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Croesus, @, is the rich owner of the Fort Ludios and of all vaults. He resides on a throne in the right half of Fort Ludios and can eliminate low-level characters quite easily with his two-handed sword. Avoiding facing him in melee combat is a good idea for a mid-level character, as he can hit rather hard, has speed 15, and doesn't respect Elbereth. Croesus is susceptible to the effects of a wand of sleep, after which he is more easily disposed of. Characters that are ready to go to the Castle should be able to deal with him, provided they exercise sufficient caution. His name can also be spelled Kroisos and, if your game has Tourists, as Creosote, after a Discworld character based on Croesus.

Because Croesus cannot swim, there are some simple strategies for defeating him based on ranged attacks; if you repeatedly hit him with non-cold-based attacks from across Fort Ludios' moat, he has no method of retaliation unless he happens to spawn with an attack wand (which he can use no more proficiently than the other human denizens of Ludios), and will eventually die to the cumulative chipping away of your ranged attacks. Cold-based attacks will freeze the moat, which gives an alternative method of defeating him: freeze the moat, wait for him to step onto it, then use a fire-based attack to melt the water again and drown him. (Even a low-level character can defeat Croesus this way, unless he gets two actions in a row (which will happen in 1 out of every 4 turns) and crosses the moat before you have an opportunity to melt the ice.)

A player character named Croesus (Kroisos, Creosote) can tell guards that his name is Croesus (Kroisos, Creosote) without incurring an alignment penalty for lying.

Encyclopaedia entry

Croesus (in Greek: Kroisos), the wealthy last king of Lydia;
his empire was destroyed when he attacked Cyrus in 549, after
the Oracle of Delphi (q.v.) had told him: "if you attack the
Persians, you will destroy a mighty empire". Herodotus
relates of his legendary conversation with Solon of Athens,
who impressed upon him that being rich does not imply being
happy and that no one should be considered fortunate before
his death.

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