Avalon - The County of Somerset

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Front Cover

Publisher: Cubicle 7

Product Code: 7352

Publishing Year: 2010

Pages: 126

Cover Price: $24.99

Author(s): Paul "Wiggy" Wade-Williams, Author 2

Artist(s): Jon Hodgson, Aaron Acevedo (maps), Andy Hepworth, Rich Longmore, Scott Neil, Linda Pitman, Esther Sanz, Chad Sergesketter, Jo Slucher

Setting(s): 1920s

Format(s): Softcover and PDF

Contents

The county of Somerset lies in the English West Country, a green and pleasant land steeped in millennia of history, folklore, and superstition, often overlooked as a rural backwater good for nothing but strong cider and tall tales. Yet something powerful and ancient is stirring in the county's hills and valleys, and mysterious lights flicker by night on the slopes of Glastonbury Tor, rising like a beacon from the marshes of the Somerset Levels. Old even before the heavy tread of Roman sandals pushed back the darkness, strange blood has flowed through the families of Somerset since the thawing of the last ice sheets. Legend even says King Arthur is buried here, sleeping on the lost isle of Avalon, to rise again in the hour of the land's greatest need. But what else lies out there, across - or beneath - those lonely desolate waters?

Avalon - The County of Somerset, a Sourcebook for Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu, details the mysterious West Country of 1920s' England, containing:

  • a history of Somerset;
  • a detailed and mystery-filled gazetteer;
  • extensive notes on local legends and folklore;
  • new books of lore and local personalities; and
  • complete adventures.

The book is divided into the following sections:

  • History of the region: with sections on Prehistory, Roman Era, Dark Ages, Saxon Age, Middle Ages, Early modern Era, Modern Age
  • Geography of the region
  • Specific locales: including a longer section on the City of Bath
  • Legends and Customs: with discussions of Alfred's Tower, The Dragon of Aller, The Doones, Faeries, Gorm, King Arthur, Ley Lines, Priddy Monuments, Screaming Skull of Chilton Cantelo, Swine King, Wassailing, Wedding of Stanton Drew, Witchcraft
  • Three Full Length Scenarios
  • Adventure Seeds: six short (one page) ideas which could be developed into scenarios
  • Appendices: short discussion on cider, magic tomes and spells, and regional personalities

Scenarios: Blood and Water, Strange Little Girl, St. Swithin's Hole

Additional: Introduction, Appendices, Index

Front Cover Text

Cthulhu Brittanica

Avalon The County of Somerset

A 1920s' Reference for Call of Cthulhu

Back Cover Text

The county of Somerset lies in the English West Country, a green and pleasant land steeped in millennia of history, folklore, and superstition, often overlooked as a rural backwater good for nothing but strong cider and tall tales. Yet something powerful and ancient is stirring in the county's hills and valleys, and mysterious lights flicker by night on the slopes of Glastonbury Tor, rising like a beacon from the marshes of the Somerset Levels. Old even before the heavy tread of Roman sandals pushed back the darkness, strange blood has flowed through the families of Somerset since the thawing of the last ice sheets. Legend even says King Arthur is buried here, sleeping on the lost isle of Avalon, to rise again in the hour of the land's greatest need. But what else lies out there, across - or beneath - those lonely desolate waters?

Avalon: The County of Somerset for Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu details the mysterious West Country of 1920s' England, containing:

  • a history of Somerset;
  • a detailed and mystery-filled gazetteer;
  • extensive notes on local legends and folklore;
  • new books of lore and local personalities; and
  • four (sic) complete adventures.

Comments / Trivia

Despite the fact that the back cover of this book claims that it contains four complete adventures, it actually only contains three (plus some adventure seeds).

"written by a Somerset-born author proud of his county and its rich folklore"

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