Lehudib's Moon Base

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Lehudib, whose famous writings on earth magic left few personal details, is said to have studied the power of magical crystal with single-minded devotion and in the most distant location imaginable. After traveling to some forgotten Moon and carving a fortress into its very surface, the wizard somehow convinced the bizarre surface creatures there to stand guard. Who can say what other knowledge this self-described Lunar Mage learned in such isolation? Adventurers who manage to reach the remote Moon Base of Lehudib may indeed find powers beyond their comprehension.

Lehudib's Moon Base is a Wizard Laboratory, themed as the remote hideout of the famous earth mage Lehudib. You'll find earth- and crystal-themed monsters typically seen in Vaults or Depths, as well as eye monsters found in the Slime Pits and space-themed Abyss monsters. After taking the teleporter you find at one of four locations on the map, you'll face the legendary moon troll.

You'll find random loot at the portal locations as well as a large pile near the Moon troll. Also near the Moon troll is an artefact spell book named after Lehudib with a theme of earth magic and one of Transmutations, Conjurations, or Translocations; this spellbook always contains the spell Lehudib's Crystal Spear.

Monsters

The following can be found throughout the map:

G Golden eye.png Golden eye - Only dangerous around other monsters, but their confusing gaze does not require a direct line of fire. Take them out as quickly as possible if there are other threats. Harmless if you have clarity.

G Eye of devastation.png Eye of devastation - Slow, but fires blasts of devastating energies that can't be resisted but can be dodged.

G Great orb of eyes.png Great orb of eyes - Can sap your magic, confuse or paralyze you, or just blast you with Disintegrate. Much less dangerous if you have high magic resistance.

G Glowing orange brain.png Glowing orange brain - Yet another source of hexes, but can also summon in reinforcements. If you start getting flooded, take out the summoner promptly.

3 Neqoxec.png Neqoxec - Demons that can and will cast Malmutate at you, but aren't terribly dangerous otherwise unless you have exceptionally low intelligence. Block their line of effect until they come into range, then take them out.

X Tentacled starspawn.png Tentacled starspawn - Can reach out with tentacles and drag you towards its maw (and possibly toward other threats). Attacking its tentacles hurts it, so area-damaging attacks work well.

X Starcursed mass.png Starcursed mass - Will split into several entities -- the more of them you can see, the worse their smite-targeted damage gets. Keep attacking them to force them back together.

C Stone giant.png Stone giant - Huge, strong, and throws large rocks at range. Fairly straightforward to deal with, though they can do some serious physical damage.

u Ugly thing1.png u Very ugly thing1.png Brown ugly things and very ugly things - Come in packs and have acidic attacks to begin with, though they may change elemental affiliations when next to each other. The very ugly things are far more dangerous.

Subguardians

Two monsters guard specific treasure vaults in the moon base:

2 Cacodemon.png Cacodemon - A cacodemon and some other denizens guard some potions of mutation in a sealed-off chamber with transparent walls, but the cacodemon can just Dig a way out. It comes with a couple nasty hexes, Malmutate, and the energy bolts of an eye of devastation.

8 Zot statue.png Lunar statue - This is an orange crystal statue with Lehudib's Crystal Spear instead of Mass Confusion and a 20% higher cast rate. It guards a single acquirement-level item.

Additionally, each of the four possible portal locations will have one of the following monsters guarding it, possibly with other reinforcements:

8 Crystal guardian.png Crystal guardian - Not only has the toughness and strength of a golem, but can fire bouncing bolts of fire or cold. Bring both elemental resistances and don't stand with your back to a wall.

D Quicksilver dragon.png Quicksilver dragon - A swift-moving dragon that can breathe bolts of energy that strip away any buffs you have.

* Wretched star.png Wretched star - Not terribly lethal, but it can quickly bog you down with multiple bad mutations. These are, thankfully, temporary, but you probably won't recover from more than one or two of them over the course of the level.

9 War gargoyle.png War gargoyle - Fast, heavily armored, and hits hard, but its most deadly feature is easily its shrapnel breath weapon.

Moon Troll

T Moon Troll.png The final guardian of the base, the moon troll is a fast version of an iron troll with more hit dice that casts Corrosive Bolt (3d21) . It always wears moon troll leather armour if this item hasn't generated, otherwise it wears artefact-quality troll leather armour. It's wise to be hasted and use your strongest attacks as the moon troll has considerable AC and multiple melee attacks. A source of corrosion resistance will reduce the damage and corrosion from corrosive bolt.

Map

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History

Lehudib's Moon Base was added in 0.17.