Rennes-le-Chateau

I was looking for an image of a venomous sheep (no, really) when I stumbled upon a blog dedicated to various conspiracy theories surrounding the church in Rennes-le-Chateau in France.  Astute readers might recognize that as one of the epicenters of the theory documented in the conspiracy book Holy blood, Holy Grail, and used as a plot point in The Da Vinci code.

But apparently that’s just one of the conspiracies linked to this place.  Another one, which could be torn from a D&D campaign, claims that the parish priest discovered part of a vast treasure which he used to renovate the place in the 19th century.  It was supposedly part of king’s ransom (literally — the ransom collected for Louis the IX of France who was captured during the crusades).  The full value was supposed to exceed 28 million gold pieces, and of course most is supposed to be still missing.  Another thread of the tale mentions that a carved figure of a devil which supports a holy water font is claimed, by the  villagers, to be  one of the former parish priests who had been turned into a devil because of his wickedness. The actual source of the renovating priests’ funds is now known to be his scam of selling thousands of masses and prayers for the dead by mail, which he never performed.

Anyway the website (which has very long articles and posts, so long that I am not even sure if the blogger believes any of these conspiracy theories!)  has lots of images and legends that should be fun to run with as a DM. So far it reads like an extended riff on an article from Suppressed Transmissions — a straight-faced report on conspiracies that may not be true but which are very convoluted and could provide some crazy plots for a game, including weird cults and rituals, strange imagery, and a number of questionable people.

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