Two of the most common questions on the talker and the newbie channel are "I'm dead, what next?" and "How do I buy more lives?". This page seeks to address the second of these questions.
The normal means of purchasing an extra life is at Pishe's Temple in Ankh-Morpork, other locations and methods are discussed at the end of the document.
Directions from outside The Mended Drum:
4 west, 5 north (crossing Contract Bridge), west, north, northwest, 2 north, 3 northeast, northwest, north, northeast, 2 northwest, north, 2 northwest (crossing Lost Bridge), north, 2 northwest, southwest (into Apothecary Gardens), west, west (into temple), northwest (into life pool).
Note - entering the temple costs 1p per guild level except for adventurers, ghosts and Pishites.
You buy lives by tossing royals into the pool. The syntax is:
toss <1 royal / n royals> into pool
Most people toss a single royal at a time, until they receive a life. This is indicated with a message such as:
The pool seems to have some memory and will remember for a time, no-one knows how long it seems, if you have to go away and get more royals part way through the process. However, most people prefer to make sure they bring plenty with them.
It varies. Random numbers, the phases of the moon, your guild level, how long since you last bought a life? Who knows (apart from the Cre's)? The following are based on my own perception:
- It seems to get more expensive with each life.
- It seems to be roughly Number of Lives Bought so far, divided by 5, in royals, with fluctuations of about 20% either side.
- It might be cheaper if you allow a bit of time between buying lives.
- The cheapest solution is to not die.
- It's supposedly cheaper for Pishites.
Remember that message above? Where it said "But the moment has been draining. Some rest will probably help." .... it wasn't kidding. Your constitution stat has dropped several levels. It will come back up over time, or with a "restore" ritual from a Pishe priest. (You can also get a restore by sliding down the slide in the tree after making an offering; however, there is a adventuring.acrobatics.balancing skillcheck for this and you don't get the restore if you fail it.) Your con stat is the largest part of your HP, so you have low HP after this. In addition, you may not have enough con to buy another life straight away. If you try, one of two things could happen.
- You buy a life, then die.
- You lose (some or all of) the money.
The latter seems to be the most common occurrence. It is possible that if you overspend in a stat reduced state, you will only need to toss one further royal into the pool after being restored to gain the benefit. E.g. if you toss 8 royals in, get a life, toss another 12 royals in and then realise you needed a restore, after the restore a single additional royal is usually enough to get the next life, as it is added to the 12 you already tossed in. Think of it as a "stupidity tax" for not getting the restore.
So wait until your con is restored. It can be checked with score stats. If there is a (-x) next to con, wait!
You can also buy lives at a pool in a little clearing in Lancre Kingdom, a few miles north of Lancre Town.
From Lancre Town, journey northeast, then journey north from the intersection, then journey west from the intersection, then go south four times. The room also contains a Pishe high altar, and there is a hut with a Pishite religious instructor just east of it.
The pool accepts donations of Lancre sovereigns (and possibly other denominations of Lancrastian currency) and as a basic calculation, two sovereigns are equivalent to one royal. The pool responds to "syntax offer". I don't know if donations made at the two locations go into a central pot for the purpose of determining when you get a life, or if both pools are completely separate. Nor do I know how good if at all the Lancre pool is at remembering donations between visits.
The caveats about your constitution dropping may apply here as well.
In Bes Pelargic there is a Golden Chicken. If you can persuade it to eat enough chicken logs (purchased from a stall in the High Tide Road covered market) it may lay an egg. Rumour has it that if you manage to chase this egg around for long enough keeping it happy and feeling content, you may be rewarded. I don't know anyone who has done so recently enough to be able to say that it still works, but it may be cheaper than paying Pishe. In my own experience, it's a lot more aggravating.
Confirmed on 3 March 2010. It took about 5 to 10 special chicken logs, and at &&&&&&&&&&&+4000 each, it does work out cheaper than paying Pishe (assuming the price and quantity remain constant); however, it can indeed be aggravating. There is no stat reduction when using this method.
Belias's egg wobbles. Belias's egg wobbles alarmingly. Belias's egg wobbles slightly. A small crack appears on the surface of Belias's egg, which grows and spreads. Suddenly, the shell explodes in a burst of flame and vanishes, a bird-like form flying upwards out of the blast. The fiery bird spreads its wings and silently dissipates. You feel curiously full of vitality and life.
Confirmed on 12 Arpil 2010. It took me 12 special chicken logs. The part about keeping the egg content was hard. The egg moves fast and goes a few rooms before it wants some attention. Hugs, Kisses, and Cuddles. I found that the 'progression' messages happened faster when i let the egg finish moving, wait (or womble) then perform the actions it wanted. Sometimes it tells you what it wants and other times it says it needs more love:
Tangathor's egg tells you in a happy voice: HUG Tangathor's egg tells you in a scared voice: AM STUCK AM SCARED PLEASE HELP Tangathor's egg tells you in a joyful voice: YOU LOVE EGG LONG TIME EGG WILL BE VERY GRATEFUL Tangathor's egg tells you in a happy voice: LOTS OF LOVE EGG LIKE LOVE Tangathor's egg tells you in an excited voice: PLEASE MORE LOVE EGG NEED LOVE TO HATCH Tangathor's egg tells you in a happy voice: THANK YOU A LITTLE MORE PLEASE SOON VERY EXCITING Tangathor's egg tells you in a happy voice: VERY SOON VERY EXCITED Tangathor's egg wobbles. Tangathor's egg wobbles alarmingly. A small crack appears on the surface of Tangathor's egg, which grows and spreads. Tangathor's egg wobbles slightly. Suddenly, the shell explodes in a burst of flame and vanishes, a bird-like form flying upwards out of the blast. The fiery bird spreads its wings and silently dissipates. You feel curiously full of vitality and life.