|It is a catastrophe! |
The night is young as a strange and dense fog falls upon Cruithne like a blanket. The thick haze even reaches Harena, an area that sees little to no precipitation each year. Doors are slammed shut, shops are all closed up, and the streets of Settlement One are dead. Not even the usual flock of Coracii decided to take flight tonight. All is still across the asteroid.
Suddenly, a cry for help sounds from the other side of the village, followed be several others - each one growing louder and louder. Soon, the entire population of Settlement One is screeching and yelling out, whether it is from only nostalgia or something really is happening is unknown. You know it is late, and that you should go to sleep, though your curiosity begs you to investigate. So, you finally crawl out of your soft bed, pull on a pair of shoes, and step out into the cool, brisk night.
What is that you see? Candle wax appears to be all over the town - on the street and sidewalks, on houses, and, oh, you have happened to step right into a puddle of it. You decide to touch it, and you are able to conclude it is very warm, and smells faintly of vanilla cookies. Besides the strange wax everywhere, pets and other settlers are running frantically about, some waving around a Crystal Staff. Your home street is trashed (lots of trash is caught in the wax, but you just dismiss that).
Minutes turn to an hour as you continue to look around outside, leaving a trail of warm, cookie-scented wax behind you. Suddenly, you hear something crackle behind you, and you turn around quickly to see what it is. What you see is jaw dropping. Every wax puddle is changing, morphing rather, into strange, candle-like creatures. They seem to all come alive when their wicks ignite simultaneously. In seconds you are surrounded by dozens of golden, glowing eyes and mouths. However fear does not come easily, as the yummy smell of pastries fills your nostrils, and soon your stomach makes a muffled rumble - this may not be the best time to be hungry.
As if on cue, Veles, the Armoury shopkeeper, slithers up and hacks his axe every which way, sending hardened pieces of candle wax all over the place. The strange candle monsters do not try to defend themselves, and are soon all eliminated as Veles approaches you and says, "You better come with me, and fast. These crazy things pop up like Nurros; I can destroy them however I want, but they just keep coming back!"
You take his advice and follow close behind him. Soon you both show up at his shop, and he takes you around the back. You hear him mumbling, but you can only decipher a bit of what he says. "Come with me. I have some things in my cellar if you want to help me get rid of these evil things."
Hungry for adventure, you agree to help him rid the asteroid of these new candle creatures. He opens the cellar door and enters, being completely enveloped into darkness. Suddenly, he appears in the doorway and ushers you in, "Do not just stand there! Come, come!"
You enter the pitch-black cellar, guided only by the sound of Veles' movement. Suddenly you hear him come to a stop, and he flips a switch, sending a flash of light throughout the cellar. It probably does not help that you happen to be standing directly in front of the light bulb when he flips it on.
When you regain sight, he hands two things to you. "Keep close to these, and you will live through the night." You look at what he has handed you: a Turquoise Button Shield and a ripe banana. He counters your confused look with a very serious one. He cannot be serious about this... Can he?
“We don’t have much time.” Veles continues, waving a hand and slithering further back into the cellar, rummaging for something else. You shift uncertainly on your feet, wondering what he’s looking for, and how a banana and a button shield is going to help you destroy the strange little candle creatures.
To be continued...
On a side note
It seems like Eridan was able to capture a few of these strange candle creatures, and a few more things to help get ready for Halloween!
The Wicklett, Spotted Eeek, Mischief Night Supplies, and Spooky Avatar are now available in the Marketplace! Though I would get them fast, they will not be around for very long!
Hyacinth has also created some exciting Halloween items, as well as a some delicious looking treats! Just be thankfully these do not really fly! ...That would be weird, wouldn't it?