|Level: 1, DV: 60, PV: 60, Hits: 1080, Attacks: 3, Damage: 9d12+12, Speed: 120.|
Sharad-Waador is found on level 4, standing next to the stairs leading to the Blue Dragon Caves. He is nonhostile and will assign a quest to kill an ancient blue wyrm, Srraxxarrakex, who is his mortal enemy. This is a difficult quest and is in no way necessary to finish the game. Part of the difficulty is the presence of Srraxxarrakex's children: many different blue dragons including ancient blue dragons which see invisible. Blue dragons breathe lightning bolts, which will damage a PC without very good resistance or immunity as well as destroying items, both worn and in the pack. There is no way to prevent the item destruction (though high Alertness, Dodge, DV, Sixth Sense, Luck and lightning resistance/immunity helps). Items can be left in Sharad-Waador's room for safekeeping while on the quest. Sharad-Waador does not move unless he is attacked or the PC reneges on the deal to take the quest.
To receive the quest, the PC must first decide what equipment will be left behind, drop it, stand on the down staircase in Sharad-Waador's room, then Chat with him. This sequence of events is necessary because Sharad-Waador will not chat with the PC until the PC is on the down stairs, and after chatting with the PC demands that the PC descend immediately. If the PC moves off the staircase at this point, Sharad-Waador becomes hostile. A trick that can be used is leaving some of the PC's precious but 'might be needed' equipment on the stairway. Sharad-Waador does not become hostile if the PC emerges from the Blue Dragon Caves without moving from the stairway. This provides a means of protecting very valuable equipment (such as scrolls of chaos resistance) that might be needed to save the PC's life. Despite the fact that Sharad-Waador does not see invisible, he will detect an invisible PC that emerges from the Blue Dragon Caves without killing Srraxxarakex and become hostile if the PC moves from the stairs.
The main reason for taking this quest however, is because Sharad-Waador rewards the PC with a huge pile of equipment for completing it. Among this equipment, which generally does not contain anything remarkable, is the artifact dagger Needle:
----------- black rune-covered dagger "Needle" (+8, 3d4) [+4, +1] ---------- Weight: 10s When worn it modifies DV by +4 and PV by +1. When used in melee combat it grants a +8 bonus to hit and causes 3d4 points of damage. When used as a missile it grants a +8 bonus to hit and causes 3d4 points of damage. (Sting has the same base properties, but Needle + Sting grant +50 to hit and damage when dual-wielded)