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Curio - A 2-Page 1920s Adventure for Call of Cthulhu - Miskatonic Repository

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Note! Cover redacted to prevent spoilers. Downloads will be clear and legible.


Players! Read no further! Keepers – and antique lovers – forge ahead!


The funeral takes place on a rainy summer afternoon in June 1925. You pay respects to Minerva Fortescue, obscure occultist and long-retired emerita of your secret society. She was privy to many mysteries, their nature passing with her as she left this life. But your Order asks you to take on an onerous and unenviable assignment: to sift through inventory from her long-shuttered antique shop. What trinkets and treasures and terrors will you find, and in whose hands are they best kept?


In this two-page one-shot adventure in easy-to-absorb pamphlet format, playable in a single session by two or more players, investigators must delve into the mysteries left behind by an aged but mysterious adventuress. A search through the fantastic and dangerous esoterica left behind in her antique shop, as well as a dark entity inadvertently released within the headquarters of their secret society, leads to an otherworldly conflict that may claim and shatter their minds and lives.


Low resolution copy of the downloadable pamphlet

This is a low resolution sample JPG of the PDF. The version(s) you download will be much higher quality, readable, and printable.


This adventure includes 2 pages of scenario information with locations, scenes, NPCs, and clues to use at the Keeper's discretion. This condensed format is best used by Keepers who have run Call of Cthulhu scenarios before and who need a foundation for their own embellishments. This could be a useful scenario for first-time players or an abbreviated timeframe, such as a convention.

Trigger warnings: Horror, Insanity, Death, Violence

The adventure begins on a rainy day in June 1925. In the last moments of a funeral for a deceased member of their secret society, the investigators are asked to perform a special and final duty. The antique shop of their departed colleague, a former adventuress turned antiquarian, needs an inventory to assure that any potentially dangerous artifacts are safely cataloged and secured. Without realizing it, the novices assisting in transport mix some dangerous items. When the investigators return to their headquarters – a set of secret rooms fronted by a speakeasy – the worst that can happen does. Trapped with a spectral entity, the investigators must rely on their wits to prevent the deaths of anyone and everyone around, including themselves.

Note to Keepers: While a specific secret society is used in this adventure, if you already have another for your players, substitution is encouraged.


The scenario encompasses four scenes:

  • The Funeral: Saying goodbye to an elder, and, reluctantly, hello to an assignment.

  • Curio: A mysterious shop where artifacts and esoterica are being packed up.

  • The Orpheus Club: The headquarters of the investigators’ secret society.

  • Incorporeal: [redacted to prevent spoilers]


Spoiler: This adventure is a reimagination of the classic Lovecraft story, “The Terrible Old Man,” but with a few twists.


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The download for this adventure consist of:

  • A two-page pamphlet layed out for two-sided printable PDF format. It is 8 1/2" x 11" and can be folded in thirds.

  • A second version for easy screen reading, unflipped.

This scenario is playable via theater of the mind. However, two optional supplement with maps are available under separate titles, Maps for Curio - A 1920s Adventure for Call of Cthulhu - Miskatonic Repository and 1920s Night Club and Secret Society - The Orpheus Club - Call of Cthulhu - Miskatonic Repository.


Acknowledgements


This is a SanityFree Adventure.

Some players were harmed in the making of this adventure, or so they tell me. They got better. As always, thanks to them.


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