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Set 9 Week 4 : Mad Acolyte of Lugonu

A devoted follower of Lugonu, driven mad by years of living in the Abyss. (Not a real unique as such, the Mad Acolyte is a special wizard variant that only appears in one Abyssal rune vault.)

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Deep ElfAbyssal Knight, Wizard, Conjurer, or SummonerAny, eventually converting to Lugonu

The Species, Background, and God choices are all mandatory. You must be worshipping one of the gods listed above before entering Lair, Orc, or Depths, unless this isn't possible in which case you must worship them as soon as you can. Don't use faded altars (except in challenges where you can choose any god), and don't do anything to lose your religion unless otherwise specified.

Special Rule

You must be following Lugonu before you enter The Depths, Pandemonium, or Hell. You can worship any god or gods, or even no god, beforehand, and can switch gods as much as you want (ignore all the usual restrictions on following a god); however once you are following Lugonu, you can't switch from them. This means you can't switch at all if you start as an Abyssal Knight.

Cosplay conduct points

1. Weapons

Attack only with distortion branded melee weapons, tomahawks of dispersal, and nets, from the time you enter any rune branch onward (except the Abyss). You are still allowed to wield staves and other weapons if you don't attack with them, and you can attack unarmed.

You must have a distortion weapon in your inventory to qualify for this conduct. However you can still enter rune branches before you have a distortion weapon; you're just prohibited from attacking with non-distortion weapons.

2. Magic

Have the spell Malign Gateway castable at 10% failure or less. You do not actually have to have the spell memorized, though; you can see your failure rate by looking up the spell, by pressing ?/s and then typing malign gateway.

3. Branch

Don't get the Abyssal rune.

Conducts are worth +5 points each, to a maximum of half your score from milestones, rounded down. (So if you achieve 4 milestones (20 points) you can earn up to 10 points from conduct bonuses.) Please indicate which conducts you qualify for when you post your morgue. Small mistakes in following conducts will usually be forgiven.

Bonus challenges

1. Gaze Long Into The Abyss

Send a unique Pan Lord or Lord of Hell to the Abyss. This will almost definitely require a distortion weapon, since they're all immune to MR effects. (Chaos effects can also do it, but are very unreliable.)

2. I Have A Special Plan For This World

Corrupt every floor of the Dungeon, Depths, and Zot, and win the game.

Bonus challenges are worth one star each, similar to banners in Crawl tournaments. Please indicate challenges that you qualify for. Small mistakes will usually be forgiven.


  • Reach XL3.
  • Enter Lair, Orc, or Depths.
  • Reach the bottom of D, Lair, or Orc.
  • Collect your first rune.
  • Find the entrance to Zot. (Just using magic mapping doesn't count.)
  • Collect your third rune.
  • Win the game.

The main way to score points. +5 points each, and can be done in any order.