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1 PETERSEN S ABOMINATIONS Fiv Epic Tals f Mdr Hrrr Sady Ptrs with Mik Mas

2 PETERSEN S ABOMINATIONS Fiv Epic Tals f Mdr Hrrr Sady Ptrs with Mik Mas

3 CREDITS Scaris Origially Dvisd ad Cratd by Sady Ptrs Authrs ad Editrs Sady Ptrs ad Mik Mas Cvr Art Victr Lza Itrir Art L Simps, M. Way Millr, Evgy Malshkv, Grzgrz Pdrycz, ad Victr Lza Prtraits Ptr Stvik Cartgraphy Adrw Law Layut ad Art Dircti Nichlas Nacari Bk Dsig Michal E. Crss Prfradig T.R. Kight Call f Cthulhu Li Editr Mik Mas Spcial Thaks Spcial thaks t Sa Murphy ad R McClug fr thir hlp i dvlpig playr charactrs fr Htl Hll ad Th Drlict, ad t Bria Murphy fr his hlpful lcal kwldg f Dallas. This supplmt is bst usd with th CALL OF CTHULHU (7 th Editi) rlplayig gam, availabl sparatly. This is a wrk f ficti. Th ams f prsalitis, placs, ad vts may b rfrrd t, but ay rsmblac f scari ad gam rlatd charactrs t prss livig r dad is strictly cicidtal. All matrial is fictializd ad dscribd thrugh th ls f th Cthulhu Myths, ad ffs t prss livig r dad is itdd. Dimsial Shamblr fud pag 178 is 2015 Editi Sas Dtur ad Löic Muzy Th rprducti f matrial frm withi this bk fr th purpss f prsal r crprat prfit by phtgraphic, lctric, r thr rtrival mdia is prhibitd. Fid mr Chasium prducts at Chasium Publicati ISBN Pritd i Chia

4 TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION HOTEL HELL Backgrud Lcati Th Tligit ad th Prist Th Sv Stars Htl Othr Faturs f Itrst Startig th Scari Edig th Scari Cclusi N-Playr Charactrs ad Mstrs.. 32 Pr-Gratd Ivstigatrs THE DERELICT Startig th Scari Squc f Evts Grlad Trpisch, Rfr Ship Sarchig th Icbrg Cmbatig th Sciapd Cclusi N-Playr Charactrs ad Mstr Pr-Gratd Ivstigatrs PANACEA Backgrud Dramatis Prsa Th Party Sarchig Ogl s Hus Rsarchig ZyMdBi Visitig ZyMdBi Durig Wrkig Hurs Brakig it ZyMdBi Cclusi N-Playr Charactrs ad Mstrs.. 97 Pr-Gratd Ivstigatrs MOHOLE Backgrud Dramatis Prsa Dvil s Hl Rig Startig th Scari Part O: Evts Part Tw: Evts Part Thr: Evts Edig th Scari Cclusi N-Playr Charactrs ad Mstrs. 137 Pr-Gratd Ivstigatrs VOICE OVER THE PHONE Backgrud Th Ivstigatrs Dramatis Prsa Start Ruig th Scari Ky Lcatis Ky Evts Othr Evts Cclusi N-Playr Charactrs ad Mstrs. 175 Pr-gratd Gag Ivstigatrs. 178, 180 PLAYER HANDOUTS INDEX AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES..200

5 INTRODUCTION I dsigd th Call f Cthulhu rlplayig gam i 1980, ad it chagd my lif. Thugh I hav dsigd gams with immsly gratr sals (Ag f Empirs, fr istac, sld ts f millis f cpis), gratd th sam dgr f affcti as did my littl hmag t Lvcraft. Thugh I had wrkd fabulusly succssful cmputr gams, wh I was ivitd t gamig cvtis as a gust, it was always th strgth f my tabltp Lvcraftia gams. That s whr th lv cam frm. Naturally, wh I was ivitd t a cvti, whthr it was i Org, Filad, Italy, r v my hmtw, I was always askd t ru a gam f Call f Cthulhu. I am i a pculiar psiti with rgards t Call f Cthulhu. Yu s, thugh I dsigd may scaris ad gam supplmts, wh I ru a gam at a cvti, it is always xpctd that I ru smthig w, smthig upublishd. Ad f curs, sic I ft attd th sam cvti svral yars i a rw, I hav t switch ut th advturs I ru. As a rsult, I writ 1 t 2 advturs a yar, xprssly fr ruig at th cvtis I attd. I ll rpat a advtur fr svral cvtis i a rw ad th switch t my xt. Ovr tim, I v dsigd a larg umbr f cvti advturs. A yar ag, I was talkig with th Chasium tam ad I mtid I had all ths advturs, mst f which I culd t ru aymr (bcaus thy d mad th cvti ruds), ad thy gt xcitd abut publishig thm. Ths advturs, sic thy wr dsigd fr cvtis, shar cmm faturs. First, thy frqutly iclud pr-mad charactrs, as I culd t dpd playrs havig thir w. Scd, thy ar all -sht advturs, sic thy had t play ut i a sigl vig. Third, thy ar usually hrrdusly vilt, bcaus ppl sm t xpct ad lk frward t big killd by Sady Ptrs i Call f Cthulhu. But, bcaus thy ar -shts, I was abl t st thm i all kids f dd tims ad placs, which gav m grat crativ frdm. Thy shar athr fatur. Thy wr ly itdd fr my w us ad t, rigially, fr publicati; thus, thir ts wr xtrmly sktchy ad ft uclar. Usually, th majr part f th advtur was isid my skull ad t actually writt dw. Hr is whr Mik Mas cam i. H tk my wly ts ad turd thm it tightly-plttd mastrpics. Thaks, Mik! W wrkd tgthr this, talkig fr hurs t wrk ut dtails ad sur vrythig wt wll. Th Mik wuld writ up th advtur frm my utli (ad smtims mr dtaild matrial), ad I wuld dit it. Mst f th advturs i this bk wt thrugh svral rvisis bfr w wr bth satisfid. I hp yu lik thm! Sady Ptrs

6 INTRODUCTION A BLASPHEMOUS ALLIANCE Wrkig with Sady puttig this cllcti f scaris tgthr has b a blast! Sig th scaris cm t lif has b a uusual prcss, as rmally ithr I m writig up my w scari idas r ditig athr authr s wrk. This tim, th prcss ivlvd vid chats btw Txas, USA, ad Nttigham, UK, whr Sady wuld walk m thrugh hw h wuld ru ths scaris, dscribig ky scs, plt pits, ad th playrs usual ractis. Whil Sady talkd, I wuld fratically writ cpius ts i frhad ad th thrw qustis at Sady t chck dtails ( what happs if th playrs d ), allwig m t build a full pictur f th scaris, as wll as udrstadig hw thy ra. Oft w d gt sidtrackd ad d up discussig varid hrrr thms ad th vagaris f th Cthulhu Myths. Alg with ths vid chats, Sady st vr his w ts ad, by cmbig my ts with his, I was abl t frm a sklt fr ach scari, which I wuld th us t writ up th idas, plt pits, ad scs, ad kit thm it chrt scaris rady fr publicati. Durig th prcss, I was abl t build up Sady s rigial idas ad xpric f ruig th scaris, isrtig rd hrrigs, xpadig th drama, ad smtims dvlpig th scp f th advturs. I sm cass, I prvidd advic fr Kprs hw t xpad th scaris byd -sht gams. Crtaily, sm f th scaris, lik Paaca ad Vic th Ph, culd asily xpad utwards ad culd frm th basis f a campaig, whil Th Drlict ad Mhl ar pic -shts whr all bts ar ff. What yu ll fid i this cllcti ar dramatic scaris, with plty f chas ad mayhm. Prfct fr spdig a vig with yur frids playig Call f Cthulhu! I hp yu jy scarig ad challgig yur playrs with ths glimpss it th mids f Sady Ptrs ad Mik Mas! A Nt th Scaris Each f th scaris cms with a st f pr-gratd ivstigatrs. Advic is prvidd fr Kprs wh prfr t hav thir playrs crat w ivstigatrs ad, if apprpriat, fr usig xistig playr charactrs. If cratig w ivstigatrs, bar i mid th imprtac f cstructig rlatiships btw thm th mr itrtwid with athr ad th scari s plt, th bttr. Each f th prgratd charactrs is als prvidd as a dwlad frm www. chasium.cm writabl PDF Call f Cthulhu ivstigatr shts, allwig th Kpr t bth prit thm ut as dd ad t tikr with skill ad charactristic valus as thy s fit. Playr haduts ar prstd i ach scari fr th Kpr s rfrc; playr vrsis f ths ar cllctd tgthr at th back f this bk fr as f cpyig fr prsal us i yur gams. Agai, a dwlad f th varius haduts ca b fud at th Chasium wbsit. Mik Mas

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8 CHAPTER 1 HOTEL HELL A ihritac ccals a hidus scrt that may spll th d f th wrld. This scari is st i th mdr-day i th rmt wildrss f British Clumbia, Caada. Accmmdatig thr t six playrs, it ca b playd vr t tw sssis. O r mr f th ivstigatrs hav ihritd a ld htl ad pla t rvat ad rp it fr turists skig th scry ad wildlif f th rgi. I th prcss f rstrig th lg abadd buildig, scrts ar rvald that pit t a awful discvry all whil th wrld utsid is cmig ud. t Htl Hll which I mst jy is that at first, playrs assum it is a r-hash f th ld Th Hautd Hus scari, fud i vry cpy f Call f Cthulhu. (That was th first CC scari I vr wrt!) But f curs, Htl Hll has smwhr quit diffrt as its dstiati. This is a vry fluid ad fr frm scari i which yu must ract t th playrs dcisis if yu ar th typ f Kpr wh prfrs vrythig cut ad drid, yu may wish t try athr advtur first. FOREWORD This scari had its apparac as a rsult f th Ttacls cvti i Ju Durig th cvti, I had b assaild by family ad frids t ru a Call f Cthulhu advtur fr thm. S, I spt th day aftr th cvti puttig this tgthr. I ticd, i s dig, that th dat was Ju 6, 2006, which f curs mat it was 6/6/6 s I flt cmplld t d a advtur abut th apcalyps. I als basd th scari i fair part Luci Fulci s film Th Byd, which als is abut th d f th wrld. I kpt makig it clar that th advtur had startd just bfr th currt actual dat, ad th durig th curs f th advtur, th playrs gradually startd t raliz what was gig. Wh th climax f th advtur was rachd, it was that day s actual dat, ad thy fially mad th ccti with th umrical maig f 6/6/6. Alg with th vts rprtd frm all arud th wrld, thy ralizd that it was, idd Armagdd, ad thy wr at grud zr. It was a fatastic ru. O f th participats had vr playd Call f Cthulhu bfr, ad sh was prtty imprssd. Ufrtuatly, yu w t b abl t ru it Ju 6, 2006, but w all hav ur crsss t bar. I thik f th aspcts Sady Ptrs 2017 BACKGROUND I 1924 a bscur ad ill-rgardd paitr frm Eurp, amd Jha Schigl, cam t th Sv Stars Htl i British Clumbia. Skig slitud far away frm hustl ad bustl f th Rarig Twtis, Schigl cam t captur th rmt ad ruggd wildrss f th Caadia ladscap i his paitigs. Sm yars arlir, i th lat 18 th ctury, gld fvr had struck th rgi ad sic ths tims, a small umbr f sttlrs had cm t ara ad mad it thir hm. Sm smblac f civilizati fllwd i th prspctrs wak. A htl, th Sv Stars Htl, was built (by a ma amd Barabas Lv), bath th lmig prsc f th arby Hd Mutai. It is hr that Schigl tk a rm fr a prlgd stay s that h culd xplr th ara ad pait his curius paitigs. It was t lg bfr gusts i th htl, its maagmt, ad thr sttlrs i th ara bga t talk abut Schigl ad his vil paitigs. Schigl s cavass wr dark ad Oppsit: Htl Hll 7

9 s h t i g d p s uwlcmig affairs, prtrayig th ladscap f th rgi i dismal ad dprssig clrs, ad faturig uhalthy subjct mattr. H ft disappard fr days d, r wuld b fud i dd placs arud th htl with a shifty lk i his ys ad wt pait his hads. Wh lcal wildlif was fud butchrd ad hagig frm trs, ad strag graffiti was fud paitd arud th htl (tably a mural paitd withut prmissi i th htl s basmt), th lcals bga t whispr accusatis abut Schigl. Sm v talkd f witchcraft. Wh strag paitigs wr fud i his rm, alg with vials ad paitbrushs drid with bld, it was clar smthig had t b d bfr this warlck culd wrk his vil th cmmuity. Big far frm th plic ad brachs f authrity, th sttlr cmmuity dcidd t tak mattrs it thir w hads. O th vig f April 2 d 1925 a mb sizd Schigl ad draggd him utsid th htl t a larg rd-cdar tr, whr his hads whr aild t th tr s truk ad quicklim thrw vr him. A lcal ma said prayrs whil Schigl did a paiful, bldy, ad asty dath. Evtually, Schigl s bdy was burid at th ft f th tr. Schigl s rm was lft as th mb had fud it ad was lckd ad bardd up, as all fard t mddl with th warlck s paitigs ad pssssis. Ovr th cmig mths, a ill wid smd t blw thugh th ara. Th Sv Stars Htl wt brk ad its wrs lft fr happir clims. Plas wr draw up t tur th htl buildig it a Cathlic church, but fllwig th mystrius dath f th prist st t stablish th church, th pla was abadd. Sm yars latr i 1932, th structur was rpaird ad r-pd udr w maagmt as th Sv Stars Tradig Pst ad Htl althugh, Schigl s rm was lft udisturbd, hidd bhid a fals wall. I this guis, th buildig ctiud t fucti util th arly 1970s wh it clsd dw ad was c agai abadd. It has b mpty ad ucard fr sic that tim. Rvlatis Schigl was simply a paitr whs wrks wr utladish ad hrrific t his ctmpraris. Durig his stay i th htl, his mrbid curisity ad tmpramt bcam suscptibl t th subtl maatis f a gat t Hll that sits bath th htl, twistig his alrady utré wrk it smthig v mr malig (s Gats f Hll, fllwig). Th ifluc f th gat causd Schigl t suffr hrrifyig ightmars f th dstructi f th Earth, which als plagud his wakig mmts. H bcam draw t th gat, ft sakig dw it th basmt t b ar t it. Whil dw thr h bga t pait a mural th basmt wall, dpictig his ightmars; such activitis ad his dark dmar whr what brught him th attti f th htl s maagmt, th thr gusts, ad arby lcals. CHAPTER ONE Th gat has always iflucd ths i its prximity, althugh mst discutd such thigs as simpl ightmars ad thught littl it. I fact, th htl s buildr, Barabas Lv, strgly flt th prsc f th gat ad was, ucsciusly, cmplld t stablish a buildig th sit. Lv wuld, sm tim latr, cmmit suicid i th htl by slittig his w thrat with a cutthrat razr; th htl was passd t his s. Fr th mst part, th pwr f th gat rmaid miimal, ly at crtai tims (such as i 1925) ds its ifluc icras, maifstig i a fw idividuals i strag ad siistr ways. At th start f th scari, th gat s pwr is agai risig, hraldig dark tims ahad ad th pssibility f th d f th wrld. Visis f Hll ad als f th hrrifyig figur f Schigl will haut th ivstigatrs. Idd, ivstigatr may wll bcm th ky fcus f th gat s ffcts (s Evts, pag 29). Th gat t Hll bath th htl is f sv gats sprad acrss th wrld (s Th Pacific Rig f Fir, pag 24). Durig th scari, all f ths gats bgi t p, causig vlcas t rupt ad thr calamitis t su. If th gats ar allwd t all fully p th th bttm f th Pacific Oca uscrws, brigig abut th d f th wrld. Yt, if th ivstigatrs ca cls th gat bath th htl, th thy ca litrally sav th wrld, as all sv gats must p t brig abut th apcalyps. Allwig all th gats t p brigs cataclysm t th Earth, dvastatig humakid ad pig th way fr th rtur f th Grat Old Os ad th thr trrrs f th Cthulhu Myths. Kpr t: April 2 d 1925 th dat f Schigl s dath is sigificat, as it cicids with th dat wh R lyh, havig ris frm th ca s dpths, sak back it th sa, as dscribd i H. P. Lvcraft s Th Call f Cthulhu. Thus, th fluctuatig pwr f th gats ca b s t smhw cct t th ccpt f th stars cmig right ad th frig f th gds f th Myths. Gats f Hll Th Sv Stars Htl stads up f th sv gats t Hll, th lcatis f th thr gats ar as fllws. Each gat faturs a diffrt dir vt, with th dad risig at th Sv Stars Htl, a uxplaid plagu hittig th ppulati f th Krmadc Islads, ad s. Whil th ivstigatrs w t b abl t gt th full pictur f what is happig i ach f th gat lcatis, varius ws rprts hit at mr tha just arthquaks ad vlcas. Th fllwig list f th gats icluds th suig disastrus vts wrught abut by thir pig (ths ar mirrrd i th ws rprts (s Brakig Nws, pag 30); hwvr, fl fr t chag ad adapt ths as yu s fit. Nt that th vts may r may t happ, dpdig th actis f th ivstigatrs. 8

10 HOTEL HELL Th Sv Gats f Hll Sv Stars Htl, British Clumbia Th dad ris. Hd Mutai rupts. Cmmrc, Ls Agls Cuty, Califria City falls it a massiv sikhl, ad Myths mstrs mrg t fd. Ptrpavlvsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka, Russia Evry i a 20-mil radius suddly ad ixplicably dis. Avachisky vlca rupts. Jayapura City, capital f Papua, Nw Guia Vlca rupts; star-spaw ad thr watry mstrs mrg t fd. Krmadc Islads, Nw Zalad A plagu-lik disas rapidly sprads, prvkig mass xit frm th islad. Narby Curtis Islad is dstryd by vlcaic xplsi. Saipa, Mariaas Islads Earthquaks ad mass paic. Vlca rupts. CONCEPTS OF HELL Th ti f Hll, a plac f damati ad suffrig, is cmm acrss may culturs arud th wrld. Whil ach cultur calls Hll by a diffrt am, th similaritis ar ft thught prvkig. Abrahamic traditi ss Hll as a puishmt. Th Kabbalah dscribs Hll as a waitig rm r tryway fr all suls. Whil i Islam, Jahaam is a plac f blazig fir, bilig watr, ad trmts. Sm thr traditis, whr th ccpt f a aftrlif as a plac f puishmt r rward is ukw, dscrib Hll as th abd f th dad. I rgard t th Cthulhu Myths, Hll might b rgardd as a dir dimsi, a maifstati f uttr dslati s ali t humaity as t b byd ur ability t cciv. Visis, cutrs, ad lr arisig frm cturis f huma histry ar viwd thrugh cmm prcptis as a malig plac whr gd xists, ad a plac whr th wickd ar st fr trity. Such ccptis ar humaity s way f dalig with th truth f th csmic rality f xistc ad th uivrs i which w bliv w xist. Valparaís, Chil Earthquak. Ghuls mrg t fd. Th Sv Gats f Hll Map 9

11 s h t i g d p s THE INVESTIGATORS Htl Hll is a vry fcusd scari, rquirig f th ivstigatrs t hav rctly ihritd th buildig; althugh, it is pssibl that mr tha ivstigatr has a shar i th ihritac, with thr playr charactrs big family mmbrs. Othr ivstigatrs shuld b assumd t b cls frids r culd b ppl hird ad brught ut t assist with th rfit wrk. As such, th ivstigatrs ca cm frm ay mdr-day ccupatis. I dcidig up rls ad jbs, rmid th playrs that thir charactrs hav a vstd itrst i gttig th Sv Stars Htl back up ad ruig, ad that thy hav alrady mad ctact with th Tligit, a ppl ativ t th lcal ara, wh hav agrd t supply wrkrs t assist i rfittig th htl. Thus, th ivstigatrs d t cssarily d t b cstructi xprts, just rgular flk wh hav ihritd th htl ad hav a ambiti t s it rpd as a succssful busiss. If yu d t wish t crat w ivstigatrs r us xistig s, six pr-gratd charactrs ar prvidd: Jard Klly, artist / htl prpritr Dbra Klly, str maagr / htl prpritr Elsa Lma, ck Rb Hardy, carptr Da Hardy, driftr (x. cvict) Christy Jhs, fitss istructr Prfils fr ach f th pr-gratd ivstigatrs ca b fud pag 34. Ivstigatr Equipmt ad Supplis Th scari bgis with th ivstigatrs arrivig at th htl i British Clumbia. This is th first tim thy hav st ft hr. I prparati fr thir trip ad th wrk t b carrid ut, it is assumd that thy hav prviusly arragd fr tls ad quipmt t b dlivrd t th htl. Aythig subsqutly dd, ad t alrady dlivrd, ca b st fr ad pickd up by th Tligit wrkrs i du curs. Th ivstigatrs hav th dd t th htl with thm prviusly st t thm by th lgal firm that arragd th ihritac (s Rsarch, pag 27). Th ivstigatrs ca b assumd t hav brught r tw satllit phs with thm (dtrmi which charactrs hav a ph). A satllit ph is capabl f makig ad rcivig calls, sdig ad rcivig mail, ad cms with limitd accss t th Itrt. I tim, c th iitial structural ad rfittig wrk is carrid ut th htl, a prmat hk-up fr bradbad Itrt accss is plad; hwvr, fr w, th ivstigatrs ar limitd t makig calls, sdig ad rcivig mails, ad viwig wb pags. CHAPTER ONE Kpr t: durig th curs f th scari, it is likly that th ivstigatrs will wat t rach th utsid wrld, v if it s just t call sm fr hlp. Th Kpr shuld fl fr t lt th ivstigatrs call ad mail whvr thy wat. N will b abl t arriv i tim t prvid ay usful supprt r hlp. Distac is t th ly barrir, as bad wathr ad thr virmtal factrs ca all play thir part i prvtig hlp frm rachig th ppl at th htl. Satllit phs hav triusly pr rcpti idrs (if warratd, call fr a Luck rll), as a dirct li f sight t th sky is usually rquird. D t frgt thugh, that th satllit phs prvid a additial mthd fr th ivstigatrs t rciv th varius ws flashs that puctuat ad dp th hrrr f th situati (s Brakig Nws, pag 30). If th ivstigatrs sm b rlyig t much th phs, rmmbr that larg spiks i call vlums causd by widsprad mrgcis (such as ths ccurrig durig th scari) ft vrlad th systms, maig that th phs may suddly drp calls r fail t mak thm altgthr. Equipmt dlivrd t th htl icluds: Gratr ad ful Pwr lis ad sckts Tls (ic. pwr tls, wd axs, tc.) Buildig supplid (wd, ccrt, plastr, tc.) Wrk latrs Flashlights Clthig ad bddig Fd supplis First aid kit Th ivstigatrs hav hird vhicl, a Chvrlt Travrs, accmmdatig up t ight ppl. Th vhicl is carryig tw cas its rf rack. Spcific itms that d t fall asily it th list abv ar at th discrti f th Kpr (wh may call fr a Luck rll t s if th ivstigatr rmmbrd t pack it). I trms f waps, mst ivstigatrs ca b xpctd t hav packd sm frm f kif (frm pkif t shath kif), dpdig thir skill st ad charactr ccpt. Likwis, it wuld b prfctly rasabl t assum r mr f th charactrs hav brught a hutig rifl, althugh it maks lss ss fr thm all t b packig hadgus i th wildrss. Discuss quipmt with th playrs ad vr thm twards what wuld b rasabl ad xpctd rathr tha what a typical Call f Cthulhu ivstigatr might hav packd i thir truk! 10

12 HOTEL HELL LOCATION Ifrmati abut British Clumbia, th lcal ara, ad a dtaild vrviw f th Sv Stars Htl fllws, as wll as ifrmati ccrig th ativ ppl f th ara ad a visitig prachr. Whr rlvat, vts likd t ky lcatis ar giv ad shuld b utilizd i cjucti with th rag f pssibl vts dscribd i th scti titld Ruig th Scari (pag 26). Th scari is sadbx i atur, allwig th playrs t xplr, with th Kpr ractig t thir actis. Htl Hll taks plac i th xtrmly islatd ad rmt wildrss f th rthwst crr f British Clumbia, Caada. Th htl is situatd th Iskut Rivr ad falls udr th shadw f Hd Mutai, ad is apprximatly 620 mils (997 km) frm Vacuvr, 389 mils (626 km) frm Pric Grg t th suth, ad 19 mils ast frm its jucti with th Stiki Rivr. Tlgraph Crk (vr 100 mils t th rth, at th dg f th Mut Edziza Park) is th arst tw whr supplis, ful, ad thr sstials ca b fud. Abut 70 mils (112 km) rthast f Tlgraph Crk ad vr 1,000 mils frm Vacuvr, is th tiy cmmuity f Das Lak ad th arst airprt. N rad xists alg th suthr ru f th Iskut Rivr. BRITISH COLUMBIA British Clumbia is Caada s wstrmst prvic. Vacuvr lis at its suthr brdr, whil Alaska ad th Yuk Trritry brdr t th rth. Vast, sparsly ppulatd, ad dmiatd by mutai rags ad glacirs, th rgi basts magifict scry ad is a dstiati durig th summr mths fr ths skig th wildrss thrills f hikig, campig, ad skiig. Fr th mst part, thr is a distict lack f rads as mst f th rgi is iaccssibl by autmbil. What with sprawlig ad ds frsts, mutai rags, ad th lack f dvlpd trails, th bst mas f travl is by bat r by airpla. Cll ph srvic is all but -xistt (visitrs ar rcmmdd t tak a satllit ph). Csqutly, hug aras f th rgi ar uihabitd. Ds fgs ar cmm. Th tmpratur ca vary sigificatly; durig summr, th tmpratur ca fall blw 50 F (10 C). What with th wild trrai, gttig lst i th wildrss is asy. Just gig fr a hik mas takig it accut th prvailig wathr cditis, as wll as thr virmtal factrs, such as black bars. Kpr t: a subspcis f th Amrica black bar, th Krmd bar (als kw as th spirit bar ) stalks th rgi; arud i t hav a whit cat (lik a plar bar) du t a uiqu rcssiv g. Ths whit bars hld a imprtat plac i th ral traditis f th idigus ppls f th rgi. Nrthwst British Clumbia Map 11

13 s h t i g d p s Icrpratig what lks lik a plar bar it th scari might caus all mar f cstrati fr th playrs. Iskut Rivr Th Iskut Rivr, th largst tributary f th Stiki Rivr, rus thrugh th rthwstr ara f th prvic. Th rivr is hm t fiv spcis f salm, artic graylig, ad raibw trut, amg thr varitis f fish. Th watr is icy cld ad swimmig is t rcmmdd swimmrs risk hypthrmia if suitabl clthig is t wr. THE TLINGIT AND THE PRIEST Whil th lcati f th Sv Stars Htl is rmt, th ivstigatrs ar awar f th Tligit ppl, wh ar prvidig wrkm t hlp rfit th htl buildig. Th fllwig ifrmati may b usful shuld th ivstigatrs wish t visit th lcal cmmuity r spak mr i dpth with sm f th m hird t wrk th htl. Th prist, a vaglical prachr frm Txas, calld Rbsh, is currtly livig with th Tligit. Th ivstigatrs ar t iitially awar f his prsc util thy ithr visit th Tligit sttlmt r th prachr cms t call at th htl. CHAPTER ONE THE TLINGIT PEOPLE Th Tligit ( Ppl f th Tids ) ar a idigus ppl f th Pacific Nrthwst cast. A Tligit cmmuity xists alg th rthr bak f th Iskut Rivr, apprximatly 10 mils frm th Sv Stars Htl. Whil thir acstral laguag is Ligít, th Tligit spak Eglish ad s cmmuicati shuld t b a issu fr th ivstigatrs. Histrically, th Tligit hav ccupid th rgi alg its majr rivrs. Frm th lat 1880s, may f th Tligit cvrtd t Christiaity. Althugh, i mr rct tims, a tdcy t lk back twards mr traditial tribal blifs has b s i th yugr grati. Mst, icludig may ldrs, rccil a Christia blif with thir traditial cultural wrldviw. A strg rlati btw arts ad spirituality ca b s i much f th craft lif f th Tligit ppl. Ths visitig th cmmuity will s ttm pls, cas, pts, ad jwlry, all xcutd with grat skill. Th cmmuity is t particularly larg, husig sm fifty tribs ppl, as wll as Rvrd Rbsh, th vaglical prachr, wh has b livig i th sttlmt sm six mths. Idd, sm f th Tligit ar hlpig Rbsh t build a church ar t th cmmuity. Othrwis, th ppl f th cmmuity hut ad cultivat fd, travl fr wrk arud th rgi, r wrk as guids fr th turists ad scitists wh visit th ara. Th Evirs f th Sv Stars Htl Map 12

14 HOTEL HELL Tligit Ractis t th Ivstigatrs Th Tligit ar hlpful ad accmmdatig t th ivstigatrs, as th wrk rquird t rvat th htl prmiss t prvid much dd mplymt ad icm. By th start f th scari, th ivstigatrs hav alrady mad ctact with th cmmuity ad apprximatly t Tligit m hav b mplyd t cmmc rstrati wrk, as wll as cllct ad bat i buildig supplis. Thrughut th scari th Tligit shuld b prtrayd as rgular flk, agr t hlp ad wlcmig. As vts build, th wrkrs will grw mr wary but d t idtify th ivstigatrs as trublmakrs. Oc all hll ds brak ls, ay wrkrs rmaiig may attmpt t fl back t thir cmmuity sm t mils away up th rivr. Th Kpr shuld dtrmi whthr passag is blckd by th dad (s Evts, pag 29). Tligit Ifrmati Th Tligit wrkrs ca cfirm that a sttlr, amd Lv, rigially built th htl durig th mid 1860s durig th Stiki gld rush, ad that it was clsd dw but latr rbuilt as a tradig pst ad htl. Ovr th yars, travlrs lssd ad th busiss was clsd i th 1970s ad th buildig abadd. N has usd th buildig sic. Whil th wrkrs at th htl w t rmmbr ay particular dtails, th trib s ldrs, if apprachd, ca rlat that th sttlrs murdrd f thir w kid at th htl durig th 1920s, just bfr th htl clsd. Th dtails ar sktchy. Th ldrs ar ly abl t say that a ma was accusd f witchcraft ad burd aliv. Th ldrs als rmmbr that a prist c cam t th ara t build a church th sit f th ld htl, but wh th prist was fud with his had twistd arud, th pla fr a church was abadd. I discussig Hd Mutai, th lcal ppl ar rtict t say a grat dal but if pushd, mst will say that it is a cmm blif that th mutai is cursd. A succssful Fast Talk, Prsuad, r Itimidat rll may gt f th wrkrs t dclar that th mutai is plac f rstlss spirits ad ths wh dwll t lg thr suffr frm bad drams. If askd abut lgds, particularly s ccrig th d f th wrld, gats t hll, ad such lik, th tribal ldrs ar as likly t qut gspl as radily as tribal flklr. If cvicd with a succssful Charm r Prsuad rll, th ivstigatrs ca b tld th stry f th Thft f Daylight (s Hadut: Htl 2). Th stry ccrs Rav, wh allws bxs ctaiig th stars, th m, ad th su t b pd, rlasig thm it th sky. A succssful Occult rll may dduc that th tal is a fabl ccrig th crati f th havs, whil a succssful Cthulhu Myths rll psitis th Old Ma as Azathth ad Rav as Nyarlathtp cratig th slar systm ifrrig HANDOUT: HOTEL 2 THE THEFT OF DAYLIGHT Rav stl th stars, th m, ad th su. Old Ma was vry rich ad wd th thr bxs that ctaid th stars, th m, ad th su. But Rav watd ths fr himslf ad s h trasfrmd himslf it a hmlck dl ad drppd it th watr cup f th Old Ma s daughtr as sh was ut pickig brris. Aftr drikig frm th watr cup, th Old Ma s daughtr bcam prgat ad gav birth t Rav as a baby by. Th Old Ma dtd vr his grads, althugh th baby crid icssatly util th Old Ma gav him th Bx f Stars as a pacifir. Th baby (Rav) pd th bx s lid ad lt th stars scap thrugh th chimy it th sky. Latr, th baby crid fr th Bx f th M ad, aftr much fuss, th Old Ma gav it t him but t bfr stppig up th chimy. Th baby playd with th bx, allwig it t rll ut f th dr, whr th M scapd it th sky. Dspit this, th baby ctiud t cry, bggig fr th Bx f th Su. Th Old Ma rsistd, but vtually h cavd i ad gav th bx t th baby, althugh h w kpt a cls watch up th baby. As h was big watchd, th baby waitd util vry was aslp ad th chagd it his bird frm, graspig th Su i his bak ad flw up ad ut f th chimy. Rav tk th bx t prv t ths wh wuld t bliv him that h had th Su ad, i s dig, pd th bx, allwig th Su t fly it th sky whr it has b vr sic. that th Su, M, ad th Stars culd b put back i thir bxs ad s brig abut a w darkss t th wrld, i.. a d t th Earth ad its ihabitats. REVEREND REBNESH Th rvrd is a Ptcstal vaglist hraldig frm Txas. H has b livig with th Tligit ppl fr arud six mths, miistrig t th cmmuity ad rgaizig th cstructi f a w church buildig. Rbsh is smthig f a hll ad brimst prachr, ft lud ad rgtic dspit his advacig yars. Thus, h may cm acrss as slightly crazd t th ivstigatrs. Whil th ivstigatrs may mt him if thy visit th Tligit sttlmt arly i th scari, it is mr likly that h 13

15 s h t i g d p s BIBLE QUOTES CHAPTER ONE Rvrd Rbsh ca vic th fllwig quts frm th Bibl wh h cms it ctact with th ivstigatrs. Try t pppr th quts it his spch; rmmbrig that as th scari prgrsss h grws mr ad mr wild ad crazy i his prtstatis. Dail (9: 26-27) Aftr th sixty-tw wks a aitd shall b cut dw wh h ds t pssss th city; Ad th ppl f a ladr wh will cm shall dstry th sactuary. Th th d shall cm lik a trrt; util th d thr shall b war, th dslati that is dcrd. Fr wk h shall mak a firm cmpact with th may; Half th wk h shall ablish sacrific ad blati; O th tmpl wig shall b th hrribl abmiati util th rui that is dcrd is purd ut up th hrrr. Dail (12: 2) Ad may f ths wh slp i th dust f th arth shall awak, Sm t vrlastig lif, Sm t sham ad vrlastig ctmpt. Ezkil (12: 20) Ad th citis that ar ihabitd shall b laid wast, ad th lad shall b dslat. Matthw (24: 15-16) Wh y thrfr shall s th abmiati f dslati, spk f by Dail th prpht, stad i th hly plac, (whs radth, lt him udrstad:) Th lt thm... fl it th mutais. Rvlati (13: 7) Ad it was giv ut th bast t mak war with th saits, ad t vrcm thm: ad pwr was giv him vr all kidrds, ad tgus, ad atis. Rvlati (18: 22-23) Ad th vic f harprs, ad musicias, ad f piprs, ad trumptrs, shall b hard mr at all i th; ad craftsma, f whatsvr craft h b, shall b fud ay mr i th; ad th sud f a millst shall b hard mr at all i th; Ad th light f a cadl shall shi mr at all i th; ad th vic f th bridgrm ad f th brid shall b hard mr at all i th: will visit thm at th htl arly t itrduc himslf ad say hll. At first, Rbsh is curius abut what th ivstigatrs ar dig ad what thy hav plad fr th htl, advisig that th Tligit ppl ar fridly ad that th wrk ffrd by th htl s rpairs is wlcm. As th scari prgrsss, Rbsh drams th ivstigatrs ar mddlig with dagr. Smhw, h prcivs that th strag vts surrudig th htl, as wll as ths w takig plac arud th wrld, ar a warig frm Gd, ad s will d all h ca t pstr th ivstigatrs t mak thm s th rrr f thir ways ad lav th htl wll al. Rbsh is a dvic fr th Kpr t rlay imprtat ifrmati frm th utsid wrld. H has a wrkig satllit ph ad will b agr t shar mmtus ws with th ivstigatrs c vlcas start ruptig arud th wrld (s Brakig Nws, pag 30). As th situati grws wrs, Rbsh hads t th htl t ifrm th ivstigatrs that Judgmt Day is at had, as vidcd by th grwig umbr f atural disastrs (ad th fact that th dad hav rturd t lif if h s s vidc r witssd th dad wadrig abut). With vts buildig, Rbsh grws mr crazd, qutig passags frm th Bibl (s Bibl Quts bx arby), ad tllig th ivstigatrs (ad ay Tligit listig) t rtur with him t th sttlmt t pray fr thir suls. Hw this plays ut is lft t th Kpr, basd up th actis f th ivstigatrs. Pssibl utcms iclud Rbsh lavig th htl i tim t rach th church, big dlayd smhw ad th big prvtd frm rachig th church by th dad, maig h rturs t th htl if s, h likly bcms a victim f th dad as th climax apprachs, fallig bath th murdrus hrd whil yllig ut quts frm th Bibl. Altrativly, th pssssd ivstigatr (s Pssssi, pag 27) may attmpt t murdr th prist. Rvrd Rbsh 14

16 HOTEL HELL THE SEVEN STARS HOTEL Th buildig has s bttr days; lg abadd, th lmts hav causd svr damag t th structur ad façad. Clarly thr is much wrk t b d bfr th drs ca b pd fr payig gusts. Dtaild dscriptis f th gruds ad itral rms fllw. OUTSIDE Th htl is cls t th suthr bak f th Iskut Rivr. A rttd but usabl wd dck prvids mrig fr bats. Whil vgtati is spars, what xists is vrgrw ad ukmpt; straggly ad thry bushs surrud th htl, whil acit ad tall trs pirc th sky. I th distac, Hd Mutai dmiats th skyli. At th wstr d f th htl is a uthus whr th ivstigatrs hav strd thir tls ad supplis, as wll as th gratr ad ful. O th astr sid, a dcayig st f drs st it th grud lad t a chut cctd t th htl s basmt, allwig wd ad thr supplis t b drppd dw. A rustd ir chai ad padlck prvt accss (Hard Lcksmith r STR rll grat a bus di if a lvr r tl is usd). Als at th rthastr d f th htl is th ldst ad largst tr i th viciity. A Wstr rd-cdar, this tr is arly 200 ft tall ad wid at its bas. This is th spt whr th lych mb killd Schigl, ailig his hads t th tr ad cvrig him i quicklim, ad whr thy burid his bdy (his bs ca b fud if th ivstigatrs dig dw six ft s Edig th Scari, pag 31). Ths iclid t xami th tr shuld attmpt a Spt Hidd rll t tic tw ld ir ails dply mbddd i th truk yars f th tr s grwth ma that ly th vry ds f th ails ar visibl. Th Tligit wrkrs td t shu th tr, althugh this is barly prcptibl (Hard Psychlgy rll, if th statd itti is watchig th wrkrs utsid th htl). If qustid thir attitud, th wrkrs say that th tr is vry ld ad carris bad vibratis as it has witssd vil dds. Slitary ivstigatrs wh spd tim ar th tr risk sig a visi f Schigl aild ad burig i agy frm th quicklim (Saity rll, 1/1D3 lss). Crssig th Iskut Rivr ad hadig wst, lads t th Tligit sttlmt (s Th Tligit Ppl, pag 12), whil hadig rth brigs th ivstigatrs t Hd Mutai Th Frsts f British Clumbia 15

17 s h t i g d p s (s Hd Mutai, pag 25). Stayig th suthr bak f th rivr ad hadig ast brigs th ivstigatrs t a sris f ruid ad lg abadd wd cabis (s Old Prspctr Cabis, pag 25). Nt that whil th rivr s baks ar mr r lss fr f vgtati, just a fw yards byd th watr ar trs ladig it ds frst. A simpl walk i th wds ds t cssarily call fr a skill rll t fid th way back t th htl, but if chasd r thrwis i a dramatic situati whr s barigs culd gt cfusd, a Navigat rll might b applicabl. HOTEL INTERIOR A tw-stry structur, with a basmt blw, th htl s isids ar i rlativly gd cditi as ppsd t its xtral faturs. Th décr is ld ad fadig; wallpapr is rippd ad lightig fixturs (t hld cadls) ar ithr missig r brk. I placs whr bardig acrss widws is missig, th glass is lg smashd, allwig th lmts t tak thir tll i sm f th rms. Flrbards ar, th whl, sud, hwvr ivstigatrs ad wrkrs ru th risk f puttig thir CHAPTER ONE ft thrugh rtt ad dcayd bards, as dtrmid by th Kpr. Dust, dirt, ad cbwbs fst th plac. Grud Flr At th frt, a rcpti lbby ps it th public aras f th htl (diig rm, lug, ad study), which back t ffics, strs, ad a clst. I th back ar fiv bdrms. At th astr d is a kitch ad fd str. Mst rms hav ithr a firplac r stv. Ky rm dscriptis fllw. Old tradig pst: bath mldrig dustshts ar th rmais f th ld tradig pst, mstly lg sic clard ut. A fw clus t its rigial purps rmai, such as mpty buckts, a ld srvic cutr, a cil f rp, sm discardd ad brk brms, th had f a shvl, ad varius hks st it th walls. Amgst th cluttr, th bdy f a dad racc is a uplasat fid. A ld phtgraph, tak i th 1960s, pid t a wall shws th buildig s wrs utsid at th frt f th buildig. Sv Stars Htl Map Kpr Vrsi 16

18 Study/lug: bkcass ar half-filld with dusty ld bks that ar cvrd i a layr f cbwbs. Dad flis littr th shlvs. A sarch f th bks turs up tw Bibls, hutig ad fishig guids, a histry f Caada (writt i th 1970s), ad sm paprback ficti. What s prhaps mst surprisig is th umbr f ld art bks: art histry writt i th lat 1800s, flis f clr plats frm th lat Victria ra, ad v sm ld sktchpads ctaiig charcal drawigs f th lcal ara. If tim is spt lkig thrugh th flis, th ladscaps hav a dismal quality, which lavs th viwr smhw dprssd. O pad i particular has sm quit disturbig wrk dpictig what culd b scs frm sm dmtd dram r ightmar, as wll as scs f dath ad trtur, ad what might b imags frm th sv hlls. O blak pag is writt, W t him wh vturs ar, W t him wh ps th gat, As Evil shall b ulashd up th Wrld. Th sktchpads all carry th iitials J.S. Sm f th wrk is datd, circa 1924 t HOTEL HELL GENERAL LEDGER Hadut: Htl 3 Udr circumstacs is th Dat Dtails Chargs Crdit Balac Wstr rd-cdar tr situatd at th rthastr crr f th prprty t b uprtd r thrwis mvd i rspct f th ativ ppl s blifs. Diig rm: this rm smlls bad ad flis sm t gathr i hr. Dustshts cvr ld wd tabls ad chairs. A succssful Spt Hidd rll dtcts frsh bld th flr, gig bath f th shts. Bath is th (rctly dcasd) crps f a racc; a wud i its blly has allwd its trails t spill ut ad bgi t rt. Cls xamiati with a traid y (mdical, vtriary, r xpricd hutr) ts that th wud is t claly cut (as wuld b th cas with a bar s claw) but rathr lks as if causd by a lg ail tarig thrugh th flsh. Kitch: a massiv wd-burig stv, w cvrd i dust ad cbwbs, dmiats th rm. Elswhr, wd prparati tabls mak up th majrity f th furitur. A chst f drawrs hlds ckig implmts, icludig a rag f rustig kitch kivs. If a fir is lit i th stv, cluds f smk s fill th rm th chimy is blckd by th rmais f birds that hav smhw b trappd isid (frty birds, i varyig stats: frm skltal t rct ad dcayig. Kitch str: th dr t th strrm is hagig frm a sigl hig; ay tuchig it fids it suddly dtachs ad falls (Ddg rll t avid 1 pit f damag). A stripd skuk has mad a hm isid th str; it may fl thratd by th sudd try f a ivstigatr, sprayig thm with its ful musk (which ca rach up t 19 ft away) particularly kid Kprs might allw a Ddg rll t avid th wrs f it. If sprayd it th ys, it causs a tmprary burig ssati (tmprary blidss fr 4 ruds). Isid, th walls ar lid with dusty shlvs; a fw ld ti cas f pachs, ad a cupl f mpty prduc crats ar all that ca b fud i hr. Shuld th tis f pachs b pd th ctts rlas a awful smll; isid, th fruit has turd it sticky black sludg. At th far d is what was c a small cld str, w mpty. Offics: th ffics ar bth cluttrd with all mar f dusty juk scattrd abut dsks, pild up th flr, ad i drawrs ad pighls. Mstly, its bxs f ld cramics, bills ad paprs, ldgrs, drid up ikwlls, ad s. Sarchig thrugh th mss, sm yllwig gust bks ca b fud; withi, th ams ad lcatis f visitrs dpict a c succssful ad busy stablishmt. Th arlist vlum dats back t 1863, th latst t 1907 if lkig fr a try fr J.S. r Jha Schigl, his sigatur ad hm lcati f Clg, Grmay, ca b fud fr August If tim is spt siftig thrugh th varius ld bills, paprs, ad ldgrs call fr a Library Us rll: if succssful, a ldgr datig back t 1925 is fud t ctai a cryptic mssag s Hadut: Htl 3. I additi, dds fr th prprty datd fr 1932, ctai th sam uusual stipulati. Kpr t: th stipulati, writt it th htl s dds, was put i plac t prvt ay frm diggig up r arud th rd-cdar tr, s as t prvt discvrig f Schigl s crps. Shuld ay f th Tligit b askd if th tr is smhw sacrd t thir blifs, thy rspd that pr-christia tribal blifs hld that all f atur as sacrd, 17

19 s h t i g d p s Lkig at th paitigs th walls r thrugh th stack f cavass i Rm 7 rvals a wid rag f subjct mattr. I ttal, thr ar sm thirty paitig (sv hug abut th rm, th rst i stacks laig agaist th walls). Ladscaps fatur prdmiatly, but thr ar als sm charactr pics, ad sm that prst ghastly ad ightmarish visis i a almst Surralist styl. Of th ladscaps, ach is wll xcutd ad all appar t b rprstatis f th lcal ara. Sm ar quit pictursqu ad wuld t lk ut f plac i mst hms; hwvr, mst ar lss whlsm, macabr pics: glmy skis filld with black birds, Hd Mutai dark ad frbdig, th htl itslf shw udr a black sky filld with ys. A ss f disquit abuds, as thugh smthig vil is lurkig just byd th viwr s sight. Th charactr paitigs ar smallr i umbr. O shws a ldrly ma, drssd i Victria garb, i th midst f slicig his w thrat with a cutthrat razr; a lk f trrr csums th suicid s fac. Whil athr dpicts a yuthful-lkig mal, with pal ad CHAPTER ONE SCHIEGL'S ART siwy flsh, muth p as if i a scram, ad whs ys ar cmpltly whit. If ay viwig this paitig has alrady s a ghstly visag f Schigl arud th htl, th call fr a Saity rll (0/1 lss) as this is a slf-prtrait. Th mr bizarr paitigs (sv i all, hidd frm viw amgst th stack f cavass) shw a sris f strag fvr dram visis. Ths with ay kwldg f fi art might lik th pics t a hllish crss btw Surralism ad th frightig wrks f Hirymus Bsch. Mst sm t b st up a barr ad gray ladscap, i which y ad muths ar mldd it th trrai r sky. Acrss ths scs, th diffrig paitigs dpict cmplx gmtrical shaps ad hrrific bast-lik dms cavrtig ad prfrmig hrrdus trtur up huma-lik figurs. Star-hadd dvils saw m s hads p, whil mrmaidlik flk flay ski frm lis f trrifid ppl. I vry f ths paitigs a pair f mstrs ar hldig alft a scrll, which strag wrds ar writt i a ukw laguag. Lkig thrugh all f th paitig calls fr a Saity rll (1/1D3 lss). Kpr t: as a pti, th Kpr might wish t hav dpictis f th ivstigatrs i ths paitigs (pssibly a Spt Hidd rll tics th rsmblacs). Dtails fr th majrity f paitigs ar lft purpsfully blak, allwig th Kpr t cjur thir w dscriptis f th subjct mattr as thy s fit. Imprtatly, th writig s acrss th sv ightmar-scaps frms part f a ritual s Hadut: Htl 4). If th phrass ar picd tgthr i th crrct rdr, sayig th wrds alud is lmt f clsig th gat t Hll blw th htl (th crrct rdr f th phrass is giv i Th Crrct Ordr f th Ritual Phrass, pag 31). Th scd lmt is cpyig th strag gmtrical pattr paitd th rvrs sid f th cavas that cvrs th mssag th wall f Schigl s rm. Th symbl is a ward ad must b draw as cls t th gat as pssibl. Thus, drawig th symbl ad sayig th wrds clss th gat (fr furthr dtails this s Edig th Scari, pag 31). as all thigs ctai th ssc f th Grat Spirit; hwvr, that particular tr hlds gratr sigificac tha ay f th thr trs i th ara. O a wall i th largr ffic is a sris f tiy blls cctd t wirs ruig up thrugh th cilig. This was c a bll call systm, allwig gusts t pull a crd that wuld caus that rm s bll t rig twic. Th systm still wrks (crd pulls ca b fud i all f th bdrms). Kpr t: th bll fr rm 7 shuld rig at strag tims thrughut th scari (spcially wh rm 7 has b fud ad is mpty f ppl). Th uxplaid rigig shuld grw i ccurrc twards th scari s climax, prhaps prvkig kampaaphbia (far f blls) fr a isa ivstigatr. Clst ad str: mstly mpty xcpt fr sm ld li, twls, bxs f cadls, ad agig mps ad brms. Bdrms (1 3): ach bdrm is mr r lss th sam, with a firplac r stv, bd fram, chair, ad drssig tabl. Mst hav b cvrd i dustshts, althugh i rms 1 ad 3 brk widws hav allwd th lmts isid; 18

20 HOTEL HELL Schigl's Art yars f lavs, dtritus, ad rai hav tak thir tll th furishigs ad dcrati. Watr clsts: a mix f Victria ra ad mid-twtith ctury fittigs; flushig rvals blckags i th pips, causig th bwls t fill t th brim with murky brw-clrd watr. Bathtubs ar watr-staid with ag. First Flr Hallway: th stairs frm th rcpti lbby lad up t a ctral hallway. Sm light filtrs i at th astr d thrugh a partially shuttrd widw. Kpr t: lkig dw th hallway twards th astr d, allw a Spt Hidd rll t tic that th wall sticks ut a cupl f ichs (this is du t th fals wall that was fittd back i 1925 wh Schigl s rm was lckd ad cvrd vr). Wh viwig th rthastr crr frm th htl s xtrir, it s clar that thr is a hidd rm (tw dark ad curtaid widws ca actually b s). It is likly t bcm appart t th playrs, fairly arly i th scari, that thr s a hidd rm hr (th fact that th bll call fr rm 7 kps rigig might hlp thigs alg). If thy d t tic it, hav a Tligit wrkr mak th discvry (at a suitabl pit), wh th cms t th ivstigatrs t ask if thy d lik th wall tarig dw t gt t th rm byd. This shuld b ugh t garr thir itrst. Bdrms 4 6 ad 8 11: all drs ar ulckd xcpt fr rms 4, 6, ad 10 (with kys availabl, th drs must ithr b frcd p (STR rll) r pickd (Lcksmith). Much lik th gustrms th grud flr, ach rm has a firplac r stv, bd fram, drssr, ad chair. Sm rms hav a wardrb. Astut ivstigatrs may wdr what happd t rm 7. Watr clsts: lik th grud flr, th watr clsts ar blckd. Bdrm 7: hidd bhid a fals, wd wall th fals wall ca b tr dw r brk thrugh i a rlativly shrt tim. Byd th fals wall is th rigial wall ad dr, with th umbr 7 it. A crud crss has b paitd i whit th dr (clarly d dcads ag). Th dr is lckd, rquirig a succssful Lcksmith rll r a Hard STR rll t gai accss isid. As a pti, th Kpr culd hav th dr rmai clsd ad umvig, as if sm ivisibl frc is kpig it clsd. Oly by chppig thrugh th dr with a ax, r brakig thrugh th wall, allws try. Prhaps wh this is d, ad just bfr th ivstigatrs stp thrugh, th dr mystriusly swigs p by its w accrd). 19

21 s h t i g d p s Withi, th rm is a mss. Ulik th thr rms i th htl, this rm appars vr t hav b clard ut, althugh agig dustshts hav b thrw vr th furitur. Tw widws ar cvrd i dusty ad dark draps. Mvig asid th dustshts rvals artist s brushs, ld pait tubs, ad asls. I crr a umbr f paitd cavass ar stackd, whil arud th walls paitigs ar hug with ails ad twi. Th drssr ctais a ma s clthig (circa 1920s), wll-mad ad quit frmal, ulik that f a prspctr r wildrss travlr. A truk, mgrammd with th iitials J.S., ctais sm mr itms f clthig ad a wll-thumbd Bibl (which falls p at th Bk f Rvlati). Lkig thrugh th art supplis, a ivstigatr may tic a small glass jar withut a lid. A film f dark brw, almst black, rsidu lis withi. A succssful Kw rll, r thr aalysis, suggsts this is drid bld. QUICKLIME Cmmly kw as quicklim, calcium xid (CaO) is a drlss, grayish-whit pwdr. It ca caus svr irritati if ihald r wh i ctact with mist ski r ys. Ihalati causs cughig, szig, ad labrd brathig, as wll as burig th asal sptum ad causig abdmial pai, ad ausa ad vmitig. With ski ctact, it causs paiful burs. If ugh wr purd vr a prs, it wuld caus svr burs ad pssibly dath. Imprtatly, quicklim racts with watr, gratig ugh hat t igit arby cmbustibl matrials. I gam trms, ihalati causs 1D6 damag, r 1D4 damag fr a small amut wt ski. If cvrd i th pwdr, th ufrtuat prs suffrs 1D4 pr rud util dath r th substac is rmvd. Wh i ctact with a mist r wt virmt, th Kpr may dclar th hat is substatial ugh t autmatically st fir t clthig r arby cmbustibls; thrwis, us a Luck rll t dtrmi if clthig ad th lik catchs fir. Burig ivstigatrs suffr 1D4 additial damag pr rud util dath r th fir is put ut. CHAPTER ONE If lkig at th paitigs hug arud th walls, call fr a Spt Hidd rll (t that this is t pssibl util th dust shts ar rmvd). If succssful, marks ca b s bhid f th cavass. Lkig clsr, th marks ar wrds, mstly hidd bhid th cavas. Mvig th paitig, rvals th wrds as: Ad may f ths wh slp i th dust f th arth shall awak, Sm t vrlastig lif, Sm t sham ad vrlastig ctmpt. A succssful Kw rll placs this phras as cmig frm th Bibl (a Hard succss mas th ivstigatr ca plac it as cmig frm th Bk f Dail i th Old Tstamt. What s mr, wh mvig th paitig asid, th ivstigatr may tic that athr pic f art has b paitd th rvrs sid f th cavas. This is t a fiishd pic ad lks mr lik a sktch r arly cmpsitial wrk. It shws a vlca (Hd Mutai) ruptig, purig burig flams up a mass f ppl. What s ucay is that th ppl ar all still, as if uawar f th calamity fallig up thm. I th ctr f th pic is a uusual gmtric pattr: a circl withi a circl, i which bisctig lis frm strag agls. Viwig this pic calls fr a Saity rll (0/1 lss). If th ivstigatrs tak tim t lk prprly thrugh th rst f th paitigs stackd r hug i this rm, g t th bx titld Schigl s Art, arby). Kpr t: this was Jha Schigl s rm, whr h stayd i util h was killd by th mb f farful sttlrs. Ivstigatrs ad wrkm al i this rm ar likly t s a visi f Schigl a wall, i th drssig mirrr, r i a paitig. Th silt visi is mmtary ad dpicts a pal Eurpa mal, muth scramig, with cmpltly whit ys. Th ma s flsh is burig, as if cvrd i acid. A trribl uas fills th viwr, wh suddly fls vry cld. Call fr a Saity rll (1/1D4 lss). Bdrm 12: a larg mastr bdrm with its w watr clst. Dustshts hav b mvd ad gathrd tgthr i crr up th bd s mattrss (a ld thig, with sprigs pkig thrugh), almst lik a st. It s clar that sm slpt i th rm, usig th dustshts fr bddig. Idd, th firplac has th rmais f a fir (whras th thrs i th htl all sm t hav b clad ut wh th htl was clsd dw yars bfr). Th ukw gust must hav usd th htl fr shltr sm tim ag whil it was abadd. Sarchig thrugh th st f dustshts (Spt Hidd) rvals a battrd ad ld py whistl (th whistl plays rl i th scari, but may prplx th playrs). 20

22 HOTEL HELL Basmt A larg basmt lis bath th htl. Th brick ad cmt walls ad wd rm partitis ar all dcayig. Varius ld ad mldrig advrtisig pstrs hav b stuck t th walls, prhaps t add tuch f clr ad chr t what ar thrwis quit glmy surrudigs. Thr ar lights. As th ivstigatrs dscd, it quickly bcms appart that th whl ara is fldd t a dpth f 3 ft ad smlls bad (dad rats, mic, tc. flat abut). At th rthr d is a ld ful str; much f th wd w flats i th watr. Th partitid watr clst is t wrkig (pips blckd). Othrwis, th basmt ctais mpty shlvig ad a assrtmt f watr damagd ad mldrig juk. It s a big mss. A sald ad rustig mtal barrl, hidd bhid assrtd juk, has a ar uradabl labl statig it ctais quicklim (s bx arby), a hazardus ad pttially dadly pwdr. Th barrl has b dw hr fr yars ad mvig it whil th basmt is fldd carris th chac that it will lak, allwig th quicklim t ract with th watr t caus arby cmbustibl matrials t igit (such as clthig). Th ras all th watr clsts ar blckd thrughut th htl is du t a blckag i th mai pips ladig it ad ut f th csspit adjact t th basmt. Oc accss t th csspit is mad (by tarig dw crtai cllar walls) th blckags ca b clard. O th suthr wall ar larg pstrs advrtisig Hrshy s chclat, ad Bris Karlff i Th Mummy bth ar plig away frm th wall. Fr ths spdig lgr tha 10 r s miuts i th basmt, call fr a POW rll: if succssful, fait mas ad wailig ca b hard. Th lcati f th wailig cms frm all arud. Harig this dismbdid is calls fr a Saity rll (1/1D4 lss). Kpr t: it is prsumd that th ivstigatrs ask r tw f th lcal wrkm t wrk dw i th basmt, ru a pwr li dw thr ad st up sm lights, allwig thm t idtify ad rpair th watr lak. Th wrkm shuld vtually fid th lak cmig frm th suthr wall idally, abut a hur it th scari ad th cmmc t tar dw th brick wall t gt t th lak s thy may sal it up. Oc th wrkm bgi t tar dw this wall, ad if a light is sh thrugh a gap, sm srt f larg mural ca b discrd paitd athr wall bhid th wall big dismatld. Schigl paitd th mural th rigial basmt wall (s Th Mural, fllwig), which was latr hidd bhid a scd wall (s Opig th Gat t Hll, pag 27). HANDOUT: HOTEL 4 RITUAL PHRASES Ngh aaaaa, gh aaaa. Azathth! Ia! Fi-ai, Ygag-rll, grkdl lh. Ygaiih, ygaiih, ththkh gha! Yg-Sthth! Y bthk, h hy grkdl lh. Eh-yahaah, yayayayaaaa. Khi-laggarr, ysta, ysta. It s imprtat t dlay th ivstigatrs (ad wrkm) frm startig t tar dw th fals wall ad fidig th mural t arly i th scari. Iitially, wrkma i th basmt (prhaps ruig a pwr li ad lights) shuld s a visi f Schigl, sdig him ruig i fright ad rfusig t g back dw. Aftr a littl tim, th wrkr is calm ugh t rtur (r prhaps ds t ad a diffrt wrkr rplacs him). At a suitabl pit i th scari, wrkma shuld idtify th lak ad bgi rmvig th brick wall at th suthr d f th basmt. If a ivstigatr is arby at this tim, allw him r hr t mak a Spt Hidd rll t tic th mural bhid th wall thrwis, th wrkma fids it ad calls th ivstigatrs t s it. Th Kpr ca cmplicat thigs by havig th wrkm killd by f th dad, wh has mrgd frm th gat t Hll thus, util th ivstigatrs thik t g ad chck th wrkm, thy w t discvr th mural ad fals wall; this als mas that at last f th dad lavs th basmt ad bgis t ram arud th htl. Ecutrig th first f th dad i athr part f th htl hlps t draw attti away frm th basmt. Aftr th mural is discvrd, th Kpr dtrmis hw lg it taks t tar dw th wall, s that vts ca b timd i rdr t build t th climax. Oc th mural is discvrd, th ivstigatrs shuld b abl t bgi t pic thigs tgthr ad udrstad that th vts arud th wrld ar smhw illustratd i th mural. Nt that th gat t Hll is alrady bgiig t p, allwig th dad t appar i th htl, as wll as byd th buildig i th surrudig ara. Ovrlaf: Th Mural 21

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25 s h t i g d p s Th Mural Th mural cvrs a ara apprximatly 6 ft lg by 5 ft high (s pags 22-23). Th clrs ar mutd, mstly gray ts, black, ad whit, althugh sm faturs paitd i rds, rags, ad yllw ar quit vivid. Th paitig shws a dirama f th wrld, with sv scs dpictig crtai lcals i sm dtail. All f th scs shw disastr, calamity, ad hrrr a grad apcalyps, th d f th wrld. Amgst th scs f dvastati ar sv ics sprad i a rugh circl. Each ic sits by its w hrrific sc, suggstig sm frm f lcalizd calamity. Th ics ad scs ca b idtifid as fllws whil mst ivstigatrs ca ascrtai th rugh ara husig ach f th ics, th Kpr may wish t call fr a Kw rll t idtify th spcific rgis/citis f th mr bscur aras. Ls Agls, Nrth Amrica A city cllapsig it a gigatic hl i th grud, ttacls rach frm th hl t grab flig ppl. Kamchatka, Russia Pils f dad bdis ar strw arud th lad. Larva frm a vlca burs ad csums ths muds f th dad. Krmadc Islads, Nw Zalad A grup f ppl is dpictd, all appartly suffrig frm sm plagu-lik disas. I th backgrud a vlca is ruptig. Jayapura City, Papua, Nw Guia Highlightd i vivid rds frm a arby vlca, imms craturs ar mrgig frm th bilig ca. Th craturs ar hidus, with hads smigly cmprisd f a mass f ttacls. Thy ar csumig th flig ppl ad dstryig vrythig i thir wak. Saipa, Mariaas Islads At th ft f a ruptig vlca, scs shw ppl fightig athr as thrs lk dumbly r fl i paic. Valparaís, Chil Th grud is rt ad tr as a arthquak tars thrugh a city. Frm th rts i th grud, cruchig huma-lik figurs pick vr ad at th bdis f th dad. CHAPTER ONE THE PACIFIC RING OF FIRE Hd Mutai ad th widr rgi is part f th Pacific Rig f Fir, a sismically activ rgi circlig th Pacific Oca that ctais sm f th Earth s mst activ ad pttially mst dstructiv vlcas 452 vlcas i ttal. Th rig tuchs th cast f Nrth Amrica dw t th tip f Suth Amrica, th ut t Japa, Nw Zalad, ad Atarctica, ad xtds acrss th Brig Strait. I this scari, th d f th wrld is igh. Vlcas, arthquaks, ad thr calamitis arud th Pacific Rig f Fir srv t uscrw th flr f th Pacific Oca, causig th sas t bil, disastr t strik, ad th gats f Hll t p, hraldig th rtur f th Old Os. Hd Mutai, British Clumbia A flat-tppd mutai is xpldig; fallig rcks dstry trs. At th bas f th mutai, hudrds f xprssilss ppl stad lkig at th viwr. Lkig clsr, thir facs ar skull-lik; it lks a lgi f th dad. Viwig th mural is urvig ad th lgr lks at th varius dtails surrudig th ics, th mr hrrific th whl pic bcms. Ths starig at th art shuld mak a POW rll: if succssful, awful mas ad wails ca b hard. Call fr a Saity rll (1/1D4 lss; +2 Saity pits lss if harig th mas f th dad). As th scari prgrsss, th suds f th dad wailig ad maig grws ludr ad mr appart. Kpr t: th mural was paitd by Schigl; th htl s wrs, uhappy with this imprmptu ad disquitig art i thir basmt, rigially trid t scrub it frm th wall, but mattr what was d, th mural kpt rturig. Evtually, a wall was built t hid th paitig. I tim, its xistc was frgtt. 24

26 HOTEL HELL OTHER FEATURES OF INTEREST HOODOO MOUNTAIN Hd Mutai is a flat-tppd Tuya ( tabl mutai ) ad a pttially activ cmpsit (cical) vlca. Exprts bliv th vlca last ruptd sm 9,000 yars ag. Th mutai gts its am frm th dl-lik lava spis ( hds ) that rach arly up t th hight f 500 ft (150m). Th ic cap cvrs a flat rck summit, bath which is a ic-filld vlcaic cratr. Th mutai riss vr 6,000 ft, dmiatig th skyli. Tw vally glacirs, kw as th Hd ad Twi glacirs, cvr th wstr, astr, ad rthr flaks f th mutai. Visitig Hd Mutai A lg arduus trk brigs th ivstigatrs t th ft f th mutai. Th smll f sulfur is strg hr. O arrival, th ivstigatrs shuld mak a List rll: if succssful, trrifyig wails, mas, ad shriks ca b hard, lik th cris f damd ad lst suls. Thr ar clar idicatis f whr th suds ar maatig frm ad, what s mr, th suds ar rily familiar t ths wh hav alrady hard th wailig isid th htl s basmt (ad vic vrsa) Saity rll (1/1D4 lss). If prgrss is mad up th sid f th mutai, rll is rquird t har th uarthly scrams as thy grw i itsity. Ths wishig t ascd t th tp f th mutai will d t mak a Climb rll vry 1,000 ft (six rlls). Th climb is t particularly hard, but rathr struus ad tirig. Ths succdig with a Navigat r Track rll may b abl t fid a asir rut (ly callig fr thr Climb rlls). As th scari prgrsss, dp grumblig suds ca b hard by ths ar t th mutai, suggstig sismic mvmt ad a pssibl idicatr that th vlca is bcmig activ. Such suds vtually grw lud ugh that ths i th htl ca har thm. OLD PROSPECTOR CABINS Walkig thrugh th frst ar t th Iskut Rivr, th ivstigatrs ar likly t cm acrss r mr ld prspctr cabis, which ar dttd abut th rivr. Th arst s t th htl ar th suthr bak f th rivr. Ths ar lg abadd ad littl mr that pils f dcayig lgs; althugh, if th Kpr wishs, it s pssibl fr r mr f th cabis t b mr r lss whl ad still stadig. Such cstructis culd i thry b usd fr shltr ad t hid ut. Th cabis wr built back arud th 1860s, fllwig th discvry f gld i th Stiki Rivr. Th majrity f gld hutrs fcusd thir ffrts alg th Stiki, but a fw dtrmid typs hadd ilad t th Stiki s tributary, th Iskut Rivr. Th cabis ar all that rmais f ths sttlr s hps ad drams. I cabi, if sarchd, a succssful Spt Hidd rll ucvrs a ld jural wrappd i a dcayig lathr clth. A uamd sttlr wrt th jural i th 1920s. Tim ad th lmts hav tak thir tll, mst f th pags ar illgibl, althugh a cupl f shrt passags ar just abut radabl s Hadut: Htl 5. Kpr t: if dd, this jural culd istad b fud amgst th juk i f th htl s rms. As thigs hat up i th scari, th Kpr may wish t hav sm f th dad appar drssd i th tattrd rags f ld prspctrs. STARTING THE SCENARIO At last f th ivstigatrs is th bficiary f a ihritac frm a distat rlati. Th ukw rlati bquathd th Sv Stars Htl t th ivstigatr(s), f which thy ar w th full wr(s). Th dcisi has b mad t tur th ihritac it a lifstyl. Th pla is t rfit th htl ad gt it back up ad ruig. Th ivstigatrs bliv this sudd ad uxpctd gift culd tur thir livs arud, prvidig thm with th chac t mak it big. Th ivstigatrs hav arrivd i British Clumbia, havig flw it Das Lak ad th driv thrugh th wildrss t th htl. Assum thy arrivd day ag, hav sttld i, mt with th frma f th Tligit wrkrs, ad ar w rady t cmmc th rfit wrk. Thy hav t yt tak a gd lk arud th htl, thr tha a cursry ispcti ystrday. All f thir supplis hav b placd i th htl s uthus fr w. Last ight, th ivstigatrs put up sm tts ad slpt i ths (latr, th pssibility xists fr th ivstigatrs t mv it sm f th rms i th htl, if thy s wish). Us th st up t xplai that this is th ivstigatrs chac t mak it big. If thy ca gt th htl up ad ruig ad attract a flw f turists, th th my will flw. Prvid Hadut: Htl 1 (pag 186), which givs th htl s layut. Allw th playrs t discuss th wrk ahad. Ecurag this by askig which jbs ar thy tacklig first, ad which jbs d thy wat th Tligit wrkrs t start th m will b arrivig s, s gttig this wrkd ut i advac will sav th mbarrassmt f th wrkrs stadig idly by whil th ivstigatrs thik what t d. 25

27 s h t i g d p s Hadut: Htl 5 Octbr 29 th, 1923 Hlpd ut at th htl ystrday. Watr lakig frm th rivr it th basmt. Maagd t rpair th wall ad sal ff th lak. My will b usful as mr supplis dd. Bad drams agai thugh. Evry tim I m frcd t stp ft isid I hav th drams f th damd. Thy say Lv built th htl cursd lad ad that it ll vr prspr. Old Lv crtaily did t slicd thrugh his w thrat mrig with his razr ad was fud by his s. Whatvr brught m t this frsak plac? Hr s a list f pssibl jbs (s Htl Itrir, pag 16): Fixig th lak i th basmt ad draiig ut th watr. Rll ut pwr lis ad lights t th htl s itrir, icludig it th basmt. Clarig ut furitur ad juk. Fixig up dustshts. Masurig widws t rdr rplacmt glass. Strippig ad rplacig xtrir ad itral wd walls. Cuttig back th vgtati utsid. Fixig th lak i th basmt (which has causd watr t pl dw thr) is a pririty ad smthig t gt a cupl f th lcal wrkrs as s as pssibl, whil th rst carry ut thr tasks as th ivstigatrs s fit. Mst likly, th ivstigatrs st th wrkrs thir assigd jbs, whil thy tak tim t hav a prpr lk arud th prprty. RUNNING THE SCENARIO Th trick i ruig Htl Hll is t sur a stady stram f vts ad clus t th playrs, allwig thm t pic th ifrmati tgthr t frm th biggr pictur much lik Thurst, th arratr i Lvcraft s stry Th Call f Cthulhu. Makig sur that th clus t slvig th mystry ad clsig CHAPTER ONE April 2d, 1925 W tk him frm his rm ad brught him t th big tr. H cursd ad hllrd, but w hld him tight, farful f his black magic. Put tw ails thrugh his hads t prvt him frm castig hxs ad th I thrw quicklim him. His scrams filld th ight ad mad sm uasy abut had t b d. Gd frgiv m but w had t put a d t it. I hp th ightmars stp w th gat t Hll ar sprad ut s as t t prvid all f th aswrs i lump. Th scari shuld build slwly, with small vts grwig it largr s as thigs prgrss. Giv that this scari culd rach a climax with th d f th wrld, thr s a lt f latitud fr th Kpr t rll thigs ut i a fairly brisk fashi. Shuld th playrs b fcusig i crtai clus r lcatis t arly, th thrw i vts ad cutrs t distract r cfus mattrs. Th varius thigs that culd happ ar listd i th Evts scti (pag 29), allwig th Kpr t pick ad chs dpdt th currt situati, as wll as whr thigs stad i rgards t ruig tim. Th vts shuld b marrid with th itms listd i th Brakig Nws scti (pag 30), with th Kpr altratig at thy s fit btw ths rsurcs. Th scari is sadbx i atur. Lcatis (ad vts kyd t ths lcatis), as wll as a small umbr f playr charactrs (NPCs), prvid scari s drssig, whil th varius vts ad ws itms prvid th mat. Lk fr th mmt i th gam wh th py drps ad th playrs raliz that th vts happig ar tid it th widr wrld, ad that thir actis hav maig i that thy culd prvt th d f humaity. This will hlp t driv th playrs ad thir ivstigatrs it attmptig t cls th gat. If th gam is mvig ad th playrs hav t 26

28 HOTEL HELL graspd th biggr pictur, th Rvrd Rbsh prvids a altrativ mas t rlay th ifrmati. Cmplicatis, such as havig f th ivstigatrs iflucd by th isidius pwr f th gat (s Pssssi, fllwig), as wll as th dad ramig abut th htl (s Opig th Gat t Hll), prvid prblms ad difficultis fr th ivstigatrs. Thy must gtiat ad dfd thmslvs whil als slvig th mystry. Rsarch Iitial rsarch it th dcasd rlativ wh bquathd th htl has t b a pririty up util w, as th ivstigatrs hav b caught up i th uxpctd gd ws ad makig plas fr th htl (ad th richs that will fllw). Thus, thy rally hav t had th tim t cduct ay prpr iquiris. Oc at th htl, thy may wish t accss th Itrt t s what thy ca fid ut abut th distat rlati. Iitial rsarch: (prbably cductd prir t arrival at th htl) N skill rll rquird. Th ihritac was admiistratd by th lgal firm f Gdma, Wifild, ad Watts, basd ut f Luisiaa. Th am f th dcasd rlati is Jthr Alic Mud, f Lsvill, Luisiaa, wh lft immdiat rlatis. Thr wr thr bficiaris amd i Mud s will. Scdary rsarch: (cductd at th htl) A succssful Library Us ca fid th fllwig ifrmati. Thr is listig r rcrd f a Jthr Alic Mud f vr havig livd i Lsvill, Luisiaa. Usig galgy sits t dtrmi acstry, th ivstigatr cat fid ay mti f th Mud am i rlati t thir family li. Th lgal firm f Gdma, Wifild, ad Watts appars t hav casd tradig thr days ag. Ctact umbrs fr th firm rig ut, ad furthr ifrmati ca b fud abut th firm r th firm s partrs. Kpr t: th ihritac was a st up. Thr is Jthr Alic Mud, ad th lgal firm was a frt, a ctrivac t gt th ivstigatrs t th htl s that thy ca uwittigly p th gat t Hll. It is lft t th Kpr t dcid if ths fictial ppl wr rally a cult i disguis r sm uxplaiabl frc f darkss (prhaps th gat itslf ) drawig th pics tgthr, with th ivstigatrs as paws i sm malig ad csmic schm. Pssssi Whil stayig i th htl, Schigl bga t fall udr th malig ifluc f th Hll gat, makig him act ut f charactr ad prfrm vil dds, which vtually causd him t b killd by flk wh fard h was sm srt f witch. Prir t that, his mid was i turmil as h trid t rsist th gat s pull ladig him t pait clus t his cavass that culd brig abut th clsig f th gat. As a pti, th Kpr might wish t csidr havig f th ivstigatrs fall udr th spll f th gat. Dcidig which charactr is ultimatly th Kpr s call, but prhaps th with th lwst POW might b a gd chic. Th Kpr ds t actually d t tll th playr that thir charactr is pssssd, as vil dds ad acts t prvt th thr ivstigatrs prgrss ca happ ucsciusly, prhaps wh th charactr is aslp. Such dds d t b catastrphic. Idd, th mr subtl th bttr. Mvig itms, lckig athr charactr i a rm, causig distractis, ad s, ca all hlp t t ly cfus prgrss twards clsig th gat but als sw sds f mistrust ad ramp up a ss f paraia. Imprtatly, a pssssd ivstigatr might start t brak thrugh th wall f th basmt, allwig th gat t bgi pig. A qually valid apprach wuld b t pick th playr wh wuld mst jy actig as th sabtur i th scari i this situati th playr culd scrtly b ifrmd that thy ar pssssd by th vil will f th gat ad that thy shuld start actig agaist th itrsts f th thr ivstigatrs ad wrk t sur th gat ps ad rmais p all whil ladig th thr ivstigatrs away frm pssibl slutis. This may b trickir t pull ff, but with th right playr ad gd dircti frm th Kpr, it ca rally add a w dimsi t th xpric. If cssary ad at th Kpr s discrti, a pssssd ivstigatr might, if cfrtd with thir vil actis, b abl t shak-ff th pssssi by succdig i a Hard POW rll. As th climax draws ar, this rll might grw mr difficult, bcmig a Extrm rll. Athr pti t csidr is fr th gat t tmprarily pssss ivstigatrs wh g isa. Thus, wh suffrig a but f madss th ivstigatr s actis shuld b ccrd with prtctig ad/r hidig th gat. OPENING THE GATE TO HELL Th Kpr dtrmis th rat that th gat t Hll ps, c th wrkm (r a ivstigatr) braks thrugh th wall i th basmt. At first, it is ly a tiy crack, which th prcds (vr th curs f th scari) t wid util it s a hl sm 10 ft r mr i diamtr. With th gat pig, th dad ca appar i ad arud th htl at ay tim th Kpr wishs thy d t actually 27

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30 HOTEL HELL d t walk thrugh th gat; althugh, havig sm d this wuld b advisabl. Iitially, th dad shuld appar i s r tws, th small grups f thr t fur, th mr ad mr. At th climax, th whl htl ad surrudig ara shuld b swarmig with th dad. As td, th ivstigatrs shuld t fid th mural r gat t arly i th scari. Try t distract ths likly t mak th discvris by havig smthig strag happ i th htl (s Evts, blw), r by havig th ivstigatrs draw away by th apparac f r mr f th dad i athr part f th htl. If all fails, hav a grup f th dad blck prgrss t th fals wall thir ixplicabl apparac ad thir attacks shuld b ugh t kp th ivstigatrs ut f th basmt whil thy figur what t d xt. Th dad ca ithr mv r simply disappar latr wh th Kpr fls th tim is right fr th ivstigatrs t mak th discvris i th basmt th dad ca th suddly bgi t appar t driv th ivstigatrs back frm th gat. Fr mr ifrmati abut th dad, s th try at th d f th scari. O pti, twards th climax f th scari, is t allw th ivstigatrs t crss thrugh th gat t Hll, prhaps thikig that mr aswrs ar t b fud thr. Travlig thrugh th gat t th thr sid csts 1 magic pit ad 1 Saity pit. O arrival, all that ca b s is a dad wastlad. Smk ad mist rlls acrss a barr ad gray ladscap. Bdis f th dad hag frm blackd ad twistd trs, thir trss impald brachs lik macabr dcratis. Distat wails, mas, ad thr lss whlsm iss ca b hard. Th air is icy cld. Thrugh th cluds f mist, dark frms litr ad bgi t had twards th ivstigatrs th jalus dad calld by th lif frc f th ivstigatrs (ad prhaps thr Myths hrrrs at th Kpr s discrti). If th ivstigatrs tur back w thy ca scap back t th htl s basmt. Othrwis, if thy vtur, thy risk bth dath ad bcmig lst i this Hll dimsi. Hw this plays ut is lft t th Kpr; pti (fr kidly Kprs) is t hav th ivstigatrs kp walkig i circls, s thy kp rturig t th xit back t th htl. Thus, a scap is prvidd fr ivstigatrs wh raliz thir rrr i cmig hr. Of curs, pssibl dig is fr ay survivig ivstigatrs t travl thrugh th gat ly t fid that thy ar w trappd i this dark dimsi (s th Cclusi, pag 32, fr idas xtdig th scari ad havig th ivstigatrs trappd i Hll ). EVENTS As td i Ruig th Scari (pag 26), th fllwig vts shuld b usd t add drama, build th hrrr ad tsi, ad grally trubl th ivstigatrs. Th vts start small i scal ad as th scari advacs thy shuld grw i siz ad difficulty, with th Kpr dcidig th rdr i which thy ccur. Nt all f th vts listd must b usd thy ar suggstis ad ispirati pick ad chs, as wll as ivt yur w dsigd t bst suit hw yur gam is big ru. Of curs, brakig thrugh th wall i th basmt is cssary fr th gat t Hll t bgi t p ithr d by th wrkm r by th ivstigatrs. Small-scal vts: Birds fly it widws ad fall dad. Iscts swarm i th crr f a rm. A ful smll, with discrabl rigi. Mmtary ghstly appariti f Schigl s fac appars i a mirrr, widw, r a wall. Th bll call fr rm 7 rigs i th ffic. Mas ad wails f th dad hard Saity rll (0/1 lss). Withut caus, drs ad widws p ad cls. Accidt* (wd splitr, smthig falls, tc.) DEX rll t avid 1 damag. Mdium-scal vts: Th bll call fr rm 7 itrmitttly rigs i th ffic. A visi* f Schigl s crps aild t a bdrm wall. Larg umbr f crws cgrgats arud th htl. Black widw spidr bit* causig 1 damag, as wll as pai, vmitig, ad muscl spasms fr 1D4 hurs (t fatal, but ucmfrtabl; Kpr may imps palty di fr apprpriat rlls). Accidt* (pwr tl acts as if pssssd, fall frm a laddr, r similar) Ddg/DEX rll t avid 1D6 damag. A ld-fashid six ich ail is suddly thrw at sm* Ddg rll t avid 1D4 damag. (Th ail is xactly lik th s i th rd-cdar tr utsid th htl.) O f th dad shambls arud th uppr flrs f th htl ad attacks ay wh cms t cls s Th Dad, pag 33. Strag m s th hriz, smigly walkig slwly twards th htl small umbrs f th dad, draw t th gat. Thy will attack ay wh cms t cls s Th Dad, pag 33. Larg-scal vts: A ghstly visi is s f Schigl big tak frm th htl by a mb, aild t th rd-cdar ad quick-lim thrw vr him, whil thudr suds ad lightig flars i th dark sky. Th visi carris th suds, smlls, ad hrrr f th artist s dath Saity rll (1/1D4 lss). A wrkma s bdy is fud flatig i th watr i th basmt; his ys hav mltd Saity rll (1/1D3 lss). Oppsit: Th Gat t Hll 29

31 s h t i g d p s Bld purs frm a wall i th htl Saity rll (0/1D3 lss). Lcal wildlif attacks ths wh try t lav th htl. Th shamblig crpss f th dad grw i umbr, apparig i th basmt ad arud th htl, as wll as utsid s Th Dad, pag 33. Th dad blck scap; thy crwd arud trails, ram th frst ad mutais. Thy savagly attack ay tryig t lav. Sm v stad i th rivr. *Accidts ad sm thr vts may affct th Tligit wrkr istad f th ivstigatrs. Th wrkrs will brig th vt t th ivstigatr s attti. BREAKING NEWS Th Kpr shuld rlay th fllwig ws bradcasts ccrig th catastrphs, usig thm as puctuati marks i th gam, t hlp th playrs udrstad ad raliz that thy ar dirctly caught up i wrld shattrig vts. Iitially, such rprts shuld b fragmtary ad backgrud is, prhaps hard a trasistr radi playig arby, vrhard wh listig t th wrkm chattig, i a mail rcivd a satllit ph, r wh viwig a ws wb pag. Latr, th ws shuld hav mr dtail ad b tld dirctly t th ivstigatrs by Rbsh, icmig calls r mails frm frids cmmtig th flurry CHAPTER ONE f mutig disastrs arud th wrld, r wh thy stat thy ar listig t radi ws. Lt th rprts build i imprtac ad visibility, ad allw th playrs t pic th clus tgthr. Nt that rprts f strag ccurrcs ad mstrs shuld b vagu, icclusiv, ad bizarr. Whil th rdr f th fllwig ws itms ca b rlayd i ay rdr, a suggstd rdr is prstd as fllws. Nt that th arlir ws is prstd as sud bits, thigs prhaps vrhard r caught i th backgrud hubbub, whil latr rprts ctai mr dtail rprstig th ti that, by th, th ivstigatrs will b all ars fr this ws frm th utsid wrld. Thr ar st mmts wh ths pics f ifrmati shuld b dlivrd t th ivstigatrs. Th Kpr shuld isrt thm as thy s fit, whil rmmbrig t icras thir frqucy ad itsity as th scari builds t a climax. Nws rprts: A sikhl has brught chas t traffic i Cmmrc, Califria. Vlca Erupts Saipa! Thusads di! Russia scitists hav ward f sismic activity i th ast f Russia. Rits i Cmmrc, Califria, as buildigs fall it sikhl. Vlcalgists ar warig f sigificat activity alg th Pacific ad Id-Australia tctic plats. Brakig Nws 30

32 HOTEL HELL Mass xdus frm Suth Islad, Nw Zalad. Disas utbrak blamd acit curs! Th tirty f dwtw Cmmrc is fallig it th pit. Usubstatiatd rprts frm witsss claimig t hav s squid-lik mstrs mrgig frm th sikhl. I grwig ad ccrig ws, Saipa, th largst islad f th Nrthr Mariaa Islads, is rprtig mass paic as a sris f arthquaks caus damag t buildigs ad rads thrughut th islad. Kamchatka, Russia, is i a stat f mrgcy fllwig th rupti f th Avachisky vlca. Th Avachisky vlca is part f th s-calld Pacific Rig f Fir, a ara lyig btw th Amrica ad Asia ctits. W g liv t ur crrspdt i Saipa, Jams Rdbur. (Paus.) Jams, ca yu har m? (Wailig suds.) Wll, it lks lik w ar havig sm issus with th ccti Dir rprts cmig i frm Papua, Nw Guia whr a vlcaic rupti has claimd th livs f vr 100,000 ppl livig i Jayapura City. A vid clip, tak a cll ph by f th survivrs, sms t shw giat craturs risig frm th ca ad walkig thrugh lava flws th islad f Nw Guia. W ar gttig wrd that Curtis Islad has b dstryd i a vlcaic rupti. Tak with th rprts cmig i frm Kamchatka i Russia, sm scitists ar claimig that th sismic activity is likd t th Pacific Rig f Fir ad that wrs is yt t cm. Ucfirmd rprts cmig i ff th wir f ppl atig th ijurd ad dad fllwig th arthquak i Chil. W udrstad that witss has pstd a accut li, which rads wrwlf-lik m risig frm blw ad csumig th flsh f th dad, whil th plic ru i trrr. Th Cmmrc sikhl appars t hav b just th start. A majr arthquak, 9 pits th Richtr scal, has b flt thrughut Califria. Kpr t: us th fllwig if th ivstigatrs hav t cludit th fact th varius ruptis ad arthquaks ar actig t uscrw th Pacific basi th tir ca will rupt i a frzy f tsuami f cataclysmic prprtis. It s th d f th wrld! W hav Prfssr Mark Wlls, f Yal Uivrsity th li. Prfssr Wlls, what yu tll us abut this spat f vlcaic activity ad arthquaks? (Paus.) Wll, Sarah, all f th activity sms t b ctrd what is kw as th Pacific Rig f Fir. What w r sig appars t b a dmi ffct, with sismic shifts ad ruptis grwig i itsity. W r dtctig hug mvmts, byd aythig w hav histrically rcrdd. It s as if th tir Pacific plat is uscrwig, lik sm girmus sik plug. If this happs it wuld b a majr xticti vt Azathth! Ia! THE CORRECT ORDER OF THE RITUAL PHRASES Ygaiih, ygaiih, ththkh gha! Yg-Sthth! Y bthk, h hy grkdl lh. Ngh aaaaa, gh aaaa. Khi-laggarr, ysta, ysta. Eh-yahaah, yayayayaaaa. Fi-ai, Ygag-rll, grkdl lh. Als, frm tim t tim as th scari draws t a climax, th ivstigatrs attmptig t mak a ph call may har th fllwig mssag: This is a autmatd mssag. Sk shltr ad rmai calm. Th authritis ar awar f yur situati. Assistac will b frthcmig. Of curs, this mssag is purly mat t pacify. N hlp is cmig. It is th d f th wrld. ENDING THE SCENARIO Tw pssibl ways f slvig th scari ar as fllws; bth fcus clsig th gat t Hll bfr Hd Mutai rupts, killig all i th viciity. Oc th vlcaic mutai rupts, th last pic f th wrld-dig jigsaw is i plac ad th bttm f th Pacific Oca uscrws, brigig dath ad dvastati t th wrld ad hraldig th risig f R lyh ad th frig f th Grat Old Os. Nt that th dad will try t stp ay attmptig t cls th gat, ad wis ivstigatrs will hav t wrk quickly. Havig sm f th ivstigatr ru itrfrc ad dfd agaist th dad whil thrs wrk t cls th gat may b th bst pti. Oc th gat is clsd, th dad fall t th grud ad ar lgr a thrat. 31

33 s h t i g d p s Sluti O Th ivstigatrs pic tgthr th clus fud i Schigl s ightmar paitigs. Thy must cllct ad crrctly rdr th wrds f th ritual, spakig this vr th symbl cpid frm th rvrs f th paitig hug th wall i rm 7. Th writig s i th sv ightmar-scaps frms th ritual (s Hadut: Htl 4, ad Schigl s Art, pag 18 ad 21). Picig th phrass tgthr is prtty much dw t a Luck rll; althugh, a succssful Cthulhu Myths rll, r a Hard Occult rll will als d th trick. This allws th ritual s wrds t b placd i th crrct rdr (s Th Crrct Ordr f th Ritual Phrass, arby). Of curs, th ivstigatrs ca attmpt t say th ritual multipl tims i diffrt rdrs util thy gt it right. Oc thy hav figurd ut what ds t b d, givig th playrs Hadut: Htl 4 (cuttig ut th sv phrass s thy ca rdr thm hw thy wish) shuld hlp. Sluti Tw Diggig at th bas f th rd-cdar tr utsid th htl ad uarthig Schigl s bs allws th ivstigatrs t tss thm thrugh th gat it th hll dimsi, clsig th prtal. Th bs ar burid six ft dw th suthwstr sid f th tr. Othr Slutis Othr slutis may b fasibl ad th Kpr is rcmmdd t kp a p mid t vl suggstis mad by th playrs if it suds rasabl ad fits with yur visi fr th scari th g with it. O pssibl dig ss ay survivig ivstigatrs scapig th hrrrs f th htl ad travlig thrugh th gat t th hll dimsi. Whil t a victry, thy hav (at last fr a tim) savd thmslvs. Whthr thy ar frvr trappd, r must sk athr way ut is lft t th Kpr t dcid. If thy shuld vtually fid thir way ut, th wrld thy rtur t culd b w ruld by th Grat Old Os. CONCLUSION Eithr th wrld as w kw it has cm t a d r th ivstigatrs savd th day. I bth cass, hpfully, th climax was suitably climatic! If th ivstigatrs d maag t cls th gat, pssibilitis xist fr th Kpr t xpad th scp f th scari by havig th ivstigatrs travl t th thr gats t prmatly cls thm. Dpdig hw far vts arud th wrld hav g, thy will arriv i ach f th gat lcatis t fac diffrig challgs ad may wll d t discvr uiqu slutis fr clsig ach f th rmaiig six gats. CHAPTER ONE Likwis, if trappd i th hll dimsi, th ivstigatrs may d t mak thir way thrugh this strag ad dadly ralm, cutrig Myths titis ad uusual thrats alg th way. Mayb thy fid a xit t tak thm t f th thr six gat lcatis arud th wrld. Prhaps thr ar thr gats ladig t diffrt tims ad placs t. What mystris must thy slv ad what traps ad cutrs must thy gtiat i this mid-shattrig plac is lft t th fbril mid f th Kpr. Of curs, if th playrs ar uabl t prvt th d f th wrld, th xt gamig sssi yu might lik t play thrugh a gam f Cthulhu Wars frm Ptrs Gams! Rwards If yu ar usig Htl Hll i a gig campaig, th ivstigatrs may rciv th fllwig rwards: Clsig th gat t Hll +1D8 Saity pits. Savig (r attmptig t sav) th livs f Rvrd Rbsh ad mmbrs f th Tligit cmmuity +1D6 Saity pits. Sacrificig NPCs t sav thir w cks 1D6 Saity pits. APPENDIX: HOTEL HELL NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS AND MONSTERS Tligit Wrkr, hlpful lcal STR 65 CON 60 SIZ 55 DEX 60 INT 75 APP 55 POW 50 EDU 65 SAN 50 HP 11 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 9 MP: 10 Cmbat Brawl 45% (22/9), damag 1D3, r kif 1D6 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Climb 65%, Driv Aut 55%, First Aid 45%, Elctrical Rpair 45%, Itimidat 40%, Jump 45%, Laguag (Eglish) 50%, Laguag (Ligít) 70%, List 40%, Lcksmith 20%, Mchaical Rpair 60%, Natural Wrld 65%, Navigat 80%, Oprat Havy Machiry 50%, Prsuad 40%, Pilt (Bat) 80%, Psychlgy 25%, Spt Hidd 40%, Stalth 60%, Swim 70%, Thrw 70%, Track 50%. 32

34 HOTEL HELL Rvrd Rbsh, 63, hllfir prachr STR 40 CON 80 SIZ 60 DEX 60 INT 80 APP 45 POW 60 EDU 80 SAN 60 HP 14 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 5 MP: 12 Cmbat Brawl 30% (15/6), damag 1D3 Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Charm 25%, Climb 25%, Fast Talk 50%, First Aid 70%, Histry 50%, Itimidat 60%, Laguag (Eglish) 80%, Laguag (Ligít) 20%, Library Us 40%, List 60%, Mdici 25%, Natural Wrld 40%, Navigat 30%, Occult 45%, Pilt (Bat) 55%, Psychlgy 65%, Spt Hidd 65%, Stalth 50%, Swim 35%, Thrw 30%. Krmd bar STR 110 CON 65 SIZ 110 DEX 70 INT APP POW 50 EDU SAN HP 17 DB: +2D6 Build: 3 Mv: 12 MP: Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 2 (bit ad/r claw) Fightig 40% (20/8), damag 1D6+2D6 Ddg 35% (17/7) STR 80 CON 90 SIZ 60 DEX 55 INT 05 APP POW 10 EDU SAN HP 15 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 5 (shamblig) MP: 2 Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 1 (bit, crush, tar) Nt that gathrig umbrs f th dad may ma that thy utumbr th ivstigatrs rfr t Outumbrd, pag 108, Call f Cthulhu Rulbk. Fightig Crush* (mvr) Ddg 40% (20/8), damag 1D4 40% (20/8), hld, crush fllwig rud, damag 1D6 N/A *Crush: ivstigatr may attmpt a STR r DEX rll ppsd by th dad s STR t brak r wriggl fr c pr rud. Armr: ; majr wuds idicat a limb r had has fall ff (which ctiu t liv ulss cmpltly dstryd). Splls:. Saity lss: 0/1D6 Saity pits t s th dad. Skills Climb 40%, List 75%, Sct Pry 70%. Armr: 3-pit fur ad gristl. Saity lss: /a. Th Dad, f th Milli Favrd Os Th dad ar srvats f th Outr Gd Nyarlathtp, ad ar cutd amg ths amd as th Milli Favrd Os. Th dad cm i all shaps ad sizs, thy might b th dcayig rmais f ld prspctrs ad sttlrs, r culd cm frm aywhr i th wrld th Hll dimsi gathrs may t its waitig arms. Likwis, ay ivstigatr wh dis durig th scari will ji thir raks. Nt that whil th dad ar t lik th zmbis f ppular mdia (i.. thy d t at brais r fd up th livig), thy will attack ad kill th livig if apprachd. Thy will attack ths tryig t cls th gat. Othrwis, thy gathr arud th Hll gat, as if waitig fr a call wh kws, prhaps wh th mmt is right, Nyarlathtp will issu a cmmad ad thy will act Th Dad 33

35 s h t i g d p s JARED KELLY Ag: 33 Occupati: Artist / Htl Prpritr STR 40 CON 45 SIZ 60 DEX 60 INT 50 APP 75 POW 60 EDU 60 SAN 60 HP 10 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 12 Luck: 70 Cmbat Brawl 25% (12/15), damag 1D3 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Archalgy 20% (10/4) Art/Craft (Paitig) 60% (30/12) Climb 35% (17/7) Crdit Ratig 40% (20/8) Fast Talk 50% (25/10) Firarms (Hadgu) 35% (17/7) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 30% (15/6) Histry 30% (15/6) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Grma) 15% (7/3) Laguag (Eglish) 60% (30/12) Library Us 45% (22/9) List 30% (15/6) Mchaical Rpair 15% (7/3) Occult 30% (15/6) Psychlgy 30% (15/6) Spt Hidd 40% (20/8) Stalth 35% (17/7) Thrw 35% (17/7) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. CHAPTER ONE Backstry Yu g t cllg t study art, mt a prtty girl, ad th tw f yu st ut t fid yur frtu. Sur, thigs hav t turd ut lik yu xpctd. Yu v ly sld a fw paitigs but yu d gt t mt all srts f itrstig ppl wrkig as a barista. Th, frm ut f whr, a lttr arrivs frm a law ffic sayig a ucl yu vr kw yu had has did ad lft yu a htl i British Clumbia. Yu cashd ut yur savigs ad aucd that yu ad Dbra wr gig t start a w lif ad tak up rsidc i th htl. Yu hav gathrd sm frids t g with yu t rpair ad rfurish th prprty ad gt thigs st up. Dscripti: avrag hight, a bit th skiy sid, mssd-up hair. Traits: ptimistic, trustig. Idlgy/Blif: wh lif hads yu a pprtuity, siz it with bth arms. Abut yur cmpais: Dbra Klly: yur wif. Thigs hav b straid latly as sh has b wrrid abut this w htl vtur. Elsa Lma: Dbra s twi sistr. Yu try t gt alg but it is clar sh ds t rally lik yu. Sh is a gd ck ad that will b gd fr th htl. Rb Hardy: a grat guy ad a carptr (usful t hav him fr th htl s rfit) wh has ffrd t hlp. Da Hardy: Rb s brthr. Yu d t rally kw him but Da says h s a grat hadyma, s h shuld b usful durig th rfit. Christy Jhs: a ld frid wh jumpd i with bth ft wh yu xplaid yur pla t rfit ad ru th htl as a busiss. Sh says sh s hr t hlp. 34

36 HOTEL HELL DEBRA KELLY Ag: 33 Occupati: Str Maagr / Htl Prpritr STR 60 CON 40 SIZ 50 DEX 70 INT 70 APP 65 POW 55 EDU 55 SAN 55 HP 9 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 9 MP: 11 Luck: 55 Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3.32 rvlvr 35% (17/7), damag 1D8 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills: Accutig 35% (17/7) Charm 40% (20/8) Climb 20% (10/4) Crdit Ratig 40% (20/8) Driv Aut 40% (20/8) Elctrical Rpair 35% (17/7) Firarms (Hadgu) 35% (17/7) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 30% (15/6) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Grma) 35% (17/7) Laguag (Eglish) 55% (27/11) Law 15% (7/3) List 45% (22/9) Navigat 25% (12/5) Prsuad 55% (27/11) Psychlgy 50% (25/10) Occult 15% (7/3) Spt Hidd 60% (30/12) Stalth 35% (17/7) Thrw 40% (20/8) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry A fw wks ag yu ld a rdiary lif: assistat maagr f a small clthig str ad thikig abut startig a family with yur husbad Jard. Th, frm ut f whr, Jard has ihritd a ld htl i th middl f British Clumbia. Just lik that. Smhw, yu hav b prsuadd t lav yur jb ad start a w lif rmdlig ad ruig th htl. Yu v said yu ll giv a yar ad if it s trribl, th Jard will sll th htl ad yu ca gt back t civilizati. Yur twi sistr ad sm f Jard s frids hav jid yu t hlp rfit th htl. But is this what yu rally wat? Dscripti: avrag hight, rsy chks, shuldr lgth bld hair. Traits: pragmatic, curius, qustiig. Idlgy/Blif: this htl culd b a my pit, wh ar yu gig t gt th chac t start a family?! Abut yur cmpais: Jard Klly: yur husbad. H is xcitd abut th htl yu r startig t grw tird f his thusiasm. Elsa Lma: yur twi sistr. Yu lv hr but thig yu vr d is gd ugh fr hr. Sh is a prfssial ck, s hpfully yu ca tur hr attti t th htl s kitch. Rb Hardy: sms ic ugh ad Jard says h s a xcllt carptr (usful t hav fr th htl s rfit) but, if h s s gd, hw ca h just drp vrythig t g t British Clumbia? Mayb his busiss was t s succssful aftr all. Da Hardy: Rb s brthr. Yu d t kw him but Da says h s a grat hadyma, s h shuld b usful durig th rfit. O th flight vr h smd t b flirtig with yu. Christy Jhs: f Jard s ld frids (mayb a ld swthart?). Sh s agrd t hlp ut gttig th htl straight. Yu d t trust hr. 35

37 s h t i g d p s ELSA LEMANN Ag: 33 Occupati: Ck STR 50 CON 65 SIZ 50 DEX 60 INT 60 APP 60 POW 55 EDU 60 SAN 55 HP 11 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 11 Luck: 55 Cmbat Brawl 45% (22/9), damag 1D3 Kitch kif 45% (22/9), damag 1D4+2 Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Accutig 20% (10/4) Art/Craft (Ck) 60% (30/12) Climb 20% (10/4) Crdit Ratig 40% (20/8) Firarms (Hadgu) 35% (17/7) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 50% (25/10) Itimidat 35% (17/7) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Grma) 30% (15/6) Laguag (Eglish) 60% (30/12) Library Us 60% (30/12) List 25% (12/5) Mchaical Rpair 25% (12/5) Natural Wrld 30% (15/6) Navigat 30% (15/6) Occult 30% (15/6) Psychlgy 40% (20/8) Spt Hidd 45% (22/9) Stalth 30% (15/6) Thrw 30% (15/6) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. CHAPTER ONE Backstry Family cms first, that s what yur mthr always said. Yu had a succssful jb wrkig at a rstaurat wh, ut f th blu, yur twi sistr aucd sh ad hr husbad wr mvig t British Clumbia t ru a htl. Wll, thy dd yu ad s yu gav up yur jb ad hav g with thm. Yu ll ru th htl s kitch. Aftr all, yur sistr ds yu; sh s alrady mad a mss f hr lif ad it s yur Christia duty t kp hr th right track. Dscripti: avrag hight, pal cmplxi, lg bld hair. Traits: mthrig, cfidt i w abilitis ad piis. Idlgy/Blif: yu always kw what s bst, v if thr ppl d t s it at first. Abut yur cmpais Dbra Klly: yur twi sistr. Yu ly wat th bst fr hr. If yu d t mv Hav ad Earth t mak this crazy htl ida a succss, yu will! Jard Klly: Dbra s lazy husbad. H always talks a gd gam but, s far, h is yt t dlivr. Suppsdly h s a artist but all yu hav vr s him d is srv cff. Rb Hardy: Jard says h s a xcllt carptr (usful t hav fr th htl s rfit) but, if h s s gd, hw ca h just drp vrythig t g t British Clumbia? Did Jard ask fr rfrcs? Yu dubt it. Da Hardy: Rb s brthr. Rb says h s a grat hadyma but all h s d whil travlig is lk brdy. Th ly tim wh h wk up was t flirt with yur sistr. Yu ll hav t watch him. Christy Jhs: f Jard s ld swtharts, why sh s cmig is ay s guss. Dbra thiks sh aims t gt hr hks back i Jard prhaps that wuld t b a bad thig? 36

38 HOTEL HELL ROB HARDY Ag: 36 Occupati: Carptr STR 70 CON 65 SIZ 60 DEX 70 INT 60 APP 50 POW 45 EDU 60 SAN 45 HP 12 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 9 MP: 9 Luck: 50 Cmbat Brawl 60% (30/12), damag 1D3+DB Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Art/Craft (Carptry) 60% (30/12) Charm 30% (15/6) Climb 30% (15/6) Crdit Ratig 25% (12/5) Driv Aut 30% (15/6) Elctrical Rpair 30% (15/6) Firarms (Hadgu) 20% (10/4) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 35% (17/7) First Aid 30% (15/6) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Eglish) 60% (30/12) List 30% (15/6) Lcksmith 20% (10/4) Mchaical Rpair 40% (20/8) Natural Wrld 30% (15/6) Navigat 40% (20/8) Prsuad 30% (15/6) Psychlgy 20% (10/4) Spt Hidd 30% (15/6) Stalth 30% (15/6) Track 40% (20/8) Thrw 30% (15/6) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Yur frid Jard rctly ihritd a ld htl i British Clumbia ad has a pla t rmdl it ad ru it as a busiss with Dbra, his wif. Busiss has b bad fr yu rctly, s yu ffrd yur srvics t hlp rfit th htl. Hpfully, th my will b gd ugh t put yu (ad yur brthr) back yur ft. Yu v brught yur brthr, Da, with yu. Da has vr had ay luck ad has struggld i lif. H just gt ut f jail, s this is a chac t put him back th straight ad arrw ad hlp him mak smthig f himslf. Yu v tld Jard that Da is a grat hadyma it s a li but yu r sur it ll all wrk ut. Dscripti: stcky build, ushav, casual, ds a haircut. Traits: hard wrkig, amiabl. Idlgy/Blif: w all hav ur crsss t bar. Abut yur cmpais: Da Hardy: yur brthr. Kpig him with yu this trip mas yu ca kp a y him ad sur h ds t slip back it bad habits. Hpfully jail has b a lss h w t wat t rpat. H sms t b makig a ffrt t b fridly with Dbra ad Elsa. Dbra Klly: Jard s wif. Yu r t sur sh is abslutly bard with this fixig up th htl schm. Thr sms t b tsi btw hr ad hr sistr, Elsa. Jard Klly: sms a gd guy. H is all fird up t mak this prjct wrk but is smwhat aiv h has vr laid ys th htl. Wh kws what ll it ll b lik, but yu hav t admir his curag. Elsa Lma: Dbra s twi sistr. Sh s a ck ad is gig t srt ut th htl s kitch. Frm what yu v s s far, sh is a hardhadd wma wh ds t suffr fls gladly; wdr sh ds t sm t lik Jard. Christy Jhs: f Jard s ld frids. Sh sms swt. Appartly, sh is smthig f a utdrs xprt. Must b sm bad bld thr, giv th way Dbra ad Elsa lk at hr wh sh spaks t Jard. 37

39 s h t i g d p s DAN HARDY Ag: 34 Occupati: Driftr (x. Cvict) STR 65 CON 60 SIZ 60 DEX 80 INT 55 APP 55 POW 60 EDU 40 SAN 60 HP 12 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 9 MP: 12 Luck: 55 Cmbat Brawl 40% (20/8), damag 1D3+DB.32 rvlvr 45% (22/9), damag 1D8 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Art/Craft (Actig) 25% (12/5) Charm 40% (20/8) Climb 20% (10/4) Crdit Ratig 10% (5/2) Elctrical Rpair 20% (10/4) Firarms (Hadgu) 45% (22/9) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 35% (17/7) First Aid 30% (15/6) Itimidat 50% (25/10) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Eglish) 40% (20/8) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. CHAPTER ONE List 40% (20/8) Lcksmith 50% (25/10) Mchaical Rpair 40% (20/8) Navigat 30% (15/6) Natural Wrld 20% (10/4) Oprat Havy Machiry 10% (5/2) Psychlgy 50% (25/10) Slight f Had 40% (20/8) Spt Hidd 30% (15/6) Stalth 40% (20/8) Swim 30% (15/6) Track 35% (17/7) Thrw 30% (15/6) Backstry Wrkig i t fiv has vr b yur gig. Thr s t much fu t b had; that s why yu v always fud it hard t stick t thig. A sris f dad d jbs ld yu t mak ds mt thrugh drug dalig ad ptty crim, which ladd yu i jail. Yu r ut w ad yur brthr Rb is dtrmid t kp yu straight. That s why yu ar big draggd t th middl f frakig whr t hlp fix up sm ld htl. Yu w it t yur brthr t giv it a sht. Whil yu ar a cla f th drugs w, a part f yu wishs yu culd g back t th ld lif; thigs wr asir th. Dscripti: stcky build, bushy bard, ad a shav had. Sm tatts. Traits: pprtuistic, cuig, patit. Idlgy/Blif: thr ar tw kids f ppl: ths wh w t crss th li ad ths that will. Yu hav vr b afraid f crssig th li. Abut yur cmpais Rb Hardy: yur brthr. H kps sayig abut hw this trip will b just lik th ld days wh yu usd t g hutig with yur dad but yu hatd all that. Hpfully, ut i th wildrss, h ll rlax ad yu w t fl watchd all th tim. Jard Klly: th htl s w wr. H s a sap. Ma, it wuld b asy t tak this guy fr a rid but with yur brthr watchig it is prbably t wrth th risk. Mayb a pprtuity will prst itslf t fathr yur st at his xps. Dbra Klly: Jard s wif. Sh sms prtty agry with hr fl husbad. Ca t blam hr, yu har sh had a prtty swt jb sh had t jack i accut f hr husbad s mad schm. Yu hav mad a ffrt t gt t kw hr ad hr sistr, sharig driks ad laughs th flight vr. A littl flirtig might lad t smthig prfitabl r, at last sm fu. Elsa Lma: Dbra s twi sistr ad a ck. Whil sh appars straight lacd, sh sms t tak a shi t yu. Sh tld yu hr ccrs abut this whl mad schm ad hw sh thiks Jard is t gd ugh fr hr sistr. Yu ddd ad smild. Christy Jhs: f Jard s ld frids. Appartly, sh is smthig f a utdrs xprt. It maks yu chuckl t thik abut th tw sistrs big wrrid that Christy has hr sights st Jard, it s prtty clar t yu that m ar t hr sc. 38

40 HOTEL HELL CHRISTY JOHNSON Ag: 32 Occupati: Fitss Istructr STR 80 CON 80 SIZ 50 DEX 70 INT 55 APP 65 POW 50 EDU 65 SAN 50 HP 13 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 9 MP: 10 Luck: 50 Cmbat Brawl 70% (35/14), damag 1D3+DB Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Charm 25% (12/5) Climb 60% (30/12) Crdit Ratig 35% (17/7) Firarms (Hadgu) 20% (10/4) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 70% (35/14) Itimidat 30% (15/6) Jump 40% (20/8) Laguag (Eglish) 65% (32/13) Library Us 40% (20/8) List 25% (12/5) Natural Wrld 40% (20/8) Navigat 35% (17/7) Occult 20% (10/4) Psychlgy 15% (7/3) Spt Hidd 25% (12/5) Stalth 25% (12/5) Swim 35% (17/7) Thrw 40% (20/8) Track 30% (15/6) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry This chag f scry is just what yu dd. Yur ld frid Jard has ihritd a htl i British Clumbia ad plas t fix it up. H has ivitd yu t hlp him ad his wif gt it ff th grud, sayig h will d yur xprtis t wrk as a utdr pursuits istructr. Giv yur rct brak up with Samatha, yu dfiitly wat a frsh start. Hlpig t gt th htl st up ad rady shuld b grat fu. Abut yur cmpais: Jard Klly: yu ar ld frids; h s a ral a swti always ptimistic ad up fr fu. H has b a ral a lifsavr, ffrig yu this pprtuity. Dbra Klly: Jard s wif. Sh s clarly t ttally bard with th htl, but hr agr sms t b dirctd at yu, which maks ss. Mayb thigs ar t gd btw thm. Elsa Lma: Dbra s twi sistr ad a ck. Nic ugh, cmig all this way just t hlp hr sistr ad Jard start thir w busiss. Sh is a bit stadffish, lik sh has prblm with yu r smthig. Rb Hardy: Jard s frid ad a carptr. H sms kay but acts vry sriusly all th tim. H culd d with lightig up. Da Hardy: Rb s brthr. A ic guy, yu spt tim th flight gttig t kw him. Yu wuld t b surprisd if h d d jail tim; h sms t hav driftd frm jb t jb ad yu gt th imprssi h liks a asy lif. Dscripti: slim ad athltic physiqu, smart but casual drss, hair tid i a pytail. Traits: p midd, idpdt, cautius. Idlgy/Blif: a chag is as gd as a rst; lif s t shrt mak thigs happ! 39

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42 CHAPTER 2 THE DERELICT A fial jury brigs a rmarkabl discvry ad a hidd trrr. This scari is st i th mdr-day i th icy watrs f th Nrth Atlatic. Accmmdatig tw t six playrs, it ca b playd i a sigl sssi. Th advtur ccrs a missig rfr ship, th Grlad Trpisch, which has b stradd a icbrg. Th thught f a substatial salvag rward drivs th ivstigatrs t attmpt t rscu th ship, but i dig s thy attract th attti f a strag ad dadly mstr. FOREWORD I cam up with this scari whil radig a ld bk abut Vikig xplratis f th Nw Wrld. I f th tals, th Vikigs cutrd what thy calld a sciapd (this cutr is dscribd i th scari). What struck m is that th rst f th saga was all prfctly rmal, arthly activity. Thr wr strms, thy caught fish, thy sightd lad, avidd icbrgs, tc. Th, ut f whr, cms this sciapd, ad th Vikigs trat it as mattr-f-factly as a walrus. Th ly ras I wuld hav t discut th sciapd is that sic th sms t hav spttd thm (ad livd?). But it is a prfctly straightfrward sightig. It maks m wdr hw may dd supratural vts w rjct frm acit tims bcaus w kw bttr. But w ar willig t bliv thir -miraculus accuts, f curs. I wdr what w ar blidig urslvs t by failig t dig dpr. Thr ar Frch curtrm cass i which wrwlvs wr put trial, ad ths ar right algsid thr curt cass i which disputs th validity f th vts, fr istac. Or 19 th ctury accuts f lights glwig brightly th dark half f th m. Thigs g byd ur purviw. Sady Ptrs THE INVESTIGATORS Thr ar tw pssibl ways t ivlv th ivstigatrs: Firstly, charactr culd b th wr f a luxury yacht wh, alg with his r hr frids, is jyig fial jury bfr hadig thir yacht vr t its w wr. I this situati, f th ivstigatrs is th yacht s wr, wh has fall hard tims prhaps as a rsult f th cmic crisis (r Crash f 1929, if adjustig th scari t th Classic ra). Dspit bst ffrts vr th prcdig yars, th ivstigatr s savigs hav dwidld ad thir ivstmts hav drid up, ad thy hav b frcd t sll thir yacht, th Dlilah. This culd v b th csquc f t much tim spt jautig arud th wrld cmbatig th Myths ad t payig attti t thir icm! Th Dlilah has b sld t a prs i Eglad, prvidig th ivstigatr with last pprtuity t sail th yacht frm th USA t its w wr. Dcidig t mak this trip as plasat as pssibl, th ivstigatr has ivitd sm frids (th thr ivstigatrs) alg fr a fial grad party. Plas ad dtails fr th luxury yacht ar prvidd, rfr t Dlilah, Luxury Yacht, pag 44. Altrativly, th ivstigatrs ar a salvag tam st t ivstigat th Grlad Trpisch s situati ad rtur th ship t prt. Th rfr has b rprtd missig, its last trasmissi put it smwhr suthwst f Grlad. Th crw must lcat th ship, sarch fr ad rscu ay survivrs, ad gt th vssl back t prt ithr udr its w pwr r by twig. Fr backgrud th missig rfr, rfr t Grlad Trpisch, Rfr Ship, pag Nt that, with this pti, pla has b prvidd fr th salvag crw s ship assum smthig similar i trms f a wrkig bat, but mr dw d f th Dlilah. Th Drlict

43 s h t i g d p s Th scari as prstd assums th first pti: a luxury yacht wr ad his r hr frids a jury acrss th Nrth Atlatic, wh cm acrss th Grlad Trpisch stradd a icbrg. Six pr-gratd charactrs ar prvidd fr pti (s pag 62); thr ar warig silvr jwlry, td (S) Jas Kricky, stck brkr / bat s wr Isaac Kli, architct Sir, musicia / sigr (S) Jaic Whit, clbrity athlt (S) Eric Hust, scial twrk mgul Ell Gray, clbrity actrss (S) If cratig w ivstigatrs, th fllwig ccupatis ar suggstd: Opti, luxury yacht wr ad frids: accutat, actr (film star), architct, athlt, authr, dsigr, dilttat, dctr, gir, gamblr, lawyr, ad whitcllar wrkr (succssful busiss wr). Havig playr charactr with a girig backgrud is rcmmdd, but t sstial. CHAPTER TWO I additi, thr shuld b r tw -playr charactrs (NPCs) wh culd play th rls f th yacht s captai ad mat (bth mplyd by th yacht s wr) r wh culd b thr frids f th wr if playrs wish t tak ths rls (fr cvic, tw NPCs ar prvidd, s N-Playr Charactrs ad Mstr, pag 60). Opti tw, salvag crw: divr, gir, mchaic, sailr, sldir/mari (x-military). Agai, sur r tw NPCs ar mmbrs f th crw. Imprtat t: thrughut this scari, th Kpr must kp a track f which ivstigatrs hav ski i ctact with silvr. Th mstr i this scari is rmally ivisibl ad ly ths wh hav flsh i ctact with silvr ar abl t s th cratur fr what it is (s Th Sciapd, pag 60). Try t avid makig th playrs awar f this fact util thy wrk it ut fr thmslvs. Us subtl qustiig durig charactr crati r wh stablishig th pig sc t dtrmi wh might b warig jwlry, r simply mak a ducatd guss as t which charactrs hav a strlig silvr rig, chai, r arrigs. If i dubt, dtrmi th warig f silvr with a Luck rll rmmbr t t dw succsss fr latr rfrc wh th charactrs cm fac t fac with th mstr. Th Icy Nrth Atlatic Oca 42

44 THE DERELICT STARTING THE SCENARIO Th ivstigatrs ar jyig th facilitis bard th luxury yacht, Dlilah, travlig frm Bst, USA, t Livrpl, UK. Allw th playrs tim t itrduc thir charactrs ad stablish rlatiships. Explai that this is a party ad thir last chac t hav fu th Dlilah bfr it is hadd vr t its w wr arrival i Livrpl a tim t frgt thir prsal wrris ad fiacial hardships ad mak th mst f th situati. At a suitabl pit, prbably arud mid-aftr, thy spy a rfr ship smigly stradd a icbrg. Th rfr ca b spttd by ay f th gusts r th yacht s tw crwmmbrs as cssary ( rll cssary). Th discvry may prmpt a dbat as t whthr t us th radi t ctract th rfr r call fr hlp, r whthr t just had twards th icbrg t s if hlp is rquird. Additially, th Kpr shuld plat th ida f salvag; if f th playrs thik f it, th f th NPC charactrs ca suggst that a hfty salvag f wuld b rwardd if thy culd tw th ship t prt (appalig t th fiacially strappd yacht wr). I ay vt, th ivstigatrs shuld draw th cclusi that thy shuld at th vry last try t ascrtai if ay is aliv ad ds rscuig, as statd i th Gva Cvti th High Sas (s bx arby). Thus, th ivstigatrs ar draw twards th rfr ship thrugh a ss f duty ad rspsibility, as wll as prhaps dllar sigs i th ys. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS Frm this pit wards, th scari is smwhat frfrm i dsig, allwig th Kpr t ract t th ivstigatrs dcisis ad actis. Th likly squc f vts fllws ad th Kpr shuld fl fr t build ad adapt as cssary. Th scari tds t hav tw halvs: th sarch fr clus th Grlad Trpisch ad th ralizati that thr is smthig th ship, fllwd by a gam f cat ad mus with th sciapd, ladig t a climax whr th succss f th ivstigatrs pla fr dalig with th mstr cms t a had. Us th fllwig squc t driv th acti ad play, mittig ad rplacig with vts f yur w dsig as yu s fit: Th ivstigatrs spt th icbrg ad th stradd rfr ad ar bligd t s if thr ar ay crw dig t b rscud, as wll as prvkig th ti that if thy ca gt th rfr ship t prt th thy culd rciv a hadsm salvag rward ugh t prhaps d th yacht s wr s fiacial ws. S Salvag Rights, pag 45. Gttig t th rfr ad icbrg is rlativly asy; althugh, th Kpr may call fr a Pilt (Bat) rll (if a ivstigatr GENEVA CONVENTION OF THE HIGH SEAS Sigd i 1958, th Cvti icluds Articl 98: th duty t rdr assistac. Th Articl rquirs a ship ad crw (if abl, withut riskig srius dagrmt t ship, crw, r passgrs) t:' Rdr assistac t ay prs fud at sa i dagr f big lst. Prcd with all pssibl spd t th rscu f prss i distrss, if ifrmd f thir d f assistac, i s far as such acti may rasably b xpctd. Aftr a cllisi, t rdr assistac t th thr ship, its crw ad its passgrs. Kpr t: th yacht s wr ad its crwmmbrs wuld b awar f th Cvti ad its implicatis (mrally ad lgally) if thy fail t rdr assistac. is piltig th yacht) t dtrmi hw wll this is maagd. A fumbl r faild pushd rll mas th yacht is smhw damagd cmig algsid th rfr ad icbrg (prhaps scrapig th hull) ad rpairs will d t b mad bfr thy ca cast ff agai. Sarchig th Grlad Trpisch fr clus as t its fat ad/ r wrkig ut hw thy might gt th ship mvig fr salvag. Thr ar sigs f lif dck, s a sarch f th rfr is rquird t dtrmi if ay ds rscuig. Opti: whil sarchig th rfr s carg hlds, th ivstigatrs walk right past th slpig sciapd (hidd udr a tarpauli) latr, build th ss f uas wh thy rtur t fid th tarpauli flat th flr. Th sciapd waks up, sizs up th situati, ad bards th Dlilah t dstry its ctrls ad radi, s as t prvt this wly arrivd fd surc frm dpartig. Damag t th Dlilah s ctrls might b rpairabl, giv th tim ad cssary skills. As th rfr is sarchd, clus ar fud (grwig i imprtac ad hrrr). Th ivstigatrs raliz thy ar t al ad pssibly r mr f thm rtur t th yacht t fid its b attackd ad that th ctrls ad radi ar brk. 43

45 s h t i g d p s Hadut: Drlict 1 CHAPTER TWO Th Dlilah 44

46 THE DERELICT Opti: f th ivstigatrs catchs a brif glimps f th sciapd (a hug whit thig mvig past a prthl r a drway). Mak sur that whvr spts th mstr is i ctact with silvr (prhaps a rig r thr pic f jwlry thy ar warig, r f th silvr itms td i th dscripti f th Grlad Trpisch. Th sciapd bgis t hut th ivstigatrs. Ay NPCs ar killd first; prhaps is suddly harpd by th sciapd s crystal bw, causig paic wh thr is sig f wh r what sht th dadly blt. Athr NPC might b fud dad, savag bit marks i thir flsh. Altrativly, all that th ivstigatrs har is a trrifyig scram; wh thy g t s what has happd, all thy fid is a bldy trail ladig dw it th carg hlds. Th mystrius attacks ad strag sightigs f a hug whit thig (as wll as th pssibility f a utright attack) driv th ivstigatrs t hid (prbably th rfr, as it is biggr ad has mr placs fr ccalmt). Build th cfusi t sm f th ivstigatrs th mstr is ivisibl, t thrs (i ctact with silvr) its awful visag ca b s (prvkig Saity rlls). Th sciapd fids f th hidig placs but is prhaps iitially driv back; it dparts t rst up, but will rtur. Th ivstigatrs hav a bit f tim t wrk ut hw t dal with th ivisibl mstr. At this pit, curag th ivstigatrs t cm up with a pla f acti. Thr ar a umbr f ways thy might prcd, sm f which ar xplrd i Cmbatig th Sciapd, pag 57. Allw th playrs tim t thik vr thir ptis ad frmulat a pla; althugh, if thy tak t lg, hav th sciapd rtur t s abut ly t dpart agai. Ultimatly, th ivstigatrs shuld b frcd ut f hidig t act thir pla prbably rquirig thm t split up i rdr t gathr what thy rquir ad s fac ruig it th mstr. Build tsi as idividual ivstigatr actis risk brigig th mstr s attti. Th scari s climax shuld ccr whthr th ivstigatrs pla wrks r t. Try t rward iguity ad risk, but succss shuld b hard w. Th fllwig sctis dtail particular curss f acti, as wll as prvid a walkthrugh f th Grlad Trpisch that ca b usd wh th ivstigatrs xplr th ship. Salvag Rights Th fllwig ifrmati ca b fud i th captai s ffic bard th Grlad Trpisch (s Suprstructur: Lvl O, Kitch, pag 47). Altrativly, f th ivstigatrs with a suitabl ccupati r xpric (r a crwmmbr NPC) culd rlay th gist f th dtail with a succssful Law r Hard Kw rll. DELILAH, LUXURY YACHT Dlilah is a 95-ft (29 mtr) mtr yacht, accmmdatig up t t ppl i luxury. Th vssl cmpriss thr lvls: a fly (p tp) bridg, th mai dck, ad lwr dck. Scdary whlhus ctrls ar th fly dck, alg with a lug ara (with larg cmfy cushis fr subathig), ad a awig fr shad. Th mai dck ctais th gally, diig tabl, scial aras, ad whlhus, whil th lwr dck has fur spacius cabis (tw dubls ad tw twis), plus tw fr cabis with Pullma brths. Th yacht is air-cditid ad th cmmual aras iclud flat scr tlvisis, DVD playrs, ad a surrud sud music systm. Fr th advturus, th yacht carris a sa kayak, srklig gar, watr skis, ad a Wakbard. A dighy is strd th fly dck. Cruis spd: 20 kts Max spd: 22 kts Egi: 2 x MTU 2942 kw S th Dlilah s dck pla, arby. A hadut is prvidd fr th playrs (s Hadut: Drlict 2). Th Law f Salvag prvids that a prs rcvrig athr prs s ship r carg aftr pril r lss at sa is titld t a rward cmmsurat with th valu f th prprty s savd. Th Law f Fids may b applid if th wrck has b abadd (th vssl s wr has t activly trid t rtriv th vssl r its ctts). Thus, th wr is csidrd t hav rliquishd th titl vlutarily. A discvrr wh fids a shipwrck is titld t th full valu f all f th gds rcvrd. Sic th wr f th vssl has giv up tryig t rcvr th shipwrck, th discvrr is dmd t hav full rights t th ctt; althugh, abadmt f th vssl must b prv. Whr th Law f Fids ds t apply, a succssful salvr is t titld t kp th salvd vssl but is titld t a award. Th amut f th award is basd th vssl s valu, its ctts/carg, hw succssful th salvag was, th salvr s skill i miimizig damag t th virmt, ad th lvl f pril t which th salvagd vssl was subjct. I additi, factrs such as th rscu f huma livs, th salvr s labr ad xpss, ad th lvl f risk cutrd als play a rl i dtrmiig th award. 45

47 s h t i g d p s Usig th Radi O sig th Grlad Trpisch, ivstigatrs may wat t radi th stradd ship r cmmuicat with th authritis (prbably th US Cast Guard). Callig th Grlad Trpisch licits rsps whatsvr. Ctactig th maritim authritis ca b d ad th ivstigatrs ca rlay a mssag; hwvr, hlp will b a lg tim cmig crtaily lg aftr th ivstigatrs hav cm fac-t-fac with th sciapd. I additi, rmid th ivstigatrs that brigig i athr party t udrtak th sarch ad rscu likly mas that ay salvag claim by th ivstigatrs wuld b utralizd ad lst. If th ivstigatrs d t thik t us th radi arly, th hav th sciapd dstry th radi ad th yacht s gi ctrls whil vry is sarchig th Grlad Trpisch. Shuld a psky ivstigatr dcid t rmai with th yacht, hav thm distractd away frm th yacht hr ar tw pssibilitis: Thy har a sud r s smthig strag th Grlad Trpisch; farig smthig bad is happig, thy lav th yacht t war th thrs. Thy s smthig jump it th watr frm th Grlad Trpisch r icbrg (th sciapd makig a big splash) ad ca s smthig drivig thrugh th watr twards th yacht. Ev if a ivstigatr stays abard th Dlilah, th sciapd is ivisibl (prsumig th ivstigatr has silvr jwlry) ad s ca cm abard ad bgi wrckig th ship s radi ad ctrls. Witssig this attack by a us frc calls fr a Saity rll (1D3/1D6). If a NPC is lft al bard th yacht, th th ivstigatrs fid thir dad bdy thir rtur; a 6-ft lg crystal harp mbddd i thir chst (0/1D4 Saity lss). GROENLAND TROPISCH, REEFER SHIP Th Grlad Trpisch is a rfrigratd carg ship (rfr) usd t trasprt prishabl cmmditis, icludig fruit, mat, fish, vgtabls, ad dairy prducts. Opratd by th firm f Simms ad Calvrt, th vssl is currtly adrift i th Nrth Atlatic up a icbrg. Th Grlad Trpisch is sm frty yars ld ad is quippd with thr cras (ly tw f which ar pratial, th thr is damagd but rpair may b pssibl), ad thr, tp pig hatchs th mai dck thrugh which carg is lwrd t th varius hlds blw. Tw f th carg hatchs ar currtly p t th lmts. CHAPTER TWO Th vssl s avigati bridg is at th tp f th mai suprstructur, which riss abv th carg dcks. Th suprstructur cmpriss fiv lvls: kitch ad diig rms lvl, crw quartrs, a crw lug, gally, ad a laudry lvl tw; fficrs quartrs ad lug lvl thr; captai s quartrs ad dayrm, plus rcrati rm lvl fur; whlhus ad th radi rm lvl fiv (avigati bridg). Built: Harlad ad Wlff, Blfast Rgistry: Dutch Opratd by: Simms ad Calvrt Typ: Rfrigratd Carg Lir Lgth: 331 ft (117 mtrs) Grss Tag: 6,600 Prpulsi: 6,660 BHP Cmplimt: 16 crw EXPLORING THE REEFER Effctivly, th Grlad Trpisch is a ghst ship, smigly abadd ad mldd t th sid f a icbrg. Appartly, th ship hit th icbrg, causig damag t th hull; th ship is still sawrthy if it ca b dtachd frm th icbrg. Th ship s pwr is ff; thr is lightig, hatig, ad a layr f ic cligs grimly t all xpsd surfacs. Iitial ispcti suggsts sigs f lif. A dark ad uwhlsm atmsphr prvads. Sud chs thrugh th ship as th icy ca lashs agaist bth ship ad icbrg. Emphasiz th cld, th darkss, ad th silc. Th whl xpric shuld b ri ad frbdig, spcially wh th ivstigatrs vtur isid th suprstructur ad th carg hlds. Th fllwig sctis iclud r mr discvris th Kpr ca plat, dpdig th acti ad fcus th ivstigatrs. Such discvris ca ccur whvr th Kpr dms mst apprpriat; hwvr, it is suggstd t build th frqucy f such fids as th scari prgrsss, s as t build th hrrr (i.. d t thrw all f this at th playrs i th first thirty miuts). Rfr t th dck pla f th Grlad Trpisch, arby. Mai Dck Th hull has b partially crushd by impact with th ic, althugh it ds t appar t b lttig i watr. If smhw dtachd frm th ic, th vssl culd b sawrthy ugh t b twd t lad ad quit pssibly a salvag rward. Thr larg cras rsid vr larg dck hatchs. Oly f th hatchs is scurd, th thr tw ar p ( fully, partially) allwig grss t th carg hlds blw. Tw larg wichs ad th ship s achr mchaism (which has t b dplyd) ca b fud at th bw f th ship. 46

48 THE DERELICT Cls xamiati f th partially p hatch rvals th mtal hatch cvr has b tr frm sm f its mutigs ad th cvr is uv du t svral larg dts i its surfac, ar t th whr it has b tr frm th mutigs. Fidig ths idts is mr difficult if th ivstigatrs hav t thught t brig a light surc with thm, maig that a Spt Hidd rll is rquird t idtify thm. Cras: tw f th cras appar t b i rdr frm a cursry ispcti (if th ship s pwr ca b turd ), whil th third (furthst frm th suprstructur) appars damagd wirs ar tr frm fittigs ad mutigs twistd, as if a larg bjct had kckd it th cra, causig it t bd ad twist. Rpairig th damagd cra rquirs th prpr tls (strd i th suprstructur), six hurs, ad a succssful Scic (Egirig), Oprat Havy Machiry, r Hard Mchaical Rpair rll. O lifbat is suspdd frm th utr dck f th third lvl f th suprstructur (viwabl frm th mai dck) th starbard sid. A lwrig mchaism fr a prtsid lifbat is visibl, yt thr is sig f th lifbat. Pssibl discvris: Drag marks thrugh ic th dck s flr, as if smthig larg had b draggd alg th dck. Frz drps f bld th dck flr ar th str (bhid th suprstructur). Spt Hidd: a svrd ad frz had. A succssful Mdici rll cfirms th had has b bitt ff, as if a shark had attackd th had s wr. Suprstructur: Lvl O, Kitch Frm th mai dck, drs t th itrir f th suprstructur ca b fud th prt ad starbard sids. It s hard t t tic that bth drs hav b rippd frm thir fittigs. O dr (prt sid) lis buckld ad twistd th dck, whil th thr is missig tirly. Examiati f th prt sid dr rvals scratchs r claw marks but rathr idtatis, as if smthig larg ad havy was usd t battr dw th dr frm utsid. Th lckig mchaism is bt ad twistd, rquirig substatial frc. This damag is rplicatd arud th drfram. Frm th drfram apparac, th starbard dr lks t hav b battrd frm th isid ad tr frm its mutigs altgthr. Othr accss drs th starbard sid lad it th ck s mat, vgtabl, diary, ad dry prvisis strs (all lckd). Whil th prt sid, accss drs lad it a crw carg hld (7), th carg ffic (9) (lckd), th CO 2 bttl rm (10) (lckd), ad ship s str (11). With lightig r hatig, th itrir is dark ad frsty. Alg th mai crridr (prt t starbard) ca b fud th fficrs diig rm (1), th gally kitch (2), th crw s diig rm (3), ff-duty mss (13), ad th captai s (5) ad chif gir s (4) ffics. Fd strs: gttig isid rquirs ithr a succssful Lcksmith rll r brut frc (STR rll ad a crwbar r similar). All sms i gd rdr, with appart damag t th drs r itrirs. Fdstuff is packd atly shlvig i rfrigratd rms (th rfrigrati systm is t wrkig). Thr is sm pssibl spilig, althugh du t th cld f th sa ad th icbrg it s still prtty chilly. CO 2 rm (10): carb dixid is usd i a ship wid systm t fight firs (spcially i th gi rm, kitch, ad carg hlds), as wll as prvid rfrigrati t th hlds. Each bttl is just vr 5-ft (1.5 m) i hight ad wighs 290lbs wh full (190lbs mpty). Gttig isid rquirs ithr a succssful Lcksmith rll r brut frc (Hard STR rll; rduc t Rgular difficulty if a crwbar r similar is usd as a lvr). Ivstigatrs may thik t jury-rig CO 2 bttls i thir fight agaist th sciapd (s Cmbatig th Sciapd, pag 57). Carg ffic (9): shlvs ad filig cabits li th walls ad ctai a grat assrtmt f carg maifsts, lgal dcumts, ad custms frms. A cluttrd dsk ad a chair ar th ly furitur withi. Shuld th ivstigatrs wish t fid dcumts prtaiig t th ship s currt carg a succssful Spt Hidd fids th maifst, which dtails a carg f mat (bf, prk, tc.), frsh fruit ad vgtabls, fish, ad dairy prducts. Captai s ffic (5): a wll rdrd rm, with a dsk ad swivl chair, ad a bkcas hldig a sris f bks maritim law (i Eglish). Th captai s lgbk is th dsk, alg with a half mpty mug f frz cff. Bhid th dsk is a small cast ir saf (p). Th captai s lg is writt i Nrwgia. If ay ca rad Nrwgia, th lg stats that th Grlad Trpisch dpartd Brg, Nrway, Fbruary 13 th 2016, carryig a carg f vgtabl ad mat prduc hadd fr Sukkrtpp i Grlad. Th mst rct tris, datd Fbruary 16 th, dscrib a rgu icbrg hittig th Grlad Trpisch. Th ship suffrd damag frm th impact ad chif gir Guar Ulfss was istructd t ispct ad ascrtai th lvl f damag t hull. Th captai rmarks that h has b uabl t cmmuicat with lad du t th radi pratr, Thrlf Löfgr, actig crazily ad damagig th quipmt. Löfgr was vrpwrd ad was cfid t his cabi pdig ivstigati f th icidt by th captai. 47

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51 s h t i g d p s Isid th saf is a (lckd) cash bx hldig 7,000 Daish kr ($1,000), as wll as th ship s paprs ad thr isurac ifrmati. If th bks f maritim law ar studid, dtails ccrig salvag rights ca b fud. S Salvag Rights, pag 45. CHAPTER TWO Crw s diig rm (3): a mirrr f th fficrs diig rm, althugh a umbr f tabls hav b st thir sids, as if t frm a barricad. It appars t hav d gd, as th tabls ar bt ad twistd ad ar cvrd i bld. Frz tracks f bld strtch acrss th flr. Th Crw's Diig Rm Chif gir s ffic (4): th dr is lckd (Lcksmith r Hard STR rll t p; rduc t Rgular if lvr is usd). Isid ar mtal filig cabits, a dsk, ad a swivl chair. Th rm appars utuchd, apart frm tw cabit drawrs that ar p, with varius dcumts half-pulld ut (as if sm had b sarchig fr smthig). O f th drawrs hlds dcumts prtaiig t th dck cras, whil th thr has varius safty chck frms, ivtris, ad bills f purchas fr bttls f CO 2. Officrs diig rm (1): rws f chairs ad tabls. Half-at mals sit cld whit plats, ad cutlry lis scattrd abut. Gally kitch (2): th larg kitch ctais a larg assrtmt f pts ad pas ad thr ckig paraphralia. Cld fd sits i larg pts th ulit stvs. A pt f stw has b vrturd, its ctts frz i a pl th flr. All mar f kitch kivs ad implmts ca b fud hr. Pssibl discvris: Bld tracks ad splattrs flrs ad walls. A flar gu (mpty). A larg kitch kif, its blad crustd with a whit substac, almst lik milk. Bttls ad rags fr makig Mltv Ccktails. Suprstructur: Lvl Tw, Crw Quartrs Th dark stairways lad up t lvl tw ad als ctiu up t th highr lvls. Th crridrs ar silt ad p it th varius crw cabis, as wll as a crw lug ad bar, a laudry rm (16), ad a mdical rm (17). All itral drs ar ulckd ad mst ar ajar, swigig idly; ccasially a dr will swig shut, sdig a mtallic ch ruig thrugh th ship. 50

52 THE DERELICT Crw cabis: ar much alik, ach huss a bd ad a small lckr fr prsal blgigs, as wll as clthig ad thr prsal tuchs lik tapd-up saucy pstrs ad caldars. Sm cabis ar appartly vacat. Th drs t a umbr f cabis hav b bashd i (rquirig grat frc ad strgth byd that f a huma). Crw lug: csists f chap, cmfy chairs ad cff tabls, alg with a bar (liqur ca b fud bhid a draw-dw, lckd, mtal blid). It lks as thugh sm has trid usuccssfully t p th mtal blid with a ir crwbar, which lis th flr arby. A dck f playig cards is strw acrss th flr (cls xamiati shws sm f th cards ar markd with spts f drid bld). Othrwis, th lug ctais a DVD playr riggd t a prjctr, a scr th wall, ad sm shlvs hldig a library f ppular mvis. Mdical rm (17): ctais a xamiati ara, a sik, ad gd supply f first aid matrials, icludig drssigs, atisptics, ad s. Mdical tls fr mr sris ijuris ca als b fud, icludig rsuscitati quipmt, mdical istrumts, itravus kits, disifctat, ad a dfibrillatr. Tw wrkig flashlights ca b fud with f th cupbards. A wall cabit has b brk p, rvalig bttls f drugs withi (atibitics, picilli, tc.); sm brk vials f mrphi li th flr. A ivstigatr with mdical traiig wuld b awar that pratis ad ruti mdical prcdurs culd b prfrmd hr. Pssibl discvris: Bldstais. A discardd had ax. Empty vial f mrphi ad a usd syrig. A tarishd ad bldstaid kif. A crw cabi paitd with frz bld splattr. Suprstructur: Lvl Thr, Officr Quartrs Similar i layut t th lvl blw, th fficrs cabis ar a littl largr tha ths f th crw. Apart frm athr laudry rm (19), th ly thr ara is th fficrs lug (20), als fittd with a bar (lckd) ad slightly bttr quality cmfy chairs ad tabls. A umbr f mpty whisky bttls (prsumably rmvd frm th bar) li th flr, sm ar brk ad s jaggd glass prsts a dagr t ay fallig t th flr r gttig thir hads ad ks t sarch. Pssibl discvris: A 6-ft lg cylidrical pic f glass mbddd i a bulkhad (frm a distac, a flashlight wuld highlight it glitig). Wh xamid, th glass lks mr lik crystal ad is shapd lik a harp. If pulld frm th wall (rquirig a Hard STR rll), th crystal shaft is icy cld t th tuch ad rvals a sharp barbd had. It lks lik thig th ivstigatrs hav vr s bfr: th matrial bars mst rsmblac t armrd glass ad is vry strg (s Th Sciapd, pag 60). At last cabi dr tr frm its higs ad w partially blckig th crridr. A dad crwmmbr, fud i th laudry rm. Th bdy has b viscratd ad partially at (Saity lss 1/1D4). A ladd flar gu (1D10+3+bur). Kpr t: th fllwig clu shuld, idally, b itrducd latr i th gam, c th ivstigatrs hav d a iitial ispcti f th vssl. Th lcati f th clu shuld b a crw r fficr cabi, prhaps vrlkd r passd by wh thy first vtur thrugh th suprstructur. I cabi, bks hav b scattrd abut. Th bks rag frm th classics t varius bks mythlgy ad flk tals. O bk, a vlum f Nrs sagas, lis p. Th spi has b brk, with th pags p at a scti f Erik th Rd s Saga: th lft-had pag is th Old Nrs txt, whil th facig pag is th Eglish traslati s Hadut: Drlict 3. Th bks blg t f th crw wh had a itrst i histry, wh sig th sciapd with its crystal bw rmmbrd th passag i th saga. Th highlightd passag prvids th ly clu t mstr stalkig th Grlad Trpisch. A succssful Spt Hidd rll tics smthig shiy bath th littrd bks: a silvr futai p. Suprstructur: Lvl Fur, Sir Officr Quartrs Cmprisig lss rm tha th lvls blw du t th psiti f th tw xtral lifbats, lvl fur ctais th captai s cabi (23), bathrm, ad dayrm, as wll as a rcrati rm (21) ad cabis fr th radi fficr (24) ad chif gir (22). Oly lifbat is hr (starbard sid), th thr lifbat is missig xamiati shws that th missig bat must hav b prviusly lwrd (s Sarchig th Icbrg, pag 56, fr th lifbat s rmais). S pssibl discvris (fllwig) fr what s i th rmaiig lifbat. Th rcrati rm ctais a piball machi, gr baiz card tabl, a slcti f bard gams, a tlvisi ad DVD playr, plus a slcti f mvis. Radi pratr s cabi (24): th cabi dr is lckd (Lcksmith r Hard STR rll t p; rduc t Rgular if lvr is usd). O trig, th ivstigatrs ar blckd by a mattrss that has b 51

53 s h t i g d p s updd ad is blckig accss isid. Th mattrss ca asily b pushd ut f th way. Isid, it s a mss: clthig ad prsal pssssis hav b flug abut with abad. Sm clths ar bldstaid; suggstig that whvr rasackd this cabi was ijurd at th tim. Bath th bd, visibl thrugh th fram, is th bdy f Thrlf Löfgr th radi pratr lyig i a pl f frz bld. Th ma s ys ar wid p, a lk f trrr carvd his fac (Saity lss 0/1D3). Examiati rvals his thrat has b cut, althugh thr ar lacratis t his trs ad lwr arms, suggstiv f kif wuds. Hidd bath his bdy is a ld, silvr-hadld cutthrat razr (which h usd t cmmit suicid). Sarchig thrugh prsal ffcts rvals th ma s am. Captai s cabi (23): th dr is ajar ad lads it t a small lbby frm which th bdrm, dayrm, ad bathrm ar accssd. Evrythig sms i rdr. Cmpard t th radi pratr s cabi, it is tidy ad thr ar sigs f distrss r vadalism. I th dayrm ar thr cmfrtabl chairs, plus a dsk ad upright chair. Th dsk hlds th captai s lg, a silvr lttr pr, ad writig papr ad ps. A ccasial tabl, st agaist a wall, hlds a ship s dcatr, half-filld with fi rum. Th cut-glass dcatr has a silvr labl a shrt chai arud its stm. Chif gir s cabi (22): a suit f rms mirrrig ths f th captai at th ppsit d f th crridr. Whil th bdrm is tidy, thr ar bldstaid twls i th bathrm ad th dayrm is a mss. Ship s systms diagrams, dck plas, cra diagrams, ad thr girig paprs ar strw abut a larg dsk. A hadwritt t sayig, CO 2 bttls r cra? rsts tpmst th scattrd paprs. Th ivstigatrs ca fid a dck pla f th Grlad Trpisch hr (s Hadut: Drlict 1). Pssibl discvris: Paprs rvalig th captai s am t b Hlmar Egström. Th captai s privat rum str. Th magld ad bldy crps f a fficr i th rmaiig lifbat, hidd bath th bat s tarpauli. Pssibly, a succssful Spt Hidd rll tics th tarpauli is utid ad ls at d f th bat, as wll as bldstaid. Suprstructur: Lvl Fiv, Whlhus A bldstaid itral stairway lads up t a crridr accssig th rar f th whlhus. Th radi rm (27) is accssd frm th whlhus (26). Drs at th prt ad starbard sids f th whlhus lad ut t a uppr dck, which tw xtral stairways (facig th str) dscd CHAPTER TWO ERIK THE RED'S SAGA Tim tak t rad thrugh th whl saga (takig apprximatly 30 t 45 miuts) rvals th fllwig ifrmati. A ivstigatr with a classical ducati r grwig up i Iclad r Grlad might rcall th tal with a Kw rll. Cmpsd i 1265, Erik th Rd s Saga tlls f Thrfi Karlsfi ad his wif Gudrid, ad th discvry ad clizati f Grlad. Th xpditi, ld by Thrfi Karlsfi ad Gudrid, xplrs rth, mtig ad killig ativs thir way. I istac, thy cm up a sciapd ( uipd r -ftr ) wh shts a arrw ad kills Erik s s, Thrvald, ad th disappars. Th survivrs rtur hm ad th st sail agai fr Grlad i th fllwig sprig. Th sciapd is mtid ly c ad thr is littl t dscrib th cratur thr tha its am, which sstially mas it is a -lggd bast that carris ad shts a larg bw. t th lifbat dck. Th whlhus (26) is smwhat brightr tha th thr aras f ship, du t th larg viwig widw; it quickly bcms appart that th whlhus has b sriusly damagd. Ctrls ad dials ar smashd, lvrs bt, twistd r pulld ut f thir mutigs, ad grat dts mar th ctrls mtal husig. Th viwig widw has a larg crack ruig thrugh it (frst als bscurs th viw). Paprs ad charts li scattrd abut. Clarly, this sc f dstructi suggsts that r mr ppl wr hll-bt prvtig th ship s prati, althugh th damag t th mtal casig ad th twistd lvr rds wuld rquir trmdus strgth byd that f a rmal ma. Th radi rm (27) is a similar stry. O trig, it is appart that sm has causd srius damag t th radi systm. Rts i th mtal casig rval wirs that hav b pulld ad svrd, whil th micrph has b dashd t pics. Examiati f th damag rvals it is diffrt t th way th whlhus was damagd; i s much as th damag hr culd asily hav b accmplishd by a sigl dtrmid prs usig a ax. Idd, a fw mmts spt lkig vr th dbris rvals a ax partially hidd th flr. Bth th ship s ctrls ad th radi ar byd rpair. 52

54 THE DERELICT Kpr t: th sciapd causd th damag i th whlhus. Prir t that, Thrlf Löfgr saw th mstr ad wt isa; i a but f madss h grabbd a wallmutd ax ad attackd th radi, causig sigificat ad irrparabl damag bfr th crw subdud him. Ths with Pilt (Bat), Scic (Egirig), Oprat Havy Machiry ( rll rquird), r a Hard Mchaical Rpair rll may stimat that althugh th ship s ctrls cat b usd, it wuld b pssibl t tw th vssl t a prt, prvidd it culd b xtractd frm th icbrg. Ivstigatrs with ths skills ca als dtrmi that th bst way t gt th ship s lightig wrkig wuld b t g t th gi rm blw dcks. Pssibl discvris: Spt Hidd: tracs f bld amgst th damag i th radi rm. Spt Hidd: tracs f bld amgst th damag i th whlhus. Th mpty muts fr a fir ax a wall th xtral uppr dck. Carg Hlds Thr ar thr carg hlds, all accssibl via th mai dck ad blw dck. Each hld is slf-ctaid. Blw dck, crridrs ar lid with varius pips (carryig rfrigrati gas) ladig t th hlds ad baks f cmprssrs. Each hld has its w rfrigrati ctrls, althugh th varius systms ar t currtly fuctiig. Th hlds ar t all full: sm ar mpty ad thrs ar ly partially full. Packig bxs, crats, tarpaulis, chais, rps, pallts, ad s ar strw arud th hlds. A small frklift truck, a bulldzr, ad wichs ca b fud: prati f th vhicls rquirs rfulig (disl must b fud) ad a succssful Oprat Havy Machiry rll, r Hard Mchaical Rpair r Driv rll. Ths placs ar dark, cld, ad uivitig. Slippig ic r a tl th flr is pssibl (as apprpriat, call fr a DEX rll t avid stumblig ad trippig); f curs, ths with a light surc may avid such hazards. Hld 1: mat prducts ad th rmais f th crw. Hld 2: vgtabl ad fruit prducts. Hld 3: diary prducts. Kpr t: wh th ivstigatrs bard th Grlad Trpisch, th sciapd is rstig bath its giat ft i Hld 1 bath a tarpauli. Just rmark that, alg with pallts f mat prducts ad hagig bf carcasss, ar sm mpty crats, sm f which ar cvrd with tarpaulis. Rmmbr Th Crystal Arrw 53

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57 s h t i g d p s that th sciapd is ivisibl ulss th ivstigatr s ski is i ctact with silvr, s shuld ay ispct what s bath th larg tarpauli, thy s thig. If thy ar i ctact with silvr, th sciapd just lks lik a pil f rcks (admittdly a littl strag t fid i a mat strag hld). Ths gttig far t itrstd i th tarpauli/pil f rcks might hav thir attti draw away by a strag sud lswhr th ship, a sudd lurch f th icbrg, r (v mr likly) th discvry f th crws rmais by athr ivstigatr (s fllwig). Of curs, dtrmid ad frcibl prddig f th tarpauli r rcks may awak th sciapd, wh will ris up bath th tarpauli ad prbably caus th iquisitiv ivstigatr a shck (Saity rll, 1/1D4 lss; 1D4/1D8 if abl t s th cratur). Pssibl discvris: Bits f clthig saggd mtal r th flr. Chuk f bldy hair frz t a pip. Crwbars ad thr pttially usful tls. Wd pallts fr barricadig rms. Ful Jrrycas fr th frklift ad bulldzr. Flashlights (sm smashd up, sm wrkig). Varius lgths f ttig fr hldig dw carg. Trlly carts with CO 2 caistrs. Stl cabl, wichs, ad rps fr tyig dw carg. A grisly discvry: i f Hld 1 s lwr lvls th rmais f th ship s crw ca b fud. Th sciapd has carrid th rmais t this hld, pilig up th crpss i sm ful mckry f th mat carg lswhr. Withut a light surc, ivstigatrs fac walkig ad trippig it this dath pil ulss thy succd i a DEX rll. Ths fallig fac first it th crpss may t iitially raliz thir prdicamt, blivig that thy hav cm up mr agricultural mat; as ralizati taks hld, call fr a Saity rll (1D3/1D6 lss). Examiati f th bdis rvals up t thirt crwmmbrs. All hav varius ijuris, ragig frm bit marks t crushig damag, whil sm hav b partially at. Sarchig th bdis is t a plasat task, ad th bst th ivstigatrs ca hp t fid ar sts f kys t p varius drs ad lcks th ship. Th sciapd will rtur hr frm tim t tim t fd althugh, livig pry is far mr t its tast. Egi Rm Th gi rm lis silt ad dark. Th accss drs hav b bashd p ad th smll f ful is strg. Thr is a dizzyig array f ctrls, valvs, switchs, ad dials all th mr dizzyig as much has b smashd ad damagd, as if sm tk a CHAPTER TWO sldghammr t th rm. Brk plastic, chippd mtal, burst pips, ad wirig littr th flr, walls, ad cilig. Kpr t: th sciapd, t watig its w fud fd supply t lav, trd th gi rm ad tr th plac apart. Gttig t grips with th systms is ar impssibl fr a utraid prs. Islatig th lctrical systm i th hp f gttig th ship s lights is asy task, rquirig a succssful Hard Elctrical Rpair r Scic (Egirig) rll, r a Extrm Kw rll (lwr th difficulty t Rgular fr sm xpricd with ship s systms). With succss, th ivstigatr has maagd t gt th lights wrkig; althugh, thr ar bviusly ls cctis arud th ship, as parts f th vssl rmai i darkss. Lights may stay ad th suddly g dad fr a tim bfr cmig back. I which parts f th ship th lights wrk ad hw itrmitttly thy stay is dtrmid by th Kpr, wh is curagd t us light ad darkss t build atmsphr ad tsi as th scari draws t a climax. A cmptt mchaic r gir may dtrmi that th ship s mai driv shaft has b brk ad is irrparabl. Gttig th ship s gis wrkig is impssibl. Th ship must b twd t prt fr ffctiv rpairs t b mad. If f th ivstigatrs is a skilld gir, th Kpr may rward ffrt with mmtary suds f th gis cmig t lif, ly t suddly fail t th disappitmt f all ccrd. It is lft t th Kpr s discrti what thr f th ship s systms ca b brught li. Pssibl discvris: Mchaic s tls. Accss t th ship s ful supply. Obard itrcm systm (rquirig a Elctrical Rpair rll ad a cupl f hurs t rpair). SEARCHING THE ICEBERG Dtrmid ivstigatrs may wish t xplr th icbrg, riskig lif ad limb th slippry flatig islad. Firstly, it is vry cld ad warm clthig is rquird. Scdly, it s dagrus ad th Kpr shuld call fr a DEX rll t crss th ic: failur mas th ivstigatr is i a prcarius psiti; thy ca ithr chs t withdraw ad rtrac thir stps, r push th rll (DEX r Jump). If pushd ad faild, th ivstigatr might ijur thmslvs, fall ad lad hard th ic, r pttially fall it th sa. Ay such damag will b arud 1D4 pits, althugh fallig it th sa calls fr quick acti (ad prbably 56

58 THE DERELICT Th Abadd Lifbat hlp frm ths arby) thrwis drwig is pssibl (apply th drwig ruls, pag 124, Call f Cthulhu Rulbk). Nt Hard CON rlls ar rquird t stav ff drwig i th icy cld watrs f th Nrthr Atlatic. If th icbrg withut suitably warm clthig, hyprthrmia sts i aftr miuts: call fr a CON rll: if usuccssful, th ivstigatr is suffrig frm hypthrmia. Hypthrmia prvks mtal cfusi ( palty di t all skill rlls) ad causs 1D4 damag. If xpsur ctius, call fr a CON rll ach hur util th ivstigatr is rscud ad warmd up r dis. Fr ach CON rll faild, th ivstigatr suffrs a furthr 1D4 damag. Each tim a CON rll is faild, rais th difficulty f th xt CON (thus, aftr failur th xt rll will b Hard, fllwd by all CON rlls big Extrm). Oc th ivstigatr has b warmd thrugh ad rstd, thy rgai 1D3 hit pits ad rcvr th rst at th rmal rat. Th ly thig f itrst th icbrg is th rmais f th Grlad Trpisch s missig lifbat. Wh tw f th crw trid t scap, th sciapd jumpd i th watr ad draggd th lifbat back t th icbrg, whrup it killd th m ad tssd th bat t th ic. Th bat s rmais ar battrd, tr apart, ad frstd with bld. COMBATING THE SCIAPOD Ivtiv playrs hpfully ar abl t ccct suitabl plas t dal with th ivisibl mstr. Sm pssibilitis fllw try t curag th playrs t mak us f what is arud thm rathr tha mrly thikig t tackl th sciapd had. Igius ccpts shuld b rwardd. Mst plas prbably will ivlv a umbr f mvig parts, rquirig ach f th ivstigatrs t play a rl i lurig, trappig, r hurtig th mstr. Sm ivstigatrs may d t act as bait (prhaps callig fr a Saity rll t rmai cl udr prssur), athr might d t sur a dr ps r clss at th right tim, s as t chal th sciapd i a crtai dircti (mayb a Mchaical Rpair r DEX rll is dd), ad th thr s usig th cras r bulldzr t ijur r frc th cratur frm th ship (rquirig th ability t driv r prat th quipmt). Thik thrugh th playrs pla ad agr what th skill rlls culd b fr th diffrig lmts ad avid callig fr rpat rlls (this ly dimiishs th chacs f succss); rll pr acti is apprpriat (.g. if a ivstigatr must lur th mstr by ruig ahad f it, ly call fr DEX rll, ad allw fr pushd rlls). Oc yu hav agrd th pla 57

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60 THE DERELICT ad which ivstigatrs ar rquird t mak which rlls, th vrythig is st ad vry has th sam xpctatis. Of curs, th sciapd might t act i th way prdictd by th ivstigatrs ad prvk last scd chags whr a sigl ivstigatr must thik ad ract quickly althugh, try t scuppr th playrs pla cmpltly; add tsi ad drama, but try t rfrai frm causig a ati-climax, which tds t b usatisfactry fr all ccrd. Usig flur r ic: thrwig flur (r sm thr fdstuff ) r shvlig ic t a dck culd crat a way t track th ivisibl mstr. A ara prpard i such a mar culd prvid a mas t dtct th cratur s apprach (visually r harig th cruch f th ic), spcially if th ivstigatrs hav t caught t usig silvr t spy th sciapd. Usig a trap: actig as bait, a ivstigatr lurs th cratur t a trap. Traps culd cm i may variatis: a ccald pit filld with spiky mtal ad sharp-dd pips, a rm filld with ful that ca b quickly st fir; imprisig th mstr i a carg hld (hw lg it taks t brak ut is lft t th Kpr); ad s. Usig th bulldzr/frklift: lur th sciapd t a ara f th ship ad th distract it whil ivstigatrs drivig th vhicls suddly ram it vrbard r hpfully caus ugh damag t svrly ijur it. Prhaps th bulldzr culd b usd t driv th mstr t a trap, r th frklift culd pi it t a wall, ablig thrs t ji th attack. Usig th rfr s cras: whil th cras cat b mvd, thy ca still pack a puch if th mstr ca b lurd arby. Prhaps th ivstigatrs culd us ttig ad stl cabl (fud i th carg hlds) cctd t tw f th cras t fashi a trap ad hld th mstr. Usig CO 2 : gttig accss t th CO 2 rm culd allw th ivstigatrs t jury-rig bttls s that th cmprssd gas is usd t sht prjctils at th mstr (much lik a air gu). Nt that cmprssd CO 2 may xpld if hatd. Likwis, if ugh f th gas is rlasd ad dirctd at th sciapd i a clsd spac, it ca displac th xyg ugh t asphyxiat th mstr. Apprpriat skill rlls lik Scic (Egirig) ad Mchaical Rpair ar rquird (at a push, a Hard Kw rll might suffic if f th ivstigatrs hav applicabl ccupatis r backgruds). Thy will als d t gt th mstr it a apprpriat spac, prhaps by usig f thm as bait. Assum cctratd xpsur i a clsd rm riggd t fill with CO 2 causs th mstr t bcm agitatd ad at risk f suffcati: it starts t tak damag aftr 1D6+1 ruds (big agitatd, it quickly vrxrts itslf ), suffrig 1D6 damag (igrig armr) pr rud util it falls ucscius (rducd t half hit pits), dath, r th cratur is abl t brak fr ad brath cla air. Just sprayig a sigl bttl f CO 2 at th mstr w t caus it ay damag, but it might mak it back away fr a mmt at th Kpr s discrti. Fightig th sciapd: rmmbr, ulss a ivstigatr is i ctact with silvr, th mstr is ivisibl, makig fightig a difficult prspct; apply a palty di t all attmpts t hit th sciapd. Bfr a ivstigatr maks a Fightig r Firarms rll, ask fr a List rll (r Spt Hidd, if apprpriat): if succssful, th ivstigatr sss whr th mstr culd b, allwig th palty di t b gatd. Of curs, ths mchaics rward playrs wh st up alarms r a mas t track th mstr. Dpdig th circumstacs (gral chas, ivisibility, darkss, madss, tc.), th Kpr is wll withi thir rights t imps tw palty dic durig cmbat (with th pssibility f palty big gatd). Ijurd? At which pit th sciapd givs up is lft t th Kpr. It may dcid t fight t th dath (it s t particularly itlligt) r, if svrly wudd, it may slik ff t lick its wuds at last buyig th ivstigatrs sm tim t dvis a w pla, rpair thir yacht, scap i a lifbat, ad s. Crtaily, if th mstr suffrs th lss f half f its hit pits, it will back ff ad rgrup. If badly ijurd ad crrd, th sciapd is likly t bcm ragd ad dsprat, lashig ut with its full frc t scap. CONCLUSION Thr is prscribd utcm fr th scari. Prhaps th ivstigatrs kill th sciapd ad th hav tim t rpair th yacht. Mayb thy trap it, v thugh it is likly t brak fr at sm pit, prhaps givig thm ugh tim t scap th icbrg usig th lifbat frm th rfr, r st thmslvs adrift th Dlilah. Of curs, dspit ivtiv plaig ad hric actis, th mstr might wi th day ad th ivstigatrs bcm its xt mal. If a radi mssag was st ut arly, th a passig ship r v a rscu tam culd appar (c th sciapd has b dalt with i sm way) t hlp th ivstigatrs dpart t safty. Th Sciapd 59

61 s h t i g d p s It is suggstd, if th ivstigatrs surviv ad dpart lifbats r ar rscud, that th Kpr dscribs th d sc alg th lis f th fllwig: Yu push ff it th dark watrs f th Nrth Atlatic. Hpfully, a passig ship will fid yu s, althugh yu kw i yur hart that th chacs ar slim. Prhaps yu ca fight ff th hugr ad thirst ad cld, ad liv t tll th tal. At last, bttr this tha th awful fat f th crw f th Grlad Trpisch ad yur frids wh did t mak it. As yu huddl tgthr, dsprat fr warmth, yu lk back twards th icbrg ad th ld rfr. Th sc is almst pictursqu. Ev th wid sms t hav calmd dw. Th, suddly, smthig whit mvs ad shifts, fallig frm th icbrg it th dark watrs with a larg splash. Yu ar vry tird; yur ys must b playig tricks yu; surly th thig is t fllwig yu Rwards If yu ar usig Th Drlict i a gig campaig, th ivstigatrs may rciv th fllwig rwards: Survivig th Drlict +1D6 Saity pits. Killig r thrwis dfatig th sciapd +1D8 Saity pits. Flig by trappig r distractig th sciapd (i.. it rmais at larg) +1D4 Saity pits. APPENDIX: THE DERELICT NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS AND MONSTER Jh Calhu, yacht captai STR 60 CON 60 SIZ 65 DEX 60 INT 70 APP 55 POW 40 EDU 65 SAN 60 HP 12 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 7 MP: 8 Cmbat Brawl Ddg 30% (15/6) 30% (15/6), damag 1D3+1D4, r club 1D4+1D4 Skills Climb 40%, Divig 45%, Elctrical Rpair 35%, First Aid 70%, Itimidat 45%, Law 30%, List 40%, Mchaical Rpair 65%, Natural Wrld 55%, Navigat 75%, Oprat Havy Machiry 25%, Pilt (Bat) 80%, Psychlgy 40%, Scic (Egirig) 20%, Spt Hidd 50%, Swim 65%, Thrw 40%. CHAPTER TWO Jørg Has, captai s mat STR 50 CON 70 SIZ 55 DEX 70 INT 70 APP 60 POW 45 EDU 60 SAN 45 HP 12 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 9 Cmbat Brawl Ddg 35% (17/7) 30% (15/6), damag 1D3+1D4, r kif 1D4+1D4 Skills Charm 45%, Climb 45%, First Aid 45%, Elctrical Rpair 70%, Mchaical Rpair 55%, Natural Wrld 35%, Navigat 60%, Oprat Havy Machiry 65%, Pilt (Bat) 70%, Scic (Egirig) 40%, Spt Hidd 40%, Swim 50%, Thrw 50%. THE SCIAPOD What first appard t b a larg ad irrgular, pal stlik mass, raisd its bulk t rval its frm bath. It s rcky, umbrlla-lik xtrir was i fact its hug prhsil ft, splayd ut ad agld t cvr its bdy lik that f sm hllish mllusk. Pullig back its ft bath it, s as t stad up th flshy mass, it raisd itslf up ad lurchd frward. A mstrus thig cmprisd f a whit muscl mass, which twistd ad ctrtd t frm a smigly uppr humaid shap, with tw arms xtdig it wbbd hads ad figrs. Atp, risig frm its ctral mass, was a dfrmd had cmprisig a gapig maw filld with razr-lik tth ad a sigl lumius gr y. Th sciapd has hug prhsil wbbd ft, which it ca us t clutch mis ad crush thm. Its uppr bdy is humaid i apparac, with tw arms ad wbbd hads, ad a ddly shapd had ctaiig a sigl y, st abv a larg muth. Its flsh is pal whit, whil th udrsid f its grat ft is a sty gray clr, actig as a srt f camuflag wh its bdy is hidd bath th ft, makig it lk lik a larg rgaic lump r a rck. Th mstr is rmally ivisibl. Smhw, silvr sms t gat its ivisibility, rdrig it visibl t humas wh ar i ctact with silvr, b it jwlry r thrwis. Whthr ay thr mtals hav th sam ffct is ukw. Wh it ca b s i light (as wll as artificial light ad mlight) its whit bulk appars t glittr. Th cratur ca swim with its ft, prpllig itslf quit quickly with pulsig kicks i th sam mar as a frg. Its prhsil ft prvids a mas t jump ad lap it is crtaily abl t lap frm watr t th dck f bat. Wh submrgd, it must surfac fr air rgularly. O lad, it sms t slid alg smwhat i th mar a slug s mti, but 60

62 THE DERELICT much quickr. Th sciapd tds t prat i shrt bursts f rgy, aftr which it ds rsts. Usually, wh t skig pry, it prfrs t rmai statiary, hidd bath its giat ft. Nt havig vcal chrds, th sciapd cat spak. It attmpts cmmuicati with humas, wh it viws as pry ad a fd surc. It is a itlligc ppt, abl t udrstad huma tchlgy as a thrat (hc, dstryig th cmmuicatis ad ship ctrls i this scari), as wll as us cuig t hut its pry. It has xpric f dalig with humas, gaid frm cturis f bsrvati, but wh ragd it tds t b driv by istict; thus, clvr humas ca utwit it. Th sciapd carris ad uss a crystal bw. It is uclar hw th bw ad its harp-lik arrws ar cratd r fashid; prhaps thy ar a rmat f its rac s tchlgy, r th cratur has a ihrt ability t fashi th itms frm thir surrudigs, usig bdily xcrtis much lik a ystr crats a parl. Obviusly, it must b abl t crat arrws rlativly asily, as th sciapd appars t hav prblm i lavig spt arrws bhid. Th bw ad arrws ar aki t armrd glass ad ar vry strg, abl t pirc mtal. If th bw is xamid clsly, th bwstrig appars t b mad f aimal siw (pssibly frm a dp sa cratur r v huma siws). Th us f a bw ds t ma th sciapd is primitiv but rathr that it is a rsurcful ad clvr th crystal bw is a usful wap fr a thig that smtims travls udrwatr. Such craturs hav b rprtd acrss huma histry. Pliy th Eldr wrt i Histria Naturalis (77 CE) abut -lggd craturs livig i Ethipia, whil th Mappa Mudi (1290 CE) shws a sciapd sid f th wrld. I fact, may mdival bstiaris ctai craturs with a humaid uppr trs abv a sigl lg ad larg ft. I sm, th cratur is shltrig frm rai r prtctig itslf by raisig its ft abv its pr bdy. Its am drivs frm Grk skia (shadw) ad pd (ft). Th mstr s rigi is ukw. Prhaps it is a cratur f th Myths (prhaps sm strag spaw f Yg-Sthth), a survivr f a ali rac w lg sic dpartd, r a sigl cratur fall t Earth i tims past. Sm might rgard it as rlic f a pr-huma rac, r culd it b a mutati r illadvisd ldr thig xprimt frm th daw f lif Earth? Sciapd, grat ftd ad hugrig thig STR 280 CON 240 SIZ 210 DEX 70 INT 50 APP POW 40 EDU SAN HP 45 DB: +5D6 Build: 6 Mv: 7/9* MP 8 *Swimmig. Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 1 (bit, stmp, clutch ad crush, r wap) Fightig attacks: th sciapd may suddly lurch frward t bit, us its ft t stmp a ppt, r us its crystalli bw t sht a harp-lik arrw fr a ragd attack. Fightig 60% (30/12), damag 5D6 Clutch & Crush (mvr) 60% (30/12), hld, crush fllwig rud, damag 5D6 Crystalli bw 50% (25/10), damag 1D8+2D6 Ddg 35% (17/7) Clutch ad Crush (mvr): th prhsil ft ca grasp a victim, prvtig mvmt. Th victim may ly brak fr as th rsult f a succssful ppsd STR rll. Wh capturd by th ft, th sciapd may crush th victim fr 5D6 damag. Crystalli bw (ragd attack): usig its strag bw, th sciapd ca sht a 6-ft lg harp-lik arrw at a ppt. Th bas rag is 40 yards. Wh hit, th arrw causs 1D8+2D6 damag; if survivig, th victim als fls a its cld a furthr 1 damag is suffrd ach rud thraftr if th crystalli arrw is t rmvd. Ivisibility: ivisibility is gatd wh th viwr is i ctact with silvr (jwlry, lttr pr, bwl, tc.). Apply at last palty di t ths attmptig t hit th ivisibl mstr (s Fightig th sciapd, pag 59). Armr: 5-pit ski. Nt that silvr waps igr armr. Splls:. Saity lss: 1D4/1D8 Saity pits t s th sciapd. Th Sciapd 61

63 s h t i g d p s JASON KERNICKY Ag: 29 Occupati: Stckbrkr / Bat Owr STR 50 CON 70 SIZ 50 DEX 50 INT 80 APP 40 POW 60 EDU 60 SAN 60 HP 12 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 12 Luck: 50 Cmbat Brawl 55% (27/11), damag 1D3 Ddg 25% (12/5) Skills Accutig 50% (25/10) Climb 40% (20/8) Crdit Ratig 60% (22/9) Elctrical Rpair 10% (5/2) Firarms (Hadgu) 40% (20/8) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 45% (22/9) First Aid 30% (15/6) Itimidat 60% (30/12) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Eglish) 60% (30/12) Law 40% (20/8) Library Us 60% (30/12) List 40% (20/8) Mchaical Rpair 20% (10/4) Pilt (Bat) 40% (20/8) Psychlgy 50% (25/10) Spt Hidd 40% (20/8) Stalth 40% (20/8) Swim 40% (20/8) Thrw 20% (10/4) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. CHAPTER TWO Backstry Yu ar th wr f a luxury yacht calld th Dlilah, jyig a fial jury acrss th Atlatic with yur frids. Ufrtuatly, th cmic climat has t b kid t yu r yur ivstmts, ad yu hav b frcd t sll th yacht t a buyr i Eglad. S yu ar makig th mst f thigs by ivitig sm frids t ji yu this last xcursi. Yur frids: Isaac Kli: a succssful architct. H sms t hav frgiv yu dspit th lsss h suffrd th ivstmts that yu advisd him. Sir: a sigr sgwritr whs star is i th ascdac. Sh s a ral party aimal. Jaic Whit: a athlt wh lst ut gld at th last Olympics. Sh has s hr spsrship start t fall ff ad hps yu ca itrduc hr t w ivstrs. Eric Hust: th scial twrk mgul. Yu mad a cupl f ivstmts fr him sm yars ag, thy did t pay wll but wr t cmplt disastrs ithr. H culd bail ut yur fiacial ws withut brakig a swat but h plays thigs cls t his chst. H ca b a dd fish at tims. Ell Gray: actrss ad star f that hit TV sris. Sh plays i straight i public but yu v s what a crazy ad hdistic lady sh is wh thr ar camras abut. Dscripti: thi, agular faturs, bld hair, ad dvilishlkig ys. Traits: avaricius, slf-ctrd. Idlgy/Blif: lsrs ar vr wirs. D t b a lsr. Yu hav t kw hw t prtct yurslf. Trasurd Pssssi: gld Rlx watch. 62

64 THE DERELICT ISAAC KLEIN Ag: 32 Occupati: Architct STR 40 CON 60 SIZ 50 DEX 50 INT 70 APP 60 POW 60 EDU 80 SAN 60 HP 11 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 12 Luck: 50 Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Art/Craft (Architct) 60% (30/12) Climb 20% (10/4) Crdit Ratig 55% (27/11) Elctrical Rpair 60% (30/12) Firarms (Hadgu) 20% (10/4) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 30% (15/6) Histry 40% (20/8) Jump 30% (15/6) Laguag (Eglish) 80% (40/16) Law 50% (25/10) Library Us 20% (10/4) List 25% (12/5) Lcksmith 20% (10/4) Natural Wrld 40% (20/8) Oprat Havy Machiry 40% (20/8) Prsuad 40% (20/8) Psychlgy 20% (10/4) Scic (Egirig) 70% (30/12) Slight f Had 20% (10/4) Spt Hidd 50% (25/10) Stalth 40% (20/8) Swim 20% (10/4) Thrw 40% (20/8) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Yu ar th frid r acquaitac f Jas Kricky, a stckbrkr wh has ccasially advisd yu sm ivstmts. Th cmic dwtur has affctd him badly, ad h has b frcd t sll his luxury yacht. Nvr t lt thigs gt him dw, h has ivitd yu (ad sm thr wll-hld typs) t ji him th yacht fr its last vyag bfr h hads th kys vr t its w wr i Eglad. Dscripti: prppy clthig, light brw hair, cultivatd stubbl. Traits: cautius, calm udr prssur. Idlgy/Blif: tak stck bfr rushig i. Yur Frids: Jas Kricky: yu hav t frgiv him fr th lsss yu suffrd th ivstmts that h advisd him. Yu ar gig t rlish th mmt wh h is frcd t had vr th bat (it has b his prid ad jy) what gs arud cms arud, yu ll jy sig him suffr. Sir: a sigr sgwritr whs star is i th ascdac. Sh s a ral party aimal. Jaic Whit: a athlt wh lst ut gld at th last Olympics. Sh kps pstrig yu abut whthr yu ca itrduc hr t yur assciats sh s lkig fr w spsrs. Eric Hust: th scial twrk mgul. H s a dd fish. Yu r t quit sur why h s hr, as h has t rally gagd with ay r aythig. Yu ar hpig t sll him cmmissiig yur firm t dsig f his w buildigs but, s far, h s playd hard t gt. Ell Gray: actrss ad star f that w TV sris. Sh s a crazy lady ad wild! Ma, th paparazzi wuld kill thmslvs t gt phts f hr this bat. 63

65 s h t i g d p s SIREN (A.K.A. LORI WASHINGTON) Ag: 24 Occupati: Musicia / Sigr STR 60 CON 50 SIZ 60 DEX 70 INT 70 APP 80 POW 50 EDU 50 SAN 50 HP 11 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 10 Luck: 50 Cmbat Brawl 45% (22/9), damag 1D3.22 aut 30% (15/6), damag 1D6 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Art/Craft (Sigr/Rap) 60% (30/12) Charm 60% (30/12) Climb 20% (10/4) Cmputr Us 20% (10/4) Crdit Ratig 60% (30/12) Fast Talk 70% (35/14) Firarms (Hadgu) 30% (15/6) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 30% (15/6) Itimidat 25% (12/5) Jump 30% (15/6) Laguag (Eglish) 50% (25/10) Library Us 20% (10/4) List 40% (20/8) Lcksmith 30% (15/6) Occult 10% (5/2) Psychlgy 40% (20/8 Slight f Had 30% (15/6) Spt Hidd 50% (25/10) Stalth 40% (20/8) Swim 40% (20/8) Thrw 20% (10/4) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. CHAPTER TWO Backstry Yu ar th frid r acquaitac f Jas Kricky, a stckbrkr wh has ccasially advisd yu sm ivstmts. Th cmic dwtur has affctd him badly, ad h has b frcd t sll his luxury yacht. Nvr t lt thigs gt him dw, h has ivitd yu (ad sm thr wll-hld typs) t ji him th yacht fr its last vyag bfr h hads th kys vr t its w wr i Eglad. Dscripti: tall ad attractiv, fashiabl ad glssy. Traits: risk takr, xtrvrt, lud. Idlgy/Blif: shw m th my. Trasurd Pssssi: silvr crss chai arud ck. Yur frids Jas Kricky: ys, h did ls yu sm my i bad ivstmts but yu ca rcvr; yur latst album has hit th umbr spt, s yu ar ridig high. Wuld b ic t s him squirm a littl thugh, it s ly fair giv his mishadlig f yur my. Prhaps this trip is his way f sayig srry? Isaac Kli: a architct. Prhaps Kricky lst him my t? Prhaps yu shuld fid ut. Jaic Whit: a athlt wh lst ut gld at th last Olympics. Sh kps pstrig yu abut whthr yu ca itrduc hr t yur busiss assciats sh s lkig fr w spsrs. Eric Hust: th scial twrk mgul. H s a dd fish ad crtaily t th lif f th party. Ma, h shuld just rlax! H s wrth a t f my if yu culd czy up t him wh kws what yu culd gt ut f it! Ell Gray: actrss ad star f that w TV sris. Sh s a crazy lady ad gd fu t b with. Yu bt th paparazzi wuld kill thmslvs t gt phts f hr actig wild this bat. 64

66 THE DERELICT JANICE WHITE Ag: 24 Occupati: Clbrity Athlt STR 65 CON 60 SIZ 45 DEX 80 INT 60 APP 70 POW 45 EDU 50 SAN 45 HP 10 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 9 MP: 9 Luck: 50 Cmbat Brawl 60% (30/12), damag 1D3 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Charm 40% (20/8) Climb 50% (25/10) Crdit Ratig 65% (32/13) Divig 10% (5/2) Fast Talk 20% (10/4) Firarms (Hadgu) 20% (10/4) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 40% (20/8) Jump 60% (30/12) Laguag (Eglish) 50% (25/10) Library Us 20% (10/4) List 40% (20/8) Mchaical Rpair 40% (20/8) Natural Wrld 30% (15/6) Psychlgy 30% (15/6) Spt Hidd 45% (22/9) Stalth 50% (25/10) Swim 60% (30/12) Thrw 60% (30/12) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Yu ar th frid r acquaitac f Jas Kricky, a stckbrkr wh has ccasially advisd yu sm ivstmts. Th cmic dwtur has affctd him badly, ad h has b frcd t sll his luxury yacht. Nvr t lt thigs gt him dw, h has ivitd yu (ad sm thr wll-hld typs) t ji him th yacht fr its last vyag bfr h hads th kys vr t its w wr i Eglad. Dscripti: athltic, thi, ad muscular. Traits: lud ad brash, vry cfidt i w abilitis. Idlgy/Blif: suprmly slf-cfidt; yu hav t push yurslf hard t attai succss. Trasurd Pssssi: silvr Sait Christphr pdat chai arud ck. Yur frids: Jas Kricky: yu lv him but h thiks yu ar just a girl aftr a fu tim. Yu v trid t ask his advic abut gttig sm w spsrs but h kps givig yu th cld shuldr. Isaac Kli: a architct. Yu wat t mt his busiss assciats, as thy d mak grat spsrs. Yu d t cvic him that yu ar wrth ivstig i. Sir: a sigr sgwritr whs w album has g t umbr. Sh s a ral party aimal ad ds t lk aftr hrslf. Yu d t b hr frid that s th ly way sh will itrduc yu t hr trtaimt idustry ctacts yu d d w spsrs! Eric Hust: th scial twrk mgul. H s a dd fish ad crtaily t th lif f th party. Ma, h shuld just rlax! H s wrth a t f my if yu culd czy up t him wh kws what yu culd gt ut f it! Ell Gray: actrss ad star f that w TV sris. Sh s a crazy lady ad dfiitly th lif f th party. Yu bt th paparazzi wuld kill thmslvs t gt phts f hr actig wild this bat. 65

67 s h t i g d p s ERIC HUSTON Ag: 31 Occupati: Scial Ntwrk Mgul STR 50 CON 70 SIZ 50 DEX 50 INT 85 APP 40 POW 50 EDU 65 SAN 50 HP 12 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 10 Luck: 50 Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3+DB Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Climb 25% (12/5) Cmputr Us 80% (40/16) Crdit Ratig 80% (40/16) Elctrical Rpair 40% (20/8) Elctrics 20% (10/4) Firarms (Hadgu) 20% (10/4) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 45% (22/9) First Aid 30% (15/6) Itimidat 45% (22/9) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Eglish) 85% (42/17) Laguag ( Japas) 20% (10/4) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. CHAPTER TWO Laguag (Nrwgia) 15% (7/3) Law 10% (5/2) Library Us 50% (25/10) List 45% (22/9) Mchaical Rpair 20% (10/4) Prsuad 30% (15/6) Psychlgy 20% (10/4) Scic (Mathmatics) 70% (35/14) Scic (Egirig) 30% (15/6) Spt Hidd 35% (17/7) Stalth 30% (15/6) Swim 30% (15/6) Thrw 20% (10/4) Backstry Yu ar th frid r acquaitac f Jas Kricky, a stckbrkr wh has ccasially advisd yu sm ivstmts. Th cmic dwtur has affctd him badly, ad h has b frcd t sll his luxury yacht. Nvr t lt thigs gt him dw, h has ivitd yu (ad sm thr wll-hld typs) t ji him th yacht fr its last vyag bfr h hads th kys vr t its w wr i Eglad. Dscripti: pck-markd ski, laky, pal cmplxi. Traits: ctrllig, laughs at w jks. Idlgy/Blif: t ls ctrl risks lsig vrythig. Yur frids: Jas Kricky: h mad t tw (bad) ivstmt dals fr yu back i th day but yu ar hardly ld frids. Yu ar t sur why yu accptd his ivitati, prhaps yu just dd t gt away fr a fw days ad it was a cvit distracti. H kps pstrig yu abut my (lik a lt f ppl d) but thr s way yu d giv him th chac t wast yur my agai. Isaac Kli: a architct. Sms ic ugh but h s ruiig yur vacati by watig yu t lt him dsig yur w ffic sits. Sir: a sigr sgwritr whs w album has g t umbr. Sh s partis t hard ad ds t lk aftr hr halth. Sh kps ffrig yu bz dspit tllig hr yu v b cla fr vr fiv yars. Jaic Whit: a athlt wh lst ut gld at th last Olympics. Sh kps pstrig yu abut whthr yu ca itrduc hr t yur busiss assciats sh s lkig fr w spsrs. Ell Gray: actrss ad star f that w TV sris. Sh s th lif f th party ad hadd fr a big fall day. Yu v s it bfr with ths clbritis, thy ar all fu util thy vrds r wash up skid rw. 66

68 THE DERELICT ELLEN GRAY Ag: 28 Occupati: Clbrity Actrss STR 40 CON 50 SIZ 50 DEX 70 INT 60 APP 80 POW 60 EDU 50 SAN 60 HP 10 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 12 Luck: 50 Cmbat Brawl 50% (25/10), damag 1D3.32 aut 40% (20/8), damag 1D8 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Art/Craft (Actig) 60% (30/12) Charm 60% (30/12) Climb 40% (20/8) Crdit Ratig 65% (32/13) Disguis 40% (20/8) Fast Talk 40% (20/8) Firarms (Hadgu) 40% (20/8) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 30% (15/6) Histry 20% (10/4) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Eglish) 50% (25/10) Library Us 20% (10/4) List 35% (17/7) Occult 20% (10/4) Prsuad 25% (12/5) Psychlgy 50% (25/10) Slight f Had 30% (15/6) Spt Hidd 40% (20/8) Stalth 40% (20/8) Swim 30% (15/6) Thrw 20% (10/4) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Yu ar th frid r acquaitac f Jas Kricky, a stckbrkr wh has ccasially advisd yu sm ivstmts. Th cmic dwtur has affctd him badly, ad h has b frcd t sll his luxury yacht. Nvr t lt thigs gt him dw, h has ivitd yu (ad sm thr wll-hld typs) t ji him th yacht fr its last vyag bfr h hads th kys vr t its w wr i Eglad. Dscripti: atural bauty, straight tth, glwig cmplxi, crppd bld hair. Traits: iquisitiv, ccky, wis crackig. Idlgy/Blif: bath a cla cut apparac hids a rauchy ad wickd prsality. Trasurd Pssssi: yur mthr s silvr rig, a family hirlm. Yur frids Jas Kricky: yu lv him but h thiks yu ar just a girl aftr a fu tim. Yu v trid t gt cls t him but h kps givig yu th cld shuldr. Isaac Kli: a architct. If Kricky is t itrstd, yu culd d wrs that Kli. Prhaps yu d t dvt sm tim t him? Sir: a sigr sgwritr whs w album has g t umbr. Sh s a party aimal ad yu jy big arud hr. Yu sm t b tryig t ut athr t s wh is th wildst. Jaic Whit: a athlt wh lst ut gld at th last Olympics. Sh kps pstrig yu abut whthr yu ca itrduc hr t yur trtaimt assciats sh s lkig fr w spsrs. Eric Hust: th scial twrk mgul. H s a dd fish ad crtaily t th lif f th party. Ma, h shuld just rlax! H s wrth a t f my, thugh. 67

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70 CHAPTER 3 PANACEA Bhid a miraculus cur fr may ills hids a lathsm truth. Paaca is st i th mdr-day ad accmmdats tw t six ivstigatrs. St i Nrth Amrica, th lcati is uspcifid, allwig th Kpr t pick a city thy ar familiar with ad us thir w lcal kwldg t add dpth ad clr. Wh ruig Paaca, Sady placs ZyMdBi i Nrth Dallas. Thr s ras at all why thigs ca t b mvd t athr cutry (althugh sm f th U.S. rfrcs will d t b chagd). Six pr-gratd ivstigatrs ar prvidd fr us with Paaca (s pag 100). Th Kpr is advisd t us ths charactrs as thy hav strg liks t th pig vts f th scaris. Th pti fr brigig i xistig playr charactrs is pssibl but will rquir additial wrk adaptig thm t th scari s prmis. FOREWORD Svral tals i th Cthulhu Myths mti th xistc f Satyrs. But what th hck is a satyr i Lvcraftia trms? Surly t a caprifrm sprit, laig a tr with a flut! May gams ad surcs trat satyrs as smhw cctd with Shub-Niggurath, which maks ss if thy ar smhw frtility titis. I ccivd f Paaca as a attmpt t bttrdfi th trm ad t mak it trrifyig ad Lvcraftia. I svral tals, Lvcraft maks it clar that th huma gtyp is subjct t dgrati r mutati udr th ifluc f th Outsid. Smtims this is purpsful, as with ghuls (wh cm frm humas, ad whs childr at last, ca smtims rtur), th dp s (wh ca itrbrd with humaity), r Yg-Sthth (whs hybrid spaw ar th dirct rsult f such itractis). But thr ar thr ways fr humaity t bcm aimalistic ad vil w hav th mstrus rmais f quadrupd dgrat humas i th Rats i th Walls, th hrribl Marts family frm Th Lurkig Far, ad th gtic tait f th Facts Ccrig th Lat Arthur Jrmy ad His Family. Ramsy Campbll addd t this ccpt i his w stris, particularly Th M Ls, i which a prs is gulfd by a tity frm Outsid (pssibly Shub- Niggurath), ad th spat ut as a trrifyig mstr, plus th Hrrr Udr Warrdw, i which th aimalistic hrrrs rw thir umbrs by fdig thir gd s fruit t thrs, causig mutati. Basically, my thry is that ths dtriratd, gtic abmiatis might hav a thusad diffrt rigis ad a thusad diffrt frms, but i all thir varity, thy ar th satyrs frm Myths lr humas whs mids ad bdis hav b warpd almst byd rcgiti by th Outsid. S i Paaca, I prst ths hbblig, chucklig, mwig, thusiastic, but prhaps als pathtic craturs as my aalysis f th Lvcraftia satyr. Sady Ptrs 2017 Trtiary Bicyt Strag 69

71 s h t i g d p s BACKGROUND ZyMdBi Crp is a pharmacutical dvlpmt cmpay. Th cmpay is rlativly w, havig b icrpratd just thr yars ag. I th last fiv mths, th cmpay has bgu drug trials huma subjcts fr a rag f cliical issus. Currtly, ZyMdBi is udrtakig a Phas 2 study whr huma subjcts ar big giv dss f a w drug calld Zylactis. O papr, th Phas 2 cliical trial lks t b lgitimat but i actuality, ZyMdBi has prstd th FDA with a strig f fals ifrmati. ZyMdBi has bfuscatd rsults ad lid t hid th truth bhid what is i Zylactis. ZyMdBi is a frt fr a cult f Shub-Niggurath, whs gal is thig mr cmplicatd tha ulashig th fruit f Sh With A Thusad Yug up th wrld. At th had f th cult ar Ulysss ad Jffrs Aak, brthrs wh may t b tirly huma. Whil sm at ZyMdBi ar cultists udr th thrall f th Aaks, may mplys ar witlss icts uawar f th dark scrts at th hart f th cmpay. Whvr a mply lars t much ad bcms a pttial risk, thy ar dalt with (pssibly bcmig a mal a fr th caibalistic cult mmbrs). I a fw cass, such bthrsm mplys ar cajld ad bcm idctriatd it th cult. Ovr tim, th cult has bcm rasably fficit i spttig pttial trublmakrs ad simply trmiats thir mplymt bfr thy ca bgi t put th pics tgthr. Smtims, just t b saf, x-mplys ar watchd ad, shuld th situati warrat it, quitly brught back t ZyMdBi fr furthr qustiig, which is cd fr xprimtal tstig r sacrific i f th cults dbasd rituals. Th Truth Abut Zylactis Zylactis, simply put, is th prcssd milk f Shub-Niggurath. ZyMdBi cls th milk, which rducs it strgth ad, csqutly, dcrass th spd f its ffcts th milk, s tratd, is bradd as Zylactis. Igstig Zylactis brigs abut umrus halth bfits, v t th xtt f r-grwig lst limbs, if a rgim f dss is tak. But, giv its surc, th prcssd milk will vtually bgi t chag th patit, mutatig thm it smthig diffrt a lssr satyr (s Th Satyrs, pag 77, fr furthr dtails). Th cmpay als has a diffrt prcss fr th milk, whr istad f big cld it is hatd, which bcms what ZyMdBi calls th Trtiary Bicyt. Th Trtiary Bicyt ctais ambzas, which bcm smi-stit if lft al t gstat fr a lgth f tim. Ambzas sk t tr a hst, thrby mutatig th hst it a gratr satyr. CHAPTER THREE THE MILK OF SHUB-NIGGURATH Primary Bicyt: Shub-Niggurath, th All-Mthr, a gigatic big that spaws strag lif. Scdary Bicyt: dark yug, which bud ff frm Shub-Niggurath. Trtiary Bicyt: frmd frm Shub-Niggurath s milk wh hatd, ths ar ambzas, which ar stit lif frms that sk a livig hst. Oc ifctd by ambzas, th hst mutats it a gratr satyr (s Th Satyrs, pag 77). Zylactis: if th milk is cld rathr tha hatd, it may b csumd r ijctd t triggr fatastic halth bfits, but ths ar s fllwd by physical mutati ad mtal cllaps as th rcipit bgis t chag it a lssr satyr (s Th Satyrs, pag 77). I its raw uprcssd frm, th milk f Shub-Niggurath triggrs rapid sptaus mutati ad a gral crrupti f th flsh it a gratr satyr r sm thr ful child f th Mthr. Th Aak Brthrs Jffrs ad Ulysss Aak ar brthrs wh stablishd ZyMdBi. I thir bld, thy carry th tait f th tchtch. Hraldig frm Asia, th Aak cla migratd t suthr Eurp i th 1800s. Arud t yars ag, th tw brthrs mad thir way t Amrica, chagig thir first ams ad bcmig citizs, whr thy stablishd thir walth thrugh scitific davr ad Myths kwldg. It is ulikly th ivstigatrs mt th Aak brthrs as bth ar away busiss durig th curs f th scari. I trms f th brthrs gals ad backstry, dtails ar lft purpsfully vagu t giv Kprs sm crativ frdm i psitiig th Aaks withi thir campaig. Hr ar sm idas: Th Aak brthrs ar Myths agts dvtd t Shub- Niggurath. Thy xist slly t sprad Hr tait up humaity. I th U.S., thir plas ccr pharmacuticals 70

72 PANACEA whil i thr parts f th wrld thir walth has b put t thr uss, such as a sft-driks plat i Asia ad a luxury rsrt i th Caribba. I all f thir trpriss, thir gal is simpl: lt th blssigs f th Mthr sprad. I this rspct, thy ar full-bldd tch-tch, awar f thir Myths-taitd hritag ad agr t sprad chas. Lik s may thrs, th brthrs sught t mastr th atithtical frcs f th Myths but hav, i tur, bcm its slavs. Th brthrs bliv what thy d is fr th gratr gd f humaity. I cjiig scic ad th lr f th Myths, th brthrs hav bcm isa ad lgr ca tll th diffrc btw right ad wrg. Thy hav b tuchd by Shub-Niggurath ad thir c bl idals hav b trribly crruptd. Ucvrig vidc f thir tch-tch bldli might b a strad i futur ivstigatis, prhaps likig th brthrs t thr rlatis wh (kwigly r uwittigly) hav als bcm mbrild i schms t furthr th Myths arud th glb. Ulysss Aak, appars 65 yars ld, CEO f ZyMdBi Ulysss is th yugr f th Aak brthrs ad a high prist f Shub-Niggurath. Whil th ivstigatrs ar ulikly t mt him fac-t-fac, his prtrait hags th admiistrati ffics at ZyMdBi. Th paitig prtrays a ldrly ma f Mditrraa ad Asiatic dsct, shrt f statur yt sigificatly rtud, with a muth that sms just a fracti t wid. Jffrs Aak, appars 70 yars ld, had f rsarch at ZyMdBi Jffrs is th ldr brthr ad als a high prist f Shub- Niggurath. H is a small, wizd ma, whs arms ad lgs ar stick-lik, rmiisct f a prayig matis. His faturs ar wathrd ad h has a wid muth. THE INVESTIGATORS Thr ar tw ptis i stablishig ivstigatrs t play thrugh Paaca: Opti A: a rag f six pr-gratd ivstigatrs ar prvidd, ach with a backstry rlatig i sm fashi t th cmpay kw as ZyMdBi (s fllwig). Opti B: usig xistig playr charactrs, th ivstigatrs ar smhw awar f ZyMdBi, pssibly thrugh clus gaid i a arlir mystry, ad pla t gatcrash Chuck Ogl s party t s what mr thy ca discvr. CONCERNING TCHO-TCHO A walth f misifrmati ccrs th tch-tch, with cflictig rprts dbatig thir rigi, hmlad, ad physical big. Allgd t hav rigiatd ar th Cld Wasts f Kadath r th Platau f Lg (r Sug) r th Dramlads r v Earth i such ggraphis as Burma, Chia, ad th Pyrs, th tch-tch ar variusly dscribd as dwarfish humas, dgrat humas, r a hybrid crati f huma ad mstr. Prhaps sm f ths stris shar a grai f truth. Cssus builds that th tch-tch ar humas taitd by th Myths t varyig dgrs i sm, th tait f th Outr Gds grws strg whil i thrs it is dimiishd r smhw burid r lst. Prhaps this factr al hlps t dtrmi th atur f crtai tch-tch cmmuitis: whthr thy wrk t fstr th rtur f th Grat Old Os r sttl it scity with littl awarss f thir strag hritag. What ca b crtai is that th tch-tch ar t bud by ay particular lcal as thy may b cutrd almst aywhr i th wrld. It is als clar that th tch-tch ar t asily dscribd by thicity, as vr th dcads thy hav travld far ad thir bldli has mixd with umrus ppls arud th wrld. Whthr i th 1920s r mdr ra, th tch-tch hav bcm a fragmtd ppl whs ly tagibl ccti t athr lis i thir usavry blifs, caibalistic custms, ad flklr passd dw th gratis. Thus, th tch-tch may cm i all shaps, sizs, ad thicitis. Ths tch-tch wh maitai ad prmt th Old Ways f caibalism ad sacrific t such bigs as Shub-Niggurath, Hastur, Zhar, ad Atlach-Nacha ar lik a cacr t scity, smtims hidd i plai viw, wrkig i scrt t hast th glry f ali gds iimical t humaity. I this scari, th tch-tch appar mr Mditrraa tha Asia, thir li havig mvd t suthr Eurp durig th 1800s. Thy bar littl rsmblac t th strtyp ft dpictig th tch-tch as Asiatic-lkig. Embracig th divrsity f th tch-tch frs th Kpr frm clichéd prtrayals ad kps th playrs gussig. 71

73 s h t i g d p s Th scari prsums Opti A is big usd. If th Kpr is lkig t build Paaca it a gig campaig, mr prparatry wrk is rquird. I this cas, th Kpr shuld csidr isrtig th am f ZyMdBi it arlir scaris, stablishig that th cmpay has sm kid f lik t a Myths cult ad thrfr is wrthy f clsr scrutiy. Th Kpr may hav t adapt r tirly rplac th pig sc at Chuck Ogl s hus. Paaca starts with th ivstigatrs havig just arrivd at Chuck Ogl s hus fr a party. I this rspct, th prgratd ivstigatrs ar largly ukw t athr (althugh sm d hav xistig cctis) ad th pig sc f th party is dsigd fr th playrs t itrduc thir charactrs ad build allgiacs. Six pr-gratd ivstigatrs: Wad Btlr: scurity csultat, hird by ZyMdBi thr wks ag t kp a y Maria Klga, wh is blivd t b a dagrus disgrutld x-mply. H has b rdrd t brig Klga t ZyMdBi s facility fr furthr qustiig. Btlr itds t crash Chuck Ogl s party t watch Klga ad, if a pprtuity ariss, prsuad hr t accmpay him t ZyMdBi s ffics. Maria Klga: a lawyr wh wrkd fr ZyMdBi util a mth ag wh sh was fird fr rfusig t tak part i th cmpay s tst prgrams. Klga fls ill-tratd by ZyMdBi ad has mutig suspicis. Chuck Ogl is a ighbr ad Klga kws h was a participat i f th cmpay s drug trials (sh prcssd his paprwrk whil at ZyMdBi). Klga itds t ivit hrslf t th party t s what sh ca lar abut th drug trial. Mary Fullr: a rgistrd urs ad cusi t Chuck Ogl. Fullr is awar that Ogl has b sriusly ill with adultst diabts. Dspit sm xprimtal tratmt frm ZyMdBi, Fullr blivs th party is Chuck s way f sayig gdby t frids ad family bfr h dis. Fullr is takig a dat with hr, Gus Phillips, wh is hr bst frid s brthr. It s thir first dat tgthr. Gus Phillips: plic fficr ad brthr f Mary Fullr s bst frid. Phillips had rctly b ivstigatig a assault that had tak i th ZyMdBi car park util his bss, Chif Daws, clsd th cas dw. Chif Daws has ly just rturd t wrk aftr a miraculus rcvry frm Stag IV pacratic cacr. Phillips has suspicis ccrig ZyMdBi ad has tak th pprtuity t accmpay Mary Fullr a dat t hr cusi s party a cusi wh has als udrg tratmt by ZyMdBi. CHAPTER THREE Blida Nrwich: a dctr ivlvd i rsarch fr sicklcll disas (SCD). O f hr SCD patits was accptd fr a fr tratmt prtcl with ZyMdBi ad rturd tw mths latr claimig h was curd, which is impssibl. Havig trid ad faild t discuss th mattr with ZyMdBi dirctly, Nrwich is itrigud ad wats t kw mr abut th tratmt. Sh has lard f Chuck Ogl s tratmt ad party thrugh a c-wrkr, Mary Fullr, ad has dcidd t shw up t th party s if sh ca gathr ay mr facts abut ZyMdBi ad Ogl s tratmt. Ellitt Claws: a juralist ivstigatig ZyMdBi. His ditr, Athy Callis, was itrstd i th wrd f muth ZyMdBi was pickig up. Callis, wh had b HIV psitiv fr sm yars, aucd that his cditi had prgrssd t AIDS ad dcidd t ctact ZyMdBi rgardig thir drug trials. Wh h was accptd, Callis tld Claws h wuld s arud t s what h culd dig up whil udrgig tratmt. Thr wks latr, Callis rturd sayig his cditi was i cmplt rmissi ad that ZyMdBi was cmpltly lgit. Claws was tld i ucrtai trms t drp th ivstigati ad mv. Highly suspicius, Claws smlls that smthig is t right. Durig his iitial rsarch, Claws bcam acquaitd with Chuck Ogl ad has rcivd a ivitati t th ma s party. Claws itds t g t s what Ogl ca tll him abut ZyMdBi. If usig Opti B, hr ar sm pssibl clus t pit th ivstigatrs t ZyMdBi: Wrd f muth ccrig sick ppl rcivig miraculus curs aftr tratmt with ZyMdBi. Du t arlir xplits, a ivstigatr (r assciat) suffrs th lss f a limb ly t rappar latr with th limb rgrw aftr a xprimtal tratmt at ZyMdBi. Currt ivstigatis abut a cult wrshippig Shub- Niggurath rvals crrspdc with Ulysss r Jffrs Aak f ZyMdBi. Bizarr rprts f talkig aimals r wrwlvs rach th ivstigatrs. Th rprts all cm frm th ara lcal t th ffics f ZyMdBi r arby ths f patits udrgig drug trials with th cmpay. DRAMATIS PERSONAE Hr ar th ky -playr charactrs (NPCs) likly t b mt by th ivstigatrs. Whil thr NPCs r mr crrctly, mstrs may b cutrd, th ivstigatrs ar likly t catch up t th NPCs dscribd hr whil thy ar still huma. 72

74 PANACEA Fr sm NPCs, a mutatd dscripti is prvidd; us this ly if th ivstigatrs shuld cutr th prs aftr thy hav udrg mutati it a satyr. Nt that NPC statistics ar prvidd at th d f th scari. Chuck Ogl, 46, party hst Ogl has b sriusly ill with adult-st diabts ad thigs lkd grim util h was accptd by ZyMdBi t udrtak a xprimtal drug trial f Zylactis. H s ly rctly fiishd th tratmt ad has gathrd frids ad ighbrs t clbrat. Whil vry assums th party is Ogl s way f sayig gdby, h actually itds t rval that h s b curd. Ogl has b whlchair bud fr sm tim du t a ifcti that rquird bth f his lgs frm th k dw t b amputatd. H s t hadld th disas wll ad mst far h has t gt lg t liv. Sic takig Zylactis, his cditi has b fully curd ad his lgs hav v bgu t grw back; hwvr, th drug is mutatig him, which is s by th partygrs wh h rvals his w ft durig th party. I additi, his mid is bcmig mr bstial. Durig th party, Ogl will bgi hittig th fmals i attdac icludig, f th fmal ivstigatrs (Maria Klga r Mary Fullr). If his advacs ar brushd ff, h vtually disappars it his bdrm with athr fmal partygr ad assaults hr, mtivatig th ivstigatrs t itrv ad rscu th wma frm Ogl s usavry advacs (s Th Party, pag 76). Dscripti: bs, with thiig hair ad a scraggy bard. Whlchair bud. His lft had is wrappd i badags ad a blakt cvrs his lgs ad ft. Mutatd dscripti: bath th blakt, his lgs ar r-grwig it hf-lik stumps. Th badags cvrig his had hid a ihuma claw, with strigy ad ds hair grwig th back f it. His back ad chst ar cvrd with fur. Lastly, Ogl s tgu ca xtd ut f his muth much lik a frg s tgu. Traits: iitially jvial ad wlcmig, h s grws prdatry twards ay fmals at th party. Rlplayig Hks: Mary Fullr s cusi. Maria Klga is his ighbr ad Ellitt Claws talkd t him vr th tlph whil rsarchig his stry ZyMdBi. Chuck Ogl Td Daws, 57, plic chif Dspit his rct aucmt ccrig his rtirmt du t trmial Stag IV pacratic cacr, Daws is back at wrk ruig th lcal plic dpartmt. His plic cllgs ca t xplai aythig, thr tha t say Daws is a vry lucky ma. Sm say, sic his tratmt, that h sms almst t yars yugr. Daws ds t hid th fact that h udrwt xprimtal tratmt with ZyMdBi ad puts his rcvry squarly dw t th car h rcivd. If askd, h s vagu abut th dtails, simply sayig that h had t g i vry thr day fr a sht. Daws is w udr ZyMdBi s spll. Whil udrgig tratmt, h was cditid thrugh hypsis t prtct ZyMdBi ad its wrs. Th cditiig is built up th vry ral fligs Daws has fr th cmpay; h ws his lif t ZyMdBi ad blivs thy ar dig grat wrk. Csqutly, Daws has clsd a rct cas ivstigatig a assault that tk plac i th parkig lt f ZyMdBi, trasfrrig f th fficrs ccrd t th gags uit ad puttig th thr (Gus Phillips) dsk duty dspit thir prtsts. I dig s, h aims t kp suspicius ys away frm th cmpay. Shuld ZyMdBi rquir it, Daws ca b calld t put a stp t ay ivstigatis ccrig his fficrs. I additi, if warigs d t wrk, Daws might attmpt t kill a wayward plic fficr, such as th pr-gratd ivstigatr Gus Phillips lurig him it a trap at Daws s hm r v fllwig Phillips t ZyMdBi s buildig. Nt: if a ivstigatr wishd t us Psychlgy t dtrmi Daws s stat f mid, Daws is difficult t rad (Daws s Psychlgy is 80%, rquirig a Hard succss). Daws s cditiig is wll hidd ad will t b rvald ulss h is caught i a xtrm situati, such as havig suffrd a majr wud r havig lst a sigificat amut f Saity, whrup th cditiig taks hld ad h lss all prts, ffctivly bcmig a autmat slly itt prtctig ZyMdBi thrugh whatvr mas ar cssary. At th Kpr s discrti, a succssful Hard Psychaalysis r Hypsis rll may b ugh t brak Daws s cditiig, rturig him t rmality. Td Daws 73

75 s h t i g d p s Athy Callis Dscripti: lks t yars yugr, stly blu ys ad thick bld hair. Mutatd dscripti: half-ma-half-bulldg; a uaturally wid muth cstatly slbbrs, has stutd arms ad lgs, ad is cvrd i fur. Traits: str ad straight talkig. Rlplayig Hks: Gus Phillips bss. Attmpts t str itrst away frm ZyMdBi. Athy Callis, 48, ditr Callis is th ditr f th Mrig Nws, a lcal wspapr which th pr-gratd ivstigatr Ellitt Claws wrks. Callis has always b p abut havig HIV ad tk a itrst i Claws s ivstigati f ZyMdBi wh his cditi turd it full-blw AIDS. Callis flt h had thig t ls ad s sigd up fr th xprimtal drug trials. Havig b accptd by ZyMdBi, Callis tld Claws that h d tak th pprtuity t s arud th buildig. Thr wks latr, Callis rturd t th wspapr statig that h was i cmplt rmissi. A icrdulus Claws was tld t drp th ivstigati as Callis culd cfirm that th firm ad its drug trials wr cmpltly lgitimat h d s th vidc fr himslf ad thr was stry hr. Callis, lik Td Daws, has b cditid thrugh hypsis t prtct ZyMdBi ad its wrs. Shuld ZyMdBi rquir it, Callis ca b calld t put a stp t ay juralistic ivstigatis. I a scalatig situati, Callis might tam up with Daws ad attmpt t silc thir uruly mplys (Claws ad Phillips) c ad fr all. CHAPTER THREE THE DARK YOUNG CHILD OF SHUB-NIGGURATH Th Aak brthrs hav b blssd by th arrival f a dark yug, which xists t aid i th summig f th Shub- Niggurath. Th dark yug has wird itslf it th mai srvr baks i th East Wig Basmt i a uhly cmbiati f Myths flsh ad tchlgy. Usig th itgratd systms f ZyMdBi, th dark yug is abl t summ a prti f Shub-Niggurath t th facility, allwig hr usavry milk t b harvstd. Dark yug cm frm th Mthr ad cat rprduc thmslvs. Hr, th dark yug is much lik a midwif, fstrig th dvlpmt ad rprducti f th ambzas. Althugh cctd t th srvrs by wirs ad ttacls, th dark yug ca mv arud a littl i th basmt. If attackd, it may tar fr f th cctis, kckig th machiry dw ad tarig th srvrs apart t gt at psky ivstigatrs. Th dark yug is likd t th buildig s systms, abl t mitr th prgrss f th ivstigatrs wh brak it th buildig thrugh th clsd circuit scurity camras. Th ivstigatrs first cutr th cratur via th itrcm systm f curs, thy w t kw it s a dark yug spakig t thm. S Cld Wrds, pag 90, fr furthr dtails. Dscripti: a rmus writhig mass f black rpy ttacls atp a slimy, tr-lik stump filld with gapig maws frm which stut lgs sprut that d i vil-lkig hfs. Th ttacls itrtwi with lctrical ad srvic cabls ladig t th buildig s srvrs lik sm Gigrsqu ightmar. Nt: Callis cditiig is wll hidd ad will t b rvald ulss h is caught i a xtrm situati, such as havig suffrd a majr wud r havig lst a sigificat amut f Saity, whrup th cditiig taks hld ad h lss all prts, ffctivly bcmig a autmat slly itt prtctig ZyMdBi by whatvr mas cssary. At th Kpr s discrti, a succssful Hard Psychaalysis r Hypsis rll may b ugh t brak Mastr s cditiig. Dscripti: halthy lkig (lks arly frtis), with uruly brw hair ad bard, ad wid, plastic trtisshll spctacls. Mutatd dscripti: half-ma half-wl; uaturally larg ys, rudimtary bak, fathrs, ad th ability t twist his had arud arly 360 dgrs. Traits: usually livly ad asy-gig; wh talkig abut ZyMdBi h is srius ad rtict. Rlplayig Hks: Ellitt Claws s bss. Attmpts t str itrst away frm ZyMdBi. 74

76 PANACEA Adrw Luci Sissy Richards, 37, sistr ad bst frid Aftr fift yars f marriag, Sissy gt divrcd ad dd up with a packt i th sttlmt, s sh is sittig prtty. Sh ws a small flrist shp i tw ad tds t b thr mst f hr tim. Sissy is Gus Phillips sistr ad als Mary Fullr s bst frid. Sissy plays ky rl i th scari, thr tha sttig Phillips ad Fullr up a dat t attd Chuck Ogl s party. Sh ca b usd by th Kpr t plat idas ad gt th ivstigatrs track if thy g awry prhaps by callig hr brthr r Mary t ask abut th dat ad thrby gt ivlvd t sm dgr. Sissy is als prvidd as sh maks a grat rplacmt ivstigatr shuld thr b a arly dath r sm thr icidt kcks f th playr charactrs ut f th scari. Dscripti: curly hair, brad smil, wars lts f jwlry. Traits: liks t kw vry s busiss ad is a trribl gssip. Rlplayig Hks: acts t driv th ivstigatrs ; pssibl rplacmt ivstigatr. Adrw Luci, 24, IT tchicia ad assault victim Luci was assaultd i th ZyMdBi parkig lt ad th icidt has b rprtd t th plic. Pr-gratd ivstigatr Gus Phillips ad his partr had b assigd t th cas util thir bss, Chif Daws, clsd dw th ivstigati. Sig Luci i th hspital, Phillips fud a ma badly mauld, with svr ijuris mr aki t a savag aimal attack (dg r cyt) rathr tha a huma. Prlimiary mdical rprts stat th ijuris wr t slf-iflictd ad csist f bit ad paralll slashig wuds. Luci was dlirius ad uabl t cmmuicat. Nt: Phillips ad his partr wr calld ff th cas bfr thy culd rtur t th hspital t spak t Luci. Phillips did hav a iitial mtig with ZyMdBi s Had f Scurity, Wsly Ric, wh cfirmd that f his scurity guards fud Luci i th car park arud p.m. ad calld fr a ambulac. Th guard did t s th icidt ad ly fud Luci whil walkig th primtr f th gruds. Th icidt tk plac i a camra blid spt, s thr is scurity ftag. Th truth f th icidt is that Luci was i th wrg plac at th wrg tim. Gttig a flat tir, h pulld it th arst car park (which happd t b ZyMdBi Crp.) t chag th whl, whrup, h was attackd by a mutatd labratry dg that had scapd frm th buildig. Luci s apparac i th scari is dtrmid by th Kpr ad by Gus Phillips playr s dcisi whthr t disby his chif s rdrs ad g spak t Luci agai. Luci is wild card charactr whs rl ca b tud t th ds f th Kpr, actig as a surc f ifrmati, a pttial dvic t push th ivstigatrs i a crtai dircti, r as a rplacmt ivstigatr. O furthr pti, if th ivstigatrs dcid t visit him, is t hav Luci w udr ZyMdBi s ctrl prhaps lavig th hspital, a rprstativ f ZyMdBi visitd Luci ad gav him a havy ds f Zylactis by th tim th ivstigatrs arriv, Luci has mutatd it a lssr satyr. Dscripti: shrt dark hair, thi ad tall. If Zylactis has b admiistrd t him, h shws sigs f ijury but prbably xhibits sigs f mutati. Mutatd dscripti: Kpr s chic. Traits: p t tllig his sid f th stry (pssibly turig t aimal bhavir if Zylactis has b tak). Rlplayig Hks: a aid r a thrat t th ivstigatrs. Jim Caty, 51, vic prsidt f ZyMdBi Caty is vic prsidt i charg f all -scitific cmpay ds ad th x-bss f pr-gratd ivstigatr Maria Klga. Caty is bsssd with kpig fit ad jyig a halthy lifstyl, ft brig his staff abut his daily 2-mil rus. H cstatly basts f his cyclig vacatis t th Ozarks ad lswhr. Frm Maria Klga s prspctiv, h did t sm t hav that much wrk his plat. Shuld th ivstigatrs maag t gai accss t ZyMdBi durig th daytim ad if Caty spts Maria Klga, h tifis scurity t rmv hr frm th prmiss. I dalig with thr ivstigatrs, Caty is happy t talk halth ad fitss ad th bfits f Zylactis. H s purpsfully vagu th makup f Zylactis, citig -disclsur agrmts ad that th drug is a cmpay scrt. H s happy t arrag a appitmt fr a ivstigatr with a mdical cditi t s a cmpay dctr t judg thir ligibility fr a trial f Zylactis. Outsid f wrk ad if thratd by th ivstigatrs, Caty may rval that h has udrstadig f what s i Zylactis ad prfrs t t kw it shuld b clar that h s afraid f th Aak brthrs ad fars rtributi if h spaks. 75

77 s h t i g d p s All h ca say is that h was c shw th Milkig Rm ad ds t vr wat t g thr agai. Caty is a cultist f Shub-Niggurath, idctriatd it th cult by th Aak brthrs. H is kpt i li thrugh far rathr tha dvti. Durig Part Thr f th scari, Caty may b cutrd as a lssr satyr i th rsarch wig f ZyMdBi (s Trtiary Bicyt Strag, pag 94). Dscripti: wiry ad td, bld hair ad glamig tth. Mutatd dscripti: half-ma half-dr, arms ad lgs dig i hvs, atlrs grwig frm his frhad. Traits: fitss faatic, avaricius, ad willfully igrat f what gs at ZyMdBi. Rlplayig Hks: Maria Klga s x-bss. Ca arrag fr a ivstigatr t b vttd fr a trial f Zylactis. Likly t b cutrd as a lssr satyr wh th ivstigatrs brak it ZyMdBi. Blach Yurka, 44, prsal assistat t Jim Caty Blach is Jim Caty s prsal assistat, actig t kp uwatd traffic frm his dsk. Hr bhavir is plit ad prfssial at all tims. Blach is a dvtd cultist f Shub-Niggurath, idctriatd by th Aak brthrs it th cult. Sh is taskd with surig Jim Caty rmais cmpliat t th cult. Th ivstigatrs prbably cutr Blach aftr sh has mutatd it a huma-bird hybrid cratur. S Satyrs, pag 77, fr furthr dtails. Dscripti: a littl dumpy, with shuldr lgth brutt hair ad dark gr ys. Mutatd dscripti: half-wma halfbird; quick mvig, rudimtary bak, hair has turd it whit fathrs. Traits: vry rgaizd ad prcis, watchful f Jim Caty, cautius. Rlplayig Hks: guards th trac t Jim Caty s ffic. CHAPTER THREE Jim Caty Blach Yurka Othr ZyMdBi Emplys Th varius prsl wrkig at ZyMdBi play littl t rl i th scari. Mst will vr b cutrd ulss th ivstigatrs attmpt t visit th cmpay durig th day (s Visitig ZyMdBi Durig Wrkig Hurs, pag 84). Ntabl mplys ar listd blw. Brad Mstlr, Had f Accuts cutrd as mutatd bat-frg thig i Part Thr. Batric April, rsarch assistat cutrd as mutatd skull-hadd girl i Part Thr. Esm Richards, Clit Srvics pssibly cutrd if a ivstigatr attmpts t ji th Zylactis trial. Tiaa Frma, Prsl Maagr IT Tam (mad up f Ala Gss, Sajit Pigl, Aish Rama, Jss Whit) Etha Brck, Prsal Assistat t Wsly Ric Wsly Ric, Had f Scurity A Js, Prsal Assistat t Lwis Pitts Lwis Pitts, Had f Sals Alyssa Da, Prsal Assistat t Brad Mstlr Elia Gul, Prsal Assistat t Ulysss Aak Nt: statistics ar prvidd fr ths charactrs. Us th lssr satyr prfil (pag 98) at th d f th scari fr Brad Mstlr ad Batric April (r ay thr prsl) i thir mutatd frms. PART ONE Th scari bgis with th ivstigatrs attdig Chuck Ogl s party. Iitially, this prvids a pprtuity fr th ivstigatrs t bcm acquaitd ad migl. Oc th sc has b st, Ogl appars frm his bdrm t rapturus applaus. Evts at th party ar dsigd t mtivat th ivstigatrs t pursu ZyMdBi ad ucvr what is takig plac i th cmpay s rsarch buildig, as wll as ucvr th magical igrdit i Zylactis. THE PARTY Chuck Ogl s party is big hld i his hus. Butig ad thr clbratry trimmig hav b hug arud th walls ad thr is plty f alchl t g arud. I fact, bttls f br ad spirits, as wll as plastic cups cvr mst f th surfacs. Drugs ar als big ply csumd, b it marijuaa r hardr drugs lik Ecstasy (MDMA) ad ccai. By th tim all f th ivstigatrs hav arrivd, a crwd f sixty r mr is jyig th sc. At prst, Chuck Ogl is whr t b s. S th arby pla f Ogl s hus; 76

78 PANACEA Wh th milk f Shub-Niggurath trs th bldstram f humas it prvks chags at th cllular lvl, triggrig mutati ad chagig th prs it a half-huma-half-mstrus thig calld a satyr. Ths cm i tw varitis: gratr ad lssr satyrs. Wh xpsd t th Dark Mthr s raw milk (r wh th milk is hatd frmig ambzas) th hst mutats it a gratr satyr, a mr hidus ad bizarr cratur. Such basts ar f th Dark Mthr s thusad yug. Lssr satyrs als cm i a wid varity f frms. Wh Shub-Niggurath s milk is cld it bcms a paaca, a cur fr virtually all huma ills. Dspit its curativ ffcts, th milk (Zylactis) als slwly twists ad mutats ths that csum it. Th ucscius mid iflucs th rfrmati f th bdy ad mid. Thus, th physical mutati is partially basd up th subjct s THE SATYRS, HUMAN-ANIMAL MUTANTS mid, causig wid variatis i th trasfrmatis. Mst ft, as th physical mutati taks hld, th prs gais a crtai aimalistic fatur, such as that f a gat, bird, pig, dg, r athr aimal. Such hybrids f humaity ad aimal may accut fr th flklr ccrig craturs lik wrwlvs, th Jrsy Dvil, Skuk Ap, ad th lik. As th mutati ctius, th mid lss its grip rality as csciusss is twistd, vtually sikig it madss. Istad f a chrt huma/ bast hybrid, bdy parts (such as muths ad rprductiv rgas) bgi t sprut willy-illy. Evtually, v this lvl f rgaizati fails ad thy tur it masss f ritus flsh. At this pit thy ar lgr rcgizabl as huma r aimal i ay way, big uttrly isa ad dvid f purps thr tha t csum ad rprduc. Th lssr satyrs s i Paaca ar, i th mai, i th arly stag f mutati ad ar mr rcgizably huma-aimal hybrids. Th scp is hug, allwig th Kpr t dsig whatvr crazy amalgamatis thy dsir. Th satyrs hav aimal-lik marisms, prstig curius ad hrrific traits whil still smig huma-lik. As th mutati ctius, th traits bcm mr prfud as th huma csciusss disitgrats it ttal bstiality. Th trasfrmati f huma it thr is a cmm strad t b fud may f Lvcraft s tals. Csidr Arthur Jrmy, th dvluti s i Th Rats i th Walls, as wll as Pickma ad th ghuls. Whil t cssarily dirctly likd t Shub- Niggurath, such craturs dmstrat th prpsity fr staggrig chags i humaity thrugh ctact with th bizarr frcs f th Myths. th party is happig bth th grud ad uppr flr, with ppl gathrig i grups ad grally millig abut. Oly Ogl s bdrm dr is clsd, with a d t disturb sig tackd t th dr. Hav th playrs itrduc thir ivstigatrs whil th party gts it full swig. Shuld ay f th ivstigatrs, lik Gus Phillips, b ccrd abut th drug us gig all arud thm, rmid th playr that this is thig h has t s bfr ths ar wll-t-d ppl lttig thir hair dw ad causig a sc vr what (ths ppl) bliv t accptabl culd asily backfir. If th playr is adamat ad apprachs ay f th drug usrs i a rprachful r accusatry mar, th partygrs aplgiz ad put th ffdig drugs away (ly t carry c th ivstigatr has mvd ). Bfr t lg, a murmur carris thrugh th crwd. Chuck Ogl ps his bdrm rm ad whls himslf it th ctr f th party. Drssd i a Hawaiia shirt, his lgs ad ft cvrd i a blakt fstd with imags f saucy ladis, h has a big smil his fac ad his ski glws with halth. Th ly sig f smthig amiss is his havily badagd lft had. All attti aturally falls up Ogl as h wlcms vry ad thaks all fr cmig. H gs t talk abut his cditi, hw h lst his ft t th disas ad hw diabts has svrly affctd his lif. But mr! I v b curd, h says. I w it all t Zylactis ad th grat flk at ZyMdBi! Th rm rupts with thudrus applaus ad chrs as Ogl says, tah-dah! ad whips away th blakt cvrig his lgs ad prcds t stad up. It s a miracl, h says. Dpdig whr th ivstigatrs ar stadig, thy may t s Ogl s w ft at first du t th crwd but thy crtaily har th cllctiv gasp ad mmtary paus bfr mr lud chrs rsud. 77

79 s h t i g d p s Th Ivstigatrs sav thir frid frm Chuck Ogl Gttig clsr t Ogl prvids a clar viw. Th flsh his right lg (blw th k) is bright pik with sm rd bltchs, lik raw, w ski, ad ds i half a ft, th thr lg ds i a stump whr his hl wuld b. It s t hard t s that his ft ar actually rudimtary, gat-lik hvs. Aftr a brif tttrig wadr, Ogl sits back i his whlchair, talks t his gusts, ad driks havily. H sms particularly happy t spak at lgth t ay wm at th party, mr r lss brushig ff th qustis f ay f th mals at th party. Ivstigatrs wishig t cvrs with Ogl ar tratd likwis; thus, ly th apprach f Mary Fullr, Maria Klga, r Blida Nrwich ds th trick, whrup Ogl is dlightd t dscrib his tratmt with ZyMdBi: I was dyig, thr ar tw ways abut it. I hard abut th Zylactis drug trial ad, figurig I ly had a fw mths t liv, thught what th hll, ad sigd up. I had a itrviw ad thy did sm tsts ad said I culd tak th xprimtal tratmt. Thught I was a grat cadidat. I had t g t ZyMdBi vry thr day t hav th drug admiistrd. Straight away I was flig it wrkig isid m, makig m fl strg ad aliv. Ad th my ft startig grwig back! A miracl! Thy said Zylactis was a wdr drug ad I m th livig prf! At this pit, Ogl wiks ad whisprs, cm back t my rm ad I ll shw yu sm mr. If th fmal ivstigatr rfuss his lchrus advacs, h quickly appars brd ad xcuss himslf. H th migls sm mr, ctius t drik havily, ad prcds t butthl athr fmal gust. By this pit, vry is druk, high, r bth. Whthr th ivstigatrs havily partak f th liqur r drugs ffr is dw t thm; hwvr, it s assumd that mst f th ivstigatrs hav ithr abstaid r csumd mdratly. Ogl bgis t drag th wma h s b spakig with it his bdrm. Th wma scrams ad rsists, causig is but vry ls at th party sms t druk r high t b awar f th situati. It s up t th ivstigatrs t act t sav th wma frm Ogl s usavry advacs as h budls hr it his bdrm ad shuts th dr. Nt: th rst f this sc prsums Ogl is accstig a fmal NPC if f th fmal ivstigatrs dcids t accpt Ogl s ffr, th what fllws shuld b mdifid accrdigly, with th fmal ivstigatr big th prs that Ogl is attmptig t drag it his bdrm. As th ivstigatrs rush thrugh th dr it Ogl s bdrm thy fid th wma scramig i a crr as Ogl advacs, his shrt tr ff, rvalig his trs cvrd i ds fur. Th badags hav fall frm his had xpsig a ihuma claw frm which strigy hair grws. Call fr a Saity rll (1/1D3 lss). CHAPTER THREE O harig th ivstigatrs, Ogl turs, uttrs sm aimalistic ad guttural mas, ad th his tgu shts, frg-lik, ut f his muth ad attmpts t stragl whvr is i th frt. S Ogl s statistics at th d f th scari. Thr ar thr pssibl utcms: Th ivstigatrs maag t subdu Ogl. What thy d with him aftr this is thir chic. Callig th plic is prbably th bst pti, with Ogl arrstd ad tak away pdig chargs. Ogl is killd. I this cas, his bdy starts rapidly disslvig. Oly malfrmd bs ad a disgustig smll ar lft. As vry ls at th party is druk r high, th vt ds t rgistr with ay. Ev th pr wma Ogl draggd t his bdrm is hazy th dtails du t big ibriatd; by th xt mrig, sh ca t rmmbr much at all. If cssary, Gus Phillips ca tak a statmt ad arrag hlp fr th wma. Dspit thir bst ffrts, Ogl is badly wudd but scaps, crashig thrugh th bdrm widw it th ight. Whthr th ivstigatrs pursu him r ctact th plic is up t thm. Ogl plays furthr rl i th scari ulss th Kpr wishs fr him t rappar latr, fully mutatd it a half-ma-half-gat cratur, t puc th ivstigatrs at a ipprtu mmt. Nxt Stps Hw thig prgrss frm hr is largly dpdt th ivstigatrs. Thy all hav ras t b suspicius f ZyMdBi. Havig s th rsults f th Zylactis trial i Chuck Ogl, thy hpfully wat t fid ut mr abut th cmpay ad tratmt. Clarly smthig is badly wrg. Th ivstigatrs hav thr pssibl ruts: 1. Sarch Ogl s hus fr ifrmati. 2. Cduct furthr rsarch it ZyMdBi. 3. Had t th surc f th prblm ad g t ZyMdBi s prmiss. Each f ths ruts is discussd i th fllwig sctis. Nt that th scari prsums th ivstigatrs vtually mak thir way isid ZyMdBi ight t fially ucvr what has b gig, brigig thigs t a climax (s Part Thr, pag 88). If playig Paaca as a -sht gam, Kprs ar advisd t mv swiftly thrugh ay rsarch phas (Part Tw, fllwig) sm f th ivstigatrs hav alrady udrtak rsarch th cmpay bfr th scari starts, s much f what ca b lard i th scti calld Rsarchig ZyMdBi (pag 83) ca b assumd t b alrady (r at last partially) kw. Mv 78

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82 PANACEA thigs s that th ivstigatrs hav a clar path t gt thir hads dirty ad tr th cmpay s buildig. If playig a lgr, multi-sssi gam, th rsarch phas ca b fully playd thrugh. Sm suggstis Expasi Optis fr this ar icludd i th apprpriat fllwig sctis. I ithr cas, th playrs, frm this pit ward, shuld dcid th scari s dircti as much as pssibl. Thr is scp t gratly xtd th scari by havig ZyMdBi b a much largr cmpay with facilitis at a umbr f sits, but this is firmly i th hads f th Kpr ad thir dsir t xtraplat up th ifrmati prvidd. PART TWO This is th rsarch phas f th scari, allwig th ivstigatrs t ucvr sm ifrmati abut ZyMdBi, its wrs, ad th Zylactis drug trial. This phas ca ru lg r shrt dpdig whthr Paaca is ru as a -sht r multi-sssi gam. SEARCHING OGLE S HOUSE Quick-thikig ivstigatrs hav th pprtuity t sarch Ogl s hus c thy hav dalt with Ogl; thrwis, thy may wish t rtur at a latr stag. I truth, thr is littl t b fud hr. Thr ar scrts ccrig ZyMdBi thr tha dcumtati frm th cmpay, addrssd t Ogl, dtailig his applicati ad accptac fr a xprimtal drug trial. Th ifrmati ca b fud stuffd it a bdsid drawr i Ogl s bdrm th grud flr. Particular ifrmati icluds: A lttr frm Maria Klga f ZyMdBi cfirmig rcipt f Ogl s applicati t b csidrd fr a trial f Zylactis ad askig fr him t attd a prlimiary csultati. A lttr cfirmig Ogl s ligibility fr th trial ad wlcmig him it th prgram; it dtails appitmt tims (vry thr day fr tw wks) wh Ogl was xpctd t g t ZyMdBi s facility fr th admiistrati f Zylactis. A bklt titld Wlcm t ZyMdBi, which prvids a simpl vrviw f th cmpay ad Zylactis s Hadut: Paaca 1. NEW DRUG APPLICATIONS I th U.S., a Nw Drug Applicati (NDA) is mad t th Fd ad Drug Admiistrati (FDA) skig apprval fr a trial t dtrmi a w drug s ffctivss. Varius phass must b fllwd, with rsults chckd ad vrifid bfr th FDA will apprv a w drug fr markt. ZyMdBi is udrtakig a Phas 2 study. Phas 0: th FDA is shw rsults f prcliical tstig i labratry aimals, alg with a prpsal fr huma tstig. Th FDA dcids whthr it is rasably saf fr th drug t g frward fr huma tstig. Phas 1: th drug is tstd i a fw halthy vlutrs t dtrmi if it is acutly txic ad what may b th mst frqut sid ffcts frm us. Th umbr f subjcts tds t rag frm 20 t 80. Phas 2: dtrmis ffctivss. Hr, th gal is t btai data whthr th drug wrks i ths wh hav a crtai disas r cditi. Th umbr f subjcts rags frm 12 t 300. Th Aak brthrs, with th assistac f ZyMdBi staff idctriatd it th Shub-Niggurath cult, hav falsifid rcrds ad rprts, gttig Zylactis thrugh th NDA s chcks ad mitrig ad ablig th cmpay t mv frward with a Phas 2 cliical trial. Th cult has t lkd far byd Phas 2 but aims t dctr rprts as cssary (rsrtig t blackmail ad thr aggrssiv tactics) t sur th FDA accpts thir fidigs Zylactis, allwig th drug t g t markt. Th cult s d gal is t sprad th milk f th Mthr as far ad wid as thy ca. EXPANSION OPTION: OGLE ESCAPES If th ivstigatrs did t dal with Ogl at th party ad h scapd, th mutatd Ogl culd rtur hm wh th ivstigatrs cm back t sarch fr clus. A cfrtati is likly as, by w, Ogl is mr bast tha huma. 81

83 s h t i g d p s Hadut: Paaca 1 CHAPTER THREE At ZyMdBi yur halth ad wllbig ar ur first pririty. W us th miracls f mdr pharmacutical girig t brig yu th bfits f ur rsarch t trat a wid rag f dbilitatig ad lif-thratig cditis. With ZyMdBi yu ar i saf hads. Our scitific rsarch is at th cuttig dg f mdr mdici ad yur participati i th Zylactis Phas 2 cliical trial is th xt stp ur jury t brig th halig prprtis f Zylactis t th widr wrld. Yu hav b accptd t tak part i ur study ad w hp that yu fl th bfits i just a fw days f bgiig th tw-wk prgram. Our halth tchicias will guid yu thrugh th prcss i a sris f rgular csultatis hld at ZyMdBi s stat f th art facility. 82

84 PANACEA RESEARCHING ZYMEDBIO Rsarchig ZyMdBi Crp may ivlv Itrt sarchs, tlphig th FDA, lcal wspaprs, ctactig th cmpay dirctly, as wll as aythig ls th ivstigatrs ca thik up. Th ifrmati prstd blw ca b btaid rlativly asily as ZyMdBi is a yug cmpay ad thr is t a dp wll f hidd ifrmati i th public dmai. Th prtit facts ar utlid blw but th Kpr shuld fl fr t labrat ad xpad as cssary. I mst cass a succssful Library Us rll dlivrs th gds (b it wspaprs, th Itrt, r a actual library) but shuld th Kpr wish t itrduc NPCs (frmr mplys, currt lw-lvl mplys, ad prhaps ppl wh ar udrgig tratmt (r hav b rjctd a plac th drug trial) th us scial skill rlls lik Charm, Prsuad, ad s frth. Cmputr savvy ivstigatrs may wat t brak it ZyMdBi s srvrs t dig it scrt ifrmati s Hackig ZyMdBi, fllwig. Iitial rsarch ZyMdBi: Establishd thr yars ag as a pharmacutical dvlpmt cmpay. Th cmpay ws prprty, which huss admiistrati, patit csultig, ad rsarch ad dvlpmt. Th buildig lis ut f tw* a light idustrial stat just ff a tw-la frway. Th cmpay is privatly wd by Jffrs ad Ulysss Aak, brthrs wh rigiat frm Eurp but w hld full U.S. citizship. Th cmpay s wbsit is prtty but basic, dscribig i gral dtails ZyMdBi s pharmacutical rsarch. A scti is dvtd t th currt Zylactis trial ad prvids a li applicati frm, allwig ppl t apply t b csidrd fr th study. A vacacis pag lists currt mply rcruitmt. Th cmpay hlds gvrmt ctracts. At last cut, th cmpay mplyd arud ighty ppl. Lcal wspaprs vr th last thr yars hav carrid advrtismts fr jbs, maily fr scrtarial ad admiistrativ staff, as wll as scurity prsl. Judgig by th frqucy, thr appars t b a stady d fr w mplys. Fiv mths ag, th cmpay bga advrtisig fr ppl t cm frward fr cliical trials. Advrts bgi t appar mr frqutly i lcal wspaprs ad billbards sm tw mths ag. It sms ZyMdBi is w cstatly skig ppl fr rsarch studis ad xprimtal prcdurs. *Th xact lcati f ZyMdBi is fr th Kpr t dtrmi. W suggst th Kpr picks a familiar city. Dpr rsarch: EXPANSION OPTION: FDA INVOLVEMENT If th ivstigatrs pick up th FDA agl, thy may wish t dig mr dply. O pssibility is t prst Td Da, a x-fda mply as a pttial lad. I this cas, Da was a rlativly high-up scitist whs jb was t scrutiiz cliical trials. Da ca cfirm that all th paprwrk chckd ut but that thr was smthig bthrig him abut Zylactis. Th rsults ad rprts sm just t gd t b tru. H raisd a ccr ad had arragd t visit ZyMdBi but at th last miut th visit was cacld ad h fud himslf big accusd f fiacial irrgularitis (fraudult xpss claims) ad was subsqutly fird frm th FDA. Whil h cat prv ZyMdBi has aythig t d with it, h ca t shak th flig that smhw thy wr ivlvd. H was crtaily falsly accusd ad fls mbittrd by th whl situati. A succssful Accutig rll suggsts that ZyMdBi has bvius surc f icm (thy hav prducts fr sal), dspit wig a tir buildig ad mplyig arly 100 staff. Prsumably, its wrs ar bakrllig th busiss. Ctactig th FDA cfirms that ZyMdBi is currtly gagd i Phas 2 tstig f a drug bradd as Zylactis. All filig ad paprwrk ar i plac. A supplir f labratry aimals may b prsuadd t cfirm that thy hav sld rabbits, rats, mic, ad v dgs t ZyMdBi. Th sals f aimals fr tstig hav b stady sic ZyMdBi cam it big, althugh rdrs hav fall i th last six mths. Hackig ZyMdBi Ivstigatrs with th cssary skill ad kwldg may attmpt t hack it ZyMdBi s srvrs it s als fasibl that a ivstigatr uss a ctact with th cssary skill, r attmpts t sk ut a hackr ad purchas thir tim (pssibly ladig t all mar f shady cutrs). Hackig it th srvrs is t a asy task ad rquirs a Hard Cmputr Us succss; partly du t th rbust safguards ZyMdBi has i plac but als bcaus a dark yug is mitrig ad scurig th cmpay s IT ifrastructur; if succssful, th ivstigatr fids th fllwig 83

85 s h t i g d p s ifrmati t that th dark yug dtcts th itrusi ad istigats cutrmasurs (wh th Kpr dms cssary). Th atur f th cutrmasurs is p t th Kpr, sm pssibilitis iclud: Th hack is simply cut. Th ivstigatr s accss is lst ad cat b ristatd. A mssag appars fr th ivstigatr sayig: YOUR BREACH HAS BEEN DETECTED. YOUR LOCATION IS BEING DETERMINED. Th dark yug casts a spll thrugh th ccti. Pssibl splls iclud: Clud Mmry, Implat Far, Mtal Suggsti, Midblast, r Wrack (igr th rmal cditis fr th spll). If a NPC is th prfrmig th hack, th spll culd b v mr srius, such as Caus Blidss. Call fr a ppsd POW rll with th dark yug: if th dark yug wis, th ivstigatr rcivs a visi f th Myths, callig fr a Saity rll (1D4/1D8 lss). D t shw th ivstigatr th dark yug i th ZyMdBi s basmt kp its whrabuts scrt util th ivstigatrs actually g thr (althugh th Kpr culd us th visi t hit at trribl thigs blw th grud). As th rsult f ay f th abv, th hackr is uabl t prit r sav ay data frm ZyMdBi. If cssary, th dark yug causs th hackr s cmputr t vrhat ad burst it flams. Ifrmati pssibly btaid: (chs r tw) Prsal diaris f Jffrs ad Ulysss Aak, shwig that thy ar currtly ut f th cutry busiss (dtails lft t th Kpr) ad ar t schduld t rtur fr athr mth. Evidc f falsifid rprtig: rprts prpard fr th FDA shw ifrmati big altrd r rmvd. Ulss th ivstigatr is a scitist, th dtails ar difficult t udrstad a scitist ca dduc that Zylactis has sm vry uusual prprtis, triggrig cll mutati i tst subjcts. A rprt dscribig tsts labratry rats. Th rats ar dscribd as havig Trtiary Bicyt admiistrd. At 6 miuts, th rats ar actig aggrssivly ad attmptig t mat. At 9 miuts, th rprt stats, sptaus ad rapid mutati f frm, ach subjct chagig i a uiqu mar. At 14 miuts, th subjcts ca lgr b calld rats but ctiu t itract aggrssivly, usig wly grw rgas i what ca ly b prsumd t b uusual matig practics. Th rprt clss by statig th subjcts had casd t itract with athr ad, istad, bga t attack th cag, whrup th subjcts wr trmiatd ad th xprimtd ccludd. Clit rprt whr th fllwig ams ar icludd: Chuck CHAPTER THREE Ogl, Td Daws, Athy Callis, plus ay ls th Kpr wishs t iclud as udrgig th Zylactis trial. N prsal dtails, thr tha thir am ad whthr th prs is activ, i csultati, r dclid is shw. A shrt ad smwhat vagu rprt dscribig th Scdary Bicyt as istalld t its satisfacti ad rady t bgi t cllcti prtcls frm th Primary Bicyt. Nt: if th ivstigatrs d t hack it ZyMdBi s srvrs, th Kpr shuld fl fr t prst th ivstigatrs with lmts f th ifrmati abv thrugh thr mas (if applicabl), such as if th ivstigatrs brak it th cmpay s facilitis ad attmpt t accss ifrmati sit, r if thy maag t crr f th ZyMdBi cultists ad pump him r hr fr ifrmati. CONTACTING PEOPLE ON THE ZYLACTIS TRIAL Th ivstigatrs alrady kw at last thr ppl wh hav udrg th Zylactis trial: Chuck Ogl, Td Daws, ad Athy Callis. I rspct f Daws ad Callis, rfr t thir dscriptis i th Dramatis Prsa (pag 72) du t thir psitis as prss ditr ad plic chif, bth hav b cditid thrugh hypsis by th cultists t prtct ZyMdBi. Thus, ulss th cditiig is brk, thy will d all thy ca t str th ivstigatrs away frm th cmpay. As thigs prgrss, Daws ad Callis will mutat, pssibly attackig th ivstigatrs r at last causig th furthr hadachs. If th ivstigatrs pursu this li f iquiry ad ar abl t track dw thrs wh hav tak th Zylactis trial (at th Kpr s discrti), such ppl will b happy t talk abut th bfits f thir tratmt whil talkig abut th miracl cur. Agai, dpdig th Kpr, sm idividuals may b displayig iitial sigs f mutati whil thrs hav dscdd it half-huma-half-aimal basts. Th ivstigatrs might arriv at a addrss ly t fid it smashd up ad dsrtd, its ccupat havig fully mutatd ad ru ff it th surrudig cutrysid r city. N statistics ar prvidd fr additial clits f ZyMdBi; th Kpr shuld us th tris (at th d f th scari) fr Chuck Ogl r th lssr satyrs ad adapt thm as cssary. VISITING ZYMEDBIO DURING WORKING HOURS Th ivstigatrs may wish t visit ZyMdBi durig ffic hurs, prhaps usig th cvr f itrstd busiss ppl r as sm wishig t tak th drug trial. O a rmal 84

86 PANACEA day, ZyMdBi appars t b a rlativly busy ffic ad thig ut f th rdiary ca b s. Ths walkig it th buildig arriv at th frt scurity dsk ad ar askd th purps f thir visit. Ulss a appitmt has b mad, ivstigatrs ar (plitly) turd away. Ths wishig t apply fr th Zylactis trial ar dirctd t th cmpay s wbsit whr a applicati frm ca b fud. Rqusts fr a sit tur ar dclid. Th buildig is cmprisd f tw wigs, cctd by a trac blck that huss th frt scurity dsk. Whr th wst wig (admiistrati) is stl ad glass (mirrrd widws prvt lkrs frm sig isid), th ast wig (rsarch) is mr slidly built frm brick ad ccrt, althugh it t has larg mirrrd widws ruig alg its frt sid. Tw larg glass drs p it th trac lbby. Isid, th ffics, mtig ad csultati rms, ad public aras ar cla, mdr, ad spacius. Th buildigs ar by mas full t capacity i trms f wrkrs; may rms ad cubicls ar mpty, with a small wrkfrc cductig th day-t-day busiss f th firm. Th vast majrity f ffic wrkrs ar uawar thy actually wrk fr a cult f Shub- Niggurath, with ly th sir maagmt, prhaps thir dirct rprts, th scurity guards, ad th rsarch tam big iductd it th wrship f th Dark Mthr. It is lft t th Kpr, which thr staff might b cultists r ict ffic wrkrs uawar thy ar hlpig t ulash th ful milk f Shub-Niggurath. Gttig a Appitmt Psig as busiss supplirs, pharmacutical brkrs, r thr busiss ctacts might gt r tw ivstigatrs thrugh th dr ad it th admiistrati wig f ZyMdBi. Sm pssibilitis ar utlid blw (th Kpr shuld xtraplat frm ths). Nt that usig a cvr t gt a busiss appitmt rquirs th ivstigatr t act cvicigly call fr Art/Craft (Actig) ad Charm, Fast Talk, r Prsuad rlls as cssary. Th Kpr may als call fr a ppsd Psychlgy rll (vrsus a gral NPC skill f 50%) if th situati ad ivstigatr s actis r spch warrat it. Failur mas th cvr is s thrugh ad th ivstigatr is askd t lav ad t rtur, with scurity calld t rmv him r hr frm th prmiss if th ivstigatr w t lav quitly. Mst likly, th ivstigatr is csidrd t b a idustrial spy st by a cmptig pharmacutical firm ad may b targtd fr survillac. Ultimatly, th ivstigatrs ca lar littl frm such mtigs. Th ppl thy mt ar busiss-lik ad d t rval cmpay scrts. Such mplys will t brk cvrsatis trailig it mattrs utsid f th mtig s rmit. Cfrtatis ad accusatis ccrig mutatis EXPANSION OPTION: SOMETHING IN THE WATER If th Kpr wishs t xpad th scp f th scari, pssibility icluds a small umbr f ambzas gttig it th lcal watr supply. I this vt, faulty pips r huma rrr hav mat th ambzas hav scapd th ZyMdBi rsarch buildig ad g it th watr supply, causig all mar f trubl fr huss i th viciity. Th Kpr culd wait ad hav this vt ccur twards th d f th scari prhaps th dark yug istigats th rlas. Th ivstigatrs may hav t sarch th ara fr hushlds with mutatd ccupats. Whthr th ivstigatrs ca ctai th utbrak r just hav t dal with its rprcussis is i th hads f th Kpr. ad scrt agdas ar laughd ut f th rm whil scurity is calld. Othrwis, th Kpr is fr t shar th ifrmati fud i Rsarchig ZyMdBi (pag 83). Pssibl busiss mtigs: Tiaa Frma, Prsl Maagr: will mt with rcruitmt firms ad statiry supplirs. IT Tam: will mt with IT quipmt supplirs. Lwis Pitts, Had f Sals: will mt with pssibl ivstrs ad pharmacutical itrsts utsid f th U.S. Wsly Ric, Had f Scurity: 40% chac f mtig with pttial scurity staff. Jim Caty, Vic Prsidt: busy, has a thr-mth waitig tim fr ay mtigs. Ulysss Aak (CEO) ad Jffrs Aak (Had f Rsarch): ar away busiss ad appitmts ca b arragd t mt with thm. Nt: wis ivstigatrs may attmpt t trail NPCs lik Jim Caty wh thy lav th ffic ad had fr hm. Such ut f wrk cutrs w t garr much additial ifrmati, althugh cfrtig Jim Caty utsid f wrk may gt him t rval his far f th Aak brthrs ad th Milkig Rm bfr h attmpts t ru away ad scap frm th ivstigatrs qustis (s Jim Caty, pag 75). 85

87 s h t i g d p s Applyig fr th Zylactis Trial Ivstigatrs ca apply t b csidrd fr try t th Zylactis trial via th cmpay s wbsit. A scti f which is dvtd t prmtig th trial ad curagig ppl with crtai mdical cditis t apply. Th sit als stats that patit rfrrals will b csidrd. A umbr f mdical cditis ar highlightd as big mst ligibl althugh th txt icluds a ambiguus li statig, N-ligibl pr-xistig mdical cditis may b csidrd. Th listd cditis ar may ad varid ad iclud: Cacr, Adult Ost Diabts, HIV, Pacratitis, Has s Disas (Lprsy), Mitchdrial Disas, plus thrs. Th lgthy applicati frm ca b cmpltd li, it asks fr prsal ad mdical dtails, which wh cmpltd ca b submittd, whrup a dialgu bx pps up statig that th applicati will b csidrd ad, if succssful, a ZyMdBi csultat will b i tuch. A uiqu applicati umbr is th maild t th applicat. Assumig th ivstigatr has piqud th itrst f ZyMdBi (at th Kpr s discrti), i 1D4 days th applicat is tlphd by a fridly sudig ZyMdBi mply ad askd t cm i fr a iitial csultati. At th agrd tim, th ivstigatr is mt at th ZyMdBi scurity dsk by Esm Richards, wh taks th ivstigatr t a tratmt rm i th Rsarch (East) Wig f th buildig. Richards, i hr arly thirtis ad warig a whit lab cat, prcds t rviw th ivstigatr s applicati, discussig thir mdical histry ad cditi. Shuld a ivstigatr b figig a mdical cditi, call fr a Hard Fast Talk r Prsuad rll (rduc th difficulty t Rgular fr ths wh hav d thir hmwrk rsarchig th cditi r wh hav 40% r mr i Mdici). If Richard blivs sh is big lid t, sh ds t cfrt th ivstigatr but clss dw th mtig, sayig sh has all sh ds fr w ad will b i tuch. Dpdig hw th mtig gs, ithr th ivstigatr vr hars frm ZyMdBi agai r, if th ivstigatr givs gd caus fr ral suspici, a frlac scurity ctractr is hird t lk it th ivstigatr which may lad t cmplicatis if th ivstigatr is th discvrd t hav b ctactig thrs udrgig Zylactis trials r grally pkig thir ss it ZyMdBi s busiss. If such activitis ar brught t light, th ivstigatr culd b ward t stp thir iquiris with subtl (r wrs) thrats r, if th situati warrats, v kidappd fr qustiig, dpdig hw srius th Kpr wats t mak thigs. Shuld th ivstigatr fl Richards, thy ar accptd t th Zylactis prgram ad tld t rtur th fllwig day fr thir first tratmt. Ivstigatrs gig thrugh with th trial ar mt agai by Richards ad tak t th patit s CHAPTER THREE lug i th Rsarch Wig t wait fr thir tratmt. Aftr a fw miuts, th ivstigatr is tak t a tratmt rm whr a dctr prcds t tak a bld sampl ad th ijcts Zylactis it thir arm. Oc d, th ivstigatr is tld t cm back at th sam tim i a cupl f days. Csqucs f Tratmt It is assumd that mst ivstigatrs draw shy f actually fllwig up ad rcivig th Zylactis drug; hwvr, shuld a ivstigatr g thrugh with th tratmt, hr is a utli fr hw it affcts thm. Th curs f Zylactis rmally taks plac vr tw wks, with th drug admiistrd vry thr day fr a ttal f six dss. Dss 1 t 3: if thr is a pr-xistig mdical cditi, its ffcts ar ticably lssd. Th ivstigatr fls gd ad rgtic. Ay rct wuds r scar tissu bgi t hal vr, s by th d f th wk thy ar cmpltly g. If th ivstigatr has a majr wud, this is curd (i.. rmv th tick frm th charactr sht) ad ay lst hit pits ar rgaid. Dss 4 t 6: pr-xistig cditis g it rmissi. Ay lg-trm pai r thr ffcts ar w g. Lst limbs big t rgrw th actual rgrwth may tak athr wk r mr t b fully cmpltd. I additi, th ivstigatr bgis t ucsciusly xhibit bhavirs that mimic a particular aimal (b it a cat, bird, isct, ad s ). By th d f th tratmt, physical similaritis t th aimal ar als dvlpig (such as wbbd figrs, hfs, fathrs). Byd th d f th tratmt, th ivstigatr lss 1 pit f Saity pr day, ad th physical mutati bcms mr prucd ad thir bhavir mr bstial. Tw wks latr, th Saity lss icrass t 5 pits pr day as thy mutat fully it a satyr. Highr strgth r icrasd frqucy f dss acclrats th mutatis ad Saity lss at th Kpr s discrti. If th ivstigatr stps th tratmt aftr r tw dss th thy may attmpt a Hard CON rll t gat th drug s ffcts: succss, thy suffr a sigl mir mutati ad ls 1D4 Saity pits; failur, thy suffr a sigl majr mutati ad ls 1D8 Saity pits. I bth cass, th ffcts f th drug ar limitd ad d t ctiu past th iitial mutati. Th atur f th mutati ad its lg-trm ffcts shuld b dtrmid by th Kpr ad writt it th ivstigatr s backstry. Shuld th mutatd ivstigatr suffr tmprary r idfiit isaity i th futur, it is tirly pssibl fr buts f madss t fcus th mutati (physically ad mtally). 86

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89 s h t i g d p s PART THREE Th scari draws t a cclusi wh th ivstigatrs dcid t brak it ZyMdBi. Th ptimal tim fr a brak i is durig th ight wh th mplys hav lft ad thr ar just a cupl f scurity guards duty. What th ivstigatrs d t kw is that sm f th mply cultists hav b slf-admiistrig Zylactis ad hav turd it satyrs. Wh th ivstigatrs bgi sakig arud th buildig, thy will cutr ad hav t ctd with sm f ths flk. Part thr fcuss th ivitabl dstructi f ZyMdBi. With r withut th ivstigatrs, th cultist pratig th cmpay prpl thmslvs twards a dwward spiral f chas aki t th chatic ad vr-chagig atur f thir gddss. By th tim th ivstigatrs arriv, th structurd rdr f th cult is fragmtig ad its mmbrs, dsd Zylactis, ar mutatig. Th rst f this scti assums a vig r ighttim brak i. BREAKING INTO ZYMEDBIO O arrival, th ivstigatrs fid a hadful f vhicls prst i th cmpay s car park; thrwis, thigs ar quit. Th majrity f th buildig is dark xcpt fr th trac lbby; thr ar sigs f ay scurity guards big prst. CHAPTER THREE Ivstigatrs gttig up cls t th mirrrd widws ca s littl isid ad mvmt t suggst ay is isid wrkig. Obsrvat ivstigatrs may tic scurity camras pstd t th sids f th buildig ( at ach crr). Whil th camras lk dw th buildig, thy appar fixd ad d t track mvmt. Ivstigatrs blivig thy hav b caught camra may b surprisd t fid cms t cfrt thm. Rfr t th plas f th ZyMdBi buildig pag 87. Gaiig Etrac Th ivstigatrs hav thr ptis: Etry thrugh th drs it th frt lbby: th drs ar ulckd (s fllwig). Etry thrugh ithr f th fir scap drs ( at th sids f bth wigs): ths drs ar lckd, rquirig a succssful Hard Lcksmith r Hard Mchaical Rpair rll t brak thm p. Bth ca b asily pd frm isid th buildig. Etry thrugh th dlivry bay drs at th far d f th East Wig: ths drs ar stutly lckd frm th isid; thus, th ly way thrugh is thrugh brut strgth (drs ar STR 300). As th drs ar st abv grud lvl (allwig asy uladig f trucks ad th lik) it is impssibl t driv a car thrugh th drs. Othrwis, axs ad thr tls culd b usd but ths wuld mak srius is. Obviusly, th asist way isid is thrugh th ulckd drs it th trac lbby. If cssary, t tmpt th ivstigatrs isid, hav f th frt drs ajar slightly. Ivstigatrs succdig i a Spt Hidd rll ca s a ma s sh is prvtig th frt dr frm clsig. Etrac Lbby Oc thrugh th drs, it s clar that thr ar scurity guards arby. Bhid th frt dsk, f th chairs has a small bld splattr ruig dw th backrst. A fw spts f bld als flck th surfac f th dsk. Th bld marks ar rct. Bhid th dsk, thr ulckd drs p it a brak rm, a rm ctaiig ctrls fr th buildig s systms (air cditiig, spriklr, tc.), ad a scurity mitrig stati with a bak f scrs displayig th fds frm th scurity camras isid ad utsid th buildig. Mst f th scrs shw static althugh a cupl f th itral fds ar liv ad shw th dimly lit mai crridrs f th East ad Wst Wigs. As th ivstigatrs watch, sm appars i th fd frm th Wst Wig crridr. Th figur dgs twards th ctr f th scr ad th suddly laps at th camra. Th last thig th ivstigatrs s is a wma with bird-lik faturs grabbig th camra as th scr gs t static. 88

90 PANACEA Hagig th walls, ithr sid f th rcpti dsk, ar tw prtraits. Bath ach prtrait, small sigs rad: Ulysss Aak, Chif Excutiv Officr ad Fudr ( th lft) ad Jffrs Aak, Had f Rsarch ad Fudr ( th right). Bth m lk t b i th mid-50s, slight f statur, cla-shav, ad prtray traits bth f Mditrraa ad Asiatic dsct. Th family rsmblac is clar; bth ar ldrly, with thiig hair, wathrd faturs, ad muths that sm just a fracti t wid. O ithr sid f th frt dsk ar th drs ladig t th buildig s wigs. Th dr t th Wst Wig (admiistrati) is ulckd whil th East Wig (rsarch) dr is lckd. Thr ar kys t b fud i th trac lbby. Oc all f th ivstigatrs ar isid, a cmputr sudig vic is hard vr th buildig s itrcm sayig, Alrt! Uauthrizd Etry! Hk! Hk! Hk! Plas stad away frm all xtrir drs ad widws whil prtctiv sals activat. Plas stad away frm all xtrir drs ad widws whil prtctiv sals activat. With this, stl blids scrll dw vr th utsid widws ad drs f th tir buildig, prvtig scap. Th vic th says, Plas fllw all mrgcy prtcls. Plas fllw all mrgcy prtcls. Scurity prsl must rprt t thir maagrs fr istructis. Th ivstigatrs hav tim t ract ad ar trappd isid. Ths attmptig t mak tlph calls fid thr is sigal th dark yug is jammig all cmmuicatis. Buildig Layut Dspit havig accss t th buildig s systms ad scurity, th ivstigatrs ar uabl t dactivat th stl shuttrs. Shuld a ivstigatr b particularly savvy with IT systms ad th lik, mak it clar t thm that whatvr thy ar dig shuld wrk but that smthig is cutrmadig thir istructis ad lckig thm ut withi i a miut f th ivstigatr attmptig t disabl th scurity, thy fid thy hav b ttally lckd ut f th systm. Nt: th Kpr shuld sur that Maria Klga s playr is awar that, as a frmr mply, sh is familiar with th layut f th buildig (althugh sh vr saw isid th rsarch aras) ad wuld kw that hr frmr bss, Jim Caty, had accss kys fr th East Wig i his ffic firstly, gttig ths kys wuld allw th ivstigatrs t lk it th scrts bhid Zylactis ad, scdly, prhaps thr s a way t scap th buildig i thr. Attmpts t brak it r pick th lck f th dr t th East Wig hav succss. Ths with ay girig, mchaical, r scurity xprtis ca prsum th dr is a multi-pit scur dr ly th prpr ky will p it. Th ivstigatrs hav littl chic but t g thrugh th ulckd Wst Wig dr ad hp thy ca fid Jim Caty s kys. ADMINISTRATION WING (WEST WING) Gig thrugh th dr frm th trac lbby, th ffics byd ar dark, with just safty lights dimly illumiatig th mai crridr. At th d f th crridr, light is cmig frm tw f th ffics th right-had sid Maria Klga rcgizs ths as Jim Caty s (Vic Prsidt) ad Brad Mstlr s (Had f Accuts) ffics. If th ivstigatrs wat t pk arud rathr tha gig straight t Caty s r Mstlr s ffics, rfr t th plas f th buildig, which dtail th varius ffics. Nt that thr is littl t b fud i th paprwrk r cmputr systms i th mpty ffics; attmptig t accss cfidtial data (Hard Cmputr Us rll) may ucvr sm ifrmati but als brigs th attti f th dark yug, s Rsarchig ZyMdBi, pag 83, ad Cld Wrds, pag 90 fr dtails. Othrwis, th ivstigatrs might cm up dcumts shwig th purchas f labratry aimals, as wll as aimal fd, ad als rgular bills ad rcrds f paymts fr statiry, scitific quipmt, ad s. Th Kpr shuld fl fr t imprvis ad build pttial plt hks as dsird prhaps clus t th whrabuts f th Aak brthrs, thir thr busisss, ad pssibly clus (ams, addrsss) ladig t ppl wh hav udrg th Zylactis trial. Oc th ivstigatrs ar i th Wst Wig, thy har a shrikig ululati maatig frm dw th crridr (whr th lit ffics ar). Mvig twards th sud, thy cm t Alyssa Da s ffic ad ar abl t s isid thrugh th glass widw, byd which is th p dr it Mstlr s ffic. Mstlr s ffic is mr r lss dark, with ly th light frm Da s rm spillig i. A figur ca b s rratically mvig abut th ffic but sms t t tic th ivstigatrs. This is Mstlr, th Had f Accuts, mutatd it a bat-frg thig. H has glistig, gr-titd ski, his hair is dark ad furry, ad his ys ar uaturally larg saucr-lik discs. H dacs arud th rm ad maks a uarthly sud lik a crss btw a crak ad a high-pitchd wi. Gttig a full lk at th Mstlr satyr prvks a Saity rll (1/1D3 lss). If th ivstigatrs succssfully us Stalth t pass by Mstlr s ffic, h rmais uawar f thir prsc; thrwis, if g ut f thir way t attract his attti r apprach him, h mvs twards thm with quick ad disccrtig mvmts but ds t attack. Istad, h bgis t talk (with a huma vic) abut paychcks, Hav 89

91 s h t i g d p s I th vt f th ivstigatrs brakig it ZyMdBi, th dark yug i th East Wig Basmt watchs thir prgrss thrugh th facility s clsd circuit vid systm ad, frm tim t tim, spaks t thm thrugh th itrcm. Th vic f th dark yug suds huma ugh, albit smwhat husky ad ddly pitchd (prhaps th itrcm actually maks it sud smwhat mchaical). Thik f th dark yug s wrds as if cmig frm a vil mtivatial spakr, makig prmiss ad prpudig th atur f rality ad lif i gral. I its spch, th cratur rfrs t itslf i first prs plural, as w, urslvs, us, ad s frth. Thik f its ali itlligc ad hw it viws th icsqutial humas, scramblig arud th buildigs lik s may ats. Thrfr, it ds t mislad th ivstigatrs r attmpt t lur thm it th basmt (which it wuld prfr t avid); istad, it clbrats th majsty f th Mthr s gifts ad appals t huma dsir, sayig that ly thrugh w (i.. th dark yug ad Shub-Niggurath) ca th frailtis f humaity b vrcm accpt th Mthr ad yu will bcm bttr. Th dark yug is t byd appalig t huma ccrs sic th blssigs f th Mthr ca hlp humaity t cast away disas, pai, ad v dath. Th cratur talks i -squiturs ad bld statmts, which shuld urv th ivstigatrs, makig thm qusti thir ability t affct aythig i a ral ad maigful way. Th dark yug s spch acts as a uwhlsm arrativ t th ivstigatrs actis as thy mak thir way arud ZyMdBi. CHAPTER THREE COLD WORDS Sm xampl statmts: As a huma, day yu ar crtai t di. Edlss blivi ad thigss. W ca chag that. Yu ca ctiu frvr.» Fl yur limitatis. Fastr, strgr, smartr, wisr, ay r ALL ar pssibl with ur hlp. Cur fr cacr? W hav it. Ji us i brigig ur amazig discvris t th wrld. Millis f livs will b savd. Pai ad suffrig will d frvr. Lk up th wrld. W ca mak it bttr. Fr frm ucrtaity ad th failurs f humaity. Yur tiy xistc is but a mt f dust. Excd yur rality ad bcm with us. Additially, th dark yug ca cmmt spcific idividuals, addrssig particular ivstigatrs t driv hm its mssag. Pssibl statmts iclud: Mr. Btlr, rmmbr hw yur mthr has b suffrig fr almst a dcad frm hr strk? Sh is paralyzd, mut, ad ds t b fd by a urs. W ca CURE that. Yur mthr ca b rstrd t vitality ad strgth. Ms. Klga, ur valuati idicats that yu ar a prim cadidat fr arly-st dmtia. S, th mmry lss will bgi. Yu ll start gttig lst, v i yur hm. By th ag f 75, th sstial YOU will b lg g. Rmmbr hw this affctd yur gradmthr? Yu s it startig i yur mthr, d t yu? That s yur fat ulss w prvt it. Tgthr. Officr Phillips, yu far that yu will grw ld ad di withut lv. Yur urg t rprduc is admirabl but thr will b prgy. Yu will d yur w lif i misry ad dspair. This ca b CHANGED if yu ji with us. Yu d vr b al agai ad yu will b blssd with umrus ffsprig. Dctr Nrwich, ur rcrds shw that yu wrk tirlssly t hlp yur patits. It is a sham that all yur wrk cms t aught. Yur accmplishmts will crumbl t ashs lik that f humaity. W ca rval such rvlatis t yu. With ur kwldg, yu ca cqur disas ad brig aid t millis. G byd th limits f yur xistc. Embrac a w wrld. Mr. Claws, yur fathr suffrs frm cacr. His will b a trribl dath. W ca chag his dstiy. W ca CURE him ad rstr him t full vitality. Nurs Fullr, thr is d t tll yu f th suffrig. Yu s it vry day f yur xistc as yu try t halt th ravags f disas, ijury, ad dath. It is a war. D YOU fl lik yu ar wiig th war? W ca hlp. Thik f a wrld withut disas. It is withi yur rach. 90

92 PANACEA yu b paid? Whr s yur tax frm? H sms blivius t his cditi ad appars mr wrrid ad bsssd with tax frms, crdit paymts, ad bills. Whil his itracti is strag, it is t thratig. If th ivstigatrs talk t Mstlr abut him big a mstr, h says thig wrg with m but th starts t shak ad trmbl. Suddly, h rips p his shirt as a giat muth tars p th ski acrss his stmach, ad h starts crakig s ludly that th ivstigatrs must attmpt CON rlls r b tak 1 damag pr tur whil i his prsc. Call fr athr Saity rll (1/1D4 lss). I additi, h laps t attack, bitig with his wly frmd stmach-muth. H fights i this mar util subdud r killd, r if h suffrs a majr wud, which causs him t ru ut it th largr ffic ad hid udr f th p pla dsks. Jim Caty s Offic Nxt t Brad Mstlr s ffic is Blach Yurka s ffic, bhid which is Jim Caty s ffic. Th ivstigatrs must g thrugh Blach s smallr utr ffic t gt it Caty s rm. Th light is isid allwig th ivstigatrs t s Blach as sh is w a bird-wma satyr call fr a Saity rll (1/1D3 lss). Blach s lips hav frmd it a rudimtary bak; hr hair has turd it whit fathrs, ad hr figrs it lg, bird-lik claws. Sh acts lik a bird: hr ys fix up ppl as hr had darts abut, hr claws latch t bjcts, ad sh is quick mvig. Blach is currtly surfig th Itrt ad sigig t hrslf. Wh sh ss th ivstigatrs, sh starts whistlig abut Uauthrizd accss i a sigsg vic. If th ivstigatrs attmpt t g past hr t gt t Caty s ffic, sh riss up ad chargs thm (call fr a Ddg rll t avid Blach). If th ivstigatrs ar succssful i ddgig, Blach laps past thm ad hits hr had ludly agaist th wall ad kcks hrslf ut. Othrwis, hr iitial assault causs 1D4 damag ad th ivstigatrs must subdu r kill hr t stp hr attacks. Shuld th ivstigatrs maag t talk t Blach (aftr sh cms rud aftr kckig hrslf ut r if sh is subdud) sh talks abut th Mthr i vagu trms but is mr spcific wh dscribig th ambzas, rfrrig t Scdary ad Primary Bicyts, milkig th mthr (ad hw birds d t prduc milk), ad s rfr t Th Milk f Shub-Niggurath, pag 70, fr ifrmati t rlay. Jim Caty s spar kys ar actually i th drawr f Blach s dsk, which thrwis has littl ls f itrst. Isid Caty s ffic, th rm is mpty althugh his cmputr is turd ad its scr displays a widw with a mssag s Hadut: Paaca 2. Hadut: Paaca 2 EXPERIMENTAL SCHEDULE ZMB17B: 1. Prsl idtifid ad tld t rprt fr tst prgram (90% psitiv, rmaidr trmiatd). 2. Prsl iculatd with Frmula B138 (Trtiary Bicyt). Succssful. 3. Obsrvati gig. SUPPORTING: TERTIARY BIOCYTES: rsarch wig ly. (CONFIRMED) SECONDARY BIOCYTE: basmt rsarch facility. (POSITIVE) PRIMARY BIOCYTE SCHEDULE: Milk harvstig schdul track. Smi-autmati f cllcti POSITIVE but primary cllcti uits rachig d f cycl REPLACEMENT UNITS REQUIRED ASAP 91

93 s h t i g d p s WHERE NEXT? Th ivstigatrs primary bjctiv is t btai th kys (i Blach Yurka s dsk drawr) t allw thm t it th East Wig f th buildig; hwvr, it is likly thy will wat t xplr th Wst Wig, as wll as th Wst Basmt. Nt that accss t th rftp gard ad staff rstaurat is barrd by th scurity shuttrs ad s ar ut f buds fr th ivstigatrs. Whil thr ar imprtat clus i ths aras, th Kpr may dcid t ijct furthr cutrs ad ifrmati as thy s fit. Rathr tha a dtaild, rmby-rm, dscripti f ths aras, hr fllwig ar sm pssibl clus ad cutrs that th Kpr ca us r draw up fr ispirati. Rmmbr, th bjctiv is t gt th ivstigatrs it th East Wig t fac th hrrrs thri, s try t avid vrlg sarchs f th buildig ad skip t th acti ad pits f itrst. Opti: if ay f th ivstigatrs hav kwigly r uwittigly igstd r b ijctd with Zylactis, ambzas, r (smhw) th raw milk f Shub-Niggurath, th thy ar likly t bgi xhibitig its ffcts (mir r gratr mutatis); thus, istillig th ida that a pttial cur might b fud i th East Wig will fcus thir attti gttig isid. Th Kpr might isrt clus t plat this (icrrct) ti arlir i th scari, shuld th ivstigatis hav th pprtuity t bcm xpsd t th drug. Pssibl cutrs ad clus: A cmputr trmial shwig a mail t a mmbr f staff. Th mail stats th staff mmbr s w ctract is attachd. Wh th fil is pd, thr is a scti statig th mply agrs t tak part i ay tst prgrams rgaizd by ZyMdBi. I Wsly Ric s ffic (Had f Scurity), a rprt frm a privat scurity csultat amd Wad Btlr (prgratd ivstigatr) statig h has Maria Klga udr survillac ad awaits furthr dirctis. A pd vial f Zylactis; a partially filld ad usd syrig arby. I Ulysss Aak s ffic, a dsk diary with appitmts shwig th Aak brthrs visits t thir thr busisss ad s (th Kpr shuld dvis th dtails accrdig t hw thy might wish t xpad th scari). A satyr, itt ijctig th ivstigatrs with a massiv ds f Zylactis (acclratd mutati if a Extrm CON rll is faild). Th satyr has a massiv 100ML syrig full f Zylactis. A half-ma half-pig is tarig p fd ctairs ad rfrigratrs i th staff kitch ad lug s that h ca grg th fd. Prhaps livig flsh is mr t his r hr tast? CHAPTER THREE I th Wst Wig Basmt, a spidr-lik satyr has mad its wb, waitig fr uwary fd t apprach. Call fr a Hard Spt Hidd rll t tic th sticky wb-lik strads i th darkss f th basmt (th satyr has brk th lights dw hr). Frig slf frm th wb calls fr a STR rll. RESEARCH WING (EAST WING) Frm th trac lbby, th ivstigatrs arriv at a scd rcpti ara ctaiig a dsk, with drs ithr sid. Bth drs ar ulckd. Th dr th right lads t a frt crridr ctaiig tratmt rms, ffics, ad a patit s lug whil th dr t th lft lads t a rar crridr whr labratris, lab aimals, ad strag facilitats ca b fud. Sittig at rcpti is Batric April, a satyr whs had is skull-lik (Saity rll, 1/1D3 lss). Sh raiss hr skltal hads at th itrudig ivstigatrs, shutig, Yu ca t stp us! Batric is fully iitiatd it th cult ad rsists attmpts t accss th drs (particularly th dr t th privat crridr i th rar f th buildig). Sh will hav t b subdud r killd if th ivstigatrs ar t pass c rducd t half r fwr hit pits, Batric attmpts t fl thrugh th dr t th rar crridr (itt rlasig th satyrs i th Milkig Rm, s pag 95). Ivstigatrs lkig fr a hady wap may t th tw wall-mutd fir xtiguishrs i th rcpti ara (us as clubs, dalig 1D6 damag). Fllwig ar brif vrviws f th rms i th East Wig. Spcific cutrs ar dscribd i th subsqut sctis as td; thrwis, th rms ar fr f clus r cutrs ulss th Kpr wishs t isrt thir w. Th East Wig is split it a frt (public) crridr, whr patits udrgig th drug trial cm fr thir appitmts, ad a rar (privat) crridr ctaiig labratris, strs f Zylactis, ad th Milkig Rm. FRONT CORRIDOR This ara is quit, dark, ad currtly fr f satyrs. Th rms at th frt f th buildig cmpris a patit s lug (cmfy chairs, lw tabls, drik ad sack vdig machis) ad a rw f tratmt rms (ctaiig a hspital bd, sik, ad basic mdical supplis). All f ths rms smll f atisptic clar ad ar fr f cluttr. A staff lug is markd Privat: Staff Oly. Isid, it s mr r lss a mirrr f th patit lug but with a rw f vdig machis ffrig a varity f ht ad cld driks, cfctiry ad sacks. A dr at th rar f th rm 92

94 PANACEA is lckd (STR 150), which lads dirctly it athr staff lug i th rar crridr. Jim Caty s kys may b usd t p this dr. Oppsit t th tratmt rms ar a li f mpty ffics. Each has dsk ad chair (but cmputr) ad lks uusd. At th far d f th crridr ar a cupl f strag rms, ctais rgular jaitrial supplis (claig quipmt, buckts, ad vacuum clar) whil th thr is lckd (STR 100) ad hlds varius mdical supplis (syrigs, gauz, badags, plus a basic pharmacy cllcti f pai killrs ad th lik). REAR CORRIDOR Safty lightig prvids a atmsphr f dim twilight hr. As th ivstigatrs tr, vics ca b hard shutig (cmig frm th far d f th crridr, s Lab Aimals: Th Dgs, arby). Lkig dw th crridr, a succssful Spt Hidd rll dtcts mvmt ( Jim Caty, wh is litrig arby, s Trtiary Bicyt Strag, pag 94). Staff Lug Th staff lug mirrrs th i th frt crridr althugh it is mssy ad chairs ar half-turd vr. A succssful Spt Hidd rll tics rgaic mattr th flr grasy prtis f ski, bld, ad thick glpy saliva. Jffrs Aak s Offic Th (lckd, STR 150) dr t Jffrs Aak s ffic ca b fud ppsit th dr frm th rcpti. A smart ffic, with a plishd wd dsk, high-backd xcutiv chair, ad a whitbard shwig varius strag chmical frmula. Th frmula will ma littl t mst ppl but ths makig a succssful Scic (Pharmacy, Chmistry, r Bilgy) rll ca dduc it s a cmplx sris f DNA structurs. If a Hard r Extrm lvl f succss is achivd, th viwr ts that th frmula ccr th cmbiig f a spcific (uidtifiabl) DNA it huma ad aimal DNA. Th rsult big that th ukw DNA prvks mutati i th clls whr it is itrducd. Whil th ivstigatrs may t b abl t dciphr ths clus, thy may wish t phtgraph th whitbard ad shw th frmula t xprts allwig this ifrmati t b usd shuld th Kpr wish t xpad th scp f th scari. Labratris Th labratris ar wll quippd ad mdr. Micrscps, cmputrs, Ptri dishs, flasks, ultractrifugs, lctrphrsis apparatus, ad mr ca b fud hr. Ths withut mdical r scitific traiig will b at a lss at what d with mst f th dvics. Elctrical Clst ad Flammabl Strag Bth f ths clst spacs ar lckd (STR 100) but ca b pd with Jim Caty s kys. Th lctrical clst huss pwr juctis ad supplis; a succssful Elctrical Rpair rll ca ithr disabl r tur th lctrical supply as dsird. Nt that switchig ff th lctricity turs ff all lightig ad all systms rquirig pwr; if this shuld b d, th srvrs cctd t th dark yug i th basmt blw als g dw but, as it ctrls th mastr supply, th dark yug ca tur thigs back. Th flammabl strag clst hlds tw larg mtal cabits, ach ctaiig highly flammabl substacs ad dagrus chmicals, such as Trithylami (vlatil, has a strg fishy dr), Dithylami (crrsiv chmical, ctact with ski causs irritati r burs), Ethyldiami (racts with mistur t prduc a crrsiv, txic, ad irritatig mist), ad Ethal (vlatil, flammabl, clrlss liquid with a chmical dr) t am but a fw. This assrtmt f dadly chmicals might b brught t bar agaist th dark yug if th ivstigatrs thik t carry th havy caistrs dw t th basmt. Attmptig t us such chmicals carris risk: thy must b carrid ad hadld safly. Ivstigatrs lbbig caistrs at satyrs (ad th lik) must gt rlativly cls ad als risk xpsur. Cld Str This rm is actually a idustrial rfrigratr; th mtal dr is ulik ths lswhr i th crridr, with a ibuilt lvr lck systm. Gttig isid rquirs Caty s kys, smashig th lck th lvr (STR 100), r a succssful Lcksmith r Hard Mchaical Rpair rll. Oc isid, it s clar that it s a giat fridg th air is cld. A sris f shlvs hld patit bld sampls, flasks ad vials ctaiig Zylactis, as wll as thr xprimts i hr fr safkpig. Ivtiv ivstigatrs might b abl t us this rlativly scur rm t cfi capturd ad subdud satyrs. Lab Aimals: Th Dgs Th shutig hard up trig th East Wig cms frm withi this rm at th d f th crridr. Opig th ulckd dr, th ivstigatrs ar grtd by a cacphy f is, as smigly a dz m ad wm ar i hatd discussi. Gig isid, th ivstigatrs quickly raliz thr ar ppl i hr but, istad, twlv cags, ach ctaiig a dg that spaks with a huma vic. Sm f th dgs hav physical mutatis, such as huma hads istad f paws, huma-lik ski istad f fur, ad actually has a huma-lik had. Call fr a Saity rll (1D3/1D6 lss). Listig t what th dgs ar actually sayig is smwhat difficult giv that all ar talkig at th sam tim ad at high vlum. A succssful List rll maags t pick ut sm ss: Lt us ut! Watr plas! I d lik sm mr milk plas! Ad 93

95 s h t i g d p s Th Mutatd Cais s. If a ivstigatr actually spaks t th dgs, thy fall quit ad list, ad smthig f a cvrsati ca b hld (althugh sm dgs ca t ctai thmslvs ad radmly shut ut rqusts). Th dgs claim t kw thig thr tha that thy jy big fd, particularly with that dlicius milk, ad that thy wish t b rlasd (sm dgs hav mad a gd ffrt at bitig thrugh th wir msh f thir cags). Th dgs just wat t b lt ut ad prmis t t hurt ay. If th dgs ar rlasd, thy rush ut i a pack ad bgi t sk a way ut f th buildig (th s with huma hads ca p drs). Whil thy w t attack th ivstigatrs (ulss prvkd), thy might caus a uisac ad a distracti. It s dw t th Kpr t dcid if this pack f mutatd dgs ds brak fr f th buildig, ruig ff it th ight t caus mayhm lswhr i tim, madss taks hld ad th dgs bcm hugry ad farsm hutrs, dagrig ths wh crss thir path. Nxt t th rm hldig th dgs is athr hldig smallr lab aimals, lik rabbits, mic, ad rats. Mst f ths appar rmal but r tw ar clarly shwig sigs f mutati. Trtiary Bicyt Strag Plat glass widws allw th ivstigatrs t s isid this rm; th dr is sigd Trtiary Bicyt Strag. Isid, rws f shlvs hld flasks f a glpy, blb-lik whit liquid. Th liquid is mvig, as if aliv, ad i sm cass th liquid appars t hav pushd ut th stpprs f th flasks, allwig th crpy-lkig whit slim t scap. Idd, glbs f th viscus liquid ar crawlig up th widws f th rm. As th ivstigatrs lk, Jim Caty appars arby ad barks ut, Stp thr! Yu ar i big trubl! If Maria Klga is thr, Caty addrsss hr by am. H rus twards thm, yllig, Gt away frm th ambzas! Caty is maciatd ad skiy. H is w part dr; his arms ad lgs w d i hvs, his fac is lgatd, ad atlrs grw frm his frhad (Saity rll, 1/1D3 lss). H ds t immdiatly attack as h still cligs t sm shrds f CHAPTER THREE saity (h will s fall cmpltly isa). Thus, dpdig th ivstigatr s rsps, h ca brifly cvrs ad xplai a littl abut what is gig. His spch is smwhat slurrd as h says, th Scdary Bicyt is th ky. It brigs frth a rga f th Primary Bicyt, which prducs th milk. Th gathrrs cllct th milk ad th w prcss it. Wh warmd sufficitly it bcms th Trtiary Bicyts. But if kpt cl, it prvs a pwrful cur fr all disass. It s truly wdrus! But th balac is hard t gt right. It s rally rally hard. S hard With this, h appars t braks dw ad tris t ru away twards th Milkig Rm if th dr t th Milkig Rm is yt upd, h tris t p it. If attackd, Caty dfds himslf but ds t rsrt t vilc. H attmpts t scurry away ad hid, whimprig i a crr. Evtually, his rmaiig humaity will b lst, whrup h bcms bstial ad aggrssiv. Ivstigatrs lctig t p th dr t th ambzas put thmslvs i dagr. Th ambzas ca attack, drppig dw frm th cilig r suddly lapig at arby humas r aimals. Th milky blbs attach t flsh r try t tr via th muth, ars, r ys. Quickly (1D3+1 ruds) th ambza trs th bdy, triggrig rapid chags as it calscs with th hst, prvkig mutati it a mr bizarr ad lss-huma smig satyr f Shub-Niggurath s thusad yug (s Gratr Satyr statistics, pag 99). Dlivry Ara Byd th rar crridr, th buildig ps up it a dlivry ara. Larg bay drs allw fr dlivris f quipmt ad supplis. Narby, tw, t ft tall mtal caistrs stad xt t what lks lik a ctrl pal mutd xt t a pair f rifrcd mtal drs markd as Primary Bicyt Cllcti (ths p it th Milkig Rm, s fllwig). T th righthad sid f th ara is a dr with th wrds Basmt. N Uauthrizd Accss writt it (s East Wig Basmt, pag 95). Trllys ad bxs f mdical supplis ar radmly littrd abut. A pair f fir hss, cild ad mutd t f th walls, ca b fud ar t sm fir xtiguishrs. Ispctig th ctrl pal xt t th rifrcd drs, th ivstigatrs s a sris f ctrls a succssful Mchaical Rpair r Scic (Egirig), r Hard Kw rll dducs that th ctrls prat a systm f pips that cm ut f th rm bhid th rifrcd drs ad fd it th tw larg caistrs. I additi, th pal has ctrls fr hatig ad clig uits (sittig bath th caistrs), which rgulat th tmpratur f th caistrs. Bth caistrs hav faucts with scrw-d fds ar thir bttms, allwig whatvr is isid t b purd ut. Ivstigatrs wh dcid t p a fauct fid that it ulashs a flw f ambzas (s Trtiary Bicyt Strag fr dtails). 94

96 PANACEA Hagig frm hks th far sid f th rifrcd drs ar thr mtal rds. Each rd has a plastic hadl ad ds i tw lctrds. Ths ar cattl prds, usd by ZyMdBi cultists t ctrl th gratr satyrs isid th Milkig Rm. Milkig Rm Primary Bicyt Cllcti is writt acrss th rifrcd mtal drs. Th drs ca b ulckd usig a whl lckig mchaism, much lik a ship s watrtight dr. If pd, th rm byd is dark but iss ca b hard. This rifrcd structur is hug ad was built t hld a partially matrializd prti f Shub-Niggurath. Th dark yug i th buildig s basmt uss thrwrldly magic t summ f th Dark Mthr s gigatic ttacls, allwig th sixth gratr satyrs isid th rm t suckl ad csum th Outr Gd s milk. Oc thy had had thir fill, th satyrs hav b traid t rgurgitat th milk it a trugh, which th fds th milk thrugh pips t th tw caistrs utsid th rm. Th prcss cmpltd, th spll is dd ad Shub-Niggurath dparts. Th satyrs ar hrrific thigs; c huma, thy hav swll ad mutatd it ful craturs dvid f ay rsmblac t ma r wma du t fdig dirctly up th Mthr s milk. Call fr a Saity rll (1D3/1D6 lss). Wh th drs p, th satyrs thik it is th ZyMdBi cultists cm t hurt thm with th cattl prds, ad s ar iitially scard f th ivstigatrs ad hid i th darkss f th rm. Thy str clar f th ivstigatrs ulss crrd r thratd, whrup thy attack. EAST WING BASEMENT Th dr t th basmt is lckd (STR 100) rquirig brut frc, a succssful Lcksmith rll, r Jim Caty s kys t p. Th dr lads t a flight f stairs dscdig blw th buildig, which d at athr (ulckd) dr. Isid, th basmt is dark althugh a myriad f gr, rd, ad yllw flashig srvr lights cast sm illumiati. Up trig, a uwhlsm smll, lik that f a p grav, grts th ivstigatrs. Hr th Scdary Bicyt rsids; a dark yug f Shub-Niggurath that has twid itslf it th may srvrs ad buildig systms. Brught hr by th Aak brthrs t pridically summ a prti f Shub-Niggurath s that th Outr Gd s milk may b gathrd. Th dark yug will b awar f th ivstigatrs ad thir apprach (s Cld Wrds, pag 90) ad wuld prfr t us guil ad cuig t tur th ivstigatrs it faithful (r uwittig) srvats s that thy furthr ctamiat th wrld with th Mthr s milk. It will appal t thir ss f humaity, askig if thy wish t rid th wrld f disas, pai, ad th aguish f sickss. Th Mthr s milk brigs hp t millis, wh ar thy t dy it? Sig th dark yug CATTLE PRODS Cattl prds discharg a lctric currt (aywhr frm 50,000-5-milli vlts), ugh t icapacitat a huma. Applid ctiuusly t th ski, a cattl prd causs burig ad scarrig. Us th Fightig (Brawl) skill wh wildig a cattl prd as a wap. Damag dpds lgth f xpsur: a sigl prd causs 1D3 damag ad th targt must succd i a Hard CON rll r b stud fr 1D6 ruds; prlgd ad sustaid ctact iflicts a additial 1D3 damag pr rud aftr th first (iclusiv f burig damag), th targt must succd i a Extrm CON rll ach rud r b stud fr 1D6 ruds. Sustaid damag may caus a majr wud. Nt: dark yug ar immu t attacks dpdt lctrical charg, as wll as hat, blast, crrsi, r pisig. prvks a Saity rll (1D3/1D10 lss); ths ivstigatrs succumbig t isaity might b draw t hd th dark yug s wrds ad bliv that ruig back upstairs t brak p th Trtiary Bicyt Strag rm r p th faucts f th caistrs ctaiig th milk t rlas th ambzas is th right thig t d prhaps thy fl th d t drik up th milk ad scap th buildig. If th dark yug s wrds ar igrd r did, ad th ivstigatrs mv t attack, th mstr attmpts t ulash splls t harry r icapacitat (rathr tha kill) s Cfrtati with th Dark Yug, fllwig. Cfrtati with th Dark Yug Th dark yug wuld prfr t draw th ivstigatrs t its sid rathr tha kill thm utright. If all fails, it attmpts t icapacitat th ivstigatrs s that thy might b f futur us t th cult prhaps as rplacmts t gathr th Mthr s milk dirctly frm hr tats, r as tst subjcts fr furthr trials f Zylactis ad/r hsts fr ambzas. Th dark yug has a varity f splls at its dispsal favrig th us f Caus Blidss, Clud Mmry, Clutch Of Nygtha, Mtal Suggsti, ad Wrack t achiv its ds. Such splls appar as glwig ad strag glyphs i th air bfr ulashig thir ffct. Dspit its bst ffrts, shuld th ivstigatrs gai th uppr had, it will attmpt t us th Gat spll t dpart prvidig th ivstigatrs, at last, a pyrrhic victry. 95

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98 PANACEA Th ivstigatrs hav a fw ptis t dal with th dark yug. Sm pssibilitis fllw althugh b prpard fr th playrs t cm up with ut-f-th-bx thikig! Usig th caistrs fud i th Elctrical Clst ad Flammabl Strag rm w t rally caus ay harm t th dark yug but will caus a lctrical fir, dstryig th srvrs ad buildig systm ctrls. With th ifrastructur g, th dark yug ca lgr ctrl th buildig (th stl blids lckig th ivstigatrs isid ar rlasd, allwig scap) ad it may lct t dpart. A had- attack is likly t rsult i ivstigatr daths but, shuld a succssful ccrtd ffrt b mad, th dark yug might b wudd ugh t mak it wat t lav rathr tha risk furthr ijury. Rmmbr, had-t-had waps iflict rmal damag whil bullts caus ly 1 (2 with a impal) damag. Quick-thikig ivstigatrs might sk ut fir axs. Th ivstigatrs agr t th argumts f th dark yug. Prhaps grup isaity mas th ivstigatrs cmply with th mstr s wishs ad thy radily csum Zylactis i grat quatitis r allw ambzas t crawl dw thir thrats s thy ca bcm mr tha huma s as t sprad th gd wrd f Shub-Niggurath. CONCLUSION Pssibly, th ivstigatrs wi th day ad kill r caus th dark yug t dpart. Prhaps thy tur th ZyMdBi buildig it a blazig ifr, stppig th cult s Zylactis trial ad its ttacls frm spradig furthr. If th ivstigatrs scap th buildig withut causig its dstructi, d thy call th authritis ad risk xpsig ict ppl t th hrrrs withi ZyMdBi? Prhaps sm ivstigatrs ar turd ad bcm th slavs f th cult. D thir cllagus w attmpt a rscu? Ad what f th Aak brthrs? D th ivstigatrs sk thm ut t mt justic? Th Kpr ca ithr draw a vil acrss th prcdigs r us th scari s utcm t lad it furthr advturs agaist th Aak s cult f Shub-Niggurath. Th chic is yurs. Rwards If yu ar usig Paaca i a gig campaig, th ivstigatrs may rciv th fllwig rwards: Killig th dark yug +1D8 Saity pits. Causig th dark yug t fl +1D6 Saity pits. Dstryig ZyMdBi s ability t ctiu its ful wrk +1D6 Saity pits. Kwigly sdig th plic ad thr icts it ZyMdBi 1D6 Saity pits. APPENDIX: PANACEA NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS AND MONSTERS Sissy Richards, 37, sistr ad bst frid STR 50 CON 70 SIZ 60 DEX 70 INT 75 APP 55 POW 45 EDU 70 SAN 45 HP 13 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 9 Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills First Aid 45%, List 60%, Prsuad 40%, Psychlgy 45%, Spt Hidd 35%, Stalth 40%, Thrw 40%. Adrw Luci, 24, IT tchicia ad assault victim If prstig Luci as havig b dsd Zylactis, us th lssr satyr prfil istad. STR 50 CON 60 SIZ 50 DEX 70 INT 80 APP 55 POW 55 EDU 80 SAN 52 HP 11 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 11 Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Cmputr Us 75%, Elctrical Rpair 40%, Fast Talk 45%, Prsuad 30%, Psychlgy 30%, Slight f Had 40%, Spt Hidd 55%, Stalth 50%, Thrw 60%. Chuck Ogl, 46, mutatd party hst Ogl is his way t bcmig a lssr satyr. STR 60 CON 90 SIZ 90 DEX 45 INT 70 APP 50* POW 40 EDU 70 SAN 09 HP 18 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 5 MP: 8 *Pr-mutati. Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 1 (bit, claw, tgu stragl) Fightig 65% (32/13), damag 1D4+1D4 Tgu (mvr) 65% (32/13), stragl damag 1D3 pr rud** Ddg 20% (10/4) Oppsit: Th Milkig Rm 97

99 s h t i g d p s **Tgu stragl: targt suffrs palty di t all actis whil hld; targt may attmpt t brak fr with ppsd STR rll (t subjct t palty). Skills Fast Talk 60%, Itimidat 55%, Psychlgy 30%, Spt Hidd 45%. Saity lss: 1/1D3 lss fr sig Ogl s mutatis. Td Daws, 57, plic chif Daws is his way t bcmig a lssr satyr (statistics shw th partial ffcts f Zylactis); if cutrd latr i th scari, th Kpr shuld us th lssr satyr prfil. STR 70 CON 90 SIZ 65 DEX 60 INT 75 APP 40* POW 60 EDU 70 SAN 38 HP 15 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 7 MP: 12 *Pr-mutati. Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 1 (bit, claw) Fightig 50% (25/10), damag 1D4+1D4 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Fast Talk 50%, First Aid 45%, Itimidat 80%, Jump 50%, Law 50%, List 60%, Psychlgy 55%, Spt Hidd 40%, Stalth 35%, Thrw 50%. Saity lss: 1/1D3 lss fr sig Daws s mutatis. CHAPTER THREE Athy Callis, 48, ditr Callis is his way t bcmig a lssr satyr (statistics shw th partial ffcts f Zylactis); if cutrd latr i th scari, th Kpr shuld us th lssr satyr prfil. STR 40 CON 90 SIZ 45 DEX 75 INT 85 APP 55* POW 60 EDU 80 SAN 38 HP 13 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 9 *Pr-mutati. Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 1 (bit, claw) Fightig 45% (22/9), damag 1D4 Ddg 45% (22/9) Skills Art/Craft ( Juralism) 80%, Charm 40%, Fast Talk 60%, List 45%, Psychlgy 30%, Spt Hidd 80%, Stalth 70%, Thrw 30%. Saity lss: 1/1D3 lss fr sig Mastr s mutatis. Satyr, Lssr Us this prfil fr Jim Caty, Blach Yurka, Brad Mstlr, ad Batric April. char. avrag rll STR 60 3D6 Í5 CON 90 (5D6) Í5 SIZ 65 (2D6+6) Í5 DEX 80 (3D6+6) Í5 INT 60 (3D6) Í5 POW 50 3D6 Í5 Avrag Hit pits: 15 Avrag Build: 0 Avrag Damag Bus: 0 Avrag Mv: 8 Avrag Magic Pits: 10 Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 1 (dpdt mutati; claw, bit, tail, tgu, tc.) Fightig 50% (25/10), damag 1D6+DB Ddg 40% (20/8) Th Satyr Skills Climb 40%, Jump 40%, List 40%, Stalth 50%, Thrw 45%. 98

100 PANACEA Armr:. Spll:. Saity lss: 1/1D3 lss t s a lssr satyr (icras t 1/1D4 r 1/1D6 fr particularly hrrific mutatis). Satyr, Gratr char. avrag rll STR 80 (3D6+6) Í5 CON 100 (4D6+6) Í5 SIZ 90 (5D6) Í5 DEX 80 (3D6+6) Í5 INT 40 (3D6) Í5 POW 50 3D6 Í5 Avrag Hit pits: 19 Avrag Build: 2 Avrag Damag Bus: +1D6 Avrag Mv: 7 Avrag Magic Pits: 10 Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 2 (bit, claw, thr) Gratr satyrs may bit ad claw attacks, as wll as spcific attacks basd a mutati (.g. usig a tail t grab r stragl; us cmbat mauvrs as apprpriat). Fightig 60% (30/12), damag 1D3+DB Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Climb 45%, Jump 50%, List 40%, Stalth 40%, Thrw 40%. Armr: sm mutatis may cfr 1 r 2 pits f armr. Spll:. Saity lss: 1D3/1D6 lss t s a gratr satyr. Mutatd Dgs (twlv) STR 40 CON 70 SIZ 35 DEX 70 INT 30 APP POW 35 EDU SAN HP 10 DB: 1 Build: 1 Mv: 12 MP: 7 Dark Yug, child f Shub-Niggurath STR 220 CON 80 SIZ 220 DEX 80 INT 80 APP POW 90 EDU SAN HP 30 DB: +4D6 Build: 5 Mv: 8 MP: 18 Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 5 (ttacl, kick, crush, trampl) Grab (mvr): may us its ttacls t grab ad captur up t fur victims. If grabbd, th targt is hld t f th hrribl suckig muths ad draid f 1D10+5 STR pr rud. This STR lss cat b rstrd. Whil big draid, a victim is capabl ly f iffctual writhig ad scramig. Trampl: c pr rud, may trampl with its massiv hvs, typically htig ad bllwig as it rars up ad attmpts t trampl as may ppts as it ca (up t 1D4 humas if thy ar situatd cls tgthr). Fightig 80% (40/16), damag 4D6 Grab (mvr) 80% (40/16), grabbd ad hld fr 1D10+5 STR drai pr rud Trampl 40% (20/8), damag 2D6+4D6 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Itrfac with Cmputr 90%, Stalth 30%. Armr: dark yug ar f -Earthly matrial ad mak-up, ay succssful hit with a firarm attack ds ly 1 pit f damag pr bullt (2 pits fr a impal). Had-t-had waps iflict rmal damag. Attacks dpdt hat, blast, crrsi, lctrical charg, r pisig hav ffct. Splls: Call/Dismiss Shub-Niggurath, Caus Blidss, Clud Mmry, Clutch f Nygtha, Gat, Mtal Suggsti, Wrack. Saity lss: 1D3/1D10 lss t s a dark yug. Cmbat Fightig 55% (27/11), damag 1D6 1 Ddg 45% (22/9) Skills Jump 60%, List 45%, Stalth 40%. Armr: sm mutatis may cfr 1 r 2 pits f armr. Spll:. Saity lss: 1D3/1D6 lss t s th mutat dgs. 99

101 s h t i g d p s WADE BOTELER Ag: 54 Occupati: Scurity Csultat STR 80 CON 65 SIZ 55 DEX 70 INT 85 APP 75 POW 70 EDU 80 SAN 70 HP 12 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 7 MP: 14 Luck: 45 Cmbat Brawl 50% (25/10), damag 1D3+1D4.38 aut 60% (30/12), damag 1D rifl 50% (35/14), damag 2D6+4 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Climb 60% (30/12) Cmputr Us 50% (25/10) Crdit Ratig 25% (12/5) Fast Talk 40% (20/8) First Aid 45% (22/9) Itimidat 45% (22/9) Jump 50% (25/10) Library Us 45% (22/9) List 40% (20/8) Bus: allcat 40 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. CHAPTER THREE Lcksmith 40% (20/8) Mchaical Rpair 35% (17/7) Psychlgy 45% (22/9) Spt Hidd 45% (22/9) Stalth 40% (20/8) Swim 50% (25/10) Thrw 40% (20/8) Backstry Yu srvd a ttal f thirty yars i th Army as a N- Cmmissid Officr. Fllwig rtirmt, yu gradually mvd it th privat ivstigati fild, billig yurslf as a Scurity Csultat as yu vr gt arud t btaiig a P.I. lics. Yur mthr had a strk a fw yars ag ad w livs i a ursig hm, whr yu mak rgular visits. Thr wks ag, a pharmacutical cmpay calld ZyMdBi hird yu with th ffr f $23,000 t kp a y a dagrus disgrutld x-mply amd Maria Klga. Puttig Klga udr survillac, yu quickly saw that sh livs a quit lif. Hackig it hr cmputr (sh had scurity), all yu fud is that sh liks rmatic cmdis, ds t watch pr, ad is activly lkig fr a jb. Yu st yur fidigs t ZyMdBi ad a fw days ag thy askd yu t brig hr i fr qustiig at ight. What th hck? That s t what a scurity csultat ds. Thy said yu wuld ly gt th rst f th my if yu brught hr it ZyMdBi yu v b paid $2750 s far. Yu ar suspicius f ZyMdBi s ittis. Illgal vilc is li yu ar t yt prpard t crss. Frm yur ivstigati, yu discvrd that Klga is attdig a party big hld by hr cusi, Chuck Ogl. Yur pla is t crash th party, bsrv Klga ad, ultimatly, dcid whthr t cvic hr t accmpay yu t th ZyMdBi ffics. If yu ca talk Klga it gig alg with yu, yu culd dmad yur paychck wh yu arriv at ZyMdBi, as wll as guarat hr safty by stayig with hr durig th qustiig. Ky Ppl: Maria Klga (PC): a yug lawyr that ZyMdBi assigd yu t kp tabs. Sh rmids yu f yur daughtr (w grw up ad mvd far away). Gus Phillips (PC): a dsk cp yu v s a fw tims wh yu had t visit th plic stati. H s at th party with a wma. Yu ar barly a acquaitac, but yu d kw his am. Nt sur h kws yurs. Chuck Ogl (NPC): th guy thrwig th party. Jim Caty (NPC): yur ZyMdBi ctact. H s a skiy guy i his 50s, H s th kid f guy that wh yu first shk hads, h trid t crush yu with his maly grip lik it was sm kid f tststr thig. What a lsr. Blach Yurka (NPC): Caty s prsal assistat. Mst f yur -mails ad ph calls wr frm hr. Yu vr mt hr fac-t-fac. 100

102 PANACEA MARY FULLER Ag: 44 Occupati: Nurs STR 55 CON 75 SIZ 50 DEX 75 INT 80 APP 55 POW 60 EDU 75 SAN 60 HP 12 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 12 Luck: 45 Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Charm 45% (22/9) Climb 25% (12/5) Cmputr Us 70% (35/14) Crdit Ratig 22% (11/4) First Aid 80% (40/16) Jump 30% (15/6) Library Us 25% (12/5) List 40% (20/8) Mdici 35% (17/7) Psychaalysis 30% (15/6) Psychlgy 40% (20/8) Scic (Bilgy) 50% (25/10) Scic (Pharmacy) 40% (20/8) Spt Hidd 30% (15/6) Stalth 30% (15/6) Thrw 30% (15/6) Bus: allcat 40 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Yu ar a hard-wrkig urs at a hspital dwtw. Yu wr marrid, twic, but hav b divrcd fr abut thr yars. Yur bst frid is Sissy Richards, als divrcd. Yu hav a cusi calld Chuck Ogl, wh has b sriusly ill with adult-st diabts. Chuck s ysight had b gttig wrs ad, ight mths ag, h had t hav bth f his lgs amputatd blw th k. A fw wks ag, h vaishd. Yur aut said h was udrgig tratmt with a pharmacutical cmpay amd ZyMdBi. Last wk, ut f th blu, Chuck tlphd ad ivitd yu t a party h is thrwig. H did t giv much ifrmati yu far th party is Chuck s way f sayig gdby t frids ad family bfr h dis. Nvrthlss, yu dcidd t g. Gus Phillips, yur bst frid s brthr ad a plic fficr, was itrstd i th party fr sm ras (r mayb h s just itrstd i yu?) ad s h is gig as yur dat. Ky Ppl: Gus Phillips (PC): Sissy Richard s brthr ad a cp. Wh h hard yu wr gig t a party, h askd if h culd cm alg. Dr. Blida Nrwich (PC): f th dctrs at yur hspital, wh is als attdig th party. Yu d t ft wrk dirctly with hr (yu ar a E.R. urs ad sh wrks with chric cass). Chuck Ogl (NPC): yur cusi. H was badly sick ad has udrg tratmt with ZyMdBi. Nw h s hldig a party ad yu hp it s t t auc his dath. Sissy Richards (NPC): yur bst frid. Aftr fift yars f marriag, sh gt divrcd ad dd up with a packt i th sttlmt, s sh is sittig prtty. Sh ws a small flrist shp t kp busy. 101

103 s h t i g d p s ELLIOT CLAWSON Ag: 32 Occupati: Juralist STR 60 CON 75 SIZ 80 DEX 55 INT 65 APP 70 POW 70 EDU 85 SAN 70 HP 15 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 7 MP: 14 Luck: 45 Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills: Art/Craft (Phtgraphy) 60% (30/12) Cmputr Us 60% (30/12) Crdit Ratig 26% (13/5) Elctrics 45% (22/9) Fast Talk 65% (32/13) Jump 40% (20/8) Library Us 55% (27/11) List 30% (15/6) Lcksmith 20% (10/4) Prsuad 65% (32/13) Psychlgy 50% (25/10) Spt Hidd 40% (20/8) Stalth 35% (17/7) Thrw 35% (17/7) Bus: allcat 40 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. CHAPTER THREE Backstry Yu ar a ivstigativ rprtr fr a wspapr. Yu hav b ivstigatig ZyMdBi, a scrtiv mdical rsarch firm that just pd up its drs a fw yars ag. Yu startd chckig thm ut prtty much just t s if thr v was a stry t b had yu fud ut that thy: Hav gvrmt ctracts ad ar privatly hld. Thy hav prducts fr sal ad bvius surc f icm, dspit havig a tir buildig i yur city ad vr 100 mplys. Thy ar cstatly skig ppl fr thir rsarch studis ad xprimtal prcdurs. scrts ad mad it clar that yu wr t stp yur ivstigati f th firm. What th hck! Puzzld, wrrid, ad w highly suspicius, last wk yu gt a ivitati t a party frm Chuck Ogl f th ZyMdBi patits yu had prviusly itrviwd vr th tlph. Chuck was sriusly diabtic ad had bth his ft amputatd svral mths ag. Yu kw h udrwt tratmt at ZyMdBi, s gig t th party might b a gd chac t pump Chuck agai abut ZyMdBi withut vilatig Callis s rdrs t stp yur ivstigati. Ky Ppl: All f this smd prtty dd t yu, ad yu wr kly itrstd i fllwig it up fidig ut mr ifrmati this wird crprati. But yu wr stppd cld. Yur ditr, Athy Callis, has b HIV+ fr sm yars ad rctly his cditi prgrssd t AIDS. Basd yur rsarch ZyMdBi, Callis dcidd t g t ZyMdBi ad sig up fr f thir tratmts. H said h wuld d sm scutig arud whil h was thr. H was g abut thr wks. Wh h rturd, h aucd h was i cmplt rmissi ad that his latst tsts culd t v idtify HIV atibdis i his bld. Hw is that v pssibl? H als tld yu, i ucrtai trms, that ZyMdBi had Gus Phillips (PC): yu r a littl surprisd t s him at th party. Phillips is a cp; t a frid but a acquaitac yu v mt via th jb. Mayb thr is mr t this ZyMdBi thig tha yu thught if th plic ar itrstd. Chuck Ogl (NPC): h was badly sick wh yu cductd a tlph itrviw with him, just bfr h udrtk tratmt with ZyMdBi. Athy Callis (NPC): yur ditr. Oc dyig frm AIDS, h is w i rmissi. H was tratd at ZyMdBi ad w w t lt yu ivstigat th cmpay furthr. 102

104 PANACEA BELINDA NORWICH Ag: 42 Occupati: Dctr STR 45 CON 40 SIZ 55 DEX 70 INT 70 APP 75 POW 70 EDU 90 SAN 70 HP 9 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 7 MP: 14 Luck: 45 Brawl 25% (12/5), damag 1D3 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Charm 40% (20/8) Crdit Ratig 36% (18/7) First Aid 65% (32/13) Law 25% (12/5) Library Us 35% (17/7) List 35% (17/7) Mdici 75% (37/15) Prsuad 40% (20/8) Psychlgy 40% (20/8) Scic (Bilgy) 45% (22/9) Scic (Chmistry) 55% (27/11) Scic (Pharmacy) 50% (25/10) Spt Hidd 45% (22/9) Stalth 30% (15/6) Thrw 30% (15/6) Bus: allcat 40 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Yu ar a dctr wh wrks i a larg hspital. Yu ar idalistic but flattr yurslf that yu hav a ralistic viw f th wrld. Yu ar ivlvd i rsarch fr sickl-cll disas (SCD). Yu wat t imprv livs ad prvid mdical car. Rctly, f yur sickl-cll patits tld yu h was gig t ZyMdBi fr a fr tratmt prtcl. SCD is prmat ad t particularly tratabl; thus, yu wr itrigud. Yur patit cam back aftr th tratmt, sayig h was curd. Yu askd him t cm i fr a chckup but h vr did. Yu had yur scrtary call him a cupl f tims, ad appartly h was dig fi. Did t v hav a gig drug rgim r aythig, which is amazig ad, t yur mid, impssibl. Havig trid ad faild t discuss th mattr with ZyMdBi dirctly, yu ar puzzld ad wat t kw mr abut th tratmt. A urs at yur hspital, Mary Fullr, mtid that hr cusi (Chuck Ogl) had udrg a similar tratmt with ZyMdBi. Appartly, Ogl is havig a party, which yu hav dcidd t attd i th hp that yu ca gathr sm dtails abut ZyMdBi ad its tratmts. Ky Ppl: Mary Fullr (PC): a urs at yur hspital. Sh is als, usfully, a cusi f this Chuck Ogl guy wh is thrwig th party. Chuck Ogl (NPC): yu hav b tld h was critically ill ad wt t ZyMdBi fr tratmt. Nw h s hldig a party, which yu hav crashd. Yu wat t pump him fr ifrmati abut his tratmt ad ZyMdBi. 103

105 s h t i g d p s MARINA KOLGA Ag: 29 Occupati: Lawyr STR 45 CON 90 SIZ 60 DEX 55 INT 65 APP 65 POW 65 EDU 65 SAN 65 HP 15 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 7 MP: 13 Luck: 45 Cmbat Brawl 25% (12/5), damag 1D3 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Crdit Ratig 28% (14/5) Fast Talk 50% (25/10) Histry 35% (17/7) Law 85% (42/17) Library Us 40% (20/8) List 35% (17/7) Prsuad 60% (30/12) Bus: allcat 40 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. CHAPTER THREE Psychlgy 40% (20/8) Scic (Bilgy) 40% (20/8) Spt Hidd 45% (22/9) Stalth 40% (20/8) Swim 55% (27/11) Thrw 45% (22/9) Backstry Yur gradmthr has dmtia ad yu thik yur mthr is bgiig t shw sigs f dmtia t. Yu hav ightmars abut lsig yur mmry ad far that yu will suffr frm arly-st dmtia. Six mths ag, yu wr frsh ut f law schl ad umplyd. Out f th blu, a mdical rsarch cmpay calld ZyMdBi mad ctact ad ffrd yu a wll-payig jb, with stadard crprat bfits. Yu culd t rfus. Yu assumd yu wuld b th cmpay s liais with a utsid law firm but yu wr amazd t lar that yu wr xpctd t tak car f all th cmpay s lgal pratis. I rality, it turd ut that all yu did was shuffl paprs i a small sid ffic. It was trivial lgal wrk ad s dull yu thught f lavig, dspit th ic pay. Yu rarly had a chac t mt with r talk t thr cmpay prsl ad did t mak ay frids. A mth ag, th cmpay st yu mm statig that yu wuld b rquird t vlutarily participat i tst prgrams. Wh yu askd th Vic Prsidt, Mr. Caty, hw yu culd b rquird t vlutr h rspdd that th vlutary part was pickig which tst prgram. Yu culd t bliv it ad s rfusd t sig up fr ay f th vlutary mdical xprimts. Th xt day, wh yu cam it wrk, yur kycard did t wrk ad yur thigs wr i a bx by th dr. A scurity prs mt yu, hadd yu a chck fr thr mths pay ad askd yu t lav. Yu wr ut. Th guy wh livs dw th strt, Charls Ogl, was a patit at ZyMdBi yu kw this bcaus yu prcssd his frms. Tight, yu s lights ad music cmig frm his hus ad a lt f cars i th strt. H must b havig a party. This is yur chac t crash th party. Yu hav a xcus yu ar his ighbr, plus yu wrkd fr ZyMdBi wh h was big tratd. This culd b yur chac t fid ut what was gig ; mayb Ogl ca giv yu sm if? Ky Ppl: Jim Caty (NPC): yur frmr bss at ZyMdBi ad Vic Prsidt i charg f all -scitific cmpay mattrs. H was f ths ayig fit ldr m, bsssd with takig a 2-mil ru vry. H cstatly bastd f his cyclig vacatis. If ly yu had had th pprtuity t sp arud his ffic ad th rsarch wig f th buildig, yu might hav discvrd just what ths tst prgrams wr abut. Blach Yurka (NPC): yur bss s prsal assistat. Mstly yu itractd with hr. Sh was a bird-lik, quick-mvig, middl-agd wma. Chuck Ogl (NPC): livs dw yur strt, ad udrwt xprimtal tratmt at ZyMdBi. Yu itd t crash his party t fid ut just what is gig at ZyMdBi. 104

106 PANACEA GUS PHILLIPS Ag: 42 Occupati: Plic Officr STR 70 CON 60 SIZ 65 DEX 55 INT 70 APP 45 POW 70 EDU 70 SAN 70 HP 12 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 7 MP: 14 Luck: 45 Cmbat Brawl 45% (22/9), damag 1D3+1D4.38 aut 50% (30/12), damag 1D10 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Crdit Ratig 32% (16/6) Driv Aut 50% (25/10) Fast Talk 40% (20/8) First Aid 30% (15/6) Itimidat 45% (22/9) Law 40% (20/8) List 45% (22/9) Mchaical Rpair 40% (20/8) Navigat 40% (20/8) Prsuad 40% (20/8) Psychlgy 40% (20/8) Spt Hidd 30% (15/6) Stalth 40% (20/8) Swim 30% (15/6) Thrw 40% (20/8) Bus: allcat 40 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Yu v b a cp fr twty yars. Yur cmmadr, Chif Daws, is t yur favrit guy but h rctly aucd his rtirmt du t trmial cacr, ad yu wuld t wish that ay. H tk mdical lav ad a itrim chif was appitd. Rctly, yu wr ivstigatig a cas f assault that ccurrd i th parkig lt f ZyMdBi, a mdical rsarch cmpay. A ma (Adrw Luci) had b badly mauld; his wuds idicatd that dgs r cyts had bitt him, but h als had suffrd dp slash wuds, lik frm a kif. Th guy was dlirius ad th hspital said culd talk t him. Yu wt t ZyMdBi ad talkd t th Had f Scurity, Wsly Ric, wh cfirmd that a scurity guard fud Luci at arud p.m. ad calld fr a ambulac. Th guard did t s th icidt, which tk plac i a camra blid spt. Yu put th ivstigati a back burr, waitig fr Luci t rcvr, s h culd xplai what had happd. Last wk, Chif Daws uxpctdly rturd. H said his cacr was curd ad h was back i th saddl. Yu vr hard f ay gttig bttr frm Stag IV pacratic cacr! Yu spk with him ad h said h d b tratd at ZyMdBi but wuld t g it spcifics. Th, h trasfrrd yur partr t th gag uit ad mvd yu t a dsk jb. H cmpltly clsd dw th ZyMdBi ivstigati. Smthig is up. Whil visitig yur sistr, hr bst frid, Mary Fullr, mtid that sh was gig t a party fr hr cusi, Chuck, wh had b sm tratmt prgram at ZyMdBi. Thikig this might b a chac t fid ut a littl mr abut th cmpay (withut alrtig Chif Daws), yu askd if yu culd scrt Mary t th party. Sh said ys, s yu ar gig as hr dat. Ky Ppl: Mary Fullr (PC): yur sistr s frid ad a traid urs. Sh is als Chuck Ogl s cusi. Yu d t kw if sh ss yu rmatically but sh did agr t lt yu scrt hr t Chuck s party. Ellitt Claws (PC): a wspapr rprtr yu v had ru-is with i th past. H s gd at his jb ad t dagrusly ati-cp. Wad Btlr (PC): a ulicsd ivstigatr. Yu kw him bcaus h has shw up at th stati a fw tims t wriggl ut f big a ivstigatr withut a lics. What s h dig hr? Sissy Richards (NPC): yur sistr. Sh s divrcd ad ws a small flrist shp. Chuck Ogl (NPC): Mary Fullr s cusi. H was critically ill ad wt t ZyMdBi fr tratmt. Nw h s hldig a party. Yu wat t pump him fr ifrmati abut ZyMdBi. Chif Daws (NPC): yur bss. H had trmial pacratic cacr ad wt t ZyMdBi fr tratmt. Nw h claims t b curd. H is actig suspiciusly ad yu dar t tak fficial acti. 105

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108 CHAPTER 4 MOHOLE A xprimtal drillig prjct dlvs t dp ad brigs th attti f a acit uspakabl hrrr. St i th mdr-day a Nrth Sa drillig rig, Mhl accmmdats up t six playrs ad ca b playd i r multipl sssis. A tam f ivstigatrs is trasprtd t Dvil s Hl Platfrm t udrtak a impartial audit f a xprimtal drillig prjct. Dspit iitial apparacs, thig is what it sms ad th visitig tam must cut thrugh th fg f uas that prvads th islatd ad ihspitabl platfrm that stads all al i a rstlss sa. FOREWORD Th thig that hath b, it is that which shall b; ad that which is d is that which shall b d: ad thr is w thig udr th su. Ecclsiasts 1:9, Kig Jams Bibl Wh I crat a advtur it is almst vr frm whl clth. I always stal bits ad pics frm stris I rad, mvis I saw, ad thr advturs I v playd r rad. I ss, may f my writigs ar srt f Fraksti mstrs, cbbld tgthr (I hp lgatly). Mhl is xcpti. Fr this scari, I tk lmts frm bth th film Quatrmass ad th Pit, as wll as frm th Dctr Wh pisd Ifr (Prtw). Frm Quatrmass I tk th ida f a malig udrgrud prsc that was subvrtig th mids f th ppl but als trasfrmig thm, as wll as th fial imag f a hrrific tity twrig vr th sc (i my cas it is Tsathggua). Frm Ifr, I tk th ccpt f a uclar-pwrd drill, a ruptig vlca, ad a udrgrud frc that was subvrtig th bdis f th ppl, plus a crazd gphysicist drivig th prjct t rui. Thus, th scari faturs sm charactrs big driv isa by thir ctact with what lis bath, ad thrs big physically trasfrmd it what I v trmd Primrdials. What I v addd is a activ itlligc, i th frm f Tsathggua, drivig th prcss frward. What I hav t d is try t xplai Tsathggua s mtivs. I this scari at last, thy ar pssibly uthikabl. I ma lk at what w hav hr. Tsathggua is t huma ad his thught prcsss ar t huma. I huma trms, h is vastly itlligt i sm ways but als driv by dp aimal hugrs. What h gts ut f Dr. Ryltt s Mhl gig wrg is prbably ugussabl, s I did t v try t calculat a mtiv. I just mad it clar that vrythig Tsathggua ds is t th dtrimt f th playrs. I was ctt with this. If yu wat t figur ut a mtiv hwvr, plas d s with my blssig. Sady Ptrs 2017 Tsathggua ad Th Rig 107

109 s h t i g d p s BACKGROUND Th ivstigatrs cmpris a tam f xtral bsrvrs calld i t cduct a audit ad rprt a xprimtal drillig prjct dsigd t ptrat th Earth s crust ad rlas a prviusly utappd surc f rgy, amd Rlt gas aftr its discvrr Dr. Sim Ryltt. Th prjct, big cductd a rpurpsd Nrth Sa il platfrm, falls udr th auspics f th Uitd Kigdm gvrmt ad is classifid tp scrt. Pirs Gldma, th Excutiv Maagr rspsibl fr th prjct, maags Dvil s Hl Platfrm. Gldma, a timid ad cwardly pcil-pushig buraucrat, is dirctly accutabl t Grald Wistp, Scrtary f Stat fr Busiss, Ergy, ad Idustrial Stratgy. I charg f th day-t-day tchical pratis at Dvil s Hl rig is Dr. Ryltt, a smwhat dmirig ad firy prsality at th bst f tims. Thus, Gldma is caught i th middl f diffrig agdas ad, csqutly, udr a grat dal f prssur t sur th succss f th prjct. Gldma wats thig mr tha t lav th prjct ad rtur t th rlativ bscurity ad safty f Whithall ad th British Civil Srvic; hwvr, t vlutarily lav th prjct wuld rui his carr ad, big a cward, Gldma is als farful t spak ut abut ccrs rgardig safty th platfrm. Wistp is applyig prssur t gt rsults at all csts ad, csqutly, Dr. Ryltt has b dismissig th ccrs f Gldma ad xcdig all safty margis i rdr t xpdit th wrk. Such mattrs ar t hlpd by th fact that Wistp has ctractd with a cmpay amd Frtud t supply a tam f csultats t prvid scurity th rig udr th dircti f David Stahl, a thuggish ad brutal ma with a usavry past. Gldma ds a way ut. T this d, h hps that th plad xtral audit f th prjct will prvid him with a way t xit th rig ad lav th Nrth Sa far bhid him. Th audit will brig i kwldgabl utsidrs th ivstigatrs t cduct a rviw f th prjct ad thrby assss th viability f th wrk. Whil Wistp is cfidt th audit is just a rubbr-stampig xrcis, Gldma scrtly hps th xtral tam will fid smthig amiss; smthig bad ugh fr th prjct t b clsd dw ad fr him t b st hm. PROJECT NERGAL Namd by Dr. Ryltt aftr th Msptamia gd f th udrwrld, Prjct Nrgal bga lif i 2014 as a udrfudd, lft fild rsarch prjct fcusd xprimtal drillig t th Earth s crust usig a dcmmissid ilrig. Dspit arly mir stbacks, Ryltt s drillig discvrd a w frm f aturally ccurrig gas, amd Rlt. CHAPTER FOUR Cmpard t atural gas, Rlt carris fwr impuritis ad ca b prcssd at a rducd cst, makig it a highly attractiv rgy surc. Dr. Ryltt blivs Rlt, just lik stadard atural gas, is drivd frm layrs f dcmpsig aimal ad plat mattr but, du t far gratr glgical prssur, th gas is purr ad mr cctratd. With prmisig iitial rsults, Dr. Ryltt campaigd th U.K. gvrmt fr icrasd fudig ad a xtdd las f th ilrig. Abl t dmstrat Rlt s rmus pttial, Ryltt s rqusts wr accptd, th my flwd, ad th rig was rpsitid i Dvil s Hl i th Nrth Sa, vr what Ryltt blivs t b a rmus pckt f Rlt gas. I additi, Ryltt maagd t gt th gvrmt t agr t th istallati f a uclar ractr, tak frm a dcmmissid submari, ablig fastr ad mr pwrful drillig, allwig Ryltt t plumb icrdibl dpths blw th saflr. Dp Dw Apart frm th plitickig ad day-t-day huma ccrs Dvil s Hl Platfrm, dw blw, at th Earth s matl, ccrs f a ihuma atur ar cmig t th fr. Drillig it th Earth s crust, sm fiv mils blw th sa s flr, has brk p a hl it a ralm f ightmar. Whthr by flish mischac r ihuma dircti, th Dvil s Hl drill has tappd it th black gulf f trribl N Kai, whr dwlls th mstrus thig that is kw t sm as Tsathggua. As th drill digs dpr, a rpllat gr slim bgis t sp up th drill t th platfrm, affctig ths it tuchs ad trasfrmig thir flsh turig thm it hrrific slim mstrs. Ths primrdials ar ihuma craturs with thught thr tha t srv th will f Tsathggua. This crrsi f humaity is just th start. As th drillig ctius, thr is a grwig risk that th crpig hrrrs that ar th Grat Old O s attdats ad srvats, th frmlss spaw f Tsathggua, will bgi t sp frm th drill hl ad up t th rig, prparig th way fr thir hidus mastr t psychically maifst. If th drillig is t stppd, th miis f Tsathggua will b frd, abl t carry far ad wid ad brig dath t thusads f ppl i bth th U.K. ad Ctital Eurp. THE INVESTIGATORS Th ivstigatrs ar mmbrs f th xtral auditig tam, cmmissid by th Ifrastructur ad Prjcts Authrity (a divisi f Hr Majsty s Trasury Dpartmt) t lk at th prjct as a whl ad dtrmi whthr it has a viabl dgr f succss i mtig its statd gals. As such, th 108

110 MOHOLE Prjct Nrgal ad th Mhrvicic Disctiuity ivstigatrs may cm frm a rag f ccupatis icludig, accutat, busiss/prjct maagmt, mdical prfssial (icludig psychiatrist), lctd fficial (i this cas, a Mmbr f Parliamt), lawyr, military fficr, gir, r scitist (glgist, chmist, cagraphr, uclar physicist). At last ivstigatr shuld b a scitist with spcialism i glgy, chmistry, uclar physics, r girig. Whil playrs may crat w ivstigatrs fr th scari, it is pssibl fr xistig mdr-day charactrs t b usd. Th Kpr shuld sur that ay xistig ivstigatrs hav th apprpriat crdtials t b appitd t th tam. Othrwis, six pr-gratd ivstigatrs ar prvidd fr ths wishig t mak a quick start: Jssica Adrs, scitist (g-chmistry) ad tam ladr Phillip Swa, scitist (uclar physicist) Trry Duglas, cagraphr Victr Ma, systms ad prcssig gir Trisha Hicky, prsl csultat Claric Williams, Mmbr f Parliamt Prfils fr th pr-gratd ivstigatrs ca b fud startig pag 142. NORTH SEA ENERGY Oil ad gas hav lg b prducd frm rsrvirs bath th Nrth Sa. By 2016, th Nrth Sa is hm t th wrld s mst activ ffshr drillig pratis, with 173 rigs activly drillig. Th Nrth Sa lis th Eurpa Ctital Shlf ad has a avrag dpth f 300 ft (90 mtrs), althugh sm sctis ar much dpr, such as Dvil s Hl, which lis 200 mils ast f Dud, Sctlad. Dvil s Hl is a sris f asymmtrical trchs btw 12 ad 19 mils lg, ad up t 750 ft (230 mtrs) dp. Fishrm, wh maagd t ls thir ts th trchs stp sids, gav th rgi its hllish am. I th U.K., th Dpartmt fr Busiss, Ergy, ad Idustrial Stratgy (BEIS) maags th supply f rgy, as wll as uclar ful, i trms f supply, ifrastructur, ad dcmmissiig (prir t July 2016, th Dpartmt f Ergy ad Climat Chag fulfilld this rl). 109

111 s h t i g d p s Whil th Spac Rac rcivd th gratr lvl f attti durig th 1960s, a attmpt t drill thrugh th Earth s crust it th Mhrvičić disctiuity (s fllwig) was als takig plac. Th prjct was ld by th Amrica Miscllaus Scity ad fudd by th Natial Scic Fudati. Phas O f Prjct Mhl bga i 1961, with fiv hls big drilld ff th cast f Mxic. Th dpst hl, sm 601 ft (183 mtrs) blw th sa flr (thus, a ttal dpth f 12,301 ft (3,783 mtrs) prvd that th tchlgy was i plac t drill it th Earth s matl. Ufrtuatly fr ths ivlvd, drillig casd ad gratr dpths wr rachd. A chag f pratial ctrl t th Natial Scic Fudati did t wrk ut ad, s aftr, th Amrica Miscllaus Scity disslvd itslf. With a sris f CHAPTER FOUR PROJECT MOHOLE failurs, mutig csts, ad a smwhat lss sxy prfil i cmparis t th Spac Rac, th U.S. Cgrss disctiud Prjct Mhl i Was th prjct s disctiuati du t pr busiss practics r wr thr thr factrs at play? Prhaps, as imagid i this scari, th rigial drillig als tappd it hidd ralms? I a dsir t plumb th dpths f kwldg, mayb th prjct crackd p a hl i sulss N kai ad suffrd th csqucs f mddlig with thigs byd humaity s udrstadig. Th Mh Th Mh is th budary btw th Earth s crust ad th matl, amd aftr pirig Cratia sismlgist Adrija Mhrvičić, wh discvrd it i Th Mh sparats th Earth s crust frm th udrlyig matl. Th Mhrvičić disctiuity is 3 6 mils (5 10 kilmtrs) blw th ca flr, ad a avrag f 22 mils (35 kilmtrs) bath mst lad ctits. Rctly, with th discvry f Rlt gas, th U.K. gvrmt has giv its blssig t Dr. Ryltt t pursu his rsarch ad ctiu drillig dpr t th Mh, with th xpctati that a supply f Rlt gas ca b scurd as a w ad sustaiabl rgy surc. Th Earth s Matl Th Earth s matl is a layr btw th crust ad th utr cr, ad csists f a silicat rcky shll with a avrag thickss f 1,793 mils (2,886 kilmtrs). Th matl maks up abut 84% f th Earth s vlum. I th matl, tmpraturs rag frm 500 t 900 C (932 t 1,652 F) at th uppr budary with th crust, t vr 4,000 C (7,230 F) at th budary with th Earth s cr. DRAMATIS PERSONAE Ky -playr charactrs (NPCs) ar dscribd i th fllwig scti, with thir statistics gathrd at th d f th scari fr as f rfrc (s pag 137 wards). Apart frm Grald Wistp, all thr NPCs ar dividd by rl: Platfrm Crw, Drill Crw, ad Scurity Tam. I ttal, thr ar frty- ppl wrkig ad livig Dvil s Hl Platfrm; may f ths ar giv a brif prfil i th fllwig scti maig that thr ar a lt f NPCs i this scari. As Kpr, d t wrry abut itrducig all f ths charactrs t th ivstigatrs (thr s t may fr th playrs t rally gt a hadl ); istad, fcus th mai charactrs (Pirs Gldma, Dr. Ryltt, Jrry Scrivs, Dr. Kt, ad David Stahl) ad simply rfr t th thr NPCs as dd th scari is smthig f a sadbx, allwig th ivstigatrs t g whr thy will, s th NPC writ ups ar prvidd t hlp th Kpr ut wh th ivstigatrs suddly dcid t pay a visit t th drillig tam, ad s. May f th NPCs may als b usd as rplacmt ivstigatrs. A hady rgaizati chart f all f th prsl th rig ca b fud arby, us this t avigat yur way arud th NPCs th ivstigatrs ca gt a cpy f this chart frm ithr Agi Yusf r Mich Tys. Nt that sm NPCs hav alrady fall udr th drad ifluc f Tsathggua thrs will ji thir raks as th scari prgrsss as mtid i th scari s vts. 110

112 MOHOLE Dvil's Hl Orgaisatial Chart 111

113 s h t i g d p s Grald Wistp, 54, Scrtary f Stat Wistp is th rctly appitd Scrtary f Stat fr Busiss, Ergy, ad Idustrial Stratgy. A rlativly littlkw pliticia, Wistp is k t chag his cllagus prcptis ad psiti himslf as a playr i bth gvrmt ad his plitical party. Wistp has jumpd it th prjct with bth ft ad w xpcts rsults. Whil Wistp ds t physically appar i th scari, th Kpr may wish t hav him plac a call t th ivstigatrs arly t dmstrat his d fr th prjct t b a succss ad t sur th ivstigatrs ar awar that h xpcts thir audit t b mr tha a rubbr stamp xrcis. His grally uplasat dmar ad vild thrats shuld put th ivstigatrs dg as it ds Pirs Gldma, th civil srvat i charg f th platfrm. Oc thigs bgi t g wrg, th ivstigatrs shuld b uabl t ctact Wistp, althugh if thy d smhw maag t spak t him, h grws mr blligrt ad xpcts thm t hadl th situati. As far as h is ccrd, aythig thr tha a succssful supply f Rlt gas is ttally uaccptabl. Dscripti: brad shuldrs, thickst, ad vrwight. A parly-whit smil ad warm hadshak masks a avaricius prsality. Traits: ma spiritd ad a bully t ths wh wrk fr him; kw t b a tyrat amgst his dpartmt s staff. Rlplayig Hks: a ff-camra rl durig th scari, bullyig Gldma ad th ivstigatrs shuld thy giv him th imprssi that thigs ar t gd th platfrm. Ds t wish t list t xcuss r prblms, prfrrig t hav plausibl diabl shuld aythig rally bad happ. Nt: statistics ar t prvidd fr Wistp, as h taks physical rl i th scari. PLATFORM CREW Ths NPCs ivlvd th maagmt, vrsight, ad dayt-day pratis f Dvil s Hl Platfrm. Pirs Gldma, 48, Cmpay Ma Dirctly accutabl t Grald Wistp, Gldma is farful fr his jb ad trrifid f Dr. Ryltt. Dspit a carr built mdicr prfrmac ad a ability t hid bath gray layrs f th civil srvic, Gldma has, smwhat uxpctdly, fud himslf lvatd t a sir rl ad is accutabl fr t ly th wllbig f th ppl wrkig Dvil s Hl Platfrm but als rspsibl fr dlivrig rsults. Bth f ths thigs giv Gldma slplss ights, idigsti, ad a stmach ulcr. CHAPTER FOUR Caught btw his bullyig bss ad th maic aggrssi f Dr. Ryltt, Gldma wishs h culd b aywhr but islatd i th middl f th Nrth Sa with scap pla. Th upcmig xtral audit f th prjct is, h sicrly hps, a mas t gt th prjct clsd dw. I rct wks, diffrig ppl hav cm t him xprssig ccrs vr safty du, i th mai, t Dr. Ryltt pushig th staff ad quipmt byd accptabl paramtrs. Ay attmpts Gldma has mad t cfrt th situati with Ryltt hav b shutd dw, with Ryltt gig s far as t cmplai abut Gldma t Grald Wistp, wh sms t dlight i backig up Ryltt whil turig th scrws Gldma. Csqutly, Gldma is a hllw ma, ut f his dpth, ad uabl t tak charg, rducd t sittig i his ffic ad lttig Ryltt actually maag thigs day-t-day. Dscripti: a thi ad udrurishd lk abut him, ad grayig hair frm cstat strss. Traits: vigrusly clas his spctacls wh rvus. Rlplayig Hks: ss th ivstigatrs as th ly way t cls dw th prjct ad will dfr t thm as s as pssibl. Whil h hps h ca hid i his ffic ad lt th ivstigatrs discvr th varius issus fr thmslvs, if cssary, h will attmpt t str thir attti t th wrkrs wh hav xprssd safty ccrs. Dr. Sim Ryltt, 53, Prjct Lad, Udr th ifluc f Tsathggua Prjct Nrgal is th braichild f Dr. Ryltt. Oc a all but ukw scitist, Ryltt s discvry f Rlt gas has lvatd his psiti ad crdtials withi th scitific ad plitical cmmuitis, ad giv him accss t sigificat fudig which, if Rlt gas ca prvid a sustaiabl rgy surc, culd chag th wrld. Lik s may grat mids that hav g bfr him, Ryltt has always b smthig f a crazd gius: highly tmpramtal, vlatil, ad passiatly driv. His is just th right kid f imprssiabl mid t b suscptibl t th thrwrldly maatis f th titis f th Cthulhu Myths. Idd, fr sm csidrabl tim, Ryltt has b rcivig psychic mssags frm th Grat Old O Tsathggua. Uawar f th truth, Ryltt s fbril mid Pirs Gldma 112

114 MOHOLE Dr. Sim Ryltt blivs ths implatd thughts ar his w ad hav driv him t pursu schms t drill it th hart f th plat. Csqutly, by th tim th ivstigatrs mt him, Ryltt s mid has b damagd byd rpair ad h is a high fuctiig, uttrly isa, psychpath: gtistical, atiscial, ad withut rmrs. Ryltt s vrridig missi is t crack p th Mhl; it mattrs t if ppl ar ijurd r di i th prcss. Ryltt s madss has, fr th last fw wks, bcm xtralizd. H uss a brk-dw cmputr i his ffic t cmmuicat with what h calls th Gratr Mid. Tappig away th kybard fr hurs at a tim, vry blivs Ryltt is hard at wrk cstructig ad tstig cmputr drillig mdls; i fact, h is rcivig mtal cmmads frm Tsathggua. Kpr t: wh spakig r bsrvig Ryltt i his ffic, th ivstigatrs shuld always b i frt f his dsk s that thy ar uabl t actually s th dctr s cmputr scr. I cvrsati, Ryltt aswrs qustis whil typig away, apparig t b a busy ad driv prfssial. At a suitabl pit, latr i th scari, lt th ivstigatrs hav accss t his ffic t fid his cmputr is a dusty ad uusabl thig ad th mitr scr brk ad crackd th pwr cabl ds t v hav a plug, it s just a svrd lad. Th ralizati that Dr. Ryltt has b tappig away a dad kybard fr hurs at a tim shuld giv th ivstigatrs (ad playrs) paus fr thught ad, idally, a ss f mutig dad! If th lusiv Ryltt is cfrtd with accusatis f usaf wrkig practics r similar ccrs, h iitially dismisss such mattrs but s grws agry, blamig Gldma (ad ay ls h ca thik f) f shrtsightdss ad f tryig t discrdit his wrk. H calls ay wh cmplais a child ad rtrts that limitd mids cat cciv f th grat wrk h is udrtakig. H will chag th wrld by brigig w rgy t millis. Ths wh cat s this gal ar small-midd ad shuld gt ut f his way. If prssd, Ryltt ulashs a trrt f abus ad accusatis back at his prscutrs ad strms ff lckig himslf i his ffic r ruig t Stahl fr hlp. Tsathggua has giftd Ryltt th ability t wip rct mmris frm ppl a trick h has alrady bgu t us (s Brai Wip, pag 127). Jrry Scrivs Dscripti: avrag hight, baldig with whit ad ukmpt hair; thick bttl-lsd glasss hid sharp ad prcptiv ys (icras th difficulty f Psychlgy r apply a palty di fr rlls t fathm Ryltt s mid). Traits: quick t agr, vlatil, rmrslss, ad xcdigly cuig. Rlplayig Hks: ttally fcusd xpditig th drillig wrk ad accssig th Mhl. Blams thrs fr watig t sabtag his lif s wrk. Taks acti t prvt ay frm stppig th drillig, usig Stahl ad his scurity tam t sur sabturs ar dalt with. Jrry Scrivs, 49, Offshr Opratis Egir (OOE) Scrivs is th sir tchical authrity ccrig drillig mattrs th platfrm. Ovr th last fw wks h has bcm wrrid abut th pac f th wrk. I his viw, Dr. Ryltt has b pushig safty margis t xpdit th drillig; his m ar wrkig arud th clck ad ar tird, ad a accidt ladig t ijury r dath is likly. Aftr a hatd xchag with Ryltt (with rsluti), Scrivs tk his ccrs t Pirs Gldma, wh said h wuld lk it th mattr. Scrivs kws that Gldma s hads ar tid ad that thig will chag util sm actually gts svrly ijurd r dis th jb farful f stppig frward himslf, h hps th ivstigatrs audit will idtify th safty issus ad brig chags bfr a accidt ccurs. Scrivs is strssd, t ly by th wrk rgim impsd by Dr. Ryltt but als frm a sris f trrifyig ightmars h has b xpricig vr th last six mths. H puts th ightmars dw t th mutig strss f th prjct s dlivry. Durig a furt-day vacati ff th rig, th ightmars casd ly t rtur with rwd vigr his rtur t Dvil s Hl. I rality, th ightmars ar causd by psychic maatis frm th subtrraa ralm f N Kai, amplifid i part by th stirrigs f Tsathggua. At th Kpr s discrti, Scrivs may succumb t th psychic assault ad fall udr th ifluc f Tsathggua at ay tim. Dscripti: thickst build ad blw avrag hight, with a thick ma f dark brw hair ad a bushy mustach. Traits: grally fridly but distrustig f stragrs ad ths i 113

115 s h t i g d p s authrity (i.. th ivstigatrs). Currtly dspdt ad strssd. Rlplayig Hks: waits t s what th ivstigatrs d ad whthr h ca trust thm. May g t th ivstigatrs with his safty ccrs but shis away frm blamig ay idividual, as h is farful f lsig his ad his tam s jbs. May suddly fall udr th ctrl f Tsathggua. Dr. Rachl Kt, 49, Nuclar Opratis Egir (NOE) Dr. Kt is rspsibl fr th maitac ad prati f th uclar ractr big usd t pwr th rig s drill. Kw as smthig f a mavrick i th fild f uclar physics, sh was dirctly appitd by Ryltt ad fls a strg ss f lyalty t th ma. Dr. Kt has b giv a ractr frm a dcmmissid submari ad is hrd t hav th chac t b th first scitist t rcfigur ad rpurps a ractr fr us i dp sa drillig. Wh th prjct is a vrall succss (sh ds t s it as havig ay pssibility f failig), sh lks frward t th acclaim ad walth it will brig hr. Ovr th last six mths, sh had grw ccrd rgardig th pac f th prjct, farful f puttig t much strai th ld ractr, this i additi t th lg rprts sh has b rcivig frm th Ractr Ctrl Systms Tam; hwvr, i brigig up ths ccrs, sh had hr mid put at as by Dr. Ryltt (wh, chalig th will f Tsathggua, mad hr frgt hr wrris). Thus, w Dr. Kt is mr cmmittd tha vr, agr t push with th wrk ad scur th Rlt gas, smigly igrat f th safty issus sh ad hr tam hav prviusly raisd. Iquisitiv ivstigatrs, wh may b ccrd abut Dr. Kt s smwhat blasé attitud, may discvr th dctr s ts, burid i hr ffic, utliig hr ccrs spcifically that th ractr pil ds rplacmts parts ad a maitac shut dw, withut which, th ctiud strai th ractr is liabl t bcm critical. If cfrtd with hr w ts, a succssful Psychlgy rll by a ivstigatr gts Dr. Kt t rmmbr hr ccrs, althugh sh cat sm t rmmbr why sh frgt all abut thm. Dscripti: almst paifully thi, with lg bld hair usually tid i a bu, agular faturs, ad spctacls fr radig. CHAPTER FOUR Dr. Rachl Kt Traits: busiss-lik ad quit mattr f fact; dfrs t Dr. Ryltt. Rlplayig Hks: rfuss t say aythig t discrdit Dr. Ryltt but will ply criticiz Pirs Gldma fr his lack f visi. Says th ractr is wrkig just fi ad ds t lik ay ls itrfrig i hr wrk (i.. spig arud th Ractr Ctrl Systms). If cfrtd with hr w ts, may rcall hr rigial ccrs but t why sh frgt all abut thm, causig hr t bgi qustiig hr mtal stat. May vtually fall udr th ctrl f Tsathggua. Agi Yusf, 53, Opratis Tam Ladr (OTL) Yusf is mmbr f th maagmt tam ad is rspsibl fr pratial rathr tha tchical mattrs. Hr ky rl is t sur th wrk is carrid ut t rquird stadards ad mts maximum prductivity. Withi hr rmit ar: supprt systms, maitac, ad cra prati, as wll as th platfrm s ctrl rm, sickbay, strs, kitch, ad Bris Ck th hlicptr pilt. Caught btw th pwr struggls f Gldma ad Dr. Ryltt, Yusf tris t kp hr had dw. Sh s stragr t rumrs f safty ccrs frm th tchical ad maitac staff ad has raisd ths ccrs with bth f hr bsss but littl gd has cm frm it. Sh csidrs Ryltt a bully ad Gldma iffctiv but fars t gt t ivlvd i thir battls s as t t ls hr jb. As hr primary rl is t supprt th prjct s succssful dlivry, sh lavs th tchical stuff t th xprts trustig that Ryltt kws what h s dig. Of all ths th maagmt tam, Yusf is th mst likly t bfrid th ivstigatrs ad act as a guid ad hst. Whil sh cat giv thm hard facts abut safty ccrs, sh ca pit th ivstigatrs i th right dircti. Sh disliks David Stahl (pag 118) but udrstads th cssity fr havig armd scurity du t th ssitiv atur f th prjct. Dscripti: shuldr lgth strawbrry-bld hair, busiss suit that has s bttr days, sh prmatly lks tird. Traits: a jlly ad chatty dmar hids a dprssd sul; tds t mak jks at iapprpriat tims. Rlplayig Hks: bfrids th ivstigatrs ad acts a guid arud th platfrm. Wh th bad wathr sts i, sh ca b fud i th Ctrl Rm mitrig wathr cditis. Agi Yusf 114

116 MOHOLE Michl Mich Tys, 42, Opratis Crdiatr Tys maags prsl ad shift chagvrs, as wll as aythig ls rquird by Agi Yusf ad th thr maagrs. H rctly had a ru i with Vac Nrris, f th scurity guards, vr a prcivd slight, which ld t a brif but f fisticuffs. Tys disliks th attitud f th scurity tam ad ds what h ca t avid thm. Dscripti: tallr tha avrag, small build, with a black y (frm th fight with Nrris). Traits: calm udr prssur ad grally fridly, dspiss ths h csidrs t b thugs. Rlplayig Hks: may assist th ivstigatrs wh th situati dscds i t chas; wats rvg Vac Nrris fr batig him up. OTHER PLATFORM CREW Brif dscriptis ar prvidd fr th fllwig staff. Th Kpr shuld xpad ths charactrs as cssary basd up whthr th ivstigatrs sigificatly itract with thm; thrwis, ths ppl prvid a backdrp, mstr fddr, ad pssibl rplacmt ivstigatrs fr th vts f th scari. Fibar Drummd, 46, Jff Smalls, 36, Lucill Sharky, 32, ad Fia McCraig, 38, Ctrl Rm ad Pwr Ctrl Systms Opratrs Wrkig i shifts, this tam ctrls ad mitrs th platfrm s systms, drillig wrk, ad pwr supplis. Thy ar a cls tam wh cvr fr athr wh dd. Usually, Jrry Scrivs vrss thir wrk but, at tims, Dr. Ryltt grats uas by litrig vr thir shuldrs t bsrv hw thigs ar gig. N f th tam dar spak ut abut Dr. Ryltt r shw ccrs vr lax safty prcdurs; hwvr, if qustid al (ad with a succssful scial skill rll at Hard difficulty) r mr might dscrib th argumts btw Dr. Ryltt ad thrs i th maagmt tam rgardig safty ccrs ad pushig th systms t hard. Dscripti: Drummd is stcky, Smalls is vrwight, Sharky is slim, ad McCraig is buxm. All war gray vralls with yllw pipig. Traits: all ar quit mattr f fact ad cscitius, usd t spdig lg hurs lkig at cmputr scrs, dials, ad raduts. Rlplayig Hks: if Dr. Ryltt thiks th ivstigatrs (r ay) is abut t stp th drillig wrk, h hlds th Ctrl Rm tam hstag t sur ca prvt th drill dscdig dpr it th Mhl ad thrby pig a way fr th Gratr Mid t cm thrugh. Gab Macrady, 31, radi pratr (Ctrl Rm Tam) Udr th ifluc f Tsathggua. Spds his wrk shifts i th Ctrl Rm mitrig wathr pattrs, th sar, ad gral systms th platfrm. H s als rspsibl fr cmmuicatis with th mailad. Macrady is fallig udr th ifluc f Tsathggua, causig him t hav a vacat xprssi ad sm distractd. As th Grat Old O s ifluc taks hld, Macrady bgis t act mr stragly: turig ff th radi, t mtiig that a big strm is hadd twards th platfrm, ad vtually lckig himslf i th Radi Rm as h dstrys th cmmuicati systm whil sigig sgs frm th Pixis* back catalgu (.g. Wav f Mutilati). *Or a rck grup f th Kpr s chic. Dscripti: smthig f a gk, wars a Star Wars t shirt ad a R2D2 bai hat, slim build. Traits: gts distractd asily, drams f ways t mak his frtu. Rlplayig Hks: as th ifluc f Tsathggua grws strgr, Macrady grws rratic ad h will vtually sabtag th cmmuicati systm. If dd, h assists Dr. Ryltt t kp th drill wrkig r rus itrfrc t draw ppl away frm Ryltt. Lwis Duffy, 35, Bill Grr, 47, Mitch Lga, 42, ad Stv Crssy, 54, Prcssig Tchicias This tam prats ad maitais th prcssig systms, ffctivly capturig Rlt gas, filtrig ut impuritis, ad th chalig th gas it strag taks, which ar latr trasprtd t th mailad. If th prjct is succssful, pips will b laid t cvy th gas dirctly frm th rig t facilitis th mailad. S far, th tam s wrk has b a waitig gam, waitig fr th drill t dig dw it th Earth s crust t accss th gas. By th tim th ivstigatrs arriv, th tam has bgu t harvst uppr pckts f gas. If th ivstigatrs visit, th tam (i tw ma shifts) is busy with filtrig systms ad chckig pip sals. Thir wrk is rally ly just bgiig ad th tam has littl t ffr th ivstigatrs. Clsd away i th prcssig rms thy ar uawar f safty ccrs as lg as thy hav pwr ad th gas is flwig, thy ar prtty much slf-ctaid. Dscripti: drssd i th prjct s gray vralls ad hard hats; Duffy ad Lga ar currtly cmptig agaist athr i a mustach grwig cmptiti, whil Grr sms t b wiig th priz fr th lgst bard. Crssy is cla-shav ad is th smallst f th buch. Traits: hard wrkig, thick as thivs; dislik utsidrs pkig thir ss it thir busiss. 115

117 s h t i g d p s Rlplayig Hks: if thy ca b w vr, th prcssig tam may cm t th ivstigatrs aid if th scurity tam dclars martial law th platfrm. Dis Latch, 28, Crys Js, 33, ad Ma MacDugal, 36, Ractr Ctrl Slf-ctaid withi th Ractr Ctrl Systms Rm, this tam mitrs, rgulats, ad prats th uclar ractr, gratig pwr t driv th drill. Cscitius t a fault, th tam taks thir wrk vry sriusly ad cduct thmslvs i a rgimtd ad prcis fashi. Squstrd away bhid scurity drs (guardd by scurity tam prsl), th ractr tam kp thmslvs t thmslvs, alf frm th rst f th platfrm. Ev at mal tims, th tam sits apart frm vry ls. Of all f th ppl th rig, ths ladis hav th mst ctact with Stahl ad th scurity tam, wh (fr whatvr ras) always sm t b thir bst bhavir wh arby. If qustid, th tam will b plit but -cmmittal, prfrrig t dfr ad pit th ivstigatrs t thir bss, Dr. Rachl Kt. If prssd (succssful scial skill rll), thy simply pit th ivstigatrs t a arby cmputr t lk thrugh thir daily lg rprts, sayig that aythig th auditrs wish t kw will b i th rprts this is tru, if th ivstigatr ccrd spds tim (1D4+1 hurs) r maks a succssful cmbid Library Us ad Scic (Physics r Egirig) rll, thy fid lgs dtailig fidigs that shw th ractr is straiig ad has th pttial t grw critical if sigificat maitac is t carrid ut s. A sris f rprts ca b fud rqustig that th ractr b shut dw t allw rplacmt parts t b fittd t th pil ad fr gral maitac t b carrid ut. I additi, rprts frm wk ag shw that th ractr s clat systm rgistrd a fault ad a backup systm had t b brught li t kp th ractr ruig. Ths rprts ar all fr th attti f Dr. Kt. Dscripti: th tam rfuss t war th prjct s gray vralls, prfrrig whit labratry cats. Latch ad MacDugal war spctacls, ad td t fashi thir hair i bus, whil Js tds t b th mssy, with straggly curly hair ad a cmparativly austr ad ld-fashid drss ss. Traits: busiss lik, mticulus, rigidly lyal t Dr. Kt (althugh with thir ccrs big igrd, thy hav bgu arguig amgst thmslvs whthr t cfrt thir bss). Rlplayig Hks: Dr. Ryltt may wip th mmris f th tam if thy publicly rais safty ccrs th ivstigatrs may b surprisd t fid th tam frgts wh thy ar a rtur visit. CHAPTER FOUR Vijay Rza, 31, ad Tm Marti, 38, Clat Tchicias Rza ad Marti wrk i th Clat Plat t mitr ad rgulat th ractr s thr clat systms. Mst f th tim, thir wrk is simply watchig ut fr warig sigals; hwvr, a wk ag, th mai clat systm shwd sigs f a lctrical fault, s f th backup systms was brught li. It s b a busy fw days what with trasfrrig t th backup ad th bgiig th prcss f chckig wirig ad circuit bards t idtify whr th fault rsids. As such, th tam has littl tim fr th ivstigatrs ad thir audit it s critical thy fid th fault ad rpair it. Nt: ivstigatrs wh lar abut th failur f th clat systm may b surprisd that Dr. Kt kws thig abut it (havig had hr mmry wipd by Ryltt), althugh th ractr ctrl tam hav td it i thir rprts ad may mti it t th ivstigatrs if qustid. Dscripti: Rza is a tiy ptit ma, wh ds a haircut. Marti shavs his had ach day ad appars lik sm kid f giat wh std xt t his cllagu. Traits: Cscitius, th pair td t bickr lik a ld marrid cupl. Harry Daws, 35, autmati systms spcialist Daws cfigurs, maitais, ad trublshts th prcssig ctrl systms, pwr ctrl systms, safty systms, ad mrgcy supprt systms th platfrm, as wll as th dsaliati systm. Smthig f a jack-fall-trads, h ca usually b fud i th dpths f th rig cductig rpairs. Dscripti: slightly vrwight, a bulbus s ad dark hair. Wars grasd-staid vralls ad a hard hat. Traits: a hard-wrkig ma with a pssimistic utlk lif. Rlplayig Hks: cms t hlp wh Harry Slcum is discvrd cvrd i th gr slim (s Whr s Harry Slcum? pag 128). Might b hard cmplaiig abut th maitac wrkrs big smwhat lazy. Harry Slcum, 43, ad Billy Watrs, 24, Maitac Crw Slcum ad Watrs g whr dd t fix ad maitai th fabric f th platfrm. Thy ar vr s withut a tlbx i had. Thy kp thmslvs busy by playig cards i ut f th way aras f th platfrm; f all th staff, ths tw kw th platfrm lik th backs f thir hads. Dscripti: mssy ad dirty vralls, with ukmpt hair sprutig frm bath hard hats. 116

118 MOHOLE Traits: cyical f authrity, smwhat lazy. Rlplayig Hks: Slcum is th first prs t cutr th gr slim (s Whr s Harry Slcum? pag 128). Ty Pars, 36, paramdic Pars prvids mdical car fr th rig s crw ad ca usually b fud radig a bk i sickbay. Nt that a umbr f th crwmmbrs ar traid i first aid ad mrgcy rsps, abl t supprt Pars i tims f crisis. H has tak a shi t Tga Fildig but is t awar f hr trubls with th scurity dtail (s Tga Fildig, fllwig). Dscripti: athltic, avrag hight, with a shav had. Traits: ss apprach t lif, quit ad rsrvd. Rlplayig Hks: trats th wrkrs ctamiatd by th gr slim but th situati is vr his had ad h lks t ay mdical ivstigatrs t hlp. Bgis t ls his mid wh th affctd m trasfrm it primrdials. Wh attackd by ths i sickbay r th gym, h paics ad rus ff t hid th Kpr may hav th ivstigatrs latr discvr a isa Pars hidig smwhr th rig. Tga Fildig, 36, strs kpr Rspsibl fr stckig ad maitaiig supplis ad prvisis, Fildig als rus a small shp sllig magazis, cfctiary, ad gral supplis. I additi, sh is a hairdrssr. Sh gts wll with vry th rig xcpt fr th scurity tam, wh mak hr rvus whil sh ca giv as gd as sh gts, sh disliks th attitud f th scurity m, fidig thm rud ad sxist, ad disliks thir lry stars. Dscripti: frizzy black hair, td physiqu frm hr daily rus arud th platfrm, brw ys. Traits: chatty, firy tmpr. Rlplayig Hks: wh thigs g bad, sh lks t th ivstigatrs fr hlp. Richard Cppr, 42, cra pratr Rspsibl fr th prati f platfrm s cra, Cppr als supprts th wrk f Harry Slcum ad Billy Watrs i carryig ut gral maitac wrk (ad jiig thir card gams). May b fud i his rm listig t music r i th Ctrl Rm chattig with Gab Macrady. Dscripti: a brk s suggsts a arly carr as a bxr; a c athltic physiqu past its prim. Traits: wishs fr sm xcitmt (h rgrts takig this jb). Rlplayig Hks: liabl t pull a stupid ad risky stut just t brak th mty, pssibly causig th ivstigatrs a hadach r, at last, gttig i thir way wh last xpctd. If h bgis t tic Macrady s strag bhavir, h might b vrhard xprssig his ccr abut Macrady t Billy Watrs. Bris th bird Ck, 38, hlicptr pilt Rspsibl fr trasprtig crw ad ff th rig, Bris tds t spd mst f his tim th mailad ad is basd ut f Abrd. Bris dlivrs th ivstigatrs t th rig ad th hads back t th mailad h ad his hlicptr ar away frm th platfrm wh thigs start t g bad. Dscripti: big rud fac, wid-st ys, ad a brad physiqu. Traits: fridly ad wiscrackig. Nt: statistics ar t prvidd fr Ck. Patrick Murphy, 34, ad Samus O Clar, 26, Catrig Crw Ths tw Irishm ru th kitch ad prvid rgular mals fr all staff th platfrm. Thy ar smthig f a cmdy du but ca tur asty if ay gts ut f had i thir dmai. Thy jalusly guard thir kitch quipmt ad w btids ay wh brrws a kif r msss arud i thir trritry. Dscripti: Murphy is shrt, fat, ad rtud, with a bushy bard, whil O Clar is tall, thi, ad clumsy. Traits: quick t tak ffs if ay disliks thir fd. Rlplayig Hks: liabl t attmpt t barricad thmslvs i th kitch wh primrdials bgi t stalk th rig. DRILL CREW Th Drill Crw, cmprisig a tam f lv ppl, wrks th Drillig Flr i th dpths f th rig. Oc th gr slim bgis t pur ut (aftr Harry Slcum has b affctd by th slim), Bb MacCrum calls Pt Shad th Mud Egir, ad ths ff duty t cm dw t hlp addrss th situati. Thus, MacCrum ad th rst f his tam ar cvrd i th gr g (s Th Gr Slim, pag 131), which latr trasfrms thm it primrdials (s Primrdials, pag 133). Drillr: (tam ladr) Bb MacCrum. Mud gir: (maags th drillig fluid) Pt Shad. Drrickhads: (guid th drill) Ry Bats, Ya Adrss, ad Barbara Cuk. Rughcks: (labrrs) Flra Macra, Agus McNab, Jim Rid, Dald Stwart, Tyr Clavr, ad Lil Sctt. Dscripti: tugh, hardwrkig typs with muscls t prv it. Traits: a cls tam, distrustful f utsidrs. Rlplayig Hks: wh thy bcm ifctd by th gr slim thy ar tak t th gym (mad up as a tmprary sickbay) but s tur it mstrus primrdials. 117

119 s h t i g d p s SECURITY TEAM Th scurity tam is mplyd by Frtud, a privat ctractr, hird by Grald Wistp t prvid scurity th rig. David Stahl, a brutish thug, lads th tam f t, wh wrk i shifts patrllig th rig r guardig ky aras lik th Ractr Ctrl Rm. Iitially, th scurity tam kp ut f th ivstigatrs way, ly srvig t lk mdy ad thratig rathr tha big a actual thrat. Nigl Grd is assigd t prvid scurity fr th ivstigatrs (ad b a pssibl rplacmt playr charactr r a hady NPC t kill ff t dmstrat dagr). As th scari prgrsss, Stahl (ad sm f his tam) fall udr th ifluc f Tsathggua ad, csqutly, cmpltly udr Ryltt s cmmad. Shuld th ivstigatrs (r ay ls) bgi makig trubl, Ryltt uss Stahl s tam t imps martial law th rig; thigs may cm t a had if th ivstigatrs pps Stahl, wh th attmpts t captur th ivstigatrs ad murdr thm i a firig squad liup (s Th Madss f Stahl, pag 134). David Stahl, 38, Had f Scurity At th bst f tims, Stahl is a pmpus jrk, sxist ad arrgat, h thiks h is Gd s gift t th huma rac. I a prvius lif, Stahl was a dirty cp i th Ls Agls Plic Dpartmt, wh lft bfr his crims culd b discvrd. Nw mplyd by Frtud, h has a scd chac t mak th livs f ths arud him misrabl. CHAPTER FOUR At a suitabl pit i th scari, Stahl s mid cracks du t th ifluc f Tsathggua ad, i his isaity, h ss mis vrywhr likly t accus th ivstigatrs f big spis r v trrrists wh must b lckd up r put dw. Such vts play it th schms f Ryltt, wh may als hav had ugh f th psky ivstigatrs ad wish thm g. Nt that Stahl has a pwrful cll ph jammr i his rm, which h uss t prvt calls fr hlp. If Gab Macrady has t alrady sabtagd th radi, Stahl puts a scurity dtail i th Ctrl Rm t stp ay usig th cmmuicati systm. Additially, h sds sm f his m t guard th lifbats t prvt sabturs frm dpartig th rig. Dscripti: shav had, black mustach, ad bady ys. Traits: arrgat, sxist, ad a bully. Rlplayig Hks: accuss th ivstigatrs f spyig, sids with Ryltt, ad vtually bcms a dagrus psychpath itt hutig dw his mis. David Stahl Th gu cabit i Stahl s ffic hlds th fllwig (umbrs will vary as duty scurity will hav sm f ths waps): 15 x HK416 assault rifls 15 x Glck 17 hadgus Plty f ammuiti STAHL'S GUNS AND CELL PHONE JAMMER Whil cll ph rcpti i th middl f th Nrth Sa is patchy at bst, Stahl taks chacs ad will activ his jammr c h dscds it madss r at Ryltt s cmmad. Th jammr prvts cll phs frm rcivig ad sdig sigals, ffctivly disablig such dvics. Stahl s jammr is a pwrful Amrica mdl, capabl f blckig cmmuicatis withi 1 mil (1.6 km), which h kps i his ffic. Wap Damag Bas Rag Uss pr Rud Magazi Malfucti Hcklr & Kch HK416 2D8 80 yards 1 (2) r full aut Glck 17 1D10 15 yards 1 (3)

120 MOHOLE Stahl s M Stahl s m cmpris a mixtur f x-cps ad x-military typs. At th start f th scari, all ar lyal t Stahl but this may chag as vts prgrss, with r mr f th tam havig dubts abut thir bss s mtal stat th ivstigatrs may b abl t cvic r tw t sid with thm, which culd prv vry hady if Stahl rdrs th ivstigatrs b sht. Up util th ivstigatrs arriv ad th hrrifyig vts that th bgi t tak plac, th scurity tam has had littl t d. It s b a dull, if asy, assigmt s far. Nt that prs frm th scurity tam is prmatly guard duty at th dr t th Ractr Ctrl Systms. Whras th rst f tam will rmally b patrllig r stadig idl arud th dcks f th rig. Th tam uss thir w tw-way radis t kp i cmmuicati; th uits hav arpics ad ar xtrmly rbust ad watrprf. Scti Ladrs: Jack Ds ad Cal Fuchs. Scurity: Nigl Grd*, Grg Bigs, Vac Nrris, Lm Strd, Tddy Dyl, Gary Hut, K Lmis, Budd Alvs. *Assigd t safguard th ivstigatrs. DEVIL S HOLE RIG Offshr platfrms (icludig il ad gas rigs) ar larg structurs dsigd t xtract ad prcss il ad atural gas. Whil platfrms cm i varius dsigs, Dvil s Hl, Platfrm is a dp-watr tsi-lg platfrm (TLP): a mrd flatig platfrm wll suitd fr watr dpths btw 590 ad 4,000 ft (180-1,300 mtrs). Th platfrm is mrd by mas f tthrs cupld t th platfrm s crrs (a grup f tthrs is calld a tsi lg). TLPs ar dsigd t hav rlativly lw lasticity; thus, vrtical mti is limiatd, allwig th wllhad t b psitid dck rathr tha th saflr, prvidig gratr ctrl vr prducti ad asir accss fr pratial ad maitac wrkrs. Dvil s Hl Platfrm is slf-sufficit i trms f rgy ad watr, with watr dsaliati, lctrical grati via cvtial disl gis, as wll as a rpurpsd uclar ractr, ad th quipmt cssary t xtract ad prcss Rlt gas. Opratig th drillig ad xtracti, as wll as th day-tday maitac f th platfrm, th crwmmbrs typically wrk sv days f 12-hur day shifts, th sv days f 12-hur ight shifts, fllwd by sv days ff. S th Dvil s Hl Orgaizati Chart (pag 111) fr a vrviw f th crw th rig. Typically, all f th crw war gray vralls but th drss cd is smwhat lax. Ths ivlvd i maual pratis ad maitac war hard hats (prvidig 1 pit f armr t th had), safty bts, ad glasss as shuld ay visitig such aras. Th rig is fittd with larg disl gis, which pwr lctrical gratrs that, i tur, prvid pwr fr vrythig th rig xcpt fr th drillig pratis. I additi, th rig has watr dsaliizati prcssig, which prvids frsh drikig watr fr th crw. Aythig ls has t b trasprtd by bat r hlicptr. LOCATIONS ON THE RIG Fllwig is a brif vrviw f th ky aras Dvil s Hl Rig; s th pla f th rig (pag 121). Th Kpr shuld fl fr t xpad up ths, addig furthr dtail (sights, suds, smlls) t build atmsphr as dd. ACCOMMODATION BLOCK Th Accmmdati Blck (s pla pag 122) is dividd vr fiv lvls, ach accssibl by stairwlls at ithr d f a blck. Each lvl has a xtrir dr facig it th rig. Ctaid isid ar th livig quartrs, Tga Fildig s shp ad strs, th kitch ad rstaurat ara, a gym, ad sickbay. Sickbay (Lvl 1) Situatd at th tp f th blck, ar t th hlipad, sickbay cmpriss a csultati rm, a six-bd cvalscc rm, surgry rm, ad a small ffic fr Ty Pars, as wll as mdici/quipmt str. Whil all f th rms ar lckabl, Pars ly kps his ffic, th surgry rm, ad th mdici ad quipmt lckd up wh h s ff duty. Th csultati rm is quippd with a rsuscitati cuch, with sucti, xyg, ad mdical quipmt (asily accssibl i cupbards), as wll as a sik with ruig watr. Th bds i th cvalscc rm ar primarily fr shrt-stay i-patit tratmt as ths with lgr trm ad mr srius cditis ar airliftd t th arst hspital lad. Shuld a mass casualty situati ccur, th accmmdati blck s gym culd b rpurpsd it a tmprary fild hspital. I trms f mdici ad drugs, a full cmplmt is had (icludig drugs fr gastritstial, cardivascular, rspiratry, ctral rvus systm cditis, as wll as atibitics ad asthsia). Drssigs, badags, gauz, rsuscitati kits, xyg cylidrs (2), masks, hypdrmic dls, surgical quipmt, scalpls, ad s, ca b fud. 119

121 s h t i g d p s Offics (Lvl 2) Offics fr th maagrial staff. Each is lckabl (Pirs Gldma ad Dr. Ryltt hav mastr kys). Spar spac is giv vr t strag. Th fllwig ppl hav thir w ffic: Pirs Gldma. Dr. Sim Ryltt. Dr. Rachl Kt. Agi Yusf. David Stahl. A ffic rm will b prvidd fr th ivstigatrs us. Othr tha th ts rgardig Dr. Ryltt s cmputr ad Dr. Kt s ts burid withi hr paprwrk (s Dramatis Prsa tris fr dtails, pags 112 ad 114 rspctivly), thr is thig uusual i th thr ffics xcpt fr David Stahl s ffic, i which ar tw chargig statis fr tw-way radis (walki talkis), sm spar hadsts ad ar pics (th rst big usd by th duty scurity tam), ad a lckd strg bx cabit (Stahl has th ly ky) fr th scurity tam s gus (s bx arby). Withut th ky, ivstigatrs wishig t gt isid th strg bx must succd a Hard Lcksmith rll r b ivtiv (i.. gttig a cuttig tl frm girig r th drill flr). Kitch ad Rstaurat (Lvl 3) Patrick Murphy ad Samus O Clar ca b fud i th kitch, ithr claig up r gttig mals rady. Th kitch has all th mdr cvics f a mdr catrig uit ad huss a lckabl cld str ad dry gds str. Th cks d t tak kidly t ay mssig up thir cla flrs r usig thir gar. A srvig hatch with ht plats ps ut t th rstaurat ara, which cmpriss rws f tabls ad chairs (ugh t sat up t 80 ppl at a sittig). Off duty crw ca smtims b fud i hr shtig th brz r lsig my playig cards with Murphy ad/r O Clar. Strs ad Shp (Lvl 3) Tga Fildig rus a small shp ffrig magazis, bks, cfctiry, tbacc, driks ad sacks, tiltris, ad thr sudry itms. Usually, sh ps fr a hur ach mrig, a cupl f hurs arud luchtim, ad fr thr r s hurs i th vig. Fildig als attds t th rig s strs, which icluds prcssig rqusts ad placig rdrs fr th kitch staff, maitac tam, as wll as th thr tams th rig as cssary. CHAPTER FOUR Gym (Lvl 3) A fully quippd gymasium basts all mar f fitss machis ad fr wights, as wll as a shwr blck, a saua, ad chagig rms. Livig Quartrs (Lvls 4 6) Th Accmmdati Blck ca accmmdat up t 80 ppl i fur-prs cabis, may f which ar mpty as th rig is pratig with a half crw f just vr 40 ppl. As thr ar plty f rms ad bds t g arud, mst prfr t hav a cabi all t thmslvs. Th livig quartrs ffr lugs with satllit tlvisi, ad thr rcrati facilitis. Mals ad driks ar availabl 24 hurs a day frm vdig machis, th kitch (wh p), ad shp (wh p). CONTROL ROOM Th rv ctr f th rig, th Ctrl Rm is a sris f small rms ad ffics i which th mitrig f wathr systms, th rig s sar, ad scurity camras ca b carrid ut. I additi, th platfrm s varius systms icludig drillig, prcssig, ad pwr (frm th disl gis) ca b ctrlld ad mitrd. Th radi rm is als husd hr. A itral tlph systm allws cmmuicati btw th varius tams th rig, supplmtd by twway radis, which idividual tams (icludig th maitac tam, prcssig tchicias, ad ctrl rm tam) us t kp i tuch with athr wh ramig abut th rig. Dpdig thir rstr, Jff Smalls ad Lucill Sharky r Fia McCraig ad Fibar Drummd will b duty, as wll as Gab Macrady th radi pratr. Jrry Scrivs ad Michl Tys hav ffics withi th Ctrl Rm structur. POWER CONTROL SYSTEMS Th pwr ctrl systms primarily rgulat ad mitr th utput f th rig s disl gis ad gratrs, with th ky ifrmati autmatically rlayd t th Ctrl Rm. Harry Daws ad, pssibly, a mmbr f th Ctrl Rm tam may b cutrd hr, chckig up th quipmt ad mitrig pwr flws. GENERATORS AND DIESEL ENGINES Nisy with th hum f lctrical gratrs ad disl gis, this is a ht, dirty, ad grasy virmt. O th flr abv th gis, Harry Slcum ad Billy Watrs hav a rm husig thir tls ad quipmt thy may b discvrd hr (smtims with Richard Cppr), slackig ff ad playig cards wh t attdig t th gratrs r rfulig r rpairig th gis. 120

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124 MOHOLE PROCESSING SYSTEMS Lwis Duffy, Bill Grr, Mitch Lga, ad Stv Crssy maitai th prcssig systms fr rfiig th gas brught up by th drill. Fr th mst part, thy hav had littl t d thr tha ru tsts whil thy wait fr th drill t d its wrk. By th tim th ivstigatrs arriv, th tam is hard at wrk, as th drill has brk it a uppr pckt f Rlt gas. Dr. Ryltt may, frm tim-t-tim, b fud hr chckig th filtrati systms ad lvls f gas harvstd. Harry Daws might als b hr t ld a had r trublsht shuld a prblm ccur. DRILLING FLOOR A ht, isy, ad dirty virmt, th drillig flr is whr th hard maual labr f mauvrig ad maitaiig th drill taks plac. Apart frm th drill li, mud taks, pips, all mar f tls, ad cabls ca b fud. Dr. Ryltt, du t his psiti, is tlratd his ccasial visits but Bb MacCrum ds t tak kidly t utsidrs as thy liabl t gt i th way ad caus a accidt. S th Drill Crw s try i th Dramatis Prsa, pag 117. COOLANT PLANT Vijay Rza ad Tm Marti lk aftr th ractr s thr clat systms. Th primary clat is a liquid mtal, which is rgulatd ad carfully mitrd by th tam th Ractr Ctrl Systms tam prvids vrsight t th tir prcss. A clat lak wuld b a caus fr srius ccr. NUCLEAR REACTOR Th ractr pwrig th drill has b rpurpsd frm a dcmmissid submari (a Rlls Ryc prssurizd watr ractr), brught t th platfrm ad istalld. Th drill systm, th braichild f Dr. Ryltt, uss th pwr f th uclar pil (prcssd thrugh a stam gratr ad turbi) t frg spds ad dpths far byd ay prvius brhl. It s a cuttigdg vtur that is tp scrt as far as th U.K. gvrmt is ccrd. Th uclar plat is slf-ctaid ad, thrtically, rquirs miimal maitac; hwvr, th xtracti f vlatil substacs frm th arth, smtims udr xtrm prssur, mas risk. Accidts ccur rgularly rmal ilrigs ad s th crw f Dvil s Hl is carful t mitr th situati as th last thig ay wats is a srius fault r accidt t ccur that wuld thrat th safty f th ractr. REACTOR CONTROL SYSTEMS Uauthrizd ppl ar barrd frm trig by th armd scurity tam prsl guardig th dr t this ara. Th dr is rifrcd (STR 200, 50 HP) ad is fittd with a lctric lckig mchaism rquirig a ky cd (rquirig a Hard Elctrics rll) th cd is kw by Dr. Ryltt, Dr. Kt, Dis Latch, Crys Js, ad Ma MacDugal, as wll as David Stahl. Isid, th tam mitrs th uclar ractr ad its attdat clat systms. Th rm is cla ad w lkig i cmparis t th rst f th rig, kpt wll maitaid by Dis Latch, Crys Js, ad Ma MacDugal. Dr. Kt, if t i hr ffic, may als b fud hr. LIFEBOATS AND ROV Th rig is fittd with thr fr-fall lifbats, which ar clsd capsuls abl t accmmdat up t 40 ppl ach. Th rag capsuls ar mldd frm fibrglass ad ar dsigd t b drppd it th sa blw th platfrm ad slf-right (assumig that ths bard ar t sam but rathr rgular ppl with littl kwldg f bats). Us f th craft is t withut dagr; i xtrmly rugh cditis a capsul culd b thrw agaist th rig platfrm ad suffr damag. Each capsul is fittd with a Emrgcy Psiti Idicatig Radi Bac (EPIRB), distrss rckts, hadhld flars, a radi, first aid kit, xyg bttls, fd ad watr, lifjackts, ad a pair f ars. Husd arby th lifbat capsuls is th rig s rmtly pratd udrwatr vhicl (ROV), which is usd t ispct th rig s structur bath th sa ad th drill li. Cctd by a umbilical lik, th ROV sds imags frm its sigl camra back t th pratr. HELICOPTER Bris th bird Ck flis a H225 Airbus Hlicptr, a twi-gi aircraft abl t carry up t 24 passgrs. Bris maks a trip t th platfrm frm th mailad c a wk t frry crw back ad frth, as wll as brig i sudry ad lat-tic supplis. Fr th mai part, c h drps th ivstigatrs ff, h ad his hlicptr play rl i th scari ulss h rcivs a mssag frm th rig tllig him t cm pst hast. Thus, th hlicptr may prvid a mas f scap v if Bris is smhw icapacitatd r killd arrival. Of curs, if frmlss spaw ar attackig th platfrm, thy may mak shrt wrk f th hlicptr r, prhaps, might hid abard ad wait t rval itslf as th ivstigatrs fly ff, blivig thy ar w saf! 123

125 s h t i g d p s STARTING THE SCENARIO O a vrcast ad raiy day, th ivstigatrs ar flw t Dvil s Hl Platfrm by Bris th bird Ck. As thy apprach, thy s a lly basti f mtal girdrs ad crrugatd blcks stadig islatd i th rugh watrs f th Nrth Sa. Wlcm t Dvil s Hl, says Bris thir pilt, as thy tuch dw th rig. As thy xit th hlicptr, Bris wishs thm Gd luck. O arrival, Agi Yusf, drssd i a gray jumpsuit ad hardhat, grts th ivstigatrs. Yusf shaks hads ad itrducs hrslf, sayig that thy had bttr gt isid. As sh wavs ff Bris as h dparts t rtur t th mailad, sh cfids that th wathr is ly gig t gt wrs as a strm frt is mvig i. It s cld, wt, ad vry widy. Yusf first taks th ivstigatrs t th Accmmdati Blck ad t th rms allcatd t thm, pitig ut that hr ffic ad ths f Dr. Ryltt ad Pirs Gldma, th platfrm s maagrs, ar lcatd lvl 2, ad that a spar ffic th sam lvl has b prpard fr th tams us. Sh xplais that sh ca giv th ivstigatrs a guidd tur f th facility but xpcts thy will wat t hav sm tim t upack ad, aftr shwig thm t thir accmmdati, sh tlls thm t cm ad fid hr i hr ffic wh thy ar rady fr th tur. RUNNING THE SCENARIO Th scari is lsly dividd it thr parts, which ar utlid as fllws. Part O Th ivstigatrs arriv, ar giv a brif tur f th platfrm, ad th mt with Pirs Gldma fllwd by Dr. Ryltt. Thraftr, it s dw t th ivstigatrs t dcid whr thy wat t g ad whm thy wish t itrviw. Agi Yusf acts as guid ad hst but th ivstigatrs may wat t ditch hr s thy wrk privatly (sh sms t tak a lt f ts if allwd t sit i ay f th itrviws), plus sh w t b allwd t sit i mtigs with Gldma r Dr. Ryltt (s Part O: Evts, fllwig). Part allws th ivstigatrs t gt t kw th basics f th platfrm ad th prati, mt sm f th NPCs, ad (pssibly) discvr sm f th fars f th crw rgardig halth ad safty, as wll as bgi t s sm f th strag bhavirs f crtai ppl. Th Kpr shuld rfr t th writ up i th Dramatis Prsa scti (pag 110 wards) fr ky idividuals ad thir mtivatis r plt pits. Dr. Ryltt kps cls tabs th ivstigatrs ad prbably uss his ability t brai wip (s Brai Wip, pag 127) t sur thig ad prvts CHAPTER FOUR th gig drillig. Ryltt brai wips ay NPCs as th Kpr dsirs yu may b tmptd t brai wip r mr f th ivstigatrs but rmmbr that Ryltt will t vrplay his had, prfrrig t us Stahl t harry ad distract th ivstigatrs (s Th Madss f Stahl, pag 134). Ryltt ly brai wips a ivstigatr if thy ar al ad if h r sh has giv Ryltt gd ras t tak this dramatic acti. Thus, avid a big cfrtati with Ryltt util part tw r thr if th playrs sm likly t mv t srius (i.. vrbal) cfrtati, th Ryltt simply hids away r sds Stahl t dal with thm (s Dr. Ryltt s Madss, pag 127). Durig part, r mr malfuctis shuld tak plac, divrtig attti ad psig dgrs f risk t th platfrm ad its ihabitats (s Malfuctis, pag 128). Part is abut ivstigati, th Kpr shuld b guidd by th playrs ad allw thm t prgrss arud th platfrm ad NPCs as thy s fit. Whil mst f th NPCs will mak tim t talk with th ivstigatrs, fllw-up cvrsatis r itrviws that tak up t much f thir tim ca b curtaild r prvtd by th NPC i qusti statig that thy must rtur t thir dutis, r by havig athr NPC call fr thir hlp smwhr ls th platfrm. Wh th Kpr fls apprpriat, mv t part tw. Dpdig whthr yu ar ruig this scari as a sigl sssi gam r vr multipl sssis, th lgth f part is ittially variabl. Try t avid givig vr t much tim t part ad driv it part tw suddly, allwig th gr slim t appar ad bgi t caus trubl fr th crw ad ivstigatrs. Th scari th chags frm pur ivstigati it mr dramatic scs, rquirig th playrs t ract ad mak dcisis. Part Tw Harry Slcum is discvrd cvrd i th gr slim (s Whr s Harry Slcum? pag 128). Slcum is tak t sickbay, allwig Ty Pars (ad th ivstigatrs) t study th pr ma s cditi (s A Mdical Emrgcy, pag 128). Whil this taks plac, th drill crw is als ifctd by th slim ad th gym is turd it a tmprary mdical facility (s Drillig fr Slim, pag 133). At this pit, th strm frt has mvd i ad th platfrm is assaultd with strg wids, a ragig sa, ad trrtial rai. Durig part tw, th ivstigatrs gt th pprtuity t xami ths affctd by th gr slim ad, if thy wish, visit th aras whr th slim appard. Sm ivstigatrs may wish t prfrm tsts th casualtis r th gr slim th situati is byd Pars s traiig ad kwldg ad s h turs t th ivstigatrs fr hlp if thy display ay mdical r scitific capacity t udrstad ad dal with th situati. 124

126 MOHOLE Durig part tw it shuld bcm clar t th ivstigatrs that mr ad mr gr slim is apparig th platfrm, ad that ths affctd by it ar chagig smhw. If th Kpr wishs, f th ivstigatrs might bcm ifctd by th gr slim rathr tha big cvrd i it, thy gt a dab f it thir arm r lg, allwig th Kpr t build additial tsi as th ivstigatr ralizs th slim is grwig thm ad will, at sm pit, cvr thm tirly. Us this dvic if yu wat t rapidly driv th acti frward. Park Thr Th primrdials bgi t sprad acrss th rig (s Th Primrdials Attack, pag 134), with may f thm makig thir way t th hat surc f th ractr, David Stahl s paraia icrass ad madss taks hld (s Th Madss f Stahl, pag 134). Mawhil, lava starts risig up thrugh th drill, thratig th cllaps f th tir platfrm (s Lava Dagr, pag 136). If all f this was t ugh t giv th ivstigatrs a hadach, th th frmlss spaw f Tsathggua rlasd frm N kai swim up t th platfrm t hrald th way fr thir gd (s Elastic Hrrr, pag 136). Chas shuld rig as primrdials wadr i sarch f hat, crwmmbrs fall ful f th gr slim ad trasfrm it mr primrdials, ad th rig s systms bgi t fail rpairs ar t hlpd by th primrdials prvtig accss t ky aras. Attmptig t damag ad stp th drillig is high risk as sm f th primrdials blck accss ad sm itt kpig th drill wrkig, v as th risig lava bursts t th drill flr ad starts t flw acrss th lwr lvls, damagig quipmt ad th rig s structural itgrity as it ds s. If Dr. Ryltt has t alrady tak th Ractr Ctrl Rm ad its tam hstag, h ds s w, prvtig ay frm switchig ff th ractr. If Dr. Kt is with him, th Kpr must dcid if sh has fall isa r whthr ugh f hr tattrd saity rmais t prvid a pttial hlp t th ivstigatrs (s Dr. Kt s Assistac, pag 134). PART ONE: EVENTS Th fllwig vts st th sc ad itrducs ky NPCs t th ivstigatrs. TOUR OF THE PLATFORM Ulss th ivstigatrs wish t tak th drivig sat, Agi Yusf s tur f th platfrm cvrs th fllwig aras: Ctrl Rm, Pwr Ctrl Systms, Ractr Ctrl Systms, Clat Plat, Prcssig Systms, th Drillig Flr, ad th lifbats (ic. th platfrm s ROV). Sh will avid traipsig arud th gratrs ad disl gis ulss TECHNICAL JARGON Kprs may fid it hlpful t rfr t sm tchical jarg whil dscribig th prati ad prcssig, as wll as th rig s varius mchaical systms. Hr ar a fw trms t thrw i wh th ivstigatrs ar qustiig th prsl th rig. Stam turbi: uclar ractr prducs stam t driv turbis t prduc rgy. Clat systm: th ractr has thr clat systms, th tmpratur rachs 320 C (600 F), at a prssur f abut 32,000 kg pr squar cm (2,250 psi). It bcms stam at pit, with a tmpratur f abut C ( F) ad a prssur f 14,000 kg pr squar cm (1,000 psi). Wllhad: structural ad prssur-ctaiig itrfac fr drillig ad prducti quipmt. Blwut prvtr: (BOP) ctrls prssur t prvt a blwut f gas. Prducti sparatr: a prssur vssl usd fr sparatig th xtractd matrials (gasus ad/r liquid) atural gas usually cms ut f th grud mixd with watr vapr ad thr gass. Ths varius cmpts must b sparatd bfr prducti quality il ad atural gas ca b st t markt. Gas cmprssrs: smwhat lik a pump, ths adjust prssur t trasprt fluids thrugh a pip. Gas xprt mtrig systm: masurs lvls f gas prducd. th ivstigatrs spcifically ask t s ths aras. Sh ds th tur by drppig th ivstigatrs ff at Pirs Gldma s ffic fr a iitial mtig. Th tur is cursry it is up t th ivstigatrs t prss fr mr tim i a ara r idd gt ugh tim t brifly spak t ay f th diffrig tams. Whil Yusf will b accmmdatig, sh has plad th tur with a timscal i mid, allwig vry t rtur i tim fr dir that vig, s sh will attmpt t kp th ivstigatrs mvig, which may (wrgly) b viwd as suspicius. If th Kpr wishs t ramp up th situati straight ut f th gat, a malfucti culd happ whil th ivstigatrs ar th tur (s Malfuctis, pag 128). 125

127 s h t i g d p s INTERVIEW WITH PIERS GOLDMAN Gldma will b waitig fr th ivstigatrs i his ffic. H grts thm with a firm hadshak ad a warm smil. H ca xplai th backgrud t th prati ad will hit that thr hav b sm ccrs frm sm f th tams abut th prati mvig t fast but will t labrat i grat dtail. If prssd, h says that Jrry Scriv did cm t him with sm ccrs rgardig safty issus ad that th mattr was rfrrd t Dr. Ryltt. Thrughut th cvrsati, Gldma tris t appar smwhat icmptt ad if askd difficult qustis h says thigs lik, Wll, I m t a tchical xprt, yu d b bttr ff talkig t ad Rally, I m t much us. Yu ll gt bttr aswrs frm Jrry Scrivs ad Dr.Kt. Gldma wats t appar ut f tuch ad ut f his dpth, ad hps th ivstigatrs rprt will mti such thigs s that h ca b rmvd frm his psiti t rtur t bscurity i a middl tir f th civil srvic. Shrwd ivstigatrs succdig with a Psychlgy rll may b abl t ascrtai that Gldma is playig dumb ad is rally far mr itlligt ad kwldgabl tha h appars. If h bgis t fl ucmfrtabl with th li f qustiig, h lks at his watch ad says thy ll all miss dir. Prhaps w ca pick this up tmrrw? It s b CHAPTER FOUR a lg day. Of curs, th fllwig day (r whvr th ivstigatrs try t pi him dw), Gldma is missig frm his ffic. H hids i his cabi rm ad ly mrgs wh th gr slim bgis t ris up thrugh th platfrm suspicius ivstigatrs culd, pttially, discvr Gldma lyig i his cabi cvrd i th gr slim. Rfr t Gldma s writ up i th Dramatis Prsa (pag 110) fr furthr dtails. INTERVIEW WITH DR. ROYLOTT Wh th ivstigatrs first cutr Dr. Ryltt h will b sittig bhid his dsk, tappig away his cmputr kybard (rmmbr t t allw th ivstigatrs t s th scr). H appars harrid ad says h ca ly spar a shrt tim fr qustis. If askd, h ll prvid thusiastic dtails ad his prsal histry f th prjct, frqutly rpatig that his discvris ar th salvati f makid ad put a d t qustis abut wrldwid rgy dplti. His thusiasm fr th prjct appars udiabl ad h is abl t rl ff massiv amuts f tchical dtail, all whil simultausly tappig away his kybard; I m vry gd at multitaskig. Thrughut, dspit his thusiastic dmar, Ryltt clarly wats th Dvil's Hl Rig 126

128 MOHOLE cvrsati t d as, frm tim-t-tim, h is smwhat atiscial fr xampl, h might pur himslf a cff r grab a ca f sda ad t ffr th ivstigatrs a drik. A succssful Psychlgy rll ts that Ryltt is gtistical, atiscial, ad uttrly bsssd with th prjct. Smthig abut his mar als hits that thr is smthig h is t rvalig. If th ivstigatrs appar thusiastic ad psitiv, rathr tha it pickig ad ayig, Ryltt may b prssd, whrup h bcms v mr impassid ad, i s dig, may lt slip smthig alg th lis f, th Gratr Mid shall prvail ad all will jy th bfits t cm. At this stag, th ivstigatrs shuld ly gt a hit f Ryltt s madss ad aythig h says is ambiguus th Gratr Mid culd b his, r th cllctiv mids f th platfrm s crw lavig th ivstigatrs t qusti what thy hard ad if it is sigificat. If cfrtd with accusatis f usaf wrkig practics r similar ccrs, h dismisss such thigs with agr ad blams his cwrkrs f shrtsightdss. If prssd furthr, Ryltt grws abusiv twards th ivstigatrs ad ds th mtig. Th Kpr shuld d th itrviw bfr th ivstigatrs ca prcd t far. If thy d attmpt t lk at what th dctr is typig, tll thm that his scr is difficult t s (v with a Spt Hidd). If thy try t physically mv t viw th scr, Ryltt suddly gts up ad tlls thm that h must d th mtig as h must g dw t th drill flr. H sharply prds ay slw-mvig ivstigatrs ut f th ffic ad lcks th dr. Of curs, if th ivstigatrs latr maag t brak isid th ffic, thy fid th dctr s brk cmputr ad scr. Thraftr, Ryltt will b hard t track dw; thr will b sig f him i his ffic, ad askig fr his whrabuts licits rspss lik, I thik I saw him hadd t th drill flr, r was it t th ractr ctrl rm? If th ivstigatrs hav tippd thir had ad accusd Ryltt f usaf wrk practics, h w has thm markd ad uss Stahl t ctai th mddlsm utsidrs. If cssary, Ryltt brai wips th ivstigatr wh h fud mst ayig (s Brai Wip, arby). Rfr t Ryltt s writ up i th Dramatis Prsa (pag 112) fr furthr dtails. BRAIN WIPE Dr. Ryltt has th ability t brai wip idividuals, ffctivly givig thm shrt-trm mmry lss much lik th Clud Mmry spll. Wh usd succssfully, th targt is uabl t rcall thir last 24 r 36 hurs, dpdig magic pits ivstd by Ryltt. This spll-lik ability csts Ryltt 6 magic pits t wip 24 hurs wrth f mmry, r 10 pits fr 36 hurs. Ryltt must b spakig t th targt ad b i cls prximity. Th targt may rsist with a ppsd POW rll but, v if succssful, ds t rcall th attmpt ad blivs thy wr havig a rmal cvrsati with Ryltt. Th prcss taks 2 ruds t cmplt ad if Ryltt is itrruptd h must mak a succssful POW rll t maitai cctrati, thrwis th attmpt fails. As th scari prgrsss, Ryltt is csumd with surig th drillig ctius at all csts. H tris t stay stp ahad f th ivstigatrs, mvig abut th platfrm ad usig Stahl ad his scurity tam t harry ay ppsiti. If warratd durig Part 2 r 3, Ryltt taks a gu frm Stahl ad taks th Ractr Ctrl tam hstag t mak sur th pwr t th drill cat b turd ff if h ca lur ad captur Dr. Kt as wll, th s much th bttr. If th ivstigatrs maag t ctai ad rstrai Ryltt, h attmpts scap but may try t als us guil t cvic his captrs t rlas him, usig ithr his Prsuad skill (70%) r brai wip ability if al with a ivstigatr. If Ryltt is killd, th vts f th scari prcd as dirctd; th drill has alrady brk thrugh it N kai ad th miis f Tsathggua will still cm. Prhaps th Grat Old O s ifluc will crat a rplacmt t sur th drill kps pig up a dpr ad largr hl i th Mhl. DR. ROYLOTT S MADNESS Durig part, Dr. Ryltt shuld b prtrayd with subtlty s as t t rais th ivstigatrs ccrs t arly i th scari. Thy will surly hav suspicis but try t avid givig thm aythig ccrt. Of curs, c th ivstigatrs discvr his brk cmputr, th gam may wll b up ad Ryltt s madss ca bcm mr prucd. INTERVIEWS WITH OTHER PERSONNEL Prsumably, th ivstigatrs will wat t spak with Gldma ad Ryltt first but, thraftr, it is dw t th playrs t dcid whm thy th wish t itrviw. Rfr t th varius NPC sctis i th Dramatis Prsa fr particular dtails. 127

129 s h t i g d p s As a rmidr, th fllwig NPCs hav (r hav had) ccrs vr safty: Jrry Scrivs (pag 113): wrrid that th pac f th wrk is xcdig safty margis. Ctrl Rm Tam (pag 115): may xprss ccrs vr lax safty prcdurs, i additi t dscribig th argumts btw Dr. Ryltt ad thrs i th maagmt tam rgardig safty ccrs ad pushig th systms t hard. Dr. Kt (pag 114): dspit havig b brai wipd, Kt has lft vidc f hr ccrs rgardig th pac f th prjct (farful f puttig t much strai th ractr) i hr ts i hr ffic. If cfrtd with ths, sh (truthfully) cat rmmbr writig th ts. Ractr Ctrl Systms Tam (pag 116): whs daily lg rprts shw that th ractr is straiig ad has th pttial t grw critical if sigificat maitac is t carrid ut s. A clvr ivstigatr might thik t ask abut crwmmbrs wh spd thir tim wrkig all arud th platfrm, as thy might s a lt mr f what is gig tha ths ppl wh sit i rm all day lg. Agi Yusf ca pit th ivstigatrs t Harry Slcum ad Billy Watrs, th maitac wrkrs th rig, wh ca usually b fud ar th disl gratrs. Gttig th ivstigatrs t lk fr Slcum ad Watrs mas that th Kpr ca hav th ivstigatrs discvr Slcum cvrd i th gr slim i part tw (s Whr s Harry Slcum? arby). MALFUNCTIONS As ad wh th Kpr wishs, th fllwig tw quipmt malfuctis may ccur whil th ivstigatrs ar turig th platfrm r cductig itrviws such malfuctis ca als tak plac durig parts tw ad thr at th Kpr s discrti. Th Kpr is at librty t ivt thr malfuctis r gratr r lssr risk. Th mai cmputr systm braks dw du t ithr raiwatr gttig it circuits r vrhatig. A mrgcy is causd by a lak i f th drill had utput pips. A valv malfucti i th clat plat risks a clat lak. If Dr. Ryltt is arby th ivstigatrs whil a malfucti lswhr th platfrm ccurs, h may rspd himslf, sayig that h ll g dw t whrvr th malfucti is happig. I this cas, Ryltt ds t cm back ad is missig t all itts ad purpss latr, wh h ds rtur h has trasfrmd it a primrdial (s Primrdials, pag 133). CHAPTER FOUR If th ivstigatrs attmpt t assist r fix ay prblms thmslvs (apply suitabl skill rlls, lik Elctrics, Mchaic Rpair, Elctrical Rpair, Oprat Havy Machiry, tc.), such actis may b witssd by f th scurity tam, wh rprts th icidt back t Stahl. Such ifrmati prvids ful t Stahl s grwig madss ad h bgis t s th auditrs as sabturs (which may cm t a had latr wh Stahl rdrs th ivstigatrs t b tak captiv ad fac a firig squad s Th Madss f Stahl, pag 134). PART TWO: EVENTS Th hrrr f th ivstigatr s situati bgis t maifst, as th gr slim maks its apparac. WHERE S HARRY SLOCUM? Whil al with th disl gis, Harry Slcum discvrs a larg pl f gr slim th flr. Blivig it t b a il lak, h tuchs it ad fids that, t his hrrr, th sticky g bgis t cvr his had. A whil latr, Billy Watrs cms dw t chck Slcum (thr s rsps his radi) ad fids him cvrd i th ful smllig substac. Watrs calls fr hlp ad s Slcum is strtchrd t sickbay. Th icidt is quickly rlayd arud th crw thrugh thir prsal radis ad th tlph systm ad cms t th attti f th ivstigatrs, wh lar that Slcum has b tak t sickbay. Th Kpr may prfr fr th ivstigatrs t discvr Slcum cvrd i slim; this ca b accmplishd if th ivstigatrs ar alrady lkig fr Slcum ad Watrs t itrviw thm, r if r mr ivstigatrs hav dcidd t tak thir w tur f th platfrm ad s th aras that Agi Yusf s tur did t cvr. Hw thy hadl th grisly discvry is up t thm, but a arby tlph may rmid thm t call fr hlp. A MEDICAL EMERGENCY Wh Harry Slcum is discvrd cvrd i th gr slim a attmpt is mad t mv him t sickbay ithr th ivstigatrs thik t d this r th attdig crwmmbrs rcmmd this curs f acti. Tuchig Slcum mas tuchig th gr slim ulss prcautis ar tak rsurcful ivstigatrs ca fid latx cvrd glvs ad thick lathr riggr glvs arud th girig aras, as wll as i thr wrkig aras f th platfrm (s bx Th Gr Slim, pag 131). If th ivstigatrs ar t prst whil Slcum is strtchrd t sickbay, th Kpr dcids whthr ay f th crw dalig with Slcum ar ifctd; hwvr, assums mst NPCs ar itlligt ugh t 128

130 MOHOLE Th Mdical Emrgcy put sm glvs t avid tuchig th slim that is clarly affctig th writhig maitac wrkr. Oc i sickbay, Ty Pars ds his bst t dal with th situati but a succssful Psychlgy rll cfirms th ma is clarly ut f his dpth ad at a lss hw t trat Slcum. Pars first uss watr, sali, ad th a spatula t try ad scrap th slim frm Slcum s ski, all t avail. Pars is thakful fr ay hlp h ca gt, allwig th ivstigatrs t xprimt t thir hart s dlight as lg as thy d t appar t b makig thigs wrs i this vt, Pars stps whatvr a ivstigatr is dig ad rmvs thm frm sickbay. First Aid ad Mdici rlls cm t aught ulss th ivstigatr thiks t xps th slim t hat r cld, whrup, th slim ticably racts. Othrwis, th ivstigatrs ca attmpt t tak a sampl ad aalyz th slim (s bx Th Gr Slim, pag 131). Whil all f this is happig i sickbay, disastrus vts ar takig plac th drill flr (s Drillig fr Slim, pag 133) ad Gab Macrady is dstryig th rig s cmmuicati systm fr ctactig th mailad (s Macrady s Sabtag, fllwig). Thus, multipl calamitis bgi t tak plac ad th ivstigatrs ar caught i th middl. Nt that th vts happig th drill flr ar likly t b rlayd t th ivstigatrs by wrd f muth r satchs f radi cvrsati th ivstigatrs har that smthig bad is ccurrig th drill flr but d t rally gt th full pictur. I all liklihd, th ivstigatrs w t fully cmprhd th situati util thy actually s mmbrs f th drill crw big brught up t th gym strtchrs. Durig all f ths vts, Dr. Ryltt is missig, suspiciusly abst. MACREADY S SABOTAGE Gab Macrady th radi pratr, udr th ifluc f Tsathggua, bgis t prst rratic bhavir (pssibly ticd by his frid Richard Cppr, th cra pratr). Whil vry s attti is tak up with th plight f Harry Slcum ad th xplsi f gr slim th drillig flr, Macrady sabtags th radi cmmuicati systm i th Ctrl Rm. Whil his cllagus i th Ctrl Rm (ay tw f Jff Smalls, Lucill Sharky, Fia McCraig, ad Fibar Drummd) ar distractd, Macrady trs th radi rm, clss ad lcks th dr, ad prcds t wrck th radi with a larg wrch. His cllagus har th cmmti ad attmpt t brak dw th dr (STR 60, 15 hit pits) whil als callig ut fr hlp Jff Smalls r athr mmbr f th tam may suddly appar ar t sickbay r lswhr (if th ivstigatrs ar t t far away) t call fr hlp. Idally, a ivstigatr is arby t ld assistac; thrwis, c th tam braks thrugh th dr, a fight surs as thy attmpt t vrpwr th crazd Macrady. 129

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132 MOHOLE THE GREEN SLIME Th gr slim has b brught up t th platfrm by th drillig. A smistit thig, th slim has crpt up th drill rd ad swam up thrugh th watr. Nw it has bgu makig its way up th platfrm s supprts ad it th lwr dcks. It appars first ar t th disl gis but may als b discvrd i small pckts acrss th lwr platfrm lvls. S it bursts i a massiv gush up it th drillig flr, cvrig th drill tam (s Drillig fr Slim, pag 133). Th slim is bright gr i clr ad sticky; it cligs t clthig if tuchd r brushd agaist. Lft t its dvics, th slim crrds clthig ad als xpads, vtually tirly cvrig ay ufrtuat ugh t cm it ctact with it i abut a hur (adjust th tim dpdt th iitial amut f xpsur t th slim). Quick thikig ad rmvig s clths prvts th slim frm cmig it ctact with th ski. It mvs by rllig itslf alg r by sdig ut psudpds that abl it t grab t arby surfacs. Witssig a patch f th slim mvig prvks a Saity rll (0/1 lss). If rquird, a Luck rll may b usd t dtrmi if a ivstigatr gts ay slim thir clths whil passig thrugh a ifctd ara. If th slim tuchs ski it quickly bgis t xpad, rllig alg arms ad cvrig th bdy i a gr film. Ulss smhw rmvd, th slim causs 1 pit f damag pr fiv miuts; thus, a hst with 12 hit pits wuld surviv fr 60 miuts (th timig ca b slwd r spdd up as th Kpr dsirs). Evtually, th slim cvrs th tir bdy. Witsss ca s that th ski blw th slim is big at away; th slim ffctivly frmig a w ski, lik sm hrrdus lif-sizd jlly ma. At zr hit pits dath ccurs ad th slim trasfrms its hst (withi 1D10+10 miuts) it a primrdial a walkig slim bast i th srvic f Tsathggua (s Primrdials, pag 133). Th slim lvs hat ad sks it ut whthr it b th warmth f th huma bdy r th hat f th ractr cr ad disl gis. Hat ca acclrat th slim s prgrss (rapidly icrasig th damag t 1 pit pr miut r v rud if sufficitly ht) whil cld slws it dw ad ca v kill th slim. Th Nrth Sa has a miimum tmpratur f 6 C (42 F), which mas th slim is lthargic arrival at th platfrm but s warms up ad bcms activ. Th ly ffctiv way f stppig r slwig th slim s prgrss is t xps it ad its hst t cld. Tmpraturs blw 30 C (86 F) slw th rat f trasiti (ffctivly dublig th amut f tim it taks t tirly cvr its hst), whil at 0 C (32 F) ad blw th slim bgis t di (takig abut 20 miuts t a hur) if th slim is xpsd t hat durig this tim it rvivs ad bgis its assault th hst aw. Puttig th affctd prs i a frzr r a ic bath ar pssibl ways t kill ff th gr slim. Th scitific quipmt th platfrm ly allws fr a rudimtary aalysis f th slim. A attmpt t assay its chmical cmpsiti idicats that it ctais bth rgaic ad silic cmpuds, but its wight is uusual: it is havir tha it ught t b, as thugh it ctais havy mtal lmts (which d t, fr sm ras, tur up i th aalysis). Nt: th issu is that th slim is t fully trr sm f it is frm Outsid. Athr prblm, makig it difficult t aalyz, is that th slim is aliv, ad thugh t stit, is abl t ract t stimuli. Thus, it ca physically attack th quipmt big usd t ctrifug r titrat it, damagig such quipmt, ad pssibly drippig thrugh t th flr r thrwis ctamiatig th ara. Sufficit applicati f ragts r hat may pssibly tur th slim black at this pit, it bcms mbryic frmlss spaw, with a mid f its w, ad all bts ar ff as t hw it might ract! I summary, udr aalysis with a succssful Scic (Bilgy r Chmistry) rll, th slim displays th fllwig prprtis: It is aimat ad abl t mv by its w vliti. It has a tmpratur f 50 C (122 F). Expsd t clr tmpraturs (blw 30 C (86 F)) its mvmt slws. Th slim sms t b rplld by cld, rtractig if xpsd t frz mtal (r v smthig, lik a chick lg, tak frm th kitch s frzr). Expsd t hat, th slim bcms ticably mr activ ad mvs clsr t th hat surc. Its wight is uusual: it is havir tha it ught t b. Ctais bth rgaic ad silic cmpuds. Drillig fr Slim 131

133 s h t i g d p s HOT, HOT, HOT! Whil t th mai my i th scari, hat may b a uxpctd factr fr th ivstigatrs, spcially fr ths affctd by th gr slim. Th fllwig ifrmati may b f us. 37 C (98.6 F): avrag huma bdy tmpratur. 38 C (100.4 F): st f hyprthrmia (s blw); ucmfrtabl, prfus swatig, ad a dsir t drik fluids. 39 C (102.2 F): swatig, flsh bcms flushd ad rd; hart rat icrass ad brathlssss, cupld with xhausti. 40 C (104.0 F): prfus swatig, with faitig, gral wakss, vmitig, hadachs, ad dizziss pssibl. 41 C (105.8 F): faitig, vmitig, svr hadach, dizziss, cfusi, halluciatis, dlirium, ad drwsiss ar all likly. 42 C (107.6 F): ski turs pal r bcms flushd ad rd. Svr dlirium, vmitig, ad cvulsis ca ccur; th subjct may bcm cmats. Hart rat bcms vry fast. 43 C (109.4 F): ctiuus cvulsis ad shck, srius brai damag ad cardi-rspiratry cllaps pssibl. Dath is likly. Hyprthrmia ccurs wh th bdy prducs r absrbs mr hat tha it ca dissipat. Th bdy bcms vrwhlmd ad is uabl t dal with th hat, causig bdy tmpratur t ris uctrllably. Hyprthrmia at r abv 40 C (104 F) is lif thratig ad rquirs immdiat tratmt (a shadd virmt, drikig watr, rmvig clthig, bathig i tpid r cl watr) t brig bdy tmpratur dw. Th Kpr may dsir t iflict a icrasd difficulty lvl ad/ r palty di t ths suffrig hyprthrmia. If Macrady ca b capturd, h is lckd i f th arby mpty ffics i th Accmmdati Blck whil thrs try t fid Pirs Gldma (wh is prbably hidig i his rm) r ay ls i authrity. Othrwis, if Macrady ca scap, h dscds it th lwr lvls f th platfrm ad sks ut th gr slim t bcm with his w CHAPTER FOUR TSATHOGGUA'S INFLUENCE Th Grat Old O s ifluc affcts a umbr f th platfrm s crw. Th Kpr has full ctrl f dcidig which NPCs succumb t th malig psychic maatis ad wh it happs. It is ulikly th ivstigatrs will b th platfrm lg ugh fr th ifluc t rally affct thm but, ptially, th Kpr may dcid t tst this by havig th ivstigatrs mak a ppsd POW rll vrsus Tsathggua s POW f 175. Ths succdig ar immu t th ifluc fr w. Ths failig th rll, bgi t hav ightmars f dark cavrs far bath th arth ad a imms tad-lik thig wallwig i muddy laks f gr slim mr lik sm hug prsc that thy cat fully s but fl clsig up thm (Saity rll, 1/1D4 lss). I additi, th prs affctd hars strag ams durig thir slp th Slpr, Zhthaqqua, Sadagwah, r Tsathggua (all diffrt itrprtatis f Tsathggua s am. Each ight th ightmars ctiu ad ach mrig th ivstigatr maks athr ppsd POW rll: c rll is faild, th ivstigatr has succumbd t Tsathggua s ifluc ad bgis t wrk with Dr. Ryltt t sur th drillig ctius. Ths udr full ifluc ar abl t rcgiz thrs i th sam prdicamt. If th ifluc is discvrd, th affctd ivstigatr s cllagus may attmpt t brak th ccti by usig ithr blut frc (a svr whack t th had, causig 3 r mr damag is sufficit) r a succssful Hard Psychaalysis rll. Of curs, th ifluc may rtur if th affctd ivstigatr rmais th platfrm ad fails a ppsd POW th fllwig mrig. mastr, Tsathggua. Th ivstigatrs may mt him latr, trasfrmd it a primrdial. If Macrady is ctaid i a rm, th ivstigatrs may wat t qusti him; hwvr, his rspss ar ths f a madma. Ulss bud, Macrady bgis t mimic a frg, bdig his ks ad hppig abut, ccasially usig his tgu t lick at th crrs f th rm with a isa lk i ys. A succssfully Psychlgy rll cfirms th ma s mid is brk. Whil Macrady w t dirctly rspd t qustiig, h ds mak xclamatis ccrig his mastr, Th Slpr f N kai awaks! ad Sadagwah b his am! Up frm blw his srvats cm ad H shall hav mastry f th sas ad lad! Ad thr lightig statmts as th 132

134 MOHOLE Humas affctd by th gr slim ar trasfrmd it ihuma mstrs, with thught thr tha t srv th will f Tsathggua. Thy prst a tagibl dagr t th ivstigatrs ad crw f th Dvil s Hl Platfrm, as thy wadr th rig i sarch f hat surcs ad prfrm Tsathggua s biddig. Craturs f hat, thy d warmth t fucti, thrwis thy grw lthargic ad culd v di. Thr is st umbr f ths mstrs, as ay f th platfrm s crw culd b trasfrmd th Kpr is advisd t hav as may primrdials as dd t prst a apprpriat challg. Iitially, c th drill crw is trasfrmd, thr will b 12 f th mstrs th rig. Assum primrdial pr 2 r 3 ivstigatrs is a adquat challg, allwig th ivstigatrs th pprtuity t udrstad hw dagrus th mstrs ar (ruig away is a gd pti ad THE PRIMORDIALS allws th ivstigatrs tim t wrk ut hw t cmbat th craturs). I cmbatig th primrdials th fllwig slutis might b attmptd: Bullts ad pircig waps: iflict miimum damag. Blut damag waps: iflict half damag. C2 fir xtiguishrs: (fud all arud th platfrm*) a sigl 2kg xtiguishr sprayd pit-blak at a primrdial causs 1D6+1 damagr pr rud fr 3 ruds (a 5kg xtiguishr causs 1D6+1 pr rud fr 7 ruds prbably ugh t kill a idividual). Cld: a frz lg f lamb usd as a club iflicts 1D3+2 damag, whil trappig a primrdial i a frzr will kill it aftr 1D6+1 ruds. Sa: pushig a primrdial it th sa slvs th prblm fr w but th mstr will vtually mak its way back t th rig (th sa s tmpratur ds mak thm lthargic but ds t kill th craturs). Had-t-had cmbat with th mstr is risky, as tuchig th gr slim that frms thir ski brigs with it th dagr f gttig th slim t s ski. At th d f ach rud f ml cmbat, a ivstigatr shuld attmpt a Luck rll (ulss thy hav tak adquat prcautis) t s if ay f th slim has latchd t thir ski. I additi, th mstr s tuch is burig; causig ski t blistr ad iflictig 1D6 bur damag. *Extiguishrs: ly C2 xtiguishrs ar ffctiv. Othr typs (fam, dry pwdr) ar availabl th platfrm ulss a ivstigatr is spcifically statig thy ar lkig fr a C2 typ, call fr a Luck rll t dtrmi if thy grab th crrct xtiguishr. Kpr dsirs. If pssibl, Macrady will attmpt t scap, which may lad t a chas sc as th ivstigatrs try t apprhd him bfr h ca disappar t th lwr lvls. DRILLING FOR SLIME I tadm with th discvry f Harry Slcum ad Gab Macrady s sabtag, th drillig crw fid thmslvs cvrd i gr slim as it bgis t pur ut frm th drill pip i gushig trrts. I th chas, Bb MacCrum radis fr Pt Shad, th Mud Egir, ad ay f his crw ff duty t cm dw t hlp addrss th situati. Thus, MacCrum ad th rst f his tam ar cvrd i th gr g ad cllaps. Th cmmti may draw th ivstigatrs attti. O arrival at th drill flr, th drill crw is all cvrd i th slim, thir bdis twitchig spasmdically. It s a scary ad uatural sight, prvkig a Saity rll (1/1D6 lss). Nt that by th tim ay ivstigatrs arriv, th rst f th gr slim has mvd t thr aras f th platfrm, all that is lft is what is cvrig th drill crw. Thr ar t may casualtis fr sickbay t hld, s th gym i th Accmmdati Blck is swiftly turd it a makshift hspital. Ty Pars taks charg f th rfit a succssful Psychlgy rll dtcts h is rlivd t b dig smthig h ca actually maag rathr tha dalig with th gr slim ad his patits, which is byd his capacity ad kwldg t dal with. Oc th drill crw has b mvd t th gym, th prcss f turig th m it mstrus primrdials is rapid (du t th ttal xpsur thy suffrd). Th timig is at th Kpr s discrti t maximiz chas ad tsi. Oc th primrdials wak up mass, thy mak thir way t th ractr cr (fr th hat) ad rsist ay bstructis r ppl with frc (s Th Primrdials, abv). 133

135 s h t i g d p s Th Primrdials Attack PART THREE: EVENTS Th ivstigatrs must avigat a path thrugh paic, madss, ad dath. Will thy attmpt t sav th day r try t fl i rdr t sav thir w cks? THE PRIMORDIALS ATTACK Idally, hav a grup f primrdials prfrm a surpris attack th ivstigatrs; this might b i th ivstigatrs ffic i th Accmmdati Blck wh thy ar rgrupig ad sharig ifrmati, but culd happ aywhr that s pprtu. Such a sc bgis with a List rll; if succssful, th suds f smthig mvig agaist th walls ca b hard, quickly fllwd by th smll f burig. Withut furthr tic, th walls f th rm crash i as th hads ad arms f primrdials lug frward ad rach t grasp th ivstigatrs. Mawhil, arud th platfrm, thr primrdials bgi t ram, skig ut hat surcs ad attackig ay thy cm acrss. Th mstrs ar rlativly slw mvig (MOV 5) but rltlss if thy i pursuit. S bx Th Primrdials, arby, fr dtails ths walkig jlly hrrrs prfils fr th mstrs ca b fud pag 133. DR. KENT S ASSISTANCE If Dr. Ryltt has tak th Ractr Ctrl Rm ad its tam, icludig Dr. Kt, hstag, th ivstigatrs may wish t appal t Dr. Kt ad hr tam t hlp subdu Ryltt. If th ivstigatrs ca smhw cmmuicat with Dr. Kt (.g. surrptitiusly, lik stalthy had gsturs thrugh th rifrcd glass widws facig it th rm) th thy ca prsuad hr ad hr tam t caus a distracti (allwig th ivstigatrs t strm isid if thy kw th ky cd) r attmpt t vrpwr Ryltt whil th ivstigatrs ru i t hlp. Of curs, at th Kpr s discrti, Dr. Kt r f hr tam may, by w, hav fall udr Tsathggua s ifluc; thus, whatvr is agrd is i fact a trap fr th ivstigatrs t walk it. Prhaps v thugh sh is t udr th Grat Old O s ifluc, Dr. Kt is alrady isa frm th sights ad vts that hav ufldd s far. Ds hr madss hlp r hidr th ivstigatrs? I ay rspct, play this sc ut as bfits th situati s far i rspct t th ivstigatrs itractis with Dr. Kt, hr tam, ad, f curs, Dr. Ryltt. CHAPTER FOUR THE MADNESS OF STAHL Assaultd by th ifluc f Tsathggua, Stahl s mid cracks ad, i his isaity, h ss mis vrywhr. His paraia is xtrm ad h viws ay wh qusti his authrity as mis, whil th utsidrs th ivstigatrs ar accusd f big spis r trrrists wh must b put dw. If Dr. Ryltt has t alrady rdrd Stahl t imps martial law th rig, th Stahl ds this w. H psitis his m at th lifbats, at th tracs t th Ctrl Rm, ad at Ractr Ctrl. H als sds a sarch party t lk fr th ivstigatrs ad, if succssful, th ivstigatrs ar brught t Stahl, wh th rdrs thm t b sht by firig squad. Th Kpr shuld dtrmi hw may f Stahl s m ar als iflucd by Tsathggua; mr tha half shuld b. Ths uaffctd may act as sms apprpriat; th ivstigatrs may us thir scial skills t cvic th m that Stahl is mad ad t hlp thm put a d t Stahl s rul. If ay ivstigatrs mad a pit f gttig t kw ay f th scurity tam bfr Part 3, a kidly Kpr might grat a bus di t a Prsuad, Fast Talk, r Charm rll t gt that idividual sid. Such a appal might b th ivstigatrs last rsrt if facig a firig squad (s fllwig). Th Firig Squad If capturd, th ivstigatrs may b hld i a scur rm util Stahl dcids t cv a firig squad, prvidig a pprtuity t scap. Othrwis, th ivstigatrs ar hauld ut ad lid up th hlicptr pad as a li f Stahl s m tak aim. Prst this mmt with suitabl tsi but allw th playrs a bit f tim t thik up a last scd stratgy. Pssibilitis iclud usig a scial skill rll t appal t th scurity m s humaity ad t pit ut Stahl s madss, r a sudd brak ad dash fr frdm by ruig ad jumpig ff th dck t th sa blw (callig fr a DEX rll t mak it t rlativ safty prhaps thy maag t grab hld f a supprt bam, allwig thm t climb t athr part f th rig, rathr tha fall it th sa). Pssibly a dal culd b mad if a ivstigatr ca thik up a schm t cvic Stahl thy ar wrth kpig aliv (us th ivstigatr s Fast Talk r Prsuad ppsd by Stahl s POW). If th ivstigatrs sm dmd, at a last rsrt, Lwis Duffy ad th rst f th prcssig tchicias cm t thir rscu (r prhaps a diffrt tam ld by Agi Yusf ) ad prvid ugh f a distracti fr th ivstigatrs t scap. 134

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137 s h t i g d p s LAVA DANGER As thigs build twards th climax, lava shts up th drill, fldig th drillig flr i burig mlt rck. Alarms g ff arud th platfrm if th ivstigatrs ca gt t th Ctrl Rm, thy ca s what s happig th varius rad uts. Othrwis, th lava flws thrughut th lwr dck ad th mmbrs f th platfrm s crw s brig wrd f th disastr t th ivstigatrs. Ths with Scic (Glgy) ca dduc that thr is a vry ral risk f a vlcaic rupti ad that thig ca b d t prvt this takig plac. Th bst pti is t abad th rig ad gt as far away as pssibl if ly thr was t a hug strm frt currtly prvtig rscu by hlicptr. Wh a vlcaic rupti ccurs is dtrmid by th Kpr ad, idally, maks fr a pic climax t d th scari (s Edig th Scari, arby). ELASTIC HORROR Th frmlss spaw f Tsathggua swim up t th platfrm t hrald th cmig f thir mastr, arrivig by climbig up th platfrm s supprt lgs. Thy sp bard ad ps srius thrats t ay gig ar t th lifbats r tryig t kill Dr. Ryltt (if h is still aliv by this pit). CHAPTER FOUR As thy bgi t mrg, th strm cluds abv th platfrm sm t cmbi ad chag shap. Ths utsid r abl t s th sky ar filld with a ss f drad as a vast psychic imag f Tsathggua frms i th sky vrhad. Ths witssig this trrifyig imag must mak a Saity rll (0/1D10 lss). ENDING THE SCENARIO It is highly likly th ivstigatrs di r g isa as th scari cms t a cls, s th Kpr shuld aim t fiish thigs with a big bag with th drillig f th Mhl rsultig i a pic vlcaic xplsi, takig ut th rig, killig vry ad vrythig thig bard, ad sstially clsig th hl it N kai ad prvtig Tsathggua s arrival. Of curs, th ivstigatrs might hav a diffrt cclusi i mid ad s hr ar sm pssibl slutis (ad hidracs), shuld th playrs wish t attmpt thm. Th Frmlss Spaw 136

138 MOHOLE Escap Stahl s m guard th lifbats r, if thy ar lgr a thrat, th a frmlss spaw is lurkig arby ad prvtig accss. Th ivstigatrs must distract r vrcm th guards r mstr t us th scap capsuls prhaps a ivstigatr must giv thir lif i rdr fr thir cllagus t scap? Sm ivstigatrs might csidr jumpig ff th platfrm it th Nrth Sa a viabl pti. Th fall is arud 190 ft (58m) ad is survivabl; hwvr, drwig is th mai thrat t lif. A succssful Swim rll fllwd by a Climb rll mas th ivstigatr ca gt t f th supprt lgs ad mak thir up t th platfrm. Ths hpig t wait fr a lifbat must cp with th st f hypthrmia, which ctributs sigificatly t th pssibility f drwig du t its dbilitatig ffcts. A ivstigatr wh spds mr tha 30 miuts i th sa must mak a CON rll r ctract hypthrmia (aftr athr fift miuts, th CON rll bcms Hard ad, aftr athr fift miuts, th difficulty icrass t Extrm). Oc th CON rll is faild, hypthrmia sts i ad th ivstigatr suffrs 1D4 damag, as wll as all suffrig frm a palty di all skill rlls. Fr vry fift miuts thraftr, th ivstigatr lss athr 1D4 hit pits ad must succd i a Hard CON rll r fall ucscius, which may lad t drwig if thy ar withut a lif prsrvr. If rscud, lst hit pits ar rgaid at th rmal rat. Stppig th drill: If th ivstigatrs ca gt it th Ractr Ctrl Rm, limiat th thrat psd by Dr. Ryltt, ay attdat scurity guards, ad avidig primrdials ad frmlss spaw bfr th lava bgis t flw thrugh th platfrm, th thy hav a chac t cls dw th ractr ad stp th drillig. I s dig, th ivstigatrs prvt th vlcaic ruptur ad ca sav th platfrm at last lg ugh t wait fr rscu hlicptrs c th strm dis dw. All thy d t d is avid th primrdials, frmlss spaw, ad ay iflucd by Tsathggua (wh will attmpt t rstart th drill) lg ugh fr rscu t arriv. CONCLUSION With a utsid chac f survival, ay ivstigatrs succdig i stppig th drill ad big rscud dsrvs a wll-ard Saity rward. Othrwis, ad mr tha likly, th scari ccluds with Dvil s Hl Platfrm big dstryd by vilt vlcaic rupti. Thak th playrs fr th gam ad gathr i thir charactr shts. If th ivstigatrs d maag t scap i a lifbat, th Kpr may wish t d thigs with a shrt ad brutal pilgu. Prhaps all sms wll util smthig ca b hard kckig th fibrglass shll f th capsul ad black shap is spid thrugh a prthl. Suddly, th capsul is pulld bath th wavs ad dw it th sa, clutchd i th myriad psudpds f a grup f frmlss spaw itt takig this hard skid trat with a flshy isid dw t th dpths f N kai fr a spcial fast. Rwards If yu ar usig Mhl i a gig campaig, survivig ivstigatrs may rciv th fllwig rwards: Stppig th drillig ad prvtig th vlcaic xplsi +1D10 Saity pits. Escapig but th platfrm is dstryd +1D6 Saity pits. Fr ach primrdial killd +1 Saity pit (t a maximum f 5). Fr ach frmlss spaw killd +1D8 Saity pits (t a maximum f 8). APPENDIX: MOHOLE NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS AND MONSTERS Ky NPCs ar giv thir w prfil, whras NPCs fulfillig th sam r rlatd rls ar gathrd tgthr i a gric prfil. Dr. Sim Ryltt, prjct lad STR 40 CON 55 SIZ 45 DEX 60 INT 90 APP 35 POW 35 EDU 93 SAN 00 HP 10 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 6 MP: 9 Cmbat Brawl 40% (20/8), damag 1D3 Hadgu 25% (12/5), damag 1D8 Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Art/Craft (Actig) 45%, Itimidat 60%, Jump 45%, List 45%, Mchaical Rpair 60%, Natural Wrld 60%, Oprat Havy Machiry 40%, Prsuad 55%, Psychlgy 60%, Scic (Chmistry) 60%, (Egirig) 95%, (Glgy) 70%, (Physics) 70%, Spt Hidd 35%, Stalth 50%, Thrw 35%. Brai Wip: targt is uabl t rcall thir last 24 r 36 hurs. Csts 6 magic pits t wip 24 hurs wrth f mmry, r 10 pits fr 36 hurs. Ryltt must b spakig t th targt ad b i cls prximity. Th targt may rsist with a ppsd POW rll but, v if succssful, ds t rcall th attmpt. Taks 2 ruds t cmplt ad if Ryltt is itrruptd h must mak a succssful POW rll t maitai cctrati. 137

139 s h t i g d p s Agi Yusf, pratis tam ladr STR 55 CON 70 SIZ 50 DEX 45 INT 55 APP 50 POW 80 EDU 60 SAN 45 HP 12 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 6 MP: 16 Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Accutig 45%, Charm 60%, Climb 35%, Fast Talk 45%, First Aid 55%, List 65%, Natural Wrld 35%, Prsuad 50%, Psychlgy 65%, Spt Hidd 35%, Stalth 40%, Swim 50%, Thrw 30%. Pirs Gldma, cmpay ma STR 40 CON 50 SIZ 45 DEX 50 INT 75 APP 45 POW 65 EDU 65 SAN 65 HP 9 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 7 MP: 13 Cmbat Brawl 25% (12/5), damag 1D3 Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Accutig 80%, Charm 45%, Climb 25%, Fast Talk 50%, First Aid 35%, Jump 40%, Law 40%, List 60%, Prsuad 30%, Psychlgy 30%, Spt Hidd 30%, Stalth 50%, Swim 30%, Thrw 30%. Jrry Scrivs, ffshr pratis gir STR 85 CON 75 SIZ 55 DEX 60 INT 80 APP 60 POW 60 EDU 80 SAN 60 HP 13 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 8 MP: 9 Cmbat Brawl 60% (30/13), damag 1D3+1D4 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Charm 40%, Climb 45%, Cmputr Us 35%, Dmlitis 30%, Elctrical Rpair 60%, First Aid 35%, Jump 40%, Law 25%, List 35%, Lcksmith 40%, Prsuad 40%, Psychlgy 45%, Scic (Egirig) 70%, (Glgy) 50%, (Mathmatics) 60%, Mchaical Rpair 50%, Spt Hidd 50%, Stalth 30%, Swim 40%, Thrw 45%. CHAPTER FOUR Dr. Rachl Kt, uclar pratis gir STR 50 CON 80 SIZ 35 DEX 70 INT 85 APP 40 POW 70 EDU 90 SAN 70 HP 11 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 14 Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Climb 25%, Elctrics 55%, Itimidat 40%, Jump 45%, Law 40%, List 60%, Mchaical Rpair 60%, Prsuad 50%, Psychlgy 30%, Scic (Chmistry) 70%, (Egirig) 60%, (Physics) 80%, Spt Hidd 40%, Stalth 40%, Swim 40%. Michl Mich Tys, pratis crdiatr STR 65 CON 70 SIZ 50 DEX 55 INT 80 APP 50 POW 45 EDU 60 SAN 45 HP 12 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 9 Cmbat Brawl 45% (22/9), damag 1D3 Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Accutig 50%, Charm 60%, Climb 40%, Cmputr Us 25%, Divig 30%, Fast Talk 30%, First Aid 50%, Jump 40%, Law 20%, List 50%, Prsuad 50%, Pilt (Bat) 25%, Psychlgy 40%, Spt Hidd 30%, Stalth 30%, Swim 60%, Thrw 45%. Ty Pars, paramdic STR 80 CON 60 SIZ 50 DEX 80 INT 60 APP 55 POW 55 EDU 75 SAN 55 HP 11 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 9 MP: 11 Cmbat Brawl 50% (25/10), damag 1D3 Ddg 60% (30/12) Skills Charm 70%, Climb 60%, Fast Talk 60%, First Aid 80%, Itimidat 45%, Jump 45%, List 40%, Mdici 45%, Prsuad 40%, Psychlgy 50%, Spt Hidd 50%, Scic (Bilgy) 40%, Stalth 60%, Swim 55%, Thrw 60%. Tga Fildig, strs kpr STR 45 CON 55 SIZ 60 DEX 65 INT 60 APP 80 POW 45 EDU 55 SAN 45 HP 12 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 9 138

140 MOHOLE Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Accutig 55%, Art/Craft (Hairdrssr) 65%, Charm 50%, Climb 30%, Fast Talk 60%, Jump 30%, List 50%, Occult 30%, Psychlgy 35%, Rad Lips 30%, Spt Hidd 45%, Stalth 50%, Thrw 25%. Ctrl Rm/Pwr Ctrl Systms Opratrs, ad Radi Opratr Ctrl Rm: Jff Smalls, Lucill Sharky, Fia McCraig, Fibar Drummd. Radi: Gab Macrady. STR 45 CON 55 SIZ 60 DEX 50 INT 75 APP 50 POW 40 EDU 70 SAN 40 HP 13 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 7 MP: 8 Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3 Ddg 25% (12/5) Skills Climb 30%, Cmputr Us 50%, Fast Talk 35%, First Aid 45%, Jump 40%, Library Us 30%, List 40%, Natural Wrld 50%, Prsuad 35%, Psychlgy 35%, Scic (Mathmatics) 45%, (Mtrlgy) 40%, (Physics) 40%, Spt Hidd 60%, Stalth 35%, Swim 30%, Thrw 30%. Prcssig Tchicias Lwis Duffy, Bill Grr, Mitch Lga, Stv Crssy. STR 55 CON 80 SIZ 65 DEX 70 INT 70 APP 45 POW 50 EDU 75 SAN 50 HP 14 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 7 MP: 10 Cmbat Brawl 55% (27/11), damag 1D3 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Charm 45%, Climb 40%, Cmputr Us 60%, Elctrical Rpair 50%, Elctrics 45%, First Aid 30%, List 30%, Prsuad 40%, Psychlgy 30%, Scic (Chmistry) 60%, (Egirig) 70%, (Physics) 60%, Spt Hidd 45%, Stalth 35%, Swim 35%, Thrw 45%. Ractr Ctrl ad Clat Tchicias Ractr: Dis Latch, Crys Js, Ma MacDugal. Clat: Vijay Rza, Tm Marti. STR 35 CON 50 SIZ 50 DEX 70 INT 90 APP 65 POW 50 EDU 85 SAN 50 HP 10 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 10 Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Climb 30%, Cmputr Us 60%, List 35%, Prsuad 30%, Psychlgy 20%, Scic (Chmistry) 60%, (Mathmatics) 60%, (Physics) 70%, Spt Hidd 60%, Stalth 40%, Swim 25%, Thrw 25%. Autmati Systms Spcialist, Maitac Wrkrs, ad Cra Opratr Autmati Systms: Harry Daws. Maitac: Harry Slcum, Billy Watrs. Cra: Richard Cppr. STR 65 CON 80 SIZ 60 DEX 60 INT 65 APP 40 POW 60 EDU 60 SAN 60 HP 14 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 8 MP: 12 Cmbat Brawl 60% (30/12), damag 1D3 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Charm 50%, Elctrical Rpair 80%, Fast Talk 60%, First Aid 25%, List 45%, Mchaical Rpair 80%, Lcksmith 60%, Oprat Havy Machiry 70%, Psychlgy 30%, Scic (Egirig) 50%, Slight f Had 60%, Spt Hidd 50%, Stalth 50%, Swim 30%, Thrw 55%. Catrig Crw Patrick Murphy ad Samus O Clar STR 45 CON 40 SIZ 60 DEX 75 INT 70 APP 50 POW 70 EDU 60 SAN 70 HP 10 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP:

141 s h t i g d p s Cmbat Brawl 45% (22/9), damag 1D3 Ddg 45% (22/9) Skills Accutig 40%, Art/Craft (Ckig) 80%, Charm 70%, Climb 40%, Elctrical Rpair 25%, Fast Talk 50%, First Aid 35%, List 25%, Occult 30%, Psychlgy 40%, Slight f Had 45%, Spt Hidd 30%, Stalth 30%, Swim 40%, Thrw 50%. Drill Crw Tam Ladr: Bb MacCrum. Mud gir: Pt Shad. Drrickhads: Ry Bats, Ya Adrss, Barbara Cuk. Rughcks: Flra Macra, Agus McNab, Jim Rid, Dald Stwart, Tyr Clavr, Lil Sctt. STR 90 CON 70 SIZ 80 DEX 70 INT 65 APP 35 POW 50 EDU 55 SAN 50 HP 15 DB: +1D6 Build: 2 Mv: 8 MP: 10 Cmbat Brawl 70% (35/14), damag 1D3+1D6 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Climb 60%, Divig 30%, First Aid 40%, Itimidat 60%, Jump 40%, Mchaical Rpair 55%, Natural Wrld 50%, Oprat Havy Machiry 80%, Psychlgy 40%, Spt Hidd 50%, Stalth 30%, Swim 50%, Thrw 60%. CHAPTER FOUR SECURITY TEAM David Stahl, had f scurity STR 75 CON 60 SIZ 80 DEX 70 INT 90 APP 60 POW 45 EDU 55 SAN 36* HP 15 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 7 MP: 9 *Tsathggua s ifluc causs Stahl t g isa durig th scari. Cmbat Brawl 85% (42/17), damag 1D3+1D4 HK416 rifl 65% (32/13), damag 2D8 Glck 17 pistl 55% (27/11), damag 1D10 Ddg 60% (30/12) Skills Climb 65%, Dmlitis 40%, Divig 35%, First Aid 60%, Itimidat 80%, Jump 50%, Law 40%, List 50%, Mdici 20%, Psychlgy 40%, Spt Hidd 55%, Stalth 65%, Survival 45%, Swim 50%, Thrw 60%. Stahl s M Scti Ladrs: Jack Ds ad Cal Fuchs. Scurity: Nigl Grd, Grg Bigs, Vac Nrris, Lm Strd, Tddy Dyl, Gary Hut, K Lmis, Budd Alvs. STR 70 CON 70 SIZ 80 DEX 65 INT 60 APP 50 POW 50 EDU 60 SAN 50 HP 15 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 7 MP: 10 Cmbat Brawl 70% (35/14), damag 1D3+1D4 HK416 rifl 60% (30/12), damag 2D8 Glck 17 pistl 55% (27/11), damag 1D10 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Climb 50%, Dmlitis 30%, Divig 40%, First Aid 50%, Itimidat 60%, Jump 50%, Law 30%, List 50%, Mchaical Rpair 30%, Oprat Havy Machiry 40%, Psychlgy 45%, Spt Hidd 50%, Stalth 60%, Survival 40%, Swim 50%, Thrw 60%. Primrdial 140

142 MOHOLE MONSTERS Primrdials, shamblig jlly mstrs Trasfrmd by th gr slim f N kai, primrdials ar humas turd it hrrific shamblig jlly mstrsitis. Thir lumius gr ripplig ad wbblig ski is trasluct; thir c-huma iards ad rgas visibl. Whil srvig th will f Tsathggua, primrdials will sk ut hat surcs ad avid cld, which maks thm lthargic ad ca kill thm at vry lw tmpraturs. STR 80 CON 50 SIZ 70 DEX 40 INT 20 APP POW 40 EDU SAN HP 12 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 5 MP: 8 Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 1 (bash r grab) Burig tuch: causs ski t blistr ad iflicts 1D6 bur damag. Gr slim: had-t-had cmbat with primrdials is risky, as xpsur t th gr slim that frms thir ski is likly. At th d f ach rud f ml cmbat ppts i ml shuld attmpt a Luck rll (ulss thy hav tak adquat prcautis) t s if ay f th slim has latchd t thir ski. Grab (mvr): grabs victim; autmatic damag pr rud thraftr. Victim may attmpt ppsd STR r DEX rll t brak r wriggl fr; Luck rll t dtrmi if gr slim has latchd t victim ski. Fightig Grab (mvr) Ddg 40% (20/8), damag 1D6+bur 40% (20/8), autmatic 1D6 bur damag subsqut ruds /a Skills Climb 50%, List 40%, Shambl 80%, Spt Hidd 20%, Rltlss Pursuit 80%. Armr: bullts ad impalig waps iflict miimum damag; blut waps iflict half damag; prlgd xpsur t tmpraturs blw 00 C (32 F) ca ijur ad kill: CO 2 fir xtiguishrs: (fud all arud th platfrm*) a sigl 2kg xtiguishr sprayd pit-blak at a primrdial causs 1D6+1 damagr pr rud fr 3 ruds (a 5kg xtiguishr causs 1D6+1 pr rud fr 7 ruds prbably ugh t kill a idividual). Cld: a frz lg f lamb usd as a club iflicts 1D3+2 damag, whil trappig a primrdial i a frzr will kill it aftr 1D6+1 ruds. Tmpraturs blw 30 C (86 F) mak primrdials lthargic (MOV 3). Armr:. Splls:. Saity lss: 1/1D6 Saity pits t s a primrdial. Frmlss Spaw Black, prta bigs abl t chag shap i a istat, frm tad-lik lumps t lgatd thigs with hudrds f rudimtary lgs. Abl t z thrugh small cracks ad larg thir appdags at will. STR 90 CON 50 SIZ 120 DEX 95 INT 65 APP POW 50 EDU SAN HP 17 DB: +2D6 Build: 3 Mv: 12 MP: 10 Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 2 (limitd t 1 Bit pr rud) Du t thir xtrm fluidity, abl t attack i a wid varity f ways, frmig whips, ttacls, ad thr appdags with which t bludg ad strik thir ppts. Bit: victim is istatly swallwd. Each rud thraftr th victim suffrs 1 damag frm cstricti th damag icrasig by 1 pit pr rud (.g., th scd rud 2 damag, ad s frth). Whil swallwd, th victim may tak acti whatsvr, thugh frids may attmpt t slay th mstr t fr him r hr. May attmpt Bit attack pr rud ad ca ctiu t swallw pry util havig swallwd its w SIZ i pry. Whil digstig a victim, a spaw may ctiu t fight but may t shift lcati withut disgrgig what it has swallwd. Grab (mvr): grabs a ppt usig f its whip lik appdags; rag is always -fifth f th mstr s SIZ i yards. Fightig 60% (30/12), damag 2D6+DB Grab (mvr) 60% (30/12), damag 1D6+DB Ddg 47% (23/9) Armr: immu t all physical waps wuds simply sap clsd aftr big pd. Fir, chmicals, ad thr frcs dal stadard damag. Splls may affct thm. Splls: frmlss spaw hav a 25% chac f kwig 1 spll. Saity lss: 1/1D10 Saity pits t s a frmlss spaw. 141

143 s h t i g d p s JESSICA ANDERSON Ag: 48 Occupati: Scitist (G-Chmistry) ad Tam Ladr STR 55 CON 45 SIZ 65 DEX 60 INT 80 APP 60 POW 75 EDU 90 SAN 75 HP 11 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 6 MP: 15 Luck: 45 Cmbat Brawl 25% (12/15), damag 1D3 Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Climb 20% (10/4) Crdit Ratig 44% (22/9) Firarms (Hadgu) 20% (10/4) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 30% (15/6) Itimidat 65% (32/13) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Lati) 30% (15/6) Laguag (Eglish) 90% (45/18) Library Us 70% (35/14) List 20% (10/4) Mchaical Rpair 10% (5/2) Natural Wrld 70% (35/14) Prsuad 40% (20/8) Psychlgy 20% (10/4) Scic (Chmistry) 70% (35/14) Scic (Glgy) 80% (40/16) Scic (Mathmatics) 60% (30/12) Spt Hidd 65% (32/13) Stalth 20% (10/4) Swim 20% (10/4) Thrw 20% (10/4) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. CHAPTER FOUR Backstry Prjct Nrgal is a xprimtal drill, dsigd t ptrat th Earth s crust, basd a frmr il platfrm i th Nrth Sa. Th scp f th prjct icluds th cllcti ad rfimt f a w rgy surc, amd Rlt gas aftr its discvrr Dr. Sim Ryltt, wh als happs t b th prjct s ladr. Th prjct has xpadd astrmically. It w basts xtsiv gvrmt fudig ad backig frm Grald Wistp, Scrtary f Stat fr Busiss, Ergy, ad Idustrial Stratgy. Dr. Ryltt has istalld a uclar ractr t pwr th drill t prviusly-ukw dpths. Th prjct s xcutiv dirctr is Pirs Gldma, a civil srvat, wh hadls lgistics ad -scitific ccrs. Yu ad a tam f xprts hav b st t th Dvil s Hl Platfrm t audit th prjct ad dtrmi if it is: valu fr my, saf, ad likly t succd i its missi. Yur rprt is xpctd t ithr cls dw th prjct r sstially gr light furthr ivstmt. Yu ar t b giv accss t all parts f th platfrm withut qusti. Dscripti: slim, grayig hair, agular fac, with a str cutac. Traits: iquisitiv, bssy. Idlgy/Blif: scic hralds a limitlss futur but must b kpt fr f plitical itrfrc. Extral Auditrs Yu, scitist (g-chmistry) ad tam ladr Phillip Swa, scitist (uclar physicist) Trry Duglas, cagraphr Trisha Hicky, prsl csultat Victr Ma, systms ad prcssig gir Claric Williams, Mmbr f Parliamt 142

144 MOHOLE PHILLIP SWANN Ag: 52 Occupati: Scitist (Nuclar Physicist) STR 50 CON 70 SIZ 65 DEX 65 INT 75 APP 55 POW 60 EDU 85 SAN 60 HP 13 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 6 MP: 12 Luck: 50 Cmbat Brawl 25% (12/15), damag 1D3 Ddg 32% (16/6) Skills Charm 45 (22/9) Climb 30% (15/6) Cmputr Us 45% (22/9) Crdit Ratig 40% (20/8) Elctrical Rpair 30% (15/6) Firarms (Hadgu) 20% (10/4) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 30% (15/6) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Lati) 20% (10/4) Laguag (Eglish) 85% (42/17) Library Us 40% (20/8) List 25% (12/5) Mchaical Rpair 30% (15/6) Natural Wrld 30% (15/6) Prsuad 40% (20/8) Psychlgy 15% (7/3) Scic (Egirig) 50% (25/10) Scic (Mathmatics) 60% (30/12) Scic (Physics) 70% (35/14) Spt Hidd 60% (30/12) Stalth 40% (20/8) Swim 20% (10/4) Thrw 20% (10/4) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Prjct Nrgal is a xprimtal drill, dsigd t ptrat th Earth s crust, basd a frmr il platfrm i th Nrth Sa. Th scp f th prjct icluds th cllcti ad rfimt f a w rgy surc, amd Rlt gas aftr its discvrr Dr. Sim Ryltt, wh als happs t b th prjct s ladr. Th prjct has xpadd astrmically. It w basts xtsiv gvrmt fudig ad backig frm Grald Wistp, Scrtary f Stat fr Busiss, Ergy, ad Idustrial Stratgy. Dr. Ryltt has istalld a uclar ractr t pwr th drill t prviusly-ukw dpths. Th prjct s xcutiv dirctr is Pirs Gldma, a civil srvat, wh hadls lgistics ad -scitific ccrs. Yu ad a tam f xprts hav b st t th Dvil s Hl Platfrm t audit th prjct ad dtrmi if it is: valu fr my, saf, ad likly t succd i its missi. Yur rprt is xpctd t ithr cls dw th prjct r sstially gr light furthr ivstmt. Yu ar t b giv accss t all parts f th platfrm withut qusti. Dscripti: slim muscular physiqu, grayig hair, ad spctacls. Traits: advturus, grgarius. Idlgy/Blif: scic has th aswrs t all f makid s prblms. Extral Auditrs Yu, uclar physicist Jssica Adrs, scitist (g-chmistry) ad tam ladr Trry Duglas, cagraphr Trisha Hicky, prsl csultat Victr Ma, systms ad prcssig gir Claric Williams, Mmbr f Parliamt 143

145 s h t i g d p s TERRY DOUGLAS Ag: 45 Occupati: Ocagraphr STR 65 CON 60 SIZ 70 DEX 60 INT 70 APP 50 POW 60 EDU 80 SAN 60 HP 13 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 6 MP: 12 Luck: 55 Cmbat Brawl 25% (12/15), damag 1D3+DB Ddg 32% (16/6) Skills Climb 40% (20/8) Cmputr Us 15% (7/3) Crdit Ratig 35% (17/7) Divig 40% (20/8) Fast Talk 35% (17/7) Firarms (Hadgu) 20% (10/4) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 30% (15/6) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Eglish) 80% (40/16) Library Us 30% (16/6) List 25% (12/5) Natural Wrld 70% (35/14) Psychlgy 15% (7/3) Scic (Bilgy) 70% (35/14) Scic (Btay) 60% (30/12) Scic (Chmistry) 60% (30/12) Spt Hidd 45% (22/9) Stalth 40% (20/8) Swim 50% (25/10) Thrw 20% (10/4) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. CHAPTER FOUR Backstry Prjct Nrgal is a xprimtal drill, dsigd t ptrat th Earth s crust, basd a frmr il platfrm i th Nrth Sa. Th scp f th prjct icluds th cllcti ad rfimt f a w rgy surc, amd Rlt gas aftr its discvrr Dr. Sim Ryltt, wh als happs t b th prjct s ladr. Th prjct has xpadd astrmically. It w basts xtsiv gvrmt fudig ad backig frm Grald Wistp, Scrtary f Stat fr Busiss, Ergy, ad Idustrial Stratgy. Dr. Ryltt has istalld a uclar ractr t pwr th drill t prviusly-ukw dpths. Th prjct s xcutiv dirctr is Pirs Gldma, a civil srvat, wh hadls lgistics ad -scitific ccrs. Yu ad a tam f xprts hav b st t th Dvil s Hl Platfrm t audit th prjct ad dtrmi if it is: valu fr my, saf, ad likly t succd i its missi. Yur rprt is xpctd t ithr cls dw th prjct r sstially gr light furthr ivstmt. Yu ar t b giv accss t all parts f th platfrm withut qusti. Dscripti: stcky ad brad chstd, shrt cut hair, rud fac. Traits: risk takr, chrful. Idlgy/Blif: makid has b thig but bad ws fr th plat. Extral Auditrs: Yu, cagraphr Jssica Adrs, scitist (g-chmistry) ad tam ladr Phillip Swa, uclar physicist Trisha Hicky, prsl csultat Victr Ma, systms ad prcssig gir Claric Williams, Mmbr f Parliamt 144

146 MOHOLE TRISHA HICKEY Ag: 42 Occupati: Prsl Csultat STR 65 CON 70 SIZ 55 DEX 60 INT 80 APP 65 POW 50 EDU 70 SAN 50 HP 12 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 7 MP: 10 Luck: 60 Brawl 45% (22/9), damag 1D3 Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Accutig 25% (12/5) Charm 50% (25/10) Climb 30% (15/6) Crdit Ratig 45% (22/9) Fast Talk 40% (20/8) Firarms (Hadgu) 20% (10/4) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 50% (25/10) Itimidat 50% (25/10) Jump 30% (15/6) Laguag (Eglish) 70% (35/14) Laguag (Dutch) 20% (10/4) Law 35% (17/7) Library Us 40% (20/8) List 50% (25/10) Psychlgy 60% (30/12) Spt Hidd 60% (30/12) Stalth 50% (25/10) Swim 30% (15/6) Thrw 30% (15/6) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Prjct Nrgal is a xprimtal drill, dsigd t ptrat th Earth s crust, basd a frmr il platfrm i th Nrth Sa. Th scp f th prjct icluds th cllcti ad rfimt f a w rgy surc, amd Rlt gas aftr its discvrr Dr. Sim Ryltt, wh als happs t b th prjct s ladr. Th prjct has xpadd astrmically. It w basts xtsiv gvrmt fudig ad backig frm Grald Wistp, Scrtary f Stat fr Busiss, Ergy, ad Idustrial Stratgy. Dr. Ryltt has istalld a uclar ractr t pwr th drill t prviusly-ukw dpths. Th prjct s xcutiv dirctr is Pirs Gldma, a civil srvat, wh hadls lgistics ad -scitific ccrs. Yu ad a tam f xprts hav b st t th Dvil s Hl Platfrm t audit th prjct ad dtrmi if it is: valu fr my, saf, ad likly t succd i its missi. Yur rprt is xpctd t ithr cls dw th prjct r sstially gr light furthr ivstmt. Yu ar t b giv accss t all parts f th platfrm withut qusti. Dscripti: avrag hight, smart busiss suit, ad dark hair i a bb. Traits: dmirig, tul visi. Idlgy/Blif: vry has scrts that ca b usd t gt what yu wat. Extral Auditrs: Yu, prsl csultat Jssica Adrs, scitist (g-chmistry) ad tam ladr Phillip Swa, uclar physicist Trry Duglas, cagraphr Victr Ma, systms ad prcssig gir Claric Williams, Mmbr f Parliamt 145

147 s h t i g d p s VICTOR MANN Ag: 49 Occupati: Systms ad Prcssig Egir STR 80 CON 70 SIZ 65 DEX 50 INT 70 APP 55 POW 55 EDU 85 SAN 55 HP 13 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 6 MP: 11 Luck: 55 Cmbat Brawl 55% (27/11), damag 1D3+DB Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Charm 15% (7/3) Climb 20% (10/4) Crdit Ratig 40% (20/8) Elctrical Rpair 65% (32/13) Elctrics 40% (20/8) Firarms (Hadgu) 45% (22/9) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 45% (22/9) First Aid 30% (15/6) Itimidat 15% (7/3) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Eglish) 85% (42/17) Law 30% (15/6) Library Us 40% (20/8) List 20% (10/4) Mchaical Rpair 75% (37/15) Oprat Havy Machiry 40% (20/8) Prsuad 25% (12/5) Psychlgy 10% (5/2) Scic (Egirig) 70% (35/14) Scic (Mathmatics) 55% (27/11) Spt Hidd 25% (12/5) Stalth 20% (10/4) Swim 30% (15/6) Thrw 20% (10/4) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. CHAPTER FOUR Backstry Prjct Nrgal is a xprimtal drill, dsigd t ptrat th Earth s crust, basd a frmr il platfrm i th Nrth Sa. Th scp f th prjct icluds th cllcti ad rfimt f a w rgy surc, amd Rlt gas aftr its discvrr Dr. Sim Ryltt, wh als happs t b th prjct s ladr. Th prjct has xpadd astrmically. It w basts xtsiv gvrmt fudig ad backig frm Grald Wistp, Scrtary f Stat fr Busiss, Ergy, ad Idustrial Stratgy. Dr. Ryltt has istalld a uclar ractr t pwr th drill t prviusly-ukw dpths. Th prjct s xcutiv dirctr is Pirs Gldma, a civil srvat, wh hadls lgistics ad -scitific ccrs. Yu ad a tam f xprts hav b st t th Dvil s Hl Platfrm t audit th prjct ad dtrmi if it is: valu fr my, saf, ad likly t succd i its missi. Yur rprt is xpctd t ithr cls dw th prjct r sstially gr light furthr ivstmt. Yu ar t b giv accss t all parts f th platfrm withut qusti. Dscripti: shrt ad a littl vrwight, brad shuldrs, hair i a crw cut. Traits: asy gig, bit f a cmdia. Idlgy/Blif: hats ijustic ad bullis. Extral Auditrs: Yu, systms ad prcssig gir Jssica Adrs, scitist (g-chmistry) ad tam ladr Phillip Swa, uclar physicist Trry Duglas, cagraphr Trisha Hicky, prsl csultat Claric Williams, Mmbr f Parliamt 146

148 MOHOLE CLARICE WILLIAMS Ag: 36 Occupati: Mmbr f Parliamt STR 80 CON 65 SIZ 45 DEX 80 INT 65 APP 70 POW 50 EDU 60 SAN 50 HP 11 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 8 MP: 10 Luck: 60 Cmbat Brawl 35% (17/7), damag 1D3+DB Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Charm 55% (27/11) Climb 40% (20/8) Crdit Ratig 40% (20/8) Fast Talk 50% (25/10) Firarms (Hadgu) 20% (10/4) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) First Aid 40% (20/8) Histry 25% (12/5) Itimidat 40% (20/8) Jump 40% (20/8) Laguag (Eglish) 60% (30/12) Law 15% (7/3) Library Us 40% (20/8) List 40% (20/8) Prsuad 30% (15/6) Psychlgy 45% (22/9) Slight f Had 40% (20/8) Spt Hidd 40% (20/8) Stalth 40% (20/8) Swim 30% (15/6) Thrw 20% (10/4) Bus: allcat 30 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Prjct Nrgal is a xprimtal drill, dsigd t ptrat th Earth s crust, basd a frmr il platfrm i th Nrth Sa. Th scp f th prjct icluds th cllcti ad rfimt f a w rgy surc, amd Rlt gas aftr its discvrr Dr. Sim Ryltt, wh als happs t b th prjct s ladr. Th prjct has xpadd astrmically. It w basts xtsiv gvrmt fudig ad backig frm Grald Wistp, Scrtary f Stat fr Busiss, Ergy, ad Idustrial Stratgy. Dr. Ryltt has istalld a uclar ractr t pwr th drill t prviusly-ukw dpths. Th prjct s xcutiv dirctr is Pirs Gldma, a civil srvat, wh hadls lgistics ad -scitific ccrs. Yu ad a tam f xprts hav b st t th Dvil s Hl Platfrm t audit th prjct ad dtrmi if it is: valu fr my, saf, ad likly t succd i its missi. Yur rprt is xpctd t ithr cls dw th prjct r sstially gr light furthr ivstmt. Yu ar t b giv accss t all parts f th platfrm withut qusti. Dscripti: dimiutiv yt athltic, prmit s, lg bld hair. Traits: prtds t udrstad thigs v wh sh ds t, cuig. Idlgy/Blif: fid th agl t imprv yur psiti ad stadig. Extral Auditrs Tam: Yu, Mmbr f Parliamt Jssica Adrs, scitist (g-chmistry) ad tam ladr Phillip Swa, uclar physicist Victr Ma, systms ad prcssig gir Trry Duglas, cagraphr Trisha Hicky, prsl csultat 147

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150 CHAPTER 5 VOICE OVER THE PHONE A tal f tw brthrs st i th vilt wrld f gag cultur. Vic th Ph is a mdr day scari accmmdatig tw t six playrs ad ca b playd i a sigl vig r acrss tw t thr sssis. Th ivstigatrs ar mmbrs f a strt gag itt fightig ff th advacs f a ruthlss rival fratrity. Th plic sm at a lss t cmbat th scalatig vilc ad it is up t th ivstigatrs t put a d t th upstart gag ad d thir rig f trrr. FOREWORD Gags ad rgaizd crim hav b part f Amrica urba cultur sic th mid-19 th ctury. Its ctiud xistc tday is surpris. Dallas is t particularly a htbd f gag trubl, cmpard t thr larg citis i Amrica; it ds xist, just t a lssr xtt. Of curs, if gag vilc was pwrd ad dirctd by th frc f th ali hrrrs that dwll bhid th vil, it wuld b far wrs. This is what I v psitd i this advtur. Plas t that whil th scari is st i Dallas i th 21 st ctury, almst vry aspct f this advtur (xcpt I supps th cll phs) culd b adaptd t athr city, athr cutry, ad athr tim. Thr wr pwrful gags pratig i th 1920s, ad such rgaizatis ar t uiqu t th Wstr wrld. Asia, i particular, is subjct t this kid f crim. Th udrlyig ida is t just abut gags; I am itrstd i applyig th acit lgd f Baphmt ad t a scitific/cult purps. Th ld tals said that Baphmt was th svrd had f th Grad Tmplar, wh gav wisdm ad istructi t his kights. I C. S. Lwis s tal That Hidus Strgth, a svrd, raimatd had ruls a scrt cabal f scitists. This is athr riff that ccpt ad smthig f a hmag if yu will. Sady Ptrs 2017 ABOUT THE SETTING Sady usually sts this scari i Dallas, a ara familiar t him, mially i th suthastr prti f th city kw as Plasat Grv. Kprs ar advisd t rlcatd Vic th Ph t a larg city f thir w acquaitac chagig aspcts f th scari s NPCs ad lcatis as cssary as this will brig vrisimilitud t thir prtrayal f th sttig. Nw Yrk City, Ls Agls, Ld, Paris, Mscw ay big city whr gag cultur ca b fud. Th lcatis dscribd i Vic th Ph ar fictial, allwig th Kpr t lcat buildigs ad vts as thy s fit. Th fcus f th scari is th ppl ad vts; dirct th flw f th scari i rsps t th playrs ad d t wrry abut prcisly dscribig ggraphical distacs r dtails. Prst th scari as a squc f vts, rathr tha a miut-by-miut accut f ach stp th ivstigatrs tak. Rprstati f Gags As th Kpr may st this scari i ay city f thir chic, th gags dscribd ar fictial, with fictial ams. Fl fr t ram ad mdl th gags ral-lif fratritis, if s dsird. Of curs, usig fictializd vrsis mas that th playrs will t b abl t brig prir kwldg t bar, ad surs a ss f mystry. Th gags i Vic th Ph ar maily Lati ad Hispaic. Nithr trm rfrs t rac, as a prs f Lati/ Hispaic thicity ca b f ay rac. Th Kpr shuld bar this i mid i thir prtrayal f th varius gags ad thir mmbrs, ad shuld, bviusly, chag th prtrayal wh mvig th scari t athr lcati. It shuld b td that Lati ad Hispaic ar t always favrd trms, with may ppl prfrrig t b idtifid by thir cutry f rigi rathr tha by a labl dsigatd by th US gvrmt. N ffs is itdd by th authrs. Th Hads f SE14 by Victr Maul Lza Mr 149

151 s h t i g d p s BACKGROUND As yugstrs, Dig Lpz ad his yugr brthr Jua wr cls. Whil Dig had th strt smarts, Jua was mr acadmically midd ad his parts pushd him t mak smthig f his lif away frm th strts ad gags f Dallas. Of curs, Jua just watd t b lik his brthr. Bth bys smd dstid fr a gag lifstyl; hwvr, Jua s lif was t tak a diffrt tur. Dig had rctly lft schl fr gd, wlcmd it th arms f a lcal gag calld SE13 (much t his part s disgust). Jua watd t fllw his brthr but a uxpctd cvrsati durig a schl carrs fair mad Jua rcsidr his lif. Durig th vt, a wll-drssd ma amd Cchi S. Waghaltr apprachd Jua. Smthig abut Waghaltr s ys ad vic mad th imprssiabl yuth tak t. Waghaltr talkd with lquc abut th marvls f mdici ad tchlgy ad hw a by, with a bright had his shuldrs culd mak smthig f his lif if h pursud a carr as a dctr ad that Jua was xactly th typ f prs that th fudati Waghaltr rprstd was lkig fr. If Jua agrd, Waghaltr wuld rll him i a xclusiv schlarship prgram that wuld pay fr him t bcm a dctr. Sur ugh, a fw days latr, t his part s dlight, Jua rcivd a lttr sayig th Waghaltr Fudati had accptd him it thir spcial Mids f th Futur prgram. Whil Dig s ivlvmt with SE13 dpd, Jua studid ad h vtually tk a plac at th Miskatic Uivrsity Mdical Schl i Arkham hlpfully arragd ad paid fr by th Waghaltr Fudati. O attaiig his qualificatis, Jua rturd hm t Dallas t wrk i mrgcy car. By th tim Jua rturd t Dallas, Dig was a highrakig mmbr f SE13. Dspit th distac f bth ggraphy ad lifstyls, th brthrs had rmaid cls. Dig tld his gag cmrads that his brthr s mdical traiig culd always b cutd t hlp ad, vr tim, Jua was calld up t patch up SE13 gag mmbrs wh had b th rcivig d f gusht ad kif attacks i th curs f rival gag disputs. Thus, i th shrt spac f a yar, Jua, whil t tchically a mmbr f SE13, was a cls ally, wh culd ft b fud scializig with his brthr ad SE13 gag mmbrs. Dspit th brthrs cls rlatiship, Dig was uawar f Jua s privat ara f study, which h bga whil livig ad studyig i Arkham. Udr th dircti f Waghaltr, Jua bga xprimtig with tchlgy t sustai lif. Usig urthdx tchiqus, Jua has prfctd a mas t kp aimal hads aliv by hkig thm up t a spcial gr fluid. Th fluid s crati, which Jua calls líquid vrd (litrally, gr fluid) was basd th rsarch f a arly twtith-ctury physicia amd Dr. H. Wst, whs littl-kw rsarch was passd t Jua by Waghaltr whil at Miskatic Uivrsity. CHAPTER FIVE COCHIN S. WAGHALTER Cchi S. Waghaltr is thr tha (ad a aagram f ) Th Crawlig Chas Nyarlathtp whs ifluc up Jua s lif is th triggr fr th vts f this scari. Nyarlathtp s rl is purly psitid i th backgrud vts ladig t th currt situati ad, as such, th Outr Gd plays activ rl i Vic th Ph, ulss th Kpr wishs thrwis. Prhaps th Waghaltr Fudati has rcruitd childr acrss th wrld, ach dstid t b uwittigly lurd it aras f strag ad urthdx rsarch with hrrific rsults. Whil utsid th scp f this scari, th Kpr may dsir t us th vts f Vic th Ph t lauch a campaig whr th ivstigatrs paths crss agai with ths chs f Nyarlathtp. Whthr ths ar islatd situatis with a cmm backstry r disparat parts f a gradr pla that may vtually cm t sm awful fruiti, is lft t th Kpr t dcid. RECENT HISTORY Dig Lpz a.k.a. Vipr ad his gag hav, fr sm tim, b uhappy with th rlatiship thy hav with th widr SE13 gag. Thigs cam t a had wh a grup f SE13s frm a ighbrig patch paid Vipr s crw a visit t tll him that his lyalty was big qustid. Wrd had rachd SE13 s tp dg, a fllw calld Lg Hr, that Vipr s brthr Jua had b s hagig ut with th crw umrus ccasis. Lg Hr was t happy that a utsidr culd b privy t gag scrts ad had st his m t war Vipr that h must prv his hart (gag lyalty) ad svr his ccti t his siblig gag brthrhd big strgr tha bld. Vipr was ffdd, h csidrd Jua t b a gag mmbr i all but am, ad h ad his crw pd fir Lg Hr s m, killig thm all. Thus, Vipr s crw brk away frm th largr SE13 gag ad frmd SE14, dclarig idpdc. Wh Lg Hr hard th ws, h dclard war SE14 ad was itt rtributi. Shrtly thraftr, abut a mth ag, Vipr was ambushd ad attackd ad lft fr dad Lg Hr had watd his had but th ambushrs had b prvtd frm fiishig this fial act wh a plic patrl car happd t cm up th grisly sc. Dspit 150

152 VOICE ON THE PHONE th bld lss frm a multitud f macht ad kif wuds, Vipr hug t lif ad, by chac, his brthr Jua was th attdig physicia. Tryig vrythig h culd, Jua wrkd fvrishly t kp his brthr aliv but kw it was a lsig battl. H had but rcurs, rmv Dig frm th hspital ad tak him t his scrt labratry whr h culd rmv his brthr s had ad ijct it full f líquid vrd. Th prcss had wrkd with th hads f rats, cats, ad dgs, ad it was bttr tha lsig his brthr frvr. Th thr mmbrs f SE14 wr surprisd (ad prhaps a littl hrrifid) t discvr thir ladr was t dad but, istad, a livig ad talkig had hkd up t budls f wirs ad lctrics. Vipr s had spk t his gag ad tld thm t t t wrry, his brthr Jua was abl t prfrm miracls ad, with his assistac, SE14 wuld t ly surviv, it wuld bcm strgr. Prst Day Lg Hr ad SE13 ar still guig fr th lusiv Vipr ad mmbrs f SE14 but, dspit bst ffrts, hav b uabl t track th brakaway gag dw r, wh thy hav, thy hav b utgud ad utmauvrd at vry tur. Lg Hr blivs h must hav a traitr withi SE13, sm wh is ifrmig SE14 f thir plas, allwig Vipr ad his crw t stay stp ahad. Currtly, SE13 is i a stat f turmil as a itral witch-hut taks plac t ucvr th suppsd traitr i thir raks. I th matim, tru t Vipr s wrds, SE14 has g frm strgth t strgth, pullig ff crims ad xpadig thir bas f pratis. Thy hav bgu musclig i rival gags trritris, icludig th turf f Diabls Chics ( Dvil s Bys ) ad Rys Calljrs ( Strt Kigs ) i th Plasat Hills ara f th suburb f Balch Sprigs. Rys Calljrs s ladr, Pig P, wt t fid Vipr i a ffrt t calm th situati ad gtiat trms t shar ut th patch. Ufrtuatly, Pig P vr rturd. Th plic ar at a lss. Dtctig th shiftig bas f pwr, uits hav b st it Plasat Grv t arrst SE14 s ladr ad its mmbrs but vry prati has b a dismal failur. Vipr s SE14s sm t b stp ahad, ladig ths i authrity t qusti if Vipr has a ml th frc. Thus, th plic ar dubly trubld ad chasig thir cllctiv tails; capturig Vipr is prvig xtrmly difficult, ad thr s a itral witch-hut t rt ut th ml. Th situati th strts is ts. SE14 s ris sms ustppabl dspit th attmpts f rival gags ad law frcmt t cls Vipr s gag dw. Th bldy strts f Plasat Grv sm likly t ly gt bldir. What is Rally Happig Dr. Jua Lpz, usig his vrsi f Hrbrt Wst s raimati fluid (s H.P. Lvcraft s stry Hrbrt Wst Raimatr ) ad stl mdical quipmt (frm th hspital h wrks at) has giv lif t his brthr Dig s dcapitatd had. Driv by this succss, Dr. Lpz has maagd t als raimat th hads f tw thr gag mmbrs, kw as Rd Ht ad Ovr Easy, wh ra ful f a rtributi attack mad by Lg Hr s SE13s. Th thr hads ar kpt i Dr. Lpz s scrt labratry i a warhus i Plasat Grv. Th warhus is rtd t a Dr. J. Lpz, ad w has bcm th d fact hadquartrs f SE14 (s Th Warhus, pag 167). Dig/Vipr s had flats i a cylidrical tak rstig a tabl, whil th taks hldig th thr tw hads stad wd crats. Th thr hads ar psitid i such a mar as t b a mckry f th thr crsss Glgtha. Th hads ar cctd by a wild varity f wirs ad pips t cmplicatd-lkig mdical quipmt. Dr. Lpz lks aftr th hads but, as this is a tim-csumig thig ad with him havig t lav t attd t his day jb at th hspital, h has had SE14 gag mmbrs kidap tw urss t act as (smwhat rluctat) assistats. Th urss, Jtt Williams ad Mía Trrs, ar TIMELINE 6 wks ag: Lg Hr qustis Vipr s lyalty. Vipr dclars idpdc frm SE13 ad frms SE14. 5 wks ag: Vipr ambushd by SE13; Dr. Lpz raimats Vipr s had. 4 wks ag: Rd Ht ad Ovr Easy killd i a ambush; Dr. Lpz raimats thir hads ad builds th Ifral Mchaism. Jtt Williams ad Mía Trrs, urss at th sam hspital as Dr. Lpz ar kidappd t attd t th livig hads. Prst day: Vipr s had allws SE14 t stay ahad f rival gags ad th plic. SE14 carvs ut w trritry frm rival gags ad is abl t als avid plic scrutiy. 151

153 s h t i g d p s kpt prisrs isid th warhus. Sharpi (a.k.a. Rbca Estrada), a fmal gag mmbr, hlps t kp a watch th urss alg with at last tw mal gag mmbrs at all tims. Th Ifral Mchaism Th warhus is a usttlig plac. A rd paitd symbl smthig lik a stylizd y is rpatd i varius sizs arud th walls (s Ey f Nyarlathtp, arby). Whil th flr, a larg hxag has b paitd, isid which is a paitd triagl. Bth th hxag s dgs ad triagl ar dividd it sgmts, ach ctaiig a black paitd glyph. Th had f Vipr sits at th 12 clck pit f th hxag, whil th hads f Rd Ht ad Ovr Easy ach sit i thir w sgmt f th ir triagl (s Th Ifral Mchaism diagram, arby. A Playr vrsi f this diagram Hadut: Vic 1 ca b fud pag 193). Nt that playr haduts dpictig th Ey f Nyarlathtp ad th Ifral Mchaism ar prvidd i th Cllctd Playr Haduts scti at th back f this bk. Thrugh arca kwldg passd t him by his brthr s raimatd had (th kwldg actually cms frm Nyarlathtp, cmmuicatig thrugh Vipr s had), Dr. Lpz has magically mpwrd th bizarr symbls paitd th flr, which glw with ifral light wh activ. Smwhat lik clcks, th sgmts makig up th hxag s dg ach glw wh activ, as d th symbls withi th CHAPTER FIVE triagl. Thus, symbl i th hxag ad symbl i th triagl ar activ at ay tim. Lik a clck, ach sgmt bcms activ i tur. Th hxag had mvs at th rat f c pr hur, th triagl sgmts mv c vry 6 hurs. Wh th hxag sgmt ctaiig Vipr s had (at th tp f th hxag) bcms activ, th th had is abl t impart grat wisdm ad frtll futur vts, ad ds s fr varyig amuts f tim, frm a fw miuts up t a hur. Thus, c vry 6 hurs, Vipr s had bcms activ. Wh th sgmt hldig Rd Ht s had bcms activ, his ys p ad blaz with fir. At this, Dr. Lpz has tld th gag that thy must mak a sacrific t Rd Ht f a huma bdy part; fr xampl, cuttig ff a figr, a ar, r pullig ut a tth. Th bdy part ds t hav t cm frm a gag mmbr uwillig victims ar ft usd but this small sacrific is w part f th gag s iitiati ritual, s w rcruits must ffr smthig f thmslvs i rdr t b accptd it th gag. Th mr imprtat th bdy part (i.. th gratr sacrific), th lgr Rd Ht s ys stay p. Oc, wh th gag cut ff a victim s had, Rd Ht s ys stayd p fr a full fur hurs. Wh th activ sgmt is th ctaiig Ovr Easy s had, th his ys p ad blaz with a mrald glw. Ovr Easy als rquirs a sacrific; i his cas, th sacrific must b a dath. Frtuatly, th dath d t b huma, as ay small aimal will d (pig, cat, r dg ar mst cmm). Th gag Th Ifral Mchaism Map 152

154 VOICE ON THE PHONE has ly sacrificd huma t Ovr Easy ad, that tim, his ys stayd p fr 7 hurs. Wh th mpty third sgmt f th triagl is activ th gag is t rquird t prfrm a sacrific. Dr. Lpz has ward th gag that if th rquird sacrifics ar t mad t th hads f Rd Ht ad Ovr Easy, th grat disastr will bfall th gag ad thy will ls th pwr thy hav gaid. Csqutly, th gag mmbrs d as thy ar tld lst thy icur th wrath f Dr. Lpz ad th hads. Th Pwr f th Hads Ubkw t ay, all thr f th raimatd hads ar actually cduits fr Nyarlathtp, ach pwrd by th Ifral Mchaism. Vipr s had is a muthpic fr th Outr Gd ad, wh activ, th had imparts spcial kwldg f th futur t ths i th warhus. Effctivly, Vipr is abl t prdict vts that will happ i six hurs tim, ablig th gag t b rady fr aythig. Thus, th gag is rady fr plic raids ad rival gag attacks, ad abl t tur th tabls t thir advatag. This is hw th gag has rmaid stp ahad f ffrts t arrst r dstry thm. Nt that if gratr sacrifics ar mad t ithr Rd Ht r Ovr Easy th thir hads rmai activ fr lgr. Shuld bth hads bcm activ at th sam tim, th cmbid magical rgy summs a dimsial shamblr. Th mstr is bud t th will f Vipr (s Shamblr i th Gag, pag 172). If Rd Ht ad Ovr Easy ar activ at th sam tim as Vipr s had activats, a diffrt Myths tity is summd ad bud t Vipr th Kpr shuld dtrmi what mstr appars (this ca b radmly dcidd if dsird). Fr xampl, shuld a huma lg r had b sacrificd t Rd Ht, his had will rmai activ fr 7 hurs thus, Rd Ht s had is activ wh th Ifral Mchaism mvs ad activats th sgmt ctaiig Ovr Easy s had. As bth hads ar activ, a dimsial shamblr appars. If bth hads ar activ ad a suitably pwrful sacrific is mad t Vipr s had as wll, whil Vipr s had is activatd, a diffrt ad mr pwrful mstr is summd (s A Cupl i Lv, pag 173, ad Radm Mstr Summig, pag 173). Vipr has tld th gag that if thy ca prfrm larg ugh sacrifics t hav bth Rd Ht ad Ovr Easy s hads awak at th sam tim, thy will rciv a gift (th dimsial shamblr). S far, th gag has t actually causd th hads t b activ at th sam tim but it is ly a mattr f tim. What this all mas is: at sm pit i th scari, SE14 rcruits a dimsial shamblr t thir tam ad, a littl latr if th Kpr dsirs, th gag has th pttial t rcruit athr v mr trublig mstr. O likly us f th shamblr is t sd it t kill r kidap mmbrs f rival gags, r v plic fficrs assigd t th gag task frc; this furthr upsts ad discmbbulats SE14 s rivals ad surs th gag s ctiud dmiac. As th ivstigatrs gt th ruarud, thir my ly gts strgr. Th Ey f Nyarlathtp 153

155 s h t i g d p s Th Ivstigatrs Dilmma Vipr s had bcms activ vry six hurs ad is abl t alrt th gag t all attmpts t attack, arrst, ambush, r harm its mmbrs, i full dtail. Thus, th ly way t surpris th gag is by plaig ad carryig smthig ut i lss tha 6 hurs, i btw th tims f th had s awakig! Othrwis, th gag will kw xactly what is abut t tak plac ad ca ithr cmpltly avid th ivstigatrs, ambush thm, r crat a rus t cfud r distract thm. Ev if th ivstigatrs act quickly, rmmbr that Vipr ca frtll th futur, s v if h ds t kw xactly what th ivstigatrs ar abut t d, h is prbably awar thy itd t d smthig, s ca frwar th gag by sayig, Thy will act but dtails ar uclar, b rady. T furthr cmplicat mattrs, c Vipr bcms awar f th thrat f th ivstigatrs, h bgis t cmmuicat with thm via a cll ph ( f th gag mmbrs hlds a burr ph up t his had). Vipr ca sud lik ay h chss, prfctly mimickig a vic t dciv ad mislad, as wll as t st traps ad crat pprtuitis. I this fashi, Vipr culd sud lik a cmmadig plic fficr, a rival gag ladr, r v a ivstigatr. Sharp ivstigatrs, wh start t qusti ths strag tlph calls, may bgi t tic that thy ly rciv thm durig a crtai prid ach day Vipr is ly activ c vry 6 hurs; such a clu might hlp thm t latr udrstad th Ifral Mchaism. THE INVESTIGATORS Th scari prsums th ivstigatrs ar all mmbrs f th SE13 gag, sstially subrdiats f Lg Hr, taskd with clsig dw th SE14 splitr gag. Six pr-gratd SE13 ivstigatrs ar prvidd (s pag 180), althugh Kprs may prfr t hav thir playrs crat w charactrs if s dsird. Havig all f th ivstigatrs b gag mmbrs prvids a sharp fcus ad a clar mtivati t track dw ad dal with th rival gag. Such a st up is rcmmdd fr sht play, with gams likly t b acti ritatd ad fast mvig. CHAPTER FIVE f gag-rlatd crim ad vilc. This pti allws fr a ivstigativ apprach, withi th law, which may appal t Kprs wh d t wish fr thir playrs t b lawlss gag typs. Th task frc might iclud csultats, such as x-gag mmbrs r lcal citizs, assistig th plic i thir wrk t cmbat gag rcruitmt ad crim. Pr-gratd charactrs ar t prvidd fr this pti; thus, playrs shuld b dirctd t crat ivstigatrs usig th suggstd titls/ rls giv blw as ispirati. If dsigig plic ivstigatrs (s Sampl Occupatis, pag 41, Call f Cthulhu Rulbk, r pag 81 f th Ivstigatr Hadbk fr Plic Dtctiv ad Uifrmd Officr ccupatis) playrs ar rcmmdd t ivst skill pits i th fllwig: itrprsal skills (Charm, Fast Talk, Itimidat, Prsuad), Firarms (Hadgu) r Fightig (Brawl), ad Psychlgy. Such charactrs hav b wly assigd t a task frc tam with th rmit f rducig vilt ad drug-rlatd crim i th Plasat Grv district. Sm pssibl ams ad rls ar prvidd fr ispirati. Pssibl mmbrs f a plic task frc: Emilia Garcia, Srgat, Plic Dtctiv Julita Cruz, Plic Dtctiv Alxa Lua, Plic Officr (udrcvr xpric) Dyla Cggis, Plic Dtctiv (udrcvr xpric) Frak Williams, Plic Officr Dail Dura, Csultat (x-gag mmbr) Nt that, i ach pti, th ivstigatrs ar part f a rgaizati i th middl f a crisis. Bth th dputy plic chif ad SE13 s Lg Hr bliv a traitr withi thir raks is actig as a ml fr SE14, ablig th gag t stay stp ahad f ffrts t track thm dw. Ths witchhuts may brig uwatd attti th ivstigatrs whthr thy ar plic fficrs r gag mmbrs qustiig th ivstigatrs lyaltis, mthds, ad rsults. Such additial prssur i a alrady prssurizd situati mas that sparks ar likly t fly i all dirctis. Pr-gratd gag ivstigatrs: Ati Jimz a.k.a. Diggr Emili Castill a.k.a. Tac Ela Vga a.k.a. Lucky Lucia Rivra a.k.a. Pricss Tylr Washigt a.k.a. Frsty Gabril Rys a.k.a. Buzzsaw (udrcvr cp) Altrativly, th ivstigatrs culd b mmbrs f a plic task frc, gathrd tgthr t lk it th currt wav Kpr ts: Plic ad gag mmbr ivstigatrs ar immu t Saity lsss frm ruti brutality (ulss a playr wats t spcifically tak th rl f a yug, w rcruit). Sm Saity lsss ar prstd with rducd valus du t this fact. Durig th scari, SE14 attmpts t kidap a pair f lvrs (s A Cupl i Lv, pag 173). Idally, hav r mr f th ivstigatrs rlatd t f th lvrs (prhaps a yugr brthr r sistr) t sur that ths 154

156 VOICE ON THE PHONE family tis hlp t mtivat th playrs ad driv thm twards th scari s climax. Altrativly, if th Kpr wishs t dirctly ivlv i th playrs, tw f th prgratd ivstigatrs ar dscribd as a cupl, prvidig th pti fr thm t b targtd fr abducti. Each f th pr-gratd charactrs is quippd with r mr waps. It is likly that th ivstigatrs will wat t gt thir hads mr firpwr as th scari prgrsss, such as smi-autmatic firarms. Such waps ca b btaid via thir gag cctis withut a grat dal f fuss. Th Kpr shuld avid ucssary bkkpig ad fcus th drama, usig such rqusts t play ut rlatiships btw th playr charactrs ad thr gag mmbrs ( I ll lt yu tak th gu but I wat a favr i rtur ). DRAMATIS PERSONAE Thr ar fiv ky grups f -playr charactrs (NPCs) i th scari: SE14 Vipr s gag SE13 Lg Hr s rival gag Rys Calljrs rival gag Th plic (Optial) Diabls Chics rival gag A vrviw f ach f ths grups fllws, alg with thir ky playrs ad sampl NPCs; statistics fr all ar prvidd startig pag 175. SE14 (A.K.A. SOUTH EAST FOURTEEN) Iitially a splitr gag f SE13, SE14 is w a idpdt gag ld by th raimatd had f Vipr (Dig Lpz), attdd t by his brthr, Dr. Jua Lpz. Currtly, th gag has 37 mmbrs (80/20 mal/fmal) but mr ar jiig ach mth du, i small part, t th d t hav a rady supply f rcruits rady t sacrific parts f thir bdis t th raimatd hads as part f thir gag iitiati. As wrd sprads abut th gag s xplits ad grwig pwr, agr rcruits (sm as yug as t yars ld) ar liig up t ji. Nt cutig th hads f Rd Ht ad Ovr Easy, Vipr has 7 liutats wh ctrl ad maitai rdr i th gag. Each liutat is ttally lyal t SE14, Vipr ad, du t his lif-savig abilitis ad rlatiship t Vipr, Dr. Jua Lpz. Ths wh crss th gag, icludig juir mmbrs wh put a ft wrg, ar disciplid by f th liutats; usually, this mas havig t ffr up a sigificat bdy part (.g. y r had) i a act f sacrificial pac t th hads. SE14 Liutats (7) Gldi Sticks Rapr Littl Escbar Rd Ey Wlf Lizard Th gag s clr is gr (ft a gr ad black scarf tid arud a arm r thrugh a blt lp), ad all f th iitiatd mmbrs sprt tatts f a bat flyig vr r sittig tp f a l star, as wll as SE14 (i usually larg lttrs) thir chsts, backs, arms, r hads. Vipr (Dig Lpz), 28, had f th gag Dspit all th gag mmbrs blivig Vipr t b aliv (albit just a had), th raimatd had is rally thig mr tha a vic pic fr Nyarlathtp. Vipr waks wh th Ifral Machi activats th sgmt i which h sits (c vry 6 hurs), ablig th had t advis abut futur vts, as wll as impart wdrus ifiit wisdm (fr ach 5 miuts that th had spaks f th truth f rality, th listr gais 1 prctil pit f Cthulhu Myths ad lss 1 pit f Saity). Vipr s had is activ fr 6D10 miuts (but may b lgr, as th Kpr dsirs). S Vipr s prfil (pag 175) fr furthr dtails. Th had ca prciv th futur ad impart istructis t th gag t avid cmig thrats, as wll as tak advatag f pprtuitis. Th ly mthd f gatig Vipr s ability is t ccct a pla ad carry it ut immdiatly (bfr th had bcms activ agai); wrkig ut a pla ad th waitig util th xt mrig t carry it ut guarats that Vipr ca war th gag. Vipr, assistd by Sharpi (s fllwig), uss a burr ph t mislad ad hassl th ivstigatrs, usig thm as ca fddr wh rival gags cm callig, grally frustratig thir ffrts, ad sttig thm up i cmprmisig situatis which culd qusti thir lyaltis. S Th Vic th Ph, pag 169 fr furthr ifrmati. Vipr 155

157 s h t i g d p s Dr. Jua Lpz If mvd utsid f th Ifral Mchaism, Vipr s had (ad ay thr als mvd) rmais livig but iactiv (th ys ad muth ccasially mv). It is th Mchaism that actually pwrs th hads ad abls thm t itract with th rst f th gag. Dscripti: suspdd i a tughd plastic tub filld with líquid vrd, th had has umrus cabls ad tubs ruig frm its ck t a sris f mdical machis (stl by Dr. Lpz). Vipr s ys ar usually clsd ad ly p wh h bcms activ, whrup thy ar rvald t b black abysss uttrly dvid f humaity. SE14 is tattd his frhad i black lttrig. Traits: spaks quitly ad cmmads awd rspct frm th gag mmbrs. Rlplayig hks: by icrasig th strgth ad rach f th gag, Vipr is spradig chas ad madss. Ulss th ivstigatrs act with hast, Vipr ca frtll thir actis. Vipr uss a cll ph t mislad ad cmprmis th ivstigatrs. Dr. Jua Dc Lpz, 26, isa physicia Havig b mtrd by Cchi S. Waghaltr (Nyarlathtp) fr may yars, Dr. Lpz is isa. Dspit his madss, a high-fuctiig Dr. Lpz wrks i th Emrgcy Rm f a Parklad Hspital i Dallas, allwig him th pprtuity t stal mdical supplis ad quipmt fr his gig xprimts. Whil his cl ad cllctd dmar fls mst f his c-wrkrs, a fw hav bgu t tic Dr. Lpz s strag marisms a crtai distat lk i his ys, bsssiv bhavir, ad a grwig Gd cmplx. Shuld th ivstigatrs bcm awar f Dr. Lpz ad visit th hspital t itrviw him, h will b uavailabl (havig b pr-ward by Vipr ad mst likly hidig smwhr i th larg hspital cmplx); hwvr, his cllagus may b prsuadd t dscrib Dr. Lpz s strag dmar (s Th Hspital, pag 165). Dr. Lpz has, vr th yars, stl sm vry xpsiv mdical quipmt frm th hspital t assist with his gig xprimts; all f th stl dvics ad sudry mdical tls ca b fud i th scrt labratry i th warhus i Plasat Grv. Mr trublig tha th thft f CHAPTER FIVE quipmt is th kidappig f tw urss, Jtt Williams ad Mía Trrs, wh ar imprisd i th warhus ad hav b itimidatd t cmply with th dctr s rdrs (s Th Nurss, pag 160). Nt that his mastr, Cchi S. Waghaltr, has taught th dctr th Dmiat spll. Th bd f bld with his brthr Dig/Vipr is strg ad Dr. Lpz will d all h ca t prvt lsig his brthr. I his madss, th dctr blivs that h will s b abl t raimat a suitabl bdy, allwig Vipr s had t b attachd, makig him whl agai prhaps f th ivstigatrs with a gd physiqu bcms a prim cadidat i Dr. Lpz s ys. Dscripti: gat bard, dark hair, ad thick-lsd spctacls (which smtims amplify Lpz s wild ys). Traits: Gd cmplx, bsssd with his xprimts ad buildig his brthr a w bdy, ad isa. Rlplayig hks: surs Vipr s will is actd by th gag, patchs up wudd gag mmbrs, ad fulfills Nyarlathtp s wishs. May cutr th ivstigatrs at th hspital i rdr t misdirct thm (frward by Vipr); pssibly sk t kidap a ivstigatr fr thir bdy, which mius th had, culd b raimatd fr Vipr. Gldi (Luis Rubi), 27, SE14 liutat Gldi is a trustd gag mmbr ad rprstativ f all f th SE14 liutats. Havig grw up with Vipr, Gldi has always b a ally, jiig SE13 with Vipr ad th agrig with th dcisi t bcm idpdt; thus, Gldi is a fudig mmbr f SE14. It was Gldi wh Dr. Lpz calld t hlp him rmv Vipr s bdy frm th hspital t th warhus. Disturbd by th dctr s rdr t dcapitat Vipr s had, h grw agry ad was abut t attack Dr. Lpz wh, all f a sudd, his rsrvatis disappard ad h cmplid with th cmmad. Oc th dctr had lwrd Vipr s had it th vat f gr liquid, Gldi udrstd ad saw a miracl tak plac Vipr was aliv ad culd spak. All far ad agr draid away, ad Gldi (alg with th thr gag mmbrs prst) listd as Vipr prcdd t tll him abut hw th gag wuld grw mr pwrful ad hw h culd w divi th futur. Vipr tld Gldi that th miracl was du t his brthr Jua ad that Jua spk fr Vipr i all mattrs. Gldi is ttally lyal t Vipr, Dr. Lpz, ad SE14. Ay dubts hav b thrw asid, as Vipr s kwldg f th futur has prv, tim ad agai, t b ral. Gldi fllws ay rdr giv t him by Vipr r Dr. Lpz withut qusti. Gldi blivs Vipr is a livig miracl, smhw tuchd by Gd; wh his gd cmmads, h bys. 156

158 VOICE ON THE PHONE Dscripti: a larg ad brutish apparac, his fac cvrd i SE14 gag tatts; h gts his am frm th larg gld rigs that adr his figrs lik kuckldustrs. Traits: lyal ad uqustiig, ad uafraid f dath. Rlplayig hks: likly t b st t ambush th ivstigatrs (c thy bcm kw t Vipr), r st t kidap f thm (if Dr. Lpz wats thir bdy fr Vipr). Trr (Tmas Crsp), 17, typical SE14 mmbr Trr was rcruitd frm th strts f Plasat Grv ad is a typical xampl f a SE14 gag mmbr, rady ad agr t d th biddig f th liutats. Fr th mst part, Trr prats a umbr f crrs i th ighbrhd, supplyig drugs t his cadr f pushrs ad cllctig th takigs. At thr tims, Trr is calld up t assist with thr gag activitis, which rmally mas prvidig muscl. Trr is distictiv ad asily rcgizd du t th gr y patch h wars vr his lft y th y was sacrificd t Rd Ht wh h was iitiatd it th gag. Trr ca t xplai why th hads i th warhus ar aliv, r ca h fully udrstad hw Vipr s had ca rval th futur; such mattrs ar byd him. Evry ls i th gag says it s Gd s will, ad that s just abut fi fr Trr. Th prf is plai t s: sic Vipr bcam a talkig had, th gag has g frm strgth t strgth. Of all f th gag mmbrs, Trr is mst likly t brak raks. Whil h fars Vipr, Dr. Lpz, ad th gag liutats, h ca t quit cm t trms with th situati. A vic isid tlls him this situati is mssd up ad qustis whthr it s actually th Dvil s, rathr tha Gd s, will big d. If th ivstigatrs ca smhw captur Trr ad tur him t thir caus, h may prv usful i divulgig th fact that Vipr s had ly spaks c vry six hurs. Of curs, such kwldg cms with a pric, ad if Trr rvals gag scrts th Vipr will sd a dimsial shamblr t tak Trr frm udr th ivstigatrs ss. Dscripti: stubbl ad a thi mustach, gr y patch cvrig th hl f his missig lft y, ad gag tatts cvrig his arms ad chst. Traits: lyal t th gag, farful f Vipr ad Dr. Lpz, grally a cl custmr. Rlplayig hks: if islatd fr a lgth f tim frm th gag, h bgis t qusti thigs ad may bcm suscptibl t th ivstigatr s prsuasi r itimidati ad rval gag scrts. Likly t b abductd by a dimsial shamblr if h crsss SE14. Sharpi (Rbca Estrada), 17, typical SE14 mmbr Sharpi has b taskd with kpig a y th abductd urss big kpt i th warhus ad makig sur thy fllw Dr. Lpz s rdrs. Sharpi has mdical traiig ad ly kws that th taks f th gr liquid must b kpt tppd up ad that th machis it which th pips ad cabls frm th hads ru must b lft turd. Kickd ut f schl sm yars back, Sharpi is dvtd t SE14; sh csidrs th gag is hr family. Sh has a srius rputati fr bth hr itlligc ad crulty; sh is t squamish wh it cms t admiistrig puishmt with a macht. Prir t hr currt assigmt, sh was a familiar fac th strts f Plasat Grv, supplyig drug drps t crrs ad drug ds. Wh a grup f yuths c trid t rip hr ff, sh trackd thm dw ad chppd ff ach f thir right arms, scurig hr rputati ad surig wrd quickly wt arud that sh was fmal t t b mssd with. Fr th last tw yars, Sharpi has b a itm with Vipr ad sh was thr wh Vipr s brthr savd his lif. Whil iitially hrrifid, Dr. Lpz xplaid that it was th ly way t sav hr lvr, sayig that, i tim, h wuld giv Vipr a w bdy ad h wuld b gd as w. Csqutly, sh w calls Vipr Fraksti. Havig spt th mst tim with Vipr, listig t his utpurig f Myths wisdm, sh is w ttally isa ad will d aythig t sur Vipr s safty. Dscripti: blw avrag hight, with a sldr physiqu, lg curly hair, ad bright gr ys. Traits: crul ad vilt t hr mis, dply i lv with Vipr. Rlplayig hks: prtcts Vipr s had at all csts (wuld willig sacrific hrslf), watchs th urss but, du t hr dvti t Vipr ad isaity, may bcm distractd ad allw f th urss t scap. Othr SE14 Gag Mmbrs Hr ar sm gag mmbr ickams t us as dd fl fr t dvis yur w as wll. Nt that all iitiatd mmbrs hav had t sacrific a bdy part, such as a figr r tw, ar, r a y, s b sur t mti such missig itms wh dscribig gag mmbrs. Mal: Diabl Ic Thr Figrs Piky Mad Dg Lil Bat Chiv Fmal: Shy Girl Spydr Sipr Azul Badit Cki PS4 157

159 s h t i g d p s SE13 (A.K.A. SOUTH EAST THIRTEEN) SE13 ctrls th ara rth f Plasat Grv. Nw that Vipr s SE14 hav g idpdt, SE13 wats thir ld trritry back, i additi t th burig dsir t kill Vipr ad dstry th upstart gag fr thir dislyalty. Currtly, SE13 has 60 activ mmbrs (70/30 mal/fmal) ragig frm 10 t 11-yar-lds t ths i thir arly 40s; th majrity ar agd 16 t 25. Th tru ladr f SE13 is Sir ( Jsùs Rdriguz), wh is waitig ut tim dath rw i th Alla B. Plusky Uit, Livigst, Txas. Du t th rstrictiv cditis f Sir s icarcrati, day-t-day ctrl f SE13 has fall t Lg Hr (a.k.a. Satiag Garcia). SE13 hav a rputati fr vilc, rigially arig thir trritry thrugh idiscrimiat brutality ad murdr. Sic Vipr s SE14 splitrd ad dclard idpdc, sm SE13 gag mmbrs ar bgiig t qusti Lg Hr s ladrship, sayig that Sir wuld vr hav lt this situati ccur i th first plac. Dspit Lg Hr s bst ffrts t radicat th upstarts, SE14 hav stayd ahad f th gam ad frustratd all ffrts t put a d t thm. Ev a attack SE14 s ladr, Vipr, which smigly lft him fr dad, appars t hav backfird. Th wrd th strt is that Vipr is aliv ad vry much i ctrl f SE14 ad, what s wrs, th gag has sic grw v strgr Th gag s clr is blu, ad thir symbl is a l star (ft dcratd with th lttrs SE13 ). Th pr-gratd ivstigatrs ar mmbrs f SE13 ad subrdiat t Lg Hr. Du t Lg Hr s prcivd wakss, th ivstigatrs (shuld thy prv succssful) stad a gd chac f supplatig him ad takig ctrl f SE13. Yu, as Kpr, shuld pit this ut t th playrs as a xtra ictiv t tak bld acti ad siz th day. Lg Hr, 34, ladr f SE13 Lg Hr is i a uviabl psiti: h has lst trritry du t SE14 ad has b uabl t brig th splitr gag t hl. His psiti is wakig vry day that Vipr ad SE14 g uaddrssd; Lg Hr is agry ad dsprat. T mak mattrs wrs, th plic ar attmptig t crack dw gag-rlatd crim, with mr fficrs ramig his ad SE14 s ighbrhds. It has ccurrd t Lg Hr that sm i SE13 is a ml, wrkig fr SE14 ad kpig thm apprisd f SE13 plas. Thus, h hadpicks a crw (th ivstigatrs) ad rdrs thm t fid ad kill Vipr, hpig this will ffctivly cls dw SE14. H s chs his mst trustd cmrads fr th jb, allwig him spac t hut ut th suppsd ml i his raks. Csqutly, fr th majrity f th scari, Lg Hr s rl is ff camra. CHAPTER FIVE Dscripti: abv avrag hight, rtud but wll built, ad sprtig shuldr lgth hair. N facial tatts but his bdy is cvrd i scars ad gag ik. Traits: smthig f a mgalmaiac, h is shrwd ad carful t wigh up th ptis bfr cmmittig t a pla f acti. Rlplayig hks: sds th ivstigatrs t hut dw Vipr; ca supply xtra muscl (if dd) ad rplacmt playr charactrs. Grd, 23, typical SE13 gag mmbr Grd liks thig mr tha t party ad wh h s t partyig, h ca b fud sittig a ld armchair ut frt f a SE13 drug d crackig jks ad dispsig wisdm t gag mmbrs. Grd is a ft f kwldg ad liks radig (a charactristic t particularly shard by his gag brthrs). Lg Hr, blivig a ml xists i SE13, has scrtly put Grd i charg f rtig ut th traitr. Th ivstigatrs may gt a call frm Grd rqustig a mt up s h ca qusti thm t ascrtai thir lyalty. Shuld a ivstigatr s lyalty t th gag appar t b i qusti, Grd visits th ivstigatr s hm r attmpts t catch him r hr al s h ca hav a privat chat. If Grd pits th figr at r mr f th ivstigatrs, th tir SE13 gag will b guig fr thm i such a vt, th ivstigatrs will d t ithr prvid clar prf f thir icc, maig thy will hav t ithr prv that Vipr is a livig had, abl t prdict th futur, r fram athr (ict) gag mmbr t tak th fall. Dscripti: larg ad vrwight, shrt crppd hair, basball cap ad a tt-lik t shirt. Traits: cuig ad kwldgabl, dggd i his pursuit f th truth. Rlplayig hks: qustis th ivstigatrs gag lyalty ad may kp tabs thm thrugh his twrk f child spis. May (wrgly) accus r mr f th ivstigatrs f big th traitr(s) i SE13. Lg Hr 158

160 VOICE ON THE PHONE Othr SE13 Gag Mmbrs Hr ar sm SE13 gag mmbr ickams t us as rquird. Mal: Flippr BFG Bubbl Vda Mat Fmal: Sissy Crazy Eys Pumps Nva T-Girl OTHER RIVAL GANGS Th fllwig tw gags ar rivals t bth SE13 ad SE14 ad ach culd, at th Kpr s discrti, play a rl i th scari. Ivlvig ithr f ths gags is ptial; th Kpr may us thm t furthr cmplicat mattrs fr th ivstigatrs. Sm pssibilitis iclud: Th ivstigatrs fllw a lad that taks thm it rival gag trritry (prhaps thy d t qusti a rival gag mmbr wh is blivd t hav s smthig ). Diabls Chics hits back at SE14 whil th ivstigatrs ar arby, r turs thir attti SE13 ad th ivstigatrs ar th rcivig d. Th ivstigatrs ar giv bad ifrmati (prbably via Vipr) ad fcus thir attti f th rival gags. A pss frm Rys Calljrs cm lkig fr thir missig ladr (Vipr sts up th ivstigatrs t dal with this icursi s as t kill tw birds with st ). Rys Calljrs (Strt Kigs) Rys Calljrs ru a ara t th ast f SE14 i th suburb f Balch Sprigs. Currtly, SE14 is musclig i th rival gag s trritry ad (with Vipr s assistac) it w t b lg bfr Rys Calljrs ar fiishd. Sig th writig was th wall, Rys Calljrs ladr, Pig P, wt t mak a dal with SE14, takig fur trustd gag mmbrs with him. Pig P ad his brthrs hav t b sic ad rumr has it that SE14 wipd thm ut; csqutly, Rys Calljrs ar i a stat f turmil with diffrig factis battlig fr ctrl, whil thrs ar startig t talk abut chagig allgiacs t SE13 ad/r SE14. I rality, Pig P was capturd ad his m murdrd by SE14 a tip-ff frm Vipr. Pig P is big hld at SE14 s warhus ad parts f him ar big sacrificd t Rd Ht s had. It is likly that thr w t b much f him lft by th tim th ivstigatrs arriv at th warhus. Th gag s clr is purpl, ad thir symbl is a crw (ft dpictd as a sris f triagls stylistically th tp f a crw). Dscripti: Pig P a c strg ad wll-built ma, w a pitiful sight; all f his figrs (xcpt idx figr ach had) hav b cut ff ad his ars ar missig, as is y. Mr pics will b missig by th tim th ivstigatrs s him. Traits: far ad agr prvad th mtis f th gag mmbrs. Rlplayig hks: may sd a pss t fid ut what happd t Pig P r fr rvg. Sm may tr rival gag trritris ffrig thir srvics if th gag will tak thm i. Diabls Chics (Dvil s Bys) Diabls Chics prat i th suthr prti f Plasat Grv, cmpassig Crawfrd Mmrial Park ad fur blcks ast. SE14 hav st thir sights claimig all f Plasat Grv, s th ara is big subjctd t a vilt turf war, which Diabls Chics ar lsig. Gag mmbrs may attack ay frm a rival gag trig thir ara; hwvr, if th ivstigatrs ca ctriv t ffr sm srt f truc, prhaps a dal t gt bth gags wrkig tgthr t tak ut SE14, th th ivstigatrs may b abl t st a mtig with Diabls Chics bss Papa Álvarz. Whthr thy ca cvic him t sid with SE13 is athr mattr tirly. Th gag s clr is rd ad thir symbl is a ivrtd ptagram, withi which is a pair f hrs. Dscripti: Papa Álvarz brad shuldrs, slickd-back hair, ad a bushy mustach. Traits: th gag is rvus ad dgy; thy kw thy ar lsig grud ad ppl t SE14. Rlplayig hks: a wild card i th scari, qually likly t mak a dal t surviv r g ut i a blaz f vilt glry. THE POLICE Th ara f Plasat Grv falls udr th Dallas Plic Dpartmt s Suthast Divisi, ld by Dputy Chif f Plic Drk Smith, ad prats frm a substati Nrth Jim Millr Rad (t th wst f Plasat Grv). Th divisi has a ivstigativ uit that cducts cvrt survillac, fugitiv apprhsi, ad targtd stig pratis. I additi, Oprati TAtTOO (Tactical Apprach t Targt Orgaizd Offdrs) is a uit dsigd t rclaim larg apartmt cmplxs that hav b tak vr by drugs ad gag activity. If usig th plic task frc pti fr th ivstigatrs, th uit will b statid hr with its w rm ad hav accss t itrviw rms. Th Kpr shuld dtrmi hw far cprati btw diffrig tactical uits xtds. Rsurcs ar limitd. 159

161 s h t i g d p s Th rct ris i gag-rlatd crim ad th gral icrasig lvls f vilc th strts f Plasat Grv is a caus fr ccr. What with hightd mdia attti, th plic ar udr rdrs (as wll as big k t b s) t tacklig th situati. Hc, th crati f th gag task frc ld by Srgat Emilia Garcia. Uits hav b trackig gag crim i th ara ad hav ticd th trritry gais mad by th splitr SE14 gag. Ufrtuatly, vry mv mad agaist SE14 has rsultd i failur ad arrsts f SE14 gag mmbrs. Whil th plic sm t hav trubl i apprhdig suspcts frm ighbrig gags, SE14 sm smthig aki t ghsts: thir prsc is flt but vr s. Csqutly, Dputy Chif f Plic Smith is ccrd that a ml i th frc is supplyig itlligc t SE14, tippig thm ff abut plad raids ad crackdws. H has calld i Itral Affairs t mitr th situati. Susa Crssly is hadig up th Itral Affairs ivstigati ad sh is likly t b watchig th gag task frc clsly (spcially if such rls ar i th hads f th playrs). Crssly s prbig is alrady causig disquit withi th divisi ad, whil thig slid has yt cm t light, th situati sms likly t ly grw mr its. Susa Crssly, 42, itral affairs Crssly ca call up additial supprt wh dd but, at prst, sh is cductig a sl ivstigati it th allgd ml withi th Suthast Divisi. Whil sh has prf, sh is bgiig t fcus hr attti th wly frmd gag task frc as hr gut tlls hr ths xpricd fficrs may smhw b th tak. Sh has alrady upst may f th uifrmd fficrs with hr accusatry dmar ad is likly t d th sam with ths i plai clths r wrkig udrcvr. Crssly is a wild card, dsigd t harass plic ivstigatrs, thrwis, sh prbably plays a all but us rl if th ivstigatrs ar gag mmbrs. Dscripti: avrag hight, dmirig physiqu, with shrt curly hair; wlldrssd i a smart suit. Traits: iquisitiv ad shrwd, bhid a mask f srity sh is aggrssiv ad vidictiv. Rlplayig hks: may ask t rid alg with plic ivstigatrs, call thm i fr qustiig, ad lk it thir backgruds. Pssibly CHAPTER FIVE Susa Crssly mitrs itrrgatis hld at th plic stati via cls circuit vid ad th qustis th ivstigatrs mthds ad tactics. Sammy Vlchck, 38, crrupt cp Th Kpr may wish t us a crrupt dtctiv t ps mral quadaris fr playrs takig th rls f th plic task frc. Sammy Vlchck culd b a NPC th gag task frc r simply wrkig a cas i Plasat Grv (a hmicid). Prhaps f th ivstigatrs ss smthig h r sh was t mat t s (i.. urthdx plicig r straight bribry) ad Vlchck attmpts t buy thm ff r blackmails thm wh thy w t cmply. Equally, Vlchck might prvid gag mmbr ivstigatrs with ifrmati thy wuld t asily cm by, such as th ifrmati th missig urss ad th fact that th Dputy Plic Chif thiks thr s a ml th frc. Vlchck, blivig that Susa Crssly is t him, attmpts t imprv his stadig i th frc by framig th ivstigatrs fr th crim h is ivstigatig. At th vry last, Vlchck culd mak th ivstigatr s livs difficult. Dscripti: avrag hight, a physiqu past its prim, ad shavd had. Traits: grdy ad pprtuistic. Rlplayig hks: prvids ifrmati r trubl. THE NURSES Th tw kidappd urss bth wrk at Parklad Hspital with Dr. Lpz; thy wr tak fur wks ag, whil ff duty, by SE14 gag mmbrs. Missig prss rprts hav b fild by thir familis but, s far, th plic hav b uabl t trac a black Chvrlt Tah (rgistrati BK7 H679) s i th aras f bth urss hms th ight f thir abductis th SUV may b fud durig th curs f th scari, burd ut sm wastlad i Plasat Grv (s Ky Evts, pag 169). Jtt Williams ad Mía Trrs Udr th watchful y f Sharpi (s pag 157) ad a cupl f gag mmbrs, th urss ar rquird t tp up th lvls f líquid vrd i th taks ctaiig th hads ad sur thir vitals ar mitrd stl hspital quipmt. Bth Mía Trrs 160

162 VOICE ON THE PHONE urss ar strssd ad i far f thir livs ad, s far, hav b uabl t scap. Thy ar kpt i a lckd rm isid th warhus wh t attdig t th hads. Durig th curs f th scari, at last f th urss maags t scap ad (idally) rus it th arms f th ivstigatrs, warig thm abut Vipr s ability t s it th futur (s Th Nurs s Warig, pag 172). Dscripti: dishvld casual clths, Jtt is tall, bld, ad slim, whil Mía is brad ad avrag hight. Bth hav rp marks thir wrists ad akls, plus cuts ad bruiss frm batigs admiistrd by Sharpi. Traits: frightd but rsurcful. Rlplayig hks: wh Sharpi ad thir guards ar distractd, r bth f th urss scaps th warhus (allwig th ivstigatrs t b ward abut Vipr); hwvr, th scap ds t last fr lg, as a dimsial shamblr is st t brig thm back. START Th basic st up fr th scari is th sam whthr th ivstigatrs ar SE13 gag mmbrs r th plic task frc: thy ar taskd with trackig dw ad puttig a stp t th SE14 gag ld by Vipr. Th ivstigatrs ar calld tgthr ad th fllwig facts ar put t thm: Ovr th last fw wks a splitr gag f SE13, callig thmslvs SE14, hav sparkd a turf war i Plasat Grv. Vilc has icrasd ad ighbrig gags ar flig th hat. SE14 is ld by a ma calld Vipr, wh cmmads svral liutats all prviusly mmbrs f SE13. SE14 s clr is gr ad thir gag tatts usually fatur a bat flyig abv a l star. Vipr s SE14 ar tryig t xpad thir turf ad this is bgiig t spiral ut f ctrl. SE14 must b stppd. Jtt Williams Naturally, hw th ifrmati is prstd t th playrs dpds thir rls i th scari. If plic, th furthr facts, such as th disapparac/suppsd abducti f th tw urss ad th disapparac f Pig P, ca b mad kw; thrwis, if gag mmbrs, th giv f th fllwig clus t ach f th ivstigatrs ths rprst kwldg rctly pickd up th strt: 1. Lg Hr st a tam t tak ut Vipr abut a mth ag. Wrd is that Vipr was hackd t pics. 2. Vipr killd sm SE13s st t qusti his lyalty. 3. SE14 hav startd kidappig ppl fr rasm; sm said a urs had b tak. 4. Tw f Vipr s liutats, Rd Ht ad Ovr Easy, wr killd i a ambush. 5. Thr must b a ml i SE13, as vry mv mad agaist SE14 i th last fw wks has g wrg. Tip-ffs abut SE14 hav t playd ut r wh SE13 turd up, thy hav b utgud, as if SE14 kw thy wr cmig. 6. As SE14 wr mvig it Rys Calljrs trritry, thir ladr Pig P wt t mak a dal with Vipr. H ad his m hav t b s sic. A GRISLY DISCOVERY As th ivstigatrs brifig is cmig t a cls, wrd cms i f a attack sm SE13 gag mmbrs th brdr with Plasat Grv. Th ivstigatrs ar st t lk vr th sc. O arrival, th ivstigatrs fid th bldy aftrmath f a attack agaist tw mmbrs f SE13. Lyig dad i th strt ar th bdis f El Lb (a.k.a. Vict Ruiz) ad Zu Zu (a.k.a. Kiara Camps), thir bdis mutilatd by wuds iflictd by machts ad kivs. Clsr ispcti rvals that th pairs hads hav b chppd ff ad tak frm th sc. Call fr a Saity rll (0/1 lss). If witsss ar sught, thy say th victims wr chattig th crr wh all f a sudd a silvr SUV pulld up ad fur m budld ut ad prcdd t st up th cupl with larg kivs. Sm f thm had gr badaas ad thy wr cvrd i gag tatts. Th m wr s carryig th bldy hads with thm it th car. If prssd (a succssful Charm, Itimidat, r Prsuad rll), f th witsss ca rmmbr th car as big a Frd Taurus, whil athr rcgizd th tatts as blgig t SE14. Whthr plic r gag mmbrs, th ivstigatrs ar tld t fid th culprits. 161

163 s h t i g d p s CHAPTER FIVE Suth-East Dallas Nighbrhds Map 162

164 VOICE ON THE PHONE RUNNING THE SCENARIO This scari is dsigd t bth prmpt ad ract t th actis f th ivstigatrs. Smwhat sadbx i atur, th Kpr is fr t build th sttig ad lcatis arud th playrs, mvig th scs i a fairly rapid fashi ad t wrryig t much abut lgistics mv th acti alg by havig th ivstigatrs arriv withut th d t b ccrd with hw thy gt thr. Th ivstigatrs ar mat t b lcals with kwldg f th ara, s thr is d t g it a grat amut f dtail. Lt th playrs dirct th flw ad ract t thir mvmts ad actis. A umbr f Ky Evts (s pag 169) ar dscribd, which ar dsigd t hlp th ivstigatrs rach th scari s cclusi; ths ar imprtat but ca b amalgamatd r rdsigd as dd t bst fit with th vts i yur gam; i additi, whil sm f th ky vts ar smwhat tim spcific, thy ca all b mvd arud as dd. As wll as th ky vts, a fw lssr vts ar dscribd (s Othr Evts, pag 173), which th Kpr ca us t add t th acti, prvk ractis, ad grally mss with th playrs. Fl fr t cm up with yur scs alg ths lis t. Mst imprtat is th Vic th Ph (pag 169), as this is a dvic t rally driv ad ifuriat th ivstigatrs. Th whl curs f vts culd, i thry, b prvkd by th ivstigatrs rspdig t th ifrmati prvidd by th vic, which is sstially guidig thm t thir dm. Lastly, as th scari prgrsss, it will bcm imprtat t hav th playrs raliz whatvr thy d sms t b frward. Ulss thy act withi th 6-hur widw f pprtuity (wh Vipr s had is iactiv), all f thir mvs will b frs ad gatd i sm way. Sm playrs may bgi t gt frustratd (gd, that s th ida) but try t avid th playrs flig thy ar i a -wi situati. Us th vic t lad thm, v if thy hav ru ut f clus t fllw rmmbr, it s actually Nyarlathtp talkig t thm, jrkig thm abut lik puppts strigs fr his amusmt (r whatvr passs fr Outr Gd rcrati). Th scari shuld cm t a had with th ivstigatrs fidig SE14 s warhus (r a altrativ sit, if th playrs hav b vry sharp ad causd Vipr t mv sits). If all fails, prhaps Vipr, wishig t b rid f th uisac ivstigatrs, has thm brught t him via dimsial shamblr r a kidap crw s h ca impart grat wisdm t thm r, at th vry last, lck thm up t b usd as sacrifics. What fllws ar dscriptis f th ky lcatis that may fatur i th scari (adapt ths as rquird), ad th th varius typs f vts (a tlkit fr th Kpr). Us bth t st up scs ad mv th scari alg as dd. Dwtw Dallas 163

165 s h t i g d p s CHAPTER FIVE Suth-East Dallas Nighbrhds Map 164

166 VOICE ON THE PHONE KEY LOCATIONS Lcatd i rth Txas, Dallas is th furth mst ppulus ara i th U.S. ad th largst cmic ctr f th Dallas-Frt Wrth-Arligt (DFW) mtrplita ara. Dallas ppulati sits at vr 1 milli, with vr 7 milli ppl rsidig i th gratr DFW mtrplita ara. Th city cvrs arly 386 squar mils (999 km 2 ) ad has grw sigificatly sic its bgiigs as a ctr fr il ad ctt idustris. Nwadays, th city s mai idustris iclud bakig, tlcmmuicatis, rgy, mdical rsarch, ad trasprtati ad lgistics. PLEASANT GROVE Situatd i th suthast f th city, 8 mils frm th dwtw ara, Plasat Grv is a rsidtial ighbrhd with a ppulati f vr 95,000, cvrig a ara f 28 squar mils (72.5 km 2 ). Th ara is budd by Brut Rad (Nrth), Marvl Driv/Triity Rivr (Suth), Chy Rad/Prairi Crk (East), ad Triity Frst/Whit Rck Crk (Wst). Oc a idpdt city, Plasat Grv has b subsumd by th gratr city f Dallas, althugh udvlpd lad ca b fud all sids f th ighbrhd. Sm 26,000 hushlds li withi th ara, with a avrag icm f $11,500 $12,500. Apprximatly 14% f th husig is vacat ad just udr 40% f rsidts ar umplyd. Plasat Grv is csidrd t b a pr ighbrhd ad crim rats td t b highr tha thr aras f Dallas (assaults ad burglary abv Dallas rats as a whl). Huss td t b dtachd, with frt ad rar yards ft walld with chai-lik fcig, althugh thr ar a umbr f apartmt blcks als i th ara. I trms f busisss, car lts, payday la strs, fast fd rstaurats, ad isurac cmpais prlifrat. GANG LOCATIONS Th varius gags i th scari ca ithr b fud frqutig sidwalks, crrs, rsidtial huss, r busiss stablishmts. Lcatis usd fr drugs, cash hadlig, ad s ar wll guardd. Th gags mak us f vacat buildigs ad busisss t suit thir ds. Whil spcific buildigs, thr tha SE14 s warhus, ar dscribd, th Kpr may fid it usful t rfr t th sampl flr plas prvidd shuld th ivstigatrs g sakig r attackig a rival gag s lcati. Crtaily, ay SE14 drug prati r hagut culd b fud i a typical hus r vacat busiss. THE HOSPITAL If th ivstigatrs discvr th am ad prfssi f Vipr s brthr, Dr. Jua Lpz, thy may sk him ut ithr at wrk r at his apartmt (s fllwig). Dr. Lpz wrks at th Parklad Hspital Harry His Blvd, rthwst f th ctr f Dallas. Th hspital is f th largst i th cutry, with vr 1,000 patit bds ad mr tha 10,000 mplys. It s a vry busy plac, with vr 1 milli patits visitig aually, s it s surpris that Dr. Lpz has b abl t stal quipmt with ticig. Trackig Dr. Lpz i th Emrgcy Rm is t that asy, ivstigatrs may chs t us scial skills, Spt Hidd t fid a staff rstr, r wadr th wards (withut gttig rmvd by scurity) util thy gt lucky. Naturally, if thy start i th ER thigs will g mr quickly tha if thy start lswhr i th hspital. If th ivstigatrs arriv at th hspital bfr Vipr ca war his brthr, hav th ivstigatr with th lwst Luck valu mak a Luck rll t dtrmi if Dr. Lpz is actually shift whil th ivstigatrs ar thr; thrwis, h is frward ad hids (prvidig a slim chac f th ivstigatrs fidig him i a ut f th way rm agl-yd ivstigatrs might spt him ruig away, ladig t a chas sc) r simply calls i sick ad s avids th cutr tirly. If a ivstigatr is abl t crr Dr. Lpz, d t frgt t us his Dmiat spll t xtricat him frm tricky situatis. If abl t cvic cllagus t talk abut Dr. Lpz, a hadful f urss might cmmt his uusual marisms (bsssiv bhavir, a strag lk i his ys, ad dmirig prsality), as wll as his Gd cmplx (lrdig it vr bth patits ad hspital staff, ad shutig dw urss r thr dctrs wh qusti his diagsis). O urs might rval that Dr. Lpz c said h has a brthr i Plasat Grv wh ca call b calld up if vr sh dd hlp, said h wt by th am f Vipr. Th ivstigatrs might fid a urs wh was prst wh Vipr was brught it th ER aftr big attackd by SE13. Sh rcalls th vts frm a mth ag, sayig: Dr. Lpz was attdig wh th gagbagr was brught i ad h was clarly shckd sig th guy all cut up. H kpt sayig Dig, Dig ad h clarly kw ad had a rlatiship with th ma, lik h was his brthr. It was clar th ma was dyig, h d b stabbd ad hackd up with kivs, but Dr. Lpz wuld t call it. H tld us all t gt ut. Wh I latr lkd back i, th bd was mpty ad Dr. Lpz had lft. I chckd t s whthr th bdy had b st dw t th mrgu but thr was rcrd f th patit. It was lik h d vr b thr I ma, Dr. Lpz must hav d smthig with him but bdy I talkd t smd t kw aythig. Gttig Dr. Lpz s hm addrss rquirs a bit f guil. Th bvius plac t fid it is i th prsl rcrds f th 165

167 s h t i g d p s hspital but gttig isid rquirs subtrfug r brakig ad trig ut f ffic hurs (apply skill rlls as apprpriat); aturally, this will a lt asir fr th plic. A shrwd ivstigatr culd sarch Dr. Lpz s lckr i th ER staff rm (pssibly rquirig Disguis r Art/Craft (Actig) ad Stalth), r Charm r Itimidat a urs r thr hspital mply. If th addrss ca b btaid, it dircts th ivstigatrs t Dr. Lpz s apartmt i th Suth Dallas/ Fair Park ighbrhd. Th ivstigatrs may additially lar that tw urss (Mía Trrs ad Jtt Williams) wr rprtd as missig a mth ag; th urss bth wrkd i th ER algsid Dr. Lpz (s Th Nurss, pag 160). Plic ivstigatrs may ucvr ifrmati abut missig mdical quipmt (it s ulikly that gag mmbr ivstigatrs will thik t ask abut such thigs hwvr, a urs culd mti it i passig). A rct audit fud th fllwig itms t b missig frm th ER (all wr tak by Dr. Lpz): H-1200 Fast Flw Fluid Warmr (fr rapid ifusi f warm fluids) A prtabl dfibrillatr Cx Vital Sigs Mitr Ifusi Systm Alaris Pump Mdul (fr th dlivry f fluids) Sudry mdical supplis (glvs, badags, sutur kits, tc.) CHAPTER FIVE A lg list f drugs, icludig: Ativa (fr axity disrdrs) Azithrmyci (fr bactrial ifctis) Cataprs (rlaxs bld vssls) Dpami (fr shck ad trauma) Mrphi (pai rlif ) Mthylphidat (ctral rvus systm stimulat) It shuld b td that ay scs causd by gag mmbr ivstigatr i r th hspital gruds may rsult i scurity big calld ad, dpdt th situati, th plic arrivig. DR. LOPEZ S APARTMENT Situatd Suth Bulvard i th Suth Dallas/Fair Park district, just vr 10 mils frm Plasat Grv, Dr. Lpz has a uppr stry, tw-bdrm apartmt i a cmplx husig twty abv avrag uits. If frward by Vipr, Dr. Lpz will t b thr. At ay hur f th day r ight, th draps ar clsd. Th rms ar mssy, with clths lyig abut, halfat micrwav mals ad pizza bxs surfacs, ad a assrtmt f mdical supplis littrd hr ad thr. Th spar bdrm is usd as a ffic ad strag spac; sarchig th rm calls fr a Spt Hidd rll t fid a laptp cmputr hidd bath a larg pizza bx. Dr. Lpz's Apartmt Map 166

168 VOICE ON THE PHONE Dr. Lpz s cmputr passwrd is Vipr but ca b crackd with a succssful Cmputr Us rll. Sarchig thrugh th cmputr fils fids may imags f aimals, rats, mic, rabbits, ad cats, may f which appar t b dad. Th phts g back sm yars. A succssful Library Us fids a vid clip th hard driv, datd six mths ag; if playd, th clip shws Dr. Lpz cductig a xprimt what appars t b a dad (crtaily umvig) rat. Lpz is hard talkig abut smthig calld líquid vrd ad that h blivs h has, at last, prfctd his crati. H dcapitats th rat with a larg mat clavr ad th psitis th rat s had a plastic chppig bard h grabs frm th kitch. H prds th rat s had, sayig it is clarly dad ad th prcds t ijct a gr fluid it it. Aftr a fw scds, th had bgis t mv, its jaws p wid (as if mittig a pircig shrik). Lpz ca b hard cig with dlight as th imag fcuss th rat s had, which uaturally shaks ad shivrs. Off camra, Lpz ca b hard sayig, Mistr Waghaltr will b plasd, it s just as h said it wuld b. Th clip ds at this pit. Athr succssful Spt Hidd rll i th spar bdrm fids a las agrmt, amgst sm icuus bills, fr th hir f a warhus Lak Ju Rad (s Th Warhus, fllwig). I th rfrigratr i th kitch is a ghastly cllcti f mldrig aimal rmais, sm may mths ld. Cmplicatig mattrs ar th tw xprimts i th apartmt: a raimatd had (stl frm th hspital s mrgu) ad a raimatd rat. Th dismbdid had ad th rat (which lks mr lik a zmbi rat) attmpt t ambush ususpctig ivstigatrs, gaiig a fr surpris attack (kid Kprs may allw a Spt Hidd r List rll t avid surpris). Th cratis ar fast mvig, small, ad mak gd us f th littr ad mss i th apartmt fr cvr (apply tw palty dic t th ivstigatrs attacks). S th prfils fr th Raimatd Had ad Rat pag 177. At th Kpr s pti, Dr. Lpz ralizs his mistak (r Vipr maks it kw) f lavig th las agrmt fr th warhus i his apartmt ad sds rud sm SE14 thugs t pick up th rcipt prhaps whil th ivstigatrs ar isid, furthr cmplicatig th situati. THE WAREHOUSE Situatd Lak Ju Rad, Plasat Grv, th warhus is a plai whit clrd buildig, ffst frm th rad ad with a small parkig lt ut frt. Th path frm th mai rad lads t th car lt ad t tw ladig bays (mtal rll-dw shuttrs). T th rar ad sids f th prprty, th lad is hard arth cvrd i grass ad scrub, surrudd by a 10-ft high chai-likd fc. Th Raimatd Had ad Rat 167

169 s h t i g d p s Th buildig s frt ffics ad th rar lug ad tilts hav widws that hav b cvrd vr with wspapr, hidig th itrirs whil allwig i a littl light. Th dubl drs at th frt ar wd (STR 90, 30 HP) ad ar lckd. Th sc isid th warhus dpds whthr Vipr is awar f th ivstigatrs plas (i.. h has frward SE14) r t (i.. th ivstigatrs act bfr Vipr ca prdict thir actis). If Vipr is Awar Th warhus has b clad ut ad SE14, alg with th thr raimatd hads ad thir prisrs, hav mvd lcatis t athr buildig i th ighbrhd (ithr athr warhus r, at th discrti f th Kpr, prhaps a abadd rsidtial prprty). Isid, it s clar that th gag has actd quickly t mv, lavig vidc f thir prsc bhid. Th half-dstryd paitd glyphs ad aligmts f th Ifral Mchaism (s pag 152) ca b discrd th flr; it lks as thugh sm has hastily trid t ras th symbls with a kif r chisl. A rd paitd y-lik symbl (th Ey f Nyarlathtp) is rpatd may f th itral walls, prstig a ri ad uwlcmig atmsphr. Th varius paitd ys sm t fllw ppl arud th rm; if a ivstigatr spds t lg lkig at a y (such as spdig tim xamiig CHAPTER FIVE thm), thy may thik thy s th y blik ad th p widr, as if t br it thir vry big. Th xpric is quit usttlig ad ivstigatr fls mtally vilatd, prvkig a Saity rll (1D3/1D6 lss). Pics f mdical quipmt (pips, drug bttls, ad s ) li discardd th flr xt t vrthrw tabls. A sarch f th ffics ad lug rvals that ppl wr big kpt hr, as thr ar scratch marks (Mía Trrs, th urs, scratchig marks t cut ff th days sh has b hld), as wll as bldstaid blakts. If th gag had t vacat i a hurry, th ivstigatrs fid th bdis f Pig P ad ay thr capturd mmbrs f rival gags hr, dumpd i f th frt ffics. All f th crpss hav b killd xcuti-styl with a bullt t th had ad thr ar sigs f trtur, as ach crps has bdy parts missig, such as figrs, hads, a ft, y, ad s ths actually sacrificd t th hads rathr tha trtur i th stadard ss. T ths with mdical kwldg, it is clar th limbs wr hackd ff with machts r larg kivs. Drid bldstais tarish th ccrt flr f th warhus, ad thr is a prpdrac f such stais i ad arud th strag symbls ad shaps paitd th flr (th Ifral Mchaism). A succssful Spt Hidd rll dtcts a small pl f viscus gr liquid th flr, sticky t tuch. This is sm líquid vrd spilld by a gag mmbr wh th warhus was clard ut. Othr tracs f th liquid may b fud i th warhus. Th Warhus Map 168

170 VOICE ON THE PHONE As th ivstigatrs xplr th warhus, f thir cll phs bgis t rig: it s Vipr, gadig thm ad sayig, T slw! Yu r lik mic i a maz, stumblig blidly dw dad tris, whil I m a gd watchig ad frsig yur vry mv. Yu might as wll put yur w gu t yur had ad pull th triggr; yur ffrts will fail. Thy ll always fail. Yu will fail. If Vipr is Uawar Us th dscripti as giv i th prcdig scti but, i this cas, th thr raimatd hads ar i situ withi th (u-rasd) Ifral Mchaism th glyphs withi th activ sgmts glw with a uatural ad pal yllw-whit light; call fr a Saity rll (1/1D6) fr sig th hrrific stup (icras th lss t 1D3/1D8 if ay f th hads ar activ). SE14 gag mmbrs (icludig Sharpi) ar prst, ad Pig P (plus ay f rival gag mmbrs still hld by SE14) cligs t lif dspit th varius amputatis ad ijuris alrady sustaid. Etrig th warhus withut Vipr s kwldg shuld, i mst cass, st th sc fr th scari s climax. At a miimum, thr ar thr SE14 NPCs i th warhus (Sharpi plus tw thugs); mr likly, Dr. Lpz is als thr, alg with 1D6 thr SE14 gag mmbrs. Mr ca b prst (r ca b calld i c th ivstigatrs prsc is kw) if th Kpr dsirs; hwvr, avid fillig th warhus with t may advrsaris a itlligt pla (quickly udrtak) by th ivstigatrs shuld b rwardd. Th climax ds t cssarily hav t b a big fight sc if th ivstigatrs ar attmptig a subtl ad quit xcuti, althugh if spttd r hard, thir mis will tak acti agaist thm. S Pssibl Edigs, pag 174, fr idas ad ivstigatr slutis. KEY EVENTS Th fllwig ky vts ar dsigd t happ durig th scari ad may tak plac wh th Kpr wishs r wh th ivstigatrs triggr thm. Ths ky vts ca b supplmtd with th Othr Evts (pag 173) as dsird. THE VOICE ON THE PHONE Oc Vipr bgis t s th ivstigatrs i his visis f th futur ad udrstads thir aim t track him dw, h bgis ctactig th ivstigatr thrugh a burr cll ph (with hlp frm Sharpi). Thus, th ivstigatrs start t rciv strag calls that bth tataliz ad prvk. Vipr iatly kws all ph umbrs ad passwrds ad ca als targt smartph applicatis, cmputrs, ad s (usig scial mdia t sd mssags ad s ). Abl t ANALYZING THE GREEN FLUID If th ivstigatrs ca fid sm t aalyz th gr fluid fud i th warhus (líquid vrd) rquirig xprtis with Scic (Chmistry r Pharmacy) th liquid is fud t ctai a strag mix f huma, cphalpd, ad rptilia stm clls, alg with tracs f utrits ad sm cll-lik cmpuds f ukw rigi, mixd tgthr i amitic fluid, frmaldhyd, ad glutaraldhyd (th last big cmpts i mbalmig fluid). Th xprt udrtakig th xamiati is at a lss as t th purps f th substac, althugh might b prssd it sayig that, i thir pii, th igrdits sm suggstiv f sm tryig t t ly prsrv rgaic mattr but als t rjuvat it i sm utladish mar. Kpr pti: givig th líquid vrd t a mdically r scitifically midd NPC prsts th Kpr with th pti that th NPC bcms bsssd with wrkig ut th purps f th fluid. Prhaps i thir attmpts t tst ad rcrat th substac i rdr t lar its scrts, thy uwittigly p thmslvs up t madss ad, ultimatly, Nyarlathtp wh lks with favr up this w discipl spcially if Dr. Lpz s wrk is curtaild ad cut shrt by th ivstigatrs. I tim, this NPC might g t prfct th prcss ad bgi aw th wrk bgu by Hrbrt Wst ad latr dvlpd by Dr. Lpz; thus, th NPC bcms th fcus fr a futur scari. mimic ay h chss (icludig thr NPCs ad thr ivstigatrs), Vipr ca us tchlgy t cfus, taut, ad lur ay h dsirs. Whil this misdircti is primarily dsigd t harass th ivstigatrs, it may als b usd thr NPCs, such as lurig Lg Hr r thr mis t Vipr r gttig th plic t fcus th ivstigatr s atics. Th Kpr shuld crat cmmuicatis apprpriat t th situati ad us this dvic t sw t ly cfusi but als clus as t Vipr s ability t s it th futur. Sm xampl mssags fllw. SE14 frvr 4REAL Bttr mv fast thigs gig dw Pachtr ad Lak Ju. It s a sham that has hard frm Pig P i a whil. 169

171 s h t i g d p s CHAPTER FIVE I wdr what th plic will thik abut what yu v just d. I m watchig yu. N mattr what yu d, I m ahad f th gam. Additially, Vipr may sd audi mssags, gifs, r vid clips shwig a sris f txt mssags vr a rllig starscap f ifiity. Th mssags hit at r ctai Myths kwldg, which liks humaity t ats ad cfrt th listr/viwr s blifs. Th ifrmati prvidd is aki t listig t Vipr s had spak f Myths rvlatis (s Vipr s try i th Dramatis Prsa, pag 155) ad grats 1 prctil pit f Cthulhu Myths ad lss f 1 pit f Saity pr mssag rcivd. Sampls f Myths kwldg might iclud: Yu ar thig. Lik scurryig ats is humaity t th csms. Th huma brai cat stimat th ifiity f truth that lis byd yur pathtic attmpt at lif. Th trpris f huma davr is but th scrams f ightmar. What lis byd th vil f cmprhsi? A cacphy f bightd chas, utthrd ad urivald. Dar yu t trad th iccivabl, ulightd chambrs byd tim? T fac th hart f th csms, a pwr abslut ad uimpachabl? Shall y kw th wrds t am it? Old thy wr wh th th uivrs was yug. Thy liv byd lif ad dath, ad I shall hast thir rtur. Ubud lik my ki, I am th hautr, th brigr f ight, ad th scram f humaity s dig. Btw th spacs thy walk sr ad primal, udimsid ad us. Ia! Th dad shall spak ad dark th harts f ths shall list. Makid will bcm as th Grat Old Os: fr ad wild ad byd gd ad vil, with laws ad mrals thrw asid ad all m shutig ad killig ad rvlig i jy. Th my ki will b libratd t tach makid w ways t shut ad kill ad rvl. Th arth shall b a flam withi a hlcaust f cstasy ad frdm. Th Vic th Ph Th ctact frm Vipr is usually shrt ad t th pit, ad shuld lav th ivstigatrs prplxd ad ucrtai f wh is ctactig thm. As th calls ad mssags build up, th ivstigatrs may bgi t s a pattr (f thir w dvisig) r may simply ctiu t b cfusd. Th Kpr ca us th mssags t driv th scari twards a climax if dd. Vipr may lct t rval his idtity ad gad th ivstigatrs, lttig just ugh ifrmati slip t lad thm t him th whim f Nyarlathtp big capricius. Prhaps 170

172 VOICE ON THE PHONE Vipr wishs t lur th ivstigatrs it a ambush but thy vrcm th surpris ad frc Vipr s lcati ut f f th SE14 thugs; if d whil Vipr is iactiv, thy hav a chac f fidig th warhus uprpard. Rsarchig Vipr ad SE14 Whil th ivstigatrs may hav hard th am f Vipr, thy ar ulikly t hav prviusly mt him fac-t-fac (v wh h was still a mmbr f SE13). Askig fllw SE13 gag mmbrs r cavassig piis th strt allws th ivstigatrs t lar smthig f th rival gag ladr. As apprpriat, call fr ithr a Charm, Fast Talk, Itimidat, r Prsuad rll: Abut Vipr: Vipr s ral am is Dig Lpz. Vipr lft schl wh h was 14 ad jid SE13. Vipr has a brthr, wh gt a spcial schlarship t g b a dctr. Wrks i f th big hspitals i th city. Lg Hr did t lik hw Vipr s brthr was actig lik h was i th gag. H st ppl t tll Vipr that ur bld was his bld ad h must prv his hart was right ad cut ff his dctr brthr. Thy vr cam back. Vipr s agry with Lg Hr. St up his w gag w; says SE14 ga tak vr. But Lg Hr s rady fr thm ad gts Vipr th strt ad Vipr gs dw! Lft him all carvd up. Vipr s dad ad sm i SE14 is still usig his am, t afraid t cm ut it th light. Vipr s parts ar dad. Abut SE14: SE14 is rcruitig frsh bld. Grwig strgr day-by-day ad guig t tak vr. I har thy gt a asty iitiati; smthig abut givig yur bld t bcm bld. Hav yu s m? Ruig rud, missig figrs, ys, ad th lik? I say yu bttr watch yur limbs r Vipr ll cut thm ff. Sm f th liutats, Gldi, Rapr, ad Littl Escbar, usd t ru with SE13 but w thy g with Vipr. Thy r mvig it vry s trritry; Rys Calljrs, Diabls Chics, ad SE13. It s all gig t rupt; th war s alrady startd. Pig P rus Rys Calljrs ad h s t b s fr days ma. Wrd was h was gig t cut a dal with Vipr. Prtty much all th rumrs ar tru fl fr t ivt sm fals s t. Whil utsid SE14 rally udrstads abut th gag s iitiati (sacrificig a bdy part), garbld vrsis ad dwright iaccurat gssip ar bgiig t crp ut. Th ivstigatrs ar mst likly t har diffrig accuts f SE14 s iitiati crmy thrugh yugr kids r blary-yd drug addicts wh hav ithr hard abut r half-s sm strag stuff. Pt Thft As th ivstigatrs travl arud th ara f Plasat Grv thy bgi t tic missig pt pstrs sidwalks ad lamppsts. Whil t immdiatly imprtat, th umbr ad lcatis bcm rlvat as clus t th fact that SE14 ar stalig aimals t sacrific thir daths t th had f Ovr Easy. Th Kpr may dcid t iclud a rbbry at a lcal pt str; what s strag is that my is stl, ly a hadful f aimals ar tak. Th str s wr, smwhat shak, ca rlat th xpric ad cfirm it was SE14 gag mmbrs (h saw thir tatts) wh thratd him. H says thy tk tw small dgs, thr rabbits, ad a cat, alg with lashs ad carryig bxs. H is, aturally, smwhat mystifid why th gag watd th aimals; th dgs wr t fightig matrial thy wr Miiatur Dachshuds. Missig Figrs ad Mr Wh cutrig SE14 gag mmbrs, th ivstigatrs shuld tic that all f thm ar missig a small bdy part (figr/s, a y, a ar). Whil may f th missig parts wr tak wks ag, sm ppl sprt frsh bld-sakd badags. If th ivstigatrs gt t qusti f th SE14 gag mmbrs (rquirig a Rgular, if t Hard, Itimidati rll), thy ca fid ut that givig up a bdy part is part f SE14 s iitiati fr w rcruits which, cmpard t sm thr gags dsir fr callus murdr, sms a prtty mild icvic. T furthr build SE14 s d fr sacrifics ad thir attmpts t gt th thr hads activ at th sam tim, SE14 gag mmbrs ca attack rival gags ad v ict rsidts t hack ff bdy parts s that thy may b ffrd t Rd Ht. Such amputati hrrr is parallld by th gag s attmpts t kidap ppl fr sacrific (murdr) t Ovr Easy i thir dsir t icras th lvl f sacrific t simultausly activat all f th hads. Prhaps ppl kw t th ivstigatrs ar attackd r kidappd i this fashi, brigig th hrrr clsr t hm. Rlativs might call th ivstigatrs t mtr ut rtributi r fid missig ppl. Vhicular Rvlatis If fllwig up th missig urss, th ivstigatrs may b th lk ut fr a black Chvrlt Tah (rgistrati BK7 H679) s i th aras f bth urss hms th ight f thir abductis (s Th Nurss, pag 160). Likwis, attmpts may b mad t fid th Silvr Frd Taurus s 171

173 s h t i g d p s at th sc f Zu Zu ad El Lb s daths (s A Grisly Discvry, pag 161). Bth vhicls ca tur up at diffrig pits i th scari. A succssful Spt Hidd, r prhaps ifrmati via a surc (succssful scial skill rll), lads t a vhicl parkd up utsid a disusd cmmrcial prprty i Plasat Grv th thr vhicl might b fud sm wastlad t t far away th Kpr shuld dcid which vhicl appars ad wh. Examiati f th cars by gag mmbr ivstigatrs will t b as thrugh as a plic ivstigati uit but may rval sm clus (vidc fr plic t fid is td). Chvrlt Tah: Parkd utsid a disusd cmmrcial prprty. Lckd, a succssful Spt Hidd fids th kys thrw it th arby scrub. Isid th truk, a wallt ctaiig ID fr Jtt Williams. Isid th car, stubs fr tw brads f cigartts (Marlbr ad Lucky Strik). (Plic) th car is rgistrd t Etha Wad ad was rprtd as stl just vr a mth ag. (Plic) with DNA aalysis, hair fud i th truk match matchs bth Mía Trrs ad Jtt Williams. (Plic) DNA aalysis th cigartt stubs idtifis SE14 gag mmbrs Gldi (a.k.a. Luis Rubi) ad Trr (a.k.a. Tmas Crsp). Frd Taurus: Fud wastlad i a ut f th way spt i Plasat Grv. Th vhicl has b wrckd by fir, lavig a burd-ut fram. A umbr f spt 9mm shll casigs ca b fud i th ftwlls. (Plic) th vhicl was st fir with gasli. (Plic) th shll casigs match t bullts usd i th murdr f Wsly Williams, th prpritr f a liqur str i Plasat Grv. Th lad suspct i th cas is Littl Escbar, a SE14 gag mmbr. Shamblr i th Gag Apprximatly half way thrugh th scari, SE14 captur a rival gag mmbr ad prfrm a hrrific sacrific (cuttig ff th hads ad ft) that prlgs th activati f Rd Ht s had it th prid wh Ovr Easy s had is activ. Csqutly, a dimsial shamblr is summd ad bud t Vipr s cmmad. Wh th shamblr first appars, thr is cfusi ad paic i th warhus th gag mmbrs farful f th uatural mstr that has appard frm whr. I th mmts f chas, th capturd urss mak a bid fr frdm ad scap (s Th Nurss Warig, fllwig). CHAPTER FIVE Th shamblr is a prmat part f th gag s arsal ad may b usd by Vipr t rud up ay h chss, such as rival gag ladrs ad mmbrs, mdalig plic, ad ivstigatrs if thy ar his radar ad prvig t b trublsm. Th shamblr ca als b st t rtriv scapd prisrs (such as th urss). Th Nurss Warig Makig th mst f th cfusi ad chas causd by th arrival f th dimsial shamblr, th tw urss scap th warhus ad g th ru. Th Kpr shuld dcid if th urss mak a brak ft r ar abl t div it f th gag s cars parkd utsid th warhus th dcisi factrs up th lcati f th ivstigatrs, as thy shuld cm acrss th urss bfr SE14 d. Th wm ar i a bad way; bat ad abusd, thy far fr thir livs ad may b rsistat t th apprachs f gag mmbr ivstigatrs, wh, thy far, ar just as much trubl as thir SE14 captrs. Succssful Psychlgy ad a Charm r Prsuad rll may b rquird t gt th urss t list (ad stp thm frm attackig th ivstigatrs with whatvr waps thy hav at had). Th urss ar particularly distrustful f m; thus, fmal ivstigatrs may far bttr i apprachig thm. Th Kpr ca us th urss i a umbr f ways t hlp th ivstigatrs ad war thm f th difficultis thy ar facig, discussd as fllws: Th urss ca talk i garbld ad ichrt trms abut th warhus ad th hads, rvalig thy had t tp up th gr fluid fr th hads, ad hw th strag marks th flr sm t glw wh th hads wak up ad spak. Thy prbably als mti Sharpi, th ma ad brutal wma wh mad thir livs hll. Imprtatly, th urss ca talk abut th dismbdid hads, spcifically th ability f Vipr s had t s it th futur ad thrby war th gag f cmig vts. Whil th ifrmati shuld sud crazy, disjitd, ad icrdulus, th part abut Vipr s had cmig aliv c vry 6 hurs shuld b clar a vital clu fr th ivstigatrs t lar. Likwis, sur th ivstigatrs har abut th wird symbls th flr arud th hads this is athr vital clu i hlpig t figur ut hw t put a d t th hads. Uclar ad ctradictry dirctis t th warhus culd b prvidd. This ifrmati might b clarr if th Kpr wishs t disps with (r it th ivstigatrs fail t bsrv) th kidappig f th cupl i lv (s fllwig scti), allwig th urss ifrmati t lad t th warhus ad th scari s climax. 172

174 VOICE ON THE PHONE Th dimsial shamblr culd matrializ t grab r bth urss, rturig thm t th warhus. Such a vt ca b playd t spk th ivstigatrs ad als war thm that thy fac smthig mr tha just a pwrhugry gag. If plic ivstigatrs, th urss ar prbably tak t a hspital r plic stati. Allw th ivstigatrs t gt sm ifrmati (pr th bullt pits abv) bfr thy ar grabbd by th shamblr prhaps whil th urss ar lft i a hspital rm (whil th ivstigatrs srt ut sm paprwrk r gt a call) th shamblr cms fr thm; th ivstigatrs may hav a hard tim xplaiig hw th urss disappard it thi air. Rathr tha hav th urss rcapturd, th shamblr murdrs thm, lavig thir bldy ad hrrific rmais fr th ivstigatrs t fid (apply 1/1D6 Saity lss). Yu may dcid t hav th shamblr grab r kill just f th urss, sdig th thr it ttal madss; hlpig t build hrrr ad mtivat th ivstigatrs. Lavig urs aliv, abl t cmmuicat with th ivstigatrs (albit i isa trms), prvids th Kpr with a mas t supply furthr clus as cssary t hlp mv th ivstigatrs t th warhus ad th big climax. A Cupl i Lv Aftr th dimsial shamblr has b rcruitd, Vipr ifrms th gag that thy must sk ut ad brig t him a ma ad wma i lv s thy ca b sacrificd t him whil th hads f Rd Ht ad Ovr Easy ar bth activ. Th pwr f th sacrific cmbid with th rgy f th thr activatd hads will summ a pwrful ally t th gag s caus (s Radm Mstr Summig, arby). It is likly that SE14 gag mmbrs stalkig th strts lkig t kidap a cupl i lv will b spttd by th ivstigatrs (assumig thy ar tryig t track dw SE14 s ppl t fid Vipr). Idally, hav th ivstigatrs s a yug cupl waylaid ad budld it th back f a stl car r va, allwig a pursuit t tak plac. Th ivstigatrs may b abl t track th vhicl t SE14 s warhus; fllwig at a discrt distac, th ivstigatrs w hav th pprtuity t raid th warhus ad (hpfully) fid Vipr ladig t th scari s climax. Of curs, if th ivstigatrs prvt th kidappig, thrs i SE14 g lkig fr athr cupl f lvrs. Idally, th ivstigatrs shuld kw th kidappd cupl prhaps f th lvrs is rlatd t r mr f th ivstigatrs; th kidappig witssd by th ivstigatrs r sm wh prcds t call thm abut it. Pssibly, it is a pair f rmatically ivlvd ivstigatrs wh ar abductd. Makig it prsal hlps t driv th mtivati f th ivstigatrs (ad th playrs). OTHER EVENTS Th fllwig ar ptial idas fr vts t scattr thrugh th scari, allwig th Kpr t dvlp ad isrt thm as dsird. Fl fr t adapt ths r ivt yur w t suit th rut ad vts f yur scari. Bdy Cut Oc th ivstigatrs activitis fall udr Vipr s prscit gaz, h may dsir t fa th flams f trubl fr th rival gag mmbrs (r plic uit) by havig thm framd fr murdr. Th likly st up is fr th ivstigatrs t rciv r mr aymus tip-ffs, which lads th ivstigatrs a wild gs chas. Whil ut chasig shadws, a ral crim is takig plac i f th ivstigatrs hms. Vipr s m abduct sm th ivstigatr kws, prhaps a fllw gag mmbr r plic fficr, taks thm t th ivstigatr s hm ad murdrs thm. Vipr th tips ff th plic, wh ar ithr alrady at th sc r shrtly arriv wh th ivstigatr ccrd rturs hm. Idally, th victim is kw t hav had bad bld with th ivstigatr, givig th crim a whiff f mtiv. Th surfac vidc sms t lad straight t th ivstigatr, wh must w clar thir am r fac rprisal. Prhaps bdy is t ugh ad s Vipr attmpts t pait th ivstigatr as a srial killr, lavig a trail f bdis, smhw all cctd t th ivstigatr. RANDOM MONSTER SUMMONING If all thr hads ar activ at th sam tim, rll 1D6 t dtrmi a radm mstr (pags i parthss rfr t th mstr s try i th Call f Cthulhu Rulbk). Altrativly, pick r dsig a mstr f yur w chsig. A pti: Nyarlathtp appars; whthr th Outr Gd arrivs as Cchi S. Waghaltr, th bldy tgu, r i sm thr frm is lft t th Kpr; th Outr Gd s arrival culd frm a climactic cclusi t th advtur! 1. Hud f Tidals (pag 298) 2. Hutig Hrrr (pag 299) 3. Nightgaut (pag 302) 4. Srvitr f th Outr Gds (pag 304) 5. Shatak (pag 306) 6. Star Vampir (pag 308) 173

175 s h t i g d p s Plic Crack Dw If playig gag mmbr ivstigatrs, th playrs may hav t ctd with th plic brathig dw thir cks. Crim is spiralig ad th high ups wat smthig d. Patrls ar icrasd, makig it difficult t act withut drawig attti. Suspctd gag mmbrs ar stppd t hav thir phtgraphs tak ad gag ad ral ams writt dw (th plic attmptig t build a map f gag mmbrs). Ivstigatrs facd with havig t act i a crimial mar (brakig i, vilc, r v th dispsal f a bdy prhaps lft by Vipr t fram th ivstigatrs) fac a tughr tim f gig uticd by a passig patrl car. D t frgt, Vipr ca call up th plic t draw thir attti t th ivstigatrs. Kpr t: d t vrd it; t much attti th ivstigatrs mas th scp f thir actis dimiishs ad th playrs may fl vrly cstraid. A situati ivkig cauti ad a awarss f pttial csqucs is gd; whras, th playrs flig thir hads ar tid ad s ca d thig is bad ad, ultimatly dull. Giv th playrs prblms but allw thm rm fr mauvr. Yur Emy is My Frid Whil th mai fcus f th scari is abut th rivalry btw SE13 ad SE14, tw thr gags ar prvidd t hlp th Kpr spic thigs up. Bth Rys Calljrs ad Diabls Chics ar flig th hammr f SE14 s mpir buildig ad, csqutly, may sk ut thrs th rcivig d f SE14 s attti i th hp f tmprary alliac t cmbat Vipr s lad grab. Apprachd by a rival gag, th ivstigatrs hav t dcid whthr t pass th rqust fr mtig with thir bss Lg Hr r t tak th mtig thmslvs. Ivstigatrs tird f Lg Hr s rul might s a alliac as a way t tak ctrl f SE13 what happs if r wh Lg Hr fids ut? Of curs, th whl schm fr a alliac culd b a labrat st up by Vipr maipulatig th situati t brig th rival gag ladrs tgthr i plac s that thy ca b ambushd ad tak ut whil th ivstigatrs ar caught up i th chas ad vilc f a sudd pwr vacuum, SE14 mvs i t mp up ad tak ctrl. POSSIBLE ENDINGS Ultimatly, th ivstigatrs shuld b draw t r discvr Th Ifral Mchaism (pag 152) i Th Warhus (pag 167). If th playrs ar bwildrd by th curs f vts ad chasig thir tails du t Vipr s tlph CHAPTER FIVE ruarud, th Vipr may dcid t call it a day ad brig a d t th ivstigatrs by lurig thm it a trap at th warhus. Altrativly, quick-actig ivstigatrs may b abl t discvr Vipr s lair all by thmslvs assumig this taks plac bfr Vipr s had activats ad ca frs th ivstigatrs pla, thy ca lauch a surpris assault. It is qually pssibl fr th ivstigatrs t gt thmslvs killd r lckd up bfr thy vr mak it t th warhus. Shuld all f th ivstigatrs bcm icapabl f ctiuig, th Kpr has th pti t rstart th scari with th playrs w takig th rl f th plic uit (r vic vrsa). I this cas, th w ivstigatrs must apprach th situati frm a diffrt agl ad with diffrig tactics i rdr t rach thir gal. Splittig th scari i this way allws th playrs t discvr w facts f th scari. Th scari s climax is mst likly t tak plac i Th Warhus (pag 167). Familiariz yurslf with th hrrrs ad mystris t b fud isid as, c th ivstigatrs arriv th sc, thr ar a umbr f ways thigs culd g dw. Csidr th fllwig qustis ad us thm t dtrmi th st up fr th fial climactic sc: Is Vipr s had activ? Ar th hads f Rd Ht ad/r Ovr Easy activ? Ar all thr hads activ? Ar th ivstigatrs walkig i whil a w mstr is big summd? Is Dr. Lpz i attdac? What s th cditi f Pig P (plus ay thr capturd rival gag mmbrs)? Has f th urss b rcapturd by th shamblr ad, if s, what will sh d wh th ivstigatrs arriv? Th d sc is ithr sm srt f cmbat cutr r fast-mvig pla actd by th ivstigatrs t dstry Vipr ad th thr tw hads. If th ivstigatrs ca grat ugh chas (rlasig Pig P ad ay capturd ppl, brigig allis with thm t distract th SE14 guards, ad s ) thy may hav a rlativly clar rut t th hads, allwig thm t dstry th Ifral Mchaism (s Edig SE14 s Rig, fllwig) ad/r th raimatd hads. Rward stalth ad tactics if th ivstigatrs us thir hads; thrwis, thrw th kitch sik at thm. Dr. Lpz ad Sharpi ar wild cards; liabl t rmai cls t Vipr ad ps a thrat if thy raliz th ivstigatrs aim t dstry Vipr s had, thy will attack. Whil Sharpi will fight t th dath, Dr. Lpz will attmpt t scap if all sms lst Nyarlathtp has furthr plas fr th dctr (which culd lad t furthr advturs if th Kpr dsirs). 174

176 VOICE ON THE PHONE ENDING SE14 S REIGN Dstryig th Ifral Mchaism ad killig Dr. Lpz is th ly lastig way t stp th hrrr frm ctiuig. Erasig (dspilig) th glyphs th flr dstrys th Ifral Mchaism; whil ly tw glyphs d b rasd ( i th hxag aligmt ad frm ths i th triagl aligmt), lavig ay f th rmaiig glyphs itact lavs th pssibility that Dr. Lpz ca rcrat th glyphs ad rpwr th mchaism. Simply dstryig th hads f Vipr, Ovr Easy, ad Rd Ht (smashig thir hldig taks ad th smashig th udad hads) is ly a tmprary sluti, as furthr hads ca b fud t rplac thm. It shuld b rlativly simpl fr th ivstigatrs t dstry th Ifral Mchaism but th acti is cmplicatd by th thr ppl ad th gral situati i th warhus. If th ivstigatrs suddly fid thmslvs at a lss fr what t d, Pig P r a rcapturd Nurs ca shut at thm t dstry th glyphs. Prhaps a isa ivstigatr s madss grats thm a visi f what t d, r f th ivstigatrs by chac dfacs f th glyphs, ablig thm t raliz what thy hav t d. If th hads ar tak away frm th Ifral Mchaism, thy ctiu t liv fr 1D6+2 hurs (but uabl t spak) ad th bgi t dcay ulss thir supply f líquid vrd is rplishd; thrwis, i rapid rdr, th ski sluchs ff thir skulls, ad thir brais ad ys liqufy prvkig a Saity rll fr lkrs (1/1D4 lss). APPENDIX: VOICE ON THE PHONE NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS AND MONSTERS SE14 (A.K.A. SOUTH EAST FOURTEEN) Hads f th Gag: Vipr, Ovr Easy, ad Rd Ht Excpt fr talkig ad sig, th hads f Vipr, Ovr Easy, ad Rd Ht ar uabl t physically itract with th wrld arud thm. STR CON 20 SIZ 01 DEX INT 200* APP 01 POW 60 EDU SAN 00 HP 2 DB: Build: 0 Mv: MP: 10 *Vipr s INT is a rflcti f Nyarlathtp s itlligc. Rd Ht ad Ovr Easy's INT ar bth 30. CONCLUSION Hpfully, th ivstigatrs maag t ras th glyphs f th Ifral Mchaism ad dstry th raimatd hads, which ffctivly ds SE14 s rig f trrr. If Dr. Lpz has b killd, th th ivstigatrs hav truly put a lid thigs. Shuld Dr. Lpz surviv, h may rsurfac at sm futur pit; a isa ad willig srvat f Nyarlathtp bt furthrig his xprimts ad prfctig his líquid vrd. REWARDS If yu ar usig Vic th Ph i a gig campaig, th ivstigatrs may rciv th fllwig rwards: Dstryig th Ifral Mchaism: +1D6 Saity pits. Dstryig a raimatd had: +1 Saity pit (t a maximum f 3 pits). Udrstadig Dr. Lpz s rl ad prvtig him frm vr big abl t rcrat th Ifral Mchaism: +1D6 Saity pits. A Had f SE14 175

177 s h t i g d p s Cmbat Fightig Ddg N/A N/A Armr: 1-pit hldig tak (2 pits f damag will smash th tak). Vipr s Skills: Frtll th Futur 100%. Saity Lss: 1/1D6 Saity pits t s th hads (icras t 1D3/1D8 if th hads ar activ). Dr. Jua Dc Lpz, 26, isa physicia STR 55 CON 60 SIZ 50 DEX 75 INT 85 APP 70 POW 70 EDU 90 SAN HP 11 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 9 MP: 14 Cmbat Brawl 45% (22/9), damag 1D3 Glck 9mm aut 35% (17/7), damag 1D10 Ddg 45% (22/9) Skills Charm 70%, Climb 60%, Fast Talk 55%, First Aid 70%, Mdici 90%, Psychlgy 35%, Scic (Bilgy) 80%, (Pharmacy) 96%, Spt Hidd 30%, Stalth 60%. Splls: Dmiat. Gldi (Luis Rubi), 27, SE14 liutat Th fllwig prfil may als b usd fr ay gag liutat. STR 70 CON 80 SIZ 75 DEX 60 INT 70 APP 55 POW 50 EDU 45 SAN 50 HP 15 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 7 MP: 10 CHAPTER FIVE Cmbat Brawl 70% (35/14), damag 1D3, r kif 1D aut 30% (15/6), damag 1D8 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Climb 40%, Jump 50%, Fast Talk 80%, Itimidat 40%, List 45%, Psychlgy 60%, Slight f Had 60%, Spt Hidd 45%, Stalth 45%, Thrw 30%. SE13 (A.K.A. SOUTH EAST THIRTEEN) Lg Hr, 34, ladr f SE13 STR 80 CON 65 SIZ 80 DEX 55 INT 80 APP 60 POW 55 EDU 45 SAN 52 HP 14 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 8 MP: 11 Cmbat Brawl 80% (40/16), damag 1D3+1D4 Macht 80% (40/16), damag 1D8+1D4 MAC-11 SMG 35% (17/7), damag 1D rvlvr 45% (22/9), damag 1D8+1D4 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Climb 60%, Jump 30%, Itimidat 90%, List 30%, Psychlgy 65%, Spt Hidd 45%, Stalth 40%, Thrw 55%. THE POLICE Cmbat Brawl 65% (32/13), damag 1D3+1D4 Macht 65% (32/13), damag 1D8+1D4 Glck 9mm aut 35% (17/7), damag 1D10 AK-47 40% (20/8), damag 2D+1 Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Climb 50%, Jump 35%, Itimidat 70%, Prsuad 45%, Psychlgy 45%, Spt Hidd 35%, Stalth 40%, Thrw 50%. Sharpi (Rbca Estrada), 17, Vipr s kpr STR 60 CON 70 SIZ 50 DEX 80 INT 75 APP 75 POW 45 EDU 40 SAN 27 HP 12 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 9 MP: 9 Susa Crssly, 42, itral affairs STR 45 CON 60 SIZ 50 DEX 80 INT 85 APP 70 POW 60 EDU 80 SAN 59 HP 10 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 12 Cmbat Brawl 55% (27/11), damag 1D3 Glck 27 aut 35% (17/7), damag 1D10 Ddg 40% (20/8) Skills Accutig 30%, Climb 35%, Jump 30%, Itimidat 40%, Law 40%, List 60%, Mchaical Rpair 30%, Prsuad 50%, Psychlgy 75%, Spt Hidd 45%, Stalth 40%, Thrw 35%. 176

178 VOICE ON THE PHONE Sammy Vlchck, 38, crrupt cp STR 60 CON 55 SIZ 60 DEX 60 INT 70 APP 45 POW 55 EDU 65 SAN 55 HP 11 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 11 Cmbat Brawl 70% (35/14), damag 1D3 Walthr PPK/S aut 55% (27/11), damag 1D8 Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Climb 30%, Jump 30%, Fast Talk 40%, Itimidat 50%, Law 25%, List 45%, Mchaical Rpair 45%, Psychlgy 50%, Spt Hidd 45%, Stalth 35%, Thrw 40%. Typical Uifrm Cp Us this prfil fr all cps as cssary. STR 55 CON 65 SIZ 65 DEX 55 INT 70 APP 50 POW 50 EDU 65 SAN 50 HP 13 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 10 Cmbat Brawl 60% (30/12), damag 1D3 Tfa (bat) 60% (30/12), damag 1D6 Glck 22 aut 55% (27/11), damag 1D10 Tasr (dart) 55% (27/11), damag 1D3+stu Rmigt 870 shtgu* 45% (22/9), damag 4D6/2D6/1D6 (mag 4, mal 99) Ddg 30% (15/6) *Patrl car uits. Skills Climb 35%, Driv Aut 70%, First Aid 40%, Jump 25%, Itimidat 35%, Law 15%, List 40%, Mchaical Rpair 30%, Navigat (Dallas) 60%, Prsuad 35%, Psychlgy 35%, Spt Hidd 40%, Stalth 30%, Thrw 30%. THE NURSES Jtt Williams STR 45 CON 50 SIZ 70 DEX 60 INT 70 APP 70 POW 45 EDU 65 SAN 32* HP 12 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 9 *Saity rducd du t th trauma f captivity. Cmbat Brawl 60% (30/12), damag 1D3 Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Charm 30%, Climb 30%, First Aid 70%, Jump 30%, List 35%, Mdici 50%, Prsuad 40%, Psychlgy 45%, Scic (Bilgy) 25%, (Chmistry) 35%, Spt Hidd 55%, Stalth 45%, Thrw 25%. Mía Trrs STR 65 CON 70 SIZ 55 DEX 55 INT 75 APP 55 POW 70 EDU 65 SAN 65* HP 12 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 14 *Saity rducd du t th trauma f captivity. Cmbat Brawl 60% (30/12), damag 1D3 Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Charm 40%, Climb 25%, First Aid 80%, Jump 25%, List 50%, Mdici 40%, Prsuad 40%, Psychlgy 65%, Scic (Bilgy) 40%, (Chmistry) 40%, Spt Hidd 60%, Stalth 35%, Thrw 30%. MONSTERS Raimatd Had ad Rat Us this prfil fr th raimatd rat ad th had, as wll as thr cratis th Kpr wishs. Th raimati prcss has bstd th spd ad capacity fr vilc f ths cratis. STR 25 CON 50 SIZ 05 DEX 90 INT APP POW 30 EDU SAN HP 5 DB: 2 Build: 2 Mv: 12 MP: Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 1 (grab, bit, claw) Fightig 60% (30/12), damag 1D6 2 Ddg 45% (25/9) Nt: big a fast mvig ad small targt impss 2 palty dic t ppt s attacks. Skills Climb 40%, List 75%, Sct Pry 70%. Armr:. Saity lss: 1/1D4 t s ths raimatd hrrrs. 177

179 s h t i g d p s Dimsial Shamblr STR 95 CON 80 SIZ 95 DEX 50 INT 35 APP POW 50 EDU SAN HP 17 DB: +1D6 Build: 2 Mv: 7 MP: 10 Cmbat Attacks pr rud: 2 (claws r grab) Fightig 45% (22/9), damag 1D8+1D6 Grab (mvr) 45% (22/9), hld fr 1 rud th disappars Ddg 30% (15/6) Tras-dimsial travl: abl t lav a pla f xistc at will, sigalig th chag by bgiig t shimmr ad fad; th trasiti csts 4 magic pits ad taks a rud t cmplt. Durig this tim thy may b attackd, hwvr, thy cat iflict damag thir attackrs. A shamblr ca tak bjcts r bigs with it wh it fads it athr dimsi. By clutchig th dsird bjct i its tals ad xpdig a additial magic pit pr 50 SIZ pits f th bjct r cratur, it trasprts th cratur r bjct with it. I this scari, th shamblr usually rturs t Vipr with whatvr it has grabbd ulss tld thrwis. Armr: 3-pit thick hid. Splls: (ulss Kpr dsirs). Saity lss: 0/1D10 Saity pits t s a dimsial shamblr. CHAPTER FIVE PRE-GENERATED GANG INVESTIGATORS Prvid ach playr with th fllwig backgrud. Yu ar a iitiatd mmbr f th SE13 gag, basd i Plasat Grv, suthastr Dallas. Yu aswr t th gag s ladr, Lg Hr. Rctly, a splitr gag callig thmslvs SE14 has b makig wavs i th ighbrhd ad attmptig t stablish thir w turf, ladig t all-ut war. Strt vilc has icrasd ad vry i SE13 ad SE14 is a targt; thr ighbrig gags ar als gttig pulld it th situati ad crssfir. 178

180 VOICE ON THE PHONE TYPICAL GANG MEMBERS Th fllwig assrtmt f prfils ca b usd fr typical gag mmbrs, b thy SE13, SE14, Rys Calljrs, r Diabls Chics; als, us ths als fr mir NPCs lik Trr ad Grd. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 STR CON SIZ DEX INT APP POW EDU SAN HP Avrag Damag Bus (DB): +1D4 Avrag Build: 1 Avrag Mv: 8 Avrag Magic Pits: 11 Cmbat Brawl 60% (30/12), damag 1D3+DB, r kif 1D6+DB Macht/larg kif 60% (30/12), damag 1D8+DB Ddg 40% (20/8) Chs frm th fllwig:.22 aut 40% (20/8), damag 1D6.38 aut 40% (20/8), damag 1D10 AR-15 assault rifl 35% (17/7), damag 2D6 (110yd, 1(3) r full aut, mag 20, mal 97) 12-g shtgu (2b) 45% (22/9), damag 4D6/2D6/1D6 Skills Climb 45%, Fast Talk 35%, Itimidat 50%, Jump 40%, List 35%, Spt Hidd 35%, Stalth 40%, Thrw 45%. 179

181 s h t i g d p s DIGGER (A.K.A. ANTONIO JIMENEZ) Ag: 26 Occupati: SE13 Gag Mmbr STR 80 CON 65 SIZ 60 DEX 70 INT 70 APP 65 POW 60 EDU 45 SAN 60 HP 12 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 9 MP: 12 Luck: 60 Spcial: immu t Saity lsss frm ruti brutality Cmbat Brawl 65% (32/13), damag 1D3+1D4 Larg kif 60% (32/13), damag 1D8+1D4.32 rvlvr 50% (25/10), damag 1D8 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Charm 55% (27/11) Climb 60% (30/12) Crdit Ratig 10% (5/2) Driv Aut 50% (25/10) Firarms (Hadgu) 50% (25/10) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) Firarms (SMG) 30% (15/6) Itimidat 50% (25/10) Jump 20% (10/4) Laguag (Spaish) 60% (30/12) Laguag (Eglish) 45% (22/9) List 25% (12/5) Lcksmith 30% (15/6) Mchaical Rpair 45% (22/9) Psychlgy 40% (20/8) Spt Hidd 30% (15/6) Stalth 30% (15/6) Thrw 40% (20/8 CHAPTER FIVE Dscripti: muscular physiqu, larg gag tatts uppr bdy ad ck, shavd had. Traits: risk takr ad hadstrg, quick t agr. Idlgy/Blif: lif is what yu mak it, lk fr a pprtuity ad siz it. Sigificat Ppl: Pricss, yur currt girlfrid; yu hlpd hr t murdr hr sistr s killr. Playr Nts: Bus: allcat 20 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Yu ar rspctd i th gag, havig ard yur plac by takig ut a rival gag ladr all by yurslf. Big hadstrg is bth yur strgth ad wakss; yu tak risks ad smtims wi big but th day may cm wh yu ls big. Fr w, lif is gd ad yu hav my i yur pckt ad Pricss yur arm. Lg Hr, yur gag s ladr, is lkig ld ad wak prhaps it s tim fr yu t stp up. 180

182 VOICE ON THE PHONE TACO (A.K.A. EMILIO CASTILLO) Ag: 19 Occupati: SE13 Gag Mmbr STR 55 CON 80 SIZ 45 DEX 70 INT 80 APP 70 POW 55 EDU 55 SAN 55 HP 12 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 11 Luck: 50 Spcial: immu t Saity lsss frm ruti brutality Brawl 45% (22/9), damag 1D3 Pckt kif 45% (22/9), damag 1D4.38 aut 40% (20/8), damag 1D10 Ddg 35% (17/7) Skills Charm 60% (30/12) Climb 60% (30/12) Crdit Ratig 10% (5/2) Driv Aut 30% (15/6) Elctrical Rpair 15% (7/3) Firarms (Hadgu) 40% (20/8) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) Firarms (SMG) 20% (10/4) Itimidat 25% (12/5) Jump 45% (22/9) Laguag (Spaish) 60% (30/12) Laguag (Eglish) 50% (22/9) List 50% (25/10) Mchaical Rpair 30% (15/6) Natural Wrld 30% (15/6) Psychlgy 35% (17/7) Scic (Bilgy) 20% (10/4) Scic (Mathmatics) 35% (17/7) Spt Hidd 30% (15/6) Stalth 40% (20/8) Thrw 50% (25/10) Dscripti: vry shrt hair bath a basball cap, a littl shrtr tha avrag, ad a babyish fac. Traits: smthig f a jkr, yu try t rstrai yurslf but, smtims, ca t hlp but fl arud. Idlgy/Blif: wats rspct frm his gag brthrs mst f all. Trasurd Pssssi: yur gu, it s yur tickt t adulthd. Playr Nts: Bus: allcat 20 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Yu lik t mdl yurslf wisguys yu v s i th mvis but ft this backfirs ad yur gag brthrs thik yu ar all talk ad bit. Yu fl yu hav ard yur plac but sms t tak yu sriusly, ad yu wish yu culd fid a way t prv yur hart ad build rspct i th gag. Evry kws yu ar clvr but yu wat ppl t far yu. 181

183 s h t i g d p s LUCKY (A.K.A. ELENA VEGA) Ag: 23 Occupati: SE13 Gag Mmbr STR 45 CON 70 SIZ 45 DEX 85 INT 85 APP 65 POW 60 EDU 65 SAN 60 HP 11 DB: 0 Build: 9 Mv: 8 MP: 12 Luck: 80 Spcial: immu t Saity lsss frm ruti brutality Brawl 50% (25/10), damag 1D3 Mdium kif 50% (25/10), damag 1D aut 35% (17/7), damag 1D6 Mac spray 50% (25/10), stud fr 1D6 ruds Ddg 50% (25/10) Skills Art/Craft (Actig) 45% (22/9) Charm 60% (30/12) Climb 40% (20/8) Crdit Ratig 10% (5/2) Driv Aut 30% (15/6) Fast Talk 50% (25/10) Firarms (Hadgu) 35% (17/7) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) Firarms (SMG) 15% (7/3) Itimidat 50% (25/10) Jump 25% (12/5) Laguag (Spaish) 65% (32/13) Laguag (Eglish) 60% (30/12) List 45% (22/9) Lcksmith 25% (12/5) Occult 40% (20/8) Psychlgy 40% (20/8) Spt Hidd 45% (22/9) Stalth 55% (27/11) Thrw 30% (15/6) CHAPTER FIVE Dscripti: shrt spiky hair, lts f jwlry, lg paitd ails. Traits: harsh, calculatig, ad farlss. Idlgy/Blif: th gag is yur family yu wuld b lst withut it. Sigificat Ppl: yur brthr, Jam, wh has always b thr fr yu. Playr Nts: Bus: allcat 20 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Yu kw yu d always d up i th gag, just lik yur brthr bfr yu. Nw, with yur brthr i jail, th gag is ly family (yur parts havig kickd yu ut t th strts lg ag). Nwadays, yu hav t stad up fr yurslf ad yu d rathr di tha lt a ma blittl yu a fw fls wh thught thy culd ctrl yu lard thir lss th hard way. 182

184 VOICE ON THE PHONE PRINCESS (A.K.A. LUCIA RIVERA) Ag: 21 Occupati: SE13 Gag Mmbr STR 60 CON 65 SIZ 50 DEX 70 INT 75 APP 80 POW 70 EDU 60 SAN 70 HP 11 DB: 0 Build: 0 Mv: 8 MP: 14 Luck: 50 Spcial: immu t Saity lsss frm ruti brutality Cmbat Brawl 45% (22/9), damag 1D3 Straight razr 45% (22/9), damag 1D aut 45% (22/9), damag 1D8 Ddg 55% (27/11) Skills Charm 55% (27/11) Climb 30% (15/6) Cmputr Us 35% (17/7) Crdit Ratig 10% (5/2) Driv Aut 25% (12/5) Fast Talk 65% (32/13) Firarms (Hadgu) 45% (22/9) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 25% (12/5) Firarms (SMG) 15% (7/3) First Aid 40% (20/8) Jump 25% (12/5) Laguag (Spaish) 60% (30/12) Laguag (Eglish) 60% (30/12) List 35% (17/7) Natural Wrld 30% (15/6) Psychlgy 45% (22/9) Rad Lips 30% (15/6) Spt Hidd 55% (27/11) Stalth 50% (25/10) Thrw 25% (12/5) Dscripti: lg dark hair (usually tid back), plty f makup, varius tatts arm ad ck. Traits: accusatry, ds t lik t back dw ad ls fac. Idlgy/Blif: a y fr a y maks ss. Sigificat Ppl: Diggr, yur byfrid. H hlpd yu track dw ad kill yur sistr s murdrr. Playr Nts: Bus: allcat 20 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Yu spt yur lif avidig trubl but trubl fud yu ayway wh yur littl sistr was sht ad killd by a stray bullt t mat fr hr. Csumd with dspair, yur family culd t hal th hurt yu d suffrd ad s yu turd t th bys th crr, wh mad yu fl whl c mr. Yu jid th gag ad, with th hlp f yur w family, put a bullt i th had f th ma wh killd yur sistr. At tims, yu wish yu culd put this lif f vilc bhid yu. 183

185 s h t i g d p s FROSTY (A.K.A TYLER WASHINGTON) Ag: 32 Occupati: SE13 Gag Mmbr STR 70 CON 90 SIZ 55 DEX 55 INT 80 APP 60 POW 60 EDU 65 SAN 60 HP 14 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 7 MP: 12 Luck: 45 Spcial: immu t Saity lsss frm ruti brutality Cmbat Brawl 60% (30/12), damag 1D3+1D4 Macht 60% (30/12), damag 1D8+1D4.38 aut 55% (27/11), damag 1D10 Ddg 27% (13/5) Skills Climb 35% (17/7) Cmputr Us 30% (15/6) Crdit Ratig 10% (5/2) Driv Aut 45% (22/9) Firarms (Hadgu) 55% (27/11) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 30% (15/6) Firarms (SMG) 25% (12/5) Itimidat 50% (25/10) Jump 40% (20/8) Laguag (Spaish) 65% (32/13) Laguag (Eglish) 60% (30/12) Library Us 45% (22/9) List 40% (20/8) Mchaical Rpair 35% (17/7) Prsuad 40% (20/8) Psychlgy 50% (25/10) Spt Hidd 50% (25/10) Stalth 55% (27/11) Thrw 35% (17/7) CHAPTER FIVE Dscripti: shavd had, mustach, larg gag tatts yur uppr bdy, ck, ad fac. Traits: cld-bldd, callus. Idlgy/Blif: ucmprmisigly lyal t th gag. Sigificat Ppl: Lg Hr, SE13 s ladr, wh yu rspct abv all thrs. Playr Nts: Bus: allcat 20 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. Backstry Yu r a tugh. Thy call yu Frsty bcaus yu ar cld ad withut rmrs. Lif th strts has taught yu lss: kill r b killd. Yu w yur lif t yur gag brthrs ad sistrs ad yu rpay that dbt vry day; lyalty t th gag is vrythig. Yu wuld thik thig f cuttig dw ay wh disrspcts yu ad yur family. 184

186 VOICE ON THE PHONE BUZZSAW (A.K.A. LUCAS REYES) (REAL NAME: GABRIEL MONTEZ) Ag: 24 Occupati: SE13 Gag Mmbr (Udrcvr Cp) STR 70 CON 75 SIZ 65 DEX 60 INT 85 APP 50 POW 60 EDU 80 SAN 60 HP 14 DB: +1D4 Build: 1 Mv: 7 MP: 11 Luck: 55 Spcial: immu t Saity lsss frm ruti brutality Cmbat Brawl 60% (30/12), damag 1D3+1D4 Glck 17 aut 60% (30/12), damag 1D10 Ddg 30% (15/6) Skills Art/Craft (Actig) 55% (27/11) Charm 35% (17/7) Climb 30% (15/6) Cmputr Us 35% (17/7) Crdit Ratig 10% (5/2) Disguis 65% (32/13) Driv Aut 45% (22/9) Elctrical Rpair 20% (10/4) Fast Talk 55% (27/11) First Aid 50% (25/10) Firarms (Hadgu) 60% (30/12) Firarms (Rifl/Shtgu) 45% (22/9) Firarms (SMG) 25% (12/5) Itimidat 35% (17/7) Jump 25% (12/5) Laguag (Spaish) 80% (40/16) Laguag (Eglish) 70% (35/14) Library Us 30% (15/6) List 45% (22/9) Psychlgy 40% (20/8) Spt Hidd 55% (27/11) Stalth 50% (25/10) Thrw 35% (17/7) Bus: allcat 20 pits t ay skills f th playr s chic. rlatiships. S far, yu hav maagd t avid murdrig ay but yu hav had t cm cls t it a fw ccasis t kp yur cvr. Smtims th lis blur ad yu frgt yu ar a cp. Yu wat ut but yur bsss thik yu ar t valuabl cllctig vidc. Yu kw, sr r latr, yu ll b facd with a impssibl dcisi lyalty t th gag r th plic which way will yu fall wh it happs? Dscripti: Brad shuldrs, shavd had, gat, ad a cupl f small gag tatts yur uppr arms. Traits: bsrvat, plays th rl f a hll raisr wh i a grup. Idlgy/Blif: yu hat gag cultur ad wish t liv a rmal lif agai. Trasurd Pssssi: Sait Christphr pdat giv t yu by yur fathr. Playr Nts: Backstry Nt lg ut f th plic acadmy, yu wr mvd it udrcvr wrk t ifiltrat SE13, a pwrful gag pratig i th Plasat Grv ighbrhd f Dallas. Yu hav spt tw yars i th gag, arig trust ad stablishig 185

187 APPENDIX 1 PLAYER HANDOUTS Hadut: Htl 1 186

188 INTRODUCTION HANDOUT: HOTEL 2 THE THEFT OF DAYLIGHT Rav stl th stars, th m, ad th su. Old Ma was vry rich ad wd th thr bxs that ctaid th stars, th m, ad th su. But Rav watd ths fr himslf ad s h trasfrmd himslf it a hmlck dl ad drppd it th watr cup f th Old Ma s daughtr as sh was ut pickig brris. Aftr drikig frm th watr cup, th Old Ma s daughtr bcam prgat ad gav birth t Rav as a baby by. Th Old Ma dtd vr his grads, althugh th baby crid icssatly util th Old Ma gav him th Bx f Stars as a pacifir. Th baby (Rav) pd th bx s lid ad lt th stars scap thrugh th chimy it th sky. Latr, th baby crid fr th Bx f th M ad, aftr much fuss, th Old Ma gav it t him but t bfr stppig up th chimy. Th baby playd with th bx, allwig it t rll ut f th dr, whr th M scapd it th sky. Dspit this, th baby ctiud t cry, bggig fr th Bx f th Su. Th Old Ma rsistd, but vtually h cavd i ad gav th bx t th baby, althugh h w kpt a cls watch up th baby. As h was big watchd, th baby waitd util vry was aslp ad th chagd it his bird frm, graspig th Su i his bak ad flw up ad ut f th chimy. Rav tk th bx t prv t ths wh wuld t bliv him that h had th Su ad, i s dig, pd th bx, allwig th Su t fly it th sky whr it has b vr sic. HANDOUT: HOTEL 4 RITUAL PHRASES Nt: Each f th fllwig phrass is fud f Schigl s sv ightmar-scaps. S Th Crrct Ordr f th Ritual Phrass, pag 31. Ngh aaaaa, gh aaaa. Azathth! Ia! Fi-ai, Ygag-rll, grkdl lh. Ygaiih, ygaiih, ththkh gha! Yg-Sthth! Y bthk, h hy grkdl lh. Eh-yahaah, yayayayaaaa. Khi-laggarr, ysta, ysta. GENERAL LEDGER Hadut: Htl 3 Udr circumstacs is th Dat Dtails Chargs Crdit Balac Wstr rd-cdar tr situatd at th rthastr crr f th prprty t b uprtd r thrwis mvd i rspct f th ativ ppl s blifs. 187

189 s h t i g d p s Hadut: Htl 5 Octbr 29 th, 1923 INTRODUCTION Hlpd ut at th htl ystrday. Watr lakig frm th rivr it th basmt. Maagd t rpair th wall ad sal ff th lak. My will b usful as mr supplis dd. Bad drams agai thugh. Evry tim I m frcd t stp ft isid I hav th drams f th damd. Thy say Lv built th htl cursd lad ad that it ll vr prspr. Old Lv crtaily did t slicd thrugh his w thrat mrig with his razr ad was fud by his s. Whatvr brught m t this frsak plac? April 2d, 1925 W tk him frm his rm ad brught him t th big tr. H cursd ad hllrd, but w hld him tight, farful f his black magic. Put tw ails thrugh his hads t prvt him frm castig hxs ad th I thrw quicklim him. His scrams filld th ight ad mad sm uasy abut had t b d. Gd frgiv m but w had t put a d t it. I hp th ightmars stp w 188

190 INTRODUCTION Hadut: Drlict 1 189

191 s h t i g d p s INTRODUCTION Hadut: Drlict 2 190

192 INTRODUCTION Hadut: Paaca 1 At ZyMdBi yur halth ad wllbig ar ur first pririty. W us th miracls f mdr pharmacutical girig t brig yu th bfits f ur rsarch t trat a wid rag f dbilitatig ad lif-thratig cditis. With ZyMdBi yu ar i saf hads. Our scitific rsarch is at th cuttig dg f mdr mdici ad yur participati i th Zylactis Phas 2 cliical trial is th xt stp ur jury t brig th halig prprtis f Zylactis t th widr wrld. Yu hav b accptd t tak part i ur study ad w hp that yu fl th bfits i just a fw days f bgiig th tw-wk prgram. Our halth tchicias will guid yu thrugh th prcss i a sris f rgular csultatis hld at ZyMdBi s stat f th art facility. 191

193 s h t i g d p s Hadut: Paaca 2 INTRODUCTION EXPERIMENTAL SCHEDULE ZMB17B: 1. Prsl idtifid ad tld t rprt fr tst prgram (90% psitiv, rmaidr trmiatd). 2. Prsl iculatd with Frmula B138 (Trtiary Bicyt). Succssful. 3. Obsrvati gig. SUPPORTING: TERTIARY BIOCYTES: rsarch wig ly. (CONFIRMED) SECONDARY BIOCYTE: basmt rsarch facility. (POSITIVE) PRIMARY BIOCYTE SCHEDULE: Milk harvstig schdul track. Smi-autmati f cllcti POSITIVE but primary cllcti uits rachig d f cycl REPLACEMENT UNITS REQUIRED ASAP 192

194 INTRODUCTION Hadut: Vic 1` Hadut: Vic 2 193

195 INDEX HOTEL HELL B Barabas Lv , 8, 13, 26 Basmt, Sv Stars Htl...21 Bibl Quts Brakig Nws.. 8, 10, 14, 26, 30 British Clumbia.. 7, 9, 10, 11, 24, 25, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39 C Cmmrc, Ls Agls.9, 24, 30, 31 Ccpts f Hll Crrct Ordr f th Ritual Phrass, Th , 32 D Das Lak , 25 F First Flr, Sv Stars Htl..19 G Gat t Hll. 8, 18, 21, 26, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33 Gdma, Wifild, ad Watts.27 Grud Flr, Sv Stars Htl H Haduts Htl Htl Htl Htl , 32 Htl Hd Mutai , 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 24, 25, 31 I Ivstigatrs, th Iskut Rivr , 12, 15, 25 J Jayapura City, Nw Guia , 24, 31 Jthr Alic Mud Jha Schigl.. 7, 8, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27, 29, 32 K Krmadc Islads, Nw Zalad , 9, 24 Krmd Bar , 33 M Milli Favrd Os , 29, 30, 31, 33 Mural, Th , 20, 21 O Old Prspctr Cabis P Pacific Rig f Fir , 24, 31 Ptrpavlvsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka , 24, 31 Pssssi Pric Grg Q Quicklim R Rd-Cdar Tr , 17, 29, 32 Rsarch Rvrd Rbsh 12, 13, 14, 27, 30, 32, 33 S Saipa, Mariaas Islads , 24, 30, 31 Schigl's Art Sv Stars Htl. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 25 Sv Stars Tradig Pst ad Htl Stiki Rivr , 12, 13,

196 INDEX T Thft f Daylight, Th Tligit Ppl.. 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 25, 30, 32 Tligit Wrkr V Valparaís, Chil , 24 Vacuvr THE DERELICT B Bulldzr , 56, 57, 59 C Captai's Cabi Captai's Lg , 52 Captai's Mat Captai's Offic Carg Hlds Carg Offic Chif Egir's Cabi Chif Egir's Offic CO 2 Bttl Rm , 59 Cras , 47, 50, 57, 59 Crw Cabis Crw Lug Crw's Diig Rm D Dlilah, Th. 41, 43, 45, 46, 59, 62 E Egi Rm Erik th Rd's Saga F Fd Strs Frklift Truck G Gally Kitch Gva Cvti th High Sas Grlad Trpisch, Th , 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 52, 53, 57, 59, 60 H Haduts Drlict Drlict Hyprthrmia I Icbrg , 42, 43, 46, 47, 53, 56, 57, 59, 60 Ivstigatrs, Th L Law f Fids Law f Salvag Lifbat , 52, 53, 57, 59 M Mai Dck, Grlad Trpisch Mdical Rm O Officrs' Diig Rm R Radi Opratr's Cabi Radi Rm , 53 Radi, Th S Salvag Rights , 45, 50 Sciapd, Cmbatig , 57 Sciapd, Th , 43, 45, 46, 47, 52, 53, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61 Silvr , 46 Suprstructur Lvl Fiv Lvl Fur Lvl O Lvl Thr Lvl Tw T Thrlf Löfgr , 52, 53 W Whlhus , 53 Y Yacht Captai PANACEA A Alyssa Da , 89 Ambzas.. 70, 74, 77, 85, 91, 92, 94, 95, 97 Aak Brthrs.. 70, 71, 74, 75, 76, 81, 85, 89, 92, 95, 97 Adrw Luci , 97 A Js Athy Callis.. 72, 74, 84, 98 B Basmt, East Wig. 74, 90, 94, 95 Batric April , 92, 98 Blida Nrwich , 78, 103 Blach Yurka , 91, 92, 98 Brad Mstlr , 89, 91,

197 s h t i g d p s C Cattl Prds Chif Td Daws. 72, 73, 74, 75, 84, 98 Chuck Ogl. 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 81, 84, 97 Cld Str, East Wig Cld Wrds , 89, 95 D Dark Yug, Th , 74, 83, 84, 85, 89, 90, 93, 95, 97 Dlivry Ara, East Wig E East Wig Basmt 74, 90, 94, 95 East wig (Rsarch) , 92 Elctrical Clst ad Flammabl Strag, East Wig Elia Gul Ellitt Claws... 72, 73, 74, 102 Etrac Lbby Esm Richards , 86 F Frt Crridr, East Wig J INDEX Jffrs Aak.. 70, 71, 72, 83, 84, 85, 89, 93 Jffrs Aak s Offic Jim Caty. 75, 76, 85, 89, 91, 93, 94, 95, 98 Jim Caty s Offic, Wst Wig L Lab Aimals (Dgs), East Wig , 99 Labratris, East Wig Lwis Pitts , 85 M Maria Klga , 73, 75, 76, 78, 81, 89, 92, 94, 104 Mary Fullr... 72, 73, 75, 78, 101 Milkig Rm, East Wig 76, 85, 92, 94, 95 Milk f Shub-Niggurath N Nw Drug Applicatis P S Satyr, Gratr Satyr, Lssr , 75, 76, 77, 84, 98 Satyrs Scdary Bicyt , 84, 94, 95 Shub-Niggurath. 70, 71, 72, 74, 76, 77, 81, 85, 90, 92, 94, 95, 97, 99 Sissy Richards , 97 Staff Lug, East Wig T Tch-Tch , 71 Trtiary Bicyt 70, 76, 84, 91, 93, 94, 95 Trtiary Bicyt Strag, East Wig.94 Tiaa Frma , 85 U Ulysss Aak.. 70, 71, 72, 76, 83, 84, 85, 89, 92 W Wad Btlr , 92 Wsly Ric , 76, 85, 92 Wst Wig (Admi) Z G Gus Phillips.. 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 105 H Haduts Paaca Paaca I Phas 2 Study , 81, 82, 83 Primary Bicyt , 84, 91, 95 R Rar Crridr, East Wig Zylactis 70, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 89, 92, 93, 95, 97 ZyMdBi , 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 92, 95, 97 ZyMdBi, Brakig it ZyMdBi Emplys ZyMdBi, Hackig ZyMdBi, Rsarchig Ivstigatrs, Th

198 INDEX MOHOLE A Accmmdati Blck. 119, 120, 124, 132, 133, 134 Agi Yusf.. 110, 114, 115, 120, 124, 125, 128, 134, 138 Agus McNab , 140 B Barbara Cuk , 140 Bill Grr , 123, 139 Billy Watrs , 117, 120, 128, 139 Bb MacCrum 117, 123, 133, 140 Bris Ck , 117, 123, 124 Brai Wip , 124, 127, 137 Budd Alvs , 140 C Cal Fuchs , 140 Crys Js , 123, 139 Ctrl Rm. 114, 115, 117, 118, 120, 125, 128, 129, 134, 136, 139 Clat Plat , 123, 125 D David Stahl , 110, 113, 114, 116, 118, 119, 120, 123, 124, 125, 127, 128, 134, 137, 140 Dis Latch , 123, 139 Dvil s Hl Dvil s Hl Orgaizati Chart Dvil s Hl Platfrm Disl Egis Dald Stwart , 140 Dramatis Prsa Drill Crw , 117, 140 Drillig Flr , 123, 125 Dr. Rachl Kt.110, 114, 116, 120, 123, 125, 126, 127, 128, 134, 138 Dr. Sim Ryltt..108, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118, 120, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 132, 134, 136, 137 E Earth's Matl F Fibar Drummd.115, 120, 129, 139 Fia McCraig 115, 120, 129, 139 Firarms Firig squad Flra Macra , 140 Frmlss Spaw , 123, 125, 131, 136, 137, 141 Frtud , 118 G Gab Macrady , 117, 118, 120, 129, 132, 133, 139 Gary Hut , 140 Gratrs Grald Wistp. 108, 110, 112, 118 Gr Slim.. 108, 116, 117, 124, 125, 126, 128, 129, 131, 132, 133, 141 Grg Bigs , 140 Gus Phillips Gym H Harry Daws. 116, 120, 123, 139 Harry Slcum. 116, 117, 120, 124, 128, 129, 133, 139 Hlicptr Hyprthrmia I Ivstigatrs, Th J Jack Ds , 140 Jff Smalls , 120, 129, 139 Jrry Scrivs.. 110, 113, 115, 120, 126, 128, 138 Jim Rid , 140 K K Lmis , 140 Kitch ad Rstaurat L Lava , 136 Lm Strd , 140 Lwis Duffy , 123, 134, 139 Lifbats Lil Sctt , 140 Livig Quartrs Lucill Sharky. 115, 120, 129, 139 M Malfuctis , 125, 128 Ma MacDugal , 123, 139 Michl Tys...110, 115, 120, 138 Mitch Lga , 123, 139 Mhrvičić Disctiuity Mh, Th N N'Kai , 113, 125, 127, 132, 136, 137, 141 Nigl Grd , 119, 140 Nrth Sa , 109, 112, 121, 124, 131, 135 Nrth Sa Ergy Nuclar Ractr 108, 114, 116, 119, 123, 125, 127, 128, 131, 133,

199 s h t i g d p s O Offics P Patrick Murphy , 120, 139 Pt Shad , 133, 140 Ph Jammr Pirs Gldma 108, 110, 112, 113, 114, 120, 124, 125, 126, 127, 132, 138 Platfrm Crw , 112, 115 Pwr Ctrl Systms. 115, 120, 125, 139 Primrdials , 117, 125, 128, 131, 133, 134, 137, 141 Prcssig Systms , 125 Prjct Mhl Prjct Nrgal , 112 R Ractr Ctrl Systms , 116, 118, 119, 123, 125, 127, 128, 134, 137, 139 Richard Cppr 117, 120, 129, 139 Rlt Gas. 108, 110, 112, 114, 115, 119, 123 ROV , 125 Ry Bats , 140 S Sabtag Scurity Tam. 110, 113, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 123, 127, 128, 134, 140 Sickbay Stv Crssy , 123, 139 Strs ad Shp T Tchical Jarg Tddy Dyl , 140 Tga Fildig 117, 119, 120, 138 Tmpratur INDEX Tm Marti , 123, 139 Ty Pars.. 117, 119, 124, 129, 133, 138 Tsathggua , 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 118, 125, 127, 129, 131, 132, 133, 134, 136, 137, 140, 141 Tyr Clavr , 140 V Vac Nrris , 119, 140 Vijay Rza , 123, 139 Y Ya Adrss , 134 VOICE ON THE PHONE B Bdy Cut C Chvrlt Tah , 171, 172 Cupl i Lv , 173 Crawfrd Mmrial Park D Diabls Chics 151, 155, 159, 171, 174, 179 Dimsial Shamblr. 153, 157, 161, 163, 172, 173, 178 Dramatis Prsa Dr. Jua Lpz 150, 151, 152, 153, 155, 156, 157, 160, 165, 166, 167, 169, 174, 175, 176 Dr. Lpz s Apartmt E Ey f Nyarlathtp , 168 F Frd Taurus , 171, 172 G Gag Lcatis Gldi (Luis Rubi) 155, 156, 171, 172, 176 Grd , 179 Grisly Discvry, A , 172 H Hrbrt Wst , 151, 169 I Ifral Mchaism 151, 152, 153, 154, 156, 168, 169, 174, 175 Itral Affairs Ivstigatrs, Th J Jtt Williams...151, 156, 160, 166, 172, 177 K Ky Evts , 169 Ky Lcatis L Líquid Vrd.. 150, 151, 156, 160, 167, 168, 169, 175 Lg Hr , 151, 154, 155, 158, 161, 169, 171, 174, 176 M Mdical Equipmt Mía Trrs 151, 156, 160, 166, 168, 172, 177 Miskatic Uivrsity Missig Figrs ad Mr

200 INDEX N Nyarlathtp.. 150, 152, 153, 155, 156, 163, 169, 170, 173, 174, 175 O Oprati TAtTOO Othr Evts , 169, 173 Ovr Easy 151, 152, 153, 155, 161, 171, 172, 173, 175 P Papa Álvarz Parklad Hspital.. 156, 160, 165 Pt Thft Pig P.. 151, 159, 161, 168, 169, 171, 174, 175 Plasat Grv 149, 151, 154, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 165, 166, 167, 171, 172 Plic 150, 151, 153, 154, 155, 158, 159, 160, 161, 166, 169, 172, 173, 174, 176 Plic Crack Dw Plic Task Frc...153, 154, 159, 160, 161 R Radm Mstr Summig Raimatd Had ad Rat.. 167, 177 Rd Ht. 151, 152, 153, 155, 157, 159, 161, 171, 172, 173, 175 Rys Calljrs , 155, 159, 161, 171, 174, 179 S Sammy Vlchck , 177 SE13 150, 151, 154, 155, 156, 158, 159, 161, 165, 171, 174, 176, 179 SE , 151, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 163, 165, 167, 168, 169, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 179 SE14 Liutats Srgat Emilia Garcia Sharpi (Rbca Estrada) 152, 155, 157, 160, 161, 169, 172, 174, 176 Sir ( Jsùs Rdriguz) Suth Pachtr Rad Susa Crssly , 176 T Trr (Tmas Crsp).. 156, 171, 177 Typical Gag Mmbrs U Uifrm Cp V Vipr (Dig Lpz) 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 161, 163, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 178 Vic th Ph (Vipr).. 155, 169 W Waghaltr , 156, 173 Warhus, Th 151, 152, 153, 156, 157, 159, 161, 163, 165, 167, 168, 169, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175 Z Zu Zu (Kiara Camps).. 161, 171 MAPS Htl Hll Th Sv Gats f Hll British Clumbia Th Evirs f Sv Stars Htl Sv Stars Htl (Kpr Vrsi) Th Drlict Th Dlilah Grlad Trpisch Paaca Cuck Ogl s Hus ZyMdBi Mhl Prjct Nrgal Dvil s Hl Orgaisatial Chart Dvil s Hl Rig Accmmdati Blck Pla..122 Vic th Ph Th Ifral Mchaism (Kpr Vrsi) Suth-East Dallas Nighbrhds Plasat Grv Dr. Lpz s Apartmt Th Warhus

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