The Great Dagger of Glaurgnaa

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Base item great dagger
Damage vs. small 1d6 +4 + level drain
Damage vs. large 1d7 +4 + level drain
To-hit bonus +2 +8
Bonus versus cross-aligned
Weapon skill dagger
Size one-handed
Affiliation
When carried
When wielded
When invoked
Base price 50000 zm
Weight 20
Material Iron

In SLASH'EM, The Great Dagger of Glaurgnaa is the Necromancer quest artifact. Its attack can drain life, indicated by the message "The Great Dagger of Glaurgnaa draws the life from (target)!" When carried, it grants magic resistance. It can be invoked to boost energy, similar to the Mitre of Holiness.

Strategy

As a weapon, the Great Dagger of Glaurgnaa is weaker than many chaotic artifacts, including the Necromancer's first guaranteed sacrifice gift, Serpent's Tongue. For comparison, a +7 Great Dagger of Glaurgnaa will do, on average vs. non-chaotics, 3.5 base + 4 cross-aligned bonus + 7 enchantment bonus = 14.5 damage vs. small and 15 damage vs. large foes plus level drain, and only 10.5/11 vs. chaotic foes; a +7 Serpent's Tongue will do (2.5 base + 7 enchantment bonus) x 2 = 19 vs. small and 18 vs. large regardless of alignment, PLUS an additional ~10 average damage and 10% instakill versus non-poison resistant foes. While the Great Dagger of Glaurgnaa may be marginally stronger if you haven't found any scrolls of enchant weapon, most Necromancers who are able to defeat Maugneshaagar will have better options for fighting. Its key benefits are the magic resistance it grants and the energy boost it provides. Because of these, it is a popular wish for chaotic spellcasters in SLASH'EM, as chaotic spellcasters can't make use of the Mitre of Holiness or the Eye of the Aethiopica (unless obtained from the Wizard Quest) for energy regeneration and the Master Key of Thievery's coveted half physical damage extrinsic can be supplied by the Hand of Vecna.

Since most Necromancers don't cast many spells in the early game, this item is generally obtained around the time that a necromancer is switching from playing as a tank to playing as a spellcaster. Given the low max power that Necromancers attain (compared with a Priest or Wizard), you will find yourself frequently relying on the power recharge function; as such, it is helpful to know the optimal invocation schedule to maximize this benefit.