Monday, August 8, 2016
If you're not familiar with the school, it's a fictional ivy league university north of Boston in Essex count, Massachusetts. Created by horror novelist H.P. Lovecraft, it outwardly looks like a pretty typical college with all the usual academic departments including Medicine, Psychology, Biology, Zoology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Geology, Archaeology and History. However, there are a few major oddities as well. According to the short story "The Dunwich Horror," the only full intact English translation of the Necronomicon is kept in the school library, along with other occult books. Another short story, "Pickman's Model," suggests that ghouls (humans degenerated into monsters through the practice of eating dead people) live in tunnels somewhere beneath the campus grounds. Derivative works by authors other than H.P. Lovecraft have attempted to expand on the lore of Miskatonic University resulting in conflicting information. For example the school motto might be "Ex Ignorantia Ad Sapientiam" (From Ignorance into Wisdom), or maybe "Ex Luce Ad Tenebras" (A Small Sacrifice for Knowledge). The school mascot might be a badger or it might be an octopus. Personally, I prefer the latter simply because it allows the school sport stadium to be referred to as "The Home of the Fighting Cephalopods," complete with the team chant, "Go 'Pods!" Anyway...getting back to my idea.
Dyer Antarctic expedition to one of the college professors being an avatar of Nyarlotep. Perhaps the exact nature of the eldritch horror could depend on decisions made during the course of the game?
One last thing I should mention is the time period. All of H.P. Lovecraft's stories are set in the 1920s and 30s, but that was the modern era for him so there's no reason the game could't take place in the 21st century. Sure some of the characters mentioned in the original stories might be reduced to notes in a journal or a commemorative bust, but on the plus side the dialogue wouldn't have to sound authentic to the interwar period. After all, one of the big appeals of Oxenfree is how the characters remind us of people we used to know in our teens, so why not keep the best of the new...and the old...?