Author(s): Oscar Rios
Appears in: Plan 09 From Halloween
It's the day before Halloween and the Investigators have been invited to an function celebrating the arrival in Arkham of a visiting Egyptian exhibit from The Cairo Museum, which features the mummy of a notable court astrologer.
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The scenario begins with the discovery that several items have been stolen from the mummy which forms the centrepiece of the exhibit (actually a prank pulled by a student). The Investigators are hired to solve the embarrassing mystery. The mummy, however, is not as dead as everyone believes and it too has ambitions to find whoever stole its belongings and get them back ... though its methods are less conventional. The end result is that at this year's Halloween frat parties, some of the costumes are really very convincing indeed.
- Rumors and Small Talk, Overheard Conversation (not presented as hand-outs, but could be copied/printed and cut up for use as handouts)
- Descriptions of Items on Exhibit (not presented as hand-outs, but could be copied/printed and cut up for use as handouts)
- Mummified Animals
- Children of the Sphinx,
- Ancient astrologer mummy (a worshipper of Shub-Niggurath)
- Drunken/Insane Grad Student (and Tomb-Robber)
- Costumed "Mummies" and Security Guard (these human NPCs are not hostile by default, but the scenario mentions situations in which they may come into conflict with the investigators)
Tomes and Artifacts:
- Mummy Head-Dress, Bracers, and Ring (non-magical artifacts)
- Dr. Fadil Himsi – Noted Egyptian Archaeologist, Cairo Museum
- Dr. Harvey Wilcox – Dean of History and Social Sciences
- Dr. Harvey Wainscott – Dean of Miskatonic University
- Doris Peabody– Wife of Arkham mayor, Joseph Peabody
- Floyd Tobey – Reporter for the Arkham Advisor
- Terrence O’Kelly – Miskatonic University Night Watchman
- Bradford “Brad” Kenmore – Graduate student and grave robber
Campaigns / Scenarios: (none)
A minor plot point in the scenario revolves around the rivalry between Arkham's Mayor Peabody and current election rival MU's Dr Wainscott (described in H.P. Lovecraft's Arkham). There is, however, a slight inconsistency of dates -- this scenario takes place around Halloween 1929 whereas the Mayoral vote contested by Peabody and Wainscott would, by Herber's descriptions in the Arkham sourcebook, have taken place on November 6, 1928 (with the next election being November, 1930).
The references to "rare Amazonian orchards" are typos - these are meant to be orchids.
Setting: Miskatonic University on October 30-31, 1929; there doesn't seem to be any specific reason another year couldn't be chosen, though, and the scenario could easily be relocated to another university with minor rewriting.
Dependence on Halloween: Quite heavy. The scenario is set during a Halloween party at Miskatonic University, and the mummy's ability to hide among the costumed party-goers in a "really good mummy costume" and the college student's theft of the mummy's jewelry to wear as part of his "King Tut" costume to win a contest are plot points, so it would be difficult to write this holiday out of the scenario. The scenario doesn't require keepers or players to know much more about Halloween than that the students and faculty are having a costume party, though, so the scenario seems unlikely to demand much "buy in" from groups with little familiarity or interest in the holiday.