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Band of Gold
Author: Steve Hatherley
System: Call of Cthulhu
A Call of Cthulhu Tale of Terror.
It's a murky pawn shop with smears on the glass and a
stale smell coming from inside. But the ring in the window is
eye-catching for all of that. It's a ring, like a wedding ring
made from greenish gold with an inscription running around the
1 The inscription is simply the same three-armed symbol
repeated: the Yellow Sign. The ring is strangely heavy, and is
referred to in a few texts as Hastur's Bridal Ring.
Wearing the ring for any length of time results in two
events. The first is that the ring contracts and cannot be
removed, and the other is the arrival of a byakhee. The byakhee,
summoned by the ring, takes the wearer of the ring (Hastur's
Bride) back to Hali. The byahkee only appears when Aldebaran is
in the sky, and if somehow dismissed another replaces it on a
At Hali, Hastur's Bride commands all of the Great Old
One's attention. When the wedding-night activities are over,
Hastur discards the remains of his bride and the ring is
eventually returned to the pawn shop and its devoted owner.
2 The insciption is written in Hyperborean and says "Sleep
Well, Dream Well." Wearing the ring whilst sleeping allows the
wearer automatic entry (barring other effects prohibiting entry)
to the Dreamlands via the Cavern of Flame. The ring is otherwise
The ring was sold to the pawn shop by John Montego who
used it for some years before his Dream-self was killed,
preventing him from returning to the Dreamlands. Through the
shop's records, Montego can be contacted. He knows much about
the Dreamlands, but knows nothing of the horrors threatening the
Waking World. Perhaps he would make a good ally.
3 The ring is slimy and cold, and if worn will not come
off - at least not without the finger. The inscription, if
translated before the ring is first worn, says "Welcome friend,
join us," in the language of ghouls.
If the ring is not removed (with the finger) then the
poor soul's flesh slowly starts rotting and her appetite turns
to rotten meat. She is turning into a ghoul. The ring falls off
when the transformation is complete.
The ring was sold to the pawnshop after Laura Black
vanished from her lonely city garret. Her family have no idea
what happened to her, and found the ring among her belongings.
Now, whoever buys the ring may soon be in a position to find out
exactly what happened to Laura . . .
Copyright (c) 1997 Steve Hatherley