Cain's Clan

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Pages: 11

Author(s): Ed McLinn

Artist(s): (the illustrations "by Lorem Ipsum" seem to be either anonymous, or uncredited by mistake)

Setting: Modern Jakob's Bluff, Wisconsin, Halloween

Appears in: Bride of Halloween Horror


Three years ago, something terrible happened. On Halloween night, Margot Alfredsen was brutally murdered. No killer was caught, and it was hoped that he had moved on. On Halloween night two years ago Bob and Janet Cawley were killed in the same fashion. But still there were no clues and no leads. Just last Halloween, Danica Andersen and Officer Lars Skoller were murdered, again in the same brutal fashion. Again, no killer was caught. Halloween is again approaching, and fear is gnawing at the pit of the stomachs of the good people of Jakob’s Bluff, and the investigators arrive to investigate the strange murders.


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Over three hundred years ago, on what would be celebrated now as Halloween, a Sauk Indian brave named Kiakiwaka entered an underground cave complex where the Great Old One Nyogtha was resting after ravaging Kiakiwaka’s tribe. Kiakiwaka succeeded in driving Nyogtha back into the deep places under the earth where it lairs. However, Kiakiwaka severed a pseudopod of Nyogtha’s in the struggle. The pseudopod inched along dark passageways, and crevasses in the earth, until it found an acceptable resting spot near Jakob's Bluff, Wisconsin, in the limestone caves southwest of Madison. There it rested, nursing its hurt and its hate, feasting on animals and the occasional lost human that stumbled across its path. A little over three years before the scenario begins, four friends from Jakob's Bluff went exploring in these caves and got lost; they eventually found their way, but one of them Came Back Wrong, and now, on each Halloween, the fragment of Nyogtha exacts bloody vengeance on humanity through its human vessel.


Player Handouts: (none, though there would seem to have been a couple wasted opportunities for them)

  • A large block of text at the beginning of the scenario is presumably a segment of the (fictional) weird fiction novel mentioned later in connection to the University of Wisconsin, and could conceivably be used as a hand-out representing that novel.
  • A block of text describing the contents of Father LeBlanc's diary might serve as a handout.
  • A long quote from an FBI consultant for the police on the case could serve as a handout.
  • Some descriptions of the crime scenes seem like they might better have been presented as handouts for coroner's and police reports.
  • No newspaper clippings are provided, but some newspaper articles about the murders and their impact on the town might have been useful.
  • No map is provided, but could have been useful for suggesting the relationship between the caverns, woods, and crime scenes.


  • Town of Jakob's Bluff, Wisconsin
  • Balder's Cave, Wisconsin
  • Woods outside of Jakob's Bluff, Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin in Madison (Library, Anthropology Dept., perhaps the English Dept. for an interview with a biographer)


  • Contaminated locals (Minions of the Remnant)
  • contaminated wildlife (Black Cave Owls)
  • severed part of Nyogtha

Tomes and Artifacts:

  • Father Leblanc's Diary (belongs to the University of Wisconsin, which will not willingly part with it; counts as a Tome, and contains a spell)
    • Spell: Enchant Demonbane (can be cast on any blade made of pure iron, costs 1 POW, 1d4 SAN, and requires the sacrifice of an animal of SIZ 4 or greater in the light of the moon. The blade now can damage extranormal beings; ignore any special damage reduction or immunity rules.)
  • Enchanted Roman Gladius (obtained from the Sauk Indians by the University of Wisconsin, which will not willigly part with it)
  • A (fictional) weird fiction novel by a Wisconsin writer named Darius Gustofsen (1851-1915), called "The Thing in the Mound", which tells a tale similar to LeBlanc's story, "A wise Swedish priest and a cunning Indian brave team up to face an evil from beyond the stars in an ancient burial mound"; first edition in good shape, about 110 pages long, stodgily-written and containing nothing useful in itself. (This is presumably a fictional stand-in for Wisconsin's August Derleth.)

Campaigns / Scenarios: (none)


"So times were pleasant for the people there / Until finally one, a fiend out of hell, / Began to work his evil in the world." -Beowulf (trans. Seamus Heaney)

Keeper Comments

Comments to Keepers about this scenario; Possibly how to run it successfully. Keep general DISCUSSION on the talk page.

Setting: nominally Modern Wisconsin, but can be changed to classic Lovecraft Country and other settings fairly easily (nothing but the "local flavor" provided in the descriptions places the setting in rural Wisconsin, and nothing in particular sets the date in the modern era, and the setting could just as easily be Dark Ages Europe as Modern Wisconsin).

Special Notes: The scenario includes Keeper Advice, which is a nice touch. There doesn't seem to be any real plot traditional plot or clear resolution to the scenario, and the loose, sandboxy nature of the scenario might be frustrating for all but the most self-motivated and pro-active groups. The scenario does not include handouts; enterprising keepers might want to create some in the form of coroner's reports, newspaper articles, quotes from diaries and the weird fiction novel, and maps, which would go a short way toward giving the players some direction in this scenario.

Dependence on Halloween: Minimal. Halloween decorations provide some background descriptions and the date serves as an arbitrary anniversary for the killings to happen on, but doesn't seem to play much of a part in the scenario otherwise. If keepers unfamiliar with Halloween want to use the holiday as-is, the scenario includes a few details to describe the decorations and celebration with.