The Mantle of Heaven
|[ The Mantle of Heaven|
|Base item||ornamental cope|
|Base price||2500 zm|
In dNetHack the Mantle is an artifact ornamental cope which grants cold resistance when carried, and shock resistance and half spell damage when worn, in addition to whatever benefit is provided by the cloak with the "ornamental cope" randomized appearance in the game: displacement, invisibility, magic resistance, protection. Also, its armor class is double that of its base item.
The fact that the Mantle has a randomized cloak rather than a specific cloak as its base item means that its usefulness may vary between games. While there are no cloaks with randomized appearances in dNetHack that are a liability to their wearer, some cloak types may be especially useful combined with the other extrinsics of the Mantle. If its base item is a cloak of protection, then the Mantle adds a formidable six points to your AC, not counting enchantment, plus maximum magic cancellation, eliminating the need for Victorian underwear. Other base cloaks offer only two points of default AC and MC2, but displacement, invisibility, or magic resistance may still be desirable extrinsics in addition to the default cold and shock resistance, and half spell damage.
The Rod of Lordly Might (scepter/first sacrifice gift), the Mantle of Heaven (robe/quest artifact), and the Crown of the Saint King (coronet/crowning gift) complete the Human or Incantifier Noble's regalia.
Reference: Chris' Noble Patch