At the urging of the intimidating Vander Greshaim, Lawrence sent a hastily assembled team into the slums after the Fae dissident known as the Candyman. Their mission, to undo the Candyman’s spell that had turned a group of agents into singing idiots.
Almost immediately upon entering the slums the agents were greeted by the sounds of combat and mocking laughter. The slums had become a battlefield littered with goblins slowly suffocating in crystal prisons of sugar, while an elite Snake-force strike team slithered on in hot pursuit of their arch-nemesis Antler Man. The supposed Antler Man turned out to be Erlking of the Fair, an eight-foot tall deer-man locked in mortal combat with a five-foot tall gingerbread-man wielding a battle lollipop. The Candyman expertly evaded his larger opponent and struck a sweet blow against the Erlking’s legs with the enchanted battlepop, unleashing an immobilizing wave of creeping crystal candy.
Sensing the shifting tide of battle the Candyman switched to a hasty retreat, summoning a baker’s dozen of cinnaminions to delay the pursuing agents and goblin hoards as he escaped to an abandoned warehouse. There the agents defused a hostage situation through the power of indifference, and followed the Candyman into the warehouse.
As they crossed the threshold, the agents found themselves inside a new world of candy, chocolate, and sunshine. After their eyes had adjusted to the myriad of colors of the Lollipop Forest, they set to following a solitary cobblestone path, likely the only inedible thing for miles in this strange land. At the Chocolate Swamp, the agents enjoyed some relaxing tea with the gigantic wolverine chef Gremio while goblins busily lost their green thumbs nearby. The vicious poets of Licorice Forest were the next test, rewarding those who rhymed and beating the rest.
Standing before the sheer cliffs of Gumdrop Mountain, Agent Drobin bashfully asked a handsome water elemental if they could make a rainbow together. Between the elemental and Agent Shamus’s ingenuity, a rainbow was born that whisked the agents away to Candy Castle at the top of mountain. The agents apprehensively entered the castle courtyard, and found an idyllic gathering of people all entranced in a strange dreamlike state. Unable to break the spell, the agents continued on to the castle maze. Feeling strangely at home, Agent Sandie was the first to emerge from the labyrinth where he was welcomed by a gift-bearing Candyman.
The other agents who were not minotaurian maze masters eventually joined Sandie in the Candyman’s throne room. There the Candyman explained that he was no jailer of souls, and that people’s minds were living in this land by choice and could leave at any time. Those that chose to stay lived in an eternal summer, surrounded by happy memories that had been lost to the past. Uncertain and conflicted, agents Miles Adagio and Grumbles dove into the Dream to try and free those inside.
Upon entering they were greeted by loved ones thought lost forever, Miles by his remonstrating dead mentor and Grumbles his formerly estranged brother. While the majority chose to stay in the Dream, the agents convinced a few to leave with them back to reality. The agents awoke inside the abandoned warehouse, and made their way back to the Agency in silent contemplation of the illusionary heaven left behind.
- FRESHLY BAKED FOES
- STOP HIM! HE HAS MY BABY!
- A DELICIOUS FALL INTO CANDYLAND
- HOO! IS THAT?
- WOULD YOU LIKE TEA WITH YOUR CHOCOLATE?
- DOUBLE TIME SINGING RHYMES
- WE CAN MAKE A RAINBOW
- NOT MY EYES!
- LOST IN A MAZE? NOT THIS MINOTAUR
- DON’T WORRY BUNCHA, THAT WASN’T A ROOFIE
- WHAT DREAMS MAY COME