Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle more like the setting for an insane Cthulhu Mythos plot
I’m thinking the choking fumes of a Dieselpunk scenario wrapped around the intense setting of Achtung! Cthulhu. This photograph by Filippo Rome transmogrifies the romantic theatrical sweep of the structure from fairytale to a dead weight of leaden grey nightmare. Neuschwanstein Castle bristles with numerous towers, turrets, pinnacles, gables, balconies and sculptures, but lacks in any real fortifications as the entire elongated mass was built as a picturesque retreat. A Romanesque folly, if you like. So if any GM/DM out there is thinking of using it as the location for a scenario, bear in mind that it actually presents a viable target for would-be Mythos-busters intent on sneaking or smashing their way in. You can find floor plans via Internet Search Engines.
The photograph of this castle brings to mind the sadist and murderous psychopath Baron Hauptman, of Klausenburg, Romania. With his Brotherhood of the Beast. I’m also brought back to the truly creepy story “Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook” by the incredible writer of macabre chills and unexplained chills M.R.James. You’ve never read M.R.James? You haven’t died until you’ve tried. On a side-note I saw Robert Lloyd Parry perform an amazing solo-rendition of “Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book” with his Nunkie Theatre Company.
See the original image on Filippo Rome’s Flickr site here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/56889478@N00/2825169302/
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