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PLAY REPORT: Dread – The Plague of Owls

This was far and away the strangest Dread setting I’ve ever seen a group brainstorm into existence. 

We took inspiration from the following TV shows:
– The X Files

– Adventuretime
– The Sopranos
– The Twilight Zone
– Space 1999

We created the setting of Freetown, last free city in a post-apocalyptic world where the moon vanished years ago, the seas had retreated and fierce land squids roamed the wilderness between towns. The individual sectors of Freetown had their own leaders (the Big Heavies), who answered to Mafia boss, Big Tony. There was Z Town – a zombie shanty town on the outskirts of Freetown, ruled by King Zombie. There were rumours of Princesses – young girls with strange powers. The town’s professor was suffering from blackouts, waking up in strange location, unsure of what he’d done. And Freetown was suffering from a plague of owls.

This was the state of Freetown on the day all the Big Heavies were murdered.

The player characters started investigating the murders which led them from Big Tony’s house to Z Town then to the sewers under Freetown. Their inquires culminated in them confronting a strange cult working to summon Prosiaton (an ancient Mesopotanian creature with the head of a dog, the body of a crocodile and the wings of an owl). 

There were heroic sacrifices, bravery in the face of occult terror and strange revelations made. It was a wild and strange ride that ended with some of the investigators dead, some coming together to form the Freetown Irregulars (dedicated to protecting the city from future threats) and the Professor came to understand his relationship with Prosiatron.

And the climax occurred in the Freetown water reservoir, within a storm of a thousand owls taking flight.

It was a unique, gripping tale.

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