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The Conqueror Worm

This campaign takes place in the Holy Roman Empire in the year 1497. In the last century, the Empire has been ravaged by the black death, ecclesiastical corruption, and the witch hunt craze, which is only now gaining momentum due to the writings and zealotry of figures such as the infamous inquisitor Heinrich Kramer, whose Malleus Maleficarum, written in 1485, is now widely recognized by European churchmen.

However, disease and would-be witches are not the only threats to the Empire, as an outbreak of sightings and disturbances straight from the apocalyptic musings of the superstitious has blanketed the kingdoms and duchies of Greater Germany. The more sober of mind dismiss such stories as a combination of old wives tales and the ramblings of the mad, but eyewitnesses and those in the highest positions of the Latin Church know better.

This game will utilize the Call of Cthulhu D20 Rule Set (Wizards of the Coast, 2002) as well as other D20 source materials such as the Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 source books (Wizards of the Coast, 2000) and some Pathfinder RPG materials (Paizo, 2009).

Some Material for Inspiration:

Literary:

H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos stories (“At the Mountains of Madness,” “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Dunwich Horror,” “The Colour out of Space,” “The Rats in the Walls,” et alia)
The Solomon Kane stories of Robert E. Howard, as well as his Horror stories utilizing the Cthulhu Mythos
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Germanic Legend (Nibelungen, Dietrichepik, Beowulf)
The Witcher Saga and the Hussite Trilogy of Andrzej Sapkowski
A History of Madness in Sixteenth-Century Germany, H.C. Midelfort

Film and Television:

The Call of Cthulhu (2005)
Solomon Kane (2009)
John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)
Evil Dead Trilogy
Dagon (2001)
The Roger Corman / Vincent Price adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories
The Name of the Rose (1986)
Cadfael (1994-1996)
Universal Studios Monster flicks (from the 30s and 40s)
F.W. Murnau’s Faust and Nosferatu (1920s)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

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