The Ballad of Bass Rock (Scenario)

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Author(s): Stuart Boon


Setting: 1920s

Appears in: The Ballad of Bass Rock published by Cubicle 7



When a leisure cruise out to Bass Rock goes awry and a summer thunderstorm traps the investigators on the barren island with only a ruined castle and a run-down lighthouse as shelter, things can’t seem to get much worse. But as the storm rages on into the black night, they discover just how wrong they are.


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A shoggoth killed the lighthouse keeper of Bass Rock. During the night, it will return to the island to feed.


Player Handouts:

  • Lighthouse Keeper’s To-Do List
  • Excerpt from Moby-Dick
  • Lighthouse Keeper’s Logbook
  • Carluke’s Letter

Locations: Bass Rock (off the east coast of Scotland)

Creatures: Shoggoth

Tomes and Artifacts:

Campaigns / Scenarios:


This scenario was originally meant to be part of Shadows Over Scotland but was subsequently separated out when the book ran over-long in layout. Cubicle 7 plans to publish it as a standalone PDF. Essentially, Ballad is a very dark, very dangerous little one-shot that was to be a counterpoint to many of the longer, investigative scenarios in Shadows Over Scotland. The situation is desperate, the time is short, and the investigators are horribly out-gunned, if you will. The horror is the thing here and the insignificance of the characters is brought to light.

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