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World War Cthulhu: Cold War - Covert Actions'

Pages: 31

Author(s): Matthew Sanderson

Artist(s): Scott Purdy, Sam Manley, Jon Hodgson

Setting: 1970s

Appears in: World War Cthulhu: Cold War - Covert Actions

Summary

On the eve of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, Investigators are dispatched to RAF Akrotiri to look into what appear to be a sabotage case.

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Synopsis

All electrical systems at the RAF Akrotiri went haywire. Senior officers on the base incorrectly believe that the disruption is caused by sabotage aimed at stealing a nuclear warhead. One of the officers confesses that he fell into a trap and is being blackmailed by a woman to provide all kinds of information about the nuclear warhead at the base. But the truth is far more terrible. The haywire is, in fact, caused by the Outer God Tru'nembra, the Angel of Music. There is a number station working inside RAF Akrotiri, passing coded transmissions on shortwave radio frequencies to undercover SIS operatives throughout the northern hemisphere. Corporal Bryce Fredricks, an accomplished musician, picked up a faint transmission carrying complex music and triangulated its signal to the constellation of Lyra. He responded to that signal, playing the complex piece of music on his theremin. Tru'nembra answered to Fredericks transmission, sending a signal that would transport the musician to the Court of Azathoth, but the equipment overloaded, saving the Fredericks. As the number station can't go silent, his music keeps playing on loop every four hours, calling the Outer God's attention to the base, resulting in electrical systems going haywire.

References

Player Handouts:

  • N's note;
  • Fredericks' report;
  • Numbers station logbook;
  • Cadenza to an Alien Aria manuscript;
  • Bookmark in Myths Writen in the Stars.

Locations:

  • Limassol, Cyprus;
  • RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus.

Creatures: Servitor of the Outer Gods

Tomes and Artifacts: (none)

Comments

The author recommends Keepers planning to run the scenario to read The Music of Erich Zann, by H. P. Lovecraft.

Aydin Dikmen, who appears in this scenario, was a real art dealer and smuggler convicted in 1989 for the theft and sale of stolen frescos from Cypriot churches during the Turkish invasion.

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