Thorston, the Shunned Town on the Dee
- A Call of Cthulhu Setting and Scenario Set for Cthulhu by Gaslight
The coastal “town” of Thorston is like a bedraggled, half-dead beast washed upon the shore of the Dee Estuary. It was once a happy community but now lies overgrown and gently fading into obscurity, its remnants a haven for scavengers, the dispossessed, and worse things that ply their midnight trades. Found in the north-west of England, on the Wirral Peninsula, between the industrial port city of Liverpool and the county seat of Chester, Thorston is mostly ignored by its neighbours out of a general sense of unease, either at the dilapidated state of the vagabond-infested ruins or something much more primal which grips at the hearts of those who venture too close. Will it survive much past the 1890s or will it finally be allowed to die?
For use with 7th edition Call of Cthulhu and Hudson & Brand Inquiry, Agents of the Obscure.
The Shunned Town on the Dee
Chapter 1: Introduction reveals the full hostory of the town, from its first mention in the Domesday Book of William I to the middle of the 19th century, when the town fell under a black cloud of ill-fortune.
Chapters 2-3: The Decrepit Town & Inhabitants provides an overview of the run-down town before delving into points of interest. The people of the town is covered next, similar fashion. Both chapters reference a map of Thorston. Other small towns near Thorston, on the Wirral, are also included.
Chapter 4: Secrets & Lies illuminates why the nights are darker, the winds chillier, and why the cursed reputation of the town clings to life.
Chapter 5: The Walled City is a very brief brief guide to Chester, 'the Arkham on the Dee,' containing a map of the ancient city and descriptions of some of the locations.
Chapter 6: Supping with the Devil has the Investigators exploring the dilapidated coastal town of Thorston.
Chapters 7-8: Dramatis Personae & Maps details a few allies and villains and provides additional maps for the setting and scenario.