The manes, i, is a minor demon which travels in large packs. Manes are very weak and slow, although they possess more attacks than their ostensibly more difficult relative, the lemure.


The word manes is Latin and in English is pronounced MAY-neez or perhaps MAH-nays. In English the word has no singular, and so NetHack just uses manes for the singular as well. In Latin the word had a singular, manis,[1] but this was apparently not used to refer to spirits of the dead (the NetHack sense), only to other meanings of the word. Presumably Romans used other words to refer to a single spirit. Compare lemure.

Monster experienceEdit

Manes can gain experience and grow up to become lemures[2].


It is an exceptionally unfortunate character who has trouble defeating manes; however, swarms of them can overwhelm weaker characters. Getting into a corridor or doorway where they can attack only one at a time is an effective tactic.


In Roman mythology, manes are the spirits of the dead. Wikipedia has more details.


In SLASH'EM , manes are considerably stronger, but still very slow, making them a surprise threat to an early character. Hit and run can be a valuable tactic for the first few levels.

Encyclopedia entryEdit

The gnats of the dungeon, these swarming monsters are rarely
seen alone.


  1. WORDS Latin-English dictionary
  2. mondata.c#line607
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