Kingdom of the Blind
A Guide to the United Kingdom in the 1920s and 1930s
1921: the Empire upon which the sun never sets. From east to west¸ Dominions and colonies¸ from far-flung Hong Kong to Jamaica¸ India to Canada¸ stretch to encompass a quarter of the world's land and a quarter of its population. Upon every ocean a ship hoisting the Union Jack and armed with sixteen-inch guns¸ able to blow any other navy out of the water¸ slips through cold grey surf. An empire's laws and language¸ economics¸ sports and culture have diffused across a malleable globe. Pax Britannica holds sway.
But the veneer is beginning to crack. A lost generation lies under the killing fields of Ypres and Passchendale¸ the survivors scarred¸ lost¸ and forgotten. Ireland burns with fury and fire as the war for independence rages. Up north¸ trade unions threaten to bring down the government¸ while communist sympathisers foment paranoia in Fleet Street's newspapers. From across the channel European fascism whispers sweet nothings to middle and working-class disillusioned. And beneath it all something dark twists; something immeasurably old and unfathomable. Its eldritch pulse beats through a society of Bright Young Things and dole-queue miners. This is the time of spiritualism¸ esoterica and occultism; of wild abandon and lost morals; of dark sects and darker arts. After the mechanical horrors of the War to End All Wars¸ man no longer fears the primordial nature of the universe-and there are those who will use this to their gain.
Kingdom of the Blind is a guidebook for the United Kingdom between 1920 and 1930. While the majority of Lovecraft's stories take place in the rural seclusion of American New England¸ players with a more international bent may prefer to investigate the mysteries of the Old Country — beyond the horrors of Goatswood.
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