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Thee, Nemesis, I call, almighty queen, by whom the deeds of mortal life are seen: eternal, much revered, of boundless sight, alone rejoicing in the just and right.
- Orphic Hymn 61 to Nemesis, 3rd Century B.C.
About the Scenario – This adventure takes place on the island of Martinique, in early May of 1928. The story begins in the capital of Fort-De-France and should end in the mountains to the north, along the road leading to the city of St. Pierre. The title refers to a Martinique proverb, “L’homme est pour le purgatoire, la femme pour l’enfer”, which translates to “A Man to Purgatory, A Woman to Hell.” This means that men are punished for their sins but women are dammed for them. It involves a missing man, his vengeful mistresses, his wife, their secret, and La Diablesse, a creature of Martinique’s folklore. Continue reading
These creatures begin as a normal human woman who are transformed and corrupted by dealings with various dark powers, most often The Black Man, avatar of the Outer God Nyarlathotep. Their creation follows a dark pact, wherein the woman uses magic to secure the romantic attentions of a particular man. Her wish is granted but with a price. When the object of her affection dies, typically by a tragic accident shortly after her wish is fulfilled, her dark contract is fulfilled. The “accident” is always caused by the malevolent that made the pact; as such beings seldom play fair. The woman is transformed into an immortal creature cursed to lead men to their doom. Continue reading
Dispatch – “911, what is the nature of your emergency?”
Caller – “I just shot and killed an intruder. He was wearing a mask and had a knife.”
Dispatch – “Okay, stay on the line, we are sending someone right away. Caller ID doesn’t seems to be working, give me your address”
Voice in background – “He’s gone!”
Caller – “What? I shot him four times!”
Dispatch – “Sir, stay on the line. What’s your address?”
Voice in the background begins screaming. Sound of phone falling to the floor. Sound of screaming. Sound of Two gunshots before the line goes dead.
“The lake has been a placed of comfort, and death, since time began. On nights when there is no moon a lone traveler can go there to meet with the ghosts of their past. If they are lucky, or unlucky, they are met by the specter they seek. Final good byes can be given, apologies made, or confessions delivered. Many come from the lake with a sense of closure and resolution, but some who go there are never seen again. What happens to them remains a mystery” – Translated from the original German, excerpt from the diary of Deitrick Jaeger.
The investigators must journey to the Oasis of Ket-Septi, located about four days travel from Alexandria, in the hope that this is where the runaway Pet-Amen is heading. Investigators must arrive at there within six days (of the start of the scenario) for on the night of the sixth night Pet-Amen will marry her Father/Uncle Heri-Baset. Should this happen she’ll be lose much of her humanity in exchange for power and near immortality.
The investigators are hired by Saho Hirrus, an respected auxiliary officer attached to Legio III Cyrenaica (the 3rd Legion), stationed in Egypt. He’s a native born Egyptian and a 2nd generation Roman citizen, a good soldier and loyal to the empire. A few years ago, Hirrus married Ritho, a beautiful woman from a poor rural tribe. He owns a spacious house in Alexandria and, although he and his wife have no children, they enjoy a good life. However, the actions of his wife’s sister have put his entire career and good name at risk.