It seems Ichabod Crane won’t be investigating Sleepy Hollow on this fateful night. Instead, young Aeronn has wandered to the edge of this quiet town, perhaps to see if the mysteries surrounding so many unexplained deaths can be solved by her quick wit and meticulous eye. She may have found more than she bargained for, however. This bridge harbors more than a thick blanket of ominous fog.
Because you see, from the depths of that deep sea of smoke rides forth an apparition of terror. Atop a flaming steed, leather reins clinched between tightly wound fingers, rides a being who is not man but monster. In his grip a jack-0-lantern grins, unholy fires lapping against the never singed flesh. His horse rears upon its hind hooves and yells into the night as the moon leers from behind the beams of the covered bridge, illuminating the demon’s shoulders and the pulsing, bleeding stump of a neck.
The stars quiver and cower behind billowing blankets of clouds as the sounds of hooves beat against the cold earth. There’s a shrill scream that echoes throughout all of Tarry Town, birds scattering from their rooftop roosts as they sense the danger below. Then, just as suddenly, the air turns stale and beautiful Aeronn finds herself alone in the dull, murky light. Longing for the safety of the town, she slowly walks towards the old bridge that rests upon the river like the barge of Charon himself. With a heavy lump in her chest she stops right before the first weathered plank and leans into the darkness. Her eyes widen in disbelief, and behind her, a bright glow drowns the forest canopy in crimson.
I’d like to offer a special thanks Aeronn for letting me use the image I took of her. I was shooting in Innsmouth and she just happened to be stumble upon me so I took a shot to capture the moment. It was a pleasure meeting you Aeronn and I hope you enjoy the image! It was a fun adventure!
Also, you’ll need to make your own flaming pumpkin head since I can’t find one on the marketplace that was both flaming and mod/copy so that I could add a pose animation. All you need to do is find a mod/copy jack-o-lantern (I included the one I used in the style card) and then find yourself a fire script. I used one that I already had but you can find one with a great texture on the SL marketplace. Just drop that script and texture into your mod/copy jack-o-lantern and you’re good to go. You may need to tweak the script a little but it shouldn’t be too difficult. If you want a pose animation (on priority 4) you can also add that into your pumpkin along with the appropriate animation script. I’ll try to get a step-by-step tutorial for this sort of thing since it’s also good for all of those purses so many women have in their inventories. Until then, feel free to message me in-world if you’re having any problems creating your jack-o-lantern head. Happy haunting!
Style Card: Headless Terror
Coat: Zenith: Marquis Vladimir (Black/Grey)
Pants: AITUI: Reborn Slacks – Low Rise [Onyx]
Cloak: Ookami Ningen: Remains of the Night Cloak
Boots: The Abyss: M_Latex_Boots
Severed Head: KAZ: Halloween Sculpted Neck Amputation with Bones
Gloves: 1st Act: Salute Gloves in Charcoal
Jack-o-lantern: Escapades: Halloween Pumpkin Pack (modified heavily)
Horse: BareRose: Black Horse