May 4, 11:40 pm
Actually, that's the point of the ring - polymorph can be powerful, and with the ring, the random polymorphs from prayers to Scabies would no longer suck.
Actually you're missing the point here. You've got the steps backwards. How do you get championship gifts in the first place? Who do you think is going to bother taking the time and risk of praying to Scabies without that ring? I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm not against the ring itself to make a poly-run a viable option, but as Scabies' championship gift is not the way to implement it.
May 7, 4:06 am
Underpowered? She's the only god more lawful than Sophos that I regularly pray to. Free taming is really useful for science talk.
Let me rephrase - most gods have a prayer effect that has its uses even with no monsters in sight (even Legifer's fireballs can be used to destroy nearby walls if they are too hard for your pickaxe). Dulcis could have a prayer for non-combat situations as well.
May 7, 11:45 pm
Personally, also, I dislike the association between "mutation" and "polymorphing". I mean, I suppose it makes sense in that eating mutant flesh gives you polymorphitis - but the mutants themselves do not polymorph. I think it might be more thematic if the mutations were a little more permanent and subtle, like fucking with attributes (with a tendency towards raising them, but not in every case) or even ADOM-style chaos mutations.
That's those tentacle arms and crab claw head mutations that we so badly need. Next subsystem!!!!