History "The Harrowing"
Bunny Benedict was the unknowing guardian of the goddess, Morte Mamme
, for decades. Based out of Joplin City, Missouri, Benedict lived an uneventful life as the curator of the Legs Benedict Egg Museum, which was in actually a facade built upon the tomb of Morte Mamme to protect the celestial being from wrongdoers. Born male, Bunny chose to live as a woman at some point during her past, however lives in relative isolation, with very little contact with the outside world. One day, Morte Mamme discovered that by allowing the maggots in her crypt to feast upon her flesh, they could shed their skin, and take flight. Upon doing so, the goddess caused an earthquake, which allowed the insects their freedom to the outside world. Morte Mamme hoped that she could summon seven Harrowers
to free her from her imprisonment by her brother, Leviathan. Startled by the earthquake, Bunny decided to examine any damage done to the Egg Museum, locating a fissure in the earth that threatened to destroy the dome. She swatted at the flies created by the goddess, unaware of their true nature.
Benedict developed an almost precognitive sense that she would be receiving company, soon, and went about preparing her property for her visitors. However, days would pass before the goddess's soldiers would make their way to her location, and Bunny began to think she was mistaken. Later, much to the old woman's surprise, seven strangers would arrive at the Egg Museum, all drawn to it by the goddess beckoning to them. Unbeknownst to the strangers at this time, they would soon become the army assembled to free the goddess from her tomb, and combat her brother's evil legion of Cenobites
. The visitors included tattoo artist Ron Ringwood
, death row inmate Vera Wyshak
, animal shelter employee Winston Gage
, English travelers Lucinda and Lavinia Claire
, former university professor Dublin Morse, and telephone company employee Marty Sevenbirds
. Benedict explained to the group that the museum was built atop an ancient, oval-shaped crypt, and that it was her responsibility to defend the crypt as part of a pact her family made with the Indians generations before. She then proceeded to give her guests a tour of the museum.
Morte Mamme caused yet another earthquake, causing the fissure in the earth
to split wide open, revealing a stairwell that descended into darkness. Bunny was injured during the quake, and the group decided that it was best that she remained topside while they investigated the stairwell. After grabbing a pair of lanterns, they venture downwards, and soon discover a granite rock covering a chamber doorway. They use their collective strength to move the rock blocking the entrance, and discover the bodies of six other people that have been dead for quite some time, in addition to Morte Mamme's prison. A message on the seal reads: "Sex Liberabit, Si Aenigma Explicata Erit" (Six shall release if the puzzle is solved) They determine that they must stand in front of the seal, and speak the Latin phrases directly in front of them. After doing so, they enter six individual chambers, and the room begins to spin. The goddess Morte Mamme appears before the group, and informs them they have been chosen to serve as her Harrowers, blessed warriors against evil demons known as Cenobites that were created by Leviathan. The goddess tells them that the bodies of the six fallen in the chamber were once her Harrowers, killed when her brother tricked them. She arms each member of the group with a weapon charged with her life-force.
Weapons Of Morte Mamme
- Ron Ringwood - Short Sword
- Vera Wyshak - Boomerang
- Lucinda and Lavinia Claire - Lasso
- Winston Gage - Battle Axe
- Marty Sevenbirds - Long Sword
- Dublin Morse - Dagger
Morte Mamme then tells the group that they will follow in the footsteps of their predecessors. The goddess warns the Harrowers that by summoning her, Leviathan has sent six Cenobites to stop the group. She tells the team that she has blessed them each with special abilties, and as the Harrowers return to the surface, Winston is overcome by a strange vision that troubles him. He realizes that he is actually seeing through the eyes of the kitten, Zinc. He sees the kitten snatched by Merkova
, a hideous Cenobite with a horse's skull sutured to her face, along with the remaining demons sent to stop the team. Bunny hangs from the ceiling by hook chains. Gage switches places
with Zinc, appearing before the Cenobites, while the kitten is teleported to the stairwell leading to the goddess's prison. Winston responds to Merkova's threat of turning Zinc's intestines into a bracelet by chopping her arms off with his battle axe. The other Harrowers join up with their friend back at the museum, and attack the Cenobites with the weapons bestowed upon them by Morte Mamme.
Dublin Morse displays his new gift of invisibility
during the battle, and
manages to stab a Cenobite cowboy with his dagger. Ron Ringwood leaps into action, and is strung up by the Cenobites with hook chains. Vera saves Ron from being castrated by one of the Cenobites using her boomerang. In retaliation, the Cenobites string Wyshak up with hook chains, and she asks Morte Mamme for help. The goddess turns Vera's blood
and saliva acidic
to the Cenobites, and the demons are forced to release the woman when the pain caused by her blood grows too intense. Vera spits on one of the Cenobites, and dissolves the monster. Marty Sevenbirds, a pacifist by nature, is forced to come to Ron Ringwood's aid when Merkova bears down on the young man. Sevenbirds stabs Merkova through the thigh with his long sword, forcing the Cenobite to retreat. Marty frees Ron from the hook chains, and Ringwood displays his new accelerated regeneration
his wounds healing almost instantaneously.
Elsewhere, the twins Lavinia and Lucinda hide, too frightened to join the fray.
The goddess creates a guide, Ovid, to assist the young women. Appearing as a cherubic infant with insect-like wings and pointed ears, Ovid is capable of speech, and is extremely flatulent. He explains that Cenobites find it so human, that it disorients the demons. Ovid encourages the Claire twins by telling them that they are not as weak as they feel, and Morte Mamme blesses the twins with mirror images
of themselves, numerous additional reflections that make it impossible for the demons to determine who the real Claire siblings are. The twins use this new ability to confuse the Cenobites while they tie the demons up with their lasso, as Ovid breaks wind above the monsters. Now ensnared, the goddess bestows lightning generation
to Marty Sevenbirds. He hurls lightning at the Cenobites, further incapacitating them, and the Harrowers use their weapons to chop the demons into pieces. Merkova, however, manages to escape, and drags Bunny back to Hell with her.
Morte Mamme informs the group that Leviathan's commander, The General, would suffer unimaginably for the failure of his soldiers. The goddess then tells the group that they need to enter Hell, in order to rescue Bunny Benedict.
She explains that Bunny has been a faithful guardian over her tomb, and that she cannot be forsaken. As the Harrowers prepare to enter Hell, Leviathan gives The General one final opportunity to prove himself. The General creates a horrific monster from the body parts of his fallen Cenobites, Leviathan names it The Furiae
, and The General sends it after The Harrowers. The group valiantly combats the monster, while Ron Ringwood searches Hell for Bunny Benedict on his motorcycle. Marty courageously sacrifices himself by electrifying himself and tackling the Furaie, sending them both falling into the
deepest pit of Hell. Meanwhile, the Cenobite Pinhead
discovers that Bunny Benedict is actually a male while torturing her, and becomes amused. Before the demon can use a blowtorch to give Bunny an impromptu gender reassignment surgery, Ron finds the pair on his bike, uses his axe to cut Bunny's shackles, and drives off with her before Pinhead can harm her. Marty's sacrifice frees Morte Mamme from her prison, and Ringwood returns to the other Harrowers, with Bunny in tow. The goddess takes Benedict, and places her into her body, briefly impregnating herself. Within moments, Bunny returns to the others, and Morte Mamme explains that Bunny has twenty-four hours in her old form before a transformation occurs. When Benedict asks the goddess what she will turn into, Morte Mamme states that she does not know. The goddess tells her it is destiny's decision, and that she is merely destiny's conduit. Morte Mamme then disappears.
Meanwhile, back in Hell, Pinhead
tearfully mourns the death of his beloved
Merkova. Mortally wounded with Marty Sevenbirds' divine sword during the battle at the Egg Museum, Pinhead vows that his paramour will not have died in vain. Twenty-four hours later, the surviving Harrowers gather with Bunny in a Joplin park to await her transformation. They watch in bewilderment as Benedict becomes a little girl, and runs off to play with a group of other children. Morte Mamme then appears before the Harrowers, and tells them to prepare, for Leviathan has countless souls in need of liberation. The Harrowers have only just begun. Back in Hell, The General pleads with Leviathan to allow him yet another chance to destroy the Harrowers, proclaiming "This time, it's war...”.
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