Spacewars fighter

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The Spacewars Fighter is a role specific to Slash'EM Extended. They can be any race or alignment.

Spacewars Fighters start with sub-par equipment, but they can learn quite some techniques, most melee weapon skills and all spellcasting skills.

The Spacewars Fighter quest sees you fighting Arabella for the Helm of Storms.

Starting Equipment

Techniques

Spacewars Fighters gain techniques at these experience levels:

Skills

Spacewars Fighter Skills
Max Skills
Expert


Gods

Main article: Religion
  • Lawful: Lady Ariane
  • Neutral: Lord Stahngnir
  • Chaotic: Sven Fanara

Spacewars Fighter rank titles

The status line shows you to be one of the following ranks when you reach the specified experience level:

  • XL 1-2: Roguelike Beginner
  • XL 3-5: Dungeon Explorer
  • XL 6-9: Sword Swinger
  • XL 10-13: Burly Combatant
  • XL 14-17: Heroic Mage
  • XL 18-21: Battlemage
  • XL 22-25: Spellsword
  • XL 26-29: Nightblade
  • XL 30: King's True Heir

Strategy

Spacewars Fighters have a hard early game thanks to their low-quality starting equipment. They should try to get better weapons soon, as well as some spellbooks. A Spacewars Fighter can gain weapon skill for almost all melee weapons; ranged combat will probably have to be done either with spells (magic missile for example, if the book can be found) or daggers/spears.

The Spacewars Fighter quest is a difficult quest that may require some preparation and special equipment. Traversing the quest levels will be much easier with a pick-axe, wand of digging, regular axe, a means of (preferably controlled) teleportation, cursed potions of gain level and possibly a way to walk through walls. Also, Arabella is a very dangerous quest nemesis that can cast a lot of spells, and up to four extra nemesis monsters (bonus bosses which aren't required to kill, but which will constantly try to annoy the player) may appear as well. On the other hand, the player may encounter a powerful ally on the quest goal level. The Helm of Storms is the quest artifact helmet that gives magic resistance and half physical damage when worn; this also applies if Arabella is the one wearing it, making the fight against her much harder.

Origin

The Spacewars Fighter role is based on some obscure book about a fictitious roguelike, named Marc's Abenteuer (written in German; the title means "Marc's Adventure"); quest design, leader and nemesis as well as their speech, and the names of the gods are heavily influenced by that book. The name "Spacewars Fighter" is a nod to the roguelike described in that book, which is called SPACE WARS (but no roguelike with that name actually exists).

Starting equipment, quest level design and the nemeses' special abilities as well as the quest artifact are also based on Castle of the Winds, a roguelike game for Windows 3.1 (but it also runs on Windows XP and other newer operating systems). Upon death, in addition to the usual DYWYPI message, the game displays the original Castle of the Winds death message if a Spacewars Fighter dies.