Introducing Loretta Pythonsbane — Call of Cthulhu

It’s been a few years since my last RPG. My old party disbanded after playing long-distance didn’t work for us. I didn’t know anyone in the area, etc. But I’m working to remedy that and either find or form a group to play D&D or Call of Cthulhu in the next 6 months or so.

I downloaded the Call of Cthulhu Quickstart Guide from Chaosium, but I don’t have any books yet. I talked ProfX into sitting down with me and rolling up characters. He says he won’t play and he probably won’t, but we both had fun.

My new character is Loretta Pythonsbane.* She’s a 29-year-old British librarian currently living in Arkham and working in special collections at the Miskatonic University library. She had been working with rare books aat the Bodleian library in Oxford. Unfortunately, after assisting a researcher with a project involving the library’s copy of the Necronomicon, she suffered a three-week spell of insanity.

Her supervisor, an older gentleman, suggested that America might be a little better for her health and recommended her to the library director at Miskatonic. She works in special collections but hasn’t been involved with occult texts at Miskatonic. Her background is strong in history, so she loves the rest of the collection.

ProfX’s is Robert Fillington, a philosophy professor at Arkham. (We’re playing these true to life, which is one of the most exciting things about CoC.) He’s interested in a variety of the sciences and history. His research has led to a bit of a romance with Miss Pythonsbane.

We decided that he’d be the one to stumble across the Mythos and then bring back the memories that she’s been repressing.

Her Investigator & Hobbyist skills are in Astronomy, Conceal, First Aid, History (lots), Jump, Library Use (lots), Listen, Occult, Sneak, Spot Hidden, Swim, Handgun and Shotgun.

Originally, I rolled a really low education for her (5), and was trying to figure out how that would fit into her backstory. I thought perhaps she could be a rural librarian at some town where the initiating investigator shows up. She wouldn’t need any formal education, she’d have just become a librarian through years of working there.

But finally I decided to reroll because a librarian with a 5 EDU score wouldn’t allow for her having learned things in her years working at the library. So I rerolled and got a 17, which made me feel kind of guilty about rerolling.

So now I’ve got a character rolled up anyway! We’ve made progress. Though now I’m a bit distracted by this Cthulhu dice game.

*I got the name from a quote I find hilarious in the Life of Brian. If you aren’t familiar with it, check out the wikiquote for Life of Brian.


  1. January says:

    Um, seriously, if you need some more people for this, you let us know. We played D&D for a bit and had fun, but it sort of frittered out after a while. Mags was a gnome sorcerer named Stumbleduck. STUMBLEDUCK!! We like to make up characters.

  2. Ruth says:

    Sweeeeeet!!! :) Perhaps we can discuss this over dinner on Tuesday! 😀 Give Mags mad points for Stumbleduck.

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