Lord and Beast
Author(s): Joseph Donaghue
Artist(s): The Monograph has no art (except a couple of period photographs of characters), Andrew Dawson is credited with Layout Assistance.
Setting: World War II
Appears in: Cthulhu Masters Tournament.
This scenario is set in early World War II (June 1942) somewhere in the South Pacific. A plane carrying a group of British boys to safely sit out the war in Australia, has gone missing. The players take on the roles of characters from the USS Henderson who are sent on a mission to locate the (presumably) crashed plane and rescue the children.
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The core idea for this adventure is a re-imagining of the classic William Golding novel "The Lord of the Flies", except with the two factions of boys on the island being led by creatures of the Cthulhu Mythos. As assumed, the plane carrying the boys has crashed, leaving them stranded on a small island. The few adults on the craft were killed in the crash. Unfortunately the island is in close proximity to a site where countless aeons ago an Elder Thing and a Shoggoth were trapped in stasis. Recent bombing in the Battle of Coral Sea have brought these creatures back from stasis and they now wish to resume their eternal war against one another. Both groups decide to recruit boys from the island, with the ultimate effect that the faction of boys calling themselves "The Hunters" are being manipulated by the Lord of the Isle (the Elder Thing) while "The Gatherers" faction is controlled by The Beast (Shoggoth).
Player Handouts: There are no player handouts.
Locations: An unspecified island somewhere in the South Pacific.
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This adventure is presented very much as a tournament sceanario, with indicative timings given for the various sections.
The scenario includes seven pre-generated characters who are assumed to be the Investigators (for this tournament round).
The resemblance of this story to William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" is very close, although it introduces Mythos elements to provide a supernatural back-story to the actions of the different camps of children.