This is a page about an negative luck-related intrinsic. For other uses, see Cursed.

Intrinsic cursing is an adverse condition that may be inflicted on characters through a variety of sources which include the following:

The primary effect of cursing is to reduce the character's luck. The luck lost due to intrinsic cursing is approximately equal to the luck gained from Fate Smiles. Reduced luck can have a variety of undesirable effects such as increased monster critical/armor-penetrating hits and item destruction. While these effects can be significant, cursing is not an extreme of concern as dooming. Consequently, powerful artifacts that inflict the cursed status (most notably Executor) are still considered worthwhile since the benefits of the artifact far outweigh the problems associated with cursing.

Being Cursed also lowers the PC's effective piety when asking for favors[1]; a significant consequence of this is that prayers are effective only at piety status of very pleased or higher, so getting cursed early on can be very dangerous as this essentially blocks healing prayers before finding an altar. The PC may be denied crowning when 'absolutely close' to their deity (signified by the message "You feel a stain on your relationship with <deity>").

Cursing can be treated in several ways:

  • Eating the corpse of a karmic monster (if the PC is not doomed).
  • Reading a scroll of luck.
  • Sacrificing at an altar while the PC's piety is 'very close' or better.
  • Drinking from a pool (highly unreliable due to a low probability of receiving the necessary effect).
  • Praying.