Menhirs in the Grotto

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The Mysteries of Mesoamerica Front Cover

Pages: 32

Author(s): Brian Appleton

Artist(s): Blair Reynolds

Setting: 1920s

Appears in: The Mysteries of Mesoamerica.



A team of investigators travels to the historical city of Texcoco, Mexico to study a recently unearthed stela appearing to be Aztec in origin.


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The stela is part of an ancient site dedicated to the Aztec goddess Coatlicue, whose location is now used to worship Shub-Niggurath. The cult leader is Conchita Moreno, the beautiful assistant of Dr. Carlos Calderón, the team contact in Mexico. Her greatest ally is Emilio Herrera, construction businessman, who is a secret worshipper of Nyarlathotep. The cult plans to perform a "Ritual of Ribirth", where Conchita will be transformed in a Gof'nn Hupadgh Shub-Niggurath, or Blessed of Shub-Niggurath.


Player Handouts:

  • Were-Jaguar figurine;
  • Six stelae depicting various scenes related to fertility, fecundity and fruitfulness;
  • Dais depicting the dismemberment of Coyolxauhqui;
  • 12-inch high statue of Coatlicue;
  • Two 6-inch high statue of Tlazolteotl giving birth to Tezcatlipoca;
  • Jaguar censer;
  • Tiger god Figurine;
  • Adorned Skull;
  • Statue of Were-Jaguar;
  • Etchings depicting Tezcatlipoca and Tepeyollotli.

Locations: Outskirts of Texcoco, Mexico.

Creatures: Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath, Zombie, Gof'nn Hupadgh Shub-Niggurath, Were-jaguar.

Tomes and Artifacts:

  • Transformación, by Fray Umberto Fernandez, a book handwritten in Spanish, detailing and comparing the various states of lycanthropy;
  • Enchanted Sacrificial Obsidian Dagger;
  • Smoking Mirror;
  • Shamanic Mask of Jaguar.

Campaigns / Scenarios: Dr. Carlos Calderón, who acts in this scenario as official Mexican liasion between the University of Mexico City and the archeological team has a dark side that will creep up in The Heretics, another scenario from The Mysteries of Mesoamerica. This link can be used to build a mini-campaign.

Comments / Trivia

The following data is included for use in this scenario but may also be useful somewhere else:

  • Statistics for 4 Mexican cultist guards;
  • Statistics for 8 Mexican digsite workers;
  • Statistics for 3 Mexican policemen;
  • Statistics for zombies;
  • Statistics for a typical Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath;
  • Statistics for Shub-Niggurath;
  • Complete description with statistics to Were-jaguar.

Keeper Comments