Tony hobbled into the fake graveyard with pain in his body and murder on his mind. The monsters that killed that little girl… everyone seemed little compared to the massive ex-boxer… was going to pay in blood. “Come on, he said,” and led the way down the steps through the fake graveyard into the smugglers tunnels. Rumor had it that the pirate Jean Lafitte was responsible for these maze-like catacombs beneath the Big Easy.
Tony easily followed the blood trail around a bend. He felt like he was back at the Garden, walking those back halls toward the screaming fans and the bright light…
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Inside, the gumshoes see a traffic jam of smashed bumper cars, like stepping stones in a stream, leading across the dirt floor to a cropping of rocks, where a gaggle of False Faces feast on still living captured teenagers who’d snuck into the closed amusement park for a cheap thrill. They’re all missing parts of their limbs, chewed to the bone. Several have bled themselves to a coma. Others cry in agony, resigned to their horrid fate, legs broken by large rocks.
Nicky runs in first. He raises his shotgun and fires. He doesn’t see the nosferatu rising from the dirt floor behind him, claws extended, foul saliva spilling from its maw.
Tony runs past and begins wailing on the False Faces. Father Ryan moves in next to Nicky, baseball bat swinging away. Back in the corridor, Antonio slaps the apple tattoo on his ass, summoning a very eager Hungry Jim. Antonio powers up his bolt and sends a monster streak that knocks the digger nosferatu off its feet. Father Ryan smashes the foul creature with his baseball bat, dealing more than enough damage to send such an imp of Satan back to the pit. This was no ordinary creature, Father Ryan realized. This type of undead could only be taken out by a good blow to the heart, whether by stake or by bullet.
Claude runs up and jabs the ferris wheel lynch pin into the creature’s heart. The beast instantly turns to ash. Another vampire pops up behind Tony, trapping him between itself and the remaining False Faces.
After coordinated attacks, the nosferatu and False Faces are whittled away. In the end, Tony drags a dying False Face across the dirt floor as bait, hoping to lure any remaining nosferatu. “Vampire! Come out and play!” he playfully calls.
The gumshoes rescue one teenage girl, missing a leg and part of an arm. She asks about her brother Quinn and friend Favor, who managed to escape the False Faces, leading them on a chase throughout the dungeon. The girl, Teresa Keogh, was unable to escape. Father Ryan vows to find her brother and friend, and Tony leads the way back into the corridor.
The group explores the other chamber on this level of the dungeon complex and finds a bone room. Passing through the arch, they find an entire chamber filled with the skeletal remains of the False Faces’ victims. Shreds of identifying clothing, wallets and purses just out from the jagged, gnawed-on bones. There are three five foot high piles of darkened bones that rise above the rest. Every now and again, they hear squeaking and see tails dart from between the bones of shattered rib cages.
Father Ryan identifies the arcane cloud as a passageway from Hell, what Native Americans call the “Hunting Grounds.” He announces that he’ll need to consult with his mentors to determine a way to destroy the passageway through which the horrors are born. Nicky’s tasked to seal up the bone room’s doorway until they can return.
They descend the stairs and find a narrow corridor filled with balloons. Tony wades through them and pops one. Antonio crouches and sees clown shoes behind Tony. “Behind you!” he shouts, and the balloons start bouncing around as claws and fists whirl in a violent clash. Claude takes swigs from his flash and spits it in the air, then ignites the booze with his lighter. Large amounts of balloons burst.
Tony picks up the last of the three False Faces and smashes its head through the stone wall. Letting the body drop, he turns to see a chamber behind him. The investigators find the room bathed in a other-worldly light coming from odd crystals surrounding a gigantic haunting statue that Tony dedicates his remaining energy to destroying. The others find a ladder and human-sized footprints heading toward the ladder… clown foot prints in pursuit.
The group ascends the ladder and finds themselves in the shadow of the Wild Maus Roller Coaster. They see two dozen False Faces scaling the scaffolding of the roller coaster, racing to the pinnacle where two children clutch the tattered Confederate flag for stability seventy feet off the cement. On the far side of the roller coaster, the palm trees sway and snap like twigs as hairy spider legs the size of lamp posts emerge from the tropical setting. Shortly behind the legs, the gumshoes see the head of the angriest clown they’ve ever seen, teeth chomping, spittle flying.
Nicky pulls out his tool belt and sets to work on the roller coaster controls. Soon, the chains are moving, and the lights begin to flash. The group, except Antonio and Nicky, piles into the coaster cars, melee weapons ready to whack at any False Faces within reach. As they round the first bend, Tony smashes one in the face and sends it flying away from the track. Its head smashes on the cement below. As the Maus cars zip along a series of hills, False Faces reach out from above but barely manage to touch the investigators. The coaster takes a sharp turn before ascending toward the peak. A pack of False Faces extend their arms, hoping to knock the gumshoes out of the cars. Claude suffers a massive impact to his ribs, and he hollers out in pain.
On the ground, Nicky struggles to adjust the settings to give his friends the advantage. Then, he breaks one critical wire…
An exhausted Portuguese sailor, Antonio, summons the last of his reserve to blast the King Clown-Spider, crippling one of its legs. He switches to his gun and fires round after round. One such round sends a jolt of energy throughout the scaffold, sending all the remaining False Faces falling to a hard and fatal landing.
…Nicky busted the red wire in the coaster controls, then looked up to see his companions, now with the two kids inside the coaster cars, start to roll backwards then gain speed as they rode the coaster backwards. The kids started screaming.
The giant spider-clown glowered at Antonio. Its face rippled and then formed a grotesque caricature of Antonio’s own facial features. The creature lunged forward, capturing the Portuguese tattooed man in its maw and bit down hard.
The roller coaster charged across track directly over the spider-clown’s head. The ferris wheel lynch pin, heated by Claude’s lighter, held in Tony’s strong hands, was driven through the spider-clown’s back. It hollered in agony as Father Ryan swung his baseball bat, driving the steel rod deeper into the creature’s abdomen, rupturing its heart.
The beast collapsed.