Plane of Earth
|Plane of Earth|
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The Plane of Earth is ineligible to leave bones files. The entire level is no-teleport and has an undiggable floor.
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Most of the level is filled with solid rock, with some caverns scattered around as shown above. You will start the level in the bottom-right cavern. The portal to the Plane of Air is randomly placed in one of the other caverns. As of 3.6.0 there are additional single square caverns scattered around randomly in which the portal may also be.
When you enter the level the Wizard of Yendor will make his only mandatory reappearance (helpfully carrying a spellbook of dig). There is also an Elvenking carrying a pick-axe and a Minotaur with a wand of digging nearby. The remainder of the level contains 27 earth elementals, eight rock trolls, five stone giants, five pit vipers, three barbed devils, three pit fiends, a rock piercer, an umber hulk, a dust vortex, four stone golems, a scorpion, and a minotaur, distributed fairly evenly among the caverns.
The Plane of Earth is the most straightforward of the planes. Once the wizard has been dispatched the only real challenge is locating the portal. Most of the monsters should pose no real threat to an ascension-worthy character. Note however that the many earth elementals are much tougher than those generated in the dungeons. They will phase through the solid rock to get to you and if you dig slowly they may surround you, slowing your progress. Conflict could help with this. A good alternative is to turn into a phasing monster yourself, which will enable you to move around rapidly; the usual polyselfing caveats apply.
The portal can be located by the usual methods - scroll of gold detection, wand of secret door detection, spell of detect unseen, wearing the Amulet, and so on. Players who lack a confusion source for their scrolls of gold detection might want to seek out the umber hulk in the center of the level, as with some careful manipulation it is possible to enter the Plane of Air confused as well. If one lacks such resources it is possible, though much slower, to locate the portal by physically visiting each cavern and searching or walking over every square. Having the automatic searching intrinsic or extrinsic will be useful for this.
Digging with a pick axe or mattock should be avoided on this level if possible, not only because it is much slower than wands or spells of digging, but also because it will sometimes generate earth elementals and xorns. ("The debris from your digging comes to life!")  If you must resort to this, you should always use a blessed pick - if you do so, there is a 1 in 3 chance that "A mysterious force creates a/extends the cave around you!", clearing rock from a small area around your character. Otherwise, there is a 1 in 6 chance (1 in 4 if the pick is cursed) that "Crash! The ceiling collapses around you!", causing a like small area around you to cave in, slowing progress.
The single wand of digging dropped by the minotaur may not be sufficient to reach the portal, especially if exploration is required. Therefore, bringing a few wands of your own (or a source of charging) is strongly recommended.
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