Artifacts are forgotten objects of a previous civilization.
Unknown Artifacts will appear as "Weird Artifacts" and must be examined before they can fully used. Examining an artifact may break it, depending on your intelligence.
Sometime when you examine a very strange artifact, you can identify it only partially. This may happen in this chain. This could depend on your intelligence level.
Weird artifact-> pistol-> laser pistol
Weird artifact-> club-> musket
"Artifacts are items so technologically complex that few of Qud's denizens understand them. An unidentified artifact will appear to you as a "Weird Artifact". You may examine an artifact to try to identify it. If you are successful, you will narrow down the possibilities of that artifact's function (what was once a "club", for example, you may now identify as a "rifle"). Eventually you may completely identify the artifact. Each time you attempt to identify something and fail, however, there is a small chance you will break it. Your chance of successfully identifying an artifact is based on your intelligence score."
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