Melon

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Name melon
Base price 10 zm
Nutrition 100
Turns to eat 1
Weight 5
Conduct vegan

A melon is a type of comestible that appears in NetHack.

Generation

In addition to random generation, general stores, delicatessens and health food stores can sell melons.

Applying a horn of plenty has a 91000 chance (0.9%) of generating a melon.

Description

Eating a melon grants 100 base nutrition. It is considered vegan food and takes 1 turn to consume.

Throwing a melons will cause it to "splat" and be wasted.[1]

Strategy

Melons are a decent quick snack for most characters, but are no good for pacifying, tame or feeding domestic animals, since it will splatter instead of being caught.

The melon shares the same color glyph as the corpse of Medusa, which has an outside chance of resulting in YASD if the two are confused.

History

The melon first appears in Hack for PDP-11, which is based on Jay Fenlason's Hack, and is included in the initial food list for Hack 1.0.

Variants

UnNetHack

In UnNetHack, the "Pacman" random vault has a melon among the randomly placed 'fruit' items.

Both maps for the top floor of the Ruins of Moria have a melon on the outside of the main gate, placed atop an engraving that can only be read at night: "Speak, friend, and enter". This is a pun on "mellon", which is elvish for "friend" in J.R.R. Tolkien's setting of Middle-Earth.

SpliceHack

In SpliceHack, the defunct Dancer role starts the game with a melon among their food items.

Encyclopedia entry

"What is it, Umbopa, son of a fool?" I shouted in Zulu.
"It is food and water, Macumazahn," and again he waved the
green thing.
Then I saw what he had got. It was a melon. We had hit upon
a patch of wild melons, thousands of them, and dead ripe.
"Melons!" I yelled to Good, who was next me; and in another
second he had his false teeth fixed in one.
I think we ate about six each before we had done, and, poor
fruit as they were, I doubt if I ever thought anything nicer.

[ King Solomon's Mines, by H. Rider Haggard ]

References