The Sassoon Files: Brother of Jesus
i>"In my hand I wield the Universe and the power to attack and kill" -- Hong Xiuquan¸ Poem on Executing the Vicious and Preserving the Righteous [?????]¸ 1837
The Brother of Jesus is a scenario written for the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition RPG (by Chaosium) and compatible with the GUMSHOE RPG system (by Pelgrane Press). This scenario was created with the support of Kickstarter Backers of The Sassoon Files campaign book. The Brother of Jesus may be played as part of The Sassoon Files campaign or as a stand-alone RPG.
Harry C. Lloyd¸ a reputable Far East correspondent and award-winning investigative journalist¸ wrote an article titled "The Brother of Jesus and His Curse" exposing a string of troubling recent events that appear to be connected to a curse bestowed upon Shanghai during the Taiping rebellion dating back to the 1850s.
Fifty years later¸ families¸ businesses¸ organizations and descendants of ancestors who supported the Qing's "Ever Victorious Army" which defeated the Taiping are experiencing strange events. A string of recent fires¸ disappearances¸ and misfortune has taken place in Shanghai with the victims being the descendants of the Ever-Victorious Army. Considering the events and the information at hand¸ Lloyd concluded that recent events have a surprising correlation with the Taiping Rebellion and are not merely coincidental. Old allies have turned on each other¸ and no one seems to know who is behind the incidents.
Hong Xiuquan offered his followers a corrupted version of Christianity and Daoism. His syncretic religion linked "Yin and Yang" philosophy with the worship of the twin Blasphemies¸ associating Nug with "Yang" and Yeb with "Yin". He further espoused the notion that Yog-Sothoth is the undivided Dao and that from Yog-Sothoth sprung forth both the bright and heavenly Nug and the dark and earthly Yeb. If father Yog-Sothoth is the apex of the trinity¸ then Nug is the son and Yeb the Holy Ghost.