Zyborg quest

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The Zyborg quest sees you fighting Master Brain for The Verbal Blade. For more information on the quest branch in general, see the quest article.

Home level Tech Facility
Locate level Chaos Factors
Goal level Master Brain's Lair
Leader Mister Mulberry
Guardians attendants
Nemesis Master Brain
Quest Artifact Verbal Blade

Levels

Random monsters on this Quest are generated with the following frequencies:

  • 96/175 (55%) undead dragon
  • 24/175 (14%) random ∞ (wall monster)
  • 24/175 (14%) griffin rogue
  • 6/175 (3%) random . (grue)
  • 1/7 (14%) normal random monster

Tech Facility

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The above core of the level is surrounded by empty ground. The two-way magic portal back to the Dungeons of Doom is at the marked point below the castle walls. Mister Mulberry occupies the throne, where there is also a chest; there are six attendants in the throne room, a peaceful attendant in each corner tower, and twelve random . on the north side of the castle. In addition to the two marked sleeping gas traps inside the doors, there are four other random traps within the mapped area.

The entire level is no-teleport and has undiggable walls and floor.

Upper filler level

This is a swamp-water level, with five random . and a random ∞; eight random objects; and four random traps.

Chaos Factors

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The above core of the level is surrounded by empty swamp. The area around the neutral altar is considered a temple, and has its attendant aligned priest; also in the mapped area are eighteen random . and nine random ∞. In addition to the marked magic traps around the Isle's borders, there are seven anti-magic traps. The area also contains fifteen random objects.

The entire level has an undiggable floor. Teleportation is permitted.

Lower filler level(s)

These are swamp-water levels, with five random . and three random ∞; eleven random objects; and four random traps.

Master Brain's Lair

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Master Brain, with the Bell of Opening and the Verbal Blade, is at the point marked @. Randomly placed on the level are eighteen random . and nine random ∞. In addition to fifteen random objects that are located at the back of the small cave leading off Master Brain's cavern, there are a further six random objects on the level. The marked traps in the entrance to the lair are spiked pits; there are five further random traps. Area to the right of the spiked pits is dark. The walls are undiggable; teleportation is permitted.

Messages

Entry

First time:

You materialize in the shadows of Tech Facility.  Immediately, you notice
that something is wrong.  The fields around the castle are trampled and
withered, as if some great battle has been recently fought.
Looking closer, you <see|sense> long gouges in the walls of Tech Facility.
You know of only one creature that makes those kinds of marks...

Next time:

Once again you stand in the shadows of Tech Facility.

If already rejected twice due to bad alignment:

Again, you stand before Tech Facility.  You vaguely sense that this
may be the last time you stand before Mister Mulberry.

Quest guardians

If #chatting before the quest is complete:

"Hail, <playername>!  Verily, thou lookest well."
"There is word, <playername>, that Master Brain hath been sighted in the fens
near Chaos Factors."
"Thou art our only hope now, <playername>."
"Verily, Mister Mulberry could have no better champion, <playername>."
"Many brave Zyborgs died when Master Brain attacked."

If #chatting after the quest is complete:

"Hail, <playername>!  Verily, thou lookest well."
"So, <playername>, didst thou find Master Brain in the fens
near Chaos Factors?"
"Worthy <playername>, hast thou proven thy right purpose on the body of Master Brain?"
"Verily, Mister Mulberry could have no better champion, <playername>."
"Hast thou indeed recovered the Verbal Blade?"

Quest leader

When you first meet your quest leader:

"Ah, <playername>.  We see thou hast received Our summons.
We are in dire need of thy prowess.  But first, We must needs
decide if thou art ready for this great undertaking."

When you return, having been rejected due to lack of experience:

"Welcome again, <playername>.  We hope thou art ready now."

This message is not currently used:

"Once again, thou standest before Us, <playername>.  Art thou ready now?"

When you are expelled from the quest for having failed the alignment test seven times:

"Thou disgracest this noble court with thine impure presence.  We have been
lenient with thee, but no more.  Thy name shall be spoken no more.  We
hereby strip thee of thy title, thy lands, and thy standing as a Zyborg.
Begone from Our sight!"

When being rejected due to lack of experience:

"Verily, <playername>, thou hast done well.  That thou hast survived thus
far is a credit to thy valor, but thou art yet unprepared for
the demands required as Our Champion.  A <currentrank>, no matter how
pure, could never hope to defeat the foul Master Brain.
"Journey forth from this place, and hone thy skills.  Return to
Our presence when thou hast attained the noble title of Mechwarrior."

When being rejected due to having worse than pious alignment:

"Thou dishonourest Us, <playername>!  Thou hast strayed from the path of
chivalry! Go from Our presence and do penance.  Only when thou art again
pure mayst thou return hence."

When finally assigned the quest:

"Ah, <playername>.  Thou art truly ready, as no Zyborg before thee hath
been.  Hear now Our words:
"As thou noticed as thou approached Tech Facility, a great battle hath
been fought recently in these fields.  Know thou that Verbal himself
came to aid Us here as We battled the foul Master Brain.  In the midst of that
battle, Master Brain struck Verbal a great blow, felling him.  Then, as Our
forces were pressed back, Master Brain stole the Verbal Blade.
"We eventually turned the tide, but lost many Zyborgs in doing so.
Verbal was taken off by his apprentice, but hath not recovered.  We have
been told that so long as Master Brain possesseth the Verbal Blade,
Verbal will not regain his health.
"We hereby charge thee with this most important of duties:
"Go forth from this place, to the fens, and there thou wilt find
Chaos Factors.  From there, thou must track down Master Brain.  Destroy the
beast, and return to Us the Verbal Blade.  Only then can
We restore Verbal to health."

Encouragement

If you subsequently chat to your quest leader, you are encouraged:

"Remember, <playername>, follow always the path of <deity>."
"Though Master Brain is verily a mighty foe, We have confidence in thy victory."
"Beware, for Master Brain hath surrounded himself with hordes of foul creatures."
"Great treasure, 'tis said, is hoarded in the lair of Master Brain."
"If thou possessest the Verbal Blade, <playername>, Master Brain's magic
shall therewith be thwarted."
"The gates of Chaos Factors are guarded by forces unseen, <playername>.
Go carefully."
"Return the Verbal Blade to Us quickly, <playername>."
"Destroy Master Brain, <playername>, else Tech Facility shall surely fall."
"Call upon <deity> when thou art in need."
"To find Chaos Factors, thou must keep thy heart pure."

Locate and goal levels

When first entering the locate level:

You stand at the foot of Chaos Factors.  Atop, you can <see|sense> a shrine.
Strange energies seem to be focused here, and the hair on the back
of your neck stands on end.

When returning:

Again, you stand at the foot of Chaos Factors.

When first entering the goal level:

As you exit the swamps, you <see|sense> before you a huge, gaping hole in the
side of a hill.  From within, you smell the foul stench of carrion.
The pools on either side of the entrance are fouled with blood, and
pieces of rusted metal and broken weapons show above the surface.

When returning:

Again, you stand at the entrance to Master Brain's lair.

Quest nemesis

When first encountering the quest nemesis:

"Hah!  Another puny Zyborg seeks death.  I shall dine well tonight,
then tomorrow, Tech Facility shall fall!"

Upon further meetings:

"Again, thou challengest me, <currentrank>?  So be it.  Thou wilt die here."

And on the 4th and subsequent meetings:

"Thou art truly foolish, <currentrank>.  I shall dispatch thee anon."

When you have the Verbal Blade, but Master Brain is still alive:

"So, thou darest touch MY property!  I shall have that bauble back,
puny <currentrank>.  Thou wilt die in agony!"

Discouragement

Master Brain will occasionally utter maledictions:

"A mere <currentrank> can never withstand me!"
"I shall kill thee now, and feast!"
"Puny Zyborg.  What manner of death dost thou wish?"
"First thee, <playername>, then I shall feast upon Mister Mulberry."
"Hah!  Thou hast failed, <currentrank>.  Now thou shalt die."
"Die, Zyborg.  Thou art as nothing against my might."
"I shall suck the marrow from thy bones, Zyborg."
"Let's see...  Broiled?  No.  Fried?  Nay.  Baked?  Yea verily,
that is the way I like my Zyborg for dinner."
"Thy strength waneth, <playername>.  The time of thy death draweth near."
"Call upon thy precious <deity>, <playername>.  It shall not avail thee."

Victory

When picking up your quest artifact:

As you pick up the Verbal Blade, you feel its protective fields
form around your body.  You also feel a faint stirring in your mind,
as if you are in two places at once, and in the second, you are waking
from a long sleep.

When killing the nemesis:

As Master Brain sinks to the ground, blood gushing from his open mouth, he
defiantly curses you and Mister Mulberry:
    Thou hast not won yet, <currentrank>.  By the gods, I shall return and dog
    thy steps to the grave!
His tail flailing madly, Master Brain tries to crawl towards you, but slumps
to the ground and dies in a pool of his own blood.

When returning to your quest leader:

As you approach Mister Mulberry, he beams at you and says:
    Well done!  Thou art truly the Champion of Tech Facility.  We
    have received word that Verbal is recovering, and shall soon
    rejoin Us.    
    He hath instructed Us that thou art now to be the guardian of
    the Verbal Blade.  He feeleth that thou mayst have need of
    its powers in thine adventures.  It is Our wish that thou keepest
    the Verbal Blade with thee as thou searchest for the fabled
    Amulet of Yendor.

When subsequently throwing the Verbal Blade to Mister Mulberry:

"Careful, <playername>!  The Verbal Blade might break, and that would
be a tragic loss.  Thou art its keeper now, and the time hath come
to resume thy search for the Amulet.  The Dungeons of Doom await thy
return through the magic portal that brought thee here."

Post-quest

When talking to Mister Mulberry after the quest:

"Well met, <playername>.  How goeth thy search for the Amulet of Yendor?"

When talking to Mister Mulberry after getting the Amulet:

"Thou hast succeeded, We see, <playername>!  Now thou art commanded to take
the Amulet to be sacrificed to <deity> in the plane of the astral.
"Verbal hath counseled Us that thou must travel always upwards through
the planes of the elements, to achieve this goal.

Miscellaneous

When being rejected for permanently changing alignment:

"You have betrayed all those who hold allegiance to <deity>, as you once did.
My allegiance to <deity> holds fast and I cannot condone or accept what you 
have done.
Leave this place.  You shall never set foot at Tech Facility again.
That which you seek is now lost forever, for without the Bell of Opening, 
you will never be able to enter the place where he who has the Amulet 
resides.
Go now!  You are banished from this place.

When talking to Mister Mulberry while carrying the Verbal Blade, but Master Brain is still 'alive':

"The silver bell which was hoarded by Master Brain will be
essential in locating the Amulet of Yendor."