To mark the pre-order and PDF release of Europe Ablaze, N has a secret mission for you today agents, one that will take you far from Blighty into war-torn Greece. Mission code name: The Angel of the Abyss, a complete, free adventure by Matthew Sanderson, taken from our new supplement for World War Cthulhu: The Darkest Hour. Good luck… you’re going to need it!
In The Angel of the Abyss, Matthew Sanderson takes inspiration from the real Operation Harling, when SOE united disparate factions of the Greek Resistance, ahead of the assault on the Gorgopotamus Bridge. In this version of events, the mission is complicated by the resurgence of a forgotten death cult and their inhuman allies.
“I wanted to present a whodunit scenario amidst the political differences of the various factions of the Greek Resistance. Rather than being a murder mystery, I thought it would be interesting to have the investigators track down a saboteur in their ranks, especially as Operation Harling (the real-life mission the scenario is set around) was one of the most famous sabotage missions of the war.
“Hand in hand with this, I wanted the antagonists of the piece to have an understandable agenda. Giving the main antagonists a very human face (at least to begin with!) allows the scenario to have more of an emotional impact. During playtesting, action scenes were well balanced against some wonderfully intense scenes between the investigators and the NPCs. When the investigators found themselves confronted by the same problems the NPCs faced, some hard choices had to be made, creating some of the most memorable moments I've had at the game table.”
About Europe Ablaze
On the 16th July, 1940, Winston Churchill told Hugh Dalton, the newly appointed head of the Special Operations Executive, to “set Europe ablaze”. With this simple instruction Churchill set in motion some of the most dangerous and brilliant actions of the Second World War. The men and women of SOE performed acts of sabotage, subversion and espionage so extraordinary that if they were portrayed as fiction, they would beggar belief. These agents pushed bravery and human endurance past limits that most of us can only imagine.
Europe Ablaze presents six missions demanding such resourcefulness and determination, all set in the European theatre of operations. Some are inspired by SOE missions or historical events, while others take a more imaginative view of the conflict, but all are rooted in the all-too-real horrors that the Second World War brought about. All of them also add that special twist that being part of N’s network demands, and the dangers of the Mythos will prove at least as deadly as a bullet from the Gestapo.
Europe Ablaze is an anthology of six Call of Cthulhu scenarios set in the Second World War. Softcover, 144 pages, written by Walt Ciechanowski, Scott Dorward, Paul Fricker, Andy Nicholson, Nick Robinson and Matt Sanderson. Cover by Jon Hodgson, interior art by Scott Purdy, design by Paul Bourne.
About World War Cthulhu: The Darkest Hour
Like Call of Cthulhu itself, World War Cthulhu is rooted firmly in the real world of the 20th century, but one in which another, more secret war runs in parallel to the Second World War we all know. The Mythos is a threat to all humanity, regardless of which side of the conflict they are on, and you won’t find any Nazi sorcerers commanding undead minions or military alliances with deep ones here; the Axis have as much to lose as the Allies when they encounter eldritch forces.
"The scenarios themselves are usually grim, desperate and bloody missions, inspired by the missions of the real Special Operations Executive. In this version of history, a secret network exists within the British establishment, under the leadership of the shadowy spymaster N, using SOE resources to combat the Mythos alongside military missions. N’s agents will often find themselves behind enemy lines, hunting cultists and alien entities, while in turn being hunted by the Gestapo or collaborators. While N’s agents are cunning, well-equipped and trained in the techniques of sabotage, infiltration and assassination, the dangers they face mean any victories will be hard-won indeed.
World War Cthulhu is a setting book for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game - you will need a copy of Call of Cthulhu to use it.