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The Shab-al-Hiri Roach

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The Shab-al-Hiri Roach

by Jason Morningstar


Number of players: ?

Equipment: Roach cards, several d12s



The people of the Euphrates valley called it Num Saþar Rá - Insect/Mouth/Overseer - a monster from the dawn of civilization. It is a foul remnant of an evil time, when crawling things used men as cattle to erect a culture devoted to servicing their unspeakable needs. It has slept for four thousand years, and now it has been shaken awake by a foolish scientist. Gravid with egg sacs, the Roach seeks out the moist places of the human body and soul and takes up festering, malignant residence.


The Roach has perfected the art of effective control over human beings, but it is a little out of touch. It continues to operate in the Sumerian mode – issuing brutal, cryptic commands and treating its hosts like ignorant cattle. The modern world is not Sumeria, however, and the Roach’s hosts are not as tractable as the servants of the ancient God-Kings.


The Roach wants to get its bearings, stretch its oily legs, and spread its horrible brood across the twentieth century. The Pemberton University campus is a good start. In the conniving, power-hungry faculty, it has found something it recognizes at last.

The Shab-al-Hiri Roach may be purchased online at the Bully Pulpit Games website.


The free version of the game may be found at 1km1kt.

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