Player organization: The Wellcroft Foundation

Scholarly studies of the occult…

In my CoC games the PCs have always been ordinary people who have accidentally stumbled upon evil and horror. For the coming MoN campaign however, I’ve decided to try to have a player organization going on in the background. I have used Prof. Wellcroft as a friendly NPC before along with jaded Private Eye Dan Zomb (both Mythos-savvy PCs from an old Shadows of Yog-Sothoth campaign).

A while back, inspired by Delta Green, I decided to sketch out a anti-Mythos organization for 1920s gaming and came up with the Wellcroft Foundation.

Here it is. Use if you like.


The Wellcroft Foundation (Ordo Venatores)

The Wellcroft Foundation was founded and is still headed by university professor Jonathon Wellcroft, heir to the Wellcroft fortune. Officially, the pupose is to support archaelogical and ethnographical research around the world and also to keep an archive of new archaelogical findings.

As a young scholar (before he aquired his wealth), Jonathon discovered the Mythos and in- vestigated many weird cases of Mythos activity along with his trusty sidekick Daniel Zomb. Over time, the pair battled against human cults and their inhuman masters and gained both knowledge of the Mythos as well as an impressive collection of Mythos Tomes. With age, Wellcroft withdrew from active adventuring but continued his scholarly research on the Mythos as well as assisting newer colleagues in their investigations. When he became the sole inheritor of the family industrialist fortune, he founded the Wellcroft Foundation, the official purpose of which is to fund and support archaelogical research, especially in the far corners of the Earth. The real purpose however, is to uncover the Great Old Ones machinations and to combat them and their minions under the banner of Ordo Venatores (The Order of Hunters). The Order keep a network of national and international contacts and safe houses around the globe, and hidden under the Boston offices is a secret facility known only to mem- bers of the Order and a select few other trusted Mythos-fighters.

The organization is very secretive and seldom invite new recruits. Instead, they sponsor and help freelancer investigators in various ways, for example by providing contacts and know- ledge. This means that a lot of people working for the Order will never know about it. The Order has many collaborators working in law enforcement, higher education, media and other diverse areas

Wellcroft rarely leaves the Boston area. He is mainly responsible for leading the theoretical and research part and to build and keep the Mythos library. Daniel Zomb is head of the Field Operations branch, leading and recruiting new investigators into the Order. This is done through intermediary agents who may or may not be aware of the Order. In total, maybe 10–15 people are full members of the Order. The number of associated people are maybe 5–6 times as many.

Keeper advice
You can use this organization as a way replace mad or deceased investigators or you can use it as a possible source of knowledge for the investigators. Maybe one of them is associated with the Order of Hunters and able to provide that connection. The Order might provide knowledge, contacts, illegal heavy weapons and financial support as well as some limited legal support in cases on trouble with the law. And most importantly the Order can provide conatct with other investigators in cases of dire need. The Order also monitors suspect occult and Mythos-related events around the world and so they can turn up as an unsuspected ally if needed.

Link to PDF

Back in the Keeper of Arcane Secrets seat…

1920s True Detectives from the upcoming French 7th ed Call of Cthulhu (see below)

A few years back I ran a separate Call of Cthulhu/d100 gaming blog called Liber Malum for about two years. I then decided to merge my then three blogs into one combined blog for all RPG systems and settings.

However, I’ve decided to keep a sepratate CoC blog again since (a) many D&D/OSR people aren’t interested in d100/CoC gaming and (b) vice versa.

To keep things unified I’ll repost this blog’s posts to my main RPG blog Nerd-O-Mancer of Dork.

The main purpose of this blog is to serve as a place to keep our game session recaps for my upcoming Masks of Nyarlahotep campaign with the Fistful of d20s crew, but also to share adventures and other home made CoC things for other CoC aficionados.

This will be a pure CoC blog, maybe with some occasional general BRP/d100 posts.

Cthulhu Fhtagn!

BTW, here’s a link to the pretty new French edition by Editions Sans-Détour