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I am a Vegan. Would it break the conduct if I eat jewelry?

The Vegan conduct states that I can eat:

  • food rations, cram rations, K-rations, C-rations and lembas wafers
  • melons, oranges, carrots, pears, apples, bananas, kelp, eucalyptus, garlic, wolfsbane, and user-defined fruit
  • the corpse of any monster (or a tin of its 'meat') represented by b, j, or F.
  • tins of spinach

There is no mention of metal/wood. Additionally, the pages on eating jewelry, amulets, and rings don't say anything about the Vegan conduct.

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    ...and once again, another NetHack question hits the Hot Questions list. ;-) Commented Apr 19, 2014 at 11:42
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    @IlmariKaronen What did you expect? This is a timeless question of great implication, Nethack or otherwise! How long have my Vegan friends have wondered if they can gobble down a spare ring as a midnight snack! Well, no longer shall they deliberate! For this website will settle this issue once and for all. Commented Apr 19, 2014 at 15:31
  • Depends: is the jewelry bacon-flavored? Commented Apr 19, 2014 at 16:37
  • The page you link to has been updated - "Additionally, vegans may eat jewelry"
    – OrangeDog
    Commented Apr 19, 2014 at 18:19
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    @OrangeDog take a look who edited it: nethackwiki.com/mediawiki/…
    – Justin
    Commented Apr 19, 2014 at 19:48

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Vegans can indeed eat jewelry. From the guidebook:

A strict vegan diet is one which avoids any food derived from animals. The primary source of nutrition is fruits and vegetables. The corpses and tins of blobs (`b'), jellies (`j'), and fungi (`F') are also considered to be vegetable matter. Certain human food is prepared without animal products; namely, lembas wafers, cram rations, food rations (gunyoki), K-rations, and C-rations. Metal or another normally indigestible material eaten while polymorphed into a creature that can digest it is also considered vegan food. Note however that eating such items still counts against foodless conduct.

Specifically:

Metal or another normally indigestible material eaten while polymorphed into a creature that can digest it is also considered vegan food.

So if you are a gelatinous cube, go ahead and slurp down those wooden rings. If you are a rust monster, rock mole, or xorn, crunch away at your metallic amulets and rings.

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