The Art

Beautiful full color art adorns this project and the forthcoming book. 

 

Brian Snoddy

(Magic:The Gathering, D&D, Legend of the 5 Rings, Shadows of Brimstone,  and much more) has lent his talents to the stunning interior art. 

 

Paige Carpenter

The eye for detail!  Paige diligently researched uniforms and and developed the character archetypes. 

 

The overall tone extends that we have never been alone in the universe and other powers have driven mankind toward otherworldly goals. 

As new art is developed and released we will be showcasing it here at okkulten.com.

The Game

1942 A.D. - World War 2, thus far, is one of the most devastating wars in history. Financially, emotionally, and physically there is not a person on earth who has not been changed or touched in some way by the horrible events that have unfolded. Battle lines are drawn and altered by espionage, theft and more overt means leading to the death of millions of soldiers and innocents alike. Several scholars believe that this is much more than a war of men, this is a battle for the very soul of mankind.

 

It is a well-known fact that the Nazi Party of Germany has a fascination for the occult and mythological artifacts that are believed to hold boundless power. To those that have the means and the will to pursue and find these items, ultimate power is within their reach. How will the war end if Himmler actually acquires the Spear of Longinus? Even if there are no magical properties associated to it, can you imagine the power over the morale of those who hold these items dear? Even thinking that if a mythological item like Mjolnir, the Hammer of Thor, is real, what power could it bestow upon the owner? Is Germany working with strange technology from other worlds? What of the rumored super soldier programs? Do the Allies have similar goals and secrets? It is these items that we base the premise of this game.

The general public of every country, as well as the rank and file troops in every standing army cannot grasp the concept that these items are, in fact, real. Shrouded from their vision by several organizations ranging from governments to churches and private organizations, it has been determined that these facts must be kept from society or chaos would erupt. A sheep who is happy in the pasture will not run when the gate is opened. 

 

The truth of the matter is many of the religious and mythological stories are not fiction in one fashion or another. Relics and artifacts do exist and can give power to those who know how to access it. Aliens are a part of this world and are on the side of the Axis powers** Black Forest 1936**. (Up until the fall of Berlin when they will make an ill-fated escape attempt from the advancing Allies resulting in damage to one of their ships and a forced landing in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.) 

 

Super soldier programs on both sides are both theorized and put into practice. The Nazi program is, by far, the most prolific and made real by the scientific efforts of Luthor von Frankenstein, great-great-grandson of Viktor, the notorious scientist of legend. Young Luthor has taken the research of his predecessors to the next level and has had some modicum of success where his relatives had failed. Hitler and Himmler use their vast resources and access to alien technology to give this genius access to everything he may need.

 

So to sum things up, the world is at war, the general public knows this but does not know about the true implications of what both sides are doing. Germany’s current state of technology and military strength is far above anything the Allies realize... at this point.

 

This is where the players come in. Gathered from the brightest the Allies have, special units labelled Operation Okkulten that are being put together to prevent the Axis acquisition of relics, artifacts, and supplies for the super soldier program. In this game it is possible to be an OSS operative from the United States, SAS elite from Britain, Spetsnaz from Russia, or a specialist from the French Resistance and many more diverse characters all funded by the OSS. These multi-national squads are all that stand between the safety and freedom of the world and complete domination by the Axis. So gather your Nerve, Faith and Spirit and move forward for God and Country!!

 

Okkulten will utilize the Chaosium BRP (Basic Roleplaying) system and Reaper Miniatures.  Tactical operations will be undertaken by players using the familiar 5' grid many have become accustomed to.  

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The weak, yellow light of the oil lamp did little to illuminate the map on the table.  "Keep that flame away you fool!  Do you want to cost us the entire expedition?!"   Grueber slid that lamp further away, diminishing it's glow from his work.

"It has to be here.  What are we missing?"  Gruber stared at Adom, the lead of the laborers.  "I know not Zaeim.  We have pulled the sand from every spot you have requested and still nothing."

 

It was true, they had removed tons of sand from the valley and yet the prize was just as far from his grasp as ever.  The Reichsführer had placed a great amount of trust in him and it was well-known that he would not suffer failure, especially when they were so close.  Grueber's recent promotion after the expedition to Tibet heaped praise upon him and his family.  It also raised the expectation and responsibilities that he would be held accountable to.  What was missing?  Why hadn't they found where Montet had secreted his find?

"Get back out there, offer a reward for the man who finds the sarcophagus!"  Grueber's patience was faltering.  "Yes Zaeim, of course..."  Adom slipped through the tent flap and out into the hot desert night.

 

Retreating to his chair, the General reviewed his notes once again, as if the thousands of previous reviews left some small detail unturned.  

 

The discovery of the tomb two years ago loomed even larger that Carter's discovery two decades prior.  Pierre Montet was, to say the least, a leader in the field.  His discovery of the Silver Pharaoh would have made bigger international news than Tut, but war has a way of diminishing such things.  Montet knew the Reich was coming and, with that, his discovery was in danger of being captured.  So when he retreated to France, to be with his family, he left bread crumbs of clues saying that his hastily packaged prize was shipped to Cairo from Tanis.  The thing about such an obvious trail is that it is almost never real.  While several of the artifacts made it to Cairo, the sarcophagus never did.   It had to be staged somewhere between Tanis and Cairo.  Grueber and his team had investigated shipping routes, drovers and the locals for any hints of the whereabouts of Montet's find.  They were close, he could feel it.

 

Now he sat here, in this chair, his only connection back to a more comfortable, civilized life that he left behind in Köln.  He wasn't a family man, his career and drive saw to that.  However, he did miss his soft bed and softer women.  As sleep just begun to close around him, excited screams echoed from outside.

 

Adom burst through the tent flap.  "Zaeim, we have something you should come see!!!"

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