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Base item runesword
Damage vs. small 2d4 +x1 fire and/or +1x cold
Damage vs. large 1d6+1 +x1 fire and/or +1x cold
To-hit bonus +1d8
Bonus versus monsters without fire resistance
and/or cold resistance
Weapon skill runesword
Size one-handed
When carried


When wielded
  • fire resistance
  • cold resistance
  • protects inventory from fire and cold damage
  • chance of 3x3 elemental explosion
When invoked


Base price 15000 zm
Weight 27
Material gemstone

Dichotomy is an artifact weapon that appears in EvilHack. It is unaligned, and its base item is a runesword made of gemstone.


Dichotomy can only be created by combining Fire Brand and Frost Brand at a forge - it cannot be wished for, and will revert to its base item if left in a bones file.


Dichotomy has +1d8 to-hit and deals additional fire and/or cold damage against monsters that do not have fire resistance or cold resistance, potentially destroying items vulnerable to either element in their open inventory: against targets that lack both resistances, there is a chance that Dichotomy will cause an additional 3x3 explosion of fire or cold centered on the target monster. While wielded, it confers fire resistance, cold resistance, and protects open inventory from fire and cold damage.

Encyclopedia entry

A powerful runesword that is in perpetual conflict, a forced
mating of Fire and Ice.

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