Wallet of Perseus
|( Wallet of Perseus|
|Base item||bag of holding|
|When carried||Changes weight of items inside:|
|When applied||Put in or remove items|
|Base price||10000 zm|
The Wallet of Perseus cannot be randomly generated, and is only obtainable through wishing, bones, or sacrifice. Since it is an unaligned artifact, any player can receive it at an altar, but it will never be the first gift given.
The Wallet of Perseus functions the same as any other bag of holding, but has improved weight reduction; it effectively reduces the weight of all items inside it by 1⁄3 if uncursed, compared to 1⁄2 with its base item. When blessed, the weight of its contents is reduced to 1⁄6 compared to 1⁄4 from a blessed bag of holding. Essentially, the Wallet of Perseus can hold roughly 50% more than a regular bag of holding when non-cursed; however, a cursed Wallet will quadruple the weight of its contents, double that of a cursed bag of holding.
While not essential for survivability, Rogues and pack rats will find this an extremely useful artifact. Depending on play style and early game needs, it may even be worth spending a second or third wish to acquire. In the early to mid-game, transporting your stash with the Wallet of Perseus will only take a single trip.
After a successful assault on Fort Ludios, the Wallet enables players to strip the level all its items and loot, including the landmines, in about 3 trips. A particularly daring player can abscond with One-Eyed Sam's marginally useful loot in a single excursion without even being encumbered.
As with any bag of holding, keeping a wand of cancellation in a separate sack is worthwhile in the event you need to uncurse it.
The Wallet of Perseus is named for the knapsack given to Perseus by the Hesperides, which was used to contain Medusa's head upon decapitating her. The knapsack also inspired a similar artifact, the Bag of the Hesperides, in EvilHack.
- See SLASH'EM 0.0.7E7F2/mkobj.c; only weapons and armor have a chance of being made into artifacts