Forum:A black dragon at Mines? Really?
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.
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.