Castles & Crusades Codex Egyptium By Brian N. Young has my attention on the pile of must read OSR system books this past weekend. Knowing that I haven't talked about Codex Egyptium for a New York minute has bothered me. But fear not I'm gonna dive back into this book right now. Now what's to love here is the foundation approach to the mythology, epic scope, & high weirdness of the Egyptian history presented here.
This is a solid foundation of Egyptian mythology & history that the DM can build from. This is one of the things that Jason Vey & the Troll Lords have done. But let's get back to the fact that the mythology part is presented within the history of ancient Egypt itself. This is the clay from which the Troll Lords build on in the presentation of the fantasy aspects of Castles & Crusades. This is especially true of the Castles & Crusades The Book of the Dead by Jason Vey which is very well done but some parts are deadly.
The monsters of the Codex Egyptium could easily be ported over to the Victorious rpg with little issue. I'm thinking of porting over an old favorite NPC in the form of mysterious Egyptian queen, Tera. Tera herself is from the Bram Stroker classic 'The Jewel in Seven Stars'. And at the end of the book she's still missing & all of the party involved in her affair are dead. Save one!
At the end of the 'The Jewel in Seven Stars' Queen Tera escapes & the popular opinion among the group of players is that she's made her way from London to New York. Her motives are very mysterious, her agenda unknown at present, and there was mention of several possible NPC's especially one Allan Quatermain whose in New York at present.