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The Collected Works
of Confucious
( " )
Item514
Item Type Book
Artifact? No
Weight 400s
Danger Level 1
Material Paper

The Collected Works of Confucious (named in-game as book titled "The Collected Works of Confucious") is a special (although non-unique) book which provides the PC with some in-game information — more specifically, random fortune cookie messages. In its unidentified form it is always a brittle book (although unique weight and color are typically enough for identification purposes).

The books has a limited number of uses (often 1d3, but possibly as high as 12) and will disappear after the limit is reached. The following messages are generated when the PC attempts to read the book:

You flip to a random page. It reads:
Confucius says: <random fortune cookie message>

Finally, it will disappear with the following message:
The uncursed book titled "The Collected Works of Confucious" transforms into a fine mist.

Desirability[]

The book is more or less a joke item carrying little use in the game. It can be used to get minor Literacy training or possibly for Strength training (due to its huge weight).

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

The Collected Works of Confucious can be obtained in the same manner as generic loot (although it is very rare). Alternatively, polymorphing a spellbook (either through potions of exchange or raw chaos) has a high chance to create this book. Necromancers may start the game with Confucious' book.

Greater Identify information[]

------------ uncursed book titled "The Collected Works of Confucious"----------


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.
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