Ghastly organist

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Ghastly organist
Monster ID 403
Locations The Haunted Ballroom: Curtains
Hit Points 70
Attack 65
Defense 55
No-Hit 120
Initiative 50
Meat 40-60
Phylum undead
Elements None
Resistance None
Monster Parts arm, head, leg, torso
Drops
opera mask
Manuel Entry
refreshedit data
ghastly organist You're fighting a ghastly organist

In the Haunted Ballroom, you approach a strange figure playing the enormous pipe organ. As you near him, he whirls to face you, and you can see why he elected to play the organ instead of some instrument that requires you to be good-looking in order to play it. Assuming that there was such an instrument, of course. Which there isn't, but still.

His hideously disfigured face is half-covered by some kind of mask, which barely fails to conceal the rictus of hatred into which his features contort as he readies himself for battle. With you. Just in case you were wondering who he was about to fight, given the overall level of awkwardness of that sentence.

Hit Message(s):

He shouts, "Sing, my angel of music!" You try to resist, but end up singing higher and higher until something snaps inside you. Ow! Argh! Ooh! Ooh! Ow! Ow!

His power over you grows stronger yet, as do the punches he lands on your <nipple>. Ouch! Ooh! Ugh! Ow! Oof! Ouch!

He plays a series of notes on the organ that cause hot steam to fire out of one of the pipes, hitting you in the <skull>. Eek! Ooh! Ow! Ouch! Argh! Ooh! (hot damage)

He takes you past the point of no return. Or, at least, past the point of returning without being hit in the <ankle>. Ooh! Ugh! Ouch! Ouch! Argh! Eek!

He plays the music of the night. Turns out, the music of the night is pretty darn spooky. Ow! Ugh! Oof! Ow! Ooh! Eek! (spooky damage)

Critical Hit Message:

He plays a loud, dissonant run on the organ. He's playing to bring down the chandelier! The chandelier crashes down on your head. And, y'know, pretty much the rest of you, too. Ooh! Eek! Oof! Ouch! Ouch! Ooh!

Miss Message(s):

He shouts, "Sing, my angel of music!" You successfully resist his command, though.

His power over you grows stronger yet, but it's still not strong enough to actually hurt you.

Hot steam bursts from the organ pipes, but you dodge it. You artful dodger, you.

He tries to take you past the point of no return, but you're not going.

He starts to play the music of the night, but you've never minded a little night music.

Fumble Message:

Instead of attacking you, he elects to sing a booming, operatic song about how he's about to attack you. His voice is curiously high, for a villain. (FUMBLE!)


After Combat

Meat.gifYou gain 40-60 Meat (average: 50, stdev: 4.47)*
Operamask.gifYou acquire an item: opera mask (20.9% chance)*
You gain 27-28 <substat>.

Occurs at The Haunted Ballroom as a choice in the Curtains adventure.

References

  • This entire adventure, including the image's file name, is a reference to Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera and several of its songs, including "The Music of the Night," "Angel of Music," and "The Point of No Return." In the story, the Phantom is a horribly disfigured and deranged man who secretly lives in the basement of an opera house to compose songs, and occasionally kills actors when the owners fail to pay him extortion money; at one point he even causes the house's chandelier to fall onto the audience.
  • The Artful Dodger is a character in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. The book was in turn made into a musical entitled Oliver!
  • "A Little Night Music" can refer to a musical and book by that title, or to the English translation of the title of Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik.