The Space Between
Author(s): Scott Dorward
Appears in: Nameless Horrors (Supplement)
What was planned as a fantastic new feature film is turning into the shoot from hell. The leading lady has vanished, the director has retreated from the world, and the police are sniffing around the set. It is up to the investigators to get the film back on track and share its vision with the world.
This scenario is set in modern-day Los Angeles and follows the last stages of the troubled production of a movie called The Space Between. The production has been bankrolled by the Church of Sunyata, and the cast and crew, including the investigators, are made up entirely of members of the Church. Rumor has it that the script is an allegory of Church teachings, and the finished film may be used as a recruitment tool. The film has been shooting for five weeks and was just on the verge of completion when Verity Harrow, the female lead, went missing. This has brought production to a halt, but the investigators' real problems are just beginning.
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The Church of Sunyata is a powerful force in modern-day Hollywood, but it is still fighting the popular perception that it is a cult. Part of the campaign to change this involves the funding of a new feature film, one that will present an allegorical story of the Church's beliefs. The filming is in trouble, though: the leading lady has vanished, the director has retreated from the world, and the police are sniffing around the set. It is up to the investigators, as loyal members of the Church, to make sure that these problems do not prevent the Church's vision from being shared with the world, no matter what that vision turns out to be.
- maps, charts, tables, lists (mostly for Keeper use, but may contain some information suitable for use as handouts):
- list: Dramatis Personae (list of NPCs)
- chart: Relationship Map
- table: Timeline
- map: Woodward's Penthouse
- map: The Retreat
- list: Pre-Generated Characters (list of pregens)
- illustrations (not intended for use as handouts, but some are perhaps still useful for this purpose):
- Chandler, hard at work
- The Death of Verity Harrow
- Dramatis Personae (NPC portraits)
- The Editing Suite
- The Skin of Ralph L. Chandler
- The Exegesis of Ralph L. Chandler
- A Private Session with Steele
- An Emptying Suite
- The Fast Track to becoming Empty
- The Test Screening
- Overview of the Script
- Church Jargon
- Cast and Crew (player-friendly list of the cast and crew of the film, both NPC and PC, and what the investigators would reasonably know about each of them)
- What does the Production Crew Know about the Film? (not listed as a hand-out, but gives a player-friendly description of what the general cast and crew know the production they have been working on)
- The Truth Behind The Space Between
- You Have Been Emptied (instructions in the event of disaster)
- You Are Truly Empty (instructions in the event of disaster)
- six pre-generated characters
Tomes and Artifacts:
- Mu: A Scientific Approach to Enlightenment, 1967, by Ralph L. Chandler
- Sussex Manuscript
- The Exegesis of Ralph L. Chandler
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Setting: The scenario is set pretty firmly in Modern (1960s to 2010s or even near-future) Los Angeles and thematically fits that setting the best, though it's possible that it might be shifted in location and era to other film-making towns, with some effort and creativity.
- Designed for up to six investigators, The Space Between can be played over one or more sessions. Pre-generated investigators are included, but it will cause no problems if the players prefer to create their own investigators for play however. The only requirements are that investigators be members of the Church of Sunyata, involved in the film production in some way, and have a reason to get involved when things start going wrong.
- At first glance, without playtesting it, this scenario seems to this reviewer to be a potentially low-combat scenario suitable for beginning players.
Sequel Plot Hooks: None; probably not well-suited for a continuing campaign using the same characters.