Must The Show Go On?

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Included in "Plan 09 From Halloween"

Pages: 12

Author(s): Jason Williams

Artist(s): (none)

Setting: 1920s (specifically, Halloween)

Appears in: Plan 09 From Halloween.


A famous Bostonian stage magician is putting on a one-night-only show at the Manley Theatre in Arkham; things do not go according to plan.


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Bostonian stage magician Garlock the Great has a nefarious and cunning plan to obtain a rare occult scroll by tricking his female assistant into unknowingly making the Unspeakable Promise to Hastur on his behalf during a performance in Arkham. His plan goes awry when instead of being killed during the performance (thus fulfilling the promise), the assistant survives and goes on to transform into an Unspeakable Possessor, nightly killing hobos and other nightlife from Arkham's streets. The Investigators are enmeshed in this situation either as discoverers of the scroll delivered as part of the promise, or as the ones seeking to put a stop to the endless procession of murders.


Player Handouts:

  • Quote from Scroll (not presented as a handout, but could be copied/printed and cut out for use as one)
  • Almanac of Sunrise/Sunset times (not presented as a handout, but could be copied/printed and cut out for use as one)



Tomes and Artifacts:

Campaigns / Scenarios: (none)


Includes a brief description of some of the challenges to navigating Arkham's subterranean sewer tunnels.

Keeper Comments

Setting: Nominally Arkham in the 1920s, but the scenario could probably be used in any location in the Gaslight era up to the modern era with minimal changes.

Dependence on Halloween: Almost non-existent. The magician is performing his show in Arkham on Halloween, and the scenario includes information about the sunrise/sunset times on the days on and around October 31, but Halloween as a holiday plays no role in the scenario, and any other day could be substituted with little or no rewriting.