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The Second Circle
Author: Steve Hatherley
System: Call of Cthulhu
A Call of Cthulhu Tale of Terror.
The Second Circle
The Artist's Guild of Reading is proud to present an
exhibition of paintings at the Archway Museum of
Antiquities. The exhibition includes a number of
rare and unusual paintings in a variety of mediums
by a selection of artists from the unknown to the
master. All paintings are for sale.
Should the investigators visit the exhibition then one
painting, The Second Circle, will catch their eye. Painted about ten
years ago by an obscure german artist, the picture is quite ordinary.
It shows a peaceful beach with waves lapping at the sand. A bird is
perched on a rock in the foreground.
The bird is, as any investigator familiar with the Dreamlands
will identify, a varchine. These are birds of prey unique to the
Dreamlands. What is one doing in this picture?
The artist has evidently painted a picture of the Dreamlands.
Such pictures have the ability to be used as Gates through to the
Lands. Experienced Dreamers can dream their way straight to the
It is possible that the artist has painted other scenes, other
doorways direct to the world beyond sleep. It is also possible, if the
artist was a powerful Dreamer, that she is still in the Dreamlands.
1 The picture leads to a mist covered island. Wandering through
the mist eventually brings the Dreamers to a stone circle, the Second
Circle of the title. This is an exact replica of a megalithic stone
circle which can be found somewhere in Europe. The area is a place
where the realities between the two world mix, allowing passage at
2 The artist is quite mad and is kept in a Bavarian asylum.
There she paints scenes from her dreams; gugs and ghasts, Ulthar and
Celephais, and more. If the investigators track her down in the
Dreamlands they find her lucid and sane.
3 The coastline belongs to a deserted island in the Southern
Seas. It is a regular stop for the black galleys that trade with
Dylath-Leen and Dreamers waiting there are in danger of being captured
by the men that crew such vessels. The circle refers to what appears
to be either a dormant volcano, or a meteor crater.
Copyright (c) 1990 Steve Hatherley