An assortment of SCUL and rogue star pilots, ten in total converged on the launchpad just outside the airlock of Fort Union. Among them, Legehammer was disguised as a gorilla, Boomer dressed as Michael Myers, and Civitron was Benjamin Franklinstein. Starfire, adorned with a storm cloud and kite was positively electrifying. The fleet was even graced by a visit from the local New Bedford Ghostbusters to make sure our mission wasn't cursed by nefarious necromancers, ghouls, spooks, specters, or ghosts! Soon, it was time to launch and declare the mission alive... IT'S ALIVE!!!
Our first destination along our spooky sightseeing tour was the haunted shores of Palmer's Island in Sector 02744. From our vantage point across the cosmic chasm of ectoplasmic nebula we saw a lighthouse, the subject of our first tale.
Palmer's Island Lighthouse:
The island was named for William Palmer, an original settler of Old Dartmouth Following a petition by local sea captains, the lighthouse was built to safely guide ships into and out of the harbor. Over the years, the island was used for many things. It was even home to an amusement park, but during the Hurricane of 1938 everything was destroyed but the lighthouse. When the hurricane hit, lighthouse keeper Arthur Small left his wife and set out to light the lamps. From her vantage point, she watched as he was washed away by ocean waves. She tried to take a rowboat out to save him. Instead, he watched in horror as a massive wave struck, destroying everything on the island and her along with it. The only thing that remained was the lighthouse. It's believed that her spirit still walks the island to this very day.
After our shore leave, we set off in search of our second destination, the haunted halls of Orpheum Theater. However, some heavy ST activity impeded our path and forced us to change course and jump to our third destination, the lunar Petro Mart for snacks. Unfortunately, we quickly realized that our crew was down by one pilot. Legehamemer was lost to the deep dark depths of space. Was he a victim of some ghastly apparition? Only time will tell. At any rate, a search party was deployed with instructions to rendezvous at our fourth destination, Griffin Street Cemetery.
Griffin Street Cemetery:
Established in 1804, Griffin Street Cemetery is the oldest surviving cemetery inside the New Bedford system. Within it’s stone-walled grounds, one will find 230 headstones, carved from skate, marble, and granite, but a significant number of graves remain unmarked and some just lost to the timefall. It’s said that if you stand in the center of this garden of remembrance at midnight listen closely. You may hear the song of those forgotten souls.
As we meditated on our morbid surroundings, our lost pilots returned along with the familiar “MRAOWW! MRAOWW!” of the EKTO-84’s siren. Our ghost-busting friends popped back into frame to wish us a successful mission. We look forward to flying with them again, soon!
Once again, it was time to shovel off and to head to our final destination, the Zeiterion Theater, but the area was absolutely swarming with ST and Responders. So, we decided to circle the dNB, spreading joy and Hallowheels cheer throughout the quadrant before flying home for spooky movie fun!