The Summer of 1936.

Australia is becoming a more influential nation in the world arena. Industrialization, gold and an important role in the Great War have distinguished Australians as a proud, industrious people. As fascism grows in Europe, and the Japanese make their ambitions more clear in Asia, Australia’s military grows. New advances in technology allow Australians greater mobility and communication, however the vast arid interior of the country is still a dangerous place to travel. Disease, venomous insects and the dangers of desert travel make trips into the interior notoriously unsafe. The population density of Australia stands at 2.2 persons per square mile, compared to the United State’s of 41.3 and Japan’s 349.4. Australia is populated by less than 7 million people, approximately the same amount of residents as New York City.

The British-born Professor Malcolm Hedgemond aged 65, chairman of Sydney University’s Anthropology department, begins his studies on the Kaiabawo tribe of indigenous peoples in the Northern Territory of Australia. Professor Hedgemond is immediately intrigued by the Kaiabawo people, who behave much differently to other Aborigines. His studies of the Kaiabawo have engulfed his professional attention, causing tension at the university. This much is known publicly, as the affair has become something of a sensation to the academic community of Australia. Meanwhile, rumors fly around about his private life as well.

To exacerbate matters, Professor Hedgemond’s star pupil, a graduate student by the name of Phillip Erickson has gone missing in the Northern Territory, last seen in Alice Springs some 6 weeks ago.

What could be behind Professor Hedgemond’s bizarre behavior and Philip’s mysterious disappearance?

Cthulhu Down Under