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(1.3a) Sauron, Morgoth and the Nazgul                                           
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Morgoth, Lord of Darkness commands nine Ring Wraiths, called 'Nazgul'.
These corrupted souls of former ring-wearers are named..
Uvatha the Horseman, Adunaphel the Quiet, Akhorahil the Blind,
Ren the Unclean, Ji Indur Dawndeath, Dwar Dog Lord of Waw, Hoarmurath of Dir,
Khamul the Black Easterling and The Witch-King of Angmar.
Morgoth has the ability to summon these, so you should destroy them all
before facing him.

Morgoth is also able to summon other powerful unique beings, so one of your
tasks to prevail against him will be to kill off as many of the powerful unique
foes as you can before facing him.

Morgoth, the god of destruction, has reinforced his surroundings to be
especially devastating to all living beings:
If you get killed on a level where Morgoth, Lord of Darkness walks, your
ghost will be destroyed too, even if you are everlasting! Beware!

If you team up against him, he will grow stronger for every additional player
who enters his dungeon level. Growing stronger in fact means that he gains a
hit point and speed bonus. If a player leaves his level, he will weaken again.
See the following paragraph (1.6) for more information.

When a player lands the killing blow on Morgoth, everyone else who is in her or
his party and also on the same dungeon floor will get credit for winning the
game too and receive a royal title accordingly. Even 'fallen winners' (players
who have beaten Morgoth already but lost their royal title to death) can
regain their title this way - by teaming up with someone who hasn't defeated
Morgoth yet and making sure that that player lands the killing blow.
Each player must be at least level 40 to get credit for beating Morgoth.
A new (experimental) way to obtain a lost royal title again is to donate and
pray in 'The Mirror' in Lothlorien, see (4.5a) for details.

Morgoth always drops his crown and hammer. If he is defeated by a party, those
two items will drop multiple times so that everyone can actually pick up one of
each.

A very dangerous thing about Nazgul is that weapons get quickly destroyed if
they come in contact with these corrupted beings.
If you are a spell-caster who doesn't use his weapon to fight but just to
profit from its magical abilities then it's strongly recommended to inscribe
the weapon @Ox to avoid auto-retaliation, see (0.3) about inscriptions and
(4.1a) about auto-retaliation.
If you rely on melee weapons you must try to get your hands on an artifact
since these resist Nazgul greatly! The Stormbringer also resists like an
artifact. (It doesn't matter if the artifact is a random or a static one.)
If your weapon gets destroyed you'll receive a warning message:
"Your weapon *DISINTEGRATES*!" or "Your weapon is destroyed !"
(The permanently cursed weapon 'Mighty Hammer of Grond' cannot be destroyed.
See (5.9b) for more information about artifacts.)

Your weapon itself will not damage the Nazgul if it doesn't have one of the
mods SLAY_EVIL, SLAY_UNDEAD or KILL_UNDEAD and if it isn't a Morgul weapon.
However, you will still be able to damage the Nazgul, if your raw to-dam
bonus is high enough. Enchantments from rings, gloves or other items and the
damage bonus from your skills and strength will be the only factors which
decide the damage you deal, in that case.
For weapons which damage dice and to-dam bonus will not be counted (ie non-
SLAY/KILL EVIL/UNDEAD or Morgul weapons) you'll see the message:
"The Ringwraith is IMPERVIOUS to the mundane weapon."
The same is true for Martial Arts, which style boni will be nullified if you
don't have one of the slay-undead/slay-evil flags.

Note: For weapon attacks, having those slay/kill mods on gloves (or other
      items) instead of the weapon does not help! They will not count.
      For martial arts/bare-handed attacks, having the slay flags on other
      items (for example gloves) WILL count!

      However - the 'slay undead' bonus received from Holy Offense school at a
      skill of 30.000 will infuse your weapon (and bare-handed combat too of
      course) and will make its dice and damage count again, as if the weapon
      itself had the slay mod!

Martial Arts users can fight relatively efficiently against Nazgul since they
don't have to worry about their weapon breaking, but their chance to receive
Black Breath is higher than for weapon users:

If you come in contact with a Nazgul or a very powerful undead creature there
is a chance that you will be infected by the Black Breath. This dark aura is
able to infect other players if you come too close to them. It will drain your
stats and permanently drain your experience. Slowly, but steadily. There are
several possibilities to cure Black Breath, such as eating a Sprig of Athelas,
asking another player for help who is able to command the required healing
magic, or -if everything else is not available- visiting the Earth-Dome in
Gondolin, where you can receive 'Herbal Healing' for a (somewhat high) price.
Players cannot infect other players with Black Breath if they are in Bree or in
the Training Tower, those are safe zones.

Each Nazgul will drop a ring of power, which is a random artifact ring bearing
the Nazgul's name. These rings have a lot of random mods (ie abilities) and
will always provide invisibility (5.16) and experience drain (5.19). They are
also always heavily cursed, cannot be dropped while cursed, and can re-curse
themselves (5.14).

In order to find Morgoth, players have to defeat Sauron, the Sorceror first.
For more information about encountering Sauron and Morgoth, see next paragraph
(1.3b).
It is noteworthy that Sauron is able to boost his own spell-casting speed for
as long as he finds himself or the area around his target blocked by Glyphs of
Warding (also called Runes of Protection).
Also, he might try to avoid going into melee range of players who he deems good
at close quarters combat. In general, do not underestimate Sauron's power!
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