Clearly, I did not explain the rules with enough depth. Imwill try to address all the problems that will come from this challenge.
As mentioned, in the Ark, the EMP ability if off the table. That being said, you ARE allowed to to use batteries to rest. I say this because it basically works as an extension of the Recovery ability. If I didn't allow you to use the batteries to rest, the same thing could be applied to using gold to rest at an inn, or even using your own recovery button at all. I'll let it slide, thinking of the battery as simply "alternative gold" to rest in the Ark.
About it being impossible, it isn't. At all. Because the Shards are no consumables. I prohibited the use if one time use items that are consumed by the player. They are consumed by the eye of Tol to complete the quest, not by the character, so doesnt count. Much in the same way, the ruby keys are consumed by the doors, not you, and the letter is consumed by the searching of Steinz's body, not you.
The point of this is that you cant use consumables that will help you in battle, or teleport you safely away from danger, or help you transverse the map easily, or help you find secrets. Thats why I allowed a single scroll of Recall to be used, because it is necessary (unless you are a mage or cleric, in which case, no scrolls for you).
And I don't get your point about it only being a competition in Iron Man mode. You're supposed to do this In Iron Man mode, I specifically said that.
Also, this would sadly mean you cannot use Ancient Tolassian Tomes and Tomes of lost wisdom.
Also Also, there is a bright side to all of this: all these rules only apply to YOU, the player. Your companion can consume as much as he (or in this case, you) wants.
As a wise man once told me on Twitter:
The secret isn't knowing what you're doing. It's knowing who you are.
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