The Gruen Transfer (MiskRepo)
Authors: Danial Carroll
Appears in: Miskatonic Repository.
An horrific attack on an everyday shopping mall leaves a group of survivors not only having to face their assailants, but something much darker and infinitely more disturbing.
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Several years ago, a crew of ghoulish grave-robbers stumbled upon a crypt wherein they were set upon by creatures known as Nether Shamblers, and were temporarily possessed by them. Instead of being horrified, they found the experience thrilling, and have since been seeking to replicate it. The ghoulish crew were able to procure a copy of Monstres and their Kynde, which includes a spell to summon the Nether Shamblers. Progressively losing their sanity with each possession, they now desire to ratchet up their “high”. Coming to the conclusion that tombs are too small and digging up a graveyard would be too much work, they decide to create their own dead bodies using a busy shopping mall. After a few weeks of preparations, they enact their plan minutes before closing so that the necessary lock-down draws the least amount of suspicion or panic. Taking out the security guards, they pose as them and lock all the exterior doors with secure shutters, then pump a toxic gas through the air-conditioning vents. The player characters are the only ones lucky enough to survive the gassing.
Player Handouts: Shopping Mall Map
Locations: Shopping Mall
Creatures: Nether Shambler
Tomes and Artifacts: Monstres and Their Kynde
This scenario is intended for a single session, with a focus on survival rather than investigation. It is set in a modern-day mall, and though a map of a fictional mall is given, it could easily be adapted to any other if the Keeper so desired. Due to the nature of the location, the scenario can work with any number of players.