A Mind-Bending Campaign for Pulp Cthulhu
By Christopher Smith Adair
Brendan Sterling sought answers in experimental past-life regression. Unfortunately, his mind isn’t the only one seeking answers in the past.
A Cold Fire Within is a campaign for Pulp Cthulhu. Set in 1935, a missing persons case leads to the discovery of a foul plot that could change time itself and bring disaster to the world. A cult intent on unleashing the power of the Great Old Ones leaves a trail through the Catskill Mountains and into the very heart of the planet!
Within the subterranean world of K’n-yan, the heroes will encounter forgotten secrets, strange lore, and bewildering inhabitants. Curious cities of gold, ruined temples, and dark forests are just some of the terrors that lurk below the ground. Yet, before the heroes descend into nightmare, they must contend with remnants of ancient worlds, unruly mountain people, and psychic devilry. Along the way, the heroes may find that going back to the end of an ancient city is the only answer! Perhaps in Lomar’s doom shall they unlock the secrets of both past and present.
A complete six-part campaign for Pulp Cthulhu, A Cold Fire Within presents new rules and skills for psychic powers—Parapsychology, Dematerialization, and Telepathy—new spells, details of the people and lands of K’n-yan, as well as a new hero organization—the Open Mind Group. Six ready-to-play heroes are provided.
Fearsome monsters, otherworldly designs, and psychic powers all mesh together to present your heroes with an epic and action-packed challenge!
Dare you step into the darkness of lost worlds?
Timeline of Events
Psychic Villains (and Possibly Heroes)
The Open Mind Group
Chapter 1: Past Lives, Future Deaths
Involving the Heroes
Following Brendan Sterling’s Trail
Argus’ Home and Office
The Other Missing Victims
Checking in with Melody
Chapter 2: Wandering Minds
Ghosts of the Slater Institute
The Absent Director
Chapter 3: Into the Wilds, Into the Depths
The Catskill Mountains
Chapter 4: Lost Worlds in Blue
The Road to the Temple of Nug and Yeb
The City of V’Thruu
The Fallen Temple
The Tribal Lands
The Dripping Forest
Sea of Still Waters
Temple Across the Sea
Chapter 5: Black Sun Rising
The City Between the Poles
Arriving in the Forbidden City
The Ritual Site
Chapter 6: Time Rescue
The Spaces Between
While Olathoë Burns
The Tower and its Prisoners
Farewell to Doomed Lomar
Appendix A: Collected Handouts
Appendix B: Tomes and Spells
Appendix C: New Skills
Appendix D: K’n-yanian Equipment and Vehicles
Appendix E: Pre-Generated Heroes
Ready-To-Play Heroes included:
Boris Konev, age 55, Mystic cult leader
Jean Bernard, age 25, Grease Monkey aviator
Laura Ruth Sheversky, age 31, Hard Boiled investigative journalist
Macario “Mac” Ortiz, age 28, Steadfast soldier
Miriam Blackmore, age 26, Egghead scientist
Morgan Dunhurst, age 37, Thrill Seeker explorer
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Released: 28 October 2019