Curse of the Centuries (Scenario)

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Challenge, Issue 65

Pages: 3

Author(s): J. B. Hill

Artist(s): Uncredited

Setting: 1890s, 1920s, Modern

Appears in: Challenge Magazine, #65.


A well known archaeologist has been murdered and the mummy he was working on has been mutilated.


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Archaeologist Sir Richard Lesley-Smith has died a strange and horrible death while cataloging the discoveries from his last expedition. Then others associated with him start dying, these deaths seem to be accidents but the cause is a rare intelligent version of the scarab beetle that was concealed in a mummy discovered by the expedition but only released when it was autopsied.


Player Handouts: N/A

Locations: TBD

Creatures: Scarab Beetle

Tomes and Artifacts: Secrets of the Ancient Egyptians (Tome), Kehphu: The Black Pharaoh (Tome), Sir Richards Notes, Inscribed Clay Jar.


  • The expedition that led to the discovery of the mummy was sponsored by New World Incorporated.
  • The scenario was followed up with two sequels that appeared in the 76th and 77th issues of Challenge magazine.

Keeper Comments

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  • Details of just where the scenario is set are deliberately kept vague (The default appears to be London in the 1920s) to give Keepers maximum flexibility in using the scenario. One page of the scenario is given up to notes on converting the scenario for different eras and the creatures encountered.