-level monster to appear there, right? Have you ever had such an experience? --NDos (talk) 13:19, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

That was most likely caused by a polymorph trap or a chameleon. I've seen silver dragons on the Mines before; unfortunately I died before I could get scales from it. - Andrio Celos (talk) 13:22, 28 April 2018 (UTC)