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DeathOnAStick is a NetHack player, famous in the NetHack community for their year-and-a-half-long game on, which ran from 2004-04-17 to 2005-11-27. They spent much of this time arduously polypiling rocks into gems and collecting pet giants to carry the abundant bags of gems for them.

After killing the Wizard of Yendor on dungeon level 1 and despite already being at experience level 30, they drank a potion of gain level found on his corpse. It was cursed, as it turned out.

Upon reaching the Plane of Earth, they desperately checked their inventory, and indeed they were carrying no gems. At this point, they went idle for 38 seconds. A few of their entourage of giants had been close enough to be dragged into the Planes with them, but they were either killed off or left behind at the inter-plane portals. Ultimately, the only gems DeathOnAStick had at their ascension were 2 dilithium crystals found on the Astral Plane.

They tried again years later, ascending after 405 hours on August 16, 2010 with over 8,000 gems.

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