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Episode #05 CoversColin Songsmith sings a song to an old witch who takes an unlikely revenge. The witch’s granddaughter rescues him from the dire threat of being eaten alive by the cat. She hears the song, which happens to concern her recently married sister and a gypsy. Convinced that she has to save her sister, she takes the minstrel, the cat, and her magical resources to Rowan Castle. The story is rich with descriptive details of setting and encounters with magical and fantastic creatures such as a talking cat, a lovesick dragon, and a bear prince.

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we look at a book not from Appendix N, but certainly one of the period and by an author contemporary with a number of others on the list. We then pair the story with our featured adventure, Prince Charming, Reanimator to really bring some flair to the table.

In addition, we have bonus content to bring to your game: classes, monsters, spells and more…after the jump.

Dark Acquisitions

There is a great deal of new material to bring to the table based on this story. Below is a list, by category and author, of what has been added to the Dark Acquisitions page by the Keepers of Mysteries, based on this show. Further contributions from friends of the library will also be found there as they arrive.

Character Classes
Hearth Witch – Bob Brinkman
Redcap Gnome – David Baity

Men and Magicians
Gypsies – Bob Brinkman

Magic Items
Dragon Crown of Melniboné – Bob Brinkman
The Mirror of Memory – Bob Brinkman
Ruby Throne of Melniboné – Bob Brinkman
The Sword of Earl Aubec – Dieter Zimmerman

Argonian Mermaids – Jen Brinkman
Black Swan, Giant – Bob Brinkman
Creeping Willow – Bob Brinkman
Siren – Bob Brinkman

Bind the Heart – Bob Brinkman

The Stacks

Appendix N-ish
Song of Sorcery by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Blades Against Death by Harley Stroh
The Curse of the Kingspire by Harley Stroh
Doom of the Savage Kings by Harley Stroh
The Emerald Enchanter by Joseph Goodman
Mermaids from Yuggoth (In the Prison of the Squid Sorcerer) by Daniel J. Bishop
Prince Charming, Reanimator by Daniel J. Bishop
Theater of the Hammed by Clint Bohaty
The Treacherous Cobtraps by Jimm Johnson
Trolls of Mistwood by David Fisher
The Vile Worm by Jimm Johnson
The Witch-Man of Darkweather Mountain (Tales of the Shudder Mountains) by Michael Curtis

Crawl! #6 by Dak Ultimak

Spotify Lists
Gypsy-ish Music
Stupor Mundi by Arcadia


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The ambient background of the Sanctum Secorum was created using Horror Ambiance from Klankbeeld.
Sanctum Secorum’s theme music was created using Seating Incantation, by Landmark Entertainment.