The Crown of Saint Edward

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[   The Crown of Saint Edward   Etched helmet.png
Base item helm of telepathy
Affiliation
When carried
When worn extrinsic telepathy
When invoked (none)
Base price 5000 zm
Weight 50

The Crown of Saint Edward is the yeoman quest artifact in SLASH'EM. It is a lawful helm of telepathy which also provides magic resistance and half spell damage when carried.

Strategy

For yeomen

As is true for other roles whose quest artifacts provide magic resistance, yeomen will not want to rely on the Crown as their only source of magic resistance. Losing your only source of magic resistance to a (now magic resistant) Wizard of Yendor can be a game-ending mistake. Most yeomen will probably want to wear the Crown, however, since the extrinsic telepathy is useful and yeomen are unlikely to be spellcasters.

For others

In SLASH'EM, the Crown is one of five lawful quest artifacts which provide magic resistance, the other four being the Orb of Detection, The Magic Mirror of Merlin , the Sceptre of Might, and the Stake of Van Helsing. A lawful player who wants to gain magic resistance from a quest artifact would certainly not wish for the Orb: the Crown provides all the same intrinsics at one third the weight (although to gain extrinsic telepathy, you must equip it in your helmet slot). The Crown's chief benefit is that it provides half spell damage, which is useful for resisting the psi bolts and item curses that the many new spellcasters in SLASH'EM will throw at you. The Mirror is the lightest (although not by much) and does provide slotless extrinsic telepathy, but this is definitely not as good as half spell damage. The Sceptre is still a worthy choice with its slotless and hungerless conflict, but it has been downgraded from doing double damage against cross-aligned monsters to only doing an extra 5 damage against them. The Stake is a fine weapon (it does a flat extra 12 damage against all monsters), but provides no extrinsics other than magic resistance. One must thus choose which is most important: conflict (the Sceptre), a good weapon (the Stake), or half spell damage (the Crown). The Mirror would probably only be worth wishing for if you already had the Crown, just had to have extrinsic telepathy, and wanted to wear a helm of brilliance around (for spellcasting) or if you are making occasional use of a helm of opposite alignment or polymorphed into a form that cannot wear helms (the Crown will blast you every time you put it on).

Origin

The crown of Saint Edward is the actual name of the crown of the monarch of Great Britain.

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