The Rey’s, H.A. and Margaret, are best known as the creators of Curious George. All told, they published seven Curious George books, not counting the monkey’s original appearance in Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys. Although the families of the two were acquainted in Hamburg, Germany, they met and were married in Brazil. There, H.A. Rey was selling bathtubs and sinks along the Amazon. They headed for Paris in 1936. There, they soon became concerned about the Nazi threat, as both were Jews. In 1940, as the Germans marched on Paris, Hans hastily cobbled together two bicycles from spare parts; the two rode from the city two days before the Germans entered.
Their flight had them ride 75 miles in three days, take a train to Lisbon, then sail back to Brazil, then onto New York. Curious George was published in 1941, with six more books to follow. Rey also published a new cartoon-ish guide to the constellations in 1952 titled The Stars: A New Way to See Them.
The creators of the world’s most curious monkey and The Man With the Yellow Hat knew the Amazon jungle like the back of their hand and fled the Nazis on handmade bicycles with a secret manuscript.
That makes for better gaming, anyway.
The PC’s are OSS agents, sent to France after the Nazi’s invade, with one mission — make sure the Rey’s escape, no matter the cost. Why? Given the Rey’s connections to South America, it’s entirely plausible they stumbled on something deep in the Amazon rainforest, some secret Nazi experiment, ancient technology, or lost ruin. Perhaps they found the beginning stages of Hitler’s space operations or ancient star coordinates. The Rey’s didn’t even know what they had seen, but gradually pieced things together using their art background and contacts in France.
The manuscript is NOT about the monkey. No, it’s the rough draft of The Stars: A New Way to See Them. And the new way to see them is as populated by uncaring cosmic entities who see humanity as little more than fodder for their mad cosmic machinations and who would drive humanity mad were they ever to fully manifest within our solar system.
Curious George. Cthulhu. Nazis. You’re welcome.