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Author: Steve Hatherley
System: Call of Cthulhu
A Call of Cthulhu Tale of Terror.
Professor James Catterall stated yesterday during a
press conference at his secluded manor in Hampshire
that he hoped to re-introduce the dinosaur into
certain parts of the world. Such areas would include
the South American and African rainforests, the
Australian bush and maybe even parts of England,
such as Dartmoor or the Norfolk Broads.
From discoveries made during his recent expedition
to the source of the Congo river in central Africa,
Catterall intends to chemically manipulate bird eggs
and produce baby dinosaurs.
The eggs will be artificially regressed so that they
devolve, rather than evolve according to Darwin's
theories. Catterall believes that birds are the
dinosaurs closest living relatives.
Other scientists have denounced Catterall's theories
Catterall is a recluse and works from his secluded manor in
the centre of its densely wooded grounds. He is regarded as dangerous
by his scientific peers, and has a record of cruelty. During the Great
War he was rumoured to have performed much unnecessary surgery.
If any of the others of the expedition to Africa can be found,
they will be reluctant to talk about the trip. Many bad things
1 Catterall is far ahead of his time and has already cloned
several dinosaurs from their fossilised bones. The process was a gift
from Nyarlathotep in Africa. He already has had some success and
intends to display them in a years time, crediting them as early
successes of his fake experiments.
2 The experiments work, but take much longer than anticipated.
Eventually, some sixty years after they were started (and twenty years
after Catterall's death) the first 'dinosaur' is born. It is
intelligent - a bipedal lizard man. It is the pinnacle of dinosaur
evolution but the dinosaurs died out before it had a chance.
3 Catterall is insane and his experiments are fakes. However,
several of his assistants are Serpent People in disguise. They are
using Catterall as a cover for their own sorcerous methods for
bringing their own kind through from the Permain era, along with some
of the proto-dinosaurs of that time.
(Inspired by the novel Carnosaur, by Harry Adam Knight.)
Copyright (c) 1990 Steve Hatherley