Amulet of strangulation
Wearing an amulet of strangulation quickly strangles you to death, even if you have the breathless property. You will be strangled in six turns. Removing it nullifies the effect; however, most of these amulets are generated cursed.
There is a 13.5% chance that a randomly-generated amulet will be an amulet of strangulation. This amulet is generated cursed 90.5% of the time, uncursed 9% of the time, and blessed .5% of the time.
This amulet auto-identifies when worn.
|Message||Alt. message||Turns left to live|
|"It constricts your throat!"||"It constricts your throat!"||5|
|"You find it hard to breathe."||"Your neck is becoming constricted."||4|
|"You're gasping for air."||"Your blood is having trouble reaching your brain."||3|
|"You can no longer breathe."||"The pressure on your neck increases."||2|
|"You're turning blue."||"Your consciousness is fading."||1|
|"You suffocate."||"You suffocate."||0|
This amulet is dangerous. It is the main reason you shouldn't put on amulets without knowing their BUC status. If cursed, you can pray (assuming it is safe) to have it destroyed. If you find a noncursed amulet of strangulation, though, it can be easily identified and taken off.
Eating this amulet chokes you to death immediately, with a 1/20 chance of survival, providing you are not breathless.
If cursed and you have a wand of cancellation you can zap yourself to uncurse the amulet and then safely remove it. Of course this will also affect all other items in your inventory so if you have time you may want to drop everything except the wand of cancellation and then zap yourself.
If you do manage to get the amulet off, your strength is still abused.
- do_wear.c in NetHack 3.6.0, line 730
- do_wear.c in NetHack 3.6.0, line 733
- timeout.c in NetHack 3.6.0, line 142
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