|Locations||The Haunted Ballroom: Curtains|
|Monster Parts||arm, head, leg, torso|
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.
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 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)
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!
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.
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!)
|You gain 40-60 Meat (average: 50, stdev: 4.47)*|
|You acquire an item: opera mask (20.9% chance)*|
|You gain 27-28 <substat>.|
- 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.