Forum:Help me solve this Rodney mystery!

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Hey everyone, I've been playing NetHack on and off for 20 years, I've got a bunch of ascensions under my belt and I'm going for my first wish-lessons now. Something happened today which I'd never seen happen, ever before. Can you help explain it?

I was in Gehennom on my way up, when Rodney attacked me. Boom, he took my amulet of Yendor AND the eye of aethiopica. Arch-lich cursed my bag of holding so I had to drop it and my holy water potions boiled from a fire beam. I was losing HP fast to all the nasties, and was trying to charm as many of them as I could. But it was a losing fight. My HP and spell points went all the way down to 5. So then I sandwiched myself between a yellow dragon and a wall until I could recover HP. Then I ventured out and... No Wizard.

I was pretty far away from the up staircase, so I knew it couldn't be that the wizard had gone upstairs. But where was he? Why wasn't he trying to kill me?

I finally reached the up staircase. There, right on top of the staircase, I saw... TAH-DAH the dead wizard along with my two amulets.

So what gives? What killed the wizard as he was waiting 100 squares away from me on the up staircase? Is it something I did which had a delayed reaction? Did he reflect a death ray unti himself? No, since he was wearing the eye. I'll never know.

Any ideas? 08:19, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Maybe something was blocking him from warping, such as something on the staircase? Jubilex (talk) 12:50, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Perhaps there was another monster that wanted the Amulet on the level. It would have attacked Rodney for it, probably damaging him faster than he heals, and Rodney wouldn't be able to fight back because he has no attacks that function in monster-vs.-monster combat. The hard thing here is explaining why the other monster didn't take the Amulet after he died, though. Ais523 (talk) 10:36, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

The other monster probably did take the Amulet of Yendor, and the one with Rodney is a cheap imitation. -- 15:26, 8 September 2015 (UTC)