In today's preview of Dime Adventures, our upcoming pulp alternate history roleplaying game, we take a look at one of the world's many secret societies. The Ninth Depot has protected the world from dangerous artifacts for over a millennium.
The Ninth Depot is a secret society founded by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka sometime around the second century BC. Over the centuries the society has grown and evolved, passing down its secret duties to generation after generation. The purpose of the Ninth Depot is to secure and lock away both knowledge and paranormal artifacts that would prove dangerous to humanity if they fell into the wrong hands.
The form the secret society has taken has changed over the years. In recent decades the Ninth Depot has infiltrated and embedded itself within the colonial government of Bombay. It operates a large and heavily secured warehouse in the countryside outside the city. There it stores the massive collection of dangerous artifacts that the secret society has amassed over the centuries. Most recently, acquired artifacts are stored in individual containers designed to seal in their malicious influence. Each of these containers and the artifacts they contain are indexed in a card catalog kept by the “librarians” of the warehouse. Some of the most ancient artifacts, however, have never been cataloged. These artifacts predate the warehouse, having been moved from older facilities maintained by the Ninth Depot.
The society recruits and regularly sends out members to track down rumors of strange happenings that might yield artifacts. These members are given credentials as agents of the Bombay colonial government. If sent elsewhere, they might also pose as members of other governments or authorities the world over.
Dime Adventures is our upcoming pulp alternate history RPG. Its Kickstarter is scheduled to begin January 10th. In the meantime, you can sign up to be notified when the Kickstarter is ready.