So - it's been a long time since I've played IVAN and I decided to give it another go now. I had once achieved a Freedom ending on another computer, and now I decided to go for one of the harder endings.
I haven't forgotten to play, apparently, or have just gotten lucky - out of 7 attempts, I managed to produce 2 quite OP characters who reached Elpuri without serious trouble (3-shot wands of cloning, plentiful random scrolls of charging and nice equipment, mostly). The first died in an accident involving Elpuri's powerful bite and a wand of polymorph. The second offed Elpuri with a combination of wands and, when they wore out, melee also helped. Getting a phoenix feather right arm helped a lot, after a giant dark frog severed the original and a prayer to Sophos gave me a hardened leather replacement instead of teleporting me away, as I expected it to. After somehow surviving, I decided to stick with it.
My gods were from Sophos to Legifer, helping me in various ways. While Sophos' arm helped me, I had no SoCM to change my other limbs to phoenix feather, nor did I really need to. Though I did get a SoCM after accidentally killing ZQ-29 - I was quite OP by the time I entered GC10 and killed it without any harm to myself at all, only realizing what I had destroyed by looking at the lootpile. Shererax was also close by, and no, I didn't dare take on that. However, I had two wands of cloning, each of them 3-shot, by this time, as well as several scrolls of charging, which I eventually started using to clone less valuable, but still scarce stuff like scrolls of detect material and (especially) wands of teleportation.
GC12 had the mage room right next to the stairs, which I noticed thanks to my ESP. I quickly teleported away and hacked my way through hordes of zombies that kept being raised again and again. Then, when the kamikaze dwarves started blocking my way (they couldn't see me, I zapped myself invisible, but I had never found a fire resistance cloak and had to rely on two rings to protect myself from mines - a big mine in GC11 took my torso down to the lower regions of red, so I was definitely afraid of mines) I teleported into the chamber with the portal and entered the lair.
I had found a functioning oil lamp in GC11 and used it to wish for a belt of levitation (I kept a scroll of wishing in reserve all the way through, never needing it). I mostly used Richel Decos' belt of carrying (as I didn't find any other good belt either), but I knew from long ago that Oree's level has blood pools and I might want to levitate through them - plus I had no idea what to wish for, aside from an AoLS, which I didn't really want as I figured that the increased danger level and not having ESP are more likely to hurt me than the extra life will help me. Indeed, for the most part I just used my plentiful teleport wands to hop next to the mages and kill them, then - deciding to play it safe - I slew Oree with wands of striking and eventually found the GEF shirt.
I returned to the surface and now here I am. In the link below, you can see the incredible amount of scrolls, healing liquids etc. I have that I didn't need. I was pretty buff all the way through - Richel Decos, Xinroch, most non-Shererax mistresses I met, Golgor Dhan, ZQ-29, the hordes of dark knights and orcs I fought (including an Ur-Khan with bugged -5 equipment that I spoke of in another thread), all non-valpurium golems, the angel of Cruentus on Oree's level, even Elpuri were pushovers. I'm not sure how powerful Oree would have been, but I didn't want to be vomited upon and have my equipment be destroyed, plus he had some pretty powerful gear.
Now the story part is over. I'm standing in the Cathedral and wondering how I could take on the High Priest, or if I should just settle for Knighthood. I'll probably try to take on Petrus though just for the fun of it and then become Valpurus' champion. I just thought I'd ask for some advice as to how I should do this. As you can see, I don't have a massive amount of HP, but I have a lot of resources at my disposal. From reading the forums, I know that Petrus is not easy at all to take on in melee, and who knows how powerful Inlux is, but I have Sophos and a bunch of teleportation wands on me, so I could probably take on everyone else with ease and teleport away if anything goes wrong. Either way, though, my enemies in Attnam are fixed so raising endurance, wearing an AoLS and anything else that increases danger level strongly are not an issue - I know that. I'm not sure how I would go about raising my endurance, though, or even just my intelligence - I've already sci-talked the hell out of everyone and wandering the dungeons to look for mages to tame sounds extremely tedious (although Dulcis would let me do that as long as I have Seges to fill my stomach too). As for endurance, I'm not praying to Mellis and I don't want to switch gods, so I don't have infinite school food. What else could I do? I guess changing my limbs to phoenix feather could also help, although having 3 natural limbs and winning would be a lot cooler. If I do get the necessary intelligence, is it even worth upgrading to dragon hide limbs, or is the extra dexterity/agility more useful than the extra strength?
Any other tips are welcome too, of course.