|A wonderful golden longbow that once belonged to a god of distant lands. It can fire as fast as thought and hurl divine arrows of terrible power -- though, sadly, none seem to be available here.|
+8 longbow (in spite of what the weapon's description says)
The "divine arrows" do not exist in-game, but luckily this weapon is perfectly effective without them.
Sharnga is a near-perfect weapon for anyone with a good Bows skill. Experienced archers may occasionally prefer a highly-enchanted longbow with the vorpal or holy wrath brand for dealing more damage per hit and taking out heavily armoured opponents, but a speed brand on a +8 longbow is an extremely effective combination against just about any target. Overall, a highly respectable weapon.
In spite of the weapon's name, in Hindu mythology, the bow Sharnga (or Sharanga) was originally the bow of the god Vishnu. It changed hands many times to both gods and men, and was used in many great conflicts. Eventually, Krishna did come into possession of it, but its final owner was Varuna, god of the oceans.