A Souvenir of Mars (Outline)

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Challenge, Issue 43

Pages: 2

Author(s): Marcus L. Rowland

Artist(s): N/A

Setting: 1890s (Space:1899)

Appears in: Challenge Magazine, #43.


What is inside the box held by Professor Philbeam?


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Whilst travelling from Mars to Earth, the investigators become aware of the odd behaviour of archaeologist Professor Philbeam, who is obsessed with a small metal box he found on Mars. Eventually he disappears into his room and a day later emits a horrific scream. When the room is entered the Professor is found dead after apparently cutting his hand off, but the hand cannot be found. If the box is tampered with in specific ways, it will expand in a non-Euclidean way to encompass the entire ship. After a brief period inside a strange space filled with many objects (Including Professor Philbeam's missing hand...) the ship is deposited in close proximity to a moon of Saturn upon which is a cubic structure. Only by penetrating this structure will the enigma be resolved.


Player Handouts: N/A

Locations: N/A

Creatures: N/A

Tomes and Artifacts: A mysterious metal box, Professor Philbeam's notes


  • The scenario forms part of a longer article on how to combine the settings of Space 1889 and Call of Cthulhu, includes rules for converting characters from one system to the other.

Keeper Comments

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  • The scenario is a detailed two page outline. Keepers will have to do a lot of work turning it into a scenario, provide NPCs, maps etc.