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Courtesan – Realms of Quest V

One of the new classes for player characters in Realms of Quest V is the Courtesan.  Courtesans are able to seduce humanoid type monsters for the purpose of recruiting them into your party as an ally that will fight with you against the monsters that you battle. Besides being able to fight monsters in your characters stead, ally’s are also useful in that if a monster attacks your courtesan character, the ally will be the one to take the HP damage and will fight with/for your Courtesan until death. The courtesan will not take any damage from enemy monsters until the the courtesan’s ally has exhausted all HP’s and has been defeated. Courtesans should have high Charisma in order to be effective at seducing.

Here is a listing of all humanoid type monsters that a courtesan might be able to seduce so be on the lookout for any of the following types of monsters…

In the battle above there is a humanoid monster group (4 Troglodytes), so we will attempt to have our courtesan (Alisha) seduce one of the Trogs. The Troglodytes have 3 Swing attacks, and 1 Stun attack per the charts above.

Our courtesan attempts to seduce

Now we select the monster group that Alisha will attempt seduction

Success!!

Woohoo! Alisha has successfully seduced a Troglodyte and it will now fight for our party as an ally of Alisha!

Inspecting Ally in the courtesan’s player character screen

The Troglodyte now appears as an Ally on Alisha’s player characters statistics screen. The Troglodyte has 3 regular melee attacks of Swing and 1 special attack of Stun which if successful will eliminate 1 enemy monster upon each successful Stun attack. Now that the Trog is an ally, during Alisha’s next round she can have the ally attack on her behalf. First the courtesan chooses which monster group the ally will attack. We will choose to have the Trog attack the Ropers. If the ally kills an enemy monster, the kill is recorded as being the courtesan’s kill for advancing/leveling up purposes.

The Troglodyte successfully stuns a Roper.

The stun attack removes 1 Roper from battle. When monsters are taken out, they are not killed, just removed from battle but at least it is 1 less monster to have to deal with. For leveling up purposes it is better to have monsters killed that way there is a chance that the player character might level up.

Here our ally Troglodyte uses a swing attack at an enemy monster.  From looking at the charts above, it would be very useful if a courtesan player character seduced one of the more tougher humanoid monsters such as a Titan, or Storm Giant or Fire Giant as they have Death / Fire attacks which would come in mighty handy in battle.

Above is the Troglodyte from “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger”. A great fantasy adventure movie with animation by the late and great Ray Harryhausen.

 

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Gnomish Mines Level 12 -Nethack

I made it to level 12 of the Gnomish Mines when the unthinkable happened. They killed my dog Sirius! Damn those gnomes! I also had run out of arrows so I started throwing every ranged weapon I had until I was left only with an orcish dagger and short sword to melee with.

Some interesting things about nethack….If you find a bugle you can play it by improvising and sometimes the monsters will get scared and run away, either for fear that re-reinforcements are about to come to your aid, or that you are such a horrible Bugle player that they can’t bear the sound of your “music” any longer and are repulsed and forced to flee.  Of course, the Dwarf King just had to pick up and steal one of my arrows from the ground before running away, didn’t he?  Another interesting find is a magic marker. If you also find a blank scroll you can use the marker to make magic scrolls or just use the magic marker to write Elbereth. Provided that you don’t get interrupted or misspell the word, writing Elbereth will prevent monsters from being able to hit you while you remain on the square where the Elbereth writing appears. You can also attempt to write in dust, however it won’t last as long as with a magic marker or engraving. Gemstones can  be used to engrave writings provided that the stone is hard enough for writing.  If you have gems and encounter a unicorn you may want to throw some gems at it. I hear throwing red gems may  do some interesting things perhaps involving luck.

I was able to vanquish 148 monsters this time around!

Eventually died on level 12 of the gnomish mines by a Warg. Slowly getting better with this game, but darn it’s tough once you get past the first 10 levels or so. I love Nethack!