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Who Do Voodoo?
Author: C.C. Chamberlin
System: Call of Cthulhu
A string of ritual murders is rocking a small town, and the people are starting to panic. The victims have no obvious connection. The police have enlisted the investigators for help in identifying some strange items found at the scene, and research reveals that they are items related to voodoo magic.
A string of ritual murders is rocking a small town, and the people are starting to panic.
The victims have no obvious connection. The police have enlisted the investigators
for help in identifying some strange items found at the scene, and research reveals that
they are items related to voodoo magic. This leads the investigators to believe that
someone is practicing voodoo rites somewhere in town. But what is puzzling is that
voodoo isn't a religion that condones multiple bloody murders like these - voodoo may be
strange, but it is not murderous. Something is amiss.
victims were all attending a small fundraiser at a picnic ground on the same day an
important voodoo ritual that was being performed in the nearby woods. The town's
mayor is involved in the voodoo group, and would be thrown out of office if people knew he
cut the heads off chickens and drank their blood in strange, secret ceremonies. (Voters
can be so picky!) Someone witnessed the ritual and is trying to blackmail the mayor.
After obtaining a list of the donors at the fundraiser, he is now systematically killing
off people who were at the picnic ground that day in an attempt to silence his would-be
blackmailer. If the blackmailer is still alive, he is too afraid to go to the
police, and rightly so; the police keep the mayor well informed on the progress of the
2 The murders are being performed by an insane preacher whose
church's attendance has waned considerably since his hellfire-and-brimstone sermons have
gotten a bit too graphic and vitriolic. In an attempt to rekindle a god-fearing
attitude in the town, he is murdering people at random and making it look like ritualistic
voodoo murders, thinking it will scare people back into the pews. When it doesn't
work, he gets more frustrated and kills again. Checking up on him will reveal that he has
a book on voodoo checked out of the library, which he is using as a reference to decorate
the murder scenes. If there is any pattern to the slayings, it is that all the
victims are either his rival clergy or his vocal critics.
3 The leader of a group of voodoo practitioners has stumbled upon
a dread tome of magic written by a madman from the jungles of Brazil, and doesn't realize
that it describes rites that aren't a part of voodoo (they're actually Mythos rites).
Since finding it, he has tried to incorporate what he has learned from the book into his
teachings, and the result is a cultish cross between voodoo and the worship of a Great Old
One. While on the surface, the murders and trappings of the cult are reminescent of
voodoo, a darker secret lies within: the Great Old One is demanding sacrifices, and the
leader is providing them. Investigators are likely to be quietly helped by the
voodoo practitioners who realize that something is wrong, but cannot show themselves for
fear of being implicated in the murders.