Fearful Symmetries

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

– William Blake, The Four Zoas (from Ephesians 6:12)

The Secret War is coming to England. And you are the warriors.

Albion, the primeval and perfect England of William Blake, is broken – by war in heaven, and turmoil amongst mankind. Heroes arise to build Jerusalem anew in the Green & Pleasant Land guided by Blake’s visionary poetry.

In this supplement to Trail of Cthulhu, you play a group of magicians exploring the magickal revival; wielding the terrible, double-edged power that grants both dominion and degeneration.

With its companion volume, The Book of the New Jerusalem, Fearful Symmetries gives the Keeper guidelines for building an improvised campaign with dangers drawn from English folklore and Mythos abomination. Four systems of magic are described, along with locations, threats, tomes, and characters. Use Fearful Symmetries to flesh out the struggle between the lurking horror, and the shrivelled good intentions of those who think such power can be contained, and controlled, by mere mortals.

The magical battle for England is coming. Is your humanity the price of victory?

Status: Manuscript in final development

19 Responses to “Fearful Symmetries”

  1. Marc Kevin Hall says:

    This and its companion volume both sound excellent!

  2. Kai says:

    Is Rough Magicks required for this supplement?

  3. Nick says:

    How did I miss hearing about this? Sounds brilliant!

  4. David Paul says:

    I keep throwing money at my computer screen but nothing is happening.

  5. Dean says:

    What with this and Kim Newman’s ‘The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School’, it’s like the universe is telling me to run a British pulp-adventure game…

  6. Howard says:

    Sounds brilliant. The English eerie folklore background gives a real sense of dread.

  7. J-nes says:

    Any news on this?

  8. Dean says:

    Do you have any information about when this will be available?

  9. Steve Hammatt says:

    Looking forward to this a LOT!

  10. A Passing Stranger says:

    Is this more vapourware, or will it ever actually happen?

    • Becky Smith says:

      Hi, we playtested Fearful Symmetries extensively and it is a fantastic campaign. It is in the pipeline and will be out in the future. Thanks, Becky.

  11. Chris says:

    Is there an update on the release of this? Its been on my watch-list for a while as the campaign’s premise sounds great, but its been a while since there’s been any information.

    • Becky Smith says:

      Hi Chris. Thanks for your interest in Fearful Symmetries. Unfortunately, work on this has been suspended for an indefinite period due to illness. Thanks, Becky.

  12. James O'Neill says:

    I under stand that fearful Symmetries and New Jerusalem are on long term pause are there plans for another 1930s set British campaign al la Book Hounds?

  13. Wendy Yen says:

    Hi,I know this project has been on hold, and also,as the world is in chaos never knew when can end it,but still,is there any more news or information about this project? I seem a little bit annoying, but I just can’t wait to know more news about Trail of Cthulhu, if that question been so rude, I apologize for that:(

    • Becky Smith says:

      Hi Wendy. I’m pleased to hear you’re excited for Fearful Symmetries. This one is still on hold at the moment, but there should be an update on this in the next See Page XX. Thanks, Becky.

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