Improved ADOM Guidebook


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Kherab's 3rd quest - Scroll of Omnipotence - Red Rooster Inn - Volcano - Weird tome

Unresolved mysteries

5.1 Kherab's third quest and the reward

When your PC has done the first two quests for Kherab, the dwarven artificer in Darkforge, he tells your character to "be patient, in the near future more will have to be done". However, he will never assign the third quest, even to experience level 50 characters who are ready to close the Chaos Gate or attempt an ultra ending. From scanning the executable, reference to a "spear of raw steel" has been found, seemingly a third quest reward along with the Shield of Raw Steel and Amulet of Raw Steel now available.
------------ spear of raw steel (+4, 4d10+8) [+4, +0] {Wi+4} ------------

Weight: 120s

When worn it modifies DV by +4 and PV by +0.

When used in melee combat it grants a +4 bonus to hit and causes 4d10+8
points of damage. When used as a missile it grants a +0 bonus to hit and
causes 4d5+8 points of damage.

It modifies your willpower attribute by +4.
This weapon returns when thrown.
It contains the essence of Chaos and Corruption.
It is very good at scoring critical hits in melee.
It grants resistance to poison.
It grants resistance to shock attacks.
It grants immunity to acid.

5.2 Scroll of Omnipotence

In the secret compartment of the High Mountain Village, there's a message that reads:
"Dear Lubaf, I am sorry to disappoint you but you won't be able to find the
Scroll of Omnipotence in this place. I have hidden it more effectively.
You will need to find the red rooster at dawn. Then you'll encounter the final
challenge.

With passionate hate,
 Alhacrast, Overlord of Jak-Nagiur."
This may be what Khelavaster refers to as the foolish legends that built up around the quest for the crumpled scroll and the Trident of the Red Rooster. Upon further examination of the executable, it seems the Scroll of Omnipotence could only be read by champions of Order/Balance/Chaos:
You read the scroll of omnipotence

As you read the scroll you suddenly feel great power surging through your body.
You feel invincible and your abilities are increased by enourmous amounts!
Now you are a true champion of %s!

...ripped to pieces by trying to claim power not meant for %s..
Immediately you realize that this was a big mistake as you
are not prepared for the wave of power that suddenly floats your body. You
are ripped to pieces almost instantly!....

5.3 Red Rooster Inn

The Red Rooster Inn is mentioned in the executable and is probably a red herring. It was thought in earlier versions of ADOM that the innkeeper would produce the Trident of the Red Rooster in the Red Rooster Inn at dawn.

The executable contains the following texts:
You enter the Red Rooster Inn. It's completely empty...

You enter the Red Rooster Inn as the sun is just rising. Alganon, the innkeeper,
welcomes you with great joy and honors you for helping the ancient dwarf. As
a reward he grants you a long item wrapped in a sheet. He winks at you and
mumbles "Ye know what'ta do with dat, don't ye?". Due to some urgent business
Alganon then leaves.

5.4 Volcano

There is a volcano mentioned in the executable, but no character has ever found such a location. It may be a remnant left over from earlier development of ADOM, possibly designed to be the location where the Chaos Orb of Elemental Fire could be found prior to implementation of the Tower of Eternal Flames. Deeper analysis shows a volcano is just an unimplemented dungeon feature.

Some quest involving Volcano is planned for R+.

5.5 Weird Tome

The Ghost Librarian in the Library of Niltrias demands silence. In practice, this means the PC must spend a certain amount of time in the Library without speaking. Spellcasting is allowed. After spending 2000 turns (well spent reading spellbooks) without speaking, upon Chatting with her, she gives the PC the Weird Tome. She instructs the PC to deliver it to the Mad Minstrel, who will in turn reward the PC with five cursed scrolls of chaos resistance.

The mystery about the book is the fact that nobody has managed to read it.

Scanning the executable gives some further hints on successful reading of the tome:
... manage to decipher the secret.
It describes a means to find the scroll of omnipotence.
... have to %s to find it.
Giving the tome to saved Khelavaster in Terinyo results in:
Khelavaster, the invisible ancient sage, curiously looks at the uncursed
weird tome. "Huh? Oh, I have read that a long time ago. Pretty interesting."
Khelavaster, the invisible ancient sage, drops the uncursed weird tome.
Giving the Weird Tome to Gaab'Baay, results in:
Gaab'Baay, the old crone, hastily accepts the uncursed weird tome.
Gaab'Baay, the old crone, examines the uncursed weird tome closely.
Gaab'Baay, the old crone, cackles: "Na, I don't need this." Gaab'Baay, the
old crone, drops the uncursed weird tome.
Demented Ratling eats the tome. Andor Drakon is ignorant and refuses the tome from "puny mortal". Other unique characters simply refuse the tome.

See section 2.16.1 for more details about the Ghost Librarian and the Weird Tome.


Updated October 1st, 2016