Bleeko the Caveman Killed on the Plane of Earth by Earthlink It just goes to show you that you can never take anything for granted. I had been playing a caveman because the stats showed it as the least ascended of all character classes. (Only 64 vs ~100-150 for most, and 250-300 for Vals and Wizards) I got a break with an early wish from a throne, then after many nights of play, the caveman had the amulet and was cruising to the astral plane. By all measures, he was nigh invulnerable -- Level 30, the highest experience level attainable, well over 500hp, AC-53, a stack of +7 weapons, six-packs of full healing potions and amulets of life saving, and big stacks of wands of death and scrolls of charging. I was playing via dialup and Earthlink was in fine form -- sub 28k connections, with lags, freezes, and frequent connection drops. The drops were annoying, but when you logged back in, the alt.org server would recover the game after a 10 second countdown. While recovering the game, the connection dropped *again* and when I logged back in, I was greeted with: "Shall I pick a character's race, role, gender and alignment for you? [ynq]" Nooooooooo! Gone. All gone. The game just disappeared. It doesn't even appear in my stats. The only acknowledgment I have is the status line that was still on my account page: "Bleeko the neutral male human Caveman was last seen in Plane on turn 58645 and with 2280870 points, carrying the amulet!" All I can do is sing: Did he ever return? No he never returned! And his fate is still unlearn'd He may fight forever 'neath the Mazes of Menace He's the Caveman who never returned.