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“Nineveh”

“Nineveh” (ΩLD01)
by John Tomlinson & David Agnew

Game Master: Brian   Players: Adam, Erin
Game Dates: 25 January 2020

Characters: The Doctor, Riddell
Allies: The Watcher, The (Young) Doctor, The (Old) Doctor, Flo, Kyrstal
Time: N/A
Space: Nineveh (The Afterlife)

Continuity: The final adventure featuring the Lost Doctor and John Riddell.

Synopsis: “Let the heavens cast their spray of light across the night-black sky, ‘twill not touch the dark of Nineveh, where Time Lords go to die. Twelve rejuvenations all, and not a season more, hath been the lot of Gallifrey since darker days of yore. Some call it the zone of silence, where dreams die unfulfill’d, where every chord and cadence of the song of life is still’d. Others talk of timeless joy and venerate the day that they might cut the skein of life upon dark Nineveh. So walk the ages, Time Lord, and disregard the sign, but know that where the Watcher waits, so waits the end of time.”

The Doctor is dead. In the wake of annihilation, the lost Time Lord finds himself alone in a shadowy wasteland, a winding dirt road leading the way to cold, dim lights on the indistinct horizon. Ahead, the spectral figure of the Watcher beckons him, signalling the start of his final journey. The Doctor recognizes these signs and omens from the whispered rhymes of his childhood. They are the morbid hallmarks of Nineveh, the afterlife described in the ancient folklore of Gallifrey. And they confirm his worst fears: there will be no cheating death this time, no regeneration.

Contemplating his seemingly inevitable fate, the Doctor follows the Watcher and begins the long and arduous journey to the hidden monument known as the Wall of Memory, enshrined deep within the Citadel of Lost Time Lords. If the legends are true, it is his only hope for peace and closure. Each twist in the road and shadow on the landscape brings its own challenge, however, its own figure of opposition. As the Doctor makes his way through this chaotic underworld, a motley band of familiar faces assembles to stir forgotten memories and to question his choices: John Riddell, Flo, the Dreilyn Kyrstal. Old friends and lost companions now vying for control of his ultimate fate. They are led by conflicting echoes of the Time Lord’s own larger-than-life persona: the Doctor, youthful and brimming with confidence, as stupidly reckless as he is bold; and the Doctor, ancient and frail, so desperate to preserve life that he no longer regards any risk as acceptable. Which of the two has made the correct choices? Which of the two is damned? Or is the Doctor forever fated to be undone by his foibles, no matter what choices he might make?

In the heart of the ghostly City of Lost Souls, where riddles and mazes obscure horrors greater than death itself, the fractured Doctor and his fractious companions will face the ultimate test—and determine whether the hero claims resurrection or everlasting damnation!

2 responses

  1. Tim

    Hi folks, Its been awhile from your last posting, I hope everyone is doing okay in this era of COVID.

    -Tim

    15/12/2020 at 6:48 PM

    • Thanks for this kind note, Tim. Everyone in our team is doing well, in spite of the pandemic. Our apologies for not posting a formal update regarding our status. We’re taking a hiatus from our Doctor Who campaign in order to enjoy some other games. We’ve launched an ongoing campaign based on the Star Trek Adventures RPG. (Star Trek: The Dark Divide! You’ll find a link in the sidebar.) We’re also dipping in and out of D&D, as always. Rest assured we’ll return to the universe of Doctor Who one day. There will be new episodes, probably in the coming year. We hope you and yours are doing well, too!

      23/12/2020 at 5:56 PM

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