There are ghosts in these parts.
Everyone who visits the Honeycomb Catacombs knows they’re haunted. There’s a particular corridor where visitors stop and turn around. Maybe they hear an odd moan or perhaps feel the cold snap in the air.
It is, of course, total rubbish.
The Catacombs are home to some of Zuckerland’s greatest archaeological finds and that presents a problem- how to conserve them. Many of the artefacts were safely removed and only a handful remain in situ (too fragile to remove). Then some brainy Prinz in Wunschtopia decided to open the Catacombs to the public (to stop tinfoil hat conspiracies about the origins of the complex). Now you’ve got muddy feet traipsing where you don’t want them, and tourists taking photos with priceless antiquities in their hands.
Enter the Great Bolzany, a hired hand in rehoming the treasures, and his “ghost problem”. To stop tourists from getting too close, he concocted the story that ghosts terrorised the deeper parts of the Catacombs. Next came a stroke of luck! His patron died from a severe case of Browntrotz (a total coincidence, most visitors to Wunschtopia fall foul of it). All Bolzany had to do was mention the death and the “ghosts” in the same conversation and bingo!
Zuckerland’s greatest treasures are safe (for the time being).
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