Jul
30
2018
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Item seed: Camouflage Notebook.

Camouflage Notebook – Google Docs

Camouflage Notebook

 

This is an extremely literal description: the Camouflage Notebook (which otherwise resembles a standard 100 sheet, bound composition book) isn’t called that because it has odd, military-themed patterns on it.  It’s called that because if you leave it out, walk away for a few minutes, and then come back it will have somehow taken on the characteristics of its surroundings. Coloration, patterns, even movement; if it’s visual, the Camouflage Notebook will duplicate it.  The effect lasts for as long as the Notebook itself isn’t moved.

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Jul
28
2018
2

Item seed: the Vikycle.

Vikycle – Google Docs

Vikycle

 

It’s ridiculous. It’s anachronistic. It’s exceptionally spiky.  And yet, they just pulled the Vikycle out of a new archeological dig in Norway.  It’s been tentatively dated as being from the 9th Century AD, and everything about it looks about right. Except for the fact that it’s, well, a bicycle.

 

But it’s a Viking bicycle.  You can best imagine it as a two-wheeled Hot Wheels where the rider sat in the seat over the back wheel and used wooden grips to turn the front wheel (both of which were exceptionally wide and sturdy.  The two wheels also sported iron spikes on both hubs; similar, but longer spikes were mounted on the Vikycle’s front. Steering was by a fixed crosspole, and the archeologists who discovered this artifact actually reported officially that it felt like the Vikycle literally sneered at the concept of brakes.  

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Jul
22
2018
1

Item seed: Draconic Lightning Pistolet.

Draconic Lightning Pistolet – Google Docs

Draconic Lightning Pistolet

 

The Draconic Lightning Pistolet looks like what a wizard would come up with if she had seen a working raygun in operation; which is fair, because that’s largely what happened.  The wizard was one Damoiselle Yvette Marie Silverlight (Lady-Protector of Windhills), and the raygun was the property of a rather dashing stranger, strong of jaw and moral purpose, that showed up to help the forces of Good during one rather complicated weekend.  Two days of desperate heroics later, the hero was gone, back to his stars — and Damoiselle Silverlight had a notebook full of interesting sketches and working theories.

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Jul
21
2018
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Item Seed: Improvised Field Dolormancy, Part Six.

Improvised Field Dolormancy, Part Six – Google Docs

Improvised Field Dolormancy, Part Six

 

This video clip is about nine minutes long, and uses a format compatible with Youtube’s, circa 2008 or so.  The metadata says that it was created on 1/1/2009, but the information has been otherwise corrupted. The video quality is what would be expected from a high-end video being uploaded to Youtube, ripped from that site, then copied a few times with some care.

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Jul
15
2018
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Item Seed: Video #HAN-083000-17-HI-G23.

Video #HAN-083000-17-HI-G23 – Google Docs

Video #HAN-083000-17-HI-G23

 

This video record will appear in whichever format is most convenient for the campaign, except as something streamable; there are various government restrictions against reproducing Video #HAN-083000-17-HI-G23 (hereafter just called ‘the Video’) in a manner that would make it easy for it to be released on the Internet.  It could be done, of course. It’s just that somebody would have to work at it, and then most likely go to federal prison for ten years. It’s happened at least once.

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Jul
09
2018
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Item Seed: Molotok.

Molotok – Google Docs

Molotok

This aluminum and glass gavel was constructed in 1862 by the House of Faberge at the behest of Czar Alexander II.  As far as anybody can tell, Molotok was not imbued with any sort of supernatural or esoteric power; it was meant as a highly expensive gimcrack commemorating the Czar’s program of judicial reform, and it largely languished in obscurity for the next sixty years. It certainly did not have a True Name until the Russian Revolution.

However, Molotok did start generating significant occult power (and its Name) during the Bolshevik takeover, starting with the judge who used it to pulverize a Communist assassination squad sent to purge him and his family.  That judge went on to wield Molotok throughout the entire Russian Civil War, to admittedly great personal effect (use of it eventually got himself and his family out of Vladivostok and into Japan, back in 1922); but its ability to do tremendous amounts of kinetic damage to Communist-aligned villains could not turn the course of the war. Molotok is strictly a tactical weapon.

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Jul
01
2018
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Item Seed: Sword #89-5050.

Sword #89-5050 – Google Docs

Sword #89-5050

Description: a serviceable Chinese straight sword (jian), made of decent-quality steel from the the Seventh Century AD.  The hilt is made out of wire-wrapped wood, with steel forward pointing wings in the shape of batlike wings, and sports a jade pommel (different in style than the rest of the sword).  The scabbard is lacquered wood over, of all things, asbestos fibers. The overall color scheme is of gold and black. (more…)

Jun
29
2018
2

Item Seed: Kanaalmunten.

Kanaalmunten – Google Docs

Kanaalmunten

Despite the name, Kanaalmunten (literally, “canal coins”) can come from any recognized body of water: canals, rivers, ponds, bays, streams, oceans… even an abandoned swimming pool, if the conditions are right.  Said conditions are: somebody has to accidentally lose a metal coin in the water, and the coin has to remain there undisturbed for at least a year and a day. When that happens, the coin becomes a Kanaalmunten.

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Jun
27
2018
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Item Seed: Gloop.

Gloop – Google Docs

Gloop

Gloop comes in 20 ounce plastic bottles, typically in sets of six.  The labels on the bottles are singularly unhelpful: the only information on them is the name (“Gloop”) in a large boring font, and the phrase “Refrigerate after opening” in English, Spanish, and Mandarin in a somewhat smaller, yet still boring, font.  When opened, Gloop appears to be a somewhat thick carbonated beverage, with a slightly musky smell and a smoky taste. It tastes good, but it absolutely does not taste sweet. Once opened, Gloop goes bad after about a week if refrigerated, two days if not.

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Jun
23
2018
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Item Seed: Doit.

Doit – Google Docs

Doit

Description: a one-handed hatchet of exotic metals and woods, exceptionally sharp and corrosion-resistant. The artifact takes its name from the “DOIT” inscribed on its head; esoteric examination of the item reveals that this is Doit’s True Name.  Doit is throwable, and smells not unpleasantly of sun-baked steel and leather. Doit does normal damage for an axe of its type, with one exception: he doesn’t fumble or glance.

Technically, Doit is a weapon possessed by a death-spirit with telepathic abilities and an uncritical willingness to solve problems by splitting their skulls with an axe. This has to be conceded.  It also has to be conceded that those who wield Doit must soon grow accustomed to his (Doit is definitely a ‘he’) polite, but inexorable commentary on the joys of chopping away one’s troubles. The axe never completely shuts about it, honestly.

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