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The Musician's main advantage is its starting inventory, consisting of every type of magical musical instrument.
- SLASHTHEM u_init.c line 2144 in v. 0.8
- XL 7: Stealth
- A +0 fedora
- A +2 Hawaiian shirt
- A magic flute
- A magic harp
- A drum of earthquake
- A frost horn
- A fire horn
SLASHTHEM has a slightly different set of rank titles:
- XL 1-2: Whistler
- XL 3-5: Drummer
- XL 6-9: Fiddler
- XL 10-13: Singer
- XL 14-17: Entertainer
- XL 18-21: Concertist
- XL 22-25: Meistersinger/Primadonna
- XL 26-29: Conductor
- XL 30: Virtuoso
SlashTHEM role.c line 946
The quest sees the Musician fighting Draco the Sharpshooter for the Harp of Harmony, a lawful magic harp which grants warning, stealth, and drain resistance while carried, and speaks a random rumor when played. It can be invoked to tame monsters.
- SlashTHEM artilist.h line 674
- Lawful: Donblas
- Neutral: Grome
- Chaotic: Arioch
The Musician's first appearance was in SLASH'EM precursor NetHack-- 3.0.10, as one of nine new roles in addition to the twelve in the contemporary version of NetHack. The discussion thread in which the authors first announced the variant suggests that some of the new roles were taken from a list proposing a role for every letter of the alphabet. See here for the relevant post.
After the release of NetHack 3.1.3 in 1993, NetHack-- was updated to NetHack-- 3.1.3 by porting some of the changes from NetHack-- 3.0.10 into a patch for the newest version. Due to some changes in the vanilla code, however, some content was removed to improve compatibility with NetHack. Most significantly, NetHack 3.1 had seen the addition of the Quest branch. To avoid the challenge of fitting full-length quests for the roles that had been added in NetHack-- 3.0.10 into the patch code, those roles were simply left out of the patch.
The Musician role, along with the other eight new roles in NetHack-- 3.0.10, made its reappearance in the variant SlashTHEM.
- NetHack-- 3.0.10 attrib.c line 77
- NetHack-- 3.0.10 u_init.c line 195
- Bard - another music-themed role, from a patch to NetHack 3.4.3