We’re back with a special interview episode about secret societies and how they might relate to Call of Cthulhu.

In our recent episodes about cults, we briefly touched on how the representation of cults in Call of Cthulhu sometimes more resembled secret societies or magical orders. We thought it might be interesting to dig into what the differences are between these types of organisations. If nothing else, this may offer some inspiration for how we portray them in our games.

Once again, we have called upon expert help. Robert Howells is an author and researcher into secret societies. He has written books about the Priory of Sion and the Illuminati, and worked on a number of related television programmes.

This is a long and discursive discussion, drifting into many esoteric and occult areas, so we have split it into two episodes. Join us in a fortnight for the conclusion, when Rob and Scott tie all of this further into cults and Call of Cthulhu.

Inside the Priory of Sion: Revelations from the World's most secret society by Robert Howells

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Things we mention in this episode include:

Cutting the Stone by Hieronymus Bosch

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  1. Re. ancient Egypt “slaves pulling stone blocks”, archaeologists now think that they weren’t slaves at all but Egyptians who wanted to be part of creating a monument to their pharaoh, gaining a little piece of his glory in heaven. The worker villages have inscriptions by teams who took pride in being the best sledge haulers, for example.

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