Sep
11
2018
2

Adventure seed: The Kaminsky Retrieval.

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The Kaminsky Retrieval

Well, it’s like this.  There’s a pseudo-saurian race in the next Galactic Sector called the sirothnok.  They kind of dominate their Sector, in fact. The sirothnok are not exactly awful, per se: but they are somewhat touchy, fairly over-proud of their dignity, and have a certain reputation for pushing a quarrel farther than might be wise.  They’re not an existential threat to humanity and our friends, but nobody wants a war with the sirothnok.

Fortunately, they get along well with humans, for the oddest of reasons: twins.  Sirothnok tend to have twin births at about the same rate as humans have singleton ones, and that of course has affected their entire culture.  It turns out that most Galactic species don’t really have twins at all; and while many species do have reliable cloning techniques, the sirothnok typically find clone-twins from other species to be a bit grating.  Human twins don’t provoke that reaction, though. In fact, human twins find it much easier than other humans do to navigate sirothnok society; they can just get the ‘feel’ for the cultures more easily than singletons can. (more…)

Jun
04
2018
2

Adventure Seed: FEMA and the Trolls.

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FEMA and the Trolls

 

Well, it’s like this. Supernatural creatures are real, all right? Most people can’t perceive them in this modern age, which suits most of those creatures just fine.  Turns out that humanity is a pretty terrifying apex predator; and, contrary to popular belief, a werewolf or elemental or even vampire that tangles with humanity is going to pretty quickly run into a specimen that will send it home in a box. Best to just keep one’s nose-equivalent down and not cause trouble, right?

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May
29
2018
1

Adventure Seed: Losing One’s Head.

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Losing One’s Head

Welcome to the wonderful world of esoteric-memetic contamination overload. No, that term makes sense. In order, and using the case at hand: ‘esoteric’ is obvious, and it refers right now to the lingering ghost of that poor fellow who got decapitated by a boulder when Vesuvius erupted. ‘Memetic’ refers to the way that his gruesome, yet darkly entertaining, final resting place was revealed to a world perhaps grown too used to sardonically macabre tableaux in their popular entertainment. ‘Contamination’ is what happens when somebody isn’t on hand to (or isn’t capable of) breaking the esoteric connection between ‘memetic’ and ‘esoteric’ before that connection boosts up a ghost to significantly higher power level — which is what ‘overload’ would be. (more…)

Apr
16
2018
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Adventure Seed: The Lost Santa Rosa Mine

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The Lost Santa Rosa Mine

 

Nobody has ever really explained how a zinc mine that is listed in official Mexican land records as being six miles north of Silver City, New Mexico could believably be ‘lost,’ but here we are.  The mine is supposedly somewhere at Gomez Peak, and would be one of the oldest mines in New Mexico, if it actually existed. The operational records are scanty: Santa Rosa Mine was supposedly opened in 1846, decades before any actual mining in the area, and that’s pretty much it.  After the Mexican-American War, the area fell under the administration of the United States, and there’s no record of a Santa Rosa Mine in American archives.

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Mar
29
2018
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Adventure Seed: The Great Tiangong-1 Loot Rush.

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The Great Tiangong-1 Loot Rush

 

Why?  Well: space stations intrinsically have symbolic and esoteric value, right?  And so do things that fall from the sky, obviously?  So it follows that pieces of a space station that’s fallen out of the sky is going to have a synergistic occult charge, correct?  Seriously, this is all in the textbooks.  The equations for determining the magical charge from overlapping symbolic correspondences were worked out some time in the 1890s.

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Mar
27
2018
3

Adventure Seed: That Refreshing Taste [The Day After Ragnarok]

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That Refreshing Taste

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

Lt. Commander John Austin (USN) has been given an assignment by the Warren administration: put a team together, go to the ruins of Atlanta, and extract the formula for Coca-Cola. Why? Well, it’s kind of complicated.

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Mar
14
2018
1

Adventure Seed: Federal March.

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Federal March

 

When the Galactic Federation announced its new ‘national’ anthem (the so-called ‘Federal March’), Terrans collectively had a good laugh.  The melody had been fairly obviously lifted whole from a piece of classical Terran music from their planet’s Dawn of Space era, presumably because the ‘composer’ thought that nobody would notice except Terrans, and then only the ones who were musiciologists.  Alas for the composer, the music in question had been recently used in a popular children’s show, as is traditional for Terran classical music. This effectively meant that every Terran adult between the ages of thirty and one hundred and twenty now immediately associates the Galactic Federation with the “Ultra-Loonie Uncle Robot” show.  Which is, by the way, a hysterical program. Especially if you’re a scholar of Terran popular culture. The Uncle Robot people ripped off everybody.

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Mar
13
2018
3

Adventure Seed: The City Parks Strangler.

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The City Parks Strangler

 

This particular set of cases is controversial, mostly because there’s a serious disconnect between how the police are officially treating the situation, and how most of the populace is.  To the police, the City Parks Strangler is a serial killer who has murdered at least seven people that they know of, in a ritualistic and macabre fashion. To the populace, the Strangler is a admittedly murderous and probably insane vigilante who has still single-handedly chased all of the drug dealers out of the parks.  The difference of opinion here has not made it any easier to catch the Strangler.

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Feb
21
2018
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Adventure Seed: The Legend of Silver Alice.

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The Legend of Silver Alice

 

This particular rural legend shows up in a remarkable number of places. It goes like this: there once was a Human (or Elf, or Dwarf, or Orc) maiden who was cursed by an evil Gnomish (it’s always Gnomish, for some reason) wizard after she spurned his advances.  In his rage he turned her into living silver; worse, as her skin tarnished, it also brought her great pain.  Only poultices of gold and pearls could soothe her agony, and then only for a time. Silver Alice now lives in an sea-facing grotto, where she sieves the sea itself for gold, and watches over great beds of pearl oysters, all the while weeping tears of pure silver into the lapping waves.  

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Feb
14
2018
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Adventure Seed: Language-Oriented Vectored Ecstasy.

Language-Oriented Vectored Ecstasy – Google Docs

So many possible bad jokes, here.  So many.

Language-Oriented Vectored Ecstasy

(L.O.V.E.)

 

Yes, before anything is said: they came up with the acronym first.  But it’s a fair one.  The goal was to come up with a way to overload the pleasure centers of the human brain via the use of particular phonemes, and the researchers succeeded. ‘Vectored’ is maybe a bit of a stretch, but LOVE is not indiscriminate in its effects, so it’s a fair enough use of the word.  At least from the point of view of the acronym writers.

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