Beautiful full color art adorns this project and the forthcoming book.
(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.
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.
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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"Private Jacob Johnson reporting for duty sir" Jacob announced with his usual snap.
"Very good private. At ease. Have a seat." The Colonel pointed to a chair over in the corner.
It was kind of a motley group gathered around the long conference table. A smaller table set aside for the officers was at the head in a "T" pattern. The four officers sitting with the Colonel we all from different countries. A British, French and Russian, all birds were sitting together sizing up the group of ten people in front of them.
"You're not in Detroit anymore Johnson." Jacob thought to himself. Growing up in the hard streets of the ghetto his dad was the only one around when he wasn't working the steel mill. Pops did the best he could but Jacob knew the strain on him was huge after momma died. He was 17 when Pops went to join her.
Not having much opportunity he enlisted at the local army recruitment center and was whisked away to Ft. Benning to begin his career with the US Army. Basic was easy for Jacob and he excelled at every opportunity, even in the schools that followed it seemed his natural path was one of a soldier, he liked it and it suited him.
Sizing up the other people around the room there was quite the mix of nationalities, American, British, French and Russian. It was really a surprise to see the Russians here, weren't they in a cease fire with Hitler?
The American Colonel cleared his throat a bit louder than necessary. "All of you are here because of your natural gifts and exceptional abilities. You as of this moment are stripped of your ranks and will report as special operatives here at the OSS. Dossiers are in front of you and we will begin briefing your first mission. Welcome to Project Okkulten"