Sharpened pencil

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Name sharpened pencil
Appearance sharpened pencil
Damage vs. small 1d2
Damage vs. large 1d2
To-hit bonus +0
Weapon skill dagger
Size one-handed
Base price 4 zm
(+10/positive
enchant)
Weight 10
Material wood

A sharpened pencil is the starting "weapon" for the Graduate role in SLASHTHEM, carried over from the Geek role in NetHack-- 3.0.10 (not to be confused with the Geek role in NetHack: The Next Generation). (The Slash'EM Extended Graduate gets a spoon instead.)

As a weapon, the sharpened pencil uses the dagger skill, but only deals 1d2 damage to large and small monsters alike, making it inferior to a real dagger. Its redeeming quality is that it can be used to engrave without getting dull, making it a kind of poor hacker's athame. This means that Graduates can reliably engrave Elbereth from the start of their game. Even after they find a better weapon, they may wish to keep the pencil as an engraving tool, fireproofing it if desired.

Pencils cannot be used to write scrolls; a magic marker is still required to do that.

References

  • NetHack-- 3.0.10 objects.c line 200
  • SLASHTHEM u_init.c line 265