Halloween Candy

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Pages: 19

Author(s): Oscar Rios, Walter Attridge

Artist(s):

Setting: Modern USA, Halloween

Appears in: Halloween Horror 2.

Campaign:

Summary

Today starts normally enough for three agents of the newly formed Department of Homeland Security Agency. It is late October; Halloween to be exact, but there’ll be little fun and games for the trio. On route to a national conference, where some of the most knowledgeable people in the country would be holding seminars on everything from foreign cultures, terrorist funding and the latest in non-lethal submission techniques, the phone rings.

Michael P. Jackson, the assistant secretary of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security), who identifies himself with a confirmation code. "Gentlemen, it seems you won’t be going to your conference after all. A situation has arisen and as of now you are all being assigned to an operation that is vital to national security. You are to immediately proceed to the GPS coordinates I am sending you; there you’ll meet two operatives. You are assigned to them until further notice; assist them in any way possible. They have full authority concerning this operation. This operation is classified and I cannot stress that strongly enough. The team leader will brief you all as soon as you arrive at the rendezvous point. Good luck gentlemen, make DHS proud."

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A bitter convicted child molester/"Hollywood Voodoo" cultist/Y'golonac worshiper is poisoning candy, turning children into zombie sex slaves and killing their parents for revenge, and only the Special Section Nine-A of the Department of Homeland Security (PC investigators) can stop him.


References

Player Handouts:

  • Five pre-gen Player-Characters
  • PC vehicle and equipment record
  • Zombie Identification,
  • Current Leads and Description of Suspect (not handouts, but could be printed/copied and cut out as hand-outs),
  • Criminal Case File,
  • Victim Case File,
  • Officer Loren's Statement,
  • Business Card with "hidden" message,

Locations:

  • Town of "Cogan Springs", modern day (2002?) USA (state not specified)

Creatures:

  • Lesser Zombies,
  • Zombie Lieutenants,
  • Y'golonac (formerly the possessed cultist child predator "zombie master")

Tomes and Artifacts:

  • Business Card with Quote from Revelations of Glaaki (renders the reader vulnerable to Y'golonac
  • If Officer Loren survives, he joins the investigators' team (presumably as an ally and resource, or replacement PC in the event of a PC death-by-misadventure)

Organizatons:

Campaigns / Scenarios: (none)

Comments

Trivia: Pre-gen PC character names appear to have been taken from actors from various police procedural and cop television shows and moves.

Keeper Comments

Comments to Keepers about this scenario; Possibly how to run it successfully. Keep general DISCUSSION on the talk page.

Setting: Place is 'Anytown' USA, with references to 'Voodoo' perhaps implying a town in or near Louisiana (could probably be reset elsewhere with minimal trouble, though; for example, the 'Voodoo' element is indistinguishable from generic Satanism or Mythos cult activity). Time is the modern era ('newly-formed Department of Homeland Security' implies year 2002 or shortly afterward), but the scenario could be reset with some work to a different era (the "newly-formed DHS" could be changed to the 'newly-formed FBI' to set it in the 1930's USA, or to the Bureau of Investigation in the Classic setting. The 1970's and 1980's would seem like a prime candidate for an alternate era to set this scenario in, as that would have been the height of the poisoned-candy legend and the 'Satanic Panic' that this scenario seems to draw from.)

Special Notes: with a plot referencing child molestation, the poisoned-Halloween-candy urban legend, and the unfortunate implications in referring to the cultist's religion as 'Voodoo', some gaming groups may find this scenario distasteful. It seems easy to change the villain to a generic Satanist or Mythos cultist, which may avert problems with identifying his bizarre religion as 'Voodoo' (a real-life religion which apparently does not even closely resemble 'Hollywood Voodoo'!)

Five Pre-Gen characters from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are included, along with equipment and vehicle. I'm not sure why the DHS would get involved in this case - it sounds more like a job for the State Police, or possibly the FBI if you assume the crimes were committed across any state lines, but DHS pre-gen characters are included in the scenario. The characters and their role in the scenario seem like they would be interchangeable with Delta Green agents.

Dependence on Halloween: the plot has a lot of references to Halloween costumes and poisoned Halloween costumes, and would probably make the most sense if set on Halloween in the U.S. sometime between the 1970's and the present, though minimal editing would allow this scenario to be reset in other eras and countries.