February 27, 2021
The group follows Aurora and Ash toward the organ music (and the tower?). Aura finds a weird doorway in a hall on the 3rd floor, the padlock is dangling and the door is open. There are hoofprints on the stairs leading up. When Aura gets to the top, there is a huge organ there, three tiers of keys and there are lots of hoofpads… and they are all playing themselves. There are bloodstains on a bunch of the keys, and they notice that only the stained keys are playing. They then notice that Hurryup is standing there, she got there before anyone… musta been her that made the hoofprints on the steps. Aura waves her hoof thought the area where someone playing the organ would be sitting. That causes a ghostly image to appear there. “Yeah, we are ultimately looking for Pickmane, right”, says Autumn. “But he was at hospital, but the police said he died.” Joneigh reminds her. They search about and someone asks if the ghost is Pickmane. Joneigh replies that she’d never seen that pony before. “That’s because we’ve never been introduced”, says the ghost. Autumn introduces herself and asks what they should call him. “I’m Homebody Ravenstone”. They aske why he is here; he’d been moved and no one even said excuse me. They ask where he was when disturbed; his crypt in the basement. They offer to put his bones back and would he like to come with them. But if I go with and you put them back, I won’t to be able to play the music and I miss the music. Maybe if ALL of my bones don’t go back, I can remain. He reaches up and pulls a stop. A panel slides aside and there are stairs there leading down and grabbing a cobwebby candelabra he leads the way. Pulling out her own candle, Autumn follows the glow going down the narrow, tight, dark stairs, the others follow along.
At the bottom of the stairs is an iron door. Mr. Ravenstone is twisting a ghostly key in the lock but nothing is happening “I was sure that was the right key”. Autumn asks Hurryup if she can help with her lockpicks. She does and the door sqeeeeeeeks open. Before them is a square room with moss covered floor, there are plaques on the walls and some moss is clinging to them as well. There is what looks like a cloud of mist in one far corner. Autumn addresses it, “Hello, are you a ghost too?” Aura pushes Autumn aside as she was asking Mr. Ravenstone if that is another ghost; no. The others follow into the room and as they move forward they can see the open crypt at the mist and a pile of bones under it. “Oh that is right, I am supposed to guard the door at the back of my grave!” Autumn asks permission to go through. Joneigh examines the area (and bones) around the crypt. She sees Autumn’s prints, but the moss is growing back so fast she can almost see it. The bones look like they were just kicked out of the crypt, but there isn’t any intentional damage. Aura comes forward and heads into the crypt ahead of Autumn (after Ash says that someone with a weapon should go firts). Aura’s mane n coat work like a pipe cleaner to get dead pony, old bugs and dust all over. She pops into the next room. The floor is made of metal, there are rings hanging from the walls with chains hanging from them and in the center, is an open hatch. Sitting next to the hatch, is a pony, splattered with glitter… holding what looks like a fishing pole with the line going down into the hatch. Joneigh sees that it is Mr. Pickmane! “Autumn look it is Walter!” She asks him what he is fishing for; he ignores her. Joneigh goes to the hatch, looks in and asks him “What’s biting?” Walter ignores her. Autumn tries again, but there is a jerk on his line and his tries to reel, and pull it in, but it is fighting him. “Just a sec” he says. Autumn offers help, but doesn’t seem to be doing much. Joneigh tries, but doesn’t do much either. She grumps a bit and watches Walter struggle. Something is coming up out of the hole fighting to get out with all eight of its legs and when it is out, Walter spins and kicks it in its head, which flies off and stuffs the body back in the hatch. He grabs the head, opens a panel in the floor and drops it in with a bunch more spider heads. Joneigh asks Autumn when they went to sleep….? Autumn asks Jimmy if this is normal for fishing. Aura posits that fishing isn’t normal. Jimmy suggest that it isn’t. Walter puts his line back in the hole. Jimmy sits by Walter and says “So they’re biting?” “Just the junkers so far” Walter replies. “But they aren’t good for anything so I throw them back, cept the heads.” Jimmy asks what he is gonna do with the big one… mount it? “No, gonna feed it”, Walter says. Joneigh says ‘To what?” Walter says, “Oh no no no, I am gonna feed myself to it!” Joneigh asks why he’d do that. “The voices say that then I won’t be able to hear them anymore”. Ash has been repositioning himself to find a way to blow Walter’s head off without hitting one of the party. Autumn is suggesting he wouldn’t be able to hear anyone or anything else, is that what he wants. Aura is trying to figure if Walter is alive, and if so, is he still Walter. What she sees inside the body of what looks like Walter, is about two dozen darkites surrounding a pony that looks like the body. Autumn asks Joneigh if there is something she has read that could get the darkites out w/o harming him. Jimmy suggests DARKites might not like light. Joneigh calls for Sunglasses All! And waits for Sunny & Aurora to do their thing. There is lots of bright light and Aura calls out “Ready that Boomstick, here they come!”. Then there is a lot of Ka-BOOMs. As the light fades, the room is full of gunsmoke and everything (walls, floors, ponies) are covered in glitter. Ash is spinning around in the room to see if he missed one. Jimmy lifts his welding visit and says “That’ll do”. Walters say “Oh, it is so much quieter now”, and faints. Aura checks him again, and says she thinks he is alright. Joneigh notices that there is a scitching noise coming from the panel next to the hatch. \Bone appears standing on the panel and Autumn is suddenly back by the crypt. Ash asks if Sunny can burn inside something if she can’t see inside. She says sure and does it. Now there is smoke coming from under Bone. As the sounds have stopped, Bone moves off the panel. Jimmy looks down the hatchhole to be sure nothing escaped down it. Something is moving around down there, but it is an awfully long way down. Joneigh suggests they close and seal the hatch. As she makes the suggestion, Aura drops a glowy flare thing downs the hole and then looks down after it. There are thousands of those gray spiders down there. “Close it close it seal it shut!!!!” says Aura. Sunny focuses her fire at the hatch and welds it shut. They gather up Walter and head back to the crypt opening, which is much larger now that Jimmy has passed through it. Once they are all through, Joneigh starts to place the bones back in the crypt. Autumn forstalls her and asks Mr. Ravenstone if he is ready to go back. Autumn draws an organ for Mr. Ravenstone to go in with him. Then they will repair the panel and maybe that will help him remember how to guard the door. Does Mr. Raenstone think that will work? There is ghostly music coming from behind the crypt panel, now; so they assume yes it does.
They take Walter back to Ashes caravan, so he can be in a bed. They take the caravan to Whinnys and park it outside (3 spaces)… they are all sitting staring at the menus. Later, when Walter wakes and the group works out a story with him that he pushed back against the dungeon monsters that had broken through to our world and that caused lots of mess everywhere. He is hero. The group then takes him to Inspector Barnaby and helps him explain to the authorities.