It's alright. Never would have assumed you was. I was honestly glad my mistake wasn't too confusing. I once tried to find this out myself. Did everything I could think of that could upset Pete and never ended up cursed. Started a thread about it as well and no one was able to come up with a solution. I think it's safe to assume the curse is unavailable under normal conditions. Just to be sure, adding scrolls those to backgrounds/shopkeepers' stocks doesn't count, right? Remember that by the time the Living One confronts Kerghan, usually both the number of his health points and the quality of his magick resistance are considerably high. The spell is indeed identical to Quench Life in every aspect other than the different sound and visual effects. Just checked it and found the Demi-Liche in K'na T'ha, fairly close to the Star. That place is truly Arcanum's preserve of rare and bizarre beings.