The Moon in the Dark

Long ago, the Monsters and Humans fought a great war. The Monsters lost, and were sealed in the Underground. It would take the power of seven human souls to break the barrier that kept them imprisoned. They only had six. And so the Monsters waited and hoped, praying that another human would find their way to the Underground. Some thought the seventh soul would give their King the strength to break the barrier. Some dreamed of a human who would be their friend, and save them all...or had nightmares of one who would bring back the war.
...but nobody came.
...but somepony did.
Eons after the war, with no way to tell how much time had passed above, a tiny blue filly with wings and horn fell into the underground, calling for her Mama. None knew the poor creature's nature or origins...but her soul was powerful with magic, even more so than a human soul.
None can know what will come...of this little 'Woona'.


14. Bare Bone Puzzles

After hopping out of Sans hood, Woona waved bye to him before continuing to the next forested section of the snowy cliffs she found herself clambering across.  There she found Sans and Papyrus waiting for her on the opposite side of a flattened field of snow, where a piece of paper lay.  She blinked in surprise, spinning around to where she'd just left Sans, wondering how he could have gotten ahead of her so fast.

He does that, Chara informed her blandly.  Get used to it.

How do you know so much anyway? Woona demanded, confused.

Because someone who's dealt with them all in many ways before often came to my grave to complain about them, Chara replied.  He didn't need to use the door.

Before Woona could inquire of him further, Papyrus started speaking in his enthusiastic voice.  "HUMAN!!!  I HOPE YOU'RE READY FOR..."  He paused, seeming surprised by something.  "SANS!!  WHERE'S THE PUZZLE?!!"

"it's right there," Sans replied reasonably.  "on the ground.  trust me, there's no way she can get past this one."

"Challenge accepted!" Woona proclaimed, rushing forward to pick up the paper.  She discovered it was a Word Search.  While not exactly difficult normally, it was written in monster runes, which she wasn't fluent with when reading backwards, so she once more was forced to fall back on careful decoding...only to pause as she got to a certain word.  "This puzzle's rigged!" she proclaimed angrily.  "There's no correct solution for 'giasfclfebrehber'!"  She blinked, stunned.  "How the hay did I just pronounce that?"

"see?" Sans stated proudly.  "told you she couldn't get past it!"


"That'd be cheating!" Woona complained.

Alternatively you could change the 'U' in the top row to an 'E', Chara offered.  Since all puzzles are required to have proper solutions, and that 'U' isn't used in any word, you can claim it's correcting a typo caused by printing error.

Woona blinked for a time.  "Oh yeah..."  Picking up the pencil, she made the correction.  "Finished!" she proclaimed happily, walking up to the pair.

"whoops," Sans admitted sheepishly.  "i knew i should have used today's crossword instead."

"BAH!" Papyrus dismissed the assertion, pausing only momentarily in confusion over Sans and Woona bursting into laughter.  "CROSSWORD!?  I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU SAID THAT!  IN MY OPINION, JUNIOR JUMBLE IS EASILY THE HARDEST!"

"what?" Sans demanded, shocked.  "really, dude?  that easy peasy word scramble?  that's for baby bones."


"I prefer crosswords," Woona replied readily.  "At least then the letters are in word order."

"HA!  HA!  YES!!" Papyrus crowed happily.  "YOU MUST BE VERY SMART, HUMAN, AND ALL HUMANS IF YOU ARE A TYPICAL EXAMPLE OF HUMANITY!  NYEH HEH HEH!"  With that triumphant laugh, he dashed away.

Sans chuckled happily.  "thanks for doing so much to make my brother happy," he told Woona.  "but you really find crosswords easier than junior jumble?"

"I'm still learning to read monster runes," Woona explained.  "It's easier to translate them in my head forward or down than up, sideways, and diagonal."

Sans rubbed his chin.  "huh.  hadn't thought about that."  He chuckled.  "then again, yesterday pap got stumped trying to 'solve' the horoscope."

Giggling, Woona made her way on.  There, she found another table near a mouse hole.  On the table was a plate of delicious looking but ice cold spaghetti.  On another table nearby was a microwave.  A note sat nearby, revealing to Woona that this was a 'trap' for her set by Papyrus...which would have been more effective if the pasta were still hot.

As she moved to the next area, she entered a FIGHT with a dog in armor, walking on its hind legs, and holding a sword and shield.  The name above its health bar identified it as a 'Lesser Dog'.  Woona eagerly hopped to its shoulder to pet it, making it all the more excited as its head lifted upward...its neck extending?

Grinning eagerly, Woona sat on the Lesser Dog's head and vigorously pet him, shooting upward into the sky as she giggled.

She rode the Lesser Dog's head into the sky...and eventually back down to ground level, on the other side of a set of spikes that had blocked her path.  As the FIGHT lines dissolved, the Lesser Dog returned to normal and barked happily, dashing off after giving her some gold.

On the other side of the spikes, she encountered a pair of dogs that smelled the Lesser Dog all over her, deeming her not a threat...but Woona decided to pet them anyway to befriend them.  They seemed to be amazed that dogs could pet other dogs.

The next puzzle she came across involved pressure switches under blue 'X's on the ground, which the sign said she was to turn into red 'O's by stepping on them before stepping on the switch.  She knew she'd have to throw the switch with her magic, but she decided to attempt the pressure switch...only to find she didn't weigh enough to trigger it.  "...SANS!" she called out.

"did you need something?" Sans asked from right behind her.

She let out a startled yelp as she leapt into the air, only to land in Sans' arms.  "...I don't weigh enough to trigger the pressure switches..."

Grinning, Sans set her down on the pressure switch.  He then slipped a bone into the pocket of the apron she was wearing as a cape.  The 'X' turned into an 'O'.

Woona gasped happily.  "Thank you, Sans!" She squealed, levitating herself up to kiss him on the cheek.  She raced around to turn the other X into an O before activating the switch.

Rushing forward, she found a stunned Papyrus on the opposite side of the spikes she'd just lowered.  "WHAT?" he demanded, stunned.  "HOW DID YOU AVOID MY TRAP?"

"The spaghetti had gone cold and inedible, and it was stuck to the table so I couldn't get it into the microwave...which was unplugged so it couldn't reheat it anyway," Woona explained succinctly.


"With fresh made pasghetti?" Woona asked eagerly.  "It looked delicious, and it was torture that I couldn't eat it..."


"so a normal size plate then?" Sans joked.

"NYEH!" Papyrus sneered back playfully as he dashed off.

Woona eagerly pursued, the mental image of so much delicious pasta awaiting her filling her mouth with drool, and her soul with DETERMINATION.

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