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Like others who withstood the pandemic, Sam Sewell lives in a subterranean shelter. The vast catacombs were built before the military’s biological weapon leaked out, killing nine out of ten people and leaving the survivors so traumatized that they can barely tolerate each other’s company. So it’s quite peculiar that some government agents seem to think that Sam lives with a woman, Despoina, who’s suspected of conducting germ warfare. Pressured by the agents to locate Despoina, Sam must literally go underground to discover the truth about a hidden world of witchcraft and secret rituals.
This Wiccan-themed science fiction novel was cited by Gary Gygax as an inspiration for Dungeons & Dragons. Sharp-eyed gamers will certainly see similarities between St. Clair’s world and Gygax’s Castle Greyhawk with its labyrinthine setting of multiple levels connected by secret passages.
Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we return to the works of Margaret St. Clair with her novel Sign of the Labrys and talk about the forthcoming DCC compatible work from the Hydra Collective, Operation Unfathomable.
Occult Actions – Bob Brinkman
Yeast Plagues – Daniel J. Bishop
Interlude: The Vault of Future Past – Ari-Matti Piippo
The Blood-Drinking Box [part 6] – Clifford Morton
Cryo-Fungus – Marc Bruner
Anomalous Subsurface Environment by Patrick Wetmore
The Black Heart of Thakulon the Undying curated by Harley Stroh
Black Sun Deathcrawl by James MacGeorge
The Infernal Crucible of Sezrekan the Mad by Harley Stroh
Operation Unfathomable by Jason Sholtis
The Seven Deadly Pits of Sezrekan by Harley Stroh
Shadow Under Devil’s Reef by Jon Hook
The Sinister Sutures of the Semptress by Michael Curtis
Super Number One Food Tower by Matthew Goiffon
Cyborg (album) by Klaus Schulze
Dredd OST (album) by various artists
Dune (album) by Klaus Schulze
Hair OST (album) by Galt MacDermot and Tom Pierson
Magnetic Fields (album) by Jean-Michel Jarre
The Matrix OST (album) by various artists
Moondawn (album) by Klaus Schulze
Oxygène (album) by Jean-Michel Jarre
Way Down We Go (song) by Kaleo
Appendix N Book Club
Road Crew Appearances
* M Nicksic @ Tacoma Games in Tacoma, WA (every Saturday)
* Troy Tucker @ The Magician’s Forge in North Port, FL (alternating Saturdays)
* Jeff Bernstein @ Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL
* Timothy Drennon @ Geekout in Burlson, TX
DCC Lankhmar by Goodman Games
Mutant Crawl Classics by Goodman Games
Umerica by Shield of Faith Studios
Sanctum Secorum’s theme music was created using Seating Incantation by Landmark Entertainment.