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Webcomic / Adapting to Night

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Artwork by TerminusLucis

Ever wondered what being a vampire is like? Well, Melody definitely did not have any plans to discover it. Saved by another vampire, she found herself turned into one, and forced into the world of the night... Four hundred years pass, and now she goes under the name of Vinyl Scratch. But, her past does not seem to stay the past any longer...

Adapting To Night is a Webcomic created and written by Rated-R-PonyStar and drawn by TerminusLucis aka "Gray" from Chapters 1 to 26. After he had to leave due to personal reasons, Shuji Wakahisa took over onwards.

The comic has its own Patreon and can also be read on deviantart, where it has been broken up into several chapters:

    Chapter list 

Adapting To Night contains the following tropes:

  • All There in the Manual: The website has an entire world guide full of facts and trivia that have yet to be addressed in the comic. However, the site is defunct. In response, the author is willing to provide any answers for the setting if asked while at the same time providing an alternate source on his Deviantart gallery.
  • Alternate Universe: Obviously taking place in one where Vinyl is a vampire and others of her kind threaten Equestria.
  • Action Girl: Vinyl Scratch naturally, being a vampire. Derpy also counts, being part of the Dawn Guard.
  • Anti-Climax: Lampshaded by Vinyl. The plot to assassinate Luna by the Dawn Crusaders, and by extension the arc of Dinky being kidnapped, is thwarted by Luna herself. The drugged werewolves are all easily put to sleep by Luna with a spell, and she asked everyone to explain why they were trying to kill her.
    Vinyl: Well... That was anticlimatic...
  • Big Bad:
    • The Reborn Cult for the first arc.
    • The Dawn Crusaders, specifically Sky Hooves for the second arc.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Derpy is revealed to part of the Dawn Guard, a group of ponies under Princess Celestia's direct command that prevent the rogue vampires from trying to take over Equestria while keeping the peace between normal mortals and the night creatures, and arrives just in time to save Octavia when she's cornered by vampire ponies.
  • Breather Episode: After the various arcs, there would various one-shot comics that focus on the daily lives of our characters. Chapter 31 is solely dedicated to this.
  • Casting a Shadow: Vinyl seems to be capable of utilizing a style called "Shadow Combat".
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: After Luna puts all the drugged werewolves to sleep, she asks Vinyl's group why the werewolves were trying to kill her, affectionately referring to them as "My Little Puppies".
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Dinky drops a lot of these while under the influence of the potion. Derpy comments that she's getting "a lot of bars of soap" when they get home.
  • Combo Platter Powers: The vampires have the following ones.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Clumsy Derpy is revealed to be a Dawn Knight and makes her reveal saving Octavia's life and murdering two members of the Reborn Cult.
  • Darker and Edgier: Much moreso then the main series, given that there's vampires, and thus an aversion to Bloodless Carnage, and several characters die.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Full-blooded vampires need to cover their eyes from the sun, hence Vinyl's sunglasses, or else they bleed from the eyes, but otherwise they can handle it with a decrease in power. Dhampirs don't mind it at all.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dinky Hooves has no problem cracking jokes in a dangerous situation, even when she is kidnapped by her evil uncle.
  • Dhampir:
    • Seeker, the second in command of the Reborn Cult, is a dhampir who can tolerate sunlight. Princess Luna herself is one-quarter vampire (she and Celestia have different fathers and Luna's was a dhampir).
    • Dinky turns out to be half-werewolf on her father's side, though the only difference between her and full werewolves seems to be resistance to the Nightfury potion.
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Berry Punch's husband apparently abandoned her and Berry Pinch, leaving Pinch an orphan after her mother's death.
    • Dinky Hooves' father died before she was born, thanks to her uncle.
  • Evil Twin: Derpy's twin brother Sky Hooves.
  • Fantastic Racism: Derpy and her brother were very bias against vampires and were-creatures at first due to losing family to them in the past, even if said beings were non-malicious. Derpy managed to grow out of it after meeting her future husband who likewise was a were-pony. But her brother...not so much.
  • Faking the Dead: Vampires regularly fake their deaths and move on to new identities.
  • Flashback: Quite a few, one which explains Vinyl's past and how she became a vampire and another in which depicts how Derpy conceived Dinky.
  • Forced Sleep: Luna easily puts all the drugged werewolves that were trying to kill her to sleep with a spell.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Vinyl, she's a vampire but nothing like the rogue ones and is completely opposed against them.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Vinyl is fond of the "let them hit me and strike when they're not expecting it" tactic, however they tend to hit her in the flank.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Vinyl doesn't like her sire Lucid very much, and thus will not be happy when an unaware Octavia follows through on introducing him to her.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Berry Punch. Poor Ruby...
    • Jet Set, Upper Crust and their foals are forced to commit suicide due to Mobius' failsafe at the end of Aftermath.
  • Mama Bear: Derpy after Dinky got kidnapped. This monologue sums it best:
    Derpy: (to the captured Dawn Crusader) Ok bub, listen up. It's past my daughter's bed time. She has school tomorrow. I have work. And I'm a very angry mare who is ready to kick your flank across the sea if you don't tell me what I need to know. (activates her electric gauntlet) This right here? This gauntlet can produce over 8,000 volts of electric death. So, the one question you need to answer is... (meanwhile Dawn Crusaders eyes widen out of fear when Derpy puts her gauntlet between his legs) How long will it take for your balls to pop like balloons?
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Apparently something happened with with Vinyl the caused a state of emergency, though Vinyl claims that she was framed.
    • When Dinky lists everything that has attacked Ponyville most of the stuff were actually seen from the show, but her last two were the CMC and "that one time Pinkie Pie got drunk."
  • Not Brainwashed: Derpy's twin brother thought she was brainwashed when she told him she was engaged to a werewolf. She was actually in love.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Lyra asks Vinyl if she could kill her mother-in-law, on the grounds that she's definitely a "creature of darkness," right in front of her wife.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Unlike the TV series which (so far) were magic made from accident and don't show any abilities outside a vampire fruit bat. These are the natural kind that have to drink blood, opposed to sunlight, turn people by biting them, etc. Though it seems Vinyl is a Daywalking Vampire thanks to her shades.
  • Oh, Crap!: Vinyl's expression when Pinch asked where her mother was. The next page is Berry getting her throat slashed by the cult leader.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: Dinky does not make it easy on her kidnappers while she is being held hostage.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Vinyl is actually over 400 years old due to being turned in an Victorian-era of Equestria.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
    • Vinyl's eyes naturally glow blood red as a sign of her vampirism.
    • Werewolves under the influence of Nightfury become feral killing machines complete with red eyes.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Shining Armor is Vinyl's great nephew, which is why she didn't charge any fees for her gig at his wedding. She keeps this to herself for obvious reasons though.
  • Rise from Your Grave: When Vinyl was turned, she was forced to pull herself out of her grave after she was buried.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Princess Luna is not afraid to step out onto the battlefield with her Knights.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: One vampire member of the cult runs for the hills after watching Derpy kill two other members, one of which was another vampire.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Vinyl's Shadow Combat was inspired by both Sora's Heartless form from Kingdom Hearts and four tailed Kyuubi mode from Naruto.
  • Stab the Scorpion: When the Dawn Crusaders unleash Dinky's werewolf side, one of them sets her loose on Derpy, putting Derpy in a position where she'll either have to kill her daughter or be killed by her. When Dinky pounces forward though, apparently at Derpy, she ends up going passed her and attacks the Dawn Crusader instead.
  • Stereotype: Octavia dresses as a stereotypical vampire for Nightmare Night after discovering Vinyl is a vampire, as a joke. Vinyl is not amused.
  • Suddenly Speaking: In the main series, Vinyl never speaks. Here, she's pretty vocal.
  • Vampire Monarch: Princess Luna is only one-quarter vampire, but her sire was the last of the royal Nosferatu bloodline so she's queen of the vampires.
  • Vampire Procreation Limit: Three-quarters of ponies drained by vampires simply die, the remaining quarter enter a death-like sleep during which their body transforms into a vampire.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crime: There's a faction of the Dawn Guard, known as Dawn Crusaders who are basically rogue members who operate under this, seeing all monsters as vicious killers regardless if they're good or evil. Derpy's brother practically lead a slaughter against a peaceful village of were-ponies, Derpy's husband included, because he was under the impression that Derpy was "under their spell". Unable to accept the fact she genuinely fell in love and married a were-creature.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Once the the Dawn Guard and Luna show up. The rouge vampires and their leader beat a hasty exit. But the leader, being a sore loser, kills Berry in response.
  • Welcomed to the Masquerade: During the Cult arc Octavia, Lyra, and Bon Bon all learn that Vinyl isn't simply a pony with severe photophobia and a garlic allergy.
  • Wham Shot: Multiple over time.
    • The first one being the inclusion of Fausticorn to being Luna and Celestia's mother, along with the fact her husband was a vampire lord, therefore giving Luna vampire genes.
    • Octavia going on a date with Lucid, Vinyl's vampire sire.
    • Dinky developing werewolf genes when Sky reveals he killed her father.
    • Among the feral werewolves that were left behind, a certain red pair of eyes are very familiar...
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Vampires usually avoid making friends so they won't have to deal with the hurt of losing them when they eventually pass away. Vinyl is an exception because she hates being alone, but it also means she has mourned many dead friends over her immortal life. According to word of god, vampires can choose to simply kill themselves with a method called "letting go" if they ever find themselves in such a state once they hit at least 500 years of age.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • The leader of the Reborn Cult is not afraid to do this; in fact a dark ritual involves sacrificing foals for more power. He managed to pull it off once back in the past to Vinyl's dismay. The second time, Vinyl, Derpy and Luna manage to stop him.
    • Sky Hooves is willing to do this to his own niece to get revenge on his sister. He even slaps her across the face for back-talking him. He even subjects her to the Nightfury, a concoction that drives werewolves feral and bloodlusted.
    • In one side story, the Dawn Crusaders have no qualms to murder an innocent vampire filly.