Talking to vampires
All vampires will talk when #chatted to, giving a random vampirish message depending on the time of day, the monster's peacefulness, whether you are "kindred" (polymorphed into a vampire or vampire lord), and whether you are a "night child" (polymorphed into a wolf, winter wolf or winter wolf cub).
If the vampire is tame:
- "Good evening to you Master!"
- You are kindred, and it is night.
- "Good day to you Master. Why do we not rest?"
- You are kindred, and it is day.
- "I can stand this craving no longer!"
- It is midnight.
- "I beg you, help me satisfy this growing craving!"
- It is night, but not midnight.
- "I find myself growing a little weary."
- It is day.
These last three messages are prefixed with Child of the night, if you are a night child.
If the vampire is peaceful:
- "Good feeding brother/sister!"
- You are kindred, it is night, and you are male/female.
- "How nice to hear you, child of the night!"
- You are a night child, and it is night.
- "I only drink... potions."
- You are neither kindred nor a night child, or it is not night.
If the vampire is hostile:
- "This is my hunting ground that you dare to prowl!"
- You are kindred.
- "Fool! Your silver sheen does not frighten me!"
- You are polymorphed into a silver dragon.
- "Young Fool! Your silver sheen does not frighten me!"
- You are polymorphed into a baby silver dragon.
If the vampire is hostile and none of the above apply, one of two messages is randomly chosen, either:
- "I vant to suck your life force!"
- You are polymorphed into a sphere or vortex.
- "I vant to suck your juices!"
- You are polymorphed into a jelly or fungus.
- "I vant to suck your blood!"
- "I vill come after a man/woman without regret!"
- You are a male/female human.
- "I vill come after a <race> without regret!"
- You are polymorphed or naturally non-human.
- sounds.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 466
- Never actually said by Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931), this quote in fact comes from the 1994 film Ed Wood.
- This is also supposed to be a "famous vampire quote", but it doesn't seem to be quite clear where it's from. It may be an oblique allusion to a discussion of regret in the 1994 film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles.