Holy overpowered rangerness, Batman! That was by far the easiest Morgoth battle I've ever had. After the GCV at 2700'
and all its goodies and dead uniques, Aragorn dove like a rock down to 4950'. Little equipment of any interest was found except for a better Ring of Speed (+13) and Narya, which gave me some pause for thought. In the end, I decided fire immunity was better than a second Ring of Speed (three cheers for my precious arrows not getting incinerated and for laughing in the faces of silly Great Hell Wyrms!). The one hole in my defenses was the total lack of lightning resistance, which meant that Great Storm Wyrms and their ilk (as well as anything that likes to summon Ancient Dragons!) were to be greatly feared. I couldn't find any source of lightning resistance strong enough to justify switching equipment, so I tended to walk around with Resistance in effect. Sauron caught me out in the open and reminded me why I hate summoners (if I'd wanted a graveyard, I would have scummed for one*), but a teleport, an exorcism, some digging, and a few well placed arrows had him begging for mercy. Since my last Mage victory involved the now defunct Globe of Invulnerability**, I decided to go the Priest route and make a Rune of Protection*** chamber. What a waste. Teleport Other and a generous supply of Seeker Arrows of Holy Might shut the twisted Valar down for good in record time. Oh, he summoned Vecna, the Emperor Lich and Kronos, Lord of the Titans, and they brought their escorts with them, but Aragorn was packing every scroll of Banishment and Mass Banishment he'd been able to save, so, uh, yeah.
In short, Rangers rock. Also, this game still needs an 'auto_destroy_crappy_items' option. Dump from after returning to town:( YACDCollapse )
* There was no scumming involved in the production of this victory.
** Thanks for rubbing that
spell's absence in, whoever wrote the description for the Potion of Death!
*** When did Rune of Protection find its way into a Mage