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Eldritch Icons: The Goat in the Queen’s Wood, Pt. 1

We start with the unfortunately-named Shub Niggurath, the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young, who will continue to be called “The Goat” unless in a textual quote. She, for Lovecraft established her gender in “Out of the Aeons,” was a creation of H.P. Lovecraft (although he calls her a “he” in “Whisperer,” but most stories consider her a she), although she never appeared directly in his stories. Her name is used primarily in incantations by cultists.

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Unreal Worlds: Doom on the Rhine

Europe is a pretty interesting (and weird) place, even if you ignore its potentially monstrous royal bloodlines and its assorted botched 16th century alien invasions. The Rhine Valley seems to have attracted more than its own share of High Strangeness, due in some small part to the fact that the area around the powerful (and […]

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100 Word RPG Hook: TOP SECRET//MAJIC//EYES ONLY, SERIAL 9/TI/00676-14

DATE: 20141016 0604Z SUBJECT/CRITIC: RESUMPTION OF CONTACT WITH OTV-3/X-37B “PENDRAGON” EXECSUM: STRATCOM/OFFUT AFB/GOG RECEIVED A NEW TRANSMISSION FROM PENDRAGON AT O558Z ON 16 OCTOBER 2014, AT WHICH TIME IT SIGNALED INTENT TO LAND AT VANDENBERG AFB/MAGOG. THIS REPRESENTS THE FIRST CONTACT WITH PENDRAGON SINCE ITS DISAPPEARANCE FROM RADIO AND SENSOR CONTACT AT 0558Z ON 19 […]

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100 Word RPG Hook: TOP SECRET//MAJIC//EYES ONLY, SERIAL 9/TI/00676-14

DATE: 20141016 0604Z SUBJECT/CRITIC: RESUMPTION OF CONTACT WITH OTV-3/X-37B “PENDRAGON” EXECSUM: STRATCOM/OFFUT AFB/GOG RECEIVED A NEW TRANSMISSION FROM PENDRAGON AT O558Z ON 16 OCTOBER 2014, AT WHICH TIME IT SIGNALED INTENT TO LAND AT VANDENBERG AFB/MAGOG. THIS REPRESENTS THE FIRST CONTACT WITH PENDRAGON SINCE ITS DISAPPEARANCE FROM RADIO AND SENSOR CONTACT AT 0558Z ON 19 […]

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Dog Day Apocalypse

To celebrate the airing of Season Five of The Walking Dead, we’re having a zombie themed week of posts here at The Illuminerdy. This offering is the outline of a system free zombie survival scenario you can throw at your players. It has a twist, though: The players don’t know that it’s a zombie apocalypse […]

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Zombie Week: Random Zombie Effects Table

Zombies are great as bad guys. But they get a little boring, you know? A few Turn Undeads and they are all taken care of. Spice up your zombies with this random zombie enhancement table. Bill Murray zombie included. Random Zombie Effects Table      01-04     Zombie has been soaked in oil. Vulnerable to fire. […]

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Zombie Week: The Top 10 Causes of a Zombie Apocalypse

Whatever flavour of zombie you have, there’s always something that caused the apocalypse. That reason is never, however, ‘rage infected monkeys’. That just leads to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Ten: Green Glowing Mist Released from barrels stolen from a military research facility, the green glowing mist causes rampant mutation in nearby […]

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