Ancient of blessings
Ancients of blessings are a possible inhabitant of an ancient-nupperibo-hellish seal. They are notable for the high potential melee damage from their many weapon attacks, the high potential damage to your armor and weapon enchantments, and their difficult-to-resist breath attack.
An ancient of blessings inhales blessings and exhales misfortune.
"Tiny light-blue sparks rise around you."
The inhalation affects one valid target within 4 squares of the ancient at random. A target must not be a demon and have at least one blessed item in open inventory or have some other "blessing." The player character is considered to be blessed if:
- Luck is greater than -7.
- Protection is greater than -7.
- Intrinsic to-hit bonus is greater than 0.
- Intrinsic damage bonus is greater than 0.
- Intrinsic carry-cap bonus is greater than 0.
Monsters are considered to be blessed if their encouragement bonus is greater than -7.
The ancient attempts to consume one blessing per 3 levels (5 blessings for a typical ancient). Consuming a blessing from the player, in order of preference:
- Curses one blessed item in open inventory.
- Reduces luck by 1 point per blessing to be consumed.
- Reduces protection by 1 point per blessing to be consumed.
- Reduces intrinsic to-hit bonus by 1 point per blessing to be consumed.
- Reduces intrinsic damage bonus by 1 point per blessing to be consumed.
- Reduces intrinsic carry-cap bonus by 10 aum per blessing to be consumed.
Consuming a blessing from a monster curses one blessed item in open inventory or reduces encouragement bonus by 1.
"The ancient of blessings's halo flares and casts blades of light in all directions!"
The ancient casts open wounds on all hostile targets in line-of-sight. How unfortunate.
dNetHack ancients are very loosely based on D&D Ancient Baatorians. Only two examples of ancient baatorians were actually encountered during the period in which they were introduced: a nupperibo with constitution-draining tentacles (stated to be a metamorphosing, larval baatorian) and a shapeless thing that inhales light/reflectivity and life and exhales darkness. There were also said to be spined creatures frozen deep under the ice in Cania. A later source claimed that Zargon was another ancient baatorian, but Zargon originated over a decade before the later idea of ancient baatorians (and over two decades before the source tying them together) and is obviously unrelated.