The Return of the Dishwasher
In the Dungeon of Doom, you find a sink. Because it seems like a good idea at the time, you kick it.
A voice booms out "The dishwasher has returned..." and a very ampersandy [Succubus|Incubus] walks into the room.
"Hey there, [big boy|pretty lady]," [she|he] says... "Wanna help me work up some suds?"
Long story short, you have a magical evening. Short story long? Anything by Dickens.
|You gain 21 Magicalness.|
Occurs at The Dungeons of Doom.
- In the game NetHack, kicking sinks is a common activity because it's one of the few things one can do with a sink in the game, one of the others being drinking from it. Any of a wide variety of outcomes can result from kicking a sink, such as finding a magic ring, hurting your foot, summoning a black pudding, or summoning a succubus for male characters or an incubus for female characters. The message that this action produces is "The dishwasher returns!"
- The adjective "ampersandy" seems to be a neologistic adaption of the noun "ampersand": the & symbol. In NetHack, the & symbol is used to represent daemons, such as a Succubus or an Incubus. One strategy is to "dance" with them, which involves having level-gaining sex as many times as possible.
- The octothorpe (hash mark / US pound sign) # symbol is used to illustrate the adventure because it denotes a sink in NetHack. (That, and it's easier to draw than an ampersand.)
- In Victorian literature, large volumes sold for more money, so writers like Charles Dickens had to bulk up their short stories to 600-page novel length. Dickens also published his stories first as serials in the newspaper, and there was paid by the word.