ICME Campaign Diary: The Cult of Yog-Sothoth


#1

Hey guys and girls,

my table group is diving into gameplay inspired by cthuluoid things, so it’s time for me to write another campaign diary to let you follow our journey. This time, thing’s will be way different. For each adventure done, I’ll create like a newspaper report summing up the recent events. Basically, our first two sessions took some attention by the authorities and I expect this to continue. Without further ado: here’s the first newspaper article from the fictional, south-English town of Talismouth:

Friday, October 27th, 1926

RITUAL MURDER IN AN AUTHOR’S HOUSE
Suspects constrained, ritual thwarted

What sounds like the starting of a novel, started to become shocking truth for Dorothy M. in the evening of October 26. The 84-years old woman called the police around 10.20pm after some odd sounds same from her neighbor’s house. As police arrived, they were confronted with a perfidious double murder. Still in the building, a 29-years old female suspect got caughed by the police, two men (age 22 and 43) found unconscious and were sent to Mnt. Hannah hospital for further screening.
Several objects were seizes, including the murder weapon. Police Captain Lowford was not willed to give more details due to investigationwise reasons. Furthermore no public statement about the actual murder victims was made, yet. (jfs)

For sure, the police got a couple of things wrong. 2 out of 4 PCs went insane, 1 is dying and the fourth one got surveyed / arrested.

For the sake of adding a picture to this: here’s the original newspaper article I gave to my players:

Cheers
glocke


#2

And we’ve also did our second session, so here’s that report (my players will get that one next saturday when we continue the game).

Thursday, November 3rd, 1926

DEAD MAN AFTER KIDNAPPING IN MNT. HANNAH HOSPITAL
22-years old man got kidnapped while unconscious

The unspeakable happened during the shift of Josephine Z. (28): Four unauthorized persons gained entrance disguised as technicians. On the hospital ward lay a 22 years old, who was fighting for his life after being recently hospitalized. The reason for kidnapping him is unclear at the present time.
A 46-year old security officer came to rescue, but was recklessly shot with a revolver. The father-of-three died of his injuries in the night of November 4th. There is no trace of the attackers, but composite sketches are been made at present time, as Police Captain Lawford affirms. (jfs)

Needless to say, that things escalated a bit

Cheers
glocke


#3

Ausgezeichnet! :sunglasses:


#4

The Talismouth Daily cannot yet report about things that happened last session, because we started Sat. Nov. 3rd 1926 in the morning and ended in the evening of the same day. Meanwhile, the suspects of the Mnt. Hannah Shooting and Kidnapping where partially recognized due to composite sketch and the PCs will be confronted with their sketches: Mr. Hill and Ms. Miller being identified (because they are already known to police) and, the other two are John Doe for now.

HAVE YOU SEEN THESE PERSONS?

  • William “Billy” Hill (42), main culprit, armed
  • Mary-Ann Miller (29), accomplice, trickster
  • unknown (mid 30), accomplice, smell of wood
  • unknown (mid 30), accomplice, well-developed muscles
    These persons are accused of shooting and kidnapping on Nov 3rd at Mnt. Hannah Hospital. Talismouth Police Department is asking the citizenry for help. Hints, that lead to the culprits’ seizure are rewarded with up to £1,000.00.

(Original wanted poster in German below)


#5

Yesterday, we finished the first chapter of the campaign: "The Manisworth-Legacy"

The investigators found some support and will be traveling away to pursue another copy of the strange almanac. For this purpose, they received faked passports

Recent events will be summed up by Monday, Nov 7th, when Talismouth Daily will report.

Monday, November 7th, 1926

POLICE CAR CRASH IN CREEK WOOD FOREST
Fatal car crash on snowy road

During saturday night, three police officers from Talismouth lost control over their cars and slided off the snowy road into the forest. As matters stand, all three of them - the 58-years old Police Captain Henry Lowford, a 25-years of female deputy and a 32-years old male sergeant were dead immediately. The Creek Wood Ranger found and reported the crash site on Sunday.
Still on sunday, Sgt. Damien Farlow was constituted as Vice Police Captain. In assistance of Deputy Officer Jonathan Lowford, the son of the killed Police Captain, he started further investigation. Dpt. Lowford Jr. assumes outside influences. (jfs)


#6

Hey,

last time, they’ve started the next chapter in our campaign: The Secret of Alesbury.

Basically, they had a train ride to Scotland, encountered a couple of people including an old lady they’ve mad earlier in the southern English town of Talisworth. She clearly recognized Mary-Ann Miller and caused some trouble by breaking her fake identity in front of other train passengers. But they’ve managed to handle the situation and arrived at their desired location. During a horse ride with their local contact, George O’Salic, they witnessed some kind of ritual in the woods around Alesbury, but decided to head for the village immediately.

They did a good job in not escalating things, so escalation will be brought to them in the next game. Since they are in the middle of nowhere, no newspaper articles will be found. But they’ll encounter missing boy’s poster in Alesbury, kicking off our upcoming session.

MISSING: Steven MacDuncan

  • middle sized, 17 years old
  • brown jacket, white shirt, dark grey vest
  • along with his black sheepdog Bertram
  • last seen: evening on November 7th

Cheers
glocke


#7

Hey,

meanwhile we’ve played part two of the Secret of Alesbury

Joined by two guest players, they searched for the missing shepherd’s son and entered a cave. They found a couple of torn-out diary entries telling the story of an expedition nearly 30 years ago, the the following:

Thursday, April 15th, 1897
Something dragged away MacHenderson last night. But earthquakes closed the passage, hence we had to abandon our search for him. Whatever took him is what we are looking for. But we did not see anything in the dark, except for things that do not make sense at all.

Auszug

Luckily, they saved Steven and his dog Bertram and killed some young cthonians that were lurking in the darkness. Right now, the players are probably to afraid to enter any cave in the near future.

We’ll see what things may bring; but we’re pausing the game for one week and will continue the journey after that.

Cheers
glocke


#8

In summary of the first 4 sessions, I’ve summed them up as an adventure PDF. My main intend was to reflect and recap it for myself. But maybe it’s useful for your guys, too.

Link to The Manisworth Legacy:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A5Yr3ldv3LoGpaqjxA8-fljoo7mnKUYb

Cheers
glocke


#9

Stellar job. Fantastic write-up. Thanks for sharing it.


#10

Hey,

yesterdaym we’ve played our third session of The Secret of Alesbury.

The player characters were confronted with a local woman’s suicide and farewell letter, which was another hint towards the strange doing in thta village.

My love Theodor,

as you are reading these lines, I’ve already left our world. My nightmares kept getting more and more intense and my tortured soul can’t take it anymore.
Even yesterday, I woke up in my bed with muddy feet and dirty cloths. This time, my hands were covered in dried blood. I couldn’t find any wounds on my body. Whose blood is it? What have I done? I can’t take it anymore. Full of longing I look back to out time together.
May god be merciful to me and grant us reunion in heaven.

Yours forever
Nora

The players quickly made the connection between the nightly rituals and slaughtered sheep, and decided to wait for the next ritual to thwart it. The next night was basically an ambush by the Chthonians below the village, who are telepathically controlling the villagers. Since the investigators previously destroyed one of the chthonian nests, the Chthonians are up for vengeance.
In the course of events, one player character, by the name of Mr. Werner Melone, went irreversibly insane. Mr. William Hill and Ms. Mary-Ann Miller made their escape with the local Lord Ian MacFurgis, whom they met. Turned out he was also up for thwarting the ritual. By MacFurgis’ strange counter-ritual, they were able to buy some time, found the almanac in MacFurgis’ manor and went away by car, together with MacFurgis and his butler Charles, who’ll be the replacement character for Werner Melone from now on.

They are going by car, have found the almanac but there are tons of questions. Who knows how things will turn out. Will the Chthonians have their revenge? What does MacFurgis has to do with the almanac the investigators were looking for? Are MacFurgis and his butler Charles trustworthy? We will find out!

As soon as the 4th adventure is done, I’ll sum up the entire chapter is another PDF: The Secret of Alesbury.

Cheers
glocke