Friday, February 22, 2019

IHMN: The War of the Witches Season One

The War of the Witches is a series of adventures that take place in the fictional Victorian Universe of the the late 19th Century using the versatile rules In Her Majesty's Name. Heroes like Sherlock Holmes, Teddy Roosevelt, Allen Quartermain and Lord Greystoke battle the evil that is rising from the appearance of the Witch King of Sokar, The Wicked Witch of the West and Omar the Magnificent. 

Season 1. Episode 101 (Pilot): Teddy Roosevelt Embarks on a Safari
Theodore Roosevelt, some friends, some guides, and a handful of men-at-arms, began a hunting safari deep into central Africa on March 6, 1885, traveling by land for many days until they reached uncharted savannas and little-known jungles. Unbeknownst to them, however, they were walking right into the den of an otherworldly monstrosity. Loosely translated from local tongues, it was called the Crawling Chaos, but Roosevelt’s later research would uncover the elder being’s true name - Nyarlathotep.

Finally deciding to leave Africa, Roosevelt and the remains of his party headed back the way they came, only to encounter the Nyarlathotep themselves. Blasting it several times with his Winchester had little effect, but a quick shot from his elephant gun knocked Roosevelt’s adversary backwards. It then morphed into a tentacled terror, taking out the rest of the party, and psychically assaulting our lone hero. It was only after Roosevelt had expended his final round that an unknown man, seemingly from nowhere, arrived to his aid. Introducing himself as Randolph Carter, the man formed an arcane symbol on the ground with a foul-smelling powder. Using Roosevelt’s lighter to ignite the powder, Carter successfully dispatched Nyarlathotep - at least temporarily.

 Randolph Carter

Carter explained that he was of the Eternal Order of Perseus, the custodians and ultimate guardians of the world’s oldest secrets and mysteries, who have guarded Earth against the powers of Evil since the days of ancient Greece. Carter invited Roosevelt to join the Order, a call to action Roosevelt could not refuse.

Season 1. Episode 102: Teddy Roosevelt and the Witch King of Sokar.

  The Jewel of Chance lies lost amongst the ancient Roman ruins.

 From the personal journal of T.R.: 

"Bully. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. When I was approached by young Sawyer for help and told of the nefarious designs Dr. Theodore Nemor (I am ashamed that the cad has the same name as myself) had upon the Jewel of Chance I remarked,“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.” After many trials, and with the assistance of Lord Greystoke, we stumbled upon the lost Roman army outpost of Castellum Dimmidi in deepest Africa.  Since I put myself in the way of things happening it was no surprise that there were other evil forces intent on stopping us . . . "

 The Witch King of Sokar

Roosevelt, fearing no man or task, is not a fool either and enlists the help of his old friend Lord Greystoke. Accompanying the small company is Lady Rachel Hughes (the famous adventuress and socialite), Professor Arthur Nightingale (inventor of the world famous Diplograph), ex-legionnaire officer Pierre Jean Alban and two of his Baluchi companions from his service in India.

Though unsuccessful in stopping the Witch King from acquiring the Jewel of Chance, the heroes did stop him (it?) from getting an ancient Roman shield and Dragon banner.  Roosevelt realizes that the Witch King is too powerful to take on alone (and with his encounter with Carter still fresh in his mind) contacts a Consulting Detective in London, England.

Season 1. Episode 103: The Disintegration Machine.

When Roosevelt and Sawyer visit London, Special Agent Tom Sawyer requests Mr. Sherlock Holmes accompany him to inspect the discovery of Dr. Theodore Nemor, who claims to have invented a machine capable of disintegrating objects. Skeptical of the invention, Holmes accepts Sawyer's proposal and accompanies him to the house of Nemor.

 The Napoleon of Crime

Upon arrival, it is discovered that the Napoleon of Crime, Professor James Moriarty is secretly meeting with Nemor about his invention. Nemor boasts to Moriarty that in the hands of the Russians, who are currently the highest bidder for the rights to the invention, London and its millions of inhabitants could be destroyed.

 The Nefarious Plot is stopped just in time!

Next: Season Two

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