Scroll is an item group in ADOM. As the name implies scrolls are compact objects containing written symbols to be read by intelligent beings.
There are two main groups of scrolls in the game:
- Magical scrolls which power is supposedly invoked by the PC to produce a one-time effect.
- Mundane scrolls containing various bits of information which can be deciphered by the PC mostly for the benefit of the player himself/herself.
Naturally, there are several exceptions within these groups (noted in the table below).
All scrolls weigh 2 stones which allows most PCs to carry large amounts of them at all times. This is often considered a practical approach, as scrolls provide a broad range of effects invaluable in both common and critical situations.
Nevertheless, all scrolls are made of paper which makes them vulnerable to almost all sources of item destruction. Fireproof and especially waterproof blankets are almost mandatory unless the player is prepared to lose scrolls to traps, special monster attacks and environmental effects.
Using scrolls naturally boils down to reading them. Therefore, several conditions must be fulfilled:
- The PC must have the Literacy skill. Moreover, in order to read unidentifed scrolls, the skill must be highly trained, as otherwise it is possible to fail reading (signified by the message You don't manage to correctly decipher that scroll). Badly failing this Literacy check may cause the scroll to disappear completely (non-magic information scrolls however do not disappear).
- The PC must have enough light to read the scroll — being blind or standing in a dark area prevents any attempt to use a scroll.
- The PC must be in a clear physical/mental state to attempt reading — being engulfed in webs, stunned or confused makes using scrolls impossible.
Using some scrolls will automatically identify their true nature (see use-based identification for more information).
Scrolls can be cursed and blessed using potions of water of appropriate B/U/C status. However, unlike most items, dipping scrolls into an uncursed potion will produce a special effect — namely, transform the scroll in question into a blank scroll.
Blank scrolls can be used with magical writing sets to produce new scrolls. However, the PC must have a desired scroll in its identified item list.
A scroll shop is one of the possible types of shops in ADOM.
Merchants specializing in scrolls are able to automatically identify all scrolls.
Scrolls can be used as melee and missile weapons, although they have almost non-existent base to-hit and to-damage stats.
List of all scrolls
|Name||DL||One-time effect?||Effect||B/U/C status influence||Notes|
|Antediluvian scroll covered with dwarven runes||N/A||No||No effect aside from message||No effect||Found in a special grave in the Eerie Glade|
|Scroll of amnesia||1||Yes||Current level map knowledge is removed; some items in the identified item list are removed||Affects magnitude|
|Scroll of balance||1||Yes||Displays the PC's alignment score||Affects value precision|
|Blank scroll||1||No||No effect||Affects writing process||Can be used to write other scrolls|
|Scroll of charging||3||Yes||Recharges wands||Affects magnitude|
|Scroll of corruption removal||10||Yes||Changes the amount of the PC's corruption||B — removes ~1.5 corruptions
U — removes ~0.6 corruptions
C — grants ~0.3 corruptions
|Crumpled scroll||N/A||No||No effect aside from message (picture description)||No effect||Dropped by the emperor moloch; can be given to Khelavaster (after saving him) in exchange for the Trident of the Red Rooster if the PC is neutral or lawful|
|Scroll of cure blindness||3||Yes||No effect aside from a humorous message||No effect|
|Scroll of danger||1||Yes||Increases the danger Level of the current level||Affects magnitude||Required for one of the Gaab'Baay's Quests|
|Scroll of dark predictions||3||Yes||Reveals the PC's state of corruption||?|
|Scroll of darkness||1||Yes||Creates darkness in an area around the PC||No effect|
|Scroll of defense||1||Yes||Modifies DV of a worn item||B, U — increases
C — reduces
|Positive improvement is capped, negative is unlimited, it is not possible to choose the target item, although item type priority is fixed|
|Scroll of education||1||Yes||Grants a random skill or increases proficiency in a random skill||Affects magnitude|
|Scroll of entropy||1||Yes||Transforms monsters on the current level or confuses the PC, required for Nihilist ending||No effect|
|Scroll of familiar summoning||1||Yes||Summons a companion of the current area's danger Level||Slightly modifies effective danger level value|
|Scroll of gold detection||1||Yes||Reveals the locations of gold on the current dungeon level||No effect|
|Scroll of great identify||8||Yes||Reveals properties for one item of choice||Affects the amount of properties revealed|
|IBM guild manual||1||Yes||Confuses the PC for an unlimited number of turns||No effect|
|Scroll of identify||1||Yes||Identifies items of choice||B — affects all items
U — affects items of a chosen group
C — affects a single item
|Scroll of ill fate||12||Yes||Bestows cursed intrinsic on the PC if Lucky intrinsic is present||C — might remove Fate smiles|
|Scroll of increase melee accuracy||1||Yes||Modifies to-hit bonus of the current wielded weapon||B, U — increases
C — reduces
|Scroll of increase melee damage||1||Yes||Modifies to-damage bonus of the current wielded weapon||B, U — increases
C — reduces
|Scroll of information||N/A||No (unless read outside the Small Cave)||Reveals the distance between the stairs in the Small Cave and the guaranteed waterproof blanket||No effect||Generated on the Small Cave entrance, works properly only in that dungeon|
|Scroll of item creation||?||Yes||Creates a random item corresponding to the current area's danger Level||Created item has the same status as the scroll|
|Scroll of item detection||1||Yes||Reveals the location of all items on the level||No effect|
|Scroll of item destruction||1||Yes||Destroys a random worn or carried item.||No effect||Can only be used with at least 4 items in possession|
|Scroll of light||1||Yes||Removes darkness in an area around the PC||No effect|
|Scroll of literacy check||1||Yes||No effect aside from a humorous message||No effect||Literacy level affects the message|
|Scroll of luck||12||Yes||Removes the Cursed intrinsic, or grants Lucky, or grants Fate Smiles||C — cannot grant Fate Smiles|
|Scroll of magic mapping||1||Yes||Reveals portions of the current level map||Affects the amount of the level revealed|
|Scroll of monster aggravation||1||Yes||Makes monsters on the level hostile||?|
|Scroll of monster detection||1||Yes||Reveals current location of all monsters on the level||No effect|
|Papyrus scroll||N/A||No||No effect aside from a message||No effect||Generated on the current level when the PC reaches level 13|
|Scroll of peace||1||Yes||Reduces the danger Level of the current level||Affects magnitude|
|Scroll of power||1||Yes||Changes the current amount of PC's power points||B, U — increases
C — reduces
|Prayer scroll||N/A||Yes||No effect aside from a message||No effect||Only obtainable from a magic statue|
|Scroll of protection||1||Yes||Modifies PV of a worn item||B, U — increases
C — reduces
|Positive improvement is capped, negative is unlimited; it is not possible to choose the target item, although item type priority is fixed|
|Ratling pamphlet||N/A||No||No effect aside from a message||No effect||Can be received from the ratling rebel after 'c'hatting to him/her|
|Scroll of repair||1||Yes||Modifies item's broken state||B — Fixes items and improves their B/U/C status
U — fixes items
C — breaks items, curses artifacts
|Can affect items that are not supposed to break in version 1.1.1 (thus stacks of useful items can be broken and fixed for a B/U/C upgrade)|
|Scroll of satiation||1||Yes||Grants satiation||Affects magnitude|
|Strange message||N/A||No||No effect aside from a message||No effect||Can be found in the High Mountain Village|
|Scroll of teleportation||6||Yes||Teleports the PC||No effect|
|Scroll of treasure creation||12||Yes||Creates gold||Affects magnitude|
|Scroll of uncursing||1||Yes||Modifies the B/U/C status of items||B — uncurses all items
U — uncurses item of choice
C — curses item of choice
|Scroll of vermin control||1||Yes||Sterilizes all breeders on the current level||?||Does not work on the battle bunny level|
|Scroll of warning||N/A||No||No effect aside from a message||No effect||Generated on the entrance to the Small Cave, only works properly in this dungeon|
|Antediluvian dwarven map fragment||N/A||No||Gives the option to assemble the map if the PC possesses all 6 fragments||No effect||Non-unique artifact; 6 are located in various places|
|Antediluvian dwarven map||N/A||No||Allows the PC to find Rolf's fortress on the wilderness map||No effect||Artifact; assembled from the 6 map fragments|
|Scroll of omnipotence||N/A||No||Unknown||Unknown||Artifact; dropped by the supreme balor|
|Scroll of the finder||8||No||Acts as a scroll of magic mapping, scroll of item detection, scroll of gold detection, scroll of monster detection, or scroll of treasure creation||Same as the activated scroll effect||Random artifact|