Several NPCs in full koken regalia take a break inside the physics house, used as the location of Mariel Thorne's secret lab.

Kokens are a specialized type of NPC used in Cthulhu Lives. The idea, and the name, are borrowed from Japanese Kabuki theatre. Kokens dress completely in black, and usually wear black hoods and gloves as well. They are considered "aesthetically invisible," and are ignored by everyone playing the game. They serve to run special effects, operate puppets, watch out for safety, and generally help the Keepers. The Epic required a large number of kokens for all the pyrotechnical and time portal effects.

Left to right: Kevin O'Brien, Arya Akmal, Lori Stone, Matt Sieger, Kevin Wade, Greg Bell, Paul Nyhus, Linda Pine. Photo by Estidan.