The Repairer of Reputations

repofrepscover300pxThe Repairer of Reputations is a Trail of Cthulhu scenario by Robin D. Laws, based on the story of the same name by Robert W. Chambers. It is one of four short horror stories incorporating Chambers’ mythology of The King In Yellow, a decadent play whose publication brings madness and supernatural presences into the world. His mythology was later subsumed into the Cthulhu canon when H. P. Lovecraft, and his circle and later followers, made reference to it in their tales of the mythos.

This scenario allows the players to recreate an alternate version of the story, in which their characters, who do not appear in the original, confront the nation-shaking conspiracy of its central villains. They either destroy it, or are destroyed themselves.

A seemingly utopian future takes on a distinctly nightmarish quality. The scenario plays with this by suggesting that the publication of The King in Yellow has warped history in a disturbing direction. The alien beings described in the play are as real as the antagonists believe them to be. They want their literal heir of Hastur, Hildred Castaigne, to ascend to the Imperial throne of their America—Hastur’s America.

The Repairer of Reputations has now been published alongside RMS Titantic: The Millionaire’s SpecialFlying CoffinsMany Fires, and Hell Fire, in the Out of Space anthology, available now in our webstore.

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12 Responses to “The Repairer of Reputations”

  1. Watson says:

    Great! Does “It is one of four short horror stories…” mean that there will be three more scenario books in the same series, or is it referring to Chambers stories? It is a bit confusing, as both books have the same name.

    • RM says:

      I’d guess they’re referring to the original “King in Yellow” book, which contained four short stories all about that play, but really any of those stories could make effective Trail scenarios too, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the other three show up at some point, myself.

  2. RM says:

    *Semi-Spoilers for original “Repairer” story*

    The interesting thing–and I don’t have any problem with alternative explanations at all, of course–is that I’ve never thought of “Repairer of Reputations” as an alternate reality story. I’ve read it as an unreliable narrator story, in which the apparent strangenesses of the world and various events are due to the inherent madness of the narrator. The world is actually still normal…he just doesn’t see it that way anymore because King in Yellow has so unbalanced him.

    Still, the disturbing alternate reality concept probably works better for an RPG scenario. ^_^

    • David Wickes says:

      What a simply marvellous interpretation! Love it.

    • The original is unquestionably an unreliable narrator story. But at the same time it’s speculative fiction: it was written in the mid 1890s and set in 1920.

      The adaptation uses the divergence between the two timelines as the jumping off point for the alternate reality angle.

  3. […] Product Name: The Repairer of Reputations Publisher: Pelgrane Publishing Author: Robin D. Laws System: Gumshoe Setting: Trail of Cthulhu, Cthulhu Mythos Series: Theme: Modern Horror, Investigation Type: Adventure Release: PDF Available: Link: […]

  4. […] Press have released two new scenario supplements for Trail of Cthulhu. The Repairer of Reputations by Robin D. Laws is based on the eponymous story by Robert W. Chambers, while Out of Time (which we […]

  5. […] nie próżnuje. Ukazał się właśnie nowy scenariusz do Trail of Cthulhu, który nosi nazwę The Repairer of Reputations. Jest on oparty na opowiadaniu Robina Lawsa pod tym samym tytułem. Za 44 strony w postaci pliku […]

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