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Old Aug 13th, 2020, 01:25 AM
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Shadows of Yog-Sothoth

Shadows of Yog-Sothoth

Attention: Deadline for submitting/completing applications is 10:00pm EST Monday 8/31/20

SystemCall of Cthulhu 6th Edition

SettingBoston circa 1928

Posting RateThis game will have a slower posting rate due to the fact that I have a hectic life with young kids. So, it is perfect for those who are looking for a slower-paced game.

PlotThe characters are the newest members of the Hermetic Order of the Silver Twilight, a magical order devoted to the study and practice of the occult. While most of its members take advantage of the perks that come with membership in an elusive social club, a silent minority claim to be practitioners of magic. While the order resembles a Masonic lodge on the surface, its peculiarities and oddities have made the characters uncomfortable with their newfound membership.

Dr. Edward Call, a fellow member, seems quite anxious and frightened. He claims to have been invited into a secretive inner circle of the order known as the "Keepers of the Silver Gate." The last person to have been invited into the "Keepers of the Silver Gate" disappeared on the night of his initiation ritual. Edward pleads with the characters to help him investigate the true nature of the clandestine inner circle so that he might avoid a gruesome fate...

Additional InfoThe order is led by a mysterious man named John Scott, the "Noble Philosopher." His pale, mottled complexion causes many to be unsettled in his presence. Unlike the Freemasons, both men and women are admitted into the order. The order meets in an old Victorian mansion on the outskirts of the city; its interior has been converted into libraries and a temple for rituals. Members meet weekly for a ceremony and dinner; the lodge also hosts lectures on esoteric topics. The order is divided into a ranking system influenced by Freemasonry. The grades and their functions are as follows:

Neophyte: Those members who are newly admitted.

Adeptus: Those members who are taught the mysteries of elemental magic.

Magus: Those members who are taught the mysteries of astrological magic.

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Old Aug 14th, 2020, 02:40 AM
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Name: Elizabeth Bates

Occupation: Dilettante

Appearance: Elizabeth is a woman of striking features, with golden hair, piercing green eyes and alabaster skin. She is known for her impeccable fashion sense and is always seen in the latest styles with the finest jewelry and accessories.

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Old Aug 14th, 2020, 05:15 PM
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Name: Simon Bucholz

Occupation: Poet (Artist)

Appearance: A handsome man, Simon is lean and fit due to genetics more than active pursuit of health. A dreamer always in search of the new and mysterious, there is little the man won't try. As such, Simon has won a preliminary battle with heroin, the results evident in his weary eyes. The poet gives off a devil may care attitude, his clothes rumbled, his hair laying in whichever direction it lay that morning.

Background: Simon refused to fight in World War One, refused to be a sacrifice for the preservation of the rich. He was not that fool. Instead, Simon chased his muse through the women and drugs of Mexico. Two years passed in an inebriated blur and upon returning home he found work as a journalist for a small rag, reporting on feel good local news stories that made Simon wish for one more trip across the border.

A skeptical man, he scoffed when told of the Hermetic Order of the Silver Twilight. His curiosity... his dreamers angst, however, caused him to fear the possibility of missing out on something profound. Of course... it couldn't hurt his already dismal prospects, maybe there was a story in it.
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Name: Martin Byrnes
Occupation: Private Investigator


Appearance: Martin is a man of good taste and sophistication common among those of his social class. He always dresses to impress and ensures his physical appearance is neat and tidy. He is average height at five foot ten inches in height with a lean athletic build from his years in the military and then the force. He has deep blue eyes and dark brown hair that is always well maintained along with his beard.

Background: Martin was born to Irish parents who had immigrated from Ireland. Fortunately they were not your typical Irish immigrants with little to their names. His father was a well to do textile merchant and his mother stayed home raising Martin and his deaf sister Emily. Growing up Martin had a good childhood, afforded by his father's social status. He attended private schooling through to graduation. Upon completing his primary schooling he attended University and studied Law, Martin had always had an interest in the Occult and minored in it during his time at University..

Upon graduation from University instead of going directly into the Police, Martin was recruited and served as an Officer in the Army Police Regiment. After completing his obligated service, joining the Police as a Detective. Over the next few years he grew weary of the restrictions and politics of Law Enforcement and chose to leave the force and become a Private Investigator looking into cases the Police were either too busy or not interested in pursuing. As such he was drawn to many of the unusual cases that came into his office.
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Name: Winifred Mays

Occupation: Author

Appearance: Winifred Mays is a woman whose appearance lends her to looking nearly eternally young. Her features are delicate and fey-like; her hair falls in gentle curls and her eyes are large and doe-like, with pale skin always flushed a soft and lively shade of pink. She is not the prettiest woman in the world, but she has an appearance that seems to resonate a child-like innocence and sweetness that has it's own unique pull. Her wealthy husband and father have allowed her to dress head to toe in some of the finest clothes money can buy, with her style taking a preference for the feminine and a touch of refined extravagance. However, in spite of her often highly lavish and mature dress, she has an almost puppy-like way of presenting herself, replacing most airs of high society grace for an overly-friendly and excitable energy that either gets her labled as adorable and charming, or naive and annoying.

Background: Born an only child to William A. Taylor, head of a highly sucessful publishing company, since birth Winifred's life had always held two constants: books and wealth. Often found with her nose in a book, Winifred was a well read child and spent the majority of her highly sheltered and rather spoiled childhood daydreaming,and this changed very little as she aged. Perhaps that was why it came as a shock when she married the much stiffer, practical heir to a large tobacco company, Jebediah Mays. Although the mairrage was very obviously arranged between her father and her future husband, the arrangment never seemed to mind Winifred, and she took to being a housewife (and soon after a mother of three boys) with no complaints or hesitation. Although mostly well known as a socialite and merely a backdrop to her husband and father's fame, Winifred herself has had her own successes, publishing children's books and short poetry books with the help of her father which recieved moderate acclaim. Although having also worked on epic poetry and much longer, more serious novels in her free time, she has kept them to herself, as despite being considered a bit eccentric in the upperclass circles she spent her time in, the thought of rocking the boat and drawing more attention to herself by publishing a full fledge literary work has seemed too extreme, even to her. Considering this, with her only known achievements being mostly centered around her smaller, more humble works for children, it was suprising even to Winifred when she was offered the oppertunity to join the Hermetic Order of the Silver Twilight. She presumed it was merely thanks to her husband and father's status alone, who they themselves were in multiple other societies and social clubs that were too numerous for Winifred to keep track of. However, interested both in the prospect of joining in on the fun and inclusivity she had missed out on by the unfortunate fact that most Orders barred women, and also uniquely drawn in by tales of magic which she had always had a whimsical interest in, she was quick to accept without much though, for better or for worse.

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Name: Edwin Henry Longborough

Occupation: Parapsychologist

Appearance: A thin man with sharply pointed ears, E.H. typically appears just slightly unkempt and carries himself with the slightly unsettling energy of one who never properly learned to move among his peers. A pair of round spectacles adorn his face. If one were to see him in a room filled with strangers he wouldn't stand out at all, save for the fact that there is something just slightly offputting about him - perhaps his expression, the gait of his step, or his posture - that would make a stranger hesitant to engage in conversation, although this eerie quality typically goes unnoticed by those who are fans of his work.

Background: E.H. Longborough is the son of famed travelling magician Edwin Conald Longborough, best known by his stage name “The Amazing Edwin” and Myrna Gay Bathford, heiress to a small but respectable department store fortune. This afforded him a comfortable upbringing, but the combination of his father's constant absence and his mother's aloofness meant a lonely, poorly socialized upbringing for young Henry. This lead to ostracization from his peers, causing Henry to seek companionship with imaginary friends. As he grew older his inability to fit in lead to bullying, and he outgrew the comfort that imaginary friends provided. If he could not find friends among the living, he decided it would perhaps be best to seek it elsewhere, and so began his journey into occultism.

As an adult, Henry has published several books on mysticism and been involved in many magical societies. His predisposition toward belief makes him the worst kind of investigator; one who begins with a conclusion and works backward to prove it. Although he has no formal education and is considered a laughingstock by those outside the paranormal community (including Edwin Conald, who has come out of retirement in old age and now performs under his real name, explaining how his tricks are done in an effort to disprove the notion of "real" magic as nothing more than, in his words, "humbug and poppycock"), he is held in high regard by those who share his belief in the paranormal. Henry has joined the Hermetic Order of the Silver Twilight in the hope of one day becoming a Magus himself, and strongly believes that although it is important to prove the occult is real, the secrets of wielding it must be kept by only a select few.

He still frequently makes reference to "an old friend" known only as Albert. Albert was his first imaginary friend and the only one he still "speaks to," and he often does so in the presence of others without the slightest hint of shame or duplicity. He believes Albert to be a genuine spirit, though if this is true or simply the delusion of a lonely mind prone to belief in the supernatural is unknown.

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Name : Walter Virtue
Occupation: Priest (lapsed)

Appearance:

The wrong side of 40, Walter looks older.
His beard is grey and his eyes are weary, reflecting the glass or three of whiskey he typically puts away each night.

Background:
Raised by his mother in a deeply religious household Walter studied as a theologian before joining the Catholic church as a trainee priest.

Under the tutelage of a Father Lingold, Walter was involved in an exorcism that left him certain of the existence of dark forces in the world.

His time as a priest came to an end when the bishops were made aware of Walter's love for one of his parishioners. This forbidden affair led to him being expelled from the church.

Walter's strong interest (obsession?) with the occult led to the breakup of his relationship which was still conducted in secret.

Wallter now earns a living tending bar and driving cabs.


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Name: Benjamin Wexler

Occupation: Physician (Surgeon)

Appearance: Wexler is a well-groomed, distinguished-looking man with black hair, dark eyes, and a neat black mustache beneath a sharp nose. He stands 5'9" and is of moderate build. He carries himself with an erect, dignified bearing although he uses a cane to help overcome a slight limp due to his war injury.

Background: Wexler was born in East Boston in 1892, to Jewish immigrants fleeing Russian persecution in Odessa. His father was a rabbi, so the young Benjamin had a deeply spiritual upbringing which included not just traditional orthodoxy by also elements of mystic kabbalism, with which he has always been fascinated. Benjamin's family also steeped him in activism, including civil rights for ethnic minorities and women's suffrage, which remained passionate causes as he grew into a man. Although only one year into medical school at the onset of the first World War, Benjamin was enlisted into the medical corps where he distinguished himself, learning surgery at the side of veteran doctors. He was sidelined late in the war when he took a shrapnel wound to the leg. Although he still faced discrimination after the War as he worked his way through the rest of his education, with the help of open-minded benefactors he became a successful emergency surgeon in the Boston hospital system. Benjamin resides in a spacious apartment in Boston with his wife Ethel and three children, ages 9, 7, and 4.




Note, I have played one brief scene in this game system before, a long time ago, and only have the Quick Start guide (although I found a full list of professions online). But I would look forward to getting more into it and am open to getting the books if necessary.
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I am new to the system as well, but I'd like to get my foot into the door. Would need to find some more game sources, but for now I will just apply anyways.

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Occupation: Psychologist

Appearance: Nadja has a very light complexion and carrot-red hair, which she vehemently despises. You will never find her without some kind of headwear to hide her hair under, which she is keeping unsually short for a woman of her times. She is slender, but maybe a little frail, because she hasn't done a lot of sport in the last few years. Still she takes care to act in gracefull manners and keeps her head held high. She seems to have a faible for wearing garish jewelery.

Background: Nadja has spent much of her earlier life trying to reach where she is now. Her mother had escaped with her to America for private reasons, but couldn't bring many things or money with her, when Nadja was still a kid. Growing up, Nadja had to rely on the men, that her beautifull mother would latch onto and with their money, the young girl would receive an actual education. She worked hard in her studies in one part to become more than somebodies property, but also because her mother always told her, that she hadn't inherited enough of her beauty to just get by on living off a man. So Nadja went to an actual college and studied psychology, getting her degree at a considerable young age. After opening a praxis, Nadja focused on rich clientel and actually manged to make a reputation for herself in those circles, with some help of her mother's contacts. Her upbringing though, left Nadja vain and superficial, completly in juxtaposition to her profession of dealing with mans inner workings. Nadja is always working, to set herself above her station, which is also why she was drawn to the Hermetic Order of the Silver Twilight.

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