Stone of
the ages
( ' )
Item Type Amulet
Artifact? Yes
Weight 2s
Danger Level 14
Material Nonmetallic

The stone of the ages is a non-guaranteed artifact amulet. It increases DV by 3, PV and Learning by 6, and grants several life-saving intrinsics. In addition, it can absorb some amount of artificial aging, preventing the PC from being aged. As it absorbs more aging it will inflict more of the following penalties, in order:

  • Loss of knowledge of the current level layout
  • Slow
  • Deafness and bleeding
  • Aging

It appears as a rock necklace when unidentified.


It is a solid item, giving good DV and PV, as well as all three "instant death" resistances. For short-lived races it is very valuable for its anti-aging powers.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

It can be granted as a precrowning gift or a reward for making use of a potion of uselessness, generated in a surge of power or greater vault, or generated as random loot (albeit very rarely).

Greater Identify information[]

------------------------ blessed stone of the ages {Le+6}-----------------------

It is an artifact.

When worn it modifies DV by +3 and PV by +6.
When used in melee combat it grants a -4 bonus to hit and causes 1d2 points of damage.
When used as a missile it grants a -4 bonus to hit and causes 1d2 points of damage.

It modifies your learning attribute by +6.
It grants resistance to petrification.
It grants resistance to death attacks.
It grants resistance to paralyzation.