I have a 6x120 Necro/Mage, 1 handed mage wep, 70 dci corpse proof all 70's. Pot using, apple using, petal using. No trap box usually. I'm fighting a Bushido/Dexxer who has, evasion, 120 resist, orc brutes, lesser hiryu, disarm/bleed/mortal/parra/nerve strike/ai, pots, apples, bandages, faction bandages, max swing on all weps, delayed hit spell - so interrupting faster than the swing cap, 30 hld on glasses, 40 hld on every wep, corpse proof all 70's. Using trap box. Teleport scrolls, wall scrolls, invis items. No chiv. First of all I have to go in protection otherwise I'm getting hit every 0.6 of a second and can only cast first circle spells. The phys penalty is also countered by my resist. No chance at any omen combo as he removes it straight away with the trap box. Curse is usually removed straight away. Mind rot is removed straight away. Blood oath is removed straight away, or he just tabs while on the timer. No way of heal blocking due to pots. Running away isn't an option as hes faster than I am (you can guess why). So, so far this has me sitting on the spot spamming heal just to break even while the lesser hiryu &/or orc brutes hitting me. So as I'm forced to sit here when I get a chance I cast poison field on myself, this hits the ajacent tiles so he has to poison himself to hit me. However because of the lesser hiryu & brute & disarm I often have to run as 0 fc heals will probably mean dying to the pet/brute. Ignoring that for the minute, as its taking pretty much all my spell casting just to heal and be alive I've got no chance of dealing any damage, so I need to rely on summons & blood oath. Question 1: if I blood oath him I know I take more damage, but do I also take more damage from the lesser hiryu & brute? I'm fairly sure he has more than one brute talisman, but... Question 2: Is their timer linked? If I kill the brute and he tries to switch talismans shouldn't it still be on the timer? Normally Talisman timers reset when you unequip/re equip. As I said Im fairly sure he has no chiv so... Question 3: Should I try and kill the lesser hiryu/brute first? A few times I've got him redlined but he just off screens... Question 4: While we're playing the sit in a poison field being gnawed by pets game should I subtley try and parra or efield the area in hope that he will mess up or is it likely to be a waste of time because of the trap box/tele scrolls? If he follows me with teleport scrolls I suppose I can get away from the pet/brute. Any thoughts appreciated. Short of dragging the fight out until he runs out of something at which point he will probably leave anyway I think Ive covered all options but if theres some tactic I havent used Id be glad to hear it. Oh, I also dummy a large dump now and then to waste his evade but it doesnt get me anywhere due to the curse being gone by then. Edit: I dont know if he can use brute & lesser at same time cant remember the control slots. Also, I want to know what else if anything I can do with THIS template vs him, so please refreain from saying get wrestle and disarm him etc as going more defensive will give me even less firepower.