Jabberwock (monster class)

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For the monster, see Jabberwock.

The jabberwock is a monster class that appears in NetHack, and is represented by an uppercase J glyph (J). Jabberwocks are designated internally by the macro S_JABBERWOCK.[1]

The monster class contains the following monsters:[2]

History

The jabberwock first appears in NetHack 3.0.5, while the vorpal jabberwock first appears as deferred monster data in NetHack 3.3.0.

Origin

The jabberwock is a creature featured in Jabberwocky, a famous nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll, and its encyclopedia entry is an excerpt from the poem. The poem also makes mention of several other unusual creatures such as the jubjub bird and the bandersnatch.

Jabberwocky was first printed in Carroll's 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, the sequel to the 1865 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Alice finds herself in the looking-glass world and encounters the poem as part of a book written in a seemingly unintelligible language; she shortly discovers the text and the world at large is in fact inverted (or mirrored), and holds a mirror to the poem to read it, finding it as puzzling as the odd land she is now in. The poem is also the inspiration for the artifact weapon Vorpal Blade, based on the unnamed adventurer's weapon that is used to behead the jabberwock.

Variants

Many variants expand the jabberwock monster class by including the vorpal jabberwock, as well as other creatures based on the nonsense names from Jabberwocky and other Lewis Carroll works.

dNetHack

dNetHack explicitly describes the monster class as containing monsters from Jabberwocky, and adds the following new monsters to the monster class:

EvilHack

EvilHack adds the following new monsters to the monster class:

SlashTHEM

SlashTHEM adds the following new monsters to the monster class:

References