Shadows Over Scotland

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Publisher: Cubicle 7

Product Code: 7353

Publishing Year: 2011

Pages: 288

Cover Price: £26.99 (2011)

Author(s): Stuart Boon

Artist(s): Jon Hodgson (cover & interior), Paul Bourne (layout), Jan Pospisil, Andy Hepworth, Eric Lofgren, Scott Neil, Nicole Cardiff, Pat Loboyko, Nate Furman

Setting(s): 1920s

Format(s): Hardcover and PDF

ISBN: 978-0-85744-046-4

Contents

Mysterious, wild and beautiful, Scotland in the 1920s is home to horrors modern and ancient, man-made and star-born. From the rolling pastoral Lowlands to the snow-capped peaks of the Highlands and the seaweed-choked Western Isles, creatures and cultures have taken root in Scotland whose maddening, corrupting influence can be felt far and wide. Fiendish things haunt the hive-like alleys and wynds of old Edinburgh, while Glasgow’s streets whisper with rumours of dark terrors in the shipyard shadows on the snaking, poisonous Clyde. And in the isles, murmurs on fishing boats and ferries speak of far older things, of sites of power and standing stones, awakenings and stirrings in forgotten places. Something terrifying lurks in the night, casting dark shadows over Scotland.

In addition to 6 scenarios (see below), Shadows Over Scotland is very much intended to be a resource for Keepers. There is a wealth of information for creating Scottish scenarios here, including:

  • an Introduction to 1920s Scotland, incorporating:
    • Scotland in the 1920s
    • A Keeper's History of Scotland
    • A Mythos Timeline
    • The Lingo of 1920s Scotland
    • Notable Figures of 1920s Scotland
  • three regional sections--The Lowlands, The Highlands, and The Islands, which include sections on:
    • Geography
    • Culture & People
    • Flora & Fauna
    • Climate
    • Mythos & Scenario Seeds
    • Cities in Detail
    • People & Places of Note
  • and six sinister scenarios:
    • Death and Horror Incorporated
    • The Hand of Abyzou
    • Uisge Beatha ("The Water of Life")
    • Heed the Kraken's Call
    • The Forbidden Isle
    • Star Seed
  • in addition to known Mythos cultures and creatures, the book introduces a large number of unique Mythos entities, such as:
    • ‘Old Maggie’, the Crone of Appin Hill
    • The Thing in the Clyde
    • Sawney Bean
    • The Blue Men of the Minch
    • Bishop Warlock
    • The Floating Horror of Glen Affric
    • ... and others too horrible to mention!

For each region, nine 'Cities in Detail' are provided with further discussion of locations, personalities, and Mythos elements. These are:

  • Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews for the Lowlands;
  • Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William for the Highlands;
  • Kirkwall, Portree, and Stornoway for the Islands.


Scenarios: Death And Horror Incorporated, The Hand Of Abyzou, Uisge Beatha ('The Water of Life'), Heed The Kraken's Call, The Forbidden Isle, Star Seed

Additional: Introduction, History Timeline, Lingo, Notable Figures, Mythos Spells & Items, Index

Front Cover Text

Cthulhu Brittanica

Shadows Over Scotland

A Scotland Sourcebook for Call of Cthulhu by Stuart Boon

Back Cover Text

Mysterious, wild and beautiful, Scotland in the 1920s is home to horrors modern and ancient, man-made and star-born. From the rolling pastoral Lowlands to the snow-capped peaks of the Highlands and the seaweed-choked Western Isles, creatures and cultures have taken root in Scotland whose maddening, corrupting influence can be felt far and wide. Fiendish things haunt the hive-like alleys and wynds of old Edinburgh, while Glasgow’s streets whisper with rumours of dark terrors in the shipyard shadows on the snaking, poisonous Clyde. And in the isles, murmurs on fishing boats and ferries speak of far older things, of sites of power and standing stones, awakenings and stirrings in forgotten places. Something terrifying lurks in the night, casting dark shadows over Scotland.

Shadows over Scotland is a massive new hardback sourcebook for Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game covering Scotland in the 1920s. It features:

  • three comprehensive sections detailing the Lowlands, Highlands and Islands;
  • individual sections on history, folklore, language and life in 1920s Scotland;
  • a complete mythos timeline;
  • detailed coverage of nine cities and their various inhabitants;
  • and, six sinister adventures complete with extensive handouts.

Comments / Trivia

Published in both hardcover and PDF formats. Player handouts and scenario plot maps for Keepers are provided as a downloadable PDF.

A seventh scenario The Ballad of Bass Rock was initially intended to be included in the book but was subsequently removed when the book ran long in layout. Cubicle 7 plans to release the scenario as an additional downloadable scenario.

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The book could be improved in several ways.

The maps are not clear. The text is sometimes difficult to read. They usually lack a scale. They often do not show locations mentioned in a scenario but instead show places that are irrelevant. Often, they do not show railways and do not differentiate between major and minor roads.

There is little information pointing out differences between then and now. It would help the Keeper if there was information on such topics as policing in Scotland and the extent of electrification.

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