My Little Pony: Magic Is Fiendish

Episode 24/25: Something’s Rotten in the Desert/Two Pony Delivery
To begin 2 Feb 2019

Autumn, HurryupAnn, Jimmy, Aurora, Sunny, Borealis take the train to Lost Whinny, Neighvada, then continue on hoof to the town of Rotten Hoof.

Meanwhile, Joneigh and Shucks deliver a cylinder to Celestia.

Episode 23: Kill me, kill me now!

Jan 5, 2019

The group decides to go to Jimmy’s barn to interrogate the brain. Aurora sets up a security field around them to keep the chat private. There is a lot of screaming. They decide to dub the cylinder “Paper Weight”. He says something about this group being important. They have been to the moon, and that they are alive. HurryUp puts the skull with Bouillon in it. They tell Caviar Bouillon that this is one of his killers. “A cylinder? I seem to remember hoof and wing beats!”. They explain that this is what is left of him. “I am not talking to the ghost.” This causes the ghost to taunt the brain. Jimmy asks where the eggs came from. “Got them from the black market.” “The Mares in Black Market?” “No, they would never deal with our kind, nor would they take money.” They got the money from robbing a bank. “What is so important about the moon?” “That’s where She is.” “Is She a friend of the Dark Stallion? (Autumn describes the painting we saw with the cowering ponies). “She doesn’t have anything to do with him. Autumn shows him her sketch of the painting. “There is the Black Stallion, Celestia and is that supposed to be Earthbreaker?” “I don’t think we have heard about Earthbreaker.” “No? He is one of those… Celestia, the Dark Stallion.” Autumn and Joneigh find a notation in one of her books about this group (in the picture) that came together to bind up the Chained Oblivion; and Earthbreaker is one of them (with Mare in the Moon, Celestia, the Black Stallion, the Void, and more). Aurora says if one of those is at the bottom of the pit, it is probably good we burned the sheet music. “I have heard of a spell that can be sung, but I thought that it worked to unchain the Oblivion, not the Void.” “Would you be willing to kill me if I told you where to find the Black Market?” HurryUp gets very excited “of course we need to go there! It is like the Cyclops Market in “The Right Hoof of Doom!” (For the ponies that don’t know, The Right Hoof of Doom is the fourth novel in the Brazen Armormane series of pulp adventure novels, which is a series that HurryUp Ann and Shucks and probably Autumn have read all the way through, and at least HurryUp Ann has written fanfic for).

“Who does want Oblivion unchained? Mare in the Moon?” “Oh no not her! But there is a family here in Brindleberry that is interested in unchaining it. Something about them losing their home to a huge collapse.” “What does the Mare in the Moon want?” “Her due.” The group wants to know where the Black Market is. Joneigh is not in favor and leaves the room.

Sunny has a question for Paper Weight. “What do you expect is on the ‘other side’, if you keep asking us to kill you.” “There is not other side, we just cease.” Caviar says “Wait a minute!” “If I am lucky, my spirit will return to the moon and my Mistress will allow me to serve in another way.” “Take the train to Las Whinny Neighvada and hike to Rottenhoof, then go to the Moist Eyesockets Pub and tell the server ‘SeaDragon’”. “Ok, lets send him off to Celestia to be sure he gets killed just right.” While he argues, HurryUp is boxing him up for transport. The current note on HurryUp’s flank says “I think I doth protest too much.” There is discussion about how to get the cylinder to Celestia. Autumn suggests that if Joneigh isn’t going to the Black Market, maybe she could take it there. But wants someone to go with her.

Two pieces of paper flutter down between Joneigh and Autumn are they are discussing the delivery. They look like playing cards – one of Joneigh and one of Autumn. Autumn hands the one of her to Joneigh and takes the other downstairs into the pantry. Joneigh says “Where did you go?” to the card. Autumn sees Joneigh-card’s lips move and a quiet voice says “Where did you go?”. She says “Oh! I went downstairs to the pantry.” Joneigh looks upwards and says “Thank you, I think?”

While the other ponies start prepping for the train trip to Lost Whiny, Neighvada (on the way to Rotten Hoof), Joneigh goes to Shucks’ barn to ask him if he wants to go with her to Canterlot. Joneigh proceeds to helping Shucks prep his menagerie for several days of Shucks’ absence.

As the Moon Turns

December 1, 2018

Everypony is still at the library, trying to determine the significance of the locked book, the stubbornly re-appearing key, and the notes that keep appearing on HurryUp Ann’s flank.

EggWhite says he would be less suspicious of the key showing up if the sign hadn’t shown up on HurryUp at the same time.

Joneigh suggests the book get stored in her saddle bag and the key be kept with EggWhite. Joneigh postulates that maybe the tunnels under the city that reach the pit are an access point the ponies should investigate.

Autumn wonders if the singing was to feed someone.

Joneigh says that they froze in place while singing instead of throwing themselves in the pit.
HurryUp says maybe not enough were singing to complete the summoning.

Borealis asks “Is it time to call up the chorus?” Joneigh wonders if we like the chorus as they could be dinner… or HurryUps desert?

Autumn suggests Matthew & Oscar could help? But they might want to take the books back with them. Then she says that maybe Bristol could help with provenance on the books. He asks if he would be spoiling anything by pointing out the note stuck to HurryUp’s head… “My brains are delicious and go good on toast”.

Joneigh wonders if that means HER brains or the ones in the canisters.

Bristol goes to check on something. When he comes back he says none of his records here say anything about Chained Oblivion, but he can send away for it if we want. But the other book was checked out thirty years ago by the grandson of Mauve Finery (father of Plum Dandy who is in San Franciscolt). His name is Lilac Rein.

HurryUp says “Now that I think about it, I always wondered what happened to Lilac. He used to be so interesting to spy…um he used to be so interesting. I haven’t seen him since the house collapsed into the pit.”

Aurora asks her brother if he didn’t see any sign of the house when he was down in the pit. Borealis says no, but rambles about some memory of Aura and her first shield bubble. Joneigh notices that HurryUp disappeared and no one followed. No one knows where she went. Autumn mentions that maybe she got snatched by whomever is leaving the notes on HurryUp. A piece of paper flutters down from the darkness of the ceiling, it is an address. Autumn sends a note to the constable that they are following up on clues unless they all turn up missing.

They show up at the address and Joneigh hears what sounds like HurryUp muttering… “Oh this is still in good shape, I wonder if I can fit all this in my bedroom. Aurora checks the mailbox and is buried under a big pile of library notices. The yard is overgrown. Jimmy says the polite thing would be to take the mail inside.

The key is in the lock and the ponies go inside. Aurora takes the notices with her.

HurryUp is downstairs, checking out all the items in the “sex dungeon”. The group follows her voice. “Oh My.” HurryUp says “Isn’t this great?!” Joneigh goes upstairs, Autumn goes looking for a library or kitchen. New note on HurryUp as they leave. ”I’m best when bridled.” Aura is checking out the sex dungeon. HurryUp is wondering if one of the dildos will fit in her tail. Sunny finds the second sex dungeon “OH GOD there is more”, on the upper floor. Autumn notices that 3 of the other overdue books from the library are on the desk with the blotting paper (that shows he was correlating stuff from the book they are looking for) and there is an odd painting behind the desk. She opens the curtain to see it better. It is a shadow of a pony with a group of ponies cowering at its feet: Celestia, Mare in the Moon and the Dark Stallion among them.

Then a note flutters down “The painting lies!” (all the notes have in the same handwriting). She says, “What does it lie about?” The note under her hoof changes to say “I never cower!” Joneigh finds a secret passage and follows it up to the second library! She looks around and sees that there is only one book here that isn’t a scroll. It looks a lot like the chained book she has… but it is chained to a lectern in the center of the room. As she approaches the lectern, she sees a giant pipe organ at the far end of the room. She walks up to the organ and presses a key. A musical note is heard through out the house. Also, everyone hears squealing and fluttering of hundreds of bats disturbed by the organ being played. She wipes away dust from the top line and reads the sheet music title that is standing on the organ “Unchain the Oblivion”. She closes the sheet music. Autumn tries to follow the sound to its origin in the secret room in the attic. Joneigh points out the title and says she thinks if one were to play this it would sound just like what the rest of the group was singing in the pit, but that this one (points to herself) is disinclined to try.

Aurora found a copy of the old Brindlebury Gazette on the bedside table. It is folded open to the funeral notice for Bristol’s great aunt, Velum Index, who owned the house that collapsed into the pit. The notice is circled. Autumn figures out that while the funeral was happening, it was the perfect time for someone to go through her papers. It was at the same time that our group was poking around the house. “You mean it wasn’t even our fault!?” She taunts the note in her hoof. It spontaneously combusts. HurryUp starts choking and she coughs up a crumpled note. Autumn gives her something to drink and unfolds the note. “Burn the music and stop throwing valuable things down the hole.” Autumn asks EggWhite what he thinks about that. Everyone looks to Jimmy as he says, “If the spells from the pit are musical and this is based on them, we don’t want them spread around so burning them sounds like a good idea.” Autumn worries that the music might have those eggs in it, but Joneigh thinks the paper couldn’t hold it. Joneigh puts on her big gloves and picks up the music and heads for the kitchen fireplace.

As they are burning the music, someone bursts through the back door and says ‘Ah ha! Burning evidence I see.” It is a golden Pegasus with a white mane and behind her is a slate gray earth pony with a dark blue mane. Both EggWhite and HurryUp disappears at this point. Constable Hobb hurries up behind them saying “Wait, let me introduce you!”

Aurora looks the Pegasus right I the face “That heresy, you have no idea that’s actually evidence.” She puts out her hoof “Hi maybe you don’t know who I am, my name is Aurora and I am the local magic investigator.”

The Pegasus knows who she is and she is suspect number 1. “If that is the case, then you are being unprofessional by telling me everything.” Sunny steps to Aura’s side and flashes her Inspector General badge and says that they found something that was dangerous that needed sanitizing. The other detective ran to the fireplace but found only ashes. Aura asks if the officers are always so eager. Hobb interrupts to say this is Detectives LaceWing and StoneHoof who have been sent from San Palamino to investigate Bullion’s murder. They want our group to leave this place as it is the scene of a crime in an ongoing investigation. They comment on some missing persons cases that haven’t been investigated. Joneigh points out that this scene has nothing to do with the case they have said they are here for… and if we leave they will mess up the scene of that the group was investigating. Hobb is going to ask the two detectives to step aside to talk with him for a moment. Joneigh has turned and gone back up to the secret room, closing the door behind her. She is unchaining the book from the lectern and putting it in her bag. EggWhite appears at the opening of the passage as she goes by and says he will distract them and disappears again. She quickly searches the room and decides nothing else pertains to their investigation. She leaves the secret room and closes the door and notices that the dust is filling in hoofmarks on their own… she whispers thanks to EggWhite… and goes to stand and stare at the paining behind the desk and makes notes on the ponies cowering. The group still in the kitchen overhear Hobb say loudly that the detectives have made a connection between Lilac and the murder due to some earlier correspondence.

The detectives eventually find Autumn and Joneigh in the library discussing the painting’s cowering ponies. The detectives want to interrogate everyone that was at the restaurant that last night before Caviar died. They want to talk to Aurora first. They ask when Caviar left the dinner, she doesn’t pay attention to time that way. They ask where he was sitting, “Next to me”. Did you see what he ordered. Then who else was there and what everyone ate, etc. Aura answers factual type questions as minutely as she can, but since nothing happened at the party and she knows she is guilty. She won’t share how she “felt” or “thinks might have happened”. They want to know who greeted them or waited on them, and Aura answers evasively… some orange pony and some buff colored pony. She doesn’t notice servants. “Just kick the door open Jimmy, go ahead.” Jimmy walks in with his Uncle Gritts (retired lawyer), about this time. “Why are you talking to my client without me?” They explain that Aurora isn’t under arrest and he responds that everyone has a right to counsel. Aurora says she hasn’t told them anything they don’t already know, if they are good investigators. Uncle Grits McCorn wants to see the warrant, or why do they even have this gel in this room? Grits tells them they can asks questions, but he will tell his client not to answer any of them. “Warrant says you can investigate, but nothing about arresting anyone,” says Grits. Aurora follows his advice. They finally have no more questions and that she shouldn’t leave town. Now they want to question Shucks. Grits advises him to keep his mouth shut, boy. Jimmy offers Shucks a toffee, for his nerves… Grits tells him to put his dark glasses. Now Shucks is role-playing. “My lawyer advised me not to answer”. Next up is Jimmy. Grits: “Ah’m advising mah client not to answer.” Jimmy takes a long time to say basically nothing.

Hobb shows up at Lilac’s house later that day and says “HurryUp Ann is this where you’re lurking?” She is. He wants to take her to his office to be interrogated by the visiting detectives. “Oooh Fun! Ok.” Grits tells her that her folks hired him and she shouldn’t answer any questions. HurryUp plays dumb hick. They want to know about the dinner that she was dressed up as the hostess for… she asks what a hostess is. Like that, it goes. Grits and Jimmy exchange a knowing glance and Grits plays like he is dozing. Detective StoneHoof gets fed up and slams her hooves on the table “Just answer the question and admit it!” Grits tells Shucks to help the girl out of the chair. “We are going.” They grump at him and he suggests they take it up with the Select Ponies. As they leave, they see Hobb leading the Country Club’s cook, Golden Ramsey, to his office. Grits turns and says “Ah’m advising mah client…” Like that. They finally go to the Select Ponies’ homes and each say “Mah office hours are posted, you can see me at City Hall.”

Grits gets the group together in his barn for a debrief. This is only round one. They have some judge in Canterlot who will send them whatever warrant they need. They must have a way to get more documentation quickly.

When the ponies are let loose, Joneigh and Autumn are doing some investigating of books at Autumn’s house. They finally remember they can ask Caviar questions if they can find HurryUp by the time they ask each other how to find her, she is right there. They ask him about Lilac and he doesn’t know who that is. The only one he can remember thinking might be interesting would be Arctica. He postulates that he wouldn’t have wanted to write to any hicks back then. Aurora wonders if we can connect with the note writer and Autumn and Joneigh go into a chorus of “Nononononono”. A note floats down in front of Aurora, “Oh Fun!” in a rain of glitter. As HurryUp turns to go home, they see a note on her flank “I am smarter than I look.” Everyone goes home to sleep.

In the middle of the night, they are all awakened by an emergency flare (the bright loud kind). Autumn sits up with her mane sticking out all over “Now what?!” Sunny grabs her medical stuff and heads to where it was fired. Everyone heads toward the alarm. Aurora grabs a hat as she doesn’t have time to do her hair. Borealis jumps out of Sunny’s bed and out the window to rush to the emergency. Joneigh flew out immediately, Autumn checks on Moonbeam and runs for the town. Joneigh arrives at the Country Club first.

There are a number of shadowy creatures fighting with Agent Ayyyyyyy who is standing over a downed Golden Ramsey. Joneigh can see that the shadows look like giant incorporial bats. She uses wind magic to blow most them over. Jimmy shows up next, swinging his axe handle. One bat thing tried to attack Joneigh but got caught in her backstream and went even further away from her. Jimmy hits one of the shadowbats and physical blood flies out of the incorporeal body! Joneigh knocks two more away from Ayyyyyy. Borealis arrives on the scene. Two of the bat things are trying to crawl against Joneigh’s wings. Jimmy aims to hit a bat at the two crawling and more blood flies and that one hits one of the crawlers who is knocked back. Borealis hits one with magic and it screams. Jimmy calls for light and Joneigh pulls something from her pack and shines it on the creatures.

The others show up, Sunny heads for Golden and Aurora throws magic at the flare to make it very bright, Autumn goes to see if she can help Sunny. Joneigh slams her glasses back on. HurryUp is heading to the fight and hears wings and squeaks behind her, she looks behind her and sees million of normal bats heading for the fight… “Bats!!!” Shucks is trying to talk to the bats. Sunny thinks the wounds on Golden Ramsy don’t look like something the shadowbats would do. Autumn finds the suicide note and the bloody carving knife. Jimmy suggests to Borealis and Aurora that a forcefield bubble around the mass of bats would be helpful. Shucks is jumping up & down “Squeak squeak squeak GUYS SQUEEK!” Aura runs up to Borealis and tells him “You shoot, I will hold them!” A shadowbat injures Borealis. EggWhite suddenly appears next to Sunny and Autumn. “Sorry, sorry, I was out.”

“That’s ok, help Aurora and Borealis” says Sunny.

Aurora has captured most of the bats. Shucks says “Bad Bats, bad bats!” and starts hooting. Jimmy says “Aurora, make your bubble smaller.” She does so. Borealis is blasting, as is EggWhite, Jimmy is swing his axe, Ayyyyyyy is whipping, Joneigh is using wind, Shucks is calling owls and HurryUp is swinging her brass splyglass like a club all Jackie-Chan-Like. Many shadowbats go flying and one seems to hit something in mid-air and for a moment HurryUp thinks it split into two… no, there was an invisible something over there that she just knocked the bat into.

HurryUp goes after that thing, flipping through the air and kicking out at ‘nothing’. “Smack, scream, flutter.” Joneigh sees, out of the corner of her eye, a momentary peak at shape of a batpony just as HurryUp kicked air. She realizes that she has been feeling for a while other weather magic. So she grabs a small cloud and squeezes lightning out and throws it at the spot. This hits the evil batpony and it lights her up. The group recognizes him as one thrown down from the moon way back at that weird party. The pony had a magic wand made out of a unicorn horn, but she now drops it. Jimmy leaps at the falling wand trying to catch the wand. Joneigh fires lightning at the batpony again. Aurora is still squeezing the normal bats. The batpony aims at Joneigh but her lightning hits and the freezing bolt hits a shadowbat, which freeze and falls to the ground and shatters.

Shuck’s owls show up and take out the bats outside of the bubble. The remaining shadowbats flee the scene as the batpony is falling from the sky, unconscious or dead after Joneigh hit her again with lightning. Joneigh lands next to Autumn to see if she needs anything. Jimmy runs to catch the falling batpony cause live prisoners can answer questions, dead ones are harder. As Jimmy catches her, she says “Oh no” and a mystical blast hits her in the chest. Aura looks around to see where the blast came from, as does Jimmy. They see an all-black earth pony over there holding one of those unicorn wands. The black pony makes a slight salute as the transport magic takes her.

Jimmy asks HurryUp for one of the cylinders that has a dead brain in it, Autumn plucks the brain out of the cylinder, Sunny carefully gently and successfully
the brain from Midnight Gleam’s skull into the waiting cylinder. The suicide note is fake, trying to plant evidence framing Jimmy for putting the eggs in the weed. It was payback for Jimmy embarrassing them in front of their queen. Poor Hobb arrived about the same time as the owls and is very confused. But there is no sign of Agent Ayyyyyy. Golden wakes and babbles out what happened to him.

In the morning when the group goes to the inn to talk to LaceWing and StoneHoof, they cannot find them. In their place they find ponysuits laying there. Stellar Abyss and Midnight Gleam had killed the real two detectives, skinned them and used their skins as disguise.

Jimmy tells the group that leaves just White Vinegar, who has been reverted to childhood, and Stellar Abyss from those exiled from the moon. Stellar Abyss must have thought her partner would have talked and so killed her…without knowing how imaginative the group can be when taking prisoners. Once we are done questioning, we will have Aurora take the cylinder to Celestia. “Oh it has been ages since I was given one of these! Thank you!”

Into the Glory Hole

November 10, 2018

Autumn and Joneigh go home to make sure Moonbeam is there and feels safe. Aura heads home and to bed. HurryUp is doing her customary sweep with her spyglass of the area (from her cupola) before heading for bed. Jimmy says he will check the other shacks for eggs. In the morning, sun is shining and birds are singing. There is a screech from a dying bird. Aura goes on her morning run. Autumn & Joneigh are making breakfast and chatting with Moonbeam. Shucks is checking his menagerie. Jimmy is checking the fields. Sunny is making her rounds in the clinic. Mauve Finery is awake and is improving. Aura is investigating the letter she received from “a friend”. Autumn goes to work, Joneigh heads to the library and Moonbeam goes to school (as does HurryUp).

Aura can tell this is special paper, like not owner’s own, but off the shelf. No postmark. No watermark. She remembers when Aunt Arctica or Celestia sends something, there is no postmark either. Nothing odd with the dragon who receives her mail. Just at that time, a letter from Ginger arrives. It is full of words, but really only says that Aura is barred from the funeral and that Ginger doesn’t believe she did it (about a dozen times) and that she was so looking forward to being her sister-in-law. She compares the two, obviously not the same. Now there is a knock on her door, it is Aunt Arctica. There is further investigations into Caviar’s death, Aura and Borealis should NOT leave town. Aura shows her the letter from “a friend”. Artica says “I had no idea you had made such enemies, dear.” She wonders if they have evidence or if they are trying to push Aura into making a mistake and foiling her own coverup. “Should be no problem as long as you aren’t leaving town…”. Aura asks who she has heard from, and Arctica says that she wouldn’t know them. Aura takes this information right to Hobb.

Joneigh is checking up on what happened with the duplicating of the book she was pulling from her bag. She remembers there was a book about Black Star… but there are two. She is reading them both and making notes and charts from all the information in the books. She gets very involved and Autumn comes in with lunch and pokes her in the arm with a needle. “I’m sorry… you said to do this if you didn’t respond at first!” “Eat some lunch and tell me what you’ve found.” In the first biography Joneigh finds that there was a rivalry with a Lacy Hydia that eventually made Black Star cast a curse so that if any says his name he is alerted.

They get to the pit, the sun sets and Jimmy hands out earplugs. The singing starts and HurryUp is playing the cylinders like an harmonium. They start wailing like they are in pain and the skull is singing along. Joneigh makes notes. She is concerned that HurryUp is making the music go with the singing, but she can’t hear the singing. Then Caviar glows and floats up in the air. The glow is expanding to take on ghost pony shape around the skull (looks like a translucent sheet over a generic unicorn pony shape). The singing continues. Joneigh goes to Egg White and points at the ghostly pony. Joneigh signs to HurryUp to stop ‘playing’ the cylinders as one has cracked and is leaking. HurryUp tries to squoosh it with her hooves. Joneigh rummages in her bag for bandages. She finds some and helps HurryUp with the leaky cylinder. Joneigh pulls the cylinders further away from the pit and Jimmy sticks earmuffs on the cylinder he just helped. “Oh, good, the noise has stopped” the cylinder yells. Then Joneigh pulls the Caviar skull away from the pit as well. Twilight has deepened to night and Joneigh motions to the ponies to take their earplugs out. She asks what Egg White what he thinks it all means. “That the song affects dead ponies, too.” Wonders why the cylinders were in pain instead of singing. Jimmy & Sunny both mention the effect of singing down a tube. HurryUp fixes up the cracked cylinder with a parachute and ‘can-telephone’ and tosses it in the pit. Halfway through HurryUps ball of twine, Shucks gets excited and runs off. The cylinder says it is very dark and quiet. Shucks shows up with HIS ball of twine They try to tie one ball to the shrinking one. Tangles happen sand Shucks is pulled in and Joneigh grabs him and pulls back “Help”. Autumn grabs Joneigh and pulls her back. Aura starts untangling Shucks. That works. “Oops”, says Shucks. HurryUp cannot hear the cylinder anymore. The twine ball dwindles and stops.

Sunny thinks she might levitating down into the pit and Borealis says, “No, let me!” Sunny lets him. Aura tells him not to die… that if anypony is gonna kill him, it’ll be her! “Smoke me alfapha and I’ll be home in time for breakfast.” And he jumps into the pit. “/crackle noises/ Can you hear me, over” “/crackle noises/ loud and clear /crackle”. “It dark / crackle/ and cold /crackle over”. “I am going to cast light, but I can’t do levitate at the same time /crackle.” We see light from down there, then it goes out. “That was fun /crackle/ over.” “There is a light below me /crackle”. “What color is the light /crackle.” “It is red, with … you know how an ember looks? /crackle and now it is getting warmer /crackle.” “I have found the cylinder and have attached my bubble to the side of the edge of the pit. /crackle The cylinder appears to have frozen and is now thawing.” “I am going to try to find out what is below. That means shutting off my bubble. /crackle.” It is quiet for a while. “Hey, bro? Over?” from Aura. “You didn’t do anything dumb like leave the tin can behind, did you?” Joneigh has started to panic. Aura is upset and winds up to throw the can into the pit. Autumn grabs the can and doesn’t fall into the pit as well. Joneigh works with Autumn and gets Flame to go with her into the pit. They do a control flight going down. Leaving light at the end of tunnels they find. About the time they get to the cylinder, the ponies above hear “/crackle Can you hear me now?” He explains what he saw and smelt and how it took him a while to get back up. Now he can see a light approaching. “That would be Joneigh and Flame on their way down, over.” Joneigh and Borealis discuss that there are no creatures and he feels like it is A LOT further down. They discuss it and decide to go back up to their friends. Borealis says “That was fun.” And collapses. Jimmy offers popcorn balls with honey and almonds, she shares hers with Flame.

Aura asks what Borealis really saw, but it wasn’t much. The glow at the bottom got larger, but not much. It smelled like sulfur. He felt like the cylinder was less than halfway down. Joneigh is still making notes and does some calculations. She figures they went down about a 1,000 kilometers. They go home and to bed. By morning the cylinder has thawed out, but not it talks funny. Like it remembers nothing. HurryUp praises the cylinder for being the bravest cylinder ever. The hero of the Glory Hole Adventure. (note: it was cylinder #2) HurryUp has a dream of having tea with the Dark Stallion who seems disappointed that she has been flirting with another elder being; all that duet singing at the pit with the cylinder. Flirting with ponies is all well and good and all, but with another Elder God, I mean really. It is a very surreal discussion.

Most of the group is having breakfast at the Towers. They are discussing the locked book and all of a sudden, the skull with Caviar starts offering advice to open at the pit. The group tries to find out how it got there. So Joneigh gets a maniacal look says she is gonna hit the skull with a hammer and starts to swing the hammer at the skull. All of a sudden HurryUp is stumbling out of a nearby house plant. She looks confused and mussed. She does notice half a crumpet on the empty chair near the skull. All of a sudden it dawns on HurryUp that all her stuff that is usually in her tail and mane are gone. Autumn and Jimmy help HurryUp get back home as she is off balance without all her stuff in her mane and tail. Joneigh has gone to the library to research some more… with her no-one-knows-about books. She has tea and has her books out. Suddenly there is a key shaped object with a big red bow on it. She hits it with her hammer. It falls under the table. She uses her big industrial gloves to pick it up and drop it in her lead box. She finds something in the biography she was reading the day before but has remembered that she saw something at some point. So, she has dug into her books and finds the account of the book that can call forth the Chained Oblivion. Which looks blank unless you study it long enough it well be a bit more readable; and also if you stare at it – it will give the reader a headache – like it did to Autumn yesterday. She has been putting books away and getting more out and when she approaches the table there is a book sitting there that she doesn’t remember putting there. She nudges it with her pen to see the spine “Skullomancy”. She puts her industrial strength gloves on and opens to the TOC: Considerations Before You Start Grave Robbing, Your Shovel and You, and Simple Incantations to be Used with New Skulls…she closes the book. She wraps in linen and stuffs it in her bag for HurryUp, it seems that she remembered her looking for it a while back.

The group gets HurryUp cleaned up and all her stuff back in place in her mane and tail. They check to see her home and family are ok. Then Autumn wants to find Joneigh. She figures out that the library cause she is so comfortable there. The rest of the group show up too. So, Joneigh gives the weird book with the ponyskin cover to her. She does the happy pony dance. Then the group notices the piece of paper stuck to her butt “Possess me” is printed on it. “I can share this with Caviar!” They ask what she has learned about the locked book. She explains and adds that she is not inclined to open it. Nor does she want to use the key that popped into existence. Caviar is curious why we don’t want to find a language teacher and figure out how to read it. Joneigh slowly explains it to him.

Room To Let

September 22, 2018

Sunny is checking the others who were partying with Blown Grass to see who else might be infected. Everyone is. The pot from the party has an odd bitter cherry smell and there are little black seeds there too. Autumn is checking on everyone at the cottage. Joneigh is researching ‘the pit’ and asks Aura to check with C. Hobb to see what he knows. Jimmy & Shucks are tending the fields. Jimmy notices that the harvest/drying shack for the pot plants is not locked. He opens the door and has to cover his nose with a bandana. The hanging-drying pot is ok, but the stuff on the tables and in the bags seems to be infected. The padlock that usually is on the door was obviously blown off by a unicorn horn. He looks around for hoof-marks. Buffalo Grass Wately will have to decide how much to burn of that stock. Jimmy goes to tell his friends and C. Hobb about the infestation. Aura discusses the pit with C. Hobb. Pit wasn’t there before house was there. Previous Constable and Arctica explored the Pit, pretty far down. The sides are pretty shear, and a Pegasus (Lunar & Savory Seed) took a light down till it got colder and creepier. Also, Hobb reminds her that she and her friends were exploring Velum Index’s house when it collapsed into the Pit. Hobb says that on nights with a new moon, the partiers do not meet at the Pit. They won’t talk about what happens on that night. Egg White hangs out at the Pit at midnight on nights with a new moon, to make sure nothing came out of it. Check-Me-Own-Teeth Dibbless, who runs the tourist kiosk of things to toss in the Pit, has a new display. National Equiner with sick Caviar picture and a camera. One can have one’s picture taken with it and a Pit. Aura compliments Dibbless and asks what happens around the Pit. But nothing she hasn’t heard before. He finally confesses to her that he is always packs up and leaves before sundown because he has heard voices singing. And the singing follows him home all night, so he leaves before sundown now. HurryUp whispers at Aura that she wants to push the old calliope Aura just bought into the Pit. The party group did mention that they go out after it is FULLY dark and no one shows up early anymore. It makes a weird and neat sound as it is kicked into the Pit. It slowly fades as they wait… wait… wait… till they can no longer hear it. Aura takes the intel back to Joneigh at the library. Jimmy finds Autumn and Joneigh in the library and tells them about the drying shack and the eggs in the bags of weed. Joneigh wants to find and talk with Egg White now. They check his shack in the swamp, but it is deserted and is reverting back to swamp. They check the cave under the jail next. Once into the cavern, when Joneigh says “Shhhh!”. She hears a soft snoring sound coming from the wall. She gets closer to hear better and taps on the wall. Her hoof goes through the wall at one point, it is an illusion. Joneigh steps through, Aura follows. There is a small chamber, with a little table with a bell on it. The sign says, “please ring”. Joneigh rings the bell. She hears a snort and they feel a pulse of magic go through them. Then they hear Egg White wake and say “Wha what’s happening? Is everyone ok?” “We were looking for you, sorry we woke you.” The wall moves with a grinding sound and he appears, rubbing sleep out of his eyes. Joneigh tells him about the others who are sick, the drying shack and that she knows he has been studying the Pit. There’s a part of the tunnels here that go to the Pit, but further down than you can see from the top. The critters here in this cave don’t like to go there. He says there is something there. On moonless nights if you listen very carefully, you can here it singing. We tell him what C. Hobb and Dibbless told us about the Pit. He is very interested that folk have heard it at twilight. Joneigh wonders if the song is different at twilight than it is at midnight on moonless nights. She asks if he knows WHAT it is singing, but he doesn’t understand it – even when he tried spells to understand it. She asks if he thinks the Pit is bottomless. “Physically, no, can’t be.”

Meanwhile up at the infirmary. She hears a terrified whinny coming from the lab. “Oh, dear.” Sunny goes to check and finds Moonbeam in the furthest corner of the lab with wide eyes and a magical shield around himself. “Keep away from them! We have to kill them!!” “When they get big enough, they can go through solid stuff. They will get through the glass.” Sunny starts to burn them on the inside of the glass containers, one by one. Moonbeam says not to do that, makes them grow faster. “We need Pegasuses!” Sunny sends Moonbeam to find Joneigh and any Pegasuses and send them to Sunny’s lab. Jimmy notices a frantic galloping coming from street level and then hears Moonbeam calling “Joneigh, Autumn, Anybody.” Joneigh flies up and out looking for Moonbeam. She finds him with a small crowd of ponies, wanting to know what’s wrong. “Void things, void things in the lab! We need fog and rain and lightning inside a containment field to kill them before they kill everyone!” Joneigh calls for folk to find Borealis and Egg White and other unicorns to help, then hurries toward the lab with Moonbeam. When they get there, Borealis is already at the lab helping Sunny. When Aura gets to Garnish Towers, Borealis isn’t there, but when she peeks at her room, she sees there is a letter in her dragon thingy. She grabs the letter and goes to the General Store to get the Lunar, Savory and Tulip Seed to help with weather stuff. The Unicorns make the field and the Pegasuses make weather and now there is a pile of wet ash. Autumn checks with Jimmy to make sure Shucks didn’t keep one of these. Sunny wonders out loud if there are other infected weed sacks than what was found than what was in the drying shed. Someone mentions that Blown Glass’ dad was gonna burn the infected bags. “We need to stop that!”

Aura tries to teleport to New Moon Acres and Joneigh flies out that way too, looking for Buffalo Grass before he torches the weed. Aura miscalculates and ends up in the pond again. She slogs out and gallops up to the farm/shed. She finds that they were about to burn a huge pile. She starts hollering for them not to do it. Aura contains the pile and Joneigh weathers it into a soggy mess. A teacup and saucer levitate up in front of Joneigh and Egg White says, “I didn’t want to leave the kettle on.” Autumn and Joneigh go look into the shed and Joneigh sees a tuft a fur and upon examines it with her magnifying glass and it looks just like the tuft that was stuck in that lasso that Jimmy caught Nightmare Moon’s Guards in …on the moon. She tells the group after picking it up with tweezers and putting in a pouch. Jimmy suggests that she look for other clues. Aura opens her letter and it is a congratulations on finding a unique way of eliminating a suitor; from “a friend”. Joneigh notices that the pony who blasted the padlock, targeted it so well that it only fried the inside of the lock. Joneigh goes to each Unicorn and stares in their eyes. Egg White projects a sundial and says it is almost twilight so he is heading to the Pit. They all follow him. Egg White goes into the closest woods and disappears. HurryUp is already there tossing pebbles into the Pit. Egg White is watching. Sun slips toward the horizon, wind starts to pick up and a soft song starts to drift up from the Pit. Everyone but Joneigh raise their heads and start to sing along in whatever weird language (not pony) that none of them understand. Joneigh tells them to STOP IT! But they don’t. She tells Egg White to make them STOP. “Alright, can you please close your eyes and turn around?” “Sure.” She turns around toward Autumn and slaps her to see if she comes out of it. She says “What?” … then there is a bright flash of red light. Egg White tells everyone to back away from the Pit and we can discuss what just happened. “Let’s get away from the Pit.” Aura, Jimmy and HurryUp were just discussing tossing a torch in the Pit a second ago, and now they are all are on the other side of the Pit with their friends. HurryUp says she hasn’t blacked out like that since the last time she was flashy-thinged. Autumn says, “Egg White, Really?” “I don’t have a memory transducer.” “In order to protect myself from one, I had to figure out how one worked, didn’t I?” Autumn asks if that was the same song he heard before. “No, it is a different song.” Autumn asks if Egg White could hypnotize her to find out what she was doing before Joneigh slapped her. Joneigh wants to leave and find tea. Egg White suggests they stop at the infirmary to let Borealis and Sunny know what happened. They gather out on the patio around the fire pit and light the fairy lanterns. They set up a slab of slate and stick notes, drawings up on it, use chalk and sticky putty to put string between things, so they can share all they have learned about void babies and their eggs in the weed and the Pit and the singing. They realize that Egg White, Joneigh and Autumn still hear the singing, like an earworm. Then it is suggested that they go dig up the dead guy and talk to him. Autumn says we might be able to find how to just talk to the dead by looking in a book. Joneigh starts rummaging for a slim fragile volume and she hears something in her bag… it is a book she hasn’t seen before that is wrapped in chains with a padlock. It has a light cover that looks like dragon scale. The one in Joneigh’s hoof has a dark cover. Autumn goes for tongs and gloves so she can pull it out and put it on a table. It looks like the padlock has been filled with lead and then sealed “Do Not Open”. The padlock is covering a lock on the book itself. They discuss how this is like “do not open before xmas” tags on presents. Autumn decides maybe shaking it could help, since they can’t peek. So, she picks up the book with the tongs and shakes it. She looks across at Egg White “Are you humming again?” Egg White and Joneigh shake their heads no and tell her she isn’t either, that the book is. She keeps shaking it and it keeps humming. “Put the book down.” Then it quit humming. “Well that was some fucked up shit.” So, they set up the squeegee board – it is like a twister pad – and Aura wants to know if this is like Prance-Prance-Revolution. There is a discussion about who should the invocation. They decide that it should be Aura as she knew Caviar best, plus she has some mad magic skills. HurryUp starts. “I am here” is spelled out. Autumn is up next “Who killed you?” and gets “Void.” Joneigh does this next. “Why did the Void kill you?” “To incimina… te o h… ?” “Who is O H?” It is Egg White’s turn and the spinner’s letters mutate and lands on horn. “I didn’t do it!” He says. “I don’t know. I only (here Aura says ‘Oh, buck up!’ and the puck bounces off her knows) heard the name!!!!!” is what came out. “So, he doesn’t know how to spell it?” HurryUp sneezes and the puck spins over and lands on “YES”. (The spinner now says ‘sneeze’ where ‘horn’ was before.) Jimmy’s turn. “Who spoke the name?” Jimmy gently nudges the puck; it flies round bouncing off the walls and finally lands on “Agents of the Void.” We talk about the guards from the moon whose names are ShadowStar, MidnightGleam, StellarAbyss and SilkenStar. ShadowStar is the one we made into a blank pony and later names White Vinegar. “What does the name sound like?” Sonny touches the puck. “Ooooooooooooooo.” “Do you want us to try to avenge you?” Borealis’ turn. “Please!!!” “Is there anything else you want us to know before we let you go?” HurryUp’s turn. The spinner mutates again and lands on butt. She twerks it. “Don’t make me go back.” He doesn’t want to go back. “Wait, I have a Pony Skull!”, says HurryUp. “Is this vessel acceptable?” Puck zooms at Aura and bounces off a wall and imbeds itself in “Yes.” They decide to move the spirit into the pony skull that HurryUp pulls from her tail braid. Aura casts the Black Star Know Vacancy spell on Caviar’s spirit. HurryUp is so excited! They talk about where he should reside and HurryUp puts it back into her tail braid. They then wonder what would happen if Caviar were taken to hear the singing at the pit.

Bullion Loses Value

September 1, 2018

[Players updated character sheets for Minor and Significant milestones received last episodes.]

Joneigh and Moonbeam have moved in with Autumn. Mountainberry stops by to bring some mail that might be Joneigh’s and some of Mrs. Garnish’s yummy teacakes. Joneigh and Autumn look back n forth between the two uniponies. Mountainberry could be Moonbeam’s twin if he were a year older or had a cutie mark!! “I’m supposed to casually mention that your room is still there if you want to move back in!” Autumn stifles a giggle and Moutainberry leaves to do chores before school. HurryUp is on the widow’s walk peering through her telescope and her mom is calling up to tell her to get to school. HurryUp is ignoring her. She sees a dust cloud coming up the road from the horizon. There is the weekly coach with the mail and behind it are two more coaches. One is fancy and has a coat of arms on the side that looks like one belonging to one of Aura’s snooty friends from Canterlot. It is the Bullion coat of arms! HurryUp heads to town to tell Aura, who is now curious why Ginger Harmony might be HERE of all places. Autumn and Joneigh take Moonbeam with them to town. They need to see if they got more books and need to help in the library and clerk’s office. Jimmy has come to town to see if his CornSmut Monthly has come. They all see the mail coach, a Longhorn Charters coach and the Bullion Coach. A bunch of ponies stream out of the Longhorn Charters coach. A male black and white unicorn jumps out and sets of a camera that he aims at the Bullion couch. The next is a green and black pony and she is directing the first pony’s efforts. “Make sure you get the right angle as he disembarks.” Aurora notices that the green pony is a famous reporter. Joneigh and Autumn notices that a servant starts to debark from the Bullion coach is yanked back, there is some mumbled discussion and then a male pony steps out. It is Ginger Harmony’s older brother, Caviar Bullion (cutie mark is a small dollop of caviar on a small gold dish). He is a black pony with dark blue mane and blue n black tail and his hooves are very very black. There is a flash from the camera. The reporter notices Aurora. Sage E. Inkwell oozes nosily at her, “So nice to catch up with you out here in this pastoral place.” Caviar greets Aura and gives her orchids. Aurora takes this in stride. He inquires about the inn and suggests the two of them have dinner somewhere. The reporter is trying to talk to Aura and the photographer is taking pictures of she and Caviar. Then the paparazzi and Caviar send their retainers off to Garnish Towers. Joneigh has sidled off to the library as soon as there seems to be a crowd growing. Autumn takes Moonbeam off to the clerk’s office, she asks Aura if she would like to come help introduce Moonbeam to the town. Sage E. Inkwell is trying to figure the angle of her story and Caviar is trying to make small talk. Aura is acting as tour guide and they end up at Garnish Towers. She off-handedly sends Mountainberry off to make reservations at the badminton club for dinner for “us” at 7 and tips him. Borealis shows up about that time and greets his old chum Caviar.

Egg White finds Sunny and tells her that she needs to go check on Mauve Finery, an elderly pony. She lives in town in a run-down house. Sunny goes to see Mauve. Has a pony walker and is a bit of a homebody. She had congestive heart failure and probably isn’t long for this existence. She says its so nice to have another visitor, she usually only sees that nice son of the chef in the morning and that nice Constable in the evening (Egg White and Hobb). When Sunny leaves, after recommending that Mauve get out and get fresh air, she finds Borealis there with a picnic basket. “Well hello there Beautiful, what are you doing?” He tells her about the extra couches arriving today. “I think he is attempting to woo my sister!” HurryUp makes a comment, startling the others. “Aren’t you supposed to be in school, HurryUp Ann?” “What? My decoy is in place.” “What should we do about it?” “I have a plan so cunning you can clean your teeth with it.” She plans to go spy on them, perhaps as a waiter. They decide they will make sure the RSVP is for a bunch of ponies and ALL show up. Aurora is waiting in front of the Towers waiting for Hobb (moonlight stroll), when Caviar comes out and calls for the coach. Hobb shows up and Aura introduces them. Then Jimmy and Arctica join them all and they start walking to the club. Caviar is startled but regains his composure and hurries to catch them up… with the coach and reporters following. They turn the corner and there are Sunny and Borealis! Shucks and HurryUp have supplanted the waitstaff and are whispering behind the kitchen door and doing a ‘rock, paper, scissors” game to determine who greets them. HurryUp wins… ‘Halllllloooooo’ “Don’t you all look so smashing tonight! Please come this way.” Shucks is waiting at their large table, where they find Autumn and Bone. HurryUp is going to sabotage each of the dishes served to Caviar, leaving everyone else’s as prepared. Arctica notices what HurryUp did and sees Caviar start to grimace, then says “Isn’t this dish exquisite! I haven’t tasted anything so good since I was at the Palace at… etc.” Caviar is trying to ignore the odd tasting food and wine and tries to steer the conversation back to him and to keep Aurora’s attention. Aura uses magic to make the drinks Caviar is having much stronger. About halfway through the dinner, Caviar’s veneer of civility starts to slip. He starts tries more desperately to get the attention and insults Hobb in doing so. Autumn asks why is he in town, she is sorry but she missed that bit. Borealis is starting to fume. Caviar then waxes eloquent in a drunken way about how special Aura is, getting to marry anyone she wants, how vile the food is, how he ended up in this place with a few good ponies, but a whole lot of bumpkins who keep interrupting. There is a flash of the photo and the reporters are getting all of this down. About that time HurryUp says “Anyone for fruit or dessert?” HurryUp disappears shortly after to take Caviar out to party with the photographers and town farmboys. The next day there are headlines all over Equestria “Bullion Loses Value”. Caviar has been admitted to the infirmary by morning. At the Towers, Sage is wondering to the breakfast crowd where her photographer has gone to. Aura says, “HurryUp!!!” “Yesssssss???” Gardenia says he checked out and was on the early morning stage. Caviar’s servants have joined him at the infirmary to make him more comfortable. Sunny doesn’t let him leave for 8 days. On day 7 the mail coach arrives and in the news is the National Equiner with the picture of a green Caviar and the “Bullion loses value” as the headline. He decides he can leave a day early. Aurora is on hand to wave and say “Bye-ee, come back soon!” Aura offers a hoofbump to HurryUp.

A couple weeks later, Constable Hobb shows up at school and tells the teacher he needs to take HurryUp out of class. He asks if she put stuff in Caviar’s food. Then he latches her to the water wheel. Then he goes to talk to Borealis. Then he goes to see Aurora… “I am here not as your boyfriend, but as the Constable.” “Oh please tell me he didn’t die?” “Well, I can’t as that would be a lie.” “Yes, under suspicious circumstances. He was poisoned with in the last 3 weeks. So, I need to interview everyone who interacted with him while in town.” Later that week, Hobb receives a letter from an investigator from Canterlot. Iconic Flare is dead of mutilation, it seems he died 24 hours before Caviar. There may have been a murder – suicide. Or what… it is a mystery. HurryUp is on the widow’s walk looking through her telescope. “Can I have a word?” comes from behind her. She knows this is Agent Aaaaaaa and wants to know if she can have her flashy thing back. “The transducer? It wasn’t yours to begin with, it is the property of the princess.” “Can’t blame a girl for trying.” He wants to know if she gave Mr. Bullion anything unusual or that she may have brought back from Windsmouth. No, gave him over-the-couter-laxative. He’d heard you took him out to continue partying after that dinner. Did she lose track of him at any time during the evening? She just pointed him in the direction of the party but didn’t go with him. He wants a list of what she puts in the food and who she sent him to party with. She tells him what she can remember. He tells her Mr. Bullion was poisoned by a teeny egg that smells of bitter cherries. HurryUp knows nothing of them. She asks if Iconic Flare, who was mutilated, did he still have his horn. No. Also, Gardenia Dream’s family has to plan a funeral, sadly. She was missing her horn. HurryUp asks about Caviar’s horn… it was still attached when he was taken to the morgue but was missing later. He suggests she warn all her friends. He wishes her goodnight and she squints at him, not wanting to be flashy-thinged and when she opens her eyes, he is gone. She heads out immediately to spread his warning. Sunny wonders if the authorities were involved, if the horn went missing between morgue and funeral. Joneigh wonders if the followers of the Dark Stallion have infiltrated the authorities. The last horn-crown to be put together by Aura’s great uncle, could it be more of her family. Autumn asks if the cousin that didn’t get to marry her could be part of this crazy bit of Aura’s family. Egg White appears next to Sunny. “Grab your bag and follow me.” “Wait, what?” “I think Blown Grass is dying.” Autumn asks Aura if she can take us where they just poofed off to. Joneigh asks HurryUp knows where her cousin could be. New Moon Acres farm is her answer. Aura transports all but Autumn, whom Joneigh carries through the air. Blown Grass is being hovered over by his mom when Sunny and Egg White show up. Sunny figures out that there is some sort of larva in his intestines. Shortly after, the group that transported manifests in the farm’s pond. Joneigh and Autumn fly in and wonder why they are climbing out of the pond. Sunny says she is going to attempt magic surgery to remove the larvae. Jimmy runs to the kitchen and brings back the empty cookie jar. Sunny succeeds and there is something wiggly in the cookie jar, so Jimmy clamps the lid on to it tightly. Aura is asked to get a message to Agent Aaaaaa that the group has one of the things. Jimmy transports Blown to the infirmary and Sunny levitates the cookie jar in a forcefield on the way back to town. Once they get Blown settled and comfortable and treated for internal damage. The group next tries to figure out who all was with Caviar at the ‘party’, who might all be infected. They need to be diagnosed and treated. Joneigh also wonders about what the pit has to do with it all.

Aurora wants to go after those who are taking the horns, but “I don’t know which them they are yet.”

Fire over Windsmouth
...but I didn't shoot the deputy

August 4, 2018

Minor Milestone TIME!

Spells in a journal Joneigh read: “moth wings not look like moth wings” “earth ponies and unicorns walk on clouds”. She thinks these could come in handy to get around in Windsmouth. Joneigh shares the spells with Sunny. She casts the moth wing spell on herself. They take the train to Brindlebury.

  • Autumn & Joneigh check in with Bristol.
  • Aurora goes to see Constable Hobb.
  • Sunny is trying out her cloud walking spell on Borealis.
  • HurryUp goes home to check in her parents.
  • Jimmy does some tidying on the farm.
  • Shucks checks all of his critters.

They meet at the river and head towards Windsmouth. Joneigh stomps, jumps and just splashes along the edge of the river. Getting everyone wet.

They come to the ferry dock. It is old and worn and the sign is very faded.” How long has it been since this has been repaired? 500 yerars?” “No, about 37”, from under the dock. It is Babs n Sandy Brook – water fairys.

They bring out a balloon, blow it up and ties a string to it. “Who’s first?” They all point at Aurora, at the same time as Autumn tries to volunteer. They tie a balloon around her middle and she floats up. The rest follow suit except Joneigh, who just flies. They try blowing at the balloons, which makes them float up faster (right next to the waterfall coming from the cloud above).

There is some thunder and lightning from the cloud and it is always raining. Finally, they are all up there and start to land. Sunny casts the spell on everyone but Joneigh. There is a rusty metal arch with Windsmouth written out in metal. There is a sign that says “Ferry Dock”. It is very dark and gloomy up here.

They go through the gate and Aurora bumps into a pony no one saw there. Blue pony with big moth like eyes, moth wings and antennae. She looks startled. Aurora asks where she fishes. Then Joneigh says maybe she has a really long line. The pony sees Joneigh and apologises for impeding her. Aurora peeks in the side baskets the blue pony is wearing and sees eels. Joneigh asks if she is fishing for them or if they are bait. “No, they are cloud grubs.”

“What do you do with them?” asks Aurora.

“Usually I just fry them up then eat them.”

This takes Aurora aback. She asks “Do you feed them to your pet crow?”

“Why would we feed good food to the crows?” Aurora throws up over the waterfall.

“Could I interest you in some deep fried alphalfa cakes?” Says a pony with a cart from across the road. Sign on the cart says Dibbler Is Everywhere. “You ponies would prefer Alphalfa cakes!”

Some of us buy some cakes and HurryUp gossips with Dibbler. Asks if there is good place to stay. “The only pony that rents out rooms is ol’ Blue Moonchaser up on Cirrus Lane.” “Do you need a map?”

“How much is it?”

“A bit.”

“Half a bit!”

“I can’t sell half a map! I’m plucking my own wings at this price as it is!”

“Throw in one of those cakes and it’s a deal.”

“All I can do for ya is one of these glazed lavender sprigs.”


They look at the map, it has lines and some squiggley bits that look like maybe descriptions. Joneigh looks at it and starts reading our names of roads and areas. Autumn asks if there are other levels because they keep hearing fluttery flutters, but see no ponies. They head up the road looking for Cirrus Lane and the BnB. From the houses lining the streets, an occasional pony peeks out (moth eyed ponies) until they are seen by the group and then they back off. The group (except Joneigh) are worried about seeing their way, as they keep trying light sources.

They find the BnB. Autumn rings the bell. [Flutter flutter clomp clomp] and the door opens on a unicorn; dark blue with white mane and white horn. “Can I help you?”

Aurora says “I will take the Royal Suite, if you have one.”

The pony looks her up and down, “You could afford it!” Then he sees Joneigh and says, “I’m sorry that suite is already taken.” “Ms. Owlmstead, we were told to expect you.” Joneigh asks if there is room in the Princess suite for she and Autumn. “I believe we have rooms for all of you.”

Joneigh asks his name: Moonbeam Moonchaser. He explains his birth parents gave him Moonbeam and his adoptive parents gave him the Moonchaser. He shows us to our rooms. The place looks ok to most, but old to Joneigh (she expects Bruce Campbell to pop out of a closet with a chainsaw). The princess suite has a view of the clouds and has a couple rooms that are connected. All looks tattered and dusty. There is a painting in their room of Nightmare Moon. They decide that it might be familiar… from a dream, when they went to the moon. “Lets not show this to Aurora, k?”

“Yeah, maybe just HurryUp.” They look around and sure enough, she is hiding in potted plant. She remembers the whole going to the moon and the cake and everything.

Autumn, Joneigh & HurryUp come out and bump right into Aurora (who is standing guard).

Moonbeam clomps up the stairs and asks if Ms. Owlmstead is accepting callers. She asks why. Because Nimbus Penniform is here to see her, he is awaiting her in the south parlor. Blue grey moth pony with the wings, eyes & antennae and a cloud cutie mark. They greet each other. He hands her flowers “To welcome you to our town.”

She thanks him and asks Moonbeam if he could take them up to the suite and put them in a vase. She asks Mr. Penniform if there is anything they should not miss while they are in town. She asks if there are many from their family in town. “There are a number who have resettled here.” In the background, we can hear doors opening and closing and voices that we can’t quite make out, talking. Autumn asks if it is tourist season. Nimbus says “Well this is the only place to stay. Oh, and there are a couple more of our relatives now.” A cream color stallion and a lunarmoth green mare. Nimbus says this is our cousin Cirrus and our other cousin, her husband Vaporum Moonchaser.”

Autumn tries to figure out the relationship of Moonbeam to Joneigh (second cousins-once-removed to Joneigh; all first cousins to each other). They seem sorry that they weren’t here to meet Joneigh when she arrived. Joneigh is confused as she didn’t send word ahead that I was coming. Nimbus asks them all to dinner, they beg off due to traveling all day. Autumn suggests tomorrow. Vapporum says we should speak with his aunt, when she heard Joneigh was coming she said she missed seeing Neightaniah. Nimbus says “It was so sad, such a tragedy, so many died.”

Finally they all leave and Autumn & Joneigh head to the library. Autumn asks Joneigh if maybe the cylinder post-pony may have gossiped with someone that we were coming. Aurora agrees with her. Jonieigh says others know… like the Princess and maybe her agents. “It is weird to be expected.”

“Maybe you are a special person here.”

“I am special everywhere, not just here.” And she stands tall and proud and hauty. Her glasses slip when she does that and Aurora & Autumn see that Joneigh has 4 pupils in each eye.

Aurora starts lecturing her about being cautious and careful and not get too involved. Borealis asks Sunny if Aurora is suggesting that maybe Joneigh shouldn’t accept the courting of that cousin.

“I’m sorry did someone say something about being in trouble?” A green unicorn with green eyes and horn is standing there. This startles Joneigh. “Where did you come from?” “I’m on patrol, I am a jr. deputy.”

“Oh you have one of Mr. Dibbler’s map, that was before the big fire. You want to go this way instead of the way you were headed.” It seems it got evaporated. That point on our map says “Oriel family mansion”.

Asks the jr. deputy about her job and name. She says “My name is Starbeam.” Autumn is asking questions of Starbeam. She and Moonbeam are the only adopted ponies up here and are both unicorns. Autumn asks about all the shy ponies in the houses. “A lot of ponies here are not good with outsiders.”

Joneigh asks if they are related, and Starbeam doesn’t think so, but their families both died on Smoky Top. Joneigh asks HurryUp if she didn’t have family at Smokey Top. Aurora notices that the yellow in the her mane is the same as HurryUp and the green coat is a color in HurryUp’s mane and their eyes are the same. Then it dawns on her that when they met Moonbeam that his smile was just like Borealis’ and his eyes are just like HurryUp’s. Autumn and Joneigh notice that Aurora looks a bit white. “Are you going to throw up again?” Autumn offers her mint.

They arrive at the library. There are two Nightmare Moon statues just outside the library. Joneigh, HurryUp and Autumn admire them and Joneigh mentions that they have a picture of this pony in their room! HurryUp says “That one winked at me:” Autumn dared it to wink at her. It doesn’t but out of the corner of her eye, she swears she saw the other one shift a hoof.

Aurora complains about the dark.

“I’m sorry, can’t you see?” and torches light up all over the library. You can see the big stain glass window of Nightmare Moon… and the copulating moth ponies surrounding her.

Autumn is looking for the librarian pony that spoke. A card catalog drawer closes and hoofbeat sound go toward the front desk. Joneigh can see a faint outline of the pony and she asks about a book on the Orial Mansion family. Clop clop clop, drawer opens, card comes out and goes back to the desk. A quill comes out and draws a map and writes down the book name. There are notes of how to get to the Family Records Hall. “Ah Ponyyyyy, I wish I could read your language.” Another card comes out of the drawer and goes to the desk and the quill writes VERY SLOWLY. “So you Decided to Join the Order of Twilight.” Oh.

They all head to the Family Records Room, except HurryUp is wandering to see if any books call out to her. Joneigh finds the Oriel family registry. All died in the fire, except Joneigh’s grandmother who moved away. Autumn and Joneigh decide that is very sad. They talk about the Twilight book a little. Meanwhile, HurryUp tries to take a book that ‘called to her’ off the shelf, but it is attached to a wire and a secret passage opens up. As she starts down the passage she’s says “I really shouldn’t go but it is secret and they would be ashamed of my performance if I didn’t.” ‘Didn’t what?” says Shucks. They can hear voices, and HurryUp says they may not be good ponies. So, Shucks pulls out his MIB dark glasses out puts them on, then tippyhoofs after HurryUp. They come to a gallery that has the statue in the center with an alter, and 6 mothponies with little black capes. “I think we would have a much a better chance of getting her to join if we leave her friends alive.” “But we need two of them to sacrifice so we can cross the beams.” There is more banter along these lines. HurryUp decides that they need to tell the others rather than do anything now. They find the rest of the group while they are looking for the Twilight book. Autumn greets them and Shucks shushes them “Bad Ponies”. She looks at HurryUp “What did you do to Shucks, and why are we whispering?” “Shuuuuush” HurryUp tells what they saw. They decide to head back to the BnB to plan.

When they get outside, there is a pony waiting. She is black with orange mane, is a Pegasus and is wearing a badge that says constable. “Are you lost? It is dangerous to be out at night somewhere unfamiliar to you.”

We explain that we are just headed back to the BnB. She offers to escort them back, fearing they could lose their way.

Autumn introduces herself and asks the constable’s name. “Starhunter Eclipse”. It even looks dark n gloomy to Joneigh. Sunny sees something out of the corner of her eye and she suddenly falls through the clouds. “Sunny where are you?” and Borealis starts shooting into the gloom. Everyone stops and looks around. From the opposite side of the road the darkness swallows him up.

“What happened? Aurora? Can you sense him?”

“I told you it was dangerous at night, we need to go now.”

Shucks sees HurryUp get sucked into the darkness. Joneigh flies up a bit and starts a ball lightning spell.

“Where’d Ann go, Where’d Ann go??”

“Constable, we’ve had some kidnapping!”

“We get you to safety and come back for the bodies.” Aurora says that we are more resilient than that.

Somewhere in the darkness above, they hear a smack and a flash of unicorn magic… more flashes and smacks and crunches. Some teeth fall out of the sky and lands at our feet. Something is fluttering down, is it scorched moth wing? Joneigh’s ball lightning is forming and lights up the area… Borealis and HurryUp are in a swarm of moth ponies. Joneigh is hit by lightning and that releases her ball lightning. Constable shot her! Joneigh flew higher and is kicking. Aurora shoots at the Constable. Autumn is ready to head butt someone. Aurora levitates Autumn and drops her between the wings of the Constable. There is lightning flying from unicorn horns and Joneigh’s magic and scortched mothwings are falling. HurryUp kicks and Autumn is choking Starhunter, Shucks launches Jimmy into a moth pony and Joneigh is still throwing lightning. Sunny sees Shucks falls through the clouds and a uni-wand flash off to the side. Sunny sees Joneigh diving for Shucks and shoots at the uni-wand and hears a yelp, the pony shoots back (while saying something) but misses. Joeneigh helps Shucks, but he is blowing up a balloon and tying it to himself and he is now weightless. Aurora shoots “disarmed” at the uni-wand weilder. Sunny hits the pony who has a wand with an amputated unicorn horn at the end of it, and Aurora hits him in the face. More teeth fly and the wand goes flying too. Shucks & Joneigh fly up through the ground, Shucks is holding the wand and Joneigh is all crackling with lightning around her. It expands out from her and fills the space above the ground, so everyone blinded for a minute.

HurryUp, Jimmy and Borealis inside Borealis’ force bubble floating down. Lots of moth ponies are falling from the sky. Autumn fell with Starhunter, who broke her fall, so Autumn is winded and the Constable is out. Even the clouds are on fire. Autumn suggest we head back to the ferry and grab the balloons and fly for it. Everyone agrees.

“Tactical retreat… engage!” Aurora and Shucks lead the way and Jimmy brings up the rear as they head out of town. There is smoke but it is less gloomy due to the glow from the fires. They hear the Pegasus fire brigade… and directed rain.

“What a vivid color of blue” says Aurora. “Leaving so soon?” says an elderly very large pony in a wheelcart (Moonbeam is behind her to push).

“Great Aunt Moon?”

“Blue, my dear” “I told them when the last Oriel came back, it wouldn’t go the way they wanted.”

“You’re right”.

There is discussion about the cult and that she was sorry she was asleep when they arrived. She says she would have warned them. “I do have this that your grandmother left behind.” She pulls out a scorched book. “Her diary.” There is discussion about taking her with us. She says there is no way she can go, and there are reasons they can’t kill her. “But can you take Moonbeam for me, he won’t be safe.”

They agree and take the proffered balloons and float down to earth. Joneigh kisses Great-Aunt Blue on the forehead, thanks her and flies down. There were many comments about the sunset storm being so beautiful.

Aaaand Significant Milestone.

Cherries are Delicious!

July 14, 2018
Joneigh absently hands a gardening book to Autumn when she checks on her. Then she calls Hurryup over to show that back in her own genealogy table there is a Whately! They are distant cousins somehow. Aurora is wandering about the town after studying the map in the Post Office. As she goes down one lane full of creepy houses, she notes that the moon is rising. The trees have silver blossoms opening to the moonrise. Then bumblebees start flitting from blossom to blossom. She continues on. She notices that the buzzing of the bees is getting louder. Now she stops to watch some hummingbirds, that are glowing somehow, flying from flower to flower. Now one stabs a bee with its beak and the bee disappears. Then goes to the next bee and does the same, and again and again. She looks back to see how far into the alley she is; she is at the midway point. She decides to soldier on… sees some squirrel things, some moths and the moon is going down. By the end of the alley they are all gone, the moon, bees, birds, etc. It seems to be dawn at this end of the alley. “Silvery Key Lane” is the name of the street (she remembers from the map). She hears hoofbeats and peeks around the corner and sees our group arriving the day before. She looks around to see if anyone else is observing their arrival. She sees someone duck behind a building, so she circles around to find them. Sees her backing away from the place she was watching from; she is a blue unicorn with shimmery blue/green/purple mane with anaurora cutie mark. This surprises Aurora, so she hides to see what her ‘other self’ will do. Other turns and dashes off with Aurora tailing her. She goes inside the Post Office and blasts the map and it falls as ashes to the ground. Then she sort of dissolves and the map reappears on the wall. “Oh, shit.” “I am sorry, I didn’t understand that.”
Back at the house, Joneigh and Autumn are totally focused on their books (genealogy and gardening). Hurryup pours them each some moonshine to help with studying. Autumn does a spit-take. Joneigh says “This isn’t soup.” Hurryup drops a cherry into Autumn’s drink. “Ooo fruit.” Then she notices that the drink is both being drawn in and not, into the cherry. “Is this a black hole cherry. Its wibbley-wobbley.” “You ain’t kididing.” Autumn asks if Hurryup had learned to throw her voice. She has been doing this for a while. “Come over here and I will do it for you.” Autumn shows her what it was doing. “I didn’t do that.” “I must have been drunker than I thought.” They all look at the cherry. Autumn pokes the cherry with a pencil and it is stuck on the end now. Joneigh asks if Hurryup wants the cherry. She eats it. It is a VERY tasty cherry. “Isn’t it tasty?” comes a voice from the other side of the room. Joneigh screams and tells Hurryup says “Stop that! Stop being two of you.” All three of them say “Ok” in unison. Hurryup seems delighted that she is now three. “Maybe we should make Hurryup throw up.” “No! That comes later, don’t hurry the process.” Autumn says the book suggests corn oil or the like. Joneigh says she might have to leave, but Hurryup takes her other two and left. “Remember all the times we wished there were three of us?” Jimmy follows after the Hurryup trio.
The three discuss the cylinders. One of them is down to 5 and the other is at 6. Feeding a cherry made one disappear, putting booze in another make it die and then the last was charged by Aurora, blasted and then Aurora disappeared! “Lets go up on a roof with a cylinder to see if we can get it to talk more.” They climb THE most safe-from-Aurora-house they can find. “I COMMAND YOU TO TALK!” “What do you want to talk about?” “How did you become cylinderfied?” One starts to tell her and she says “No, why did you decide to do it?” “Pony bodies can’t go some places.” “Where is that?” “The outer darkness.” “Is that where these cherries came from?” “Those come off of the tree at the Jubilee speical tree.” “Are they special cloning cherries? When I ate one, another me showed up.” “Very interesting.” “They have various magical effects, depending how they are processed.” “The whole town wanted to go? You got shafted, cause you aren’t there!” “I don’t know. We were to be carried along.” “So they just left you?” “What year did this happen?”
Hurryup sticks her head in the door of the house. “No I didn’t leave me here, where did I leave me.” “When did you change clothes?” “Clothes? Am I wearing clothes? When did I start wearing clothes?” “Where did I leave me? I didn’t pass me.” Joneigh tries to explain they left through that same door.
Aurora heads back to Silver Key Lane to go in the back toward the current day. As he is going up the lane, she sees a pony coming down the lane rather drunkenly. “Hey, Hurryup.” “Hey, baby.” They argue about where the Jubilee house is and this Hurryup sees the glowing hummingbirds around a mailbox that seems to mark the Jubilee house. This Hurryup is excited about this. “Because of the cherries.” “You haven’t had these cherries, you have to try one.” She swirls the bottle in which one remains. The cherry is glowing blue. “We should go this way.” “No, that looks like then not fun way.” There is more arguments about study aid and cherries and drunk and that cylinder that said where the cherries came from cause they are f’in delicious. Borealis says “Where have you been?” “Can we discuss this at the other end of this alley.” She is coercing them toward the sunset end of the Alley. Sunny asks if she has seen any of the other HurryupAnns. That is disturbing to Aurora. Borealis says there were 18 of them at one point. Aurora takes the jar away from HurryupAnn, who has disappeared into the Jubilee house. Aurora and Sunny go to find her. Borealis trails along, too. Then Sunny has an idea and runs back to the Penniform house. Aurora lights up the house and cockroaches flee and organ music starts. She runs into a pregnant Hurryup in the hall. They have an argument about the study aid she’s drinking. Apparently it is Borealis’ spawn. “It What?” says Borealis. “This can’t possibly all be from the cherries” says Aurora. “Oh there you are!” (Old version of Hurryup). Aurora and this Hurryup have a discussion about when all this started (multi Hurryup). “I also lost my last two cylinders, my brain buddies.” There was some discussion about time travel spells and a cylinder exploded after ponies said “Uh oh”. Sunny hurries back to the Jubilee house with the goggles. Sunny discovers that all the Hurryups are real and now slugs and trying to get to her brain. Autumn finds Borealis and they look at the tree of glowing blue cherries. They tried to figure out what to do to undo the cherries and Hurryups. Aurora tells them her time travel story. They are all trying to find the original Hurryup. Aurora thinks some pony should go to the east end of the alley to destroy the cherries before Hurryups ever finds them. The older Hurryup says that didn’t work and one of the Auroras, Sunnys and Borealis’ all died when that was tried. Autumn looks at the cherry tree and remembers the book she was looking at earlier… it is either a morninglory cherry or a dead of night tree. This tree was started from graft from the Mare in the Moon’s garden. (Joneigh had found references to a fight over whether the residents of the town should all go to the Outer Darkness and some said to just stay in town or to all go to Windsmouth.) After some discussion about possible outcomes, Aurora decides to go down to the basements of the Jubilee house and talk to the Hurryup down there. She is very old and there are lots of empty cherry jars and pony skulls. She is saddest about Jimmy (she pats a hugh skull). “Where’s your foal?” “I think she went to Windsmouth, I don’t remember.” “Why didn’t you go?” “Someone had to look after Shucks.” (Pats another huge skull). They talk about the study aid and would it help if we got rid of it.
Joneigh reaches out from under the bed, knocks a stack of books over and pulls one to her. She leafs through till she finds what she wants. Then she asks Shucks to help her find Autumn. They find her and Joneigh shows her the entry about the pony addicted to the cherries, you need to make a tincture from the rootball of the tree the cherry graft was first made on. Sunny helps with the tea, while Shucks helps Autumn find the rootball and Jimmy, Aurora and Borealis go back for Hurryup (original). Hurryup drinks the tea and ran to the privy to throw up. With each retch a copy of her “Pop”s out of existence. Autumn takes cool, clean water and a soft cloth to help Hurryup and Joneigh goes to hold her mane back (and collect the items that fall out of it). Just before the last older Hurryup goes, she hands Jimmy a book and says “don’t cross the streams”. The book is “The Journal of Prunella Jubilee”. Jimmy opens the book to the entry the last Hurryup dogeared – there are two entries; one is about the orgy with some mothkin that were summoned down; the other is about the fighting over whether to leave and the spell that tried to help go back in time to fix it. This alley was affected by that spells.
They go back to the Penniform house. Talk moves to what to do next. Autumn and Joneigh box up books to send to Brindlebury, the others get them taken to the Post Office. They get ready to go to Brindlebury and on to Windsmouth (Autumn pulls our a few books for she and Joneigh to study en route).

Episode 16 On Top of Ol' Smokey
Joneigh and Aurora Won't Stop Bickering

June 9, 2018
The group is trying to help clean up and get out of the museum before someone arrests them. HurryupAnn diverts the group and tries to flashything the staff. But Agent Ayyyyy had swapped out her flashything for a fake one. Jimmy tells Shucks to get the group out the side door and starts trotting for the front door. The rest follow Shucks to the tea shop that Jimmy said to meet at if they got slpit up. Jimmy grabs the docent and heads out the front door. Jimmy shows up and tells the group that he’d just explained that it was an accident and that Aurora and Borealis would pay for everything. Aurora wants to know if there is any way to de-scary-fy the goggles (that are still in a lead box in Joneigh’s bag).
They work out how to get to Smokey Mountain. Joneigh and Autumn have done some research on the valley and the mountain. It looks like they need to go to Ashville, cross the valley and go up the mountain. The only problem they encounter is that Joneigh just wants to fly ahead, but tries to be patient for those without wings. Aurora keeps being over-mortified by the displays of affection between Sunny and Bori (her pet name for him). She can’t believe that she can be more mortified each time it happens.
They arrive at Ashville. Aurora was hoping for a villa to rent. Folk point them toward the village inn. Joneigh says “but we are only going across the valley and up the mountain, we don’t need the INN!”. They decide to get supplies. Joneigh is impatient. They finally start out. Aurora has her in a bubble because she keeps floating off. As they make their way past the “L” landmark and head left up the stream, Joneigh notices a projectile coming her way. She goes up and hollars back “someone is shooting at us”. Aurora shoots at it the large orange object now coming at her. The pumpkin explodes in midair, covering several ponies in pumpkingoo. They hear someone say “They hired a Pegasus bomber” “no, wait they got a unicorn” “unicorns can’t fly”. Then Autumn asks Borialis to put up a large shield over all of them. Another pumpkin flies at them, smashing on the shield. Autumn asks Jimmy what he heard about the fight. He says that it is between the Hoofields and the McColts. Autumn calls out “who’s firing at us?” No one answers and Aurora is hollering insults at them. Autumn asks if someone can stifle Aurora. They do this. “What are you two idiots doing, they have called out to you why haven’t you answered?” “We thought they were coming to git us.” Hurryup says “We aren’t revenuers!” “But what is a Pegasus doing down here?” Autumn says “she wanted to go ahead, but she stayed with us out of the goodness of her heart.” Joneigh gives Autumn the stinkeye. Soon a couple ponies come out of the woods, one of them has a contraption that looks like a small catapult strapped to his chest. Autumn explains who we are and that we are looking for information about Joneigh’s family. “Well that explains why you’re going to the mountain.” They don’t seem to like somepony named McColt. The older one says “I’m Old Rant and this here is Crazy Jim Hoofield.” “If you are just passing through, I guess we’ll let you go, but you want to stay on this side of the river.” “What’s on the other side.” “McColts!” The group says goodbye as Joneigh tugs at Aurora to get moving. Eventually, Joneigh again notices something coming at them. They are now surrounded by javelins. They are accosted by a group of what is apparently McColts. “Kindly remove your spears, we have unicorns.” All of a sudden there is a pony standing next to Hurryup. “Where did you get that thing.” She is holding the fake flashy thing. “The Heck!” says Hurryup who jumps. “Are we related?” “Are you a McColt?” “No, ahm a Whately.” “Hey, Little Sandy, this here is a cousin, she must be related to greatgreatgreat grandpa Elmer!” “I’m Devil Ann”. While the group is arguing about hanging around, Devil Ann and Hurryup have disappeared.” Now everyone is arguing with Joneigh about hanging around to find Hurryup and that we might learn stuff about her g-g-g-grandfather from them. Joneigh heaves a huge exasperated sigh and sits down in her bubble and pulls out a book. (Aside – Little Sandy is Jimmy size, Big Sandy is the smallest one here.) “Did we lose Hurryup?” someone asks; “We don’t lose Hurryup, she loses us,” sighs Joneigh. “Since you are traveling with a cousin, I spose you can come on back to the house and we can show y’all some of our books.” When they get to the McColt place, it is sad. The garden is a shambles, the stores are very empty. Autumn and Jimmy offer some of theirs. They do have a library, but mostly it is architecture and engineering books. There is a family tree. Not much there about the Owlmsteads. Elmer settled here after retiring from the military. “What do you mean you don’t know how to make a plant grow?” Joneigh has started twitching uncontrollably. Joneigh faints. Sunny checks Joneigh. Says she is stressed… they try to wake her. They force feed her a sammich. She is not happy. There is more arguing, and Joneigh heads out the door toward the mountain by wing. Aurora tries to call her back. Hurryup suggests that maybe Aurora was the only danger Joneigh had been in. “Who better to protect her from me than me.” Shucks says “Sometimes you need to just let Ms. Buckminster-Cornsyruplick do what she is gonna do.” Joneigh is following the river up the mountain.
Autumn notices that Joneigh seems to be wobbling in the air. Hurryup checks through her spyglass and sees her trailing feathers. “Do Pegasuses molt?” Jimmy says “That’s not good.” Sunny agrees. Autumn is full on running after Joneigh. The others do too, Jimmy passing her up shortly. Joneigh sees a swarm of things in the sky (like the slugs in the museum swimming through the ether). Joneigh creates some wind magic, which speeds her up, but she seems to trying to buffet the slugs. The others can now feel the wind change blow stronger. There is even some lightning. Several of the slugs go splat on her wind, but some get knocked aside. Joneigh looks as if she is falling out of the sky, then her wings flap and she keeps going. Jimmy has managed to get right below her from shear strength. They get to the top of the mountain and Joneigh is sitting atop the sign that says “Welcome to Smokey Mountain”. There are building and homes, but they look deserted, it looks like a ghost town. The group notice that she now has moth wings. Aurora tries to coax her down, but Joneigh is having none of it. So she says “Huh, that’s weird. Where are all the ponies.” And then she faints and falls off the sign. Jimmy catches her. Aurora tries to do the same and runs right into the side of Jimmy. The others check the buildings, but it still seems deserted. Hurryup opens the door, “Yup, its empty but the fireplace is ok.” Jimmy goes in and puts Joneigh on the bed. Hurryup starts rummaging around the house to see if she can find out who it belongs to. It is very dusty, nothing seems like it is rotting, so maybe only empty for a few years, rather than decades. “I think we found the place, LOOK.” She points at a picture of her g-g-g-grandpa Elmer with Barnstormer. The others have built a fire and gotten out provisions and Joneigh is sleeping in the soft bed. “So what, is she finally home (using air quotes)?” Shucks runs out of chores to do, so rummages through the house looking for books and setting them near Miss Joneigh, because she likes books. Aurora is searching the town. She doesn’t find anyone. She does find the town hall and starts looking for the post office and post-mistress. She finds the post office and calls out “Hello?” She gets a whispered “Yes” in response. “Who are you looking for… who’s mail are you looking for?” “I am looking for any pony.” “This is the post office, you are here.” “What is your name?” “I have no mail for that name, can I interest you in some stamps?” “Is there anyone in line behind you?” “No.” “We received a letter, it has been a long time since we got a letter.” Aurora sees a metal cylinder on the counter and that is where the voice is coming from. She picks it up in a field and shakes it. “Ow!” “Do you know Sir Jekyll Steel?” “Poor fellow.” “You do! How many of you are there?”” One, two, three… it is a long list, are you sure you are not Jimmy McCorn.” Jimmy comes in to the post office “I’m Jimmy.” An envelope appears on the counter in front of the cylinder. “Who would write to you HERE?” “Lets find out.” Jimmy picks up the cylinder and then the letter. The return address says Egg White, Brindleberry. Jimmy reads the letter. Aurora tries to see what is in the letter. It is encrypted. “Son of a bitch.” “Can I interest you in some stamps?” “Yes, please,” and buys some. He goes to write a note, but the ink is dry. Meanwhile, Hurryup found a secret passage back at the house. The secret room seems to be FULL of brass cylinders. There are eleven of them. She picks one up and it sloshes. “Anyone there?” “Yes, hello?” She says “Howdy.” “Are you here to take us to the beyond.” “The comic store in Canterlot? I go there all the time.” “You don’t seem like a mothkin.” “How do you know I am not in league with one?” “So the Mare in the Moon sent you?” “No, but the mare in the upstairs bedroom did?” “Gasp! You’re one of THEM.” “It doesn’t work on us.” “What doesn’t?” “The memory eraser.” “Well, no you don’t have eyes!” “We will tell you nothing more.” “I know a pawn shop… or a bunch of fillies who would love to play with a bunch cylinders!” (Cylinder Cylinder fun for a girl and boy) Suddenly, something pops and fluid start leaking out of the cylinder. Hurryup commands them to tell all. The rest of the cylinders follow the first’s lead. Hurryup starts plugging holes. Shucks has wandered down the secret passage and helps Hurryup by plugging four more. Hurryup tells Shucks that he has been doing really well today. “What are these things” asks Shucks. “Brains, ponies put their brains in these cylinders.” “Oh dear!” and Shucks hurries out to the privy. Hurry up takes the cylinders and looks around for any thing else she might need to take. There is a statue of a black alicorn with gems for eyes sitting on a pedestal behind a blood-splatter alter. “Hey brainiacs, was it your bodies that were sacrificed on this here alter. You better tell me, cause I know how to plug up the holes.” They remain silent. At the post office, the post-master-cylinder keeps trying to sell Aurora and Sunny some stamps. Sunny asks the price and buys a set. Joneigh is dreaming, whimpering a little in her sleep and her eyes are moving under the lids. “It doesn’t have legs, they don’t have legs” she murmers. Jimmy says that Egg White was letting him know that the guard ponies were leaving Brindleberry. Also, was wondering how was the group and making sure they hadn’t been kidnapped. Jimmy wrote back in detail what they were doing and that they were ok. Jimmy puts it on the counter, uses the cylinder to cancel the letter… then it ‘poof’ disappears.
When they get back to the house, they see that Hurryup has 7 cylinders. “Friends” interjects Hurryup, Aurora says “Why are you being so weird?” “Well I had to put them somewhere.” “They’re going to travel with me.” “Where are you taking them?” “To the Beyond, I am going to buy them some comics!” “What happened to their bodies?” “I think they were sacrificed on the scary alter downstairs.” So, she heads down the secret corridor. There are 4 cylinders here with a puddle of liquid around them. And the statue. And the alter with the blood. Hurryup explains how they pissed themselves to death. Aurora wants to know who extracted the brains and put them in the cylinders. Sunny tests the blood to see how long it has been there. More than 5 years and less than 10. Jimmy says he is gonna make some dinner. While they are all eating downstairs and trying to decide if they should wake Joneigh soon, Joneigh sits up in bed and says “I have MOTH wings??” They can hear that she is awake and so everyone hurries upstairs and then Aurora starts to accuse Joneigh of being in a trance and that is what caused it. There is argument and it upsets Joneigh. “I am done talking with this one, next?” When no one seems to understand that Aurora had kept her prisoner and why should she do anything she asked, she says “I smell soup!” She goes downstairs for a cup of soup and to sort some of the books Shucks found. She looks for family trees, journals, family history, etc

Episode 15 The Museum

Jimmy is back in Brindlebury, taking care of both his and Shuck’s farms. The rest of the group is still in Canterlot, some have been to WackyLand. Joneigh has notebooks full of notes from the library. There is a museum devoted to the great hero Barnstormer Penniform in Eagle Harbor just outside of Baltimare. Joneigh is dropping hints that she wants to go visit Eagle Harbor. Autumn glances at the pile of discarded picnic baskets, “We will be stopping for food and naps, right? Or I have to pack a lot more picnics. About that time a phoenix flies through the library and drops a scroll at Joneigh’s feet. It is a note from Celestia letting her know that Aurora is supposed to help her on her quest. While we are reading it, Hurryup pops out of a discarded picnic basket “that was tasty”. Aurora strides in saying that she knows about following Joneigh. They decide to clean up, pack, get tickets and send notes to the others, then get headed out in the morning. Aurora asks “Why are we going to this museum? Museums aren’t dangerous!” Joneigh is a bit frustrated with how long it is taking. Autumn offers to read to her. Joneigh just sighs. The overnight trip seems to take DAYS to Joneigh.

Joneigh and Autumn are looking at a map to see where the museum is located. Eagle Harbor is a very small town; Autumn and Joneigh chat up Clyde (ferryman aboard the Isle Royal) about the town. He knows a bit of history and shares it. Borealis and Sunny take every opportunity to make out. Aurora about wears out her mascara doing huge eye-rolls. There is always a cloud over the town and there are buildings both in the clouds and on the ground. Joneigh leads the way down the Eagle Nest Lane and around the corner to Harbor Way. When the group gets to the museum, Jimmy & Shucks are already there munching on butter-drenched ears of corn. There is a bronze statue of Barnstormer Penniform outside the museum. Sunny and Aurora go to the hayburger stand down the street. Joneigh takes a rubbing of the plaque below the statue. Joneigh is pacing in front of the museum door, waiting for everypony to finish their food.

Joneigh gives a donation at the box, as do Aurora and Autumn. Joneigh heads down a hall. Aurora misses everything because Borealis and Sunny are making out and she is doing eye-daggers at them. Hurryup notices Joneigh taking something out and putting it back into her mane, and a big painting of Barnstormer Penniform with a bunch of others including someone that looks a lot like her grandfather Noah. She takes a circuitous route to the painting, she goes by Joneigh and whispers “Good technique!” When she gets to the painting, she notices that one of the names on the plaque under the painting is Elmer Whatley. She sneaks over to Joneigh “Come check out this painting”, and zaps back. Joneigh goes back to where Hurryup is standing. She shows Hurryup the book, then puts it back.

“The exhibit I want to see is down this way”, and Joneigh heads down the hallway. There is an exhibit about Commodore Penniform’s family she wants to see. Aurora notices everyone is gone, except for Sunny and Borealis. She looks about frantically, realizing she has lost her charge already. She hurries through rooms looking and listening for Joneigh. Finally hears Jimmy telling Shucks to put something down and heads that way. She finds the group standing before a display of pictures, including one of Penniform wedding, others of Barstormer’s mother, but none of Spyglass (his father). In the wedding picture there is mother and father of the bride, and mother of the groom but his father is not there.

A docent points out a replica of a painting of Spyglass, an important business pony of Smokey Mountain Township, but it is a very young Spyglass. Joneigh goes back to look at the medals Barnstormer received. Autumn checks against a book of medals that can be awarded. There is a commemoration for making 40 kills during the war. Joneigh asks the docent if there is something about Commodore Penniform’s home town. She nods and takes them to the exhibit that mentions Smokey Mountain Township. But mostly all there is seems like a footnote to the Commodore’s life.

Jimmy is telling Shucks, “I think this is a storeroom, Shucks, I don’t think we are supposed to be back here.” Shucks has open the door and finds the docent with Hurryup, who says “Supplies!” Joneigh is still looking at the information (so little) about his life before the war. She takes the little book out of her mane, consults it and puts it in her satchel. Then pulls out her notebook and makes some notes about Spyglass and Smokey Mountain Township. She puts her sketches and rubbings in there, too. The storeroom Hurryup is in has not-currently-on-display museum stuff. Barnstormer’s scarf and goggles, some awards, weapons, and Shucks knocks over a box of letters.

Aurora is looking a bit uncomfortable, but stoic. She notices something tangled in Hurryup’s mane, it looks like pieces of jewelry (jet and gold). Aurora plucks it out with a field, it is a pair of glasses with black crystals in place of eyepieces. Joneigh trots up, looks at Autumn and over at Aurora, who looks back at her and sees a fully formed mothpony. So, Aurora puts them on ‘for just a moment’ and can see the museum and some skeletons and a mothpony. She hasn’t seen Sunny or Borealis for a while, but she sees them now in the broom closet being very busy. She can also see Flame and Bone near the Autumn skeleton. So she pulls a mirror out of her satchel to see how she looks and sees her own skeleton with glasses on and there seems to be something floating towards her that looks like a leech, a very large leech.

“Oh fuck!”, she says and hides behind Autumn (and Bone & Flame) and Joneigh. Autumn tries to grab the glasses, but knocks over a display which causes a domino affect of other artifacts. The leech is still coming right at her. She looks over the glasses and shoots at the leech. The group just notices that she has shot the wall. To Aurora it looks like the leech is stuck to the wall in horrible pain. Now she see three more leeches coming out of the ether. Sunny and Borealis both say “There’s a fight!” and head to the door of the storeroom. Joneigh can see the leeches too. She yelps when Aurora shoots the first one. Joneigh says “Take off the glasses!”. But she notices three more leeches coming up behind Aurora, unseen by her. “There are even more, take the glasses off”.

“That might be the dumbest advice I have ever heard”, Aurora says. “I can’t shoot what I can’t see.” Sunny tries to magically lift the glasses off Aurora, who stops her. One has attached itself to the back of Aurora’s head. “Oh, shit! Aurora, there is one latched to the back of your head, take off the fucking glasses, already," says Joneigh. Borealis blindly shoots at the back of Aurora’s head, hits the leech and singes her hair. She feels goo slime her head. And she removes the glasses, provisionally. Joneigh sees the leeches flailing about and one even goes through Aurora, but they seem lost. “Good, leave them off, they can’t find you.” Aurora twirls around and yells at Hurryup, “It’s your fault! What did you do!” Joneigh argues with Aurora, they should destroy them… Aurora thinks they need studying to see how they work. They end up putting them in a lead box that Joneigh has and put it back in her satchel. Aurora wants to know where the glasses came from. Hurryup explains about the storeroom and the docent and tries to look innocent. Everyone is trying to put shelves and boxes back where they belong.


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