2 5767252 kchen-Sam-Hum-Mal-Law ascended to demigod-hood. 252 
Oh my fuck. I just did what people who have played this game for decades have not been able to do. I am the second person to do this in the history of the OCCS nethack server. (The other one is mvomacka. How the hell did you get nine million points, mvomacka? Grrr.)
At first it seemed as if all was lost. I was at the Astral Plane, and had just killed Pestilence, when aragorn spontaneously rebooted. I logged in on gandalf, and instead of restoring my save file nethack asked me what class I wanted my new character to be. Despair! Oh well, I thought. So close, and yet so far--story of my life.
But when nferrara heard of my plight, he insisted he do something about it. I looked up the nethack recover-file utility on Google and asked Nick to use his public-usergroup powers to restore my save. And after much consternation, and some fiddling, we got it to work. Less than an hour later I was listening to the invisible choir.
In his honor, I ascended with a tin of nferrara meat.
For those of you who play, details behind the cut.
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Ascension cannot be far off!
- Me, after first reaching the Castle in 2005