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Following a near fatal bus accident, which the characters survive unscathed, they begin to notice that they are being followed by gaunt cadaverous beings with ashen skin and eyes the color of frozen meat dressed in drab gray Victorian suits; their faces are locked in a deathlike grin associated with rigor mortis.
When the characters are together, these beings stay their distant, watching the characters with their cold unblinking dead eyes. Once the characters break up or go their own way they attack that individual investigator working their way until they have killed every one who survived the encounter.
1 The beings are apparitions of accident victims on that stretch of land. They are haunting the investigators to see if they can get released into the other side. However, after several days of being ignored, they no longer seek release but instead seek to make the investigators one of them.
2 The investigators escaped death – they should have died that night. The cadaverous beings are minions of the grim reaper, sent to kill the investigators and uphold the balance of nature.
3 The investigators did not escape the accident unhurt; they are all in Miskatonic Hospital in comas. The beings that they are seeing are the warped form of their visiting friends and loved ones.
Copyright (c) 2005 Timothy Goss
An executioner, also known as a hangman or headsman, is an official who carries out a sentence of capital punishment on a legally condemned person
The executioner was often shunned by the community he lived in. This is one reason the executioner wore a mask,another reason to protect the executioner from reprisal. The duties of a executioner included carrying out lesser punishments such as flogging,etc. They were also tasked to carry out “interrogations” .
Fighting (two handed sword or battle axe), Natural World,First Aid*, Insight,Art/Craft, intimidate
Occupational Skill Points
Edu x 2 + Str x 2
0 to 30
After completing his / her training the new executioner will be gifted either a two handed sword or an axe.
Executioners do not suffer normal san loss due to blood and gore because of their training.
* = part of the executioner’s training is also to provide care to the condemned
Not directly, however, some of the concepts in BOC’s lyrics, particularly *Imaginos* seem to be inspired by some of Lovecraft’s work. For those not familiar, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an early 20th-century writer of horror and science fiction stories. Although some of Lovecraft’s contemporaries often did not appreciate his work (labeling it “bad taste” and “sick”), Stephen King has acknowledged Lovecraft as the 20th-century’s “greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale”. He is best known for several short stories often referred to collectively as the “Cthulhu Mythos” — these stories refer to “The Great Old Ones”, creatures from other worlds and dimensions which once ruled the earth, and have since been defeated, expelled, or imprisoned by various cosmic forces. These creatures may rise again (“when the stars are right”), often aided by human cults performing ceremonies with various blasphemous incantations. Looking at the lyrics and liner notes of *Imaginos*, it’s obvious that there are many similarities. The story told by *Imaginos* explores a lot of the same concepts as the “Cthulhu Mythos”, close enough for some to claim that the two are one and the same (For example, Desdinova or Imaginos is “an actor playing roles in history, challenging man against evil”. He could be considered as an agent of evil — Lovecraft’s Nyarlathotep.). However, general is that *Imaginos*, while no doubt inspired by some of Lovecraft’s work (Al Bouchard also indicates that Sandy Pearlman and he had read some of Lovecraft’s work), is not meant to be a re-telling of Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu Mythos”. Having said that, the following are some literary references between *Imaginos* and Lovecraft’s work: The song “Les Invisibles” contains the line “beneath the polar mountain”. Lovecraft’s tale, “At the Mountains of Madness” discusses Antarctica as being a location where some of the Great Old Ones either arrived, ruled, or lay waiting. The songs “I Am The One You Warned Me Of” and “The Siege And Investiture Of Baron Von Frankenstein’s Castle At Weisseria” both contain references to “Starry Wisdom”. Lovecraft’s story, “The Haunter of the Dark” refers to “the Church of the Starry Wisdom”, a cult organization in which “the Shining Trapazohedron shows them heaven & other worlds, & that the Haunter of the Dark tells them secrets in some way.” Also, the Shining Trapazohedron appears to be similar in function to the Magna of Illusion of *Imaginos*. The song, “Les Invisibles” talks about “the empress lay sleeping to the rhyme of the star clock”, which may refer to the Great Old One’s return “when the stars are right”. The song “In The Presence Of Another World” contains the spoken words, “when the stars are right”. This same line is used in Lovecraft’s, “The Call of Cthulhu”. In addition, the “Oyster Boys”, as water beings can be likened to agents of Cthulhu. The song, “Harvest Moon” seems very Lovecraftian in nature as well. An unknown evil is implied in the final verse, where the singer refuses to go out at nights since the disappearance of someone’s daughter, yet with the understanding that she’ll be found in the spring when the snow melts. Lovecraft wrote a few stories about towns with such hidden evils. This article can originally be found here
The Superstition Mountains is a range of mountains in Arizona located to the east of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
- The legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine centers around the Superstition Mountains.
- According to the Apache tribe somewhere in the mountains is a hole that leads to the underworld.
- Since 1848 the mountains have claimed it’s fair share of lives. The first known was the Peralta massacre A Mexican family was allegedly slain by Apaches after searching the land for gold. The Peralta Family was said to have discovered the famed Dutchman’s gold mine within the cursed Superstition Mountains. In the 1940s, 62-year old James A. Cravey made an attempt to locate the gold mine but was later found deceased in the wilderness of the Superstition Mountains. His headless body was discovered first; it wasn’t until six months later that his skull was found
The superstition mountains make an ideal location for the race known as the sand dwellers and the serpent people.
- A team of archaeologists from miskatonic go missing while studying some ancient mesoamerican ruins found in the mountain range.
- A man dressed as a 16th century jesuit is found wandering around the desert surrounding the mountain range. He speaks a medieval form of Spanish and Latin. He is carrying an onyx crucifix and he will hand the crucifix to one of the PC’s then he will crumple into dust .
The PC’s are retainers for a local lord and they are tasked to travel to the village of east proctor to determine if the rumors of it being plague free are true and if so why.