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    Forrtidue Weapon

    Fortitude Rune word: EL+Sol+Dol+Lo. I was creating a Scythe for my Desert Merc. I got so burned-I put the lo rune in thinking it was a LO-WRONG! What I ended up with is A " JEWELERS WAR SCYTHE OF BASHING" (Blue Letters) With the Runes value, and an added bonus of "Level Four Bashing". So is this a "crafted item" or what? AllieB, Who is now looking for another 4 or five socket weapon for my merc who is getting wiped out in Act 1 HELL.

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    Re: Forrtidue Weapon

    Quote Originally Posted by AllieB View Post
    Fortitude Rune word: EL+Sol+Dol+Lo. I was creating a Scythe for my Desert Merc. I got so burned-I put the lo rune in thinking it was a LO-WRONG! What I ended up with is A " JEWELERS WAR SCYTHE OF BASHING" (Blue Letters) With the Runes value, and an added bonus of "Level Four Bashing". So is this a "crafted item" or what? AllieB, Who is now looking for another 4 or five socket weapon for my merc who is getting wiped out in Act 1 HELL.
    I assume that what happened is that you tried to make a runeword in a Jewelers War Scythe of Bashing (magic item). You cannot make runewords in magic, rare, unique or set bases - it has to be a grey (socketed) base.

    Second of all, making a fortitude in a war scythe is a very bad idea. First of all fortitude isn't a very good weapon, but works very well in armors. Second of all the Lo rune is very rare, and should be used wiser. Third of all, a war scythe is very low damage, you should find an elite base for you mercs weapon.

    For other good, cheap merc weapns look into Insight and Obedience runewords.

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    Re: Forrtidue Weapon

    "Jeweler's" is a prefix on magic items that adds sockets to the item. The "of Bashing" suffix gives a weapon charges for the Barbarian "Bash" skill. It looks like you've wasted a Lo rune on a worthless weapon.

    Note that Insight and Obedience are Ladder Only runewords.

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    Re: Forrtidue Weapon

    Rune Word Rules (please read these rules first) or Jump to the Rune Words


    • When you create a Rune Word you still receive all of the magical bonuses that were already on each Rune you Socketed.
    • Socketed Items must have the exact number of sockets as the Rune Word formula requires. If the Rune Word is a 3 Rune formula then you must use an item with exactly 3 sockets. A 4 socket item will not work with a 3 socket formula.
    • The Socketed Item type must be the correct item type for the formula. If the formula requires a sword, the formula will not work if you use an axe or spear.
    • Rune Words will only work in Socketed non-magical items. This means that Set Items, Unique Items, or Magic Items with enough Sockets and the proper item type will notallow or convert to Rune Words. Again, they will not work on Magic, Set, Unique or Rare items. So if you have a Mechanic's (or Jewelers item) piece of armor with 2 slots, the Stealth will not work on it because it's magical.
    • The correct Runes for a formula must be used. If one of the Runes is wrong you receive the bonuses of the Runes inserted but it does not become a Rune Word.
    • The Rune IO looks a lot like LO. Make sure you use the correct one.
    • Rune Words will not work in Wirt's Leg
    • The Runes must be placed in the correct order. You can have the correct Socketed item, correct runes and still not activate the Rune Word if you do not socket the Runes in the correct order. This is because you're trying to spell the "Rune Word" correctly and you have spelled it incorrectly. Example: "RalOrtTal". You must first place Ral, then Ort, then finally Tal into the Socketed Item.
    • You need the right patch for the formulae to work. Make sure you have the latest patch.

    More information here.
    Quote Originally Posted by Namtar View Post
    Note that Insight and Obedience are Ladder Only runewords.
    So's Fort.

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    Re: Forrtidue Weapon

    Say, is it your first character to reach Hell?
    Also, use Insight instead - Fort is one of the best melee armours, but in a weapon it's meh.

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    Re: Forrtidue Weapon

    Well, good thing that you used an Io rune instead of a Lo one!

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    Re: Forrtidue Weapon

    Getting slapped in Act I Hell is pretty normal.

    Make sure he's got life leech. Personally, I'd go Reapers or Insight on the weapon and Treachery armour. (I'm in a minority I suspect.) The amour is cheap and has damage reduction on it.

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    Re: Forrtidue Weapon

    Eth bugged Treachery is actually quite a good choice - especially if you're using a Reaper's.
    Also, mercs activate their aurae by certain chance on striking, so if you want your Might aura asap, then Treachery is slightly better

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    Re: Forrtidue Weapon

    Quote Originally Posted by AllieB View Post
    Fortitude Rune word: EL+Sol+Dol+Lo. I was creating a Scythe for my Desert Merc. I got so burned-I put the lo rune in thinking it was a LO-WRONG! What I ended up with is A " JEWELERS WAR SCYTHE OF BASHING" (Blue Letters) With the Runes value, and an added bonus of "Level Four Bashing". So is this a "crafted item" or what? AllieB, Who is now looking for another 4 or five socket weapon for my merc who is getting wiped out in Act 1 HELL.
    So you learned 3 important things about runewords at the cost of a few low-value runes:

    1. Lo vs. Io
    2. Runewords only work in nonmagical items.
    3. Fortitude in a weapon sucks.

    That investment was totally worth it

    Quote Originally Posted by Thyiad View Post
    The [Treachery] amour is cheap and has damage reduction on it.
    Once fade has triggered.
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    Re: Forrtidue Weapon

    Quote Originally Posted by FredOfErik View Post
    I assume that what happened is that you tried to make a runeword in a Jewelers War Scythe of Bashing (magic item). You cannot make runewords in magic, rare, unique or set bases - it has to be a grey (socketed) base.

    Second of all, making a fortitude in a war scythe is a very bad idea. First of all fortitude isn't a very good weapon, but works very well in armors. Second of all the Lo rune is very rare, and should be used wiser. Third of all, a war scythe is very low damage, you should find an elite base for you mercs weapon.

    For other good, cheap merc weapns look into Insight and Obedience runewords.
    FredOfErix, The thing is I could swear my Scythe was a 4 socket Grey. However...?

    Thanks for the heads up on on making better choices. AllieB

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