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( Bag.png
Name sack
Appearance bag
Base price 2 zm
Weight 15
Material cloth
Monster use Will not be used by monsters.

A sack is the simplest kind of container. It merely stores items; its main function is to avoid the 52-item inventory limit, though it also protects its contents from fire, cold and other kinds of damage. It is extremely cheap.

When non-greased sacks get wet, their contents may get wet. Greasing the sack protects against this, but the grease may wear off. Sacks should be upgraded to an Oilskin sack or preferably a bag of holding as soon as possible. Many players, however, keep a sack to protect a wand of cancellation that can be used to uncurse their bag of holding if necessary. Since wands are not adversely affected by water, an oilskin sack is not necessary for this purpose.

While a simple sack may seem a useless item to drag along, nested sacks with a bag of holding at the core also offer the possibility of reducing the weight of loot for extra points when you ascend. See the bag of holding entry for more on this tactic.

Encyclopedia entry

"Now, this third handkerchief," Mein Herr proceeded, "has also
four edges, which you can trace continuously round and round:
all you need do is to join its four edges to the four edges of
the opening. The Purse is then complete, and its outer
"I see!" Lady Muriel eagerly interrupted. "Its outer surface
will be continuous with its inner surface! But it will take
time. I'll sew it up after tea." She laid aside the bag, and
resumed her cup of tea. "But why do you call it Fortunatus's
Purse, Mein Herr?"
The dear old man beamed upon her, with a jolly smile, looking
more exactly like the Professor than ever. "Don't you see,
my child--I should say Miladi? Whatever is inside that Purse,
is outside it; and whatever is outside it, is inside it. So
you have all the wealth of the world in that leetle Purse!"

[ Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, by Lewis Carroll ]