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DARK
TALES

HORRIFIC STORYTELLING
WITH CTHULHU DARK

GRAHAM WALMSLEY
LAYOUT BY BRENNEN REECE

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DARK TALES
THE CONSEQUENCES OF KNOWLEDGE
When you investigate, the highest die tells you exactly how
much information you get. For example, let’s say you are in
Newburyport Library, researching the town of Innsmouth.
The highest die tells you what you discover.

1. A single word or phrase. If you need information to
proceed with the scenario, you get that, but no more.

There is a reference to the Newburyport Historical Society,
but you are not sure what it means.

2. A brief sentence.

The Newburyport Historical Society has some Innsmouth
jewellery.

3. The basic facts.

In the Newburyport Historical Society, there is a tiara
from Innsmouth, with a strange reputation.

4. The full facts.

In the Newburyport Historical Society (and also in
Miskatonic University, Arkham), there are specimens of
Innsmouth jewellery. One particular piece, a queerly-
proportioned tiara, has a strange and fearful reputation
in the surrounding area.

5. The full facts, plus at least one additional item of human
knowledge.

• …a strange history.

• …a whispered legend.

• …a reference in ancient texts.

• …a connection to remote foreign parts.

• ...a connection to strange religious practices.

• …a reference to similar events.

There are specimens of grotesque Innsmouth jewellery,
both in Arkham’s Miskatonic University, and the nearby
Newburyport Historical Society. One particular piece,
a queerly-proportioned tiara, is connected with an
Innsmouth cult, The Esoteric Order of Dagon. Although
beautiful, the jewellery is feared in the local countryside.

6. The full facts, plus at least one additional item beyond
human knowledge.

• …a realisation that this is not natural or beyond hu-
man understanding.

• …a connection to other planets.

• …a connection to blasphemous creatures.

• …a suggestion of vast intelligence.

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• …what happened millions of years ago.

• …what the creatures plan to do.

• …a dread name.

In the Newburyport Historical Society, there are grotesque
pieces of jewellery from Innsmouth. One, a strangely-
proportioned tiara, is reputed to be beautiful but curiously
malignant. Although the patterns in the jewellery have
an unearthly beauty, they hint darkly at unimaginable
abysses beyond the Earth.

SOME GUIDANCE
Think what a competent investigator would uncover. That’s
what you get when the high die is a four.

When the high die is less than 4, pare that information
down. When it’s more than 4, add the additional facts given
in the bullet points. (Either invent them on the fly or write
them in your scenario.)

You can also, of course, discover facts in these bullet points
by investigating them directly. For example, if you perform
chemical analysis on an alien globule, you would discover
a connection to other planets, without rolling a 6 as your
highest die.

Additionally, as in the Cthulhu Dark main rules, you can roll
your Insanity Die for more information. When you do, you
might discover additional bullet points. For example, you
might discover the Innsmouth jewellery is similar to that
found in South Sea islands.

DRAWBACKS
When any die rolls a 1 in an investigation, choose a
drawback:

• …it grows late.

• …someone suffers harm.

• …someone becomes noticed.

• …someone glimpses something horrific.

• …an informant becomes closed or furtive.

The “someone” may be an Investigator or an NPC.

For example: as the bus arrives in Innsmouth, you study
the town’s architecture. You roll a 1. Just for a mmoment,
in the basement of a church, you glimpse a shambling and
monstrous figure/

Another example: while questioning a drunk in Innsmouth,
you roll a 1. It is growing late. The sun is setting and the
bus is about to leave.

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