The Forbidden Isle

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Pages: 17

Author(s): Stuart Boon


Setting: 1920s

Appears in: Shadows Over Scotland published by Cubicle 7



With plans of turning the island into a luxurious playground for Britain’s rich and famous, Sir George Bullough invites the investigators to the Western Isle of Rum to discover why neighbouring islanders refuse to set foot on the ‘Forbidden Isle’, and what nameless horror has claimed the island for its home.


Spoilers - Keepers Eyes Only

Players should not read any further.


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Sir George Bullough's father, John Bullough, summoned an Outer God, the Blackness from the Stars. People started disappearing from the island. Eventually, it was abandoned.

John Bullough is not dead but is controlled by the Blackness. Now that his son is bringing people back to the island, the Blackness will feed again.


Player Handouts:

  • Letter from Sir George Bullough
  • John Bullough’s Scribbled Note
  • Picture of Etched Table Top
  • Bullough Mausoleum Plaque

Locations: Isle of Rum, Mallaig (tangentially)

Creatures: The Blackness From The Stars

Tomes and Artifacts: True Magick, Revelations of Glaaki, The Secret Watcher, Magic and the Black Arts

Campaigns / Scenarios:


Keeper Comments

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The Keeper's Information section is incomplete. It does not contain the "big reveal" i.e. John Bullough is not dead but is instead a mindless killer stalking the island and controlled by the Blackness. Confusingly, this information is left out of the preamble and put at the end of the scenario.

Some Keepers may find the plot unsatisfactory. It seems unbelievable that an unarmed old man has been running around a small island for years breaking into houses, killing people (including a policeman) and dragging them away with no witnesses apart from a small child. Would a coroner accept that Bullough was dead and interred without seeing the body? Who put the brass nameplate on the mausoleum? Wouldn't a crypt full of rotting bodies attract attention?

A suggested improvement would be to drop the sections on the sitting room, attic, basement and mausoleum i.e. John Bullough is dead possibly killed by the Blackness or suicide. Make the Blackness the sole killer using some supernatural power e.g. it sends nightmares that eventually consume the soul (POW) of the victim. Choose an Investigator with the lowest POW as its next victim and make the adventure a race against time.