"The Great Seal"
A Morrow Project Scenario
by Bill Pixley
HTML'ized by David Little
This scenario was originally published in Pegasus Magazine, No 9, August/September
1982. It was an adventure designed for AFTERMATH, and The Morrow Project.
I renumbered all Cannibals so that they were in sequential order, and removed
all AFTERMATH components. I also added a note to the end of the introduction
in red. Otherwise, it has been kept as it
was originally published.
Operating out of a series of seemingly-natural caves, the Cannibals
of the Great Seal have raided dozens of farmsteads and communities, taking
the bodies or parts of the bodies of those they kill back to their hideout.
Although no one knows for sure what the Great Seal might be, some claim
that it is the local state constitution. Once much feared for their skills
as warriors and for the numerous automatic weapons they carried, the Cannibals
slowly used up their ammunition and now only use one of their submachine
guns when in retreat to discourage any pursuers. They are the slaughterers
of children and delight in the torture of their enemies. Why they gained
the name of Followers of the Great Seal is unknown; the locals, however,
do not care to speculate. They have placed a 100 round reward for anyone
who destroys the Cannibals. (50 .22 long rifle, 20 12-gauge buckshot, and
30 x 19mm pistol ammo) (Really not that good of a
reward since the players will probably burn-up that much ammo anyway. But
let the players figure that out. There are 15 Cannibals total.)
The True Story of the Cannibals of the Great Seal
Immediately before the war, the President of the US was out and about,
making speeches and generally trying to drum up support for his foreign
policy. Caught away from his escape craft, the Secret Service took the
President to a secret cave that contained a hidden bomb shelter. However,
on the way to the shelter, the party passed through a cloud of released
chemicals which affected their minds. By the time they reached the cave,
the President and the entire group had become quite insane. Once in the
cave, the President executed his family, who had been traveling with him,
and then committed suicide. His faithful but insane followers, the Secret
Service, placed him in his "tomb," the armored limo in which he had been
traveling, and a type of cult-worship grew up around him. The Secret Service
personnel and the secretaries and media crew who were left lived on the
stored rations in the bunker and, eventually, mated and produced offspring.
For five years, they lived in the hidden bunker, subsisting on the provisions,
breathing the tainted air, and creating a sub-society for themselves. Then,
as the the food ran out, the insane Secret Service men resorted to cannibalism
and, with their equally crazed descendants, emerged from the hidden cave
and began to raid the surrounding area for the Lord of the Great Seal (as
they called the President).
In the Morrow Project, the Cannibals have a B armor class on their chests
The Walls and Doors of the Bunker
The walls of the complex are made of 6" thick concrete, and the doors
are made of 2" thick steel. Unless it is otherwise stated, the doors are
presumed to be not locked, and the lock mechanisms are no longer operable.
The Underground Complex
Tunnel A is a three meter wide tunnel that leads to the rest of the
large tunnel system of which the hideout of the Cannibals of the Great
Seal is only a small part.
Tunnel B is a meter wide tunnel that leads into the remains of the sewer
system of the nearby town.
Tunnel C leads out to a hidden entrance on the surface. The tunnel is
a meter wide and is natural in origin.
Room 1 is a natural cave room that the Cannibals are using as a guard post.
The room is guarded by a pair of Cannibals and is lit by a crude torch
set in a hole in the wall.
Room 2 is a concrete room that is a second guardpost to the only tunnel
that leads directly from the complex to the surface. The doors aren't locked,
and the room is lit by five candles on holders set about the room. The
room is guarded by a single Cannibal who is busily eating a chunk of roasted
human arm. If attacked, the Cannibal will try to flee into Room 5 in order
to get help from the Cannibals in that room.
Cannibal 1: STR/CON 9, DEX/ACC 10, SP/BP 181, Equipment: Bowie knife.
Cannibal 2: STR/CON 10, DEX/ACC 12, SP/BP 200, Equipment: machete.
Room 3 was the old main garage of the complex. The vehicle that had been
stored in this room was wrecked during a raid by the Cannibals many years
ago. The room currently contains four Cannibal guards who are protecting
the Tomb of the Great Seal that lies in Room 10. The room is lit by five
crude torches that are stuck in old shelf brackets around the room.
Cannibal 3: STR/CON 11, DEX/ACC 15, SP/BP 221, Equipment: hammer. In his
pockets are a dozen wooden strike-anywhere matches and two 9 x 19mm (9mm
The main sleeping quarters of the Cannibals, this room contains various
piles of rags and hides that serve as beds for the Cannibals. The room
contains three Cannibals and is lit by three wall-mounted torches. Hidden
among the filthy bedding are five .22 Long Rifle rounds, a pair of belt
knives, ten candles, and the partially-eaten arm of a child.
Cannibal 4: STR/CON 8, DEX/ACC 9, SP/BP 164, Equipment: belt knife.
Cannibal 5: STR/CON 10, DEX/ACC 8, SP/BP 200, Equipment: belt knife, S&W
M-27, (has ten ordinary, rounds of .357 in his pocket, and the gun is kept
Cannibal 6: STR/CON 10, DEX/ACC 8, SP/BP 200, Equipment: belt knife.
Cannibal 7: STR/CON 9, DEX/ACC 10, SP/BP 181, Equipment: belt knife.
Room 5 is the corridor to the room of the boss of the enclave. Therefore,
a pair of armed Cannibals watch the corridor for trouble. The room is lit
by three candles.
Cannibal 8: STR/CON 12, DEX/ACC 14, SP/BP 244, Equipment: S&W M-27
revolver, belt knife. He has three .38 special rounds and five .357 magnum
rounds in his pocket.
Cannibal 9: STR/CON 15, DEX/ACC 16, SP/BP 325, Equipment: Bowie knife.
In the Cannibal's pocket are the keys to Room 9 and a set of brass knuckles.
Cannibal 10: STR/CON 10, DEX/ACC 8, SP/BP 181, Equipment: belt knife.
Room 6 is another of the sleeping quarters for the Cannibals. This room
is lit by three wall-mounted torches and contains two Cannibals. Hidden
among the dirty bedding in the room are ten extra torches, a box containing
five strike-anywhere matches, three sets of flint and steel fire starters,
five candles, a bag that holds five day's worth of rations of parched corn,
and a bottle of bad, home-made whiskey that one of the Cannibals removed
from the body of a drunk that they killed.
Cannibal 11: STR/CON 15, DEX/ACC 15, SP/BP 325, Equipment: UZI, belt knife.
The UZI has a full magazine in it, and the Cannibal has 10 extra 9 x 19mm
(parabellum) rounds for it. The Cannibal also carries a gasmask (proof
against CN and CS gas) and wears a bullet-resistant vest (it gives an armor
class of 7 to his trunk and groin).
Cannibal 12: STR/CON 1 0, DEX/ACC 1 0, SP/BP 200, Equipment: machete. This
Cannibal also has a gas-mask and a bullet-resistant vest like Cannibal
Room 7 is the room of the boss of the Cannibals. The boss, who is called
"The Pres" by the Cannibals, is relaxing in the room and carries the keys
to Rooms 8 and 9, where the Cannibals store their equipment and food.
Cannibal 13: STR/CON 9, DEX/ACC 8, SP/BP 181, Equipment: belt knife.
Cannibal 14: STR/CON 10, DEX/ACC 7, SP/BP 200, Equipment:Bowie knife.
Room 8 is the equipment room for the Cannibals. It contains a wooden box
that holds five rounds of .38 special ammo, three rounds of .357 magnum
ammo, twenty rounds of 9 x 19mm (parabellum) ammo, ten crowbars, a couple
of Phillips screwdrivers, a claw-hammer, fifty crude torches, 100 emergency
candles, and a plastic box containing 104 strike-anywhere matches.
Room 9 is the food storage room for the Cannibals. The room contains 100
day's worth of rations of dried human flesh, 50 day's worth of parched
corn, ten day's worth of dried beans, and five day's worth of LRRP (Long
Range Reconnaissance Patrol) rations.
Room 10 is the burial chamber for the last President of the USA. The room
contains the President's armored limo, which has been stripped for trade
goods. Inside the car, in the back seat, is the body of the President and
the skulls of his wife and daughter. Also in the back seat is a small,
black, locked, leather briefcase that contains the activation codes for
the missile systems of the US. The briefcase is trapped to keep unauthorized
personnel out of it, and any attempt to force it open will cause it to
self-destruct and destroy the contents. Around
the President's neck is a chain sporting a metal tag with the combination
for the case inscribed upon it.
The Pres: STR/CON 11, DEX/ACC 15, SP/BP 221, Equipment: S&W M-27 revolver,
hatchet. The Pres has the keys to Rooms to 8 and 9 and a dozen rounds of
.357 ammo in his pockets. He wears a bulletproof vest and carries a gas-mask
like those carried and worn by the Cannibals in Room 5.