Amanda Halsey, Excavation Foreman

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A character illustration for the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game setting.

Amanda Halsey is a rugged hands-on self-educated amateur archaeologist. She has never had any real interest in the academic aspect of treasure hunting but has instead spent a good number of her 35-year life on excavations around the world. Her expertise in “getting things done” is well known throughout the smallish community of archaeologists and expedition planners. She spends 8-9 months each year on some excavation site or another and 3-4 months in Arkham where she resides in her vast family home situated on West Washington Road along with her 6 siblings and their offspring.

Amanda is a no-nonsense kind of woman and good friends with a colleague Ruth Meckler among others. Ruth and Amanda get along so well that they nowadays team up when going to excavations. Today Amanda works mostly as a Excavation Foreman – telling excavators where to dig, getting the right people to do various tasks on site and organizing … well everything. She never fears getting her own hands dirty and gets a seemingly endless supply of energy from coffee which she drinks pretty much all the time.
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Cassandra Wade, an Actress

2015-07-02

A character illustration for the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game setting (1920’s era obviously).

Miss Wade is a nation-wide celebrity due to her appearing in not one but three successful movies produced by Hollywood studios. She even performs a leading role in two of them. Currently she is “retired” … meaning that she has rejected movie parts offered to her recently, but probably jumps on the wagon if she is offered a “leading lady” role.

While in Arkham, she lives in 622 Brown Street in the so called Guardian Apartments complex occupying the most expensive 6-room loft apartment with her two maids and a butler. The location – while not the most wanted in town – is convenient for her since she spends long hours but a block away in the Manley Theatre premises (at 670 Gedney Street) where Arkham Amateur Theatre Company practises and performs. She both performs and teaches acting in the theatre company.

While somewhat flippant and flamboyant, miss Wade is also serious and passionate when it comes to acting and the performing arts. She has also mastered vocal talents in the form of mimicry and can deceptively easy mimic dozens of voices and accents as well as various natural sounds including common house pets and wild birds.

At the end of the day, however, she does like to party rough too. She knows her way around controlled substances and while not yet overly addicted, her relationship with alcohol is far from a healthy one – prohibition or not. Her presence is almost guaranteed whenever one of the important people in Arkham decides to throw a party.

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Ruth Meckler, Intrepid Archaeologist

2015-06-30

A character illustration for Call of Cthulhu role-playing game setting.

Ruth Meckler travels the world on missions funded by the Miskatonic University in Arkham. She started out as a helping hand years ago and has rapidly risen to a respectable archaeologist and explorer mostly due to her work in professor Arthur Connor‘s numerous successful expeditions to the Amazon basin. Her academic work includes several important and revealing papers on ancient South American belief systems.  Her doctoral thesis – while still unfinished – is named “The Origins of Religion in Neolithic Amazonian Cultures as Evidenced by Archaeological Findings” and is already widely debated in academic circles even prior to it’s publication.
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The Wailer from Beyond

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Oh the horror! This illustration is of a semi-corporeal ghost-like undead creature for Call of Cthulhu role-playing game setting. Sometimes intrepid investigators need to enter shunned or abandoned locations – such as derelict mental institutions waiting for their own demise – in hopes of securing some obscure tidbit of information. Sometimes the locations are not that abandoned after all.

 

 

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Unspeakable Horror!

2014-02-04

 

A creature illustration for Call of Cthulhu role-playing game setting.

An area named Valley of the White Stone just south of Arkham City is justly shunned by locals. The locals know that the wooded patches of the valley are home to unspeakable horrors that appear and disappear perhaps guided by the stars themselves. The woods are quiet and remote for years on end until something triggers the appearance of hideous tentacled monsters seemingly bursting through ground from hell itself.

The locals are wise enough not to build anything – not even wells for agricultural use – near the haunted spots. They avoid the locations based on ancestral knowledge. A traveler from Arkham can’t even get a guide to these locations even if the creatures have been seen last over a decade ago.

 
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Jonathan Elmore, Private Investigator

 

2015-03-22

 

A character illustration for Call of Cthulhu role-playing game setting. I suppose this illustration works for either the 1920’s and modern version of the setting.

Jonathan Elmore is a private investigator by profession. He has been snooping the streets of Arkham for over a decade and have seen his fair share of things no man should see. Elmore works alone but occasionally accompanies a few trusted men particularly when the job at hand is expected to be out of the ordinary in some way or another.

 

 

 

 

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Robert Crawford

2013-01-23

An illustration for the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game setting. Meant as a character for the 1920’s era.

Robert Crawford is a restaurant owner in Arkham – in a long line of restaurant owners. He is the current owner of the Crawford’s Restaurant, situated at the corner of Garrison and Armitage. The place has been there since the Civil War and ownership of the establishment has been firmly in family ever since the 17th century. The place is by far the most expensive place to get one’s belly full, but the food is exceptionally good – albeit the menu is archaic by modern standards and in dire need of modernization. Nothing much has changed in the restaurant in 200 years.

Robert Crawford is one of the richest men in town and although his restaurant is gathering patrons, it’s really no longer a very good source of income. But the family fortunes are vast and includes shares of many companies in Arkham, gold and property. His demeanor is that of a spoiled brat whose upbringing has been supportive of his family’s view of their own supremacy over the common folk. But his presence is striking and captivating and his manners are impeccable. On occasion his restaurant is used to throw parties in which alcoholic beverages are flowing freely – in spite of the ongoing Prohibition. There is little risk for the Crawford’s due to the family’s influence on city affairs. Robert is rather handsome in a rugged way and he is surprisingly eloquent, educated and gives out an aura of importance. He is flirtatious and openly suggestive even though he is happily married to Susan Crawford. In reality he is devoted to his wife and the flirtatious side to him is merely a facade.

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