The Legend of Count Von Roo
This is a tale never heard until now. It is a dark tale,
a tale that would make the very bravest Grarrl chill to the bone. This is the
tale of Count Von Roo.
It may seem crazy to you that Von Roo once was
an ordinary yellow Blumaroo who spent his days bouncing along the streets of
Meridell. Of course, he was called Roo back then, and lived a happy, joyful
life. It's unbelievable but true - the Count did used to be an ordinary Neopet,
until one day when he was having a history lesson at Neoschool.
Roo's teacher, Mr Creak (an extremely old Scorchio,
who spent much of his day recounting his days as a Blacksmith in Meridell, making
swords for the young soldiers), was telling all the students about the Haunted
Woods. Roo found this fascinating; hearing about the monsters that were said
to roam there. He knew that many Neopets visited the Haunted Woods and came
back alive, but his mother told him it was far too dangerous. However, as Mr
Creak described in further detail the myths and legends that surrounded legends
that surrounded the area, Roo became enthralled.
"Mr Creak?" He asked, raising his paw.
"Yes, Roo, you have a question?" the Scorchio
answered, turning to face the young Blumaroo.
"Er…yes…are there any vampires in the Haunted
Woods?" Roo asked, a grin spreading across his eager face. He had read many
books actually written in and about the Haunted Woods, and had grown fascinated
with the idea of vampires and werelupes. The old Scorchio could see the glimmer
of hope in his eye, and decided to play along.
"Why of course there are vampires, Roo!" he replied,
chuckling. "Oh yes and werelupes and all kinds of monstrous creatures. There
was once a tale that a Paint Brush was created in order to try and take over
Neopia…this Paint Brush would change the Neopet into a form so evil, and so
sinister that it would be banished by its own kind and be doomed to wander the
Mr Creak smiled when he saw the look of complete
wonder in Roo's face.
"Is this true? There really is a….a Halloween
Paint Brush?" Roo asked in awe of his teacher's words.
"Oh yes, Roo, there is. Only, it is so rare and
so powerful that no one knows how to obtain it…It is said that only a being
who has been painted with the Paint Brush has the power to give them to other
pets. However, they do not do this out of generosity, oh no, they are trying
to build up an army of the undead!" And with this, Mr Creak chuckled and continued
with his lesson, not realising the effect that he had on Roo.
That night, Roo dreamt of the Haunted Woods.
The image of the Paint Brush and the pets that it created were constantly in
his head, as if a power greater than he was taking over his mind. He barely
slept, and spent the next day drawing pictures of the Halloween Neopets he'd
seen in his dreams instead of listening to Mr Creak.
This went on for months, with Roo having the
same dreams night after night. He even began to have daydreams containing the
same Halloween-style images. He found he couldn't concentrate both at school
and at home, and his mother began to worry.
"Roo," she said one evening, while Roo was silently
eating his dinner. "I'm worried about you, darling; you've gone very quiet lately
and you seem very distracted. Is there something wrong?"
"No." Roo answered bluntly, and left the table.
He had too much on his mind at the moment to bother with talking to his mother.
The Haunted Woods had been playing on his mind for too long, and he just had
to go there. Roo gathered all his belongings that he thought he'd need (including
his tooth brush, drawings and books about vampires) and sneaked out of the back
door while his mother wasn't looking.
Roo expected the Haunted Woods to be an incredible,
magical place where he could have all kinds of fun adventures, but when he got
there he soon changed his mind. The whole world was dark, and extremely quiet.
The silence was quite frightening, and Roo felt very uneasy. However, under
all his fear he felt a strange feeling of well-being, as if all his life he
should have been here and had now finally returned. He took a deep breath and
entered the woods to explore.
Roo couldn't see any other Neopets around him,
and could only hear a faint scurrying in the distance. His fear soon changed
to excitement, and he enjoyed being in such sinister surroundings. After a while,
he began to wonder if the creatures he had dreamt about even existed, and as
it soon became very cold, he sheltered in a nearby cave. Once again, Roo's dreams
were disturbed by all kinds of dark images, which gave him a very restless night.
During one of his most life-like dreams, he thought he remembered wandering
through the haunted woods and seeing a dark figure fly through the night sky.
In the morning, Roo found that it was still dark
outside (he guessed that in the Haunted Woods it was always dark), and he decided
to rest for a little while longer. He spent most of the day drawing more of
his sketches, this time focusing on the figure he had seen in his dreams. As
the evening drew closer, the cave became shrouded in darkness and Roo could
not even see own his paws in front of his eyes. He thought he could hear a faint
whistle, as if someone was beckoning him outside, and it kept him awake all
through the night. At around midnight, Roo felt he could take it no more, and
was drawn to the noise he could still hear coming from outside.
As he stepped through the opening of the cave,
he gasped in amazement. In front of him were several of the horrid creatures
he had sketched and dreamt about, but it was the thing they were holding that
drew his attention closer - one of them was clutching a Halloween Paint Brush.
What seemed to have once been a Cybunny grinned evilly and spoke to Roo.
"So you finally decided to turn up, Roo?" he
asked, and a few of the other Neopets cackled around him. "We've been waiting
ever so long for you…" Roo didn't understand this, and simply stood in awe of
what he could see. "You see," the Cybunny continued, "A while ago we sensed
a Neopet whose heart was becoming darker by the day, and since we have tried
to bring you here. Usually our dreams take effect a lot quicker than this, but
I can sense you'll be worth the wait…"
"What are you talking abo….." Roo couldn't continue
his sentence. The Cybunny's eyes somehow lulled him into a state of numbness,
and he found he couldn't speak. He continued to stare at the Paint Brush.
"You want this, don't you, Roo?" the Cybunny
grinned, and held up the 'Brush. "Ah yes, I knew you would. You will be a powerful
asset to our horde. Your heart is already black, and now, using this Paint Brush,
you will join us."
Roo slowly began to come round and realize what
was going on. Surely this wasn't really happening? He shook his head, trying
to wake himself up from this nightmare. It couldn't be true, they can't have
been creating those dreams in his head…this must be just another dream…
"It's not a dream, Roo," the Cybunny said, as
if reading the Blumaroo's mind. "This is all real, and you have to accept that.
We want you to join us, to be one of us…"
Roo took a good look at who he was talking to.
They seemed hollow, as if they only just existed. He could see the evil that
dwelt within them, and soon made up his mind.
"No!" He yelled, "I won't!" At first Roo thought
he had got through to the Cybunny, until he saw the evil grin that spread across
"I've been watching you, Roo. I see you looking
at this," he said, holding up the Paint Brush and smirking. "I can see the desire
in your eyes, I can feel it. You have the same fire in your eyes as every other
Neopet that has entered the Haunted Woods. You want it, and you know it. You
might think you don't want to join us, but deep down you won't be able to control
it. You will be one of us soon enough. The magic of the Paint Brush has already
taken hold of you, and no one can escape it. You'll be ours soon enough."
And with this the Cybunny spread his large, black
wings and took off into the night sky. The other creatures followed, looking
stronger than any Neopet Roo had ever seen. Roo looked down at the ground and
there it was, glowing with a faint, orange light; the Halloween Paint Brush.
At first Roo thought he could resist it, that
he could control the desire that the Cybunny had described. However, he found
himself constantly glancing at the item lying on the ground. He tried not to,
but found himself picking it up and holding it. He admired the beautifully crafted
wooden handle, and imagined all the wondrous things that such a magical item
could do. Eventually Roo could take it no more, and brought the end of the Paint
Brush close to him. As the bristles touched his fur, he felt the dark power
of the Brush take over. He could feel the evil pulsing through his veins and
felt his body begin to take shape. His teeth grew longer and pointed, and he
felt strong, black wings sprout from his back. He felt like he was no longer
of this world, he felt powerful, like nothing in the whole of Neopia could hurt
However, Roo's mind was also transformed. He
felt bitter and angry at the rest of the world, especially the creatures that
had made him like this. He despised what he had become, and knew that no one
would ever love him again. He then decided that if no one would love him, he
would make them FEAR him.
Much to their disgust, Roo did not join forces
with the other evil beings. He preferred to live alone in his private castle
in the Haunted Woods, where he would destroy anyone who approached. He spent
the rest of his days preying on innocent victims in order to quench his insatiable
thirst for fresh Neopet blood. He was feared throughout Neopia, and henceforth
was known as…Count Von Roo.