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[7th floor] Nethack story of Sery the tourist

Written by Solène, on 24 November 2020.
Tags: #nethack #games

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Sery is back in the fourth floor 4 of the underworld. What mysteries are to be discovered? What enemies will be slayed so we can make our path?

Everything is awesome

Sery is in the fourth floor, she found stairs to go deeper but she also heard coins flipping. Maybe a merchant is around? That would be the right opportunity to buy weapons, armor and food.

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After walking to a new room south-east, she found a large room with a hobbit statue h and a potion on the floor. The potion is not identified, so using it will be very risky.

The large room was a dead end. Back to the previous room Sery was now surrounded by enemies. A gas spore e, a green mold F and a giant bug :! She also felt hungry at the time, but she had to fight. Eggs and pancakes will be for another time.

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While fleeing to the ascending stairs to search a merchant on this floor while escaping enemies, a gecko was blocking the way. Sery had to fight with her fists and fortunately the gecko didn’t oppose much resistance. But a few steps later, a goblin was also in the path. Sery’s dog location is unknown, it was certainly fighting in the previous room. Sery decided to drink a potion to recover from her 2 HP left and go back to the room, in hope the dog can help her.

It worked! The dog was just behind and charged the goblin would die instantly. The dog was starving and ate the goblin freshly killed, Sery was hungry too but preferred eating some pancake that wasn’t fresh, it had better taste than the remaining goblin meat tin can she had in her purse.

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On the first steps in the room, she found a graffiti on the ground:

Atta?king a? ec| vhere the?c is rone i? usually a ?a?al mistakc!

The message didn’t make any sense. The room had a goblin statue and some gold on the ground, it’s all Sery had to know. The room was calm and nothing happened when crossing it. Sery seemed to be blessed!

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Nearby she found a very small room with no other way than the entrance. This looked very suspicious and she decided to spend some time looking around for a clue about a secret door. She was right! A few minutes after she started to search, she found a hidden door! The door was not locked, which was surprising. Who knows what was waiting on the other side?

After walking a bit in a small and dark corridor, a new room was here, with an empty box along a wall and a grave in a corner in the opposite side of the room.

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The large box was locked! Without lock pick she wasn’t able to open it. After all she went through in the dungeon, anger gave her some strength to break the box padlock after a few kicks in it.

The box contained the following objects:

  • a pyramidal amulet
  • a food ration
  • a black gem
  • two green gems

She still had some room on her bag, it wasn’t too heavy for now so she decided to take everything from the box.

Kicking the box consumed energy and she decided to restart a little, and eat something. The food ration from the box looked very tasty but it may be poisoned or toxic so she avoid it and ate goblin meat in tin can. It wasn’t good, but did the job.

She looked at the grave, it was old and only had engraved words on it which appeared to be

Yes Dear, just a few more minutes…

A corridor in the room was leading to a dead end. There was nothing. Even after searching for a long time, Sery didn’t find any way there so she decided to go back and descend to the next floor.

On a way back, she had to fight monsters: a newt, a sewer rat, a gas spore! After the fights, hunger was back again! It was time for a good meal: goblin meat and food ration. It did hit the spot and Sery felt a lot better.

Fifth floor

In the fifth floor, a potion ! was lying on the ground. There was some light, it wasn’t completely dark, without a lamp or a torch this would be a real problem.

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In a corridor leading to a room in the south, she had to kill a coyote in the way. The room had a teleportation trap and an apple %, food!

Going east, she walked through a long corridor until a dead end. After searching for some time she found a way to get a body through a hole and get to the other side. A boulder was in the tunnel but she have been able to push it, fortunately the bolder was rolling fine.

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Sery found a new room with two potions and a gnome. It was hard for Sery to know if the gnome was hostile

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The dog got triggered by the gnome presence and ran to fight the gnome. The gnome was definitely hostile. Sery ended quickly in hand-to-hand combat with the gnome.

The camera’s flash! She thought it should work, after all the camera still had forty seven pictures to take, or enemies to blind.

It worked, the poor creature got blinded, the dog was biting its back. After a few hits, the gnome died, leaving a bow on the ground.

Continuing her way, Sery found the room with the descending stairs. There were a homunculus i and a sewer rat r waiting. She knew the rat was an easy target but the other enemy was unknown. It didn’t appeared friendly and she doubted to be able to kill it without risking her life.

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Sery decided to go back to the long corridor which had cross ways.

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The homunculus was fast! It found Sery back from where they met. Sery was in troubles. The homunculus seemed hard to escape and while fleeing in a corridor, a dwarf zombie Z blocked the way.

She tried to fight it but she lost 9 HP in 2 hits, the beast was very powerful. It was time to drink the random potions she got over the journey. They were unidentified but there was no choice, except praying maybe.

Praying! Sery wasn’t a believer but praying was the best she could do. Her pray was deep and pure, she only wanted to have some hope for her future and her quest.

The Lady heard her pray, Sery got surrounded by a shimmering light. The dwarf zombie attacked Sery but got pulled back by some energy field. Sery felt a lot better, her health was fully recovered and also increased.

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Sery got a second chance, she certainly wanted to make a good use of it. At this time, the only thought in her mind was: RUN AWAY

She did run, very fast, to the stairs leading deeper. None enemies made troubles in her retreat.

Sixth floor

No time to look in the room she arrived, Sery got attacked by a brown mold, which in turn was killed by her dog.

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The room had only way to the south. Finding a merchant was becoming urgent. Her food supplies were depleting. She had a lot of money but that is not helpful in the middle of the underground among the monsters.

In the south room there was a lichen F, but it seemed peaceful, or guarding the stairs to descend to seventh floor, who knows? The room had no other entrance than the one by which Sery came, but after examining the walls, she found a door.

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Nothing unusual in this floor. Continuing her progresses through the tunnels, she ended in a dark room, she wasn’t able to see further than a meter away.

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One more step and she came face to face with a homunculus. Fortunately the dog was just behind and not fighting any other aggressive animals. The dog killed it fast. But then another homunculus came, which also got killed by the dog.

In the end, those homunculus are pretty weak.

Room after room, with only emptiness as a friend, Sery walked for a long time. And then he appeared! The merchant !

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He was a bookseller, selling scrolls… Sery was so disappointed by this, she felt helpless for a moment.

The Nethack story of Sery the tourist

Written by Solène, on 15 November 2020.
Tags: #nethack #games

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First episode of maybe a serie!

Let’s play NetHack and write a story along the way. I find nethack to be a wonderful game despite its quite simple graphics. In this game, you can do more actions than in any modern games. I can dip a towel in a fountain to make it wet, and wear it on my head. Maybe it would protect me from heat? Who knows.

As this leaves a lot of place for the imagination, every serious nethack game I play, I create a story in my head and try to imagine the various situations, so maybe I could write them down?

Welcome to the underworld Gehennom, you will read the story of Sery the human female neutral tourist and her dog. She has to find the Amulet of Yendor and come back to the surface, for some reasons.

@ is Sery and d is her dog.

Arrival - first floor

{ is a fountain, # a sink, - an open door and + a closed door.

In her inventory, she has 875 gold, tourists are rich! 24 darts to throw at enemies, 2 fortunes cookies, some various food (goblin meat in tin can, eggs, carrot, apple, pancakes…), 4 scrolls of magic mapping, 2 healing potions, and expensive camera and an uncursed credit card.

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She went to the closed door but it resisted, after kicked it three times, the door opened! After walking around in tunnel, she only found empty rooms, leading to others tunnels.

# are corridors (when they are not sinks in a room).

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At the end of a corridor, Sery was stuck but after searching around for some secrets passage, she found a hidden passage to the first room. Back to square one.

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After she heard some noise in a corridor, she stumbled on a boulder ``` but it is impossible to move it to clear the corridor.

A new room was found, with a large box ( in it. What could be in this box?

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While walking toward the box, her dog suddenly disappeared, falling in a trap door! Sery shorten her exploration of the first level after opening the box to look after her dog.

The large box was locked, without weapon or tools to unlock it, Sery kicked the large box a dozen time so it opened. What a disappointment when she was it was empty!

Second floor

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Sery jumped into the trap to descend to the level below, her dog wasn’t in the room though. There were five gold to loot and stairs to descend to the third level. She needed to find her dog before continuing exploration to third level.

In the adjacent corridor, the dog was found sound and safe!

After continuing the exploration, a room was found with enemies!

F lichen, o goblin and a : newt! That was a lot of enemies for a simple tourist. She wanted to pull them into a corridor and let her dog take care of the enemies. This was a good spartiate strategy after all!

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Unfortunately, when a lichen is in contact with you, you can’t escape. It took a while for Sery to kill the lichen and retreat in the corridor, she receive a few hits from the lichen and the goblin (HP 6/10). She heard some noises while staying in the corridor, after coming back in the room, the dog finished to kill the newt and the goblin seemed to ran away.

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The dog was then attacking the goblin and killed it rather quickly. This was really fortunate that Sery was in company of her dog.

After walking a bit to continue the exploration, Sery stumbled on a sewer rat, she got hit rather hard and didn’t had much HP left! While retreating to the last room, looking for the dog who stayed back eating the goblin corp, the dog came back to her bringing a iron skull cap certainly found on the dead goblin. In one bit, the dog killed the rat.

After some rest to recover a few HP, Sery went back to the exploration. The exploration was quiet and easy, rooms with unlocked doors, she found the stairs to go upstairs. Nothing of interested was to be found, so it was time to go to the third level. A newt and a lichen were encountered in the corridors but opposed little resistance to the dog.

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Third floor

The room where Sery arrived in the third level had an enemy, a huge x bug and some money in a corner near a door.

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The door required two kicks to be opened.

In the next room, Sery saw a bug before entering, so she immediately swapped her place with her dig in the corridor to let her defender do their job.

< are upstairs stairs.

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As usual, the dog took care of the enemies. A new room was found, multiples windows, some opening in previous rooms wasn’t explored yet too. There were lot of exploration to be done in this area.

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While exploring, Sery got to fight a giant rat, she didn’t know where her dog was so she had to fight for real this time.

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Thinking about her inventory, she panicked and used her camera. The flash blinded the giant rat and he ran away! Unfortunately, another giant rat came from the left corridor. She tried to use her camera again but it didn’t work as expected as the giant was still standing in the corridor. The blinding effect didn’t seem very effective because a few seconds later, the first giant rat was back again!

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She had no choice but run away, maybe at least fight then but one at a time in a corridor. She want backward, suffered from a giant rat bite and found her dog on the way, who came to the rescue. While she let her dog fighting, a third rat came from behind, this one, she really had to fight, no escape was possible with the dog fighting two rats in the corridor on the other side.

Camera flash, it worked! Time to throw darts, one dart was enough to kill the rat but she missed it a few times. The rat never missed a bite, Sery was in poor health at this moment.

The dog killed the two rats and she was safe, for now.

While walking around to find her way, she got surprised by a giant zombie Z who hit her hard. She had only 1 health point left. Death was close. What she could do? Try the camera flash, drink a potion, escape until her dog run and try to bite the zombie?

She decided to try the health potion and then, support enough hits from the zombie to blind it while the dog behind it was killing the undead living. It was a good idea, at the moment she dunked the healing potion, the zombie hit her, losing one health point, she would be dead if she didn’t drink that potion, then the dog killed the monster and our duo leveled up!

It was time to finish exploring and get deeper in the underworld. A = ring was on the ground in the last room. It was silver ring.

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It would be foolish to wear the ring without identifying it first, it could be a cursed ring you can’t remove that makes you blind or provoke some unwanted effects.

Fourth floor

Arriving at the fourth floor, Sery found a green gem. Feeling this floor would be quite complicated, she decided to read one of her mapping scroll.

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After the whole map got reveal in her mind, she got face to face with a dwarf h wielding a dagger. He really didn’t seem friendly but he didn’t attack her yet.

The whole area was very dark, without a torch or a light source, exploring this level would be very tedious.

After exploring the room, looking for interesting loots on the ground, the dwarf attacked her. This was a very dolorous stabbing. Sery retreated back to the upper stairs, she wanted to reach the level below through the other stairs on this level. In the room, she found her dog which stayed behind, fighting a gecko and a giant rat.

She started to feel hungry, hopefully she went to the underworld with a lot of food. She decided to eat a fortune cookie. When cracking it, she found a paper saying: They say that you should never introduce a rope golem to a succubus. This didn’t make much sense to her though.

While walking toward the other stairs, Sery found a graffiti on the ground: ??urist? we?r shirts loud enougn to wake t?e ?e?d.. As for the fortune cookie, this didn’t make much sense.

On her way, she fought various enemies: red mold, newt, rats, found a banana. Descending the stairs, she was surprised to see they didn’t lead to the forth floor with the dwarves, it was a parallel fourth floor. Could it be possible?? There were a newt and money in the room, it wasn’t dark.

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         --------

She was angry.

The dog jumped on the newt and killed it. The duo got experience to reach level four. The dog, being a little dog, did grow up into a dog.

After a short rest to eat and recover health, Sery went back in corridors to find a way and continue her quest.

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In the room she found stairs to go in the level below, would it be a good idea to descend now or should she explore the area first? She had lot of money, finding a merchant to buy armors and weapons would be a good idea.

To be continued

It’s all for today! Please tell me if you enjoyed it!