Aug
13
2017
0

Item Seed: 101 Classic Insults in Helltongue.

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101 Classic Insults in Helltongue

 

This handsome leather-bound work runs to about 220 pages, has no printer information, and incorporates illustrations that force the average human reader to blank out the pictures in sheer neurological self-defense.  That last bit tends to encourage people to believe that 101 Classic Insults in Helltongue is in fact ‘real,’ given the rather obvious reality-warping going on.  Given that the rest of the book features lengthy phonetic transcriptions and short translations of what sound like fairly bizarre statements (“Your brood-mate cleans its horns with second-rate bone sand,” that sort of thing), it’s likely that dilettantes wouldn’t bother with the book otherwise.  There’s also a section which earnestly assures the reader that showing dominance over spirits via the use of ritual insults is a time-tested way to safely summon demons.

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Aug
08
2017
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Item Seed: Healing Mortar Rounds.

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Healing Mortar Rounds

 

There’s a case (sixty-four count) of these things, and Healing Mortar Rounds (HMRs) work just as advertised: shoot one out of a standard World War 2 8 centimeter Granatwerfer 34 mortar, and the shell will heal everybody within a ten foot radius, wherever it hits. ‘Heal’ is kind of subjective: the energy will close wounds, clean out infections and foreign matter, and repair minor breaks, but if your arm has gotten blown off the best one of these things can do is heal over the stump.  Still, the mortar rounds reliably work.

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Aug
02
2017
2

Item Seed: Ballistic Ivy.

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Ballistic Ivy

Hedera helix munitionis

 

This hardy variant of English ivy is prized by the more discerning gardener and tactical security coordinator for its ability to actually reinforce the vertical surfaces on which it climbs — to the point where even a new transplanting of Ballistic Ivy can repel small-arms fire after a mere year’s growth.  A century’s worth of cultivation of this plant can produce an organic net that could shrug off an artillery shell.  Or at least keep the blast from penetrating the ivy.

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Aug
01
2017
4

Item Seed: Empathic Potatoes.

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Empathic Potatoes

 

It is honestly by the purest accident that these vegetables look like Earth potatoes. Or that they can grow in Earthlike environments.  Or that, yes, they taste more or less like potatoes and that humans can gain nutrition from them — oh, why lie?  It is starkly incomprehensive how so many coincidences necessary for the existence of the Empathic Potato could have piled up. Which is why the Empathic Potato has been the official symbol of the Intergalactic Teleological Research Association since 2247.  

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Jul
30
2017
2

Item Seed: The D-Day Bullet

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The D-Day Bullet

This item was the first bullet from a German Mauser rifle fired at Utah Beach that killed a member of the American military. There is a lot of occult discussion as to just who was the first real casualty of D-Day; as a result, there are several items that can be plausibly claimed to represent the first fatal shot made against the Allies that day.  This particular Bullet, however, is so powerful that it almost glows in the dark for non-magic users, so there’s that.

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Jul
15
2017
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Item Seed: the 2013 Tucker Tornado.

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2013 Tucker Tornado

 

This car came flying out of an anomalous sudden cyclone just north of Sydney on June 19, 2017; while the car itself suffered only minor scuffing damage, everything organic inside (including the three human passengers) was dead.  And ‘everything’ means everything.  Some of the sealed objects and surfaces inside were more sterile than an operating room.  The car itself is a very nice four-door sedan, light blue in color, in reasonably good shape but still showing some wear.  The brakes and steering are on the standard American automobile pattern, but it’s powered by a kerosene burning steam engine and there isn’t a single transistor in the vehicle (or on the bodies).  What electronics there are uses strictly vacuum tube technology.

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Jul
14
2017
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Item Seed: Adam Madeira.

Blame this.

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Adams Madeira

 

Back in 2015, renovators and catalogers at Kean University discovered that a portion of the university’s wine cellar consisted of a shipment of Madeira wine laid down in 1796 to celebrate John Adams’ Inauguration. The Madeira, of course, was still drinkable — the stuff can last for centuries — which is why the entire consignment was quietly stolen one night and replaced with a rather nice stock from the Illuminati’s own stores that was equally old, but not nearly as mystically potent.  It was, of course, a wrench for the Secret Masters who were personally discommoded by the switch, but manners are manners.  You simply do not steal from somebody else’s cellar.

 

Well, unless they’re treating the wine abominably.  The Secret Masters are still human beings.  Or at least a functional working equivalent thereof.

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Jul
09
2017
1

Item Seed: The Pebble.

This was kind of a dare, really.

Pebble – Google Docs

 

The Pebble

 

The Pebble is a triangular stone of unknown type that is about three inches in length, and most notable for two things.  The first is the white line that scores one-third of the Pebble.  The second is the way that moving the Pebble leaves behind a white line of force in the air that seems to be functionally equivalent to a monomolecular blade.  Worse, the line persists for at least a day before it finally fades.  Or, possibly, the universe heals the wound being made in it.

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Jul
07
2017
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Item Seed: The Metronome of the Universe.

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The Metronome of the Universe

 

It looks like a perfectly normal metronome — and it is, as long as you don’t push in the little button at the base.  If you do, then the Metronome of the Universe starts ticking in a very specific rhythm.  The natural rhythm of the universe itself: its heartbeat, as it were.  At least, that’s what the deepest-diving mystics and the most outre of the theoretical physicists say, and they’d the ones who would know, right?

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Jul
05
2017
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Item Seed: National Graham Cracker Day.

National Graham Cracker Day – Google Docs

 

National Graham Cracker Day

 

This holiday is celebrated on July 5th — oh, yes, it’s still celebrated. Despite the best efforts of the FBI to shut it down.  Which is hard to do when you can’t actually explain why you’re shutting down a religious holiday, because then you have to explain what the religion is, and that’s when people start freaking out.

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Jun
25
2017
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Item Seed: Infinite Rope Crossbow.

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Infinite Rope Crossbow

 

The Infinite Rope Crossbow is fairly obviously a magic item, given that it’s a crossbow that shoots a grappling bolt attached to a cord of infinite length. Said cord can and does support up to two tons of weight (anything more than that will be somehow shaken off, gently but firmly).  Also, the Crossbow reeks of magical energy.  Malevolent magical energy, at that; which is why no intelligent mage ever carries one.  Better to let the fighters and rogues take that particular risks, hey?

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Jun
24
2017
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Item Seed: Thumpers.

Thumpers – Google Docs

 

Thumpers

 

Thumpers are the kind of anti-psionic devices you get when psionic abilities start showing up in the population at an early-medieval level of technology.  They’re crude, brute-force, and indiscriminate in their effect — but they work, which is the important thing.  In fact, to the people in power that typically commission the devices, that’s really the only thing.

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