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Hudson & Brand

The first in Stygian Fox's 'Safe House' series for 7th edition Call of Cthulhu™, Hudson & Brand, Inquiry Agents of the Obscure is an official Cthulhu by Gaslight™ consulting detective agency in the style of extravagant freelancers, such as may be found in the stories of the great Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot. However, instead of being a source for the Investigators to plumb for information whenever the situation gets too tough, or if they need a nudge in the right direction, it is somewhere they can actually inherit, utilise in their own investigations, or use as a safe haven from the outré horrors of the outside world. It is a starting platform, if you will, for adventures into the dark and fog-shrouded streets of Mythos-infested London.

Taking its inspirational cues from The Murders at the Rue Morgue, A Study in EmeraldThis House Is Haunted, and the stories of Sherlock Holmes, the book takes a mature look at the horror of human nature in the capitol of empire and its ability to turn a blind eye to the evil reaches of the Old Ones and their minions.


Inquiry Agents of the Obscure

Chapter 1: The World of Hudson & Brand briefly covers life in Victorian London and includes a timeline of London as well as ideas for running a Cthulhu by Gaslight campaign and new occupations for 1890s' investigators.

Chapters 2-5: The Beginning of the Agency is split into 4 parts, beginning delves into the pasts of Captain Albert Henry Hudson, Ulysses Victor Brand, how they met, and their fateful decision to found the inquiry agency that still bears their names. The following 3 parts details The Early Years, The Prime Years, and The Later Years of the agency, under their stewardship.

The Facade of 33 Golden Square and Maps of Both Floors

Chapter 6: Golden Square & Its Environs covers the agency's physical location, 33 Golden Square, in Soho. A beautifully crafted map of the agency and it's apartment is rounded out with descriptions of the various rooms and resources available to investigators. This chapter also details nearby points of interest, ranging from hospitals and asylums to law enforcement, and even the more mundane necessities such as grocers, transportation, and clubs.

Chapter 7: The Curious Case of Bare-Knuckle Bill is the first of two Cthulhu by Gaslight scenarios. The investigators get an earnest plea for assistance from an urchin who fears his pugilist friend, William Hawthorne, aka 'Bare Knuckle Bill', has been waylaid and may be dying in a ditch somewhere. The case soon reveals itself to be more than a mere missing person case as Fenians, Ruffians, and a mysterious woman all begin to hamper the Investigators inquiries. 

Chapter 8: Ophelia Rising, the second scenario, sees the investigators taking a closer look at one of Hudson & Brand's early cases, and investigating the Heliogoland Company and their occult dealings.

Chapter 9: Populating London provides Keepers with a myriad number of heroes and villains, some mundane, and some far more mysterious. Many are named in the case files of the Hudson & Brand agency, while others are presented as potential hooks (or foils) as needed. In addition to the NPCs, various organisations are referred to and a short bestiary of horrors round out the chapter.

Chapter 10: The Weapons of Hudson & Brand provides writeups and stats for the battery of weapons kept at the agency, including several from Hudson's previous life as a Captain in the 42nd (Highland) Regiment of the Foot. 

Chapter 11: Artefacts & Curios explores the various baubles and artefacts accumulated by the inquiry agency during Hudson & Brand's 8-year tenure. Some are mundane while others are decidedly more Mythos-related, but all can be used as hooks for further investigations, especially if paired with re-opening some of the agency's earlier cases.

Chapter 12: End Papers and Other Ephemera finishes up the book. This section includes a Victorian-Era map, 6 pages of the Illustrated Thames Sentinel to peruse for possible cases, 10 NPCs written up with "Eye of Light" (good/helpful)/"Eye of Darkness" (antagonist) sides for Keepers to use as they see fit, and lastly, a 2-sided H&B character sheet.

Don't Forget

Eyes Like Red Balls of Flame

Nightmare on the Necropolis Express

The Spirits of London

The Thirteen

Thorston, the Shunned Town on the Dee

Contains Mature Themes

Games with themes of personal terror, horror, drama, or sexual content and heavy violence,

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Auraboros G May 12, 2020 11:33 pm UTC
Fantastic supplement, has enough to start a Gaslight Cthulhu campaign set in London/England, it has new occupations, weapon stats, etc. Additionally, it presents Hudson & Brand, a duo that harkens to Sherlock Holmes & Watson, giving you a great starting point for investigations into obscure mysteries. I highly recommend it, as well as Spirits of London and their Thorston setting.
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Stacie W March 29, 2020 9:14 am UTC
Just wondering but is there anything like this for modern day London?
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Ronald P November 15, 2019 9:03 am UTC
Aus meiner Sicht absolut lohnenswert, was man hier für den Preis bekommt. Schön hergestellt und inspirierend.

Besonders wenn man bedenkt, was heute zum Beispiel ein Abend im Kino kostet.

Teilweise übersetzt in die englische Sprache von Google

In my view, absolutely worthwhile, what you get here for the price. Beautifully made and inspiring.

Especially when you consider what costs, for example, an evening in the cinema today.

Partly translated into the English language by Google
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Ruben K May 18, 2018 11:40 am UTC
I bought the black and white book in the crowdfunding for 33.73 USD. And now they sell it for $ 27. Why?
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Raven S May 13, 2018 1:22 am UTC
My copy of Hudson and Brand came in the mail today, I ordered it off of RPGnow. It looks awesome, love the maps that look like they have creases from heavy use. I still wish I did not have cancel my pledge during that Kickstarter, it would have been worth if I could have afforded at the time. If you want an awesome setting for your players, I would suggest buying a copy, if you have not bought one as of yet. I also suggest getting the Hardcover Color Book (Premium Heavyweight) (8.5" x 11"), it's worth the price. The pages are beautiful and you can tell a lot of love and care went into creating this work of art.
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Jackson M February 20, 2018 4:01 am UTC
What are the differences between the various downloads?
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Tyler O February 21, 2018 12:23 am UTC
I'm sorry but I'm not sure I'm positive what you're asking - are you talking about Lens of Darkness? Or just the PDFs above?
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Jackson M February 21, 2018 3:06 am UTC
I'm asking about the PDFs above. I assume v. 5 is the most up to date one, but it's missing the "Thirteen" section of v. 4.

I'm just wondering what the differences are between them and whether there are more updates to come that would include the "Thirteen".

Basically, I want to know if there is going to be one complete definitive download for this product.
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March 25, 2018 10:50 am UTC
Check your library as I have separate titles for Thirteen and The Spirits of London in mine
What I have is core book Ver 5 and Thirteen and The Spirits of London at Ver 2
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February 02, 2018 1:58 am UTC
Will this book be available in print? (Please say yes...) If so, how soon?
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Tyler O February 21, 2018 12:22 am UTC
Hey - I'm not the amazing lead on this book, but I saw on Facebook that there were grapplings with how to make that a reality, but it is still in progress.
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February 21, 2018 1:53 am UTC
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