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Thus Lowyatar named her offspring, Colic, Pleurisy, and Fever, Ulcer, Plague, and dread Consumption, Gout, Sterility, and Cancer. And the worst of these nine children Blind Lowyatar quickly banished, Drove away as an enchanter, To bewitch the lowland people, To engender strife and envy.

--Elias Lönnrot, Kalevala

The Dark Forest

This Modern Era scenario for 7th edition Call of Cthulhu is suitable for two to six players, is investigative in nature, and takes the brave Investigators to a rural area and to a home for troubled youths. With some modification, the number of players can easily be scaled, but due to some of the settings and themes contained herein, moving it to a different era of play may take a considerable amount of work, but changing the location shouldn’t present a Keeper with any difficulties.

Tonya Searching the Dark Forest for her Daughters

Some Old Ways Should Remain in the Old Country

A Horrific Crime
An Unbearable Loss
An Entity Waiting For An Opportunity...

Southern Hiawatha TownshipBoys who are residents of a youth correctional facility in Upper Michigan go missing in inexplicable circumstances. The Investigators find a deeper, older mystery that has gone unresolved and which now threatens all the locals hold dear. 

Chapters 1-2: Introduction & Glossary of Finnish mythology 

Chapter 2: Keeper's Information - In which the secrets of the dark forest are passed to the Keeper of Arcane Knowledge.

Chapter 3: Involving the Investigators Wherein the intrepid Investigators are tempted with their destiny or their doom.

Chapter 4: Hiawatha Township The Investigators arrive at the site of the mystery.

Chapter 5: The School

Chapter 6: The Search Party Time and fear begin to work against the Investigators.

Chapter 7: The Farm In which the Investigators venture further afield.

Chapter 8: The Monster in the Woods Grief is as powerful a fuel as anger.

Chapter 9: The Dark Forest Into the heart of the primal dark roots of the world.

Chapter 10: The Cabin

Chapter 11: The Underworld

Chapter 12: Characters and Monsters Adversaries, Enemies, Allies, & Survivors.

This scenario is supported by 1 map, 1 handout, and 7 NPCs, 5 Mythos monsters (4 new and based on the Finnish myths of the Kalevala), new rules for vertigo, and 1 Encounter Table.
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Don't Forget

The Things We Leave Behind

Fear's Sharp Little Needles


The Unbearable Likeness

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Tim Z July 19, 2022 4:05 pm UTC
The description for this product is correct. It's a modern-day, adult-themed Call of Cthulhu scenario set in northern Michigan. A group of 7 teen boys goes missing from a correctional facility deep in the woods. The story is a mix of "Blair Witch", "Stranger Things" and "Twin Peaks". Can be completed in 2-3 sessions.
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Ethan S August 23, 2021 4:12 pm UTC
I think there's an error in the PDF, between Pages 31 and 32. There appears to be some missing text - page 31 ends with describing the false arrival apparition, but page 32 begins midsentence with "woods on their own the next day, most likely making their way back to the camp they’re used to, but there is still no sign of the 7 missing boys."
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Tim Z July 19, 2022 3:59 pm UTC
True...and there are other uncompleted sentences as well but none of them are game-breaking.
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joshua E December 04, 2019 11:11 pm UTC
This seems to be the wrong description for the product
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