Spawn of Azathoth

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Publisher: Chaosium

1st Edition

Product Code: 2316-X

Publishing Year: 1986

Pages: 128 (spread over three booklets)

Authors: Keith Herber

Artists: Kevin Ramos, Carolyn Schultz, Susan Sedon Boulet

Format: Softcover

ISBN: 0-933635-29-X

2nd Edition

Product Code: 23101

Publishing Year: 2005

Pages: 200

Authors: Keith Herber with David Conyers, Don Coatar, Jeff Carey, Steve Hatherley, Sandy Petersen and Lynn Willis

Artists: Paul Carrick, David Conyers, Andy Hopp, Michael Mislet, Kevin Ramos and Tom Sullivan

Format: Softcover

ISBN: 1-56882-178-6

Setting: 1920s


The 1st edition is a boxed set made up of three books plus an additional business card prop. The three books are:

  • Book 1: From Beyond the Grave (32 pages),
  • Book 2: The Spawn Approaches (64 pages),
  • Book 3: The Azathoth Papers (Player handouts, 32 pages), business card handout.

The 2nd edition is a single book. This is divided into the following sections:

  • Introduction,
  • A Ghostly Presence,
  • Providence Rhode Island,
  • Garrison Montana,
  • St Augustine Florida,
  • The Andaman Islands,
  • Ulthar and Beyond,
  • The Eternal Quest,
  • The Tibetan Interior,
  • Appendices,
  • Index

Campaigns: The various chapters of this book/box constitute the Spawn of Azathoth (Campaign)

Scenarios: Spawn of Azathoth: The Adventure Begins, Spawn of Azathoth: Providence, Rhode Island, Spawn of Azathoth: Garrison, Montana, Spawn of Azathoth: St. Augustine, Spawn of Azathoth: The Andaman Islands, Spawn of Azathoth: Ulthar and Beyond, Spawn of Azathoth: The Eternal Quest, Spawn of Azathoth: The Spawn of Azathoth

1st Edition Front Text

Herald of the End of Time

A Chaosium Call of Cthulhu Supplement

1st Edition Back Text

Spawn of Azathoth

Herald of the End of Time.

Few attended the funeral of the old man. And even fewer saw the headless apparition which appeared in an investigator’s room. The keen-witted investigators find significance in the unfortunate death. Through their persistence they begin to unravel a secret implying doom for everyone.

Monstrous peril confronts the intrepid investigators as evidence leads them across the United States and into the depths of Asia.

SPAWN OF AZATHOTH is a new supplement for CALL OF CTHULHU, the roleplaying game which recreates the atmosphere and adventures of the stories of H. P. Lovecraft, world-famous horror-tale author. Within this box are three books – the parts for seven distinct linked adventures, each of generous play time.

The first book, From Beyond the Grave, contains keeper introduction and orientation material, and presents "Providence," the first adventure.

The second book, The Spawn Approaches, contains the other six adventures, "Garrison," "St. Augustine," "Andaman Islands," "Ulthar and Beyond," "The Eternal Quest," and the climax of the campaign, "The Spawn of Azathoth." Lovecraft created a special fantasy world, the Dreamlands, and two of the adventures take place there. Special rules included govern the behaviour of investigators in that other place, including transformation of physical objects and nightmare effects.

The third book, The Azathoth Papers, contains more than 60 news clippings, tome and diary excerpts, letters, and other clues. Three special sections of optional clues – quotations from Mythos tomes, gleanings from historical research, and news clippings – allow keepers to expand upon the clues that their investigators find, to emphasize certain kinds of information or to introduce lines of reasoning not otherwise uncovered.

Sample Azathoth Materials

Ready To Play

  • text
  • illustrations
  • diagrams
  • player aids

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2nd Edition Front Text

Herald of the End of Time

2nd Edition Back Text

Spawn of Azathoth

I have seen the dark universe yawning
Where the black planets roll without aim
Where they roll in their horror unheeded
Without knowledge of luster or name.
-- H.P. Lovecraft, "Nemesis"


Astronomers have theorized that our sun is not alone in its journey around the galaxy, but is accompanied by an unknown second star of dim radiance. This second star, while perhaps invisible from Earth even with the finest optics, would periodically pass close enough to our solar system to have far-reaching effects upon the evolution of this planet.

SPAWN OF AZATHOTH is a campaign supplement for Call of Cthulhu. The adventure begins when an investigator is awakened by a ghostly apparition. Soon the investigator and his friends are drawn into horrifying events, luring them accross the United States, overseas to the Andaman Islands and to the interior of Tibet, and to places even further beyond. Gradually they come to understand the dread fate toward which the Earth hurtles, a fate which only they can avert.

<also includes an advertisement for Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu gamine supplements and fiction anthologies>


Originally entitled 'Throne of Azathoth', this supplement won the 1987 Games Day Award for Best Role Playing Adventure. With the initial investigations set in Providence, investigators may go in search of H. P. Lovecraft himself, only to find that he is not home, or so his two aunts will tell the investigators. This is the only supplement to date which features H.P. Lovecraft as an in-game character.

The 2nd edition is updated and expanded on the 1984 original with new encounters and expanded historical and background material.

The 2nd edition cover illustration by Tom Sullivan originally appeared as a colour plate inside the Fourth Edition of the Call of Cthulhu rulebook. It was originally commissioned as the cover painting for the "Great Old Ones" supplement. It depicted a scene from a scenario which Sandy Petersen was going to write for the GOO book, but was never completed.