Okawaru

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Okawaru altar.png "Bring me glory in combat!"
Okawaru is a dangerous and powerful god of battle. Followers are expected to constantly prove themselves in combat, and may channel Okawaru's might to enhance their prowess. Okawaru demands that followers prove themselves by their own strength alone, and so worshippers are forbidden from gaining allies by any means. Okawaru pays little heed to easy victories, but will reward worshippers for heroic feats against mighty foes.

Followers of Okawaru will gain the ability to temporarily increase their skills in combat, and, much later, to deal much faster blows. Okawaru will eventually gift followers with ammunition, weapons and armour. The most favoured of Okawaru may challenge their foes to honourable single combat.

Racial Restrictions

Demigods cannot worship Okawaru (or any other god).

Appreciates

  • Killing powerful monsters. Monsters with a higher HD, relative to your XL, give higher amounts of piety. Consequently, weak monsters give almost none.

Prevents

Okawaru prevents the creation of allied monsters. You are unable to use any magic or items to create allies, and reactive abilities (such as from the ratskin cloak) simply will not work. Fire Storm creates hostile fire vortices. Entities that are proxies of magical effects: orbs of destruction, ball lightning, battlespheres, spectral weapons, foxfires, and fulminant prisms, are unaffected.

Deprecates

  • Inactivity: You lose 1 piety per 340 turns, on average (1/17 chance every 20 turns).

Given Abilities

Piety level (0): "Struggler"

  • No granted abilities.

Piety level (*): "Combatant"

  • Heroism - Increases all non-magic skills by 5. Evocations and Invocations count as magic. No skill is increased past 27. HP bonus from Fighting is not affected. (2 MP, 1-2 Piety)

Piety level (**): "Warrior"

  • No new abilities.

Piety level (***): "Knight"

  • No new abilities.

Piety level (****): "Myrmidon"

  • Finesse - Halves the action delay of melee and ranged attacks, doubling your attack speed. Bear in mind this bonus is reduced if your action delay is already less than 0.4. (5 MP, 3-5 Piety)

Piety level (*****): "Warmonger"

  • Duel - Transports you and a single sufficiently worthy (considered "dangerous" or "very dangerous" on examination; dependent on your XL and monster XP value) monster into Okawaru's arena. If and when you kill the monster, you will have a short (15-25 turn) grace period to heal and prepare for what's still outside. Okawaru will bid you farewell about 5 turns before actually kicking you out. Dueling will not prevent your opponent from creating more monsters in the arena, so watch out! However, it does prevent Banishment. (7 MP, 7-15 Piety)

Piety level (******): "Victor of a Thousand Battles"

  • No new abilities.

The duration and success rate of all three abilities are improved with Invocations skill.

Gifts

Piety 81+
  • Ammunition. If you are eligible for a gift and 1d(Piety) >= 72, there's a 13% chance that you will receive ammunition on a given turn. This happens only if you have trained a missile skill (Slings, Bows, Crossbows, or Throwing) and you have the launcher for your best missile skill in your inventory. You may receive ammo for a different skill than this best skill (but always a skill you have). Throwing missiles and darts will often be branded. The gift timeout for each gift is 2d4 + 4.
Piety 130+
  • Weapons and armour. If you are eligible for a gift and 1d(Piety) >= 120, there's a 25% chance that you will receive a weapon or piece of armour. The item given will always be wearable by your species and can be of any quality level. It is similar to a scroll of acquirement, but the results are somewhat worse on average. The gift timeout for each gift is between 31 and 49 for weapons, and between 62 and 94 for armour.

Punishments

Okawaru's most vicious warriors are sent against rebellious servants. Novices find themselves swarmed by packs of ogres and gnolls, while champions are surrounded by titans and elvish blademasters.

While under penance, Okawaru will sometimes punish you by sending 1d(experience level/5) hostile, durably summoned monsters to fight you. These monsters can range from packs of orcs to titans, reflecting your experience level.

In general, if you can survive Vaults:5, you can survive Okawaru's wrath. The monsters Okawaru summons are no worse than those encountered there, although there is always the possibility that they will be summoned at a particularly inopportune moment.

If there is nowhere within your line of sight for these monsters to be summoned to, the message, "Okawaru's forces are busy with other wars," will appear instead.

Strategy

Okawaru's simple, straightforward effectiveness has made Okawaru one of the most popular yet criticized gods in the Crawl pantheon.

Okawaru's main kit grants two fairly simple buffs - a Heroism effect that can be invoked at * and a Finesse effect at ****. Their only real costs are piety and the no-ally conduct. Magic, other than Summonings and Necromancy, is fair game. Heroism is especially cheap; in difficult battles, you can expect to gain its piety back immediately. Keep in mind that Okawaru buffs both melee and ranged attacks.

Oka will eventually gift ammo, armour, shields, and weapons, biased towards your skillset. Even though many items will be of little permanent use, by the end game you will likely find yourself using at least a few pieces of god-given equipment. Okawaru is also a less restrictive means of getting this equipment than Trog (the only other god who gifts weapons).

With the abundance of experience available in the post-game, the value of Heroism decreases. Players may want to switch from Okawaru to a god with more favorable abilities (such as The Shining One) before taking on dangerous post-game branches such as The Tomb or Pandemonium. If you do plan on abandoning Okawaru, be sure to have a relatively safe place to explore while facing retribution, or at least good escape potential (such as Blink).

Okawaru is one of the few gods you can abandon while keeping permanent benefits granted via worship (gifted items).

History

  • Prior to 0.28, Okawaru did not forbid the use of allies. Thus, Oka's 5* title was Commander, with the 4* title being Warmonger. Finesse was a 5* ability, as Duel was not introduced.
  • Prior to 0.27, Okawaru would get angry if you attacked your own allies.
  • Prior to 0.18, Finesse could be blocked by stasis; both of Okawaru's abilities cost more piety, but lasted longer even at low Invocations skill.
  • Prior to 0.17, Finesse caused magic contamination.
  • Prior to 0.16, Okawaru would only give ammo for skills of level 8 and higher, and would grant piety for praying over enemy corpses (the stronger, the better).
  • Prior to 0.14, allowing your allies to die incurred piety loss and the Demonspawn Demonic Guardian mutation was suppressed.
  • Prior to 0.13, Okawaru didn't care about the death of elementals.
  • Prior to 0.8, Okawaru's granted powers were Might and Haste instead of the current Heroism and Finesse.
Gods
Good ElyvilonZinThe Shining One
Neutral AshenzariCheibriadosFedhas MadashGozag Ym SagozHepliaklqanaIgnisNemelex XobehOkawaruQazlalRuSif MunaTrogUskayawVehumetWu Jian
Chaotic JiyvaXom
Evil BeoghDithmenosKikubaaqudghaLugonu *Makhleb *Yredelemnul
* Chaotic & Evil