The Dee Sanction is a standalone tabletop role-playing game about serving Queen and country in the late Tudor period. It’s a time when kingdoms vie for power, the Church splinters under reform, and creatures of folklore emerge from exile seeking revenge, and enemies seem to hide behind every door.
Ex Libris — Written by Paul Baldowski, Illustrated by Evlyn Moreau, Cartography by Paul Baldowski
In 1593, the Agents of Dee set out to Deptford in search of a lost remnant from the sacking of Mortlake, Dee’s home. The paper trail indicates the owner of a home in Deptford village received an annotated copy of The Book of Dead Names, and Dee wants it back.
The problem? He isn’t the only one who wants it.
Window of the Soul — Writing and Cartography by Paul Baldowski, Illustrated by Astaneal and Paul Baldowski
While there’s nothing like Southwark for an evening of entertainments in the drinking holes, brothels and bear-baiting pits, the Agents of Dee find their evening interrupted by a brawl in the street that takes a disturbing turn.
There’s more afoot than drunken revelry, it would seem, but can the Agents uncover the threat before it escalates beyond their control.
The Gong Scourer’s Baby — Written by Paul Baldowski, Cartography by Dyson Logos, Illustrated by Astaneal
The Queen has taken ill and departed London, along with Dee, on the advice of her close counsel. Before he leaves, Dee requests that the Agents investigate a miracle baby, born to a Gong Scourer in Southwark. While the babe might be a hoax, the trail leads into a darker place and an unholy plot.
The Monk’s Cowl — Written by Paul Baldowski, Illustrated by Astaneal
Henry Denny, the leaseholder of Waltham manor, sends word of a monstrous threat harrowing travellers passing through Waltham Forest. John Dee sends the Agents to the market town of Waltham Abbey to investigate. As one of the favoured hunting grounds of the Queen, the Agents must resolve the matter with haste—who would dare to disappoint Her Majesty?
The Harrowing of Harlow Hall — Written by Richard August, Cartography by Paul Baldowski, Illustrated by Astaneal
“A former agent hath shewn himself to be in league with ruinous powers. Investigate and deal with him, as thou deem most fit.” Doctor Dee sends the Agents to investigate the grounds and owner of Harlow Hall.
In Fertile Soil — Written by Paul Baldowski
Charged with investigating a potential target for recruitment into the Sanction, the Agents travel to the tiny village of Soulgrave, where a woman stands accused of killing a newborn through an act of witchcraft. But did she? The Agents must determine the truth even as the villagers gather kindling and sticks for the pyre…
Format: Paperback, 48pp, colour printed
Written: Paul Baldowski and Richard August
Illustration: Astaneal, Evlyn Moreau