Forum:YAFM followed by YASD

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I stepped on a polymorph trap on Medusa's level with polymorph control, and chose to polymorph into a vampire lord. After dispatching Medusa, I broke Perseus's statue and found the shield of reflection. This should have allowed me to swap out my amulet of reflection for an amulet of life saving, but I discovered it didn't. I tried to wear the shield to uncurse it, but "You can't handle your shield of reflection." TDTTOE; vampires can't wear anything made of silver.

So I stayed a vampire lord for the fighting power and AC, intending to switch shields and amulets when my polymorph timed out. But before that happened, "The black blade draws the life force from the cockatrice! You bite the cockatrice! You turn to stone. DYWYPI?" Grabiner (talk) 04:13, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

Yup, I suspect the vampires' and mind flayers' vulnerability to cockatrices was a deliberate balancing feature, because otherwise those polyforms would be almost strictly superior to your original form. Tomsod (talk) 19:03, 31 December 2018 (UTC)