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If a monster is standing on a < and you're standing on the corresponding >, will items thrown down the stairs have a chance to harm the monster?

Wizard mode: wish for lava while standing on stairs, then zap it with wand of cold. The stairs still function, but you can't see them unless you : while on them or step on with another item. Is there anyway to make them visible again? Aeronflux 23:43, 19 July 2009 (UTC)

No, and no. --Tjr 15:21, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

Telling apart stairs in a branch

If there are two flights of stairs up, is there any way of telling them apart without actually using them? Say, one leads Vlad's, the other to Orcus (and you don't have an instakill ready). I used to think covetous monsters only port to the intra-branch stairs, but that doesn't seem to be the case. --Tjr 15:21, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

From what I've observed a covetous monster will only go to the main staircase. It'd be much more difficult to kill arch liches otherwise; they could just keep warping between the two upstairs. If that's not the case there's likely no other option than to just go up te stairs. You should be able to damage orcus enough in one hit to cause him to teleport away, and if you haven't been to his map he should have 0 movement points at the start. -- Qazmlpok 15:31, 21 May 2011 (UTC)