Genre characters for download


Genre storyline character sheets and handouts for Turn of Midnight Waters are now available.

Download the Genre-Character-Pack (All characters and opening handouts 11 Meg PDF)

In the Turn of Midnight Waters convention play Genre option, seasoned investigators and their Sydney hosts seek to solve a deadly mystery assailing the Big Smoke. The characters are designed for a plot-driven storyline with scope for personal and interpersonal dramatic arcs.

Elizabeth ‘Bettie’ Brook – Sydney socialite and athlete, ‘Backless Bettie from Bondi’. (1.6 Meg PDF)
Merrin Brook – unpublished  novelist and aspiring Queen of the Night. (1.6 Meg PDF)
‘Posso’ Seaton –  impulsive nightclub manager, companion to Bettie. (1.7 Meg PDF)
Suzerain Lazarov –  Mythos investigator and sorcerer. Aristocratic, androgenous, and clothed in mystery. (1.6 Meg PDF)
William  Boyne –  Northern Irish Mythos crusader, dour and deadly with a sentimental streak. (1.6 Meg PDF)

Mudra Spellcasting List – for Lazarov. Also fun for all the family!  (1.1 Meg PDF)

Genre Background Player Handouts (6.9 Meg PDF)

Trauma Characters for download


Trauma storyline character sheets and handouts for Turn of Midnight Waters are now available.

Download the Trauma Character Pack (All characters and opening handouts 6.3 Meg PDF)

In the Turn of Midnight Waters convention play Trauma option, a ragged street family of streetwalkers, alcos, shell-shocked diggers and other lost souls attempt to survive on the streets of Razorhurst and the Cross, watching from the sidelines as the world goes to hell. Everything is pretty fucked up, but what else is new? These characters offer a more intense, intimate version of the mystery, with less emphasis on investigation but more scope for personal storytelling, to weave their own stories and their own dramatic arcs.

Tilda – ageing street walker. (1.9 Meg PDF)
Dolors –  delusional former asylum inmate. (2 Meg PDF)
– street larrikin in hiding. (1.8 Meg PDF)
Kev – alcoholic rent boy. (1.8 Meg PDF)
Sandy –  troubled former digger (1.9 Meg PDF)

Handout Reaper – public handout, for Kev (20K PDF).

Handout Blue Angel – public handout, for Tilda (1.1Meg PDF).

Choker’s Lane


In Choker’s Lane, the doors appear
Like black and shining coffin-lids,
Whose smell of flesh, long buried here,
Familiar visiting forbids.

But sometimes, when their bells are twirled
They’ll show, like Hades, through the chink,
The green and watery gaslight world
Where girls have faces white as zinc.

And sometimes thieves go smoothly past,
Or pad by moonlight home again,
For even thieves come home at last,
Even the thieves of Choker’s Lane.

And sometimes you can feel the breath
Of beasts decaying in their den—
The soft, unhurrying teeth of Death
With leather jaws come tasting men.

Then sunlight comes, the tradesmen nod,
The pavement rings with careless feet,
And Choker’s Lane—how very odd!—
Is just an ordinary street.

– Kenneth Slessor.

Perhaps everyone has their own Choker’s Lane Perhaps it is a state of mind. But those who seek it always find their way.

In Choker’s Lane, the doors of the brothels are said to loom ‘like black and shining coffin-lids’. Everybody has a sordid story about the Lane, though its exact location varies in the telling. It lies somewhere in the twisting maze of backstreets north (or is it south?) of Kings Cross in inner Sydney. The Lane is crowded with the lost, broken and homeless—desperate runaways and petty gamblers, mentally ill war veterans and hopeless addicts.

Effecting a facade of the ordinary by day, with the coming of darkness Choker’s Lane opens its hungry maw. Brothels, clubs, sly grog shops, opium dens and low-life dives operate in the midst of poverty-stricken slum tenements. The atmosphere is sordid, but hallucinatory. In Choker’s Lane, people feel fully alive.

Daz Studio and Photoshop. Part of the background for ‘Turn of Midnight Waters’.

Now Roll SAN …

cave-coverTwo plucky investigators, from Turn of Midnight Waters.

DAZ Studio and Photoshop.

Mysteries of the Pacific

rainbow painting

In a quiet corner of the Australian Museum, far from the gaping crowds clustering about the infamous idol, I encountered a queer, unsettling image. Part of the same exhibition of Pacific mysteries, it was a crudely rendered oil painting of a ship in full sail, with a glorious rainbow dominating the sky above. It was labelled ‘The Ascent’ and originated in New Zealand in the last years of the old century.

The painting disturbed me greatly, with a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach. it took me some time to realise exactly the reason why …

The Turn of Midnight Waters

DAZ Studio and Photoshop. Click image for larger version.