Joined: Saturday, 2nd April 2011, 21:07
I hit berserk first; as I hadn't yet found any teleport scrolls and in Berserk I can kill one Gnoll a hit. I spent the next several turns as a living Gnoll blender, the Gnolls unable to leave the gate without being slaughtered, and unable to damage me. Unfortunately, Berserk does not last forever and able to tell that I was probably around 3/4ths of the way through the duration of my Berserk, I decided that retreat would be a good idea before I was hit with exhaustion/slow.
I took a retreat, and found a staircase nearby, rushing down just as my speed boost from Berserk ended. I took a few turns to rest; to get rid of slow/exaust, and noticed I was barely injured at all (this realization made before actually resting). At the time and info, I figured a plan for defeating them all; I would hit berserk, climb upstairs, then straight back downstairs, and then kill the up to 9 that could follow each in one shot, with little damage to myself given that none of them were able to actually really damage me when I was facing the full army.
Unfortunately, there was a small detail I was unaware of that made my plan fall completely to pieces. I hit berserk and climbed the stairs, only to find that one of the Gnolls apparently had a net; and that there were now Ogres present. I could not break free of the net for 4 turns; during which I was smashed repeatedly by the Ogre that managed to be next to me, 8 gnolls, and every gnoll in the crowd that had spears. By the time I freed myself and climbed back downstairs, my berserk decided that now was a great time to end.
By now the only real damage dealer was the Ogre and so made him the target of my attacks. As of yet I did not have any wands or useful scrolls, so I had to attack regularly, slowed and exausted. Sadly I died with about 2 Gnolls to go. ><;
Next time I see that castle I'm going to get some AOE/Line effect wands and blow things up from a distance. ><