“Gaunt as starved herons they were, and great of
stature, with a common likeness; and their sunk
eyes were visible only by red sparks reflected
within them from the blaze. And their eyes, as
they chanted, seemed to glare afar on the darkling
sea and on things hidden by dusk and distance.
And Yadar, coming before them, was aware of
swift horror and repugnance that made his gorge
rise as if he had encountered, in a place given to
death, the powerful evil ripeness of corruption.”
— Necromancy in Naat, CAS 1937
Zothique is millions of years in the future & the world is a desert wasteland to rival Dark Sun in both richness & scope. Some have called Zothique a Dreamlands setting for the Call of Cthlhu rpg's with the Pagan Publishing adventure/sourcebook campaign Realms of Shadows.
Going back to 2014 James Mishler created a book called Sorcerers of The Wilderlands & a really solid blog entry on the Demon Empire of the Wilderlands of High Fantasy. This was during his time with Adventure Games Publishing & its all ancient history now. But what it reveals is that there was cross breeding between the forces of darkness & mankind. I grabbed everything I could by AGP ages ago for my hard drive.
Now flash forward into now when I'm getting to dive back into Zothique & its connections with X2. Well it seems that the ghouls of X2 might have been getting very busy when it comes making sure the 'family business' continues into the far future. Could the d'Amberville family have far more sinister connotations when it comes to both Clark Ashton Smith's Averoigne & Zothique?!
Prince Sthachac managed to recover the Demonomicon of Iggwilv for unknown reasons. In our on going campaign of Victorious. But the question remains why?! Was he even remotely human?! DM Ricky is already questioning me as far as the fact that Castles & Crusades Tome of the Unclean has made its way onto the table top. Why?!
Because if there is a connection between the vampire cult Daughters of Iggwilv that is after Prince Sthachac & the PC's there's going to be Hell to pay. The real vampire war has been on going between the vampires of the Wilderlands & the vampires of Ustaim. For the vampires of the Wilderlands I've been using James Mishler's Vampires of the Olden Lands & for the vampires of Ustaim David Baymiller's Dark Shadow vampires.
There are connections between a renagade group of elves & ghoul packs associated with the inhuman Necromancers of Naat. Could certain members of the d'Amberville family be far behind?!
And what happened to several hirelings from Amazing Adventures that got left behind on Zothique the last time the PC's were there?!