I would like to thank Anders and Tina, who are responsible for the scenarios at Fastaval and who organised a great email workshop. I’d also like to thank Simon James Pettitt and Karolina Soltys for their great help with making this. Here is my Fastaval synopsis as it looks at the moment. Feedback or any thoughts are most welcome 🙂
Doors of the Silver Key
Pitch: This game is about five former cultists who rebelled against their Lovecraftian Gods and used their occult knowledge to spoil their former cult’s plans. Now they are on the run, trying to find help or an escape in the Lands of Dreams. Dreaming or betraying the Gods is not without a price though.
“Doors of the Silver Key” is not a traditional Call of Cthulhu scenario focused on investigation. It takes place in the present day and the focus is the characters, their emotions and interactions as they try to save themselves in an increasingly desperate situation. The five former cultists formed a desperate alliance when they found out what exactly they had signed up for and spoiled the cult’s plans. Now this group of not-quite-strangers have run away to western Scotland trying to find allies or a way to escape in the Dreamalnds with some occult tomes and not enough time. They haven’t known each other that long, but are clinging to each others because of the desperate situation they have ended up in.What they don’t know yet is that the Dreamland will also change them and especially their emotions dramatically along the way.
The Dreamlands of this scenario is based on, but not the same as the Dreamlands of CoC or Lovecraft’s stories. This is done intentionally as an important element of the Dreamlands is changing and can be changed by powerful Dreamers. Which means that the Dreamlands have changed and the characters don’t know what exactly they’re getting into as their sources are from the 1920s.
When they are going into the Dreamlands the players characters then choose which location in the Dreamlands to visit. Some locations contains more opportunities for allies, weapons or an escape, but are also much more dangerous. Every location is described through a list of key-words, where the players describe the world of Dreams alongside the GM. This means that it can become more like a dream and feel contemporary, but at the same time still remain elements of the original Lovecraftian setting.
Besides the added stress of being somewhere that weird, the main price of entering the Dreamlands is that is dramatically increases one’s emotions along with. A slight annoyance could become a burning hatred and a casual interest would transform into an overwhelming love. While having to deal with the effects of that on their already vulnerable and desperate situation, the player characters try and overcome the dangers of the strange world they have entered.
by Thais Laursen Munk. Thaismunk@gmail.com
5 players, 1 GM.
Genre: Drama/horror. .
Mechanics: Minimal, designed to handle supernatural powers.