Spookhouse: Take Back the Night! Mission 2
October 31st, 1945
For the eyes of the supreme council only. Any unauthorised reading of this letter, or speaking...even in conversation the names contained within carries the highest possible punishment. Execution on the spot without trial or ritual.
Dear members of the Allied Supreme Council
It is with a steady hand that I write to you to inform you of the most recent developments. I pray that this letter finds you all well and that, in the shadow of Hitler’s regime we can begin to face this new and terrible threat with fire in our bellies and hope in our hearts.
As you know the Nazi SS branched into several distinctive divisions near the end of the war. One in particular, the 'Occult Warfare' division was thought to be something of a hoax, or the last desperate act of a mad man. Indeed the United States and my superiors in London also set up a paranormal defence section here but it was somewhat tongue and cheek. I am sure you know the type of thing, séances to locate U-boats, using Tarot cards to predict major events and then there was that unfortunate incident in Glasgow where we attempted to open a portal from George Square to Berlin. We still haven't found anything of the Jewish mystics we employed.
However, I fear that the Nazi regime was one step ahead of us there as they were in many aspects. The great problem appears to be that the heartland of Germany is soaked in something that draws the supernatural to it like a moth to the flame. The recent perversions committed by the Nazi party upon the Jews, a rather spiritual people are also thought to be feeding something in the dark. Our leading metaphysis have concluded that one can only commit so many atrocities in one place before something catches into the earth and that is where the problem begins.
The Nazi party also knew this and as unbelievable as it sounds the SS actually managed to form it into a weapon. Details are a touch sketchy but it appears the general idea is placing a cursed artefact into a V-12 missile and launching it at a specific target. The area will upon detonating become soaked in dark energy and this will summon, or attract monsters to that location, strengthen them the longer they take up residence. Naturally as military men you can see the problem if one of our largest cities becomes a werewolf packs territory, or was infested with ghouls.
Following the councils ruling in six months ago I have formed an organisation of sorts similar in style the American OSS ( or CIA as I hear they are now being called) that will be the first response against such supernatural threats, and will be charged with researching, monitoring and...Retiring of any supernatural threat towards America, Russia, Britain, France, or any other nations. With your approval and funding, our great nations will never again endure the tyranny lurking in the dark.
I have already located and employed several individuals who will act as a home staff. For the sake of international security the names of field agents will be kept secret.
A group from Japan contacted us shortly after Hiroshima pledging their support to the elimination of the supernatural threat. Apparently this group, calling themselves 'The Brotherhood of life' has been doing the job we seek to do for several hundred years. Founded by the Shogun of Japan, the group mainly deploys to tackle threats of unread ghouls which until the 1800 were apparently huge problem in Japan, accounting for the countries policy of isolation. The group has already sent a charming gentleman by...and please forgive my spelling of this name. 'Kazuya Kazama Takeshi Hattori'. Mister Hattori is descended from the famous Ninja of Sengkok Jidai period and will be training our operatives in counter paranormal hand to hand techniques.
We have also managed to acquire the assistance of a rather brilliant young woman by the name of Jennifer Christmas, A doctor who specialised in crypto-zoology but was drafted during the war to develop weapons for the Americans. Apparently she has decided to combine the two passions and will be responsible for the researching, and exploitation of the creatures you encounter. She has been given the most technologically advanced lab back at HQ and will be expecting extensive reports from each field agents after every operation.
Lastly we have recruited a... unusual chap from the Highlands of Scotland. He somewhat came along with Miss Christmas. The two appear to be romantically involved and frankly a stranger pairing I've never seen. “Fighty" Jon Chapter is frankly...a bit of a mad bastard. He fought with the Black Watch during the Second World War where he earned his reputation for insanity by destroying a German supply train and a considerable section of Rail Bridge with just a hand grenade, a shovel and a jeep. I can’t understand a bloody word he says but he appears to be very good with weapons and equipment so I have employed him to work the armoury and be a quarter masters of sorts. He will be responsible for outfitting the teams and providing tactical information via radio.
This last chaps a bit of an enigma. We couldn't find a single scrap of information on him. No name, no address, no history and no records of any kind. By the accent we can tell he grew up somewhere in America, but beyond that we know nothing. He sought out the organisation when we were first formed, apparently this kind of thing has been his work for quite some time and while him...frankly has the social skills of Attila the Hun his experience could be vital.
Finally, it might amuse the panel to hear that I've concluded a name for our new organisation. At first I was going to go with the name Project X but one of the gentlemen I work alongside to form it decreed that to be a 'wankers name' and therefore I have decided to go with the unofficial moniker this project has picked up.
We are Spook house, and we will retake the night.
Colonel Avery Blackmore
Formerly of the Coldwater Guards
Acting Director of Spook house."
Dear Prime Minister, I have for your sake attached to your copy of the above letter the follows files on those who will be forming the field team. Please burn upon reading, as the very existence of these documents violates international treaty
Psyche Report (Personality:
3 Paragraphs Minimum.
Skills: Include ALL skills.
If the character can fly a plane, list all types of planes they can fly, if they can speak a language, which language? If they know magic, which Magic?
What would they carry on a mission? This can be up to eight items, but will be supplemented through Rp, looting, quest rewards, whatever I dream up! Muhahaha
Weapons: Don't overdo this section and I will be looking over each weapon closely. If I think it’s too fancy or too OP I take it away from you! No magic items that can kill EVERYTHING, No dragon scale chest plates and please people. Remember it’s the 1940's, no M16's
A note on magic: Magic in this game is not a fantasy 'Cast Fireball' type. It’s primitive, unclear, and powerful but nigh uncontrollable without centuries of practice. And like all good things, magic carries a heavy price.