A long while ago I ran a modern Call of Cthulhu game on G+ set in a fictional town in Louisiana modeled after my hometown of Hattiesburg Mississippi. There is a fairly likely chance that I'll be running a mini-campaign for my home group in the Classic/1920s era of Cthulhu. As a thought experiment this morning, I decided to sketch out what I think Lerouxville and its surroundings would be like in the '20s.
Lerouxville - An Arkham-sized town that, while extant as long ago as 1810, grew in prominence due to a mass migration of carpet baggers after the Civil War. It was for many decades a combination logging town and rail hub, but as logging has moved to the Pacific Northwest the magnates of the town have come to focus more on other forms of commerce. The town is surprisingly Klan free, in part due to the Klan's opposition to bootlegging, which has recently lined the pockets of many residents.
Borden College - This college was founded about 30 years ago as a teaching college, but in the intervening years it has added a number of eclectic departments. It is known throughout the region as a haven for radicals and wackos, many of whom were rejected from the more conservative institutions nearby.
Perilloup - This small community is a mix of Cajuns, African Americans, and mixed raced individuals and the subject of many rumors. It is older than Lerouxville and by historical accident is home to the Skipwith Parish* courthouse. It is home to an illicit gambling house and brothel, originally intended to service the loggers in Lerouxville. These establishments have seen better days. Many of the residents here make alcohol, which is smuggled to other parts of the country via Lerouxville.
Pinewood - A small farming community of old Southerners with only a handful of last names. Locals are poor, insular, and bitter. About halfway between Lerouxville and Pinewood is the Pinewood Asylum, which was built with a grant from the Collins family of Lerouxville.
Bayeux St Foy - About 30 miles south of Lerouxville, many of the Lerouxville magnates have second homes here to enjoy the lush scenery. Many of these homes include surrounding communities of share croppers. The town is rounded out with old cajun families who are resentful of the "New People."
*About 1/3 of Lerouxville lies in Skipwith Parish
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The supernatural elements can be roughly broken down as follows:
- The weird shit at the college - strange science experiments, weird ancient books, etc.
- The various turpitudes of the town magnates - usually pacts with Shub-Niggurath or Nyrlathotep for their own prosperity. Some will have oddly old world or New England character.
- Hoodoo - usually presented as weird practices but some of which will have obvious mythos roots. Practiced by African Americans, Cajuns, and old Southern families.
- D'Iberville Forest - strange standing stones in a region with mostly clay and sandy soils, "swam monsters," half-monster squatters
- Yig - might use Yig to tie it all together because of its association with African, New World, and really really old Old World stuff. Also there's just a lot of snakes