Geoff Gillan's The Past Is Doomed
Arkham in the 1990s: The famous witch-haunted city of Lovecraft's day may still have one foot in the past¸ but as the 21st century looms¸ horrors of a more contemporary nature shatter its quiet contemplation.◊
It starts with the unexplained disappearance of a famous author¸ Ernst Zabrich; a scholar with some controversial ideas of global conspiracy. Visiting Arkham to research these shadowy forces¸ this paranoid writer simply vanishes ... apparently without a trace.◊
But then¸ strange news emerges ... an improbable series of apparently unconnected events -- a literal trail of destruction -- has consumed every last copy of Zabrich's upcoming book. Somebody of considerable means clearly does not want this "crackpot volume" to reach the masses ... but why?◊
The truth hides behind a tangled web of clues ... Can Arkham's protectors unravel this apparent conspiracy before the city is forever changed by shadowy forces? Because this time ... it's not only the city's future that is in peril ... but also its past!◊
This detailed scenario combines a challenging mystery¸ pulse-pounding action and mind-expanding concepts in a unique blend typical of the best of Geoff Gillan's writing for Call of Cthulhu (Horror on the Orient Express¸ Regiment of Dread). Includes 13 pages of lavishly-rendered handouts.
Originally written in 1995 and published in the (text-based) online Chaosium Digest¸ this version entirely revamps and expands Geoff Gillan's original manuscript text¸ and sets it amid evocative art and detailed handouts. Provided in both a screen-friendly (texture rich) version and a high-contrast printer-friendly version.