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    by Joseph Christopher <sirlordjoseph@icqmail.com>
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    Feb. 6, 2000
                                                                           
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    * This society does not care if you're the dumbest vegetable on earth,             
      if you do something wrong, someone will make you pay the price! ;)               
                                                                                       
    * Diablo has been out for a long time now. But since the sequel ain't
      out yet, and since, upon playing on battle.net I noticed that there
      still are beginners to the game, I decided to write this faq. Diablo
      is a great game that, although involves a lot of fighting, requires
      less fighting skill compared to the conventional arcade fighting games.
      Rather, it is more of knowing your own abilities, comparing them with
      the opponents', and deciding to back out or not from a fight or to ask
      for help. It's quite complicated, but once you learn to like the basics
      the rest will simply follow.
                                                                           
                                                                           
    Why read this guide:
       I. Commands
      II. Definitions
     III. Town
      IV. Labyrinth
       V. Quests
      VI. Basic Items
     VII. Special Names  
    VIII. Unique Items   
      IX. Other Items    
       X. Spells         
      XI. Shrines        
     XII. Unique Creatures
    XIII. Books
     XIV. Ending
      XV. Credits
     XVI. Revision History
    XVII. Final Words
                                                                           
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            Simply put, Diablo is a point-and-click game. Click on items and
    you'll pick them up; click on friends and you'll talk to them; click on
    enemies and you'll kill them. Right clicking causes you to cast your spell
    and nothing else. You can, however, make use of the keyboard since the
    game utilizes hot keys as well. These hotkeys are stated on your "message
    bar" (that black rectangle at the bottom of the screen) as you point on
    something that can be clicked.
                                                                           
            One exception would be the shift key. Holding this while attacking
    will cause your player to refrain from walking while you attack. Normally,
    your player will move toward the enemy and strike---not so when you hold
    the shift key. It's very useful if you're using arrows so you won't have
    to get close before you fire.
                                                                           
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    1. Character Classes:
       a. Warrior - your typical knight in shining armor---only he doesn't
                    have a shining armor yet. You'll have to either fight for
                    it or raise the money to buy it. Good at swords as well
                    as axes and other heavy weapons.
       b. Rogue   - every game that allows you to select from different players
                    must include a female, otherwise its creators will be called
                    sexists. Good only at bows, but very good at that.
       c. Sorceror- you're dealing with the supernatural, so what else do you
                    expect? A magician, of course! Good only at staves, but
                    as good at that as a rogue is with her bows.
                                                                           
    2. In game buttons:
       a. Char   - Character Stats; displays your name, class, level, experience,
                   and other things about your player
       b. Quests - displays a menu of all the quests that are known to you
                   at present. If you click on any of these quests, a replay
                   of what any person or book told you about this quest will
                   be presented to you
       c. Map    - Automap; displays what part of the current level you are
                   in have you already passed through and where you are in
                   the map right now
       d. Menu   - click this if you want to save, load, quit, and stuff like
                   that
       e. Inv    - Inventory; displays the items you have and where you have
                   put them
       f. Spells - displays what spells you can do, their damage, and casting
                   cost. If the icon of the spell you're looking at is white,
                   that spell isn't available for the moment
                                                                           
    3. Character Stats:
                                                                           
            The box on the upper-left most contains your name, and your class
       is next to it. Your level determines how well you will fare against
       different monsters. Max level: 50. Experience is basically the number
       of points you have gather via slaughtering numerous demons. A certain
       number of experience points, stated in the Next Level box, is your goal
       to raise your level by one. Here's a table:
                                                                           
                           _________________________                       
                           |_Level_|_Experience____|                       
                           |   1   |             0 |                       
                           |   2   |         2,000 |                       
                           |   3   |         4,620 |                       
                           |   4   |         8,040 |                       
                           |   5   |        12,489 |                       
                           |   6   |        18,258 |                       
                           |   7   |        25,712 |                       
                           |   8   |        35,309 |                       
                           |   9   |        47,622 |                       
                           |  10   |        63,364 |                       
                           |  11   |        83,419 |                       
                           |  12   |       108,879 |                       
                           |  13   |       141,806 |                       
                           |  14   |       181,683 |                       
                           |  15   |       231,075 |                       
                           |  16   |       313,656 |                       
                           |  17   |       424,067 |                       
                           |  18   |       571,190 |                       
                           |  19   |       766,569 |                       
                           |  20   |     1,025,154 |                       
                           |  21   |     1,366,227 |                       
                           |  22   |     1,814,568 |                       
                           |  23   |     2,401,895 |                       
                           |  24   |     3,168,651 |                       
                           |  25   |     4,166,200 |                       
                           |  26   |     5,459,523 |                       
                           |  27   |     7,130,496 |                       
                           |  28   |     9,281,874 |                       
                           |  29   |    12,042,092 |                       
                           |  30   |    15,571,031 |                       
                           |  31   |    20,066,900 |                       
                           |  32   |    25,774,405 |                       
                           |  33   |    32,994,399 |                       
                           |  34   |    42,095,202 |                       
                           |  35   |    53,525,811 |                       
                           |  36   |    67,831,218 |                       
                           |  37   |    85,670,061 |                       
                           |  38   |   107,834,823 |                       
                           |  39   |   135,274,799 |                       
                           |  40   |   169,122,009 |                       
                           |  41   |   210,720,231 |                       
                           |  42   |   261,657,253 |                       
                           |  43   |   323,800,420 |                       
                           |  44   |   399,335,440 |                       
                           |  45   |   490,808,349 |                       
                           |  46   |   601,170,414 |                       
                           |  47   |   733,825,617 |                       
                           |  48   |   892,680,222 |                       
                           |  49   | 1,082,908,612 |                       
                           |  50   | 1,310,707,109 |                       
                           |       |               |                       
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            Everytime your level is raised by one, you gain five stat points
       which you should distribute wisely among your strength, magic, dexterity,
       and vitality. Just click on the red button that appears to distribute
       when possible. The numbers under Base tell you how high that specific
       stat really is, while those under Now tell how high that specific stat
       is when under the influence of the different magical weapons and items
       in the game.
                                                                           
       * warrior  - max strength  : 250
                        magic     :  50
                        dexterity :  60
                        vitality  : 100
                                                                           
         rogue    - max strength  :  55
                        magic     :  70
                        dexterity : 250
                        vitality  :  80
                                                                           
         sorceror - max strength  :  45
                        magic     : 250
                        dexterity :  85
                        vitality  :  80
                                                                           
            Ok, on to the other parts. The life box explains in numbers
       what the red liquid explains in amount---how much more damage can you'
       take without dying. The same goes with mana, which is the amount of
       "magic" you can use to pay for a spell's casting cost. Gold and Damage
       are self-explanatory, while armor class is your chance of evading an
       enemy's attack and To Hit is your chance of landing a hit everytime
       you attack. The Resist to boxes tell you how much damage from a said
       form of attack can you be invulnerable to.
                                                                           
    4. Belt:
                                                                           
            The small boxes just above your "message bar" is your belt. They
       pretty much work just like your inventory, but they cannot be hidden,
       cannot hold gold coins, rings, amulets, and everything larger, and can
       be accessed quickly by pressing the number corresponding to the box
       whose item you'd like to use.
                                                                           
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            This is where you're at whenever you start from scratch. You are
    in front of a house, the back of which is where half the town's population
    is gathered. Yes, there are four is already half of them. Sorry, but this
    town is rather low on inhabitants. Here's the cast:
                                                                           
       Ogden the Tavern Owner - he's not much use, except for the fact that
                                you'll get info on some of the game's quests
                                from him
                                                                           
       Griswold the Blacksmith - the main man of the town, this guy is especially
                                 useful warriors and rogues because it is he
                                 trades weapons of interest to them. You can
                                 also ask him to repair your damaged items,
                                 but of course nothing is for free nowadays. 
                                 Be careful when choosing something to buy.
                                 If you decide to re-sell it, he will only
                                 pay you one-fourth the original price.
                                                                           
       Cain the Elder - his main use is the identification of unidentified
                        items (of course, what else?) but even that has a
                        cost---100 gold to be exact. Quite worth it since
                        you got a 99.99% chance of increasing the value of
                        your item by more than a hundred once it is identified.
                        Not to mention take advantage of its special abilities.
                                                                           
       Pepin the Healer - this guy's the ONLY one who'd serve you for free!
                          Talk to him and you're healed instantly! He also
                          sells items that heal, but won't buy anything from
                          you.
                                                                           
       Gillian the Barmaid - a little further from the center with Ogden as
                             the nearest neighbor, this lass does not have
                             a single dam use in the whole game! Rather not
                             talk to her.
                                                                           
       Wirt the Peg-legged - doesn't the barmaid's position tell there's more
                             to be seen in the town? You're right. Go beyond
                             her and eventually you'll find this boy in the
                             upper-left part of the town. He's just like Griswold,
                             except for three things: he doesn't buy, doesn't
                             repair, and sells only one item at the time. He
                             doesn't even show you what he's selling if you
                             don't pay him 50 bucks.
                                                                           
       Adria the Witch - you explored the left part of the town, but how about
                         the right? Only one person resides there, the witch.
                         She's especially useful to sorcerors, but since she
                         buys or sells almost everything Griswold doesn't,
                         she's quite an all-around useful gal too. As the
                         blacksmith repairs weapons, so can she recharge staves.
                         And again, not without a "reasonable" fee.
                                                                           
       Farnham the Drunk - I forgot about this guy, but then again maybe I
                           should have. Just as useless as the barmaid is,
                           this guy (I know you don't care already but) is
                           found just beside the house you started from.
                                                                           
                                                                           
            Another feature of this town is its links to the labyrinth below.
    There are a total of four links, one of which is the chapel located in
    the north. The other three are not accessible when you start from scratch
    because they can only be opened from the other side which is down there.
                                                                           
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            Nothing much can be said about the labyrinth as it is randomly
    generated by software. The only pattern I can observe is the fact that
    the level's ambience changes dramatically every after four floors. The
    type of monster you will battle also changes in accordance with this
    pattern. For levels 1-4, you are in the dungeon level of the chapel,
    surrounded by skeletons, zombies, and goblins. Move on to levels 5-8 and
    you'll find yourself in the catacombs battling your way through hundreds
    of goatmen, bats, and dogs. Levels 9-12 puts you in a cave with lotsa lava
    and a multitude of rhinomen, gargoyles and storm demons. The final four
    levels are expectedly in hell itself. It's a different interpretation
    of hell, as it is not burning, just filled with dead bodies and lotsa
    blood. Here, you face witches, mages, and dark knights (no, not batmans)
    There will always be exceptions to the rule of distribution of monsters,
    as Blizzard tries to stick to the randomness of the game.
            As I have mentioned above, the labyrinth has links to the town
    above and are opened only from the inside. These links also follow the
    same four-level pattern. Levels 1,5,9, and 13 will always have a link
    to the town, though there's no telling where it is in the vast area.
                                                                           
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            Even the quests in Diablo have a somewhat random quality. There
    is only one set of quests the computer has in store, but you'll get to
    be assigned only about two-thirds of it. You'll have to beat the game
    over and over before you finally are sure you've successfully witnessed
    all there is to the game's quests. Don't worry, whatever you've achieved
    in previous battles (i.e. items, gold, experience) you'll carry on to 
    your next game even if you start all over---pretty cool. Below is a list
    of quests and how to predict which you'll be assigned to.
    * tonsfolk's comments: found after each quest is activated and before
                           they are completed by talking to who else but the
                           townsfolk!
                                                                           
      DUNGEON QUESTS A (you'll get to solve one of these)
                                                                           
    King Leoric
                                                                           
            You start the game and look at the fountain beside Cain. If there's
      nothing wrong with it then you're sure you won't have to go through
      the Poisoned Water Supply quest. Instead you'll face King Leoric. Ogden
      the Tavern Owner will tell you about him. He's one tough guy he doesn't
      even need buldging muscles to give you a hard time. In fact, he doesn't
      have any muscles at all...he's all bones! He's got a big sword, which,
      unfortunately, you can't acquire after defeating him. He also has the
      ability to raise his minions from the dead so keep him away from them
      to avoid unnecessary obstacles. He's best dealt with using your Holy Bolt
      Spell.(refer to spells section) He'll give you his crown when he finally
      rests in peace, the "UNDEAD CROWN" It's a unique item.
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
       Odgen - As I told you, good master, the king was entombed three levels
               below. He's down there, waiting in the putrid darkness for
               his chance to destroy this land...
                                                                            
       Griswold - I made many of the weapons and most of the armor that King
                  Leoric used to outfit his knights. I even crafted a huge
                  two-handed sword of the finest mithril for him, as well
                  as a field crown to match. I still cannot believe how he
                  died, but it must have been some sinister force that drove
                  him insane!
                                                                            
       Cain - Ahh, the story of our king, is it? The tragic fall of Leoric
              was a harsh blow to this land. The people always loved the king,
              and now they live in mortal fear of him. The question that I
              keep asking myself is how he could have fallen so far from the
              light, as Leoric had always been the holiest of men. Only the
              vilest powers of hell could so utterly destroy a man from within...
                                                                            
       Pepin - The loss of his son was too much for King Leoric. I did what
               I could to ease his madness, but in the end it overcame him.
               A black curse has hung over this kingdom from that day forward,
               but perhaps if you were to free his spirit from his earthly
               prison, the curse would be lifted...
                                                                            
       Gillian - I don't like to think about how the king died. I like to
                 remember him for the kind and just ruler that he was. His
                 death was so sad and seemed very wrong, somehow.
                                                                            
       Wirt - Look, I'm running a business here. I don't sell information,
              and I don't care about some king that's been dead longer than
              I've been alive. If you need something to use against this king
              of the undead, then I can help you out...
                                                                            
       Adria - The dead who walk among the living follow the cursed king.
               He holds the power to raise yet more warriors for an ever
               growing army of the undead. If you do not stop his reign, he
               will surely march across this land and slay all who still live
               here.
                                                                            
       Farnham - I don't care about that. Listen, no skeleton is gonna be
                 my king. Leoric is king. King, so you hear me? Hail to the
                 king!
                                                                           
    Poisoned Water Supply
                                                                           
            If notice the fountain's color is yellowish, then you'll know
      that the passageway towards the King is nowhere to be found and in its
      place is a crack leading to the underground the water from which springs
      to the town. It's Pepin who informs you of this quest, and also he who
      rewards you for it---with a "RING OF TRUTH", another unique item. All
      you have to do is rid the place of monstrosities and move on.
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
      Odgen - I have always tried to keep a large supply of foodstuffs and
              drink in our storage cellar, but with the entire town having
              no source of fresh water, even our stores will soon run dry.
              Please, do what you can or I don't know what we will do.
                                                                            
      Griswold - Pepin has told you the truth. We will need fresh water badly,
                 and soon. I have tried to clear one of the smaller wells,
                 but it reeks of stagnant filth. It must be getting clogged
                 at the source.
                                                                            
      Cain - Hmm, I don't know what I can really tell you about this that
             will be of any help. The water that fills our wells comes from
             an underground spring. I have heard of a tunnel that leads to
             a great lake---perhaps they are one and the same. Unfortunately,
             I do not know what would cause our water supply to be tainted.
                                                                            
      Pepin - Please, you must hurry. Every hour that passes brings us closer
              to having no water to drink. We cannot survive for long without
              your help.
                                                                            
      Gillian - My grandmother is very weak, and Garda says that we cannot
                drink the water from the wells. Please, can you do something
                to help us?
                                                                            
      Wirt - For once, I'm with you. My business runs dry---so to speak--- 
             if I have no market to sell to. You better find out what is going
             on, and soon!
                                                                            
      Adria - The people of Tristram will die if you cannot restore fresh
              water to their wells. Know this---demons are at the heart of
              this matter, but they remain ignorant of what they have spawned.
                                                                            
      Farnham - You drink water?
                                                                           
      DUNGEON QUESTS B (you'll get to solve two of these)
                                                                           
    The Butcher
                                                                           
            There's supposed to be a wounded townsman outside the chapel, and
      he's the one who's gonna tell you about the genocidal maniac known only
      as the Butcher. Otherwise, you'll be quite sure you'll get to solve the
      remaining two quests of the dungeon. The Butcher carries with him a giant
      axe---cleaver as you may call it, and this time you can pick it up after
      he falls. It's a cool weapon but only until the 7th or 8th level. By
      that time you should already have sold it for something else. How to
      kill him without suffering a single cut? First, get yourself a bow.
      Then show yourself to him and he'll chase you. Go into a room that has
      bars for a wall and close the door. Dam demon is too dumb to know how
      to open doors so you'll be fine. The arrows will go through the bars
      and hit him. You have to be patient for he does not easily yield to
      beginners. By the way, his unique weapon is, quite dumbly, named, "The
      BUTCHER'S CLEAVER"
                                                                           
      *wounded townsman's last words: (I'm justing writing this from memory
                                       so forgive any errors)
                                                                            
       Please, listen to me. The Archbishop Lazarus, he led us the down there
       to find the lost prince...bastard led us into a trap. Now everyone
       is dead---killed by a demon he called the Butcher. Avenge us! Find
       this Butcher and slay him, so that our souls may finally rest...
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
      Odgen - Yes, Farnham has mumbled something about a hulking brute who
              wielded a fierce weapon. I believe he called him a butcher.
                                                                            
      Griswold - I saw what Farnham calls the Butcher as it swathed a path
                 through the bodies of my friends. He swung a cleaver as
                 large as an axe, hewing limbs and cutting down brave men
                 where they stood. I was separated from the fray by a host
                 of small screeching demons and somehow found the stairway
                 leading out. I never saw that hideous beast again, but his
                 blood-stained visage haunts me to this day.
                                                                            
      Cain - It seems that the Archbishop Lazarus goaded many of the townsmen
             into venturing into the labyrinth to find the king's missing
             son. He played upon their fears and whipped them into a frenzied
             mob. None of them were prepared for what lay within the cold
             earth...Lazarus abandoned them down there---left in the clutches
             of unspeakable horrors---to die.
                                                                            
      Pepin - By the light, I know of this vile demon. There were many that
              bore the scars of his wrath upon their bodies when the few
              survivors of the charge led by Lazarus crawled from the cathedral.
              I don't know what he used to slice open his victims, but it
              could not have been of this world. It left wounds festering
              with disease and even I found them almost impossible to treat.
              Beware if you plan to battle this fiend...
                                                                            
      Gillian - When Farnham said something about a Butcher killing people,
                I immediately discounted it. But since you brought it up,
                maybe it is true.
                                                                            
      Wirt - I know more than you'd think about that grisly fiend. His little
             friends got a hold of me and managed to get my leg before Griswold
             pulled me out of that hole. I'll put it bluntly---kill him before
             he kills you and adds your corpse to his collection.
                                                                            
      Adria - The Butcher is a sadistic creature that delights in the torture
              and pain of others. You have seen his handiwork in the drunkard
              Farnham. His destruction will do much to ensure the safety of
              this village.
                                                                            
      Farnham - Big! Big cleaver killing all my friends. Couldn't stop him,
                had to run away, couldn't save them. Trapped in a room with
                so many bodies...so many friends...nooooo!
                                                                           
    Ogden's Sign
                                                                           
            Just before you go down to the 5th level, you notice there are
      no entrances to the room that contains the stairway. You try the adjacent
      room and find a single goblin named Snotspill standing in front of you
      He can trigger this quest, but so can Ogden if you talk to him first.
      Anyway, Snotspill tells you to beat the crap out of the monsters in the
      other adjacent room, get Ogden's sign, and bring it to him, or else...
      Does that sound much of a threat? Not really. What you do is kill the
      monsters, get the sign, and bring it back to Ogden. At first he'll hurt
      your feelings by saying he didn't need the sign anymore, but then he
      gives you a unique helm for your effort, the "HARLEQUIN CREST" Quite
      useless, though, and should only be sold to get its worth. When you
      get back to Snotspill, the walls guarding the stairway have already been
      lowered, and replacing them are a multitude of goblins. Just stay where
      you are when you first saw him (the doorway) and you're ready to take
      them all on! (one by one, that is)
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
      Griswold - Demons stole Odgen's sign, you say? That doesn't sound much
                 like the atrocities I've heard of---or seen! Demons are
                 concerned with ripping out your heart, not your signpost.
                                                                            
      Cain - I see that this strange behaviour puzzles you as well. I would
             surmise that since many demons fear the light of the sun and
             believe that it holds great power, it may be that the rising
             sun depicted on the sign you speak of has led them to believe
             that it too holds some arcane powers. Hmmm...perhaps they are
             not all as smart as we had feared...
                                                                            
      Pepin - My goodness, demons running about the village at night, pillaging
              our homes---is nothing sacred? I hope that Odgen and Garda are
              all right. I suppose that they would come to see me if they
              were hurt.
                                                                            
      Gillian - Oh my! Is that where the sign went? My grandmother and I must
                have slept right through the whole thing. Thank the light
                that those monsters didn't attack the inn.
                                                                            
      Wirt - What...is he saying I took that? I suppose that Griswold is on
             his side, too. Look, I got over simple sign stealing months ago.
             You can't turn a profit on a piece of wood.
                                                                            
      Adria - No mortal can truly understand the mind of the demon. Never
              let their erratic actions confuse you, as that too may be their
              plan.
                                                                            
      Farnham - You know what I think? Somebody took that sign, and they gonna
                want lots of money for it. If I was Odgen...and I'm not, but
                if I was...I'd just buy a new sign with some pretty drawing
                on it. Maybe a nice mug of ale or a piece of cheese.
                                                                           
    Gharbad the Weak
                                                                           
            You notice this odd-colored goatman who isn't supposed to be around
      yet since you're only in the dungeons. He won't attack and you can't
      kill him, yet. Talk to him and he'll say, "Please don't kill me, I will
      prove to be useful to you." (I already translated that to formal English)
      Walk away and turn in a corner to make sure he doesn't see you. Walk
      back and talk to him the second time. He'll give you a weapon and make
      the same plea. Do this several times. Sometimes, you'll get a weapon,
      sometimes, you won't. Finally, he creates a weapon that he thinks is
      too powerful for you so he decides to use it for himself---against YOU!
      As his name suggests, he IS weak. You'll find it easy to defeat him,
      now that you've defeated the Butcher (if you got his quest). He'll
      drop one last weapon when he dies to which you'll murmur, "I am not
      impressed."
                                                                           
      CATACOMB QUESTS (you'll get to solve three of these)
                                                                           
    Magic Rock
                                                                           
            Griswold tells about some sky rock that had fallen to earth and
      was nowhere to be found. This is a very easy quest. All you have to
      do is look for the said rock somewhere down in the catacombs. It will
      be handed to you on a silver platter---literally. Griswold crafts these
      stones into another unique ring, the "EMPYREAN BAND"
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
      Odgen - The caravan stopped here to take on some supplies for their
              journey to the east. I sold them quite an array of fresh fruits
              and some excellent sweetbreads that Garda has just finished
              baking. Shame what happened to them.
                                                                            
      Griswold - I am still waiting for you to bring me that stone from the
                 heavens. I know that I can make something powerful out of
                 it.
                                                                            
      Cain - Griswold speaks of the heaven stone that was destined for the
             enclave located in the east. It was being taken there for further
             study. This stone glowed with an energy that somehow granted
             vision beyond that which a normal man could possess. I do not
             know what secrets it holds, my friend, but finding this stone
             would certainly prove most valuable.
                                                                            
      Pepin - I don't know what it is that they thought they could see with
              that rock, but I will say this: if rocks are falling from the
              sky, you had better be careful!
                                                                            
      Gillian - Well, a caravan of some very important people did stop here,
                but that was quite a while ago. They had strange accents and
                were starting on a long journey, as I recall. I don't see
                how you could hope to find anything that they would have carried.
                                                                            
      Wirt - If anyone can make something out of that rock, Griswold can.
             He knows what he is doing, and as much as I try to steal his
             customers, I respect the quality of his work.
                                                                            
      Adria - The heaven stone is very powerful, and were it any but Griswold
              who bid you find it, I would prevent it. He will harness its
              powers and its use will be for the good of us all.
                                                                            
      Farnham - I used to have a nice ring; it was a really expensive one,
                with blue and green and red and silver. Don't remember what
                happened to it, though. I really miss that ring...
                                                                           
    Valor
                                                                           
            For this and the rest of the catacomb quests, you'll have to read
      a specific book on a stand somewhere on the level before you get assigned
      for the task. For this quest, you'll find it in a long, rectangular
      room with two doors at the lower width. Entering these doors will reveal
      room with a "blood stone" (seems useless at first) and another door to
      go further on. Enter that second room and find a pedestal of blood to
      which you will place the blood stone (just click the pedestal while
      your blood stone is in your inventory) It turns out that the long,
      rectangular room is actually a group of adjacent rooms, and placing
      the blood stone on the pedestal unveiled on of them. Go to that room,
      get a second blood stone, and again place it on the pedestal. Another
      room is uncovered. That room will also contain a blood stone, the last
      one which, when placed on the pedestal, reveals a passageway beyond the
      wall you are facing. Venture forth, killing the demons on your way, and
      be rewarded by the only unique armor that can be acquired through a
      quest---the "ARMOR OF VALOR"
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
      Odgen - Every child hears the story of the warrior Arkaine and his mystic
              armor known as Valor. If you could find its resting place, you
              would be well protected against the evil in the labyrinth.
                                                                            
      Griswold - The armor known as Valor could be what tips the scale in
                 your favor. I will tell you that many have looked for it---
                 including myself. Arkaine hid it well, my friend, and it
                 will take more than a bit of luck to unlock the secrets that
                 have kept it concealed these many years.
                                                                            
      Cain - The gateway of blood and the halls of fire are landmarks of mystic
             origin. Wherever this book you read from resides it is surely
             a place of great power. Legends speak of a pedestal that is carved
             from obsidian stone and has a pool of boiling blood atop its
             bone-encrusted surface. There are also allusions to stones of
             blood that will open a door that guards an ancient treasure.
             The nature of this treasure is shrouded in speculation, my friend,
             but it is said that the ancient hero Arkaine placed the holy
             armor Valor in a secret vault. Arkaine was the first mortal to
             turn the tide of the Sin War and chase the legions of darkness
             back to the burning hells. Just before Arkaine died, his armor
             was hidden away in a secret vault. It is said that when this
             holy armor is again needed, a hero will arise to don Valor once
             more. Perhaps you are that hero...
                                                                            
      Pepin - Hmm...it sounds like something I should remember, but I've been
              so busy learning new cures and creating better elixirs that
              I must have forgotten. Sorry...
                                                                            
      Gillian - The story of the magic armor called Valor is something I often
                heard the boys talk about. You had better ask one of the men
                in the village.
                                                                            
      Wirt - You intend to find the armor known as Valor? No one has ever
             figured out where Arkaine stashed the stuff, and if my contacts
             couldn't find it, I seriously doubt you ever will either.
                                                                            
      Adria - Should you find these stones of blood, use them carefully. The
              way is fraught with danger and your only hope rests within your
              self-trust.
                                                                            
      Farnham - Zzzzz...
                                                                           
    Chamber of Bone (always included)
                                                                           
            This is the only quest the rewards you with a spell rather than
      an item. Here's what you have to do: Read the book regarding it, find
      the stairway between eight pillars, and go down. When you're in, massacre
      all the skeletons and rhinomen by staying directly in front of the door
      of their respective rooms, That way you'll fight only one of them at
      a time. When you're through, look for another book on a stand and read
      it. (This will give you the Guardian Spell)
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
      Odgen - I am afraid that I don't know anything about that, good master.
              Cain has many books that may be of some help.
                                                                            
      Griswold - I know nothing of this place, but you may try asking Cain.
                 He talks about many things, and it would not surprise me
                 if he had some answers to your question.
                                                                            
      Cain - A book that speaks of a chamber of human bones? Well, a chamber
             of bone is mentioned in certain archaic writings that I studied
             in the libraries of the east. These tomes inferred that when
             the lords of the underworld desired to protect great treasures,
             they would create domains where those who died in the attempt
             to steal that treasure would be forever bound to defend it. A
             twisted, but strangely fitting, end?
                                                                            
      Pepin - This sounds like a very dangerous place. If you venture there,
              please take great care.
                                                                            
      Gillian - I am afraid that I haven't heard anything about that. Perhaps
                Cain the storyteller could be of some help.
                                                                            
      Wirt - A vast and mysterious treasure, you say? Maybe I could be interested
             in picking up a few things from you...or better yet, don't you
             need some rare and expensive supplies to get you through this
             ordeal?
                                                                            
      Adria - You will become an eternal servant of the dark lords should
              you perish within this cursed domain. Enter the Chamber of Bone
              at your own peril.
                                                                            
      Farnham - Okay, so listen. There's the chamber of wood, see. And his
                wife, you know---her---tells the tree...cause you gotta wait.
                Then I says, that might work against him, but if you think
                I'm gonna pay for this...you...uh...yeah.
                                                                           
    Halls of the Blind
                                                                           
            I kinda like the poem that triggers this quest and have quite
      memorized it by heart; here goes:
                                                                           
                         I can see what you see not,
                         Vision milky then eyes rot.
                       When you turn they will be gone,
                        Whispering their hidden song.
                        Then you see what cannot be,
                     Shadows move where light should be.
                        Out of darkness, out of mind,
                    Cast down into the halls of the blind
                                                                           
            In this quest you just have to eradicate a bunch of demons that
      can go invisible (quite simple yet challenging as well) You'll find
      in a small room your reward---the "OPTIC AMULET"
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
      Odgen - I never much cared for poetry. Occasionally, I had cause to
              hire minstrels when the inn was doing well, but that seems like
              such a long time ago now. What? Oh, yes...uh, well, I suppose
              you could see what someone else knows.
                                                                            
      Griswold - I am afraid that I have neither heard nor seen a place that
                 matches your vivid description, my friend. Perhaps Cain the
                 storyteller could be of some help.
                                                                            
      Cain - You recite an interesting rhyme written in a style that reminds
             me of other works. Let me think now...what was it? Darkness shrouds
             the hidden. Eyes glowing unseen with only the sounds of razor
             claws briefly scraping to torment those poor souls who have been
             made sightless for all eternity. The prison for those so damned
             is named the Halls of the Blind...
                                                                            
      Pepin - This does seem familiar, somehow. I seem to recall reading
              something very much like that poem while researching the history
              of demonic afflictions. It spoke of a place of great evil that...
              wait...you're not going there are you?
                                                                            
      Gillian - If you have questions about blindness, you should talk to
                Pepin. I know that he gave my grandmother a potion that helped
                clear her vision, so maybe he can help you, too.
                                                                            
      Wirt - Lets see, am I selling you something? No. Are you giving me money
             to tell you about this? No. Are you now leaving and going to
             talk to the storyteller who lives for this kind of thing? Yes.
                                                                            
      Adria - This is a place of great anguish and terror, and so serves its
              master well. Tread carefully or you may yourself be staying
              much longer than you had anticipated.
                                                                            
      Farnham - Look here...that's pretty funny, huh? Get it? Blind---look
                here?
                                                                           
      CAVE QUESTS (you'll get to solve two of these)
                                                                           
    Zhar the Mad
                                                                           
            Ok, sorry. This guy's nowhere to be found in the caves (he appears
      on the level preceeding it) but he's included in this group of quests
      that the computer choses from so I included him. You'll find him in a
      library, busy reading. He'll give you a book, and tell you to be on your
      way. Something tells me you wouldn't, and try to click on his library.
      He becomes enraged, and throws fireballs at you. Non-warriors won't have
      much problems with him, as they'd probably be using a bow or a staff that
      can throw something as well. If you chose to be a warrior, you'd probably
      be using a short range weapon and therefore will have to chase him down.
      Just remember that when he teleports, a faint light can be seen moving
      on the floor. Follow that light for it will lead you to where he'll
      appear next.
                                                                           
    Black Mushroom
                                                                           
            The most insulting quest of all, this one makes you look like a
      gullible errand boy that blindy follows the whims of his master. First,
      you find a Fungal Tome which you should present to Adria. She then asks
      you to look for big black mushroom somewhere in the same area and bring
      it to her. This big black thingy is found along with a patch of smaller
      ones. Pick it up (it's actually as big as your shield!) and give it to
      the witch. She appreciates what you've done and remembers Pepin telling
      her something about needing the brain of some demon to experiment on.
      She also "requests" you to give her a sample of the elixir Pepin will
      make from the brain. You then kill any demon after that conversation
      its brain can automatically be picked up. Bring (starting to get tired
      now?) this brain to the healer who will, in turn give you a spectral
      elixir which you should fetch to the witch. The dam bit...uh witch tells
      you she doesn't need it anymore and that you should keep it. The spectral
      elixir will increase all your stats by three so maybe it was worth the
      effort.
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
      Odgen - Let me just say this. Both Garda and I would never, ever serve
              black mushrooms to our honored guests. If Adria wants some
              mushrooms in her stew, then that is her business, but I can't
              help you find any. Black mushrooms...disgusting!
                                                                            
      Griswold - If Adria doesn't have one of these, you can bet that's a
                 rare thing indeed. I can offer you no more help than that,
                 but it sounds like...a huge, gargantuan, swollen, bloated
                 mushroom! Well, good hunting, I suppose.
                                                                            
      Cain - The witch Adria seeks a black mushroom? I know as much about
             black mushrooms as I do about red herrings. Perhaps Pepin the
             healer could tell you more, but this is something that cannot
             be found in any of my stories or books.
                                                                            
      Pepin - The witch told me that you were searching for the brain of a
              demon to assist me in creating my elixir. It should be of great
              value to the many who are injured by those foul beasts, if I
              can just unlock the secrets I suspect that its alchemy holds.
              If you can remove the brain of a demon when you kill it, I would
              be grateful if you could bring it to me.
                                                                            
      Gillian - I think Odgen might have some mushrooms in the storage cellar.
                Why don't you ask him?
                                                                            
      Wirt - I don't have any mushrooms of any size or color for sale. How
             about something a bit more useful?
                                                                            
      Adria - It's a big, black mushroom that I need! Now run off and get
              it for me so that I can use it for a special concoction that
              I'm working on.
                                                                            
      Farnham  - Odgen mixes a mean black mushroom, but I get sick if I drink
                 that. Listen, here's the secret---moderation is the key!
                                                                           
    The Anvil of Fury
                                                                           
            The best of the quests as I would see it. Fairly easy. Griswold
      tells you about it and all you have to do is find and bring it to him
      and voila...a powerful sword, "GRISWOLD'S EDGE" is at your disposal.
      On my opinion, there are only two other swords better than this, namely
      the "Grandfather" and "Grizzly Sword" and these are very hard to find.
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
      Odgen - Don't you think that Griswold would be a better person to ask
              about this? He's quite handy, you know.
                                                                            
      Griswold - Nothing yet, eh? Well, keep searching. A weapon forged upon
                 the anvil could be your best hope, and I am sure that I can
                 make you one of the legendary proportions.
                                                                            
      Cain - Griswold speaks of the Anvil of Fury---a legendary artifact long
             searched for, but never found. Crafted from the metallic bones
             of the razor pit demons, the Anvil of Fury was smelt around the
             skulls of the five most powerful magi of the underworld. Carved
             with runes of power and chaos, any weapon or armor forged upon
             this anvil will be immersed into the realm of chaos, imbedding
             it with magical properties. It is said that the unpredictable
             nature of chaos makes it difficult to know what the outcome of
             this smithing will be...
                                                                            
      Pepin - If you had been looking for information on the pestle of curing
              or the silver chalice of purification, I could have assisted
              you, my friend. However, in this matter, you would be better
              served to speak to either Griswold or Cain.
                                                                            
      Gillian - Griswold's father used to tell some of us when we were growing
                up about a giant anvil that was used to make mighty weapons.
                He said that when a hammer was struck upon this anvil, the
                ground would shake with a great fury. Whenever the earth moves,
                I always remember that story...
                                                                            
      Wirt - If you were to find this artifact for Griswold, it could put
             a serious damper on my business here. Aw, you'll never find it.
                                                                            
      Adria - There are many aftifacts within the labyrinth that hold powers
              beyond the comprehension of mortals. Some of these hold fantastic
              power that can be used by either the light or the darkness.
              Securing the anvil from below could shift the course of the
              Sin War towards the light.
                                                                            
      Farnham - Griswold can't sell his anvil. What will he do then? And I'd
                be angry too if someone took my anvil!
                                                                           
      HELL QUESTS (you'll get to solve three of these)
                                                                           
    The Warrior of Blood
                                                                           
            Another book-on-a-stand triggered quest, this one yields a LOT
      of high-priced items(none unique though) that's sure to catch your
      attention. You fight the Warrior of Blood, along with his own band of
      minions just before you locate the stairway to the next level. The trick
      is not to enter his room. Lure one knight at a time to chase you, and
      you'll be fine.
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
      Odgen - I am afraid that I haven't heard anything about such a vicious
              warrior, good master. I hope that you do not have to fight him,
              for he sounds extremely dangerous.
                                                                            
      Griswold - Dark and wicked legends surround the Warlord of Blood. Be
                 well prepared, my friend, for he shows no mercy or quarter.
                                                                            
      Cain - I know of only one legend that speaks of such a warrior as you
             describe. His story is found within the ancient chronicles of
             the Sin War---stained by a thousand years of war, blood and death,
             the Warlord of Blood stands upon a mountain of his tattered
             victims. His dark blade screams a black curse to the living;
             a tortured invitation to any who whould stand before this executioner
             of hell. It is also written that although he was once a mortal
             who fought beside the legion of darkness during the Sin War,
             he lost his humanity to his insatiable hunger for blood.
                                                                            
      Pepin - Cain would be able to tell you much more about something like
              this than I would ever wish to know.
                                                                            
      Gillian - If you are to battle such a fierce opponent, may light be
                your guide and your defender. I will keep you on my thoughts.
                                                                            
      Wirt - I haven't ever dealt with this warlord you speak of, but he sounds
             like he's going through a lot of swords. Wouldn't mind supplying
             his armies...
                                                                            
      Adria - His prowess with the blade is awesome, and he has lived for
              thousands of years knowing only warfare. I am sorry...I can
              not see if you will defeat him.
                                                                            
      Farnham - Always you gotta talk about blood? What about flowers, and
                sunshine, and that pretty girl that brings the drinks. Listen
                here, friend...you're obsessive, you know that?
                                                                           
    Lachdanan
                                                                           
            Just when you've readied your best weapons, you find out this guy's
      on your side, and needs your help. He begs of you to find a golden elixir
      which is the only thing that could finally put him to rest (poor guy)
      This elixir is found on the next level so you have to remember where
      he was standing so you could come back up for him. He'll reward you with
      one of these, "VEIL OF STEEL" and "GOTTERDAMERUNG" Both are helms and
      both are worth trying.
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
      Odgen - You speak of a brave warrior long dead! I'll have no such talk
              of speaking with departed souls in my inn yard, thank you very
              much!
                                                                            
      Griswold - If it is actually Lachdanan that you have met, then I would
                 advise that you aid him. I dealt with him on several occasions
                 and found him to be honest and loyal in nature. The curse
                 that fell upon the followers of King Leoric would fall especially
                 hard upon him.
                                                                            
      Cain - You claim to have spoken with Lachdanan? He was a great hero
             during his life. Lachdanan was an honorable and just man who
             served his king faithfully for years. But of course, you already
             know that. Of those who were caught within the grasp of the king's
             curse, Lachdanan would be the least likely to submit to thedarkness
             without a fight, so I suppose that your story could be true.
             If I were in your place, my friend, I would find a way to release
             him from his torture.
                                                                            
      Pepin - A golden elixir, you say. I have never concocted a potion of
              that color before, so I can't tell you how it would effect you
              if you were to try to drink it. As your healer, I strongly
              advise that should you find such an elixir, do as Lachdanan
              asks and do not try to use it.
                                                                            
      Gillian - I've never heard of a Lachdanan before. I'm sorry, but I don't
                think that I can be of much help to you.
                                                                            
      Wirt - Wait, let me guess. Cain was swallowed up in a gigantic fissure
             that opened beneath him, he was incinerated in a ball of hellfire,
             and can't answer your questions anymore. Oh, that isn't what
             happened? Then I guess you'll be buying something or you'll be
             on your way.
                                                                            
      Adria - You may meet people who are trapped within the labyrinth, such
              as Lachdanan. I sense in him honor and great guilt. Aid him,
              and you aid all of Tristram.
                                                                            
      Farnham - Lachdanan is dead. Everybody knows that, and you can't fool
                me into thinking any other way. You can't talk to the dead,
                I know!
                                                                           
    Archbishop Lazarus (always included)
                                                                           
            This time an item---a "Vile Staff" that rests on a stand triggers
      your quest. Well, not exactly. You still have to present this staff to
      Cain who'll identify it by saying it belongs to the Archbishop himself.
      When you get back to the level where you found it, walk along to find
      a red portal that leads to his corruptness' lair. Exit through the only
      door you see, fighting your way through succubuses. You can go either
      to the left or to the right, they contain the same problems. Just ignore
      the jailed witches for a while, continue fighting, and when all's over,
      stand on that grey circle and read the book on the stand beside it. You'll
      be taken inside the room with the witches but this time the bars are lowered.
      fight your way through them, go to the other side of the lair and do
      just the same. When both sides are cleaned up, go back to where you
      started and step on the grey circle. No book-on-a-stand to read this
      time, you are instantly teleported beyond the wall---where Lazarus is.
      Accompanying him are the unique succubuses, Red Vex and Black Jade
      (boy, I'm starting to like this guy) and a multitude of succubuses
      (oh yeah baby) along with fellow mages (yuck!) After he finishes talking
      you can commence with the fight. I'd rather stay in the middle and
      honorably fight them all at the same time, but I'd suggest, for beginners,
      running away even before he finishes his speech. That way you can, one
      by one, lure the witches, and the mages, and the uniques, into their
      deaths. Deal with the playboy himself just as you did with Zhar (if
      you faced him) and you're on your merry way to the Dark Lord.
                                                                           
      *townsfolk's comments:
                                                                            
      Odgen - Lazarus was the archbishop who led many of the townspeople into
              the labyrinth. I lost many good friends that day, and Lazarus
              never returned. I suppose he was killed along with most of the
              others. If you would do me a favor, good master, please do not
              talk to Farnham about that day.
                                                                            
      Griswold - I was there when Lazarus led us into the labyrinth. He spoke
                 of holy retribution, but when we started fighting those hellspawn,
                 he did not so much as lift his mace against them. He just
                 ran deper into the dim, endless chambers that were filled
                 with the servants of darkness!
                                                                            
      Cain - You must hurry and rescue Albrecht from the hands of Lazarus!
             The prince and the people of this kingdom are counting on you...
                                                                            
      Pepin - I was shocked when I heard of what the townspeople were planning
              to do that night. I thought that of all people, Lazarus would
              have had more sense than that. He was an archbishop, and always
              seemed to care so much for the townsfolk of Tristram. So many
              were injured, I could not save them all...
                                                                            
      Gillian - I remember Lazarus as being a very kind and giving man. He
                spoke at my mother's funeral, and was supportive of my grandmother
                and myself in a very troubled time. I pray every night that
                somehow, he is still alive and safe.
                                                                            
      Wirt - Yes, the righteous Lazarus, who was sooo effective against those
             monsters down there. Didn't help save my leg, did it? Look, I'll
             give you a free piece of advice. Ask Farnham, he was there.
                                                                            
      Adria - I did not know this Lazarus of whom you speak, but I do sense
              a great comflict within his being. He poses a great danger,
              and will stop at nothing to serve the powers of darkness which
              have claimed him as theirs.
                                                                            
      Farnham - They stab, then bite, then they're all around you. Liar! Liar!
                They're all dead! Dead! Do you hear me? They just keep falling
                and falling... their blood spilling out all over the floor...
                all his fault...
                                                                           
    Diablo (always included)
                                                                           
            Of course this is always included! Why'd they call the game Diablo
      in the first place? After you defeat Lazarus, go back through the red
      portal and notice that the pentagram near it is now red, flashing, and
      opened in the middle. Go through the opening and you land in the center
      of another lair---Diablo's. It's made up of four rooms, each containing
      a skull lever that opens the next. First thing you do is eradicate all
      who are outside these rooms. They don't come in groups and if they do,
      they're only composed of two to three members and that only happens if
      you don't walk slowly and lure more than one at a time. One of the rooms
      is already opened so you'll have to clear that too. Once everything's
      quiet, it's time to turn on the noise again: Click on the next lever
      to open the next room, eradicate all that moves, repeat the process for
      the third room, create a town portal (by this time you must already know
      what that is) to go back, prepare all you want, and get ready to face
      the final challenge, er, challenges. Two skull levers are to be clicked
      in order to open the last room. Both these levers are in the third room
      so no sweat. Go to the last room, walking around it, one by one luring
      knights ang mages alike to their deaths, and finally barging in to kill
      the big red machine (no, not KANE!) inside. Don't forget to save the game
      at the moment you killed him to maximize the number of experience points
      you'll carry with you to your next adventure.
                                                                           
      what Cain say's about this quest: (not required to acivate it)
                                                                           
              Your story is quite grim, my friend. Lazarus will surely burn
      in hell for his horrific deed. The boy that you describe is not our
      prince! But I believe that Albrecht may yet be in danger. The symbol
      of power that you speak must be a portal---to the very heart of the
      labyrinth. Know this, my friend---the evil that you move against is
      the dark Lord of Terror. He is known to mortal men, as Diablo. It was
      he who was imprisoned within the labyrinth many centuries ago and I
      fear that he seeks to once again sow chaos in the realm of mankind.
      You must venture through the portal and destroy Diablo, before it is
      too late...
                                                                           
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    * for the rest of the item sections I won't be including much strategies
      because that's what the game is all about---building your OWN strategy
      and relying on the items of YOUR choice.
     _  _  ____      ____    __    ___  ____   ___    ____  ____  ____  __  __  ___
    ( \/ )(_  _)    (  _ \  /__\  / __)(_  _) / __)  (_  _)(_  _)( ___)(  \/  )/ __)
     \  /  _)(_      ) _ < /(__)\ \__ \ _)(_ ( (__    _)(_   )(   )__)  )    ( \__ \
      \/  (____)()  (____/(__)(__)(___/(____) \___)  (____) (__) (____)(_/\/\_)(___/
                                                                           
                                                                           
    * These are the items whose description in the message box is written
      in plain white text. Only for beginners who still cannot afford or haven't
      chanced upon an item described in blue (magic) or better yet gold (unique)
      text. It does nothing besides what it should (inflict damage, increase
      armor, etc.)
    __________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name______|_Damage_|_Armor_|_Dur_|_Requirements_|_Handed_|
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
    sword  | Bastard   | 6-15   | n/a   | 60  | str: 50      |   1    |
           | Sword     |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Blade     | 3-8    | n/a   | 30  | str: 25      |   1    |
           |           |        |       |     | dex: 30      |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Broad     | 4-12   | n/a   | 50  | str: 30-40   |   1    |
           | Sword     |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Claymore  | 2-12   | n/a   | 30- | str: 35      |   1    |
           |           |        |       | 36  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Dagger    | 1-4    | n/a   | 15  | none         |   1    |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Falchion  | 4-8    | n/a   | 15- | str: 25-30   |   1    |
           |           |        |       | 20  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Great     | 10-20  | n/a   | 100 | str: 75      |   2    |
           | Sword     |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Long      | 2-10   | n/a   | 40  | str: 27-30   |   1    |
           | Sword     |        |       |     | dex: 30      |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Sabre     | 1-8    | n/a   | 25- | str: 17      |   1    |
           |           |        |       | 45  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Scimitar  | 3-7    | n/a   | 20- | str: 23      |   1    |
           |           |        |       | 28  | dex: 23      |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Short     | 2-6    | n/a   | 20- | str: 18      |   1    |
           | Sword     |        |       | 24  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | 2-handed  | 8-16   | n/a   | 75  | str: 60-65   |   2    |
           | Sword     |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
    ___________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name______|_Damage_|_Armor_|_Dur_|_Requirements_|_Handed_|
    bat    | Club      | 1-6    | n/a   | 20  | none         |   1    |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Flail     | 2-12   | n/a   | 30- | str: 25-30   |   1    |
           |           |        |       | 36  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Mace      | 1-8    | n/a   | 30- | str: 16      |   1    |
           |           |        |       | 32  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Maul      | 6-20   | n/a   | 50  | str: 40-45   |   2    |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Morning   | 1-10   | n/a   | 40  | str: 26      |   1    |
           | Star      |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Spiked    | 3-6    | n/a   | 20- | str: 18-20   |   1    |
           | Club      |        |       | 25  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | War       | 5-9    | n/a   | 50  | str: 30-40   |   2    |
           | Hammer    |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
    ___________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name______|_Damage_|_Armor_|_Dur_|_Requirements_|_Handed_|
    axe    | Axe       | 4-12   | n/a   | 25- | str: 20-22   |   2    |
           |           |        |       | 32  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Battle    | 10-25  | n/a   | 60  | str: 60-65   |   2    |
           | Axe       |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Broad Axe | 8-20   | n/a   | 50  | str: 35-50   |   2    |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Great Axe | 12-30  | n/a   | 75  | str: 80      |   2    |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Large Axe | 6-16   | n/a   | 30- | str: 25-30   |   2    |
           |           |        |       | 40  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Small Axe | 2-10   | n/a   | 20- | none         |   2    |
           |           |        |       | 24  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
    ___________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name______|_Damage_|_Armor_|_Dur_|_Requirements_|_Handed_|
    bow    | Composite | 3-6    | n/a   | 45- | str: 25-30   |   2    |
           | Bow       |        |       | 50  | dex: 35-40   |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Hunter's  | 2-5    | n/a   | 40  | str: 20      |   2    |
           | Bow       |        |       |     | dex: 35      |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Long      | 1-10   | n/a   | 45  | str: 30-40   |   2    |
           | Battle    |        |       |     | dex: 45-60   |        |
           | Bow       |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Long Bow  | 1-6    | n/a   | 20- | str: 25      |   2    |
           |           |        |       | 35  | dex: 25-30   |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Long War  | 1-14   | n/a   | 60  | str: 45      |   2    |
           | Bow       |        |       |     | dex: 80      |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Short     | 3-7    | n/a   | 45  | str: 30      |   2    |
           | Battle    |        |       |     | dex: 40-50   |        |
           | Bow       |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Short Bow | 1-4    | n/a   | 20- | str: 20      |   2    |
           |           |        |       | 30  | dex: 20-30   |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Short War | 4-8    | n/a   | 55  | str: 35      |   2    |
           | Bow       |        |       |     | dex: 70      |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
    ___________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name______|_Damage_|_Armor_|_Dur_|_Requirements_|_Handed_|
    staff  | Composite | 5-10   | n/a   | 45  | none         |   2    |
           | Staff     |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Long      | 4-8    | n/a   | 35  | none         |   2    |
           | Staff     |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Quarter   | 4-8    | n/a   | 35  | none         |   2    |
           | Staff     |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Short     | 2-4    | n/a   | 25  | none         |   2    |
           | Staff     |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | War Staff | 8-16   | n/a   | 75  | str: 30      |   2    |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
    ____________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name______|_Damage_|_Armor_|_Dur_|_Requirements_|_Handed_|
    shield | Buckler   | n/a    | 1-5   | 10- | none         |   1    |
           |           |        |       | 16  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Gothic    | n/a    | 17-18 | 60  | str: 80      |   1    |
           | Shield    |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Kite      | n/a    | 9-14  | 40  | str: 35-50   |   1    |
           | Shield    |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Large     | n/a    | 5-8   | 30- | str: 25-40   |   1    |
           | Shield    |        |       | 32  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Small     | n/a    | 3-8   | 20- | str: 18-25   |   1    |
           | Shield    |        |       | 24  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Tower     | n/a    | 14-9  | 50  | str: 60      |   1    |
           | Shield    |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
    ___________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name______|_Damage_|_Armor_|_Dur_|_Requirements_|_Handed_|
    armor  | Breast    | n/a    | 20-24 | 80  | str: 40      | n/a    |
           | Plate     |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Cape      | n/a    | 1-4   | 10- | none         | n/a    |
           |           |        |       | 12  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Chain     | n/a    | 22    | 55  | str: 30      | n/a    |
           | Mail      |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Cloak     | n/a    | 3-7   | 15- | none         | n/a    |
           |           |        |       | 18  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Field     | n/a    | 40-44 | 80  | str: 65      | n/a    |
           | Plate     |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Full      | n/a    | 64-70 | 90  | str: 90      | n/a    |
           | Plate     |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Mail      |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Gothic    | n/a    | 52-59 | 100 | str: 80      | n/a    |
           | Plate     |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Hard      | n/a    | 11-12 | 35- | none         | n/a    |
           | Leather   |        |       | 40  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Leather   | n/a    | 12-13 | 30- | none         | n/a    |
           | Armor     |        |       | 35  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Plate     | n/a    | 44-49 | 75  | str: 60      | n/a    |
           | Mail      |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Quilted   | n/a    | 8-10  | 25- | none         | n/a    |
           | Armor     |        |       | 30  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Rags      | n/a    | 2-6   | 6   | none         | n/a    |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Ring Mail | n/a    | 18-20 | 50  | str: 25      | n/a    |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Robe      | n/a    | 4-7   | 9-  | none         | n/a    |
           |           |        |       | 24  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Scale     | n/a    | 25-28 | 60  | str: 35      | n/a    |
           | Mail      |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Splint    | n/a    | 32-35 | 65  | str: 40      | n/a    |
           | Mail      |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Studded   | n/a    | 15-16 | 40- | str: 20      | n/a    |
           | Leather   |        |       | 45  |              |        |
           | Armor     |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
    ___________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name______|_Damage_|_Armor_|_Dur_|_Requirements_|_Handed_|
    helm   | Cap       | n/a    | 2-3   | 10- | none         | n/a    |
           |           |        |       | 15  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Crown     | n/a    | 8-12  | 30- | none         | n/a    |
           |           |        |       | 40  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Full Helm | n/a    | 6-8   | 35  | str: 25-35   | n/a    |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Great     | n/a    | 11    | 60  | str: 50      | n/a    |
           | Helm      |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Helm      | n/a    | 4     | 20- | str: 20-25   | n/a    |
           |           |        |       | 30  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           | Skull Cap | n/a    | 2-3   | 15- | none         | n/a    |
           |           |        |       | 20  |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
           |           |        |       |     |              |        |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                           
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     _  _  ____  ____      ___  ____  ____   ___  ____    __    __
    ( \/ )(_  _)(_  _)    / __)(  _ \( ___) / __)(_  _)  /__\  (  )
     \  /  _)(_  _)(_     \__ \ )___/ )__) ( (__  _)(_  /(__)\  )(__
      \/  (____)(____)()  (___/(__)  (____) \___)(____)(__)(__)(____)
                 _  _    __    __  __  ____  ___
                ( \( )  /__\  (  \/  )( ___)/ __)
                 )  (  /(__)\  )    (  )__) \__ \
                (_)\_)(__)(__)(_/\/\_)(____)(___/
                                                                           
                                                                           
    * These are found on the descriptions of the magic weapons (written in
      blue) There are two kinds: One that appears before the weapon's basic
      name and the other that appears after. They say what special ability
      that weapon has so here is a list:
                                                                           
      descriptions that come before the actual name:
                                                                           
    Amber        - +16-20% resist all
    Angel's      - +1 spell level to all
    Arch-Angel's - +2 spell level to all     <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Awesome      - +131-150% armor
    Azure        - +21-30% resist lightning
    Bent         - -50-75% damage            <DO NOT USE>
    Blessed      - +91-110% armor
    Blue         - +10-20% resist lightning
    Bountifull   - charges tripled           <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Brass        - -1-5% to hit              <DO NOT USE>
    Bronze       - +1-5% to hit
    Brutal       - +81-95% damage
    Burgundy     - +31-40% resist fire
    Champion's   - +126-150% damage ;
                   +51-75% to hit
    Clumsy       - -50-75% damage ;          <DO NOT USE>
                   -1-5% to hit
    Cobalt       - +41-50% resist lightning
    Crimson      - +21-40% resist fire
    Crystal      - +41-50% resist magic
    Deadly       - +36-50% damage
    Diamond      - +51-60% resist magic      <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Dragon's     - +51-60 mana
    Drake's      - +41-50 mana
    Dull         - -25-45% damage ;          <DO NOT USE>
                   -4-5% to hit
    Emerald      - +41-50% resisr all        <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Fine         - +20-30% armor
    Frog's       - -1-10 mana                <DO NOT USE>
    Garnet       - +41-50% resist fire
    Glorious     - +71-90% armor
    Godly        - +171-200% armor           <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Gold         - +20-30% to hit
    Grand        - +41-55% damage
    Heavy        - +51-65% damage
    Holy         - +151-170% armor
    Hyena's      - -11-25 mana               <DO NOT USE>
    Hydra's      - +81-100 mana              <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Iron         - +6-10% to hit
    Ivory        - +31-40% resist magic
    Jade         - +21-30% resist all
    Jagged       - +20-35% damage
    King's       - +151-175% damage          <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
                   +76-100% to hit
    Knight's     - +96-110% damage
                   +31-40% to hit
    Lapis        - +31-40% resist lightning
    Lord's       - +81-95% damage
                   +21-30% to hit
    Massive      - +96-110% damage
    Master's     - +111-125% damage
                   +41-50% to hit
    Mithril      - +41-60% to hit
    Merciless    - +151-175% damage
    Meteoric     - +61-80% to hit
    Obsidian     - +31-40% resist all
    Pearl        - +21-30% resist magic
    Platinum     - +31-40% to hit
    Plentiful    - charges doubled
    Raven's      - +16-20 mana
    Red          - +10-20% resist fire
    Ruby         - +51-60% resist fire       <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Rusted       - -25-50% armor             <DO NOT USE>
    Ruthless     - +125-150% damage
    Saintly      - +111-130% armor
    Sapphire     - +51-60% resist lightning  <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Savage       - +111-125% damage
    Serpent's    - +30-40 mana
    Sharp        - +20-35% damage
                   +1-5 to hit
    Silver       - +16-20 to hit
    Snake's      - +21-30 mana
    Soldier's    - +66-80% damage
                   +16-20% to hit
    Spider's     - +10-15 mana
    Steel        - +11-15 to hit
    Strong       - +31-40% armor
    Strange      - +101-150% to hit          <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Sturdy       - +20-30% armor
    Tin          - -6-10% to hit             <DO NOT USE>
    Topaz        - +10-15% resist all
    Useless      - -100% damage              <DO NOT USE>
    Valiant      - +56-70% armor
    Vicious      - +66-80% damage
    Vulnerable   - -51-100% armor            <DO NOT USE>
    Warrior's    - +51-65% damage
                   +11-15% to hit
    Weak         - -25-45% damage            <DO NOT USE>
    Weird        - +81-100% to hit
    White        - +10-20% resist magic
    Wyrm         - +61-80 mana
                                                                           
                                                                           
      descriptions that come after the actual name:
      (starts with "...of..." or "...of the...")
                                                                           
    Absorption    - -3 damage from enemies
    Accuracy      - +11-15 dexterity
    Ages          - indestructible           <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Atrophy       - -1-5 dexterity           <DO NOT USE>
    Balance       - fast recovery
    Bashing       - 8-24 damage to armor     <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Bat           - steals 3% mana
    Bear          - knocks target back
    Blocking      - fast block               <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Blood         - steals 6% life           <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Brilliance    - +11-15 magic
    Brittleness   - -26-75% durability       <DO NOT USE>
    Burning       - 1-16 fire damage         <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Carnage       - +13-16 damage
    Corruption    - mana=0                   <DO NOT USE>
    Craftsmanship - +51-100% durability
    Crusaders     - damage of this attack
                    +50% damage of last one
    Dark          - -40% light radius        <DO NOT USE>
    Dexterity     - +1-5 dexterity
    Disease       - -1-5 vitality            <DO NOT USE>
    Dyslexia      - -1-5 magic               <DO NOT USE>
    Eagle         - +21-30 hit points
    Fire          - +1-6 fire arrow damage
    Flame         - +1-3 fire arrow damage
    Fool          - -6-0/+1-10 magic
    Fox           - +10-15 hit points
    Fragility     - durability=1             <DO NOT USE>
    Frailty       - -6-10 strength           <DO NOT USE>
    Giant         - +16-20 strength
    Gore          - +9-12 damage
    Harmony       - fastest hit recovery     <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Haste         - fastest attack           <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Health        - -1 damage from enemies
    Heavens       - +12-15 all stats
    Illness       - -6-10 vitality           <DO NOT USE>
    Jackal        - -1-10 hit points         <DO NOT USE>
    Jaguar        - +16-20 hit points
    Leech         - steals 3% life
    Life          - -4 damage from enemies
    Light         - +20% light radius
    Lightning     - +1-10 lightning arrow
                    damage
    Lion          - +51-60 hit points
    Magic         - +1-5 magic
    Maiming       - +3-5 damage
    Mammoth       - +61-80 hit points
    Many          - +100% arrow durability
    Might         - +6-10 strength
    Mind          - +6-10 magic
    Moon          - +4-7 all stats
    Night         - -20% light radius
    Pain          - +2-4 damage from enemies  <DO NOT USE>
    Paralysis     - -6-10 dexterity           <DO NOT USE>
    Perfection    - +21-30 dexterity          <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Piercing      - 2-6 damage to armor
    Pit           - -1-5 all stats            <DO NOT USE>
    Plenty        - +200% arrow durability
    Power         - +11-15 strength
    Precision     - +16-20 dexterity
    Protection    - -2 damage from enemies
    Puncturing    - 4-12 damage to armor
    Quality       - +1-2 damage
    Radiance      - +40% light radius         <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Readiness     - fast attack
    Shock         - +1-6 lightning arrow
                    damage
    Skill         - +6-10 dexterity
    Sky           - +1-3 all stats
    Slaughter     - +17-20 damage             <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Slaying       - +6-8 damage
    Sorcery       - +16-20 magic
    Speed         - fastest attack
    Stability     - faster hit recovery
    Stars         - +8-11 all stats
    Structure     - +101-200% durability
    Sturdiness    - +26-50% durability
    Strength      - +1-5 strength
    Spikes        - 1-10 damage to            <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
                    attacking enemy
    Swiftness     - faster attack
    Tears         - +1 damage from enemies    <DO NOT USE>
    Thieves       - -1/2 trap damage
    Thorns        - 1-6 damage to
                    attacking enemy
    Thunder       - +1-20 lightning damage
    Tiger         - +50 hit points
    Titans        - +21-30 strength           <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Trouble       - -10 all stats             <DO NOT USE>
    Vampire       - steals 6% mana            <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Vigor         - +16-20 vitality           <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Vileness      - enemy stops healing
    Vim           - +11-15 vitality
    Vitality      - +1-5 vitality
    Vulture       - -11-25 hit points         <DO NOT USE>
    Weakness      - -1-5 strength             <DO NOT USE>
    Whale         - +81-100 hit points        <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Wizardry      - +21-30 magic              <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
    Wolf          - +30-40 hit points
    Zest          - +6-10 vitality
    Zodiac        - +16-20 all stats          <BEST IN ITS FIELD>
                                                                           
    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
     _  _  ____  ____  ____      __  __  _  _  ____  _____  __  __  ____
    ( \/ )(_  _)(_  _)(_  _)    (  )(  )( \( )(_  _)(  _  )(  )(  )( ___)
     \  /  _)(_  _)(_  _)(_      )(__)(  )  (  _)(_  )(_)(  )(__)(  )__)
      \/  (____)(____)(____)()  (______)(_)\_)(____)(___/\\(______)(____)
                       ____  ____  ____  __  __  ___
                      (_  _)(_  _)( ___)(  \/  )/ __)
                       _)(_   )(   )__)  )    ( \__ \
                      (____) (__) (____)(_/\/\_)(___/
                                                                           
                                                                           
    * As the name suggests, there is only one set of items of this kind and
      they cannot be found twice in a single game. It's quite hard to get all
      of them, as they can never be bought, only chanced upon while fighting
      your way through the labyrinth or by completing certain quests. They
      can, however, be sold.
                                                                           
    * legend:
                                                                           
    Reqment -requirement
    Hand    -handed
    Dam     -damage
    HP      -hit points
    MN      -mana
    AS      -all stats
    LR      -light radius
    R       -resist
    fr      -from
    fir     -fire
    lng     -lightning
    inf     -infinite
    SL      -spell level
    SC      -spell cost
                                                                           
    ____________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name__________|_Traits____|_Damage_|_Dur_|_Reqment_|_Hand_|
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
    sword  | Black Razor   | Altered   | 1-4    | 5   | none    |  1   |
           |               |  Dur      |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Vit:+2    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+150% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Bonesaw       | Str:+10   | 1-12   | 36  | str:35  |  1   |
           |               | Dex:-5    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Mag:-5    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+10   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | HP:+10    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | MN:-10    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Defender      | Armor:+5  | 1-8    | 45  | str:17  |  1   |
           |               | Vit:+5    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:-5%    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Doombringer   | AS:-5     | 6-15   | 60  | str:50  |  1   |
           |               | Dam:+250% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+25%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | HP:-25    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:-20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Executioner's | Altered   | 4-8    | 60  | str:30  |  1   |
           | Blade         |  Dur      |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+150%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | HP:-10    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:-10%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Falcon's      | Fastest   | 3-7    | 28  | str:23  |  1   |
           | Talon         |  Attack   |        |     | dex:23  |      |
           |               | Dex:-10   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:-33%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Gibbous Moon  | AS:+2     | 4-12   | 50  | str:40  |  1   |
           |               | Dam:+25%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | MN:+15    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:-30%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Gonnagal's    | Fast      | 1-4    | 15  | none    |  1   |
           | Dirk          |   Attack  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dex:-5    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+4    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rmag:+25% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Grandfather   | One-      | 10-20  | 100 | str:75  |  1   |
           |               |  handed   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | AS:+5     |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+70%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | HP:+20    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Griswold's    | Fast      | 4-12   | 50  | str:40  |  1   |
           | Edge          |  Attack   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Knocks    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  Target   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  Back     |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Fire Dam: |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  +1-10    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+25%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | HP:-20    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | MN:+20    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Grizzly       | Knocks    | 8-16   | 150 | str:65  |  2   |
           |               |  Target   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  Back     |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Armor:-5  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Str:+20   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Vit:-5    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+200% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Gryphon's     | Fast      | 4-8    | 30  | str:20  |  1   |
           | Claw          |  Attack   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Knocks    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  Target   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  Back     |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dex:-5    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Mag:+2    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+100% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Ice Shank     | Altered   | 2-10   | 15  | str:30  |  1   |
           |               |  Dur      |        |     | dex:30  |      |
           |               | Str:+5    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rfir:+40% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Inferno       | Fire Dam: | 2-10   | 40  | str:30  |  1   |
           |               |  +2-12    |        |     | dex:30  |      |
           |               | Rfir:+75% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | MN:+20    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:+30%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Light Sabre   | Lng Dam:  | 1-6    | 45  | str:17  |  1   |
           |               |  +1-10    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rlng:+50% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:+20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Shadow Hawk   | Steals 5% | 4-12   | 50  | str:40  |  1   |
           |               |  Life     |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+15%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rall:+5%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:-20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Wizardspike   | Mag:+15   | 1-4    | 16  | none    |  1   |
           |               | TH:+25%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rall:+15% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | MN:+35    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                           
    * you may be wondering why the "Grandfather" sword (mentioned above) has
      "One-handed" included in its traits. What's so special about it being
      one-handed? Almost every sword is one-handed! Well, the fact that this
      unique item takes on the basic form of a "Great Sword" (dam:10-20 ;
      durability: 100) it should also be two-handed like any other "Great
      Sword", but is not. This sword, on my opinion, is the best weapon,
      and probably item, in the game. (not to mention the highest-priced
      unique item; 29,950 gold whereas no other unique item even reached
      the price of 20,000)
                                                                           
    ____________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name__________|_Traits____|_Damage_|_Dur_|_Reqment_|_Hand_|
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
    bat    | Baranar's     | Altered   | 1-10   | 60  | str:23  |  1   |
           | Star          |  Dur      |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Fast      |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  Attack   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dex:-4    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Vit:+4    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+80%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+12%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Celestial     | Armor:-8  | 2-12   | 36  | none    |  1   |
           | Star          | Dam:+10   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:+20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Civerb's      | Dex:-5    | 1-8    | 32  | str:16  |  1   |
           | Cudgel        | Mag:-2    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+200% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  on demon |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Crackrust     | AS:+2     | 1-8    | inf | str:16  |  1   |
           |               | Dam:-25%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rall:+15% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Cranium       | Str:+15   | 6-20   | inf | str:55  |  2   |
           | Basher        | Dam:+20   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rall:+5%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | MN:-150   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Dreamflange   | SL:+1     | 1-8    | 32  | str:16  |  1   |
           |               | Mag:+30   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rmag:+50% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | MN:+50    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:+20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Gnarled Root  | Armor:-10 | 3-6    | 20  | str:18  |  1   |
           |               | Dex:+10   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Mag:+5    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+300% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rall:+10% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Hammer of     | Str:+3    | 6-20   | inf | str:55  |  2   |
           | Jholm         | TH:+15%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+4    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Shaefer's     | TH:+30%   | 5-9    | 50  | str:40  |  2   |
           | Hammer        | Dam:+100% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Lng Dam:  |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  +1-50    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rlng:+75% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | HP:+50    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:+10%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                           
    * unless you have a flare for hammers (like Shaefer's), I don't see any
      reason why you should be using any of those.
                                                                           
    ____________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name__________|_Traits____|_Damage_|_Dur_|_Reqment_|_Hand_|
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
    axe    | Aguinara's    | SL:+1     | 2-10   | 24  | none    |  2   |
           | Hatchet       | Mag:+10   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rmag:+75% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Bloodslayer   | SL:+1     | 8-20   | 50  | str:50  |  2   |
           |               | AS:+5     |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+100% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+200% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  on demon |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Butcher's     | Altered   | 4-24   | 25  | none    |  2   |
           | Cleaver       |  Dur      |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Str:+10   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Celestial Axe | Str:-15   | 10-25  | 60  | none    |  2   |
           |               | TH:+15    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | HP:+15    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Hellslayer    | Str:+8    | 10-25  | 60  | str:65  |  2   |
           |               | Vit:+8    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+100% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | HP:+25    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | MN:-25    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Mangler       | Dex:-5    | 6-16   | 30  | str:25  |  2   |
           |               | Mag:-5    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+200% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | MN:-10    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Messerschmidt | AS:+5     | 12-30  | 75  | str:80  |  2   |
           | 's Reaver     | Dam:+200% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:15    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Fire Dam  |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  +2-12    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | HP:-50    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Sharp Beak    | Mag:-10   | 6-16   | 40  | str:30  |  2   |
           |               | HP:+20    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | MN:-10    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Stone Cleaver | Dam:+50%  | 8-20   | 50  | str:50  |  2   |
           |               | TH:+20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rlng:+40% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | HP:+30    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Wicked Axe    | Dex:+10   | 6-16   | inf | str:30  |  2   |
           |               | Vit:-10   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:-6 fr |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  enemies  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+30%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                           
    * Ah, yes...the "Messerschmidt's Reaver"---with the word DAMAGE written
      all over it. You'll definitely agree this baby's worth the low defense
      that comes with it (cause, like other axes, it's two-handed; you can't
      use it with a shield) That is, IF you're absolutely sure you'll be
      engaging in hand-to-hand combat. Otherwise, you'll need the shield---
      still, it's YOUR choice!
                                                                           
    ____________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name__________|_Traits____|_Damage_|_Dur_|_Reqment_|_Hand_|
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
    bow    | Blackoak Bow  | Dex:+10   | 1-6    | 35  | str:25  |  2   |
           |               | Vit:-10   |        |     | dex:30  |      |
           |               | Dam:+50%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:-10%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Bow of the    | Altered   | 3-6    | 30  | str:25  |  2   |
           | Dead          |  Dur      |        |     | dex:40  |      |
           |               | Dex:+4    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Vit:-3    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+10%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:-20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Celestial Bow | Armor:+5  | 1-6    | 35  | dex:30  |  2   |
           |               | Dam:+2    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Deadly Hunter | Mag:-5    | 3-6    | 45  | str:25  |  2   |
           |               | Dam:+200% |        |     | dex:40  |      |
           |               |  on demon |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Eaglehorn     | Dex:+20   | 1-10   | inf | str:30  |  2   |
           |               | Dam:+100% |        |     | dex:60  |      |
           |               | TH:+50%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Flamedart     | Fire Dam: | 2-5    | 40  | str:20  |  2   |
           |               |  +1-6     |        |     | dex:35  |      |
           |               | TH:+20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rfir:+40% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Fleshstinger  | Dex:+15   | 1-6    | 37  | str:25  |  2   |
           |               | Dam:+80%  |        |     | dex:30  |      |
           |               | TH:+40%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Needler       | Fast      | 1-3    | 30  | none    |  2   |
           |               |  Attack   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+50%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Rift Bow      | Random    | 1-4    | 30  | none    |  2   |
           |               |  Speed    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dex:-3    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+2    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Windforce     | Knocks    | 1-14   | 60  | str:45  |  2   |
           |               |  Target   |        |     | dex:80  |      |
           |               |  Back     |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Str:+5    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+200% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                           
    * If you choose to rely on bows, which generally do a lot less damage
      than any other type of weapon in the game, you'll need one that's
      equiped with an ability to increase its damage by a large percent.
      You'll also need a bow that knocks your target back since if they
      get close, you'll be hopelessly defenseless. Lastly, you'll need a
      bow that increases your strength, as this also means increase in
      damage. The "Windforce" just does all that.
                                                                           
    ____________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name__________|_Traits____|_Damage_|_Dur_|_Reqment_|_Hand_|
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
    staff  | Dufus Staff   | Faster    | 3-7    | 35  | none    |  2   |
           |               |  Attack   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Mag:-10   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+60%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:10%    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:-20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Gleamsong     | SC:-10%   | 2-4    | 25  | none    |  2   |
           |               | Phasing   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  Spell:76 |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Str:-3    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Vit:-3    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | MN:-+25   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Immolator     | Vit:-5    | 4-8    | 35  | none    |  2   |
           |               | Fire Dam: |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  +4       |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rfir:+20% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | MN:+10    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Mindcry       | SL:+1     | 6-12   | 55  | str:20  |  2   |
           |               | Guardian  |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  Spell:69 |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Mag:+15   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rall:15%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Naj's Puzzler | Teleport  | 4-8    | 35  | none    |  2   |
           |               |  Spell:57 |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dex:+10   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Mag:+20   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rall:+20% |        |     |         |      |
           |               | HP:-25    |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Protector     | Armor:+40 | 2-4    | 25  | none    |  2   |
           |               | Healing   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  Spell:86 |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Vit:+5    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:-5 fr |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  enemies  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:1-3 to|        |     |         |      |
           |               |  attacker |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Rod of Onan   | Golem     | 8-16   | 75  | str:30  |  2   |
           |               |  Spell:50 |        |     |         |      |
           |               | AS:+5     |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+100% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Staff of      | Quick     | 4-8    | 35  | none    |  2   |
           | Shadows       |  Attack   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Mag:-10   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+60%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+10%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:-20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Storm Spire   | Str:+10   | 8-16   | 75  | str:30  |  2   |
           |               | Mag:-10   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Lng Dam:  |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  +2-8     |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rlng:+50% |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           | Thundercall   | Lightning | 5-10   | 45  | none    |  2   |
           |               |  Spell:76 |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Lng Dam:  |        |     |         |      |
           |               |  +1-10    |        |     |         |      |
           |               | TH:+35%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               | Rlng:30%  |        |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:+20%   |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
           |               |           |        |     |         |      |
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                           
    * Nuthin like a good 'ol Golem by your side, chanting your opponent's
      name right after saying the word, "maul" The other staves may give
      you a more damaging spell with higher number of charges, but what if
      you venture into a level where ALL of the inhabitants are immune to
      it? There's no immunity to a Golem since he does physical, not magical,
      damage. The only problem is if a single monster is so strong your
      Golem isn't enough. But of course you can arrange that. You'll just
      have to "help him help you". (now, where did I hear that? hmmm...)
                                                                           
    ____________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name__________|_Traits____|_Armor_|_Dur_|_Reqment_|_Hand_|
           |               |           |       |     |         |      |
    shield | Blackoak      | Altered   |  18   | 60  | str:25  |  1   |
           | Shield        |  Dur      |       |     |         |      |
           |               | Dex:+10   |       |     |         |      |
           |               | Vit:-10   |       |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:-10%   |       |     |         |      |
           |               |           |       |     |         |      |
           | Dragon's      | Str:+5    |  20   | inf | str:50  |  1   |
           | Breach        | Mag:-5    |       |     |         |      |
           |               | Rfir:+25% |       |     |         |      |
           |               |           |       |     |         |      |
           | Holy Defender | Fast      |  15   | 96  | str:40  |  1   |
           |               |  Block    |       |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:-2 fr |       |     |         |      |
           |               |  enemies  |       |     |         |      |
           |               | Rfir:+20% |       |     |         |      |
           |               |           |       |     |         |      |
           | Split Skull   | Altered   |  10   | 15  | none    |  1   |
           | Shield        |  Dur      |       |     |         |      |
           |               | Str:+2    |       |     |         |      |
           |               | HP:+10    |       |     |         |      |
           |               | LR:-10%   |       |     |         |      |
           |               |           |       |     |         |      |
           | Stormshield   | Altered   |  40   | inf | none    |  1   |
           |               |  Dur      |       |     |         |      |
           |               | Fast      |       |     |         |      |
           |               |  Block    |       |     |         |      |
           |               | Str:+10   |       |     |         |      |
           |               | Dam:+4 fr |       |     |         |      |
           |               |  enemies  |       |     |         |      |
           |               |           |       |     |         |      |
           |               |           |       |     |         |      |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                           
    * It's clear in this category that the "Stormshield" outranks the rest.
      Having an armor class of 40 is enough to make it number 1 among the
      shields. What more with an increase to strength! And who cares if
      it makes the opponent do more damage? They can't inflict it anyway
      because of this shield's fast block ability.
                                                                           
    ________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name__________|_Traits____|_Armor_|_Dur_|_Requirement_|
           |               |           |       |     |             |
    body   | Arkaine's     | Fastest   |  25   | 40  | none        |
    armor  | Valor         |  recovery |       |     |             |
           |               | Vit:+10   |       |     |             |
           |               | Dam:-3 fr |       |     |             |
           |               |  enemies  |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Demonspike    | Str:+10   |  100  | inf | str:90      |
           | Coat          | Dam:-6 fr |       |     |             |
           |               |  enemies  |       |     |             |
           |               | Rfir:+50% |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Gladiator's   | Altered   |  25   | 135 | none        |
           | Bane          |  Dur      |       |     |             |
           |               | AS:-3     |       |     |             |
           |               | Dam:-2 fr |       |     |             |
           |               |  enemies  |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Leather of    | Str:+5    |  15   | inf | none        |
           | Aut           | Dex:+5    |       |     |             |
           |               | Mag:-5    |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | N-Tropy's     | none (!)  |  13   | inf | none        |
           | Rune Robes    |           |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Naj's Light   | SL:+1     |  49   | 75  | none        |
           | Plate         | Mag:+5    |       |     |             |
           |               | Rall:+20% |       |     |             |
           |               | MN:+20    |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Nightscape    | See the   |  15   | 12  | none        |
           |               |  invisible|       |     |             |
           |               | Faster    |       |     |             |
           |               |  Recovery |       |     |             |
           |               | Dex:-3    |       |     |             |
           |               | LR:-20%   |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Rainbow Cloak | Altered   |  6    | 22  | none        |
           |               |  Dur      |       |     |             |
           |               | AS:+1     |       |     |             |
           |               | Rall:+10% |       |     |             |
           |               | HP:+5     |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Scavenger     | Dex:+5    |  -6   | 80  | str:40      |
           | Carapace      | Dam:-15 fr|       |     |             |
           |               |  enemies  |       |     |             |
           |               | Rlng:+40% |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Sparkling     | Lng Dam:  |  30   | 50  | str:30      |
           | Mail          |  +1-10 to |       |     |             |
           |               |  attacker |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Torn Flesh of | Vit:+10   |  8    | inf | none        |
           | Souls         | Dam:-1 fr |       |     |             |
           |               |  enemies  |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Wisdom's Wrap | Mag:+5    |  15   | 30  | none        |
           |               | Dam:-1 fr |       |     |             |
           |               | Rlng:+25% |       |     |             |
           |               | MN:+10    |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                           
    * The "Demonspike Coat" has the unique armor class of 100 while the next
      best value is 75 (and as low as 49 among the uniques) It definitely
      is the best among the unique armors, but I'd rather have a Godly Plate
      of whatever since a 75 armor class increased by 200% yields 150, a
      lot more than the 100 the Demonspike Coat boats about.
                                                                           
    ________________________________________________________________
    Type___|_Name__________|_Traits____|_Armor_|_Dur_|_Requirement_|
           |               |           |       |     |             |
    helm   | Fool's Crest  | AS:-4     |  0    | 30  | none        |
           |               | HP:+100   |       |     |             |
           |               | Dam:+4 fr |       |     |             |
           |               |  enemies  |       |     |             |
           |               | Dam:1-3 to|       |     |             |
           |               |  attacker |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Gotterdamerung| AS:+20    |  60   | 60  | str:50      |
           |               | Dam:-4 fr |       |     |             |
           |               |  enemies  |       |     |             |
           |               | Rall:=0   |       |     |             |
           |               | LR:-40%   |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Harlequin     | AS:+2     |  -3   | 15  | none        |
           | Crest         | Dam:-1 fr |       |     |             |
           |               |  enemies  |       |     |             |
           |               | HP:+7     |       |     |             |
           |               | MN:+7     |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Helm of       | Steals 5% |  4    | 30  | str:25      |
           | Spirits       |  life     |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Lightforge    | AS:+8     |  15   | inf | none        |
           |               | Dam:+150% |       |     |             |
           |               | Fire Dam: |       |     |             |
           |               |  +10-20   |       |     |             |
           |               | TH:+25%   |       |     |             |
           |               | LR:+40%   |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Overlord's    | Altered   |  5    | 15  | str:25      |
           | Helm          |  Dur      |       |     |             |
           |               | Str:+20   |       |     |             |
           |               | Dex:+15   |       |     |             |
           |               | Mag:-20   |       |     |             |
           |               | Vit:+5    |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Royal Circlet | AS:+10    |  40   | 40  | none        |
           |               | MN:+40    |       |     |             |
           |               | LR:+10%   |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Rune Mask     | none (!)  |  4    | inf | none        |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Thinking Cap  | SL:+2     |  4    | 1   | none        |
           |               | Altered   |       |     |             |
           |               |  Dur      |       |     |             |
           |               | Rall:+20% |       |     |             |
           |               | MN:+30    |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Undead Crown  | Life      |  8    | 50  | none        |
           |               |  Stealing |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           | Veil of Steel | Armor:+60%|  18   | 60  | none        |
           |               | Str:+15   |       |     |             |
           |               | Vit:+15   |       |     |             |
           |               | Rall:+50% |       |     |             |
           |               | MN:-30    |       |     |             |
           |               | LR:-20%   |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
           |               |           |       |     |             |
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                           
    * Would you choose to proudly walk in the dark, as you would wearing
      a "Veil of Steel"? or to humbly walk in the light, as is the case of
      a "Lightforge"? Either way, both must have been second only to the
      "Gotterdamerung" if not for its "resistance to all = 0". That's a big,
      big, disadvantage and I don't think it's worth the large plus to all
      the attributes.
                                                                           
                   ______________________________________                  
                   |Type____|_Name__________|_Traits____|                  
                   |        |               |           |                  
                   |ring    | Bleeder       | Rmag:+20% |                  
                   |        |               | HP:-10    |                  
                   |        |               | MN:+30    |                  
                   |        |               |           |                  
                   |        | Constricting  | Constant  |                  
                   |        | Ring          |  loss of  |                  
                   |        |               |  HP       |                  
                   |        |               | Rall:+75% |                  
                   |        |               |           |                  
                   |        | Empyrean Band | Fast      |                  
                   |        |               |  Recovery |                  
                   |        |               | Dam:-50%  |                  
                   |        |               |  fr traps |                  
                   |        |               | AS:+2     |                  
                   |        |               | LR:+20%   |                  
                   |        |               |           |                  
                   |        | Ring of       | Dam:-1 fr |                  
                   |        | Engagement    |  enemies  |                  
                   |        |               | Dam:1-3 to|                  
                   |        |               |  attacker |                  
                   |        |               |           |                  
                   |        | Ring of Regha | Str:-3    |                  
                   |        |               | Dex:-3    |                  
                   |        |               | Mag:+10   |                  
                   |        |               | Rmag:+10% |                  
                   |        |               | LR:+10%   |                  
                   |        |               |           |                  
                   |        | Ring of Truth | Dam:-1 fr |                  
                   |        |               |  enemies  |                  
                   |        |               | Rall:+10% |                  
                   |        |               | HP:+10    |                  
                   |        |               |           |                  
                   | amulet | Optic Amulet  | Mag:+5    |                  
                   |        |               | Dam:-1 fr |                  
                   |        |               |  enemies  |                  
                   |        |               | Rlng:+20% |                  
                   |        |               | LR:+20%   |                  
                   |        |               |           |                  
                   |        |               |           |                  
                   --------------------------------------                  
                                                                           
    * These items were made for the sole reason of adorning one's body. They
      look cute but there are tons of better, non-unique rings and amulets
      out there that can prove to be more usefull. Again, it's your choice,
      therefore it's up to you to find a suitable bargain for these if you
      come across them in the labyrinth.
                                                                           
    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
     ____  _  _      _____  ____  _   _  ____  ____    ____  ____  ____  __  __  ___
    (_  _)( \/ )    (  _  )(_  _)( )_( )( ___)(  _ \  (_  _)(_  _)( ___)(  \/  )/ __)
     _)(_  )  (      )(_)(   )(   ) _ (  )__)  )   /   _)(_   )(   )__)  )    ( \__ \
    (____)(_/\_)()  (_____) (__) (_) (_)(____)(_)\_)  (____) (__) (____)(_/\/\_)(___/
                                                                           
                                                                           
    * Sadly, I can only put a few items on this section. I'm sure I just forgot
      the rest, as I am just writing this whole faq (except for the charts)
      from memory. Please email me on things you think should be included in
      this section.
                                                                           
    1) Potion of Healing
                                                                           
            A faint red liquid that's contained in a somewhat cylindrical
       bottle. Restores part of your health and does it at random values. You
       can have anywhere from 1 hit point to all your health EXCEPT one hit
       point restored. Costs 50 gold.
                                                                           
    2) Potion of Full Healing
                                                                           
            A bright red liquid that's contained in a somewhat pot-shaped
       bottle. Restores 100% of your health, no matter how many hit points
       it's composed of. Costs 150 gold and on my opinion is better than
       to risk losing a fight when you buy a potion of healing, use it when
       you really need it, and suddenly find out it just restored a hit
       point and nothing more.
                                                                           
    3) Potion of Mana
                                                                           
            A faint blue liquid that's contained in a somewhat cylindrical
       bottle. Has basically the same effect as that of the potion of healing
       except that it affects not your health but your mana. Also costs 50
       gold.
                                                                           
    4) Potion of Full Mana
                                                                           
            A bright red liquid that's contained in a somewhat pot-shaped
       bottle. You probably have an idea of what this does just by reading
       the other three. If not, well it restores all your mana and costs
       150 gold.
                                                                           
    5) Potion of Rejuvenation
                                                                           
            A faint yellow liquid contained in a somewhat canteen-shaped
       bottle. Has the combined effects of a potion of healing and potion
       of mana. It may be random in restoring your health and your mana, you
       can be sure that whatever value it used to raise the amout of health
       you have will always be the same to the corresponding increase in
       mana. Costs 150 gold---definitely a no-no. Buying a full potion
       of whatever it is you need the most is simply a better idea.
                                                                           
    6) Potion of Full Rejuvenation
                                                                           
            A bright yellow liquid contained in a somewhat flask-shaped
       bottle. Has the combined effects of a potion of full healing and a
       potion of full mana. Just think of it: you'll be filling up two meters,
       namely, your health and mana, but are paying for four full potions of
       either of them! Now, why should you waste a good 300 bucks just for
       the convenience of restoring everything in one click.?
                                                                           
    7) Elixir of Strength
                                                                           
            A whitish liquid contained in a somewhat pot-shaped bottle. It
       increases your strength by one and is very useful for the warriors.
       Elixirs, in general, can only be available after you've reached level
       20. They all cost 5000 gold.
                                                                           
    8) Elixir of Dexterity
                                                                           
            A black liquid contained in a somewhat canteen-shaped bottle.
       Increases your dexterity by one and is very useful for rogues.
                                                                           
    9) Elixir of Magic
                                                                           
            An orange liquid contained in a somewhat pot-shaped bottle. It
       increases your magic by one and is very useful for sorcerors. This,
       as well as the three other elixirs listed above, should not be bought
       as soos as you see them. You have to wait fir the time you need them
       the most before you spend on them (i.e you need just a couple of more
       points to use a great weapon)
                                                                           
    10) Elixir of Vitality
                                                                           
            A whitish liquid contained in a somewhat cylindrical bottle. 
        Increases your vitality by one and your life by one or two points,
        depending on your character class (only warriors will increase by
        two) This elixir is a lot harder to find but really, you don't have
        to spend much time looking for it. You'll need the other ones a lot
        more.
                                                                           
    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
     _  _      ___  ____  ____  __    __    ___
    ( \/ )    / __)(  _ \( ___)(  )  (  )  / __)
     )  (     \__ \ )___/ )__)  )(__  )(__ \__ \
    (_/\_)()  (___/(__)  (____)(____)(____)(___/
                                                                           
                                                                           
    * There is a total of, well, I forgot, number of spells. I really can't
      judge because there are different types, mainly:
                                                                           
    1) Skills unique to each character class: (these types of spells are
       called skills because whoever can do them has mastered the art and
       therefore do not need any mana as a casting cost)
                                                                           
       a) Item Repair - unique to the warrior class, this skill enables you
                        to restore the durability of any item, at the expense
                        of the maximum durability it had when it was brand
                        new. Only recommended on items with a ready replacement.
                        Otherwise, spend a little and let the master blacksmith
                        do the work for you.
                                                                           
       b) Trap Disarm - unique to the rogue class, this skill enables you
                        to disable any booby traps that come with opening
                        doors, chest, and the like. You don't have to use
                        it all the time, cause as a rogue you can detect
                        which door or chest is booby trapped.                               
                                                                           
       c) Staff Recharge - unique to the sorceror class, this skill enables
                           you to restore the number of charges a staff has
                           yet, like the warrior, at the expense of the maximum
                           number of charges the staff could hold when it
                           was brand new. Also only recommended on staffs
                           with a ready replacement. Otherwise, spend a little
                           and let the powerful witch do the work for you.
                                                                           
    2) Multiplayer spells: (these can only be done in multiplayer mode since
       they need another player as a target)
                                                                           
       a) Heal Other - restores the health of any player you choose. Increases
                       in number of hitpoints restored and decreases in casting
                       cost as you read more books on this spell.
                                                                           
       b) Resurrect - what else but bring back to life a player who has already
                      been killed. Make it a rule to carry at least two of
                      these whenever you play in multiplayer
                                                                           
    3) Staff and Scroll only spells: (these spells are too powerful to learned
       just by reading a book on it once; they are also too useful to be
       further upgraded so they come in their weakest form)
                                                                           
       a) Apocalypse - THE most powerful spell in the game, it affects your
                       every foe and does great damage at that. There is also
                       no single immunity to it because, I think, it's a
                       combination of fire and magic. Besides, this is Diablo's
                       own skill so isn't it supposed to be more powerful than
                       any of his minions? Oh, I forgot to tell what it does.
                       Well, basically, it just creates big, sudden bursts
                       of flame wherever enemies are located.
                                                                           
       b) Nova - Another very powerful spell, this one creates a circle of
                 electricity around you that increases in diameter by the
                 moment. In effect, all your enemies, except those behind
                 walls, are hit and is damaged hard by this spell.
                                                                           
       c) Identify - It's not that powerful, (actually, there is NO power
                     involved whatsoever in this spell) but is still too
                     useful to be set free from the limits of staves and
                     scrolls. It identifies unidentified items (again, of
                     course, what else?) not for a hundred bucks but for
                     mana.
                                                                           
       d) Infravision - Another powerless yet extremely useful spell that
                        allows you to see through walls and therefore be able
                        to estimate the kind of weapon you'll need before
                        you enter any room.
                                                                           
    4) Conventional spells: (those that can come in books and are more commonly
       found, used, or made available than any other type)
                                                                           
    * arranged in order of availability: (from easiest to hardest to find)
                                                                           
       a) Firebolt - A spell so common, sorcerors actually already have learned
                     it as you start from scratch. You launch a ball of fire
                     (shouldn't this be called a "Fireball"? you'll see why...) 
                     and it hits the opponent, doing very little damage even
                     if your enemy has no resistance at all to fire.
                                                                           
       b) Charged Bolt - Just the same as the firebolt in terms of availability
                         and uselessness, but this time three puny shards
                         of slow-traveling electricity are launched and split
                         up in different directions.
                                                                           
       c) Holy Bolt - Notice the pattern with the bolts? This one's even
                      worse. It does just about as little damage as the other
                      two but this time you can only hurt the undead. I'm
                      not that sure what is under the category of undead,
                      but the skeletons are definitely members of this. There
                      is a bright side to this spell, however, as it is one
                      of the few that can hurt the Dark Lord of Terror himself.
                      Still, I don't like it that much.
                                                                           
       d) Healing - Self-explanatory. Your health is restored, what more is
                    there to it? It consumes less amount of mana than the
                    number of hit points it restores so use it when you happen
                    to have enough time to run from your enemies and cast
                    this spell in private. Otherwise, resort to the potion
                    of full healing which is a must in your belt.
                                                                           
       e) Inferno - Consider yourself a fire-breathing dragon when you cast
                    this spell. You do know how dragon's breathe fire, don't
                    you? Well, that's just like how you're gonna toast your
                    opponents---via a slow, straight-forward, burst of flame.
                                                                           
       f) Firewall - Obviously, this spell creates a wall of fire in front
                     of its caster. The wall lasts longer and gets hotter
                     each time you read another book on it. A good strategy
                     would be to cast this when you open a door to a room
                     filled with monsters and wait outside. Every enemy that
                     comes out to play will have deminished health and therefore
                     greater chances of losing against you. Another good
                     use for this spell is against gruops of enemies with
                     projectiles. They usually form a horizontal line in front
                     of you and hurl their weapons/spells. Cast the firewall
                     spell rightaway and watch them roast. I most certainly
                     recommend trying your best to find books on this spell
                     if you want to finish the game.
                                                                           
       g) Telekinesis - No, you cannot click and drag items to another place,
                        you can just do one of two things: If you cast this
                        spell on an inanimate object, the effect would be
                        the same as if you clicked it (i.e. weapons get picked
                        up, doors get opened, etc.) OR, if you cast this
                        on an opponent, he will be pushed back.
                                                                           
       h) Lightning - Well, not really. Clouds don't suddenly form and lightning
                      strikes. You just shoot forth a beam of electricity,
                      that's all.
                                                                           
       i) Town Portal - It's a very useful spell, this Town Portal. In case
                        didn't get it, this spell opens a portal that takes
                        you back to the town. Sure, you can try the long way
                        (through the stairs of each floor) but isn't that
                        just plain tiring? You could get books on this, but
                        maybe not for now. You don't need it that much since
                        you'll always come across scrolls of town portal
                        which does just the same thing.
                                                                           
       j) Flash - Very powerful but I haven't mastered the art of using this
                  spell effectively yet because I really do not rely on it.
                  Maybe you shouldn't too. It's a blast of white energy that
                  surrounds you and hits all monsters that are close enough.
                                                                           
       k) Stone Curse - Useful but only on level bosses and unique opponents
                        and only if you fight them alone. It turns an enemy
                        of your choice into stone, but only for a limited
                        amount of time. It consumes so much mana casting it
                        on several opponents will prove to be quite futile
                        as some of them will recover before you even hit them
                        once.
                                                                           
       l) Phasing - Whoever casts this spell is teleported to a random place,
                    usually beyond the nearest wall.
                                                                           
       m) Mana Shield - This spell is timed and in its duration, getting
                        hit will decrease your mana, not your health. Useful
                        for sorcerors who have a lot more mana than health.
                        If you lose all your mana the spell also ends.
                                                                           
       n) Elemental - First read the description of the Fireball spell. Finished?
                      Well, this spell does just the same, except for the
                      fact that you launch a human flame that looks for the
                      enemy and runs for him. May look cool, may look corny,
                      I really can't decide. It costs much more than the
                      Fireball, but that's because it's homing. I'd rather
                      use my own targeting skills though.
                                                                           
       o) Flame Wave - Imagine an advancing Firewall, and the picture you
                       get is actually that of a Flame Wave. These babies
                       are especially useful whenever you're walking on a
                       seemingly endless corridor.
                                                                           
       p) Fireball - Ahh, yes...the real Mccoy. Makes your firebolt seem
                     like spark. You launch a ball of fire which basically
                     looks the same as your firebolt, but when it connects,
                     BOOM! Your enemy is a mess. It can even take out a group
                     of monsters as long as they're more or less in the same
                     vicinity.
                                                                           
       q) Chain Lightning - Imagine multiple Lightning spells cast in different
                            directions, and the picture you get is actually
                            that of a Chain Lightning. It causes much more
                            damage than the Nove spell, but is obviously less
                            accurate.
                                                                           
       r) Guardian - Cool. very cool. You make the ground crack and from that
                     crack manifests a three headed dragon that spits firebolts
                     on anyone who dares come close. When I said cool, I meant
                     cool-looking. It cannot do much damage since it launches
                     Firebolts, remember?
                                                                           
       s) Teleport - Whoever uses this spell, unlike the Phasing, is teleported
                     to a place of his choice. Of course, that choice is
                     within the screen because you still have to click it.
                     On my opinion, it takes too much mana for a simple
                     effect.
                                                                           
       t) Golem - Nuthin like a good 'ol Golem by your side, chanting your
                  opponent's name right after saying the word, "maul" There's
                  no immunity to a Golem since he does physical, not magical,
                  damage. The only problem is if a single monster is so strong
                  your Golem isn't enough. But of course you can arrange that.
                  You'll just have to "help him help you". (now, where did
                  I hear that? hmmm...) Did I just say that whole paragraph
                  somewhere in this faq? By the way, a golem is a mindless,
                  stone creature.
                                                                           
       u) Bone Spirit - Consumes some of your health as part of its casting
                        cost. It's a homing ghost that takes one-third of
                        your opponent's current life, so, contrary to popular
                        (and previously my own) belief, three of these is NOT
                        enough to kill anyone, especially those who resist
                        or are immune to magic.
                                                                           
       v) Blood Star - This looks just like what the succubuses offer you
                       when you meet them---a red ball of pure magical
                       energy. Will, like the Bone Spirit spell, hurt and
                       kill only those who do not resist magic and again
                       like the said spell, will consume part of your health
                       as a casting cost.
                                                                           
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    ( \/ )(_  _)    / __)( )_( )(  _ \(_  _)( \( )( ___)/ __)
     )  (  _)(_     \__ \ ) _ (  )   / _)(_  )  (  )__) \__ \
    (_/\_)(____)()  (___/(_) (_)(_)\_)(____)(_)\_)(____)(___/
                                                                           
                                                                           
    * These areas of worship come your way throughout the whole game. All
      you have to do is click on them and they'll give you something in
      return. Be warned, though: not all the time you'll like what they'll
      give. They have different names, different things to say, and therefore
      different corresponding effects.
                                                                           
    ______________________________________________________________________
    Name_________|_Message___________________|_Effect____________________|
                 |                           |                           |
    Abandoned    | The hands of men may be   | +2 Dexterity              |
                 | guided by fate            |                           |
                 |                           |                           |
    Creepy       | Strength is bolstered by  | +2 Strength               |
                 | heavenly faith            |                           |
                 |                           |                           |
    Cryptic      | Arcane power brings       | restores mana , one free  |
                 | destruction               | Nova spell                |
                 |                           |                           |
    Divine       | Drink and be refreshed    | two free full potions,    |
                 |                           | restores health and mana  |
                 |                           |                           |
    Eerie        | Knowledge and wisdom at   | +2 Magic                  |
                 | cost of self              |                           |
                 |                           |                           |
    Eldritch     | Crimson and azure become  | all health and mana       |
                 | as the sun                | potions in your inventory |
                 |                           | become rejuvenation       |
                 |                           |                           |
    Enchanted    | Magic is not always what  | -1 SL to one spell, +1 SL |
                 | it seems to be            | to the rest               |
                 |                           |                           |
    Fascinating  | Intensity comes at the    | +1 SL to Firebolt spell,  |
                 | cost of wisdom            | -10% max mana             |
                 |                           |                           |
    Glimmering   | Mysteries revealed in the | indentifies all items     |
                 | light of reason           |                           |
                 |                           |                           |
    Gloomy       | Those who defend seldom   | +2 armor to all items     |
                 | attack                    | that apply, -1 max damage |
                 |                           | to all weapons            |
                 |                           |                           |
    Hidden       | New strength is forged    | -10 dur to one item, +10  |
                 | through destruction       | to the rest               |
                 |                           |                           |
    Holy         | Wherever you go there you | free phasing spell        |
                 | are                       |                           |
                 |                           |                           |
    Imposing     | A surge of blood          | moves 25% of mana to      |
                 | interrupts your thoughts  | health                    |
                 |                           |                           |
    Magical      | While the spirit is       | one free Mana Shield      |
                 | vigilant the body thrives | spell                     |
                 |                           |                           |
    Mysterious   | Some are weakened as one  | +5 to any stat, -1 from   |
                 | grows strong              | the rest                  |
                 |                           |                           |
    Mystic       | Your skills increase, but | +700 experience points,   |
                 | at a price                | lose all gold but 1       |
                 |                           |                           |
    Orante       | Salvation comes at the    | +1 SL to Holy Bolt spell, |
                 | cost of wisdom            | -10% max mana             |
                 |                           |                           |
    Quiet        | The essence of life flows | +2 Vitality               |
                 | from within               |                           |
                 |                           |                           |
    Religious    | Time cannot deminish the  | repairs all items         |
                 | power of steel            |                           |
                 |                           |                           |
    Sacred       | Energy comes at the cost  | +2 SL to Charged Bolt     |
                 | of wisdom                 | spell, -10% max mana      |
                 |                           |                           |
    Secluded     | The way is cleared when   | completes automap for the |
                 | viewed from above         | level you are in          |
                 |                           |                           |
    Spiritual    | Riches abound when least  | all empty inventory boxes |
                 | expected                  | are filled with random    |
                 |                           | amounts of gold           |
                 |                           |                           |
    Spooky       | When avarice fails,       | restores health and mana  |
                 | patience gains reward     | of all other players      |
                 |                           |                           |
    Stone        | The power of mana         | recharges all staves      |
                 | refocused renews          |                           |
                 |                           |                           |
    Supernatural | You hear a strange cry    | monsters will do more     |
                 | from a distance           | damage but will have      |
                 |                           | lessened HP               |
                 |                           |                           |
    Tainted      | Those who are last may    | random shrine effect on   |
                 | yet be first              | another randomly chosen   |
                 |                           | player                    |
                 |                           |                           |
    Thaumaturgic | What once was opened now  | all chests are randomly   |
                 | is closed                 | filled with new items     |
                 |                           |                           |
                 |                           |                           |
    Traditional  | There's no place like     | free town portal spell    |
                 | home                      |                           |
                 |                           |                           |
    Weird        | The sword of justice is   | +1 max damage to all      | 
                 | swift and sharp           | weapons                   |
                 |                           |                           |
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    * notes: what to do before you access these shrines
        Cryptic      - lure enemies near it
        Eldritch     - go back to town and spend all you want on full potions
        Gloomy       - drop all your weapons
        Imposing     - restore full mana
        Magical      - restore full mana
        Mystic       - unequip all your gold
        Spiritual    - empty your inventory
        Thaumaturgic - open all chests and collect all treasures for the level
                                                                           
    * Other, shrine-like areas:
                                                                           
       1) Goat Shrines - does a random shrine effect. To find out what, you'll
                         just have to rely on what it has to say. These shrines
                         are found in the middle part of the game
                                                                           
       2) Cauldrons - does a random shrine effect and just like the goat
                      shrine, you can only find out what it did by reading
                      its quote
                                                                           
       3) Blood Fountains - restores one hit point everytime you click on it.
                            The number of times you can click on it is infinite.
                                                                           
       4) Fountains of Tears - +1 to one stat and -1 to another
                                                                           
       5) Murky Pools - one free Infravision spell
                                                                           
       6) Purifying Springs - restores one mana everytime you click on it.
                              The number of times you can click on it is
                              infinite.
                                                                           
                                                                           
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    ( \/ )(_  _)(_  _)    (  )(  )( \( )(_  _)(  _  )(  )(  )( ___)
     )  (  _)(_  _)(_      )(__)(  )  (  _)(_  )(_)(  )(__)(  )__)
    (_/\_)(____)(____)()  (______)(_)\_)(____)(___/\\(______)(____)
                  ___  ____  ____    __    ____  __  __  ____  ____  ___
                 / __)(  _ \( ___)  /__\  (_  _)(  )(  )(  _ \( ___)/ __)
                ( (__  )   / )__)  /(__)\   )(   )(__)(  )   / )__) \__ \
                 \___)(_)\_)(____)(__)(__) (__) (______)(_)\_)(____)(___/
                                                                           
                                                                           
            Here's a list of all(?) the unique creatures you'll find in the
    game just in case you'd like to know how many more you haven't met:
                                                                           
                   ____________________________________________            
                   |_Type__________|_Name_____________________|            
                   | bat beasts    | Foul Wing                |            
                   |               | Moon Bender              |            
                   |               | Wrath Raven              |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | dark knights  | Graywar the Slayer       |            
                   |               | Lachdanan                |            
                   |               | Lion Skull the Bent      |            
                   |               | Rustweaver               |            
                   |               | Sir Gorash               |            
                   |               | Steel Skull the Hunter   |            
                   |               | Warrior of Blood         |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | fallen ones   | Bladeskin the Slasher    |            
                   |               | Bongo                    |            
                   |               | Gutshank the Quick       |            
                   |               | Pukerat the Unclean      |            
                   |               | Shadow Crow              |            
                   |               | Snotspill                |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | fire demons   | Gorefeast                |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | gargolyes     | Goldblight the Flame     |            
                   |               | Nightwing the cold       |            
                   |               | Viletouch                |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | goatmen       | Blightfire               |            
                   |               | Blighthorn Steelmace     |            
                   |               | Bloodgutter              |            
                   |               | Boneskin Darkbow         |            
                   |               | Deathshade Fleshmaul     |            
                   |               | Gharbad the Weak         |            
                   |               | Gorestone                |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | hidden        | Hazeshifter              |            
                   |               | Warpskull                |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | horned demons | Blackstorm               |            
                   |               | Bluehorn                 |            
                   |               | Breakspine               |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | mages         | Archbishop Lazarus       |            
                   |               | Blacktongue              |            
                   |               | Dreadjudge               |            
                   |               | Vizier                   |            
                   |               | Zhar the Mad             |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | magma demons  | Bronzefist Firestone     |            
                   |               | Firewound the Grim       |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | overlords     | Baron Sludge             |            
                   |               | Bilefroth the Pit Master |            
                   |               | Oozedrool                |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | scavengers    | El Chaupacabra           |            
                   |               | Pulse Crawler            |            
                   |               | Shadowbite               |            
                   |               | Spine Eater              |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | skeletons     | Blackash the Burning     |            
                   |               | Bonehead Keenaxe         |            
                   |               | Boneripper               |            
                   |               | Brokenhead Bangshield    |            
                   |               | Deadeye                  |            
                   |               | Madeye the Dead          |            
                   |               | Shadow Drinker           |            
                   |               | Skullfire                |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | spit beasts   | Chaos Crawler            |            
                   |               | Deathspit                |            
                   |               | Plaguewrath              |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | storm demons  | Broken Storm             |            
                   |               | Doomcloud                |            
                   |               | Flayer                   |            
                   |               | Glasskull the Jagged     |            
                   |               | Stormbane                |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | succubuses    | Black Jade               |            
                   |               | Bloodlust                |            
                   |               | Fleshdancer              |            
                   |               | Red Vex                  |            
                   |               | Stareye the Witch        |            
                   |               | Webwidow                 |            
                   |               | Witchfire the Unholy     |            
                   |               | Witchmoon                |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | vipers        | Fangskin                 |            
                   |               | Fangspeir                |            
                   |               | Lord of the pit          |            
                   |               | Viperflame               |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | zombies       | Goretongue               |            
                   |               | Rotcarnage               |            
                   |               | Rotfeast the Hungry      |            
                   |               | Soulpus                  |            
                   |               |                          |            
                   | UNIQUE        | Butcher                  |            
                   |               | King Leoric              |            
                   |               | Diablo                   |            
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    ( \/ )(_  _)(_  _)(_  _)    (  _ \(  _  )(  _  )( )/ )/ __)
     )  (  _)(_  _)(_  _)(_      ) _ < )(_)(  )(_)(  )  ( \__ \
    (_/\_)(____)(____)(____)()  (____/(_____)(_____)(_)\_)(___/
                                                                           
                                                                           
    * there is no exact location for these books as Diablo randomly generates
      its levels. But they're somewhere there...
                                                                           
                                                                           
    1. The Great Conflict - 
                                                                           
            Since the beginning, the forces of light and darkness have engaged
    in an eternal war: The Great Conflict, whose victor will rise from the
    apocalyptic ashes to hold sway over all creation. To ths end, the angels
    of the high heavens adhere to strict militaristic disciplines. Seraphim
    warrioirs strike at the enemies of light with swords imbued with righteous
    wrath and justice. The angels believe that only absolute discipline can
    properly restore order to the myriad realms, while the demonic denizens
    of the burning hells hold that absolute chaos is the true nature of all
    things.
            The battles of the Great Conflict rage across both time and space
    often infringing upon the very fabric of reality itself. From the Crystal
    Arch at the very heart of the high heavens to the arcane Hellforge of
    the underworld, the warriors of these eternal realms journey to wherever
    their timeless conflict carries them. The legendary deeds of the heroes
    of the realms beyond elicit both veneration and insight.
            The greatest of these heroes was Izual, lieutenant to the arch-angel
    Tyrael and bearer of the angelic runeblade Azurewrath. He once led a fierce
    attack upon the Hellforge as the creation of the dark demonblade Shadowfang
    was nearing completion. His quest was to destroy both wielder and weapon---
    a charge that he was destined never to complete. Izual was overcome by
    the legions of chaos and, tragically, was lost to the Darkness. His fate
    stands as testament to the fact that Angels and Demons alike shall fearlessly
    enter into any domain---so long as their hated enemies dwell within.
            Although the Great Conflict burned hotter and longer than any of
    the stars in the sky, neither side could gain dominion over the other
    for long. Both factions sought some way to turn the tides of the war to
    their favor. With the ascension of man and his mortal realm, the Great
    Conflict ground to a mysterious halt. Both armies paused in a breathless
    stalemate, waiting to see to whose side man would eventually turn.
            Mortals had the unique ability to choose between darkness and light,
    and it was held that this would be the deciding factor in the outcome
    of the Great Conflict. Thus, the agents of the nether-realms descended
    to the mortal realm to vie for the favor of man...
                                                                           
    2. The Sin War -
                                                                           
            The coming of the Great Conflict to the mortal realm is known as
    the Sin War. Angels and demons, disguising themselves while traveling
    amongst men, attempted to secretly lure mortals to their respective causes.
    Over time, the forces of darkness discovered that mortals responded much
    more to brute force than to subtle coercion, and so began to terrorize
    man into submission. The angels fought to defend humanity against this
    demonic oppression, but all too often their austere methods and severe
    punishments succeeded only in alienating those whom they sought to protect.
            The violent battles of the Sin War occurred often, but they were
    seldom witnessed by the prying eyes of man. Only a few "enlightened"
    souls were aware of the supernatural beings that walked amongst the huddled
    masses of humanity. Powerful mortals arose and accepted the challenge
    of the Sin War, allying themselves with both sides in the Great Conflict.
    The legendary deeds of these great mortal warriors served to earn both
    the respect and hatred of the netherworlds. Although lesser demons kneeled
    before those possessing power and strength, they also cursed  the very
    existence of mortal man. Many  of these fiends believed that the deadlock
    brought about by the emergence of Man was a perverse offense to their
    "higher" role in the great scheme of things.
            This jealousy of man led to harsh, atrocious acts of violence by
    the demons against the mortal realm. Some men learned of this deep hatred
    and used it against the denizens of the underworld. One such mortal,
    Horazon the Summoner, delighted in summoning demons and then breaking
    them to his will. Horazon, along with his brother Bartuc, were members
    of the Eastern mage clan known as the Vizjerei. This mystic clan studied
    the ways of demons and had catalogued their lore for generations. Empowered
    by this knowledge, Horazon was able to take the work of the Vizjerei and
    pervert it for his demented purposes. The denizens of hell sought revenge
    against this bold mortal, but Horazon managed to keep himself well protected
    within his arcane sanctuary.
            Bartuc, the brother of Horazon, was eventually  lured to the side
    of darkness. He was granted exceptional strength and longevity, and fought
    alongside the legions of hell against the cursed Vizjerei, and eventually
    his own brother during the Sin War. Although Bartuc was renowned amongst
    the warriors of many realms, his dominance in battle came with a terrible
    price. An insatiable lust for mortal blood pervaded his every thought
    and deed. Bartuc soon became as fond of bathing in the blood of his enemies
    as he did of shedding it, and in time he came to be known only as the
    Warlord of Blood.
                                                                           
    3. The Dark Exile - 
                                                                           
            "Seven is the number of the powers of Hell, and Seven is the
    number of the Great Evils."
            Duriel, the Lord of Pain
            Andariel, the Maiden of Anguish
            Belial, the Lord of Lies
            Azmodan, the Lord of Sin
            These are the true names of the lesser of the great evils. For
    ages uncounted each have ruled over their own domains within the burning
    hells, seeking  absolute dominion  over their infernal brethren. As the
    lesser four continuously vied for the control of those forces that dwelled
    within their realms, the greater three held absolute power over the whole
    of Hell. The lesser four used dark and evil measures in their quest for power,
    and herein begins the legend of the Exile.
            Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred
            Baal, the Lord of Destruction
            Diablo, the Lord of Terror
            These are the prime evils of hell that wielded their power as
    a dark, sovereign triumvirate. The three brothers ruled over the lesser
    four by brutal force and malicious cunning. Being the eldest and strongest
    of the evils, the three brothers were responsible for countless victories
    against the armies of the light. Although they never held sway over the
    high heavens for long, the three were justly feared by enemies and subjects
    alike.
            With the ascension of man and the subsequent standstill of the
    Great Conflict, the three brothers began to devote their energies to the
    perversion of mortal souls. The three realized that man was the key to
    victory in the war against Heaven, and thus altered their rigid agendum
    that they had propagated since the beginning. This change caused many
    of the lesser evils to question the authority of the three, and so brought
    about a great rift between the prime evils and their servitors. In their
    ignorance, the lesser evils began to believe that the three were afraid
    to continue the war with heaven. Frustrated by the cessation of the war,
    Azmodan and Belial saw the situation as their chance to overthrow the
    prime evils and take control of hell for themselves. The two demon lords
    made a pact with their minor brethren, assuring them that the wretched
    plague of humanity would not deter the ultimate victory of the Sons of
    Hell. Azmodan and Belial devised a plan to end the stalemate, achieve
    victory in the Sin War and ultimately ride the bloody crest of the Great
    Conflict straight into the very arms of Armageddon. Thus, a great revolution
    was set into motion as all of hell went to war against the three brothers...
            The brothers fought with all of the savagery of the underworld,
    and to their credit, annihilated a third of Hell's treacherous legions.
    In the end, however, they were overcome by the Horned Death led by the
    traitors Azmodan and Belial. The prime evils, weakened and bodiless were
    banished to the mortal realm where Azmodan hoped that they would remain
    trapped forever. Azmodan  believed that with the three set loose upon
    humanity, the angels would be forced to turn their focus upon on the
    mortal plane---thus leaving the gates of heaven abandoned and defenseless.
    Those few demons who still pledged allegiance to the three brothers fled
    the wrath of Azmodan and Belial, escaping to the realm of man to seek out
    their lost masters.
            As the warfires died out upon the battlefields of hell,  Azmodan
    and Belial began to argue over which of them held the higher authority
    The pact that they had made quickly fell to ashes as the two demon lords
    took up arms against each other. The legions of hell that remained were
    polarized behind either warlord, launching themselves into a bloody civil
    war that has lasted to this day...
                                                                           
    4. The Binding of the Three - 
                                                                           
            In the ancient days, before the rise of the western empires,
    the dark and terrible entities known as the three evils were exiled to
    the world of man. These eternal entities wandered throughout the waking
    world and fed upon the lusts of men, leaving chaos and attrition in their
    wake. The evils turned father against son and prompted many great nation
    into brutal and petty wars. Their exile from hell left them with an insatiable
    hunger to bring suffering and pain to all those who would not kneel before
    them, and so the three brothers ravaged the lands of the far east for
    countless centuries.
            Eventually, a secretive order of mortal magi was gathered together
    by the enigmatic arch-angel Tyrael. These sorcerers were to hunt the three
    evils and put an end to their vicious rampage. The order, known as the
    Horadrim, consisted of wizards from the diverse and numerous mage-clans
    of the east. Employing disparate magical practices and disciplines, this
    unlikely brotherhood succeeded in capturing two of the brothers within
    powerful artifacts called Soulstones. Mephisto and Baal, trapped within
    the swirling, spiritual constraints of the Soulstones, were then buried
    beneath the dunes of the desolate eastern sands.
            The powers of hatred and wanton destruction seemed to diminish
    in the east as a nervous peace began to settle over the land. Yet, for
    many decades the Horadrim continued their grim search for the third brother,
    Diablo. They knew that if the Lord of Terror was left untamed, there could
    never be any lasting peace within the realm of humanity.
            The Horadrim followed in the wake of terror and anarchy that spread
    throughout the western lands. After a great battle which claimed the lives
    of many brave souls, the Lord of Terror was captured and imprisoned within
    the last of the Soulstones by a group of Horadrim monks led by the initiate
    Jered Cain. These monks carried the cursed stone to the land of Khanduras
    and buried it within a secluded cave near the river Talsande. Above this
    cave the Horadrim constructed a great monastery from which they could
    continue to safeguard the Soulstone. As ages passed, the Horadrim constructed
    a network of catacombs beneath the monastery to house the earthly remains
    of the martyrs of their order.
            Generations passed in Khanduras, and the numbers of the Horadrim
    slowly dwindled. With no quests left to undertake, and too few sons to
    sustain their guardianship, the once powerful order faded into obscurity.
    Eventually, the great monastery that they had built fell to ruins as well.
    Although villages grew and thrived around the shell of the old monastery,
    no one knew of the dark, secret passageways that stretched into the cold
    earth beneath it. None could have dreamed of the burning red gem that
    pulsed within the labyrinth's heart...
                                                                           
                                                                           
    5. The Lands of Khanduras - 
                                                                           
            Years after the last of the Horadrim had died, a great and prosperous
    society grew in the lands of the west. As time wore on, many eastern pilgrims
    settled in the lands surrounding Khanduras and soon establish small,
    self contained kingdoms. A few of these kingdoms bickered with Khanduras
    over holdings of property or routes of trade. These squabbles did little
    to upset the lasting peace of the west, and the great northern kingdom
    of Westmarch proved to be a strong ally of Khanduras as the two lands
    steadily engaged in ventures of barter and commerce.
            During this time, a bold, new religion of the light known as Zakarum
    began to spread throughout the kingdom of Westmarch and into many of its
    northern principalities. Zakarum, founded in the far east, implored followers
    to enter into the light and forsake the darkness that lurked within their
    souls. The people of Westmarch adopted the statues of Zakarum as their
    sacred mission in the world. Westmarch began to turn towards its neighbors,
    expecting them to embrace this "new beginning" as well. Tensions rose
    between the kingdoms of Westmarch and Khanduras as the priests of Zakarum
    began to preach their foreign dogma whether they were welcomed or not.
            It was then that the great northern lord Leoric came unto the
    lands of Khanduras and, in the name of Zakarum, declared himself king.
    Leoric was a deeply religious man and had brought many knights and priests
    with him that comprised his Order of the Light. Leoric and his trusted
    advisor, the Arch Bishop Lazarus, made their way to the city of Tristram.
    Leoric appropriated the ancient, decrepit monastery on the outskirts
    of the town for his seat of power and renovated it to match its time-lost
    glory. Although the free people of Khanduras were not pleased with being
    placed under the sudden rule of a foreign king, Leoric served them with
    justice and might. Eventually, the people of Khanduras grew to respect
    the kind Leoric, sensing that he sought only to guide and protect them
    against the oppression of darkness.
                                                                          
    6. The Awakening - 
                                                                          
            Not long after Leoric took possession of Khanduras, a power long
    asleep awakened within the dark recesses beneath the Monastery. Sensing
    that freedom was within his grasp, Diablo entered the nightmares of the
    arch-bishop and lured him into the dark, subterranean labyrinth. In his
    terror, Lazarus raced throughout the abandoned hallways until he at last
    came to the chamber of the burning soulstone. No longer in command of his
    body or spirit, he raised the stone above his head and uttered words long
    forgotten in the realms of mortals. His will destroyed, Lazarus shattered
    the soulstone upon the ground. Diablo once again came into the world of
    man. Although he was released from his imprisonment within the soulstone,
    the Lord of Terror was still greatly weakened from his long sleep and
    required an anchor to the world. Once he had found a mortal form to wear,
    he could begin to reclaim his vastly depleted power. The great demon weighed
    the souls residing in the town above, and chose to take the strongest
    of them---that of King Leoric.
            For many months King Leoric secretly fought the evil presence
    that twisted his thoughts and emotions. Sensing that he had been possessed
    by some unknown evil, Leoric  hid his dark secret from his priests, hoping
    that somehow his own devout righteousness would be enough to exorcise
    that corruption growing inside him---he was sorely mistaken. Diablo stripped
    away the core of Leoric's being, burning away all honor and virtue from
    his soul. Lazarus too, had fallen under the sway of the demon, keeping
    close to Leoric at all times. Lazarus worked to conceal the plans of his
    new master from the Order of Light, hoping that the demon's power would
    grow, well concealed amongst the servants of Zakarum.
            The priests of Zakarum and the citizenry of Khanduras recognized
    the disturbing change within their liege. His once proud and rugged form
    became distorted and deformed. King Leoric became increasingly deranged
    and ordered immediate executions of any who dared to question his methods
    or authority. Leoric began to send his knights to other villages to bully
    their townspeople into submission. The people of Khanduras who had once
    grown to see great honor in their ruler began to call Leoric the Black
    King.
            Driven to the brink of madness by the Lord of Terror, King Leoric
    slowly alienated his closest friends and advisors. Lachdanan, captain of
    the Knights of the Order of Light and honored champion of Zakarum, tried
    to discern the nature of his King's deteriorating spirit. Yet at every
    turn the arch-bishop Lazarus would waylay Lachdanan and admonish him from
    questioning the actions of the King. As tensions grew between the two,
    Lazarus charged Lachdanan with treason against the kingdom. To the priests
    and knights of Leoric's court, the prospect of Lachdanan committing treason
    was ridiculous. Lachdanan's motives were honorable and just, and soon
    many began question the reason of their once beloved King.
            Leoric's madness was growing more obvious with each passing day.
    Sensing that the advisors of the court were becoming increasingly suspicious
    of foul treachery, Lazarus desperately sought to contain the eroding
    situation. The arch-bishop masterfully convinced the delusional Leoric
    that the kingdom of Westmarch was plotting against him, secretly planning
    to dethrone him and annex Khanduras into its own lands. Leoric flew into
    a rage and summoned his advisors to his side. Manipulated by the arch-bishop,
    the paranoid king declared a state of war between the kingdoms of Khanduras
    and Westmarch.
            Leoric ignored the warnings and admonishments of his advisors
    and the royal army of Khanduras was ordered to the north to engage in
    a war that they did not believe in. Lachdanan was appointed by Lazarus
    to lead the armies of Khanduras into Westmarch. Although Lachdanan argued
    against the necessity of the coming conflict, he was honor-bound to uphold
    the will of his king. Many of the high priests and officials were forced
    to travel to the north as emissaries on errands of diplomatic urgency,
    as well. The desperate ploy of Lazarus had succeeded in sending many of
    the King's more "troublesome" advisors to their certain deaths...
                                                                           
    7. The Darkening of Tristram -
                                                                           
            The absence of prying advisors and inquisitive priests left Diablo
    free to assume total control over the king's battered soul. As the Lord
    of Terror attempted to strengthen his hold upon the maddened king, he
    found that the lingering spirit of Leoric fought with him still. Although
    the control over Leoric that Diablo held was formidable, the demon knew
    that in his weakened state he could never take complete possession of
    his soul as long as a glimmer of his will remained. The demonlord sought
    a fresh and innocent host upon which to build his terror. 
            The demon relinquished his control over Leoric, but the king's
    soul was left corrupted and his mind crazed. Diablo began to search
    throughout Khanduras for the perfect vessel to act as his focus, and found
    such a soul easily within his reach. Enjoined by his dark master, Lazarus
    kidnapped Albrecht---the only son of Leoric---and dragged the terrified
    youth down into the blackness of the labyrinth. Flooding the boy's defenseless
    mind with the essence of pure terror, Diablo easily took possession of
    the young Albrecht.
            Pain and fire raced through the child's soul. Hideous laughter
    filled his head and clouded his thoughts. Paralyzed with fear, Albrecht
    felt the presence of Diablo within his mind as it seemed to push him down,
    deeper and deeper into darkness and oblivion. Diablo gazed upon his surroundings
    through the eyes of the young prince. A lustful hunger still tortured
    the demon after his frustrating bout for control over Leoric, but the
    nightmares of the boy provided ample substance to sate him. Reaching deep
    into Albrecht's subconscious, Diablo ripped the greatest fears of the
    child from their hiding places and gave them breath.
            Albrecht watched, as if out of a dream, twisted and disfigured
    forms appeared all around him. Unholy, writhing visages of terror danced
    about him chanting choruses of obscenities. All of the "monsters" that
    he had ever imagined or believed that he had seen in his life became flesh
    and were given life before him. Large bodies comprised of living rock
    erupted from the walls and bowed to their dark master. The ancient, skeletal
    corpses of the Horadrim arose from archaic crypts and lumbered off into
    the red washed corridors beyond. As the cacophony of madness and nightmares
    hammered its final blow against Albrecht's spirit, the blood-lusted ghouls
    and demons of his mind scattered and scrambled maniacally into the lengthening
    passageways of his waking nightmare.
            The ancient catacombs of the Horadrim had become a twisted labyrinth
    of raw, focused terror. Empowered by Diablo's possession of young Albrecht,
    the creatures of the boy's own imagination had gained corporeal form.
    So strong was the terror that grew inside of Albrecht, that the borders
    of the mortal realm began to warp and tear. The burning hell began to
    seep into the world of man and take root within the labyrinth. Beings
    and occurrences displaced by time and space, and long lost to the history
    of man were pulled screaming into the ever-expanding domain.
            The body of Albrecht, fully possessed by Diablo, began to distort
    and change. The small boy grew and his eyes blazed as tendril-like spines
    ripped through his flesh. Great, arched horns erupted from Albrecht's
    skull as Diablo altered the form of the child to match that of his demonic
    body. Deep within the recesses of the labyrinth, a growing power was being
    harnessed. When the moment was right, Diablo would venture once more into
    the mortal world and free his captive brothers Mephisto and Baal. The
    prime evils would be reunited, and together they would reclaim their rightful
    place in hell.
                                                                           
    8. The Fall of the Black King - 
                                                                           
            The war against the zealous armies of Westmarch ended with a horrible
    slaughter. With the army of Khanduras ripped to shreds by the superior
    numbers and defensive positions of Westmarch, Lachdanan quickly gathered
    together those who were not captured or killed and ordered a retreat back
    to the safety of Khanduras. They returned to find the town of Tristram
    in shambles.
            King Leoric, deep within the thrones of madness, went into a rage
    when he learned that his son was missing. After scouring the village with
    the few guards that remained within at the monastery, Leoric had decided
    that the townsfolk had abducted his son and hidden him somewhere. Although
    the townsfolk denied any knowledge of Prince Albrecht's whereabouts,
    Leoric insisted that they had crafted a conspiracy against him, and that
    they would pay the price for such treachery.
            The mysterious disappearance of the arch-bishop Lazarus left no
    one in Tristram with whom the king would take council. Overcome by grief
    and dementia, Leoric had many of the townsfolk executed for the crime
    of high treason.
            As Lachdanan and his fellow survivors returned to confront their
    king, Leoric sent his few remaining guards against them. Believing that
    Lachdanan was somehow part of the townsfolk's conspiracy, Leoric decreed
    that he and his party were to die. Lachdanan, finally realizing that Leoric
    was beyond salvation, ordered his men to defend themselves. The ensuing
    battle carried them down into the very halls of the darkened monastery,
    bringing a final desecration to the once holy sanctum of the Horadrim.
    Lachdanan won a bittersweet victory as his men were forced to kill all
    of Leoric's deceived protectors. They cornered the ravenous king within
    his own sanctuary and begged him to explain the atrocities he had committed.
    Leoric only spat at them and cursed them for traitors against both his
    crown and the light.
            Lachdanan walked slowly towards his king and sorrowfully drew
    his sword. Full of grief and rage, all honor having been cast to the winds,
    Lachdanan ran his blade through Leoric's shriveled, blackened heart. The
    once noble king screamed an unearthly death-cry, and as his madness finally
    overtook him, he brought down a curse upon those who had so betrayed him.
    Calling upon the forces of darkness that he had spent his entire life
    combating, Leoric condemned Lachdanan and the others to eternal damnation.
    In that last, fleeting moment within the heart of the monastery, all that
    was ever virtuous or honorable about the stewards of Khanduras was shattered
    forever.
                                                                           
    9. The Reign of Diablo - 
                                                                           
            The Black King lay dead, slain at the hands of his own priests
    and knights. The young Prince Albrecht was still missing, and the proud
    defenders of Khanduras were no more. The people of Tristram looked about
    their lifeless town and were greatly dismayed. Awash in feelings of both
    relief and remorse, they soon realized that their troubles had merely
    begun. Strange, eerie lights appeared in the darkened windows of the monastery.
    Misshapen, leathery-skinned creatures were seen venturing forth from the
    shadows of the church. Horrible, wounded cries seemed to linger in the
    wind, emanating from deep underground. It became apparent that something
    quite unnatural had infested the once holy sight...
            Travelers on the roads surrounding Tristram were accosted by cloaked
    riders that seemed to now constantly roam the deserted countryside. Many
    villagers fled Tristram, making their way to other towns or kingdoms, 
    fearing some unnamed evil that seemed to wait in the shadows all around
    them. Those few chose to remain seldom ventured out at night, and never
    tread foot upon the grounds of the cursed monastery. Whispered rumors
    of poor, innocent people being abducted in the night by wicked, nightmarish
    creatures filled the halls of the local inn. With no king, no law, and
    no army left to defend them, many of the townsfolk began to fear an attack
    from the things that now dwelt beneath their town.
            The arch-bishop Lazarus, frayed and disheveled, returned from
    his absence and assured the townsfolk that he too had been ravaged by
    the growing evil of the monastery. With their desperate need for reassurance
    clouding their good judgement, Lazarus whipped the townspeople into a
    frenzied mob. Reminding them that Prince Albrecht was still unaccounted
    for, he persuaded many of the men to follow him into the depths of the
    monastery to search for the boy. They gathered torches and soon the night
    air glowed with the flickering light of hope. They armed themselves with
    shovels, picks and scythes and so prepared, they boldly followed the treacherous
    arch-bishop straight into the fiery maw of hell itself...
            The few who survived the horrible fate that awaited them returned
    to Tristram and recounted what they could of the ordeal. Their wounds
    were terrible, and even the skills of the healer could not save some of
    them. As the stories of demons and devils spread, a stifling, primal terror
    began to consume the hearts of all the town's inhabitants. It was a terror
    that none of them had ever known...
            Deep beneath the foundations of the ruined monastery, Diablo gorged
    himself upon the fears of the mortals above him. He slowly sank back into
    the welcoming shadows and began to harness his depleted power.
            He smiled to himself in the sheltering darkness, for he knew that
    the time of his final victory was fast approaching...
                                                                           
                                                                           
    * now, these books are found on the respective levels of the quests they
      activate, read on...
                                                                           
    1. Book of Blood (activates the quest, "Valor")
                                                                            
            ...and so, locked beyond the Gateway of Blood and past the Hall
    of Fire, Valor awaits for the hero of light to awaken...
                                                                            
    2. Mythical Book (activates the quest, "Chamber of Bone")
                                                                            
            Beyond the Hall of Heroes lies the Chamber of Bone. Eternal death
    awaits any who would seek to steal the treasures secured within this room.
    So speaks the Lord of Terror, and so it is written.
                                                                            
    3. Book of the Blind (activates the quest, "Halls of the Blind")
                                                                            
                         I can see what you see not,
                         Vision milky then eyes rot.
                       When you turn they will be gone,
                        Whispering their hidden song.
                        Then you see what cannot be,
                     Shadows move where light should be.
                        Out of darkness, out of mind,
                    Cast down into the halls of the blind
                                                                            
    4. Steel Tome (activates the quest, "Warlord of Blood")
                                                                            
            The armories of hell are home to the Warlord of Blood. In his
    wake lay the mutilated bodies of thousands. Angels and man alike have
    been cut down to fulfill his endless sacrifices to the dark ones who
    scream for one thing---blood.
                                                                            
                                                                            
    * And lastly, these messages, courtesy of Anapan (aspenth@pokemonfactory.com)
      are found in the different tomes in the game. Their titles, however,
      are courtesy of Patrick (GalahadPC@aol.com). Here's what the latter's
      got to say bout these books:
                                                                            
      "There are three story "cycles," as I call them, one of which will be
       given to the player, randomly decided when the labyrinth is generated.
       On the 4th, 8th, and 12th levels you get an installment of the chosen
       cycle, which unfolds the story of Diablo from one of three perspectives."
                                                                            
      Well, here goes (grouped in threes, of course):
                                                                            
                                                                            
    1. The Great Conflict - 
                                                                           
            Take heed and bear witness to the truths that lie herein, for they
    are the last legacy of the Horadrim. There is a war that rages on even
    now, beyond the fields that we know - between the utopian kingdoms of the
    High Heavens and the chaotic pits of the Burning Hells. This war is known
    as the Great Conflict, and it has raged and burned longer than any of the
    stars in the sky. Neither side ever gains sway for long as the forces of
    Light and Darkness constantly vie for control over all creation. 
                                                                            
    2. The Wages of the Sin War - 
                                                                            
            Take heed and bear witness to the truths that lie herein, for they
    are the last legacy of the Horadrim. When the Eternal Conflict between
    the High Heavens and the Burning Hells falls upon mortal soil, it is called
    the Sin War. Angels and Demons walk amongst humanity in disguise, fighting
    in secret, away from the prying eyes of mortals. Some daring, powerful
    mortals have even allied themselves with either side, and helped to dictate
    the course of the Sin War. 
                                                                            
    3. The Tale of the Horadrim - 
                                                                            
            Take heed and bear witness to the truths that lie herein, for they
    are the last legacy of the Horadrim. Nearly three hundred years ago, it
    came to be known that the Three Prime Evils of the Burning Hells had mysteriously
    come to our world. The Three Brothers ravaged the lands of the east for
    decades, while humanity was left trembling in their wake. Our Order---the
    Horadrim---was founded by a group of secretive magi to hunt down and capture
    the Three Evils once and for all.
            The original Horadrim captured two of the Three within powerful
    artifacts known as Soulstones and buried them deep beneath the desolate
    eastern sands. The third Evil escaped capture and fled to the west with
    many of the Horadrim in pursuit. The Third Evil - known as Diablo, the
    Lord of Terror - was eventually captured, his essence set in a Soulstone
    and buried within this Labyrinth.
            Be warned that the soulstone must be kept from discovery by those
    not of the faith. If Diablo were to be released, he would seek a body that
    is easily controlled as he would be very weak - perhaps that of an old man
    or a child. 
                                                                            
    --------
    4. The Dark Exile - 
                                                                            
            So it came to be that there was a great revolution within the Burning
    Hells known as The Dark Exile. The Lesser Evils overthrew the Three Prime
    Evils and banished their spirit forms to the mortal realm. The demons Belial
    (the Lord of Lies) and Azmodan (the Lord of Sin) fought to claim rulership
    of Hell during the absence of the Three Brothers. All of Hell polarized
    between the factions of Belial and Azmodan while the forces of the High
    Heavens continually battered upon the very Gates of Hell. 
                                                                            
    5. The Sin War - 
                                                                            
            Many demons traveled to the mortal realm in search of the Three
    Brothers. These demons were followed to the mortal plane by Angels who
    hunted them throughout the vast cities of the East. The Angels allied
    themselves with a secretive Order of mortal magi named the Horadrim, who
    quickly became adept at hunting demons. They also made many dark enemies
    in the underworlds. 
                                                                            
    6. The Binding of the Three - 
                                                                            
            So it came to be that the Three Prime Evils were banished in spirit
    form to the mortal realm and after sewing chaos across the East for decades,
    they were hunted down by the cursed Order of the mortal Horadrim. The Horadrim
    used artifacts called Soulstones to contain the essence of Mephisto, the
    Lord of Hatred and his brother Baal, the Lord of Destruction. The youngest
    brother - Diablo, the Lord of Terror - escaped to the west.
            Eventually the Horadrim captured Diablo within a Soulstone as well,
    and buried him under an ancient, forgotten Cathedral. There, the Lord of
    Terror sleeps and awaits the time of his rebirth. Know ye that he will seek
    a body of youth and power to possess - one that is innocent and easily
    controlled. He will then arise to free his Brothers and once more fan the
    flames of the Sin War... 
                                                                            
    --------
    7. The Realms Beyond - 
                                                                            
            All praises to Diablo - Lord of Terror and Survivor of The Dark
    Exile. When he awakened from his long slumber, my Lord and Master spoke
    to me of secrets that few mortals know. He told me the kingdoms of the
    High Heavens and the pits of the Burning Hells engage in an eternal war.
    He revealed the powers that have brought this discord to the realms of
    man. My lord has named the battle for this world and all who exist here
    the Sin War. 
                                                                            
    8. Tale of the Three - 
                                                                            
            Glory and Approbation to Diablo - Lord of Terror and Leader of
    the Three. My Lord spoke to me of his two Brothers, Mephisto and Baal,
    who were banished to this world long ago. My Lord wishes to bide his time
    and harness his awesome power so that he may free his captive brothers
    from their tombs beneath the sands of the east. Once my Lord releases his
    Brothers, the Sin War will once again know the fury of the Three. 
                                                                            
    9. The Black King - 
                                                                            
            Hail and Sacrifice to Diablo - Lord of Terror and Destroyer of
    Souls. When I awoke my Master from his sleep, he attempted to possess a
    mortal's form. Diablo attempted to claim the body of King Leoric, but my
    Master was too weak from his imprisonment. My Lord required a simple and
    innocent anchor to this world, and so found the boy Albrecht to be perfect
    for the task. While the good King Leoric was left maddened by Diablo's
    unsuccessful possession, I kidnapped his son Albrecht and brought him
    before my Master. I now await Diablo's call and pray that I will be rewarded
    when he at last emerges as the Lord of this world.
                                                                            
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    No matter which character you choose, you end up with the same ending.
    Only your voice will change depending on your character, nothing else.
    The guys there at Blizzard didn't even change the graphics. They just
    created an unclear figure that can be taken as any of the three classes.
    Anyway, here's the ending:
                                                                           
    Diablo is finally crushed, his body lying helplessly on the ground. You
    get a pocket knife, and carve a gem out of his forehead. Almost instantly
    He turns to ashes, leaving behind the body of his host (presumably Prince
    Albrecht, approx. ten years old, and son of King Leoric---see quests
    section) You look at the gem, which holds Diablo's essence, and decide
    to bury it---in your own forehead! You have contained his essence in your
    own and that he cannot control since he is weak from centuries of sleep.
    He can, however, make your life a living hell so you decide to isolate
    yourself from the masses to be able to concentrate on keeping him a bay.
                                                                           
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    Prima Secrets and Level Master IV for a big, big part of my charts
                                                                           
    Red Phoenix (red_phoenix_1@hotmail.com) for info on the whats and hows
                                            of ASCII arts
                                                                           
    RPGGodGamer@aol.com for the Traditional and Supernatural Shrine info
                                                                           
    LordSkywalker for all the townsfolk comments (sorry I forgot your email
                  address, man, but thanks a HEAP!)
                                                                           
    Anapan (aspenth@pokemonfactory.com) for the tomes in the books section
    Patrick (GalahadPC@aol.com) for the names of the tomes in the books section
                                                                           
    Patrick Soth (fearless_decoy@mindspring.com) for two great advices:
                                                                           
    1) "I remember a minor trick involving the Gotterdamerung.  When you pick
    it up, do not have it identified. This way, you get the 60 armor without
    the 0% resistances. It's obvious to tell if an un-ID'd helm is the gotter...
    It tells you it's got 60 armor..."
                                                                           
    2) "There's a good number of mages running around whacking thing with fireballs....
    My personal picks are Naj's light plate, an arch-angel's staff of (fill
    in the blank), magic/dexterity boosting rings and amulet, and a Thinking
    cap. The only thing is the Cap's 1 durability is a pain.  But there is a
    way to get around it. The Hidden Shrines randomly add or remove 10 durability
    to an item when touched, so touch one with only the cap on, and it's got
    11 durability.   With luck repeated shrines can add more to that...I've
    had one at 41 durability. With this gear you get level 20 spells. Nasty
    stuff...."
                                                                           
                                                                           
    Eko Sulistyo (holmes@indosat.net.id) for info on the uniques I've missed
                                                                           
    Joe Patton (joepatton@pdextreme.com) for some very important corrections
                                         like those for the Bone Spirit and
                                         Demonspike Coat
                                                                           
    Gamefaqs.com for paying attention to this faq
    Blizzard and all its affiliates for creating such a great game
                                                                           
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    v1.9 - added tomes in books section
    v1.8 - added townsfolk's comments and quest activators
    v1.7 - added experience points chart
    v1.6 - improved ASCII art and corrected some errors
    v1.5 - added books section
    v1.4 - completed Spells section
    v1.3 - completed Other Items and Shrines section
    v1.2 - completed Unique Items section
    v1.1 - completed Special Names section
                                                                           
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    Please feel free to email me if there's something about Diablo I left out
    (I'm sure there will be as this faq barely tries to tell everything about
    such a big, big game) or if you just want to comment on my work. Thank
    you. If ever I revise this faq and add something you feel came from one
    of your emails to me, email me again and remind me bout it so I can give
    you credit. Thanks again.
                                                                           
    Patrick (GalahadPC@aol.com) has a few strategies to add:
                                                                           
    1) " A use for basic spells - drawing out off-screen monsters.  If you suspect 
         a mess of beasts with long-range attacks are waiting in ambush (very
         likely in the last few levels), lob off a weak spell like Firebolt,
         one at a time, in a spread in front of you, until you hear the sound
         of a monster grunt (indicating a hit). The offended monster will usually
         come running to get you back, but without their pals! Pick them off
         at your leisure. Also, you don't want to use multi-hit spells like
         Fireball or Lightning Bolt, as the whole point is to avoid getting
         the attention of many monsters at once! Sure, you could wind up killing
         a bunch of them, but if they happen to be resistant to fire or lightning,
         you're just going to get swarmed by pissed-off, fully-intact foes. "
                                                                           
    2) " Firebolt and Holy Bolt, among a couple others, are spells which increase 
         in damage potential based on character level, not spell level. Level 
         increases for these two spells reduce mana cost and increase the traveling 
         speed of the bolt. For a Sorcerer of high enough level, these are an 
         attractive alternative to missile weapons, as they can prove to be
         faster, more powerful, and cheap enough to make the casting cost (and
         costs for mana potions) negligible.  At least as long as you are up
         against few mosters at a time, and they are vulnerable to these spells. "
                                                                           
    3) " Once a Sorcerer learns the healing spells and gets them to a moderate 
         level, he'll never need healing potions again. Using these spells and 
         restoring oneself with mana potions is more efficient, as mana potions
         cost the same as healing ones, and the Sorcerer can cast such spells
         quickly enough to make them effective in the heat of battle. "
                                                                           
    4) " The powerful Flash spell is probably meant with Warriors in mind, as
         it is designed to hit anything immediately adjacent to the caster.
         Since Warriors are at their best when wading into the fray, they are
         most likely to get themselves surrounded on all sides, and if they
         happen to be in over their head, a desperate use of Flash may take
         out a few attackers and open an escape opportunity for them. Too bad
         they can't cast it very fast though, or this would be a real life 
         saver. "
                                                                           
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