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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"

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

    Chapter list 


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Adapting To Night contains the following tropes:

  • All There in the Manual: The website has an entire Worldguide full of facts and trivia that have yet to be addressed in the comic.
  • Alternate Universe: Obviously taking place in one where Vinyl is a vampire and others of her kind threaten Equestria.
  • Action Mare: Vinyl Scratch naturally, being a vampire. Derpy also counts, being part of the Dawn Guard.
  • Big Bad: The First Reborn Cult
  • Big Damn Heroes: Derpy is revealed to part of the Dawn Guard, a group of ponies that prevent the rogue vampires from trying to take over Equestria, and arrives just in time to save Octavia when she's cornered by by vampire ponies.
  • Casting a Shadow: Vinyl seem to be capable of utilizing a style called "Shadow Combat".
  • 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 First Reborn Cult.
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  • Darker and Edgier: Much moreso then the main series,
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dinky Hooves has no problem cracking jokes in a dangerous situation, even when she is kidnapped by her evil 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 become a vampire and another in which depicts how Derpy conceived Dinky
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Vinyl, she's a vampire but nothing like the rogue ones and is completely opposed against them.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Poor Ruby...
    • Jet Set, Upper Crust and their foals are forced to commit suicide by the end of Aftermath.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Elemental Powers: The vampires have the following ones.
    • Healing Factor
    • Immortality: When bitten they stop aging around their late 20's to early 30's.
    • Mind Manipulation
    • Their weaknesses include the natural stake to the heart, decapitation, wolfsbane, garlic, light magic, and sunlight, although the sunlight needs to hit their eyes to hurt and possibly kill them, otherwise they just cannot use their powers under it.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Last two in this case, but when Dinky lists all the different things that have attacked Ponyville she lists an ancient evil alicorn, the god of chaos, a three-headed dog, a swarm of bugs that eat anything, changelings, a greedy birthday dragon, the CMC and that one time Pinkie Pie got drunk.
  • 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.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Vinyl is actually over 400 years old due to being turned in an Victorian-era of Equestria.
  • 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.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:Vinyls eyes naturally glow blood red.
  • 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 I and four tailed Kyuubi mode from Manga/Naruto.
  • Stereotype: Octavia dresses as a stereotypical vampire for Nightmare Night after discovering Vinyl is a vampire, as a joke. Vinyl is not amused.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In the main series, Vinyl never speaks. Here, she's pretty vocal.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crime: There's a faction of the Dawn Guard who are basically rouge 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.
  • Wham Shot: Three: 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. The second being Octavia going on a date with a vampire and the third recent one revealing Dinky developing werewolf genes when Sky reveals he killed her father.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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