Star Seed (Scenario)

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Pages: 18

Author(s): Stuart Boon


Setting: 1920s

Appears in: Shadows Over Scotland published by Cubicle 7



Archaeologist John McNamara invites the investigators to Skara Brae to confer on a strange artefact he’s discovered. If he’s right, there might have been a very good reason why the settlement was abandoned so suddenly millennia ago. Worse, it would appear the stars are aligning once more, and that same ‘reason’ might well be returning from the timeless depths of space.


Spoilers - Keepers Eyes Only

Players should not read any further.


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McNamara discovered a crystalline shard - a "star seed". By touching the shard, McNamara summoned a Colour Out of Space. In 48 hours, it will arrive.


Player Handouts:

  • Brecht’s African Journal, Part 1
  • Brecht’s African Journal, Part 2
  • Brecht’s African Journal, Part 3
  • McNamara’s Letter to Investigators
  • McNamara’s Dig Journal
  • Neolithic Pictogram

Locations: Skara Brae, Orkney, Dreamlands

Creatures: The Colours Out Of Space

Tomes and Artifacts: The Black Shard

Campaigns / Scenarios:


Keeper Comments

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There are a lot of plot holes that the Keeper needs to fill in.

Without consulting Old Lady Merriman and completing a dream quest, the Investigators are unlikely to successfully deal with the Colour. Unfortunately, the link to Merriman is very tenuous (buried in the "Skaill Home Farm" section). If the Investigators find the shard, why would they tell the Moodies? The Keeper may decide to provide other links e.g. they meet Miss Hestwall sketching the standing stones.

Why is there a pictogram showing how to send the shard back into space next to the chamber containing the shard? If the inhabitants of Skara Brae knew how to get rid of the shard, why didn't they? The Keeper should have some explanation for this.

Finally, there are no stats and virtually no other information about the Guardian. What is the Guardian? Why do the Investigators have to convince it to help them if it is a "guardian of life"?