My caveman is doing fine with his +7 Vorpal Blade and +2 Magicbane, and I have enough armor and equipment for another fully-dressed dwarf lord to really do some damage with my +7 Sceptre of Might. The wiki says that Rodney won't harm pets, but wants my artifact (if it's in MY inventory). Is the artifact safe from theft in my pet's hands?
Actually, it may be a moot question if my Wizard mode tests indicate correctly. I can't seem to get any aligned pet to pick up any Quest artifact, if it's that role's QA. Tried Caveman/Sceptre, Healer/Staff,Samurai/Tsurugi, and Priest/Mitre several times each. Pets pick up, then drop consistently (blessed highly enchanted). Even when disarmed/naked, they will not use that role's QA, but will use other QAs. I don't know if it happens in=game, though.