Monday, 8 November 2021

Cthulhu: Death May Die - The King in Yellow

Invoking the name of elder beings isn't usually a good idea.

A board game session from Cthulhu: Death May Die.

A sound stage is the site for the next ritual, and the rehearsing actors are unwitting participants as they read out loud the play entitled "The King in Yellow". The Kid (mom) and Arielle (wifey) clear the path by blowing away the regular guards as Mario (me) runs straight for the cult leader to destroy the first of his undead souls which causes him to flee. A dimension shambling brute gives chase and hurts Mario badly, but also triggers his co-dependency insanity which safely moves him back to Arielle.

He shows up in exactly one mission. :O

Father Luke (Juris) then catches up to the cult leader and destroys another of his souls - causing him to flee more, barely slipping past John's (DL) range as he uses more cultists as human shields. It is the Kid that reaches him with her flaming hands and when he flees again Arielle manages to stab him to death - summoning a weakened Hastur into her space! She manages to sneak away from the dimensional shambler but Hastur and an extra cultist give chase and hurt her badly even as Mario provides cover fire.

John and Luke, who managed to find a boy band to help them, charge the elder one and while the boy band is slain, Hastur teleports away to where the Kid is and nearly kills her too but makes the mistake of leaving her for dead. Meanwhile Arielle manages to get away from the mob as Mario's co-dependency triggers again when as he kills a cultist and the dimensional shambler, while the remaining horde chases Luke who charges Hastur once more, and absolutely kicks his ass - forcing the King in Yellow to flee again. Somehow, the mob of cultists surrounding him are unable to kill him thanks to his holy blessings (more like super good luck dicing).

John manages to punch Hastur in the face a few times before the Kid sends her fireballs down the hallway to finish the elder one off, once and for all! MISSION SUCCESS! Though really, do these elder ones ever die? Unlikely based on this quote from H.P. Lovecraft: "That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die."

Insight: Super lucky dicing made this mission easy for us, though in truth we had three people with one HP there in the end. As usual, speed is the key so take down that cult leader ASAP.

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