Old Gypsy woman

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The old Gypsy woman is a monster added in the Noble patch, implemented in dNetHack, Slash'EM Extended, and SLASHTHEM. She is the quest leader for the default Noble quest—the quest which human, vampiric and incantifier Nobles receive in dNetHack, and all Nobles receive in Slash'EM Extended and SLASHTHEM.

She is unusual among quest leaders in that, while the quest text seems to imply that she is an ally and possibly a past mentor to the player, like other quest leaders, she does not belong to the same "role" as the player—that is to say, she is not a Noble herself. She is not generated on the throne in the home level, as that belongs to you, and she considers it a cruel joke to be offered the quest artifact, the symbol of your authority. ("How cruel you are to taunt an old woman. My curse, the curse of all my kin, prevents me from ever finding a home of my own.")

Although the old Gypsy woman is incorporated into Slash'EM Extended and SLASHTHEM as the Noble quest leader, she does not provide fortune-telling services like a SLASH'EM gypsy—though her messages do incorporate the use of Tarot cards.


Reference: Chris' Noble Patch