Cheap plastic imitation of the Amulet of Yendor
imitation of the
Amulet of Yendor
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The cheap plastic imitation of the Amulet of Yendor (CPIoAoY) is an amulet that exists solely to confuse you. It appears as the "Amulet of Yendor" when unidentified. It has a 50% chance of being generated on the Rogue level (this one will be pre-identified as a fake) and a 50% chance of being in the inventory of a double-troubled Wizard of Yendor when you don't have the amulet (with a 0% chance when you do). Player monsters on the Astral Plane all carry one, which is presumably why they're stuck there.
It has no effect when worn. It can be considered one of the most useless items, next to iron chains. However, it can be polymorphed into a more useful amulet. Offering one of these on a high altar carries a penalty of -1 luck. However, if the amulet was identified as a fake, the penalty is instead -3 luck, -1 alignment and your god getting angry by 3.
Every plastic imitation besides the one on the Rogue level must be individually identified to distinguish it from the real Amulet of Yendor; the cheap plastic imitation can also be distinguished from the real Amulet of Yendor by trying to put it into a container, as the real Amulet will resist. Wishing for the Amulet of Yendor gives you a plastic imitation instead (unless you are in wizard mode). If the real Amulet is left in a bones file, it gets converted to a cursed fake amulet.