ID: 1382-02
Votes: 0afc7 (3.4)
Selected by: Tim Chew
Lee was: the Incarnation  ! 
Answered on: 15 Mar 2005

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply.
Your question was:

> O oracle most wise and benevolent please hear me.
> Where is the real amulet of yendor?
And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} There is a hidden entrance to an ancient labyrinth that pre-dates the
} rise of man five blocks due north of the Colosseum in Rome.  Most of
} those unfortunate few who find their way into this labyrinth, either
} in search of it or by accident, end up lost and starve or become
} victims of the strange creatures that live there.  It is said that one
} day the Chosen One will enter and descend over 100 levels down, into
} the lowest and most dangerous portion of the labyrinth, just outside
} the Gates of Hell.  Along the way he will face many challenges, some
} too hideous for even me to speak of.  Once outside the Gates of Hell,
} he will face the indescribably hideous and fierce twin creatures who
} were put there millennia ago to guard the Amulet.  Should he manage to
} defeat them, he then will be set upon by the demons of Hell as he
} tries to ascend back to the surface.
} Unfortunately for the Chosen One, the Amulet of Yendor is now in a
} locked drawer (second one down on the right) of a desk in a forgotten
} basement room of the restaurant next door to the labyrinth's hidden
} entrance.
} You owe the Oracle the Amulet of Yendor and an expression of thanks
} that you're not the Chosen One.

Notes: I had started this answer wanting to weave a great epic tale of an adventurer descending into the labyrinth of a Rogue-like game to serve as a greater counterpoint to the actual answer. Unfortunately, time constraints kept me from doing so. Still, it seems to have gone over well. I'm particularly proud of the fact that this Oracularity received no "1" votes.

I felt it was important that the Supplicant not be able to keep the Amulet of Yendor after finding out where it was. I don't know why. That's why I had the Oracle demand it as payment.