Thanks for the tip about the rod, guys!
Read a scroll of acquirement. Was going to go with armor hoping for special plate, but didn't want to run the risk of getting something crap and I knew I could use any rod I got, so... +3 rod of demonology wooh. I've now got mooks to take hits for me!
Woooh, just had my first run in with the Abyss thanks to someone hitting me with a weapon of distortion. Took me almost 50 minutes, all my food, about half my scrolls (most burned, mind you), 3 permanent mp, and a decent chunk of piety, but I escaped.
Bluh - I'm sure the guy who distorted me is still around somewhere too...