Essence of Chaos and Corruption

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The essence of Chaos and Corruption is a special attribute unique to a number of artifacts in ADOM. The nature of these artifacts is so strongly connected to the forces of Chaos that they radiate corruption on their own. Prolonged contact with such artifacts can therefore significantly affect the PC.


Basics[править | править исходный текст]

The effect the essence on the PC is relatively straightforward — each such artifact carried in the inventory will corrupt him/her each turn. 1 corruption point is gained each turn if the PC is not wielding the artifact, 2 corruption points are gained if (s)he is.


The following artifacts contain the essence of Chaos and Corruption:



All of the artifacts except the Black tome are almost guaranteed (it is possible to generate a PC who will not be able to enter the Quickling Tree and claim the boots of great speed).


It is also worth noting that all artifacts except the black tome and the shield of raw steel both curse and doom the PC, which significantly lowers their power and desirability. The shield of raw steel, however, is considered by many players a very powerful item as it provides top defensive characteristics and an enormous boost to Toughness, as well as fire immunity. It is definitely the best choice for dangerous locations such as the Tower of Eternal Flames provided the player minimizes the amount of turns spent wielding/carrying the artifact, but remains a liability in the long run.


Advanced[править | править исходный текст]

The essence of Chaos and Corruption provides a number of other unique features to the artifacts which contain it.


Effect on potions[править | править исходный текст]

Dipping the artifact in any potion will transform it into a potion of raw chaos while the artifact itself remains completely unaffected. The applications of this effect vary — it is not possible to uncurse (technically bless) the item using holy water which limits the number of possibilities to avoid equipment problems. If the PC does not have scrolls of uncursing the situation may become very serious. On the other hand, it is possible to dip the artifact into useless potions and use the (potentially bottomless) resulting heap of potions of raw chaos for polymorphing items (see the potion page for more information about this tactic).


Effect on alignment[править | править исходный текст]

The PC will receive an alignment boost if (s)he sacrifices an artifact containing the essence. The magnitude of the effect is not substantial (especially considering the level of the PC at which (s)he will usually obtain the artifacts) but may be enough to achieve L alignment or turn into a fallen champion of Chaos or Balance.


Effect on monsters[править | править исходный текст]

As of version 1.2.0, monsters in ADOM cannot pick up any artifacts. In version 1.1.1 such a situation was possible. However, as monsters in ADOM do not have inventories, they are not affected by the essence and cannot be corrupted by carrying the artifacts. Thus, it was possible to make a monster pick up the artifact and make it follow the PC while moving the artifact to a desired location and not receiving additional corruption from carrying it.