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A Wolf at the Door
Author: Steve Hatherley
System: Call of Cthulhu
A Call of Cthulhu Tale of Terror.
A Wolf at the Door
One of the players, a doctor, is contacted by Charlotte
Langley. She is having disturbing dreams at night and wishes the
doctor to prescribe something to stop them.
Charlotte is twenty-three and rather attractive. She has had
dreams ever since she was about thirteen. They have almost always
been the same - blood, matted fur and a longing to run free through
dark, damp forests. Charlotte has no idea where the dreams originate.
Then, about a week ago the dreams started to intensify. They
became stronger, more possessive. She has been waking in a dreadful
fright every night since. Could the doctor do something about it?
Charlotte is a werewolf. She first contracted the disease when
she was bitten by an infected dog at thirteen. Since then, the disease
has been slowly maturing. She will shortly develop the full symptoms
and turn into a terrifying werewolf and murder several innocent
people. Charlotte will have no memory of the incident.
Contrary to popular legend, the disease does not always
manifest itself at full moon. However, it does follow the lunar cycle,
repeating itself every 28 days.
Curing Charlotte would be a considerable accolade, if any of
the player's peers would believe it. A silver bullet will kill
Charlotte, but can the doctor justify using one when he might be able
to cure her?
1 If the doctor does not suspect Charlotte, he should be guided
into believing that she is a clairvoyant. If Charlotte's dreams can
predict these terrible murders then perhaps she can be used to solve
2 The doctor watches over her while she sleeps, and is present
when the physical change of girl to beast takes place. The doctor has
only a few moments to act before the werewolf wakes. This could prove
complicated if the doctor had grown attached to Charlotte.
3 Charlotte is an unwitting Dreamer in the Dreamlands, and is a
werewolf there. During the hours of the disease's climax a terrible,
unstoppable beast stalks the streets of Dylath-Leen. Silver is rare in
Dylath-Leen and nobody has thought to waste it upon the beast.
There is a physical change as well - in her bed Charlotte
turns into a werewolf, but never awakens. She wakes weak and in human
form, feeling as if she has just run a marathon. There are several
nights of this (each lasting up to eight weeks in the Dreamlands)
before the disease subsides. Until next month.
In this case, the dreams may have been taking place over a
period of months and Charlotte has only just decided to see a doctor.
She does not know of the Dreamlands.
Copyright (c) 1990 Steve Hatherley