Gunthur the Barbarian was going about his business of pillage and amulet hunting when he goes down some stairs and four Green Elves pounce on him. He tries to escape but the elves stand between him and the stairs (that's where he was placed when he descended the stairs). Even worse, they box him into a corner and proceed to zap him with wands of sleep while chopping him to bits. In three moves, it's RIP Gunthur.
The final tableau looked like this (with Gunthur in the top right corner):
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As usual, it was going passably well until the unexpected end. Gunthur had cleared out the Gnome Mines and Sokoban levels, and he had Cleaver and Dragonbane. Annoyingly, the Sokoban level had neither an amulet of reflection nor a bag of holding!