Sunday, November 10, 2013

[Resources] Dr. Syn alias The Scarecrow

Russell Thorndike wrote the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh series starting in 1915. Set in Kent during the reign of George III, it features the Reverend Doctor Christopher Syn as the Scarecrow, the leader of a band of smugglers who bring in goods from France to avoid the high taxes levied by the King.

The series combined pirate tales (as Syn was a famous pirate named Captain Clegg) along with the secret identity of the likes of the Scarlet Pimpernel or Batman (who would have imagined that the local priest was the Scarecrow?).

Dr. Syn was popular enough to generate seven books in the series between 1915 and 1944, three films between 1937 and 1963 (the last by Disney), and four audio adaptations.

The Scarecrow of Romney March presents plenty of ideas that would work in your campaigns, either with the PCs as part of the gang or hunting them.

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