So, I've been studying 'The Edge of Darkness' with the intent of using it as a introductory scenario with fairly low lethality and potential tie ins to any other scenario involving 'The Brotherhood'.
One thing that really confuses me is just exactly where the lurking creature is confined prior to the death of Rupert, namely, is the monster confined to the interior of the house or is the monster confined to the exterior of the house. The text is highly ambiguous on this point, and either answer appears problematic.
1) "The monster is confined to the interior of the house"
Ok then, but Player Aid #1 explicitly tells the players, "Released from the binding symbol the thing - with a screech that could only have been unholy satisfaction - fled the house, disappearing out the window as a roaring, screaming wind of boiling colors." Clearly the thing can leave the house, because we are told it did so, and so it is not confined to the interior of the house.
2)"The monster is confined to the exterior of the house"
This fits some of the evidence. For example, both the PC's and Jake appear to be quite safe as long as they remain in the house, the monster fled the house after released and the wards appear to prevent the monster from returning into the house.
But this answer presents an enormous problem, because the whole point of the scenario is to get rid of the monster now that it is no longer bound to the house by the death of Rupert. If the monster had been free to wander anywhere outside of the house for any distance before this point, why didn't it kill things that came near the house and not merely those things in the attic? And now that Rupert is dead and it is unequivocally free to go anywhere it likes, why in the world is it staying in the attic near the point of its prior confinement and the warded house? And why the attic? This thing makes a mockery of mere matter, why can't it equally stay for example under the ground in the yard if it wants to avoid light?
Clearly the intention is somehow for the monster to be confined neither to the exterior of the house nor the interior of the house, but that theory goes out the window with the clear statement that it went out the window. The intention appears to be that it has been hitherto confined to the attic, but this requires we rewrite the text of Player Aid #1.
How do you resolve this puzzle and why am I the only one bringing this up? Has the issue been clarified in later printings (I have the 5e rule book)?
Other lesser continuity issues:
The murder of Marion: Marion was murdered less than a year afterwards by what is implied to be Brotherhood agents looking for the Mu box. Yet despite the fact that Marion was linked to Rupert BY NAME in the newspapers in 1882 in events that would have been suspicious to anyone with mythos lore, the Brotherhood were completely unable to track the Mu box to Rupert all this time.
The Mu box itself: The investigators that solve this puzzle end up for all their work with absolutely no clues that are relevant to either this scenario or any future scenario. The hieroglyphic translation might as well not exist for all the meaning it conveys.
Red Jake's survival: Supposedly Jake has evaded the lurker previously. Yet Jake has no means of evading an attack by the Lurker, since the Lurker has move 12. How the heck did he successfully run away? No PC has the resources to do that.
Red Jake's return: Why in the heck did Jake come back? This is bizarre and inexplicable behavior even for someone terrified into insanity.
The Sheaf of Papers: If the house is invaded by hobos and the like, why are the papers not disturbed after some 40 years in the house?
The Powder of Ibn-Ghazi: It's not at all made clear whether the monster, when sprinkled with this, becomes at least partially vulnerable to physical attacks. The text says it "takes on semi-solid form", but not exactly what that means (if anything). If it doesn't mean anything, why is it said?
Robert's Injury: Robert is killed by a twisting rending attack, yet this attack is wholly inconsistent with the injuries the monster is shown to produce, it's stated weaponry, the method with which it would attack the players, and the clues littering the area of the house regarding it's stated preferred mode of attack.
Edited by Celebrim, 19 November 2017 - 02:52 AM.