Jun
26
2017
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Location Seed: The Bend.

Bend – Google Docs

The Bend

Canaan, Connecticut

 

The Bend is a patch of land about the size of an acre, located at the south end of Wagnum Lake in the town of Canaan, which is itself located in Connecticut’s Litchfield County. And… it’s one of those places that ‘defy gravity.’  Normally, that’s just a place where there’s an optical illusion in place that makes an downward slant look like a level or upward one; but in this case it’s an area where, if you put a metal ball in one particular spot, it will slowly but noticeably rise twelve inches in the air, and stay there.

 

And that’s pretty much it.

 

The best that the scientists can come up with is that it’s a knot in space-time — right, that’s not what they said at first.  It’s the immensely dumbed-down explanation that at least allows people to move on with working the problem.  Whatever it is is just exotic physics, not supernatural, but it’s really strange exotic physics, and as time goes on many of the scientists involved are getting less and less sure about whether they’re even close to accurately modeling what’s going on here.  It’s all a mystery.

 

Unfortunately, it’s not exactly a sexy mystery, from a funding point of view: which means that there’s no institutional drive to investigate.  Quite the opposite, really: the property in which The Bend is located happens to belong to somebody who once pulled over in the middle of the night to give a wet and bedraggled hitchhiker a lift, a hot meal, and fifty bucks for the bus to Hartford.  That hitchhiker now oversees Illuminati operations for the entire Eastern Seaboard, which effectively means that NO ONE MAY BOTHER THAT GOOD SAMARITAN BY TRAIPSING THEIR EXPERIMENTS ALL OVER HIS PROPERTY.  Researchers can still research, as long as they leave no traces (memory manipulation does not count as ‘no traces’). They’d be well-advised to leave no traces.

 

And, hey! Guess who got assigned to run interference for the latest research team!

Jun
10
2017
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Location Seed: Whistler’s Peak, Kansas.

Whistler’s Peak, Kansas – Google Docs

Whistler’s Peak, Kansas

 

Whistler’s Peak, Kansas

Population: 3,560,000 (2010 census)

Type of Government: Mayor (incumbent: M. Kent, R)

Representation in Congress:  The Fourth Scion of the Dusk (R, KS-05); and Spinning Jenny (I, KS-06)

Principal Industry: Whistler’s Peak is the center of Earth’s nascent astroshamanistic industry.  There are three major aerospace ports: Robert A. Heinlein Interplanetary, Anderson/Piper Interdimensional, and Whistler’s Peak International.

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May
21
2017
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Location Seed: The 3:45 Room.

3_45 Room – Google Docs

The 3:45 Room

 

The 3:45 Room exists in an otherwise unremarkable office building, in an appropriately convenient city. The Room is 15’ by 15’ by 10’; it contains a cot, toilet, shower head, hot plate, ceiling light, microwave, combination desk and mini-fridge, wall cabinet, stopped clock set to 3:45, and no electrical outlets whatsoever (the appliances are all spliced directly into the wall).  Cell phones and wifi inexplicably fail to work inside the Room; supernatural attempts to scry its interior, or communicate from inside the Room, do not end well.  All of this is helpfully explained on a sign on the door leading to the 3:45 Room.

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Apr
27
2017
2

Location Seed: The Kanorado Bypass Anomaly.

Kanorado Bypass Anomaly – Google Docs

The Kanorado Bypass Anomaly

 

This anomaly exists just east of Kanorado, Kansas, virtually on the border of Colorado.  If someone is driving on I-70 East, they will find an unmarked turnoff that leads to a desultory rest stop. There is always a police car on the site, which is always there to keep people out of what appears to be a storage facility. Authorized personnel will find that the facility hides a ramp to an underground two-lane tunnel.  Anyone who drives through that absolutely straight, ten-mile tunnel will find themselves in an identical fake storage facility – on I-80 West, just past Ogallala, Nebraska.  Just to make it clear: the two towns are roughly one hundred miles apart.

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Apr
21
2017
1

Location Seed: Retro-Active Temporal Stabilization Sites.

Retro-Active Temporal Stabilization Sites – Google Docs

 

Retro-Active Temporal Stabilization Sites

 

Apparently, way in the future our descendants — somebody’s descendants, at least — are going to have a real problem with sudden, geographically-focused, bouts of space-time instability.  The usual stuff: reality quakes, gaping holes in the structure of the universe, the disembodied screams of the damned, and so forth.  Fortunately, for given values of ‘fortunately,’ there’s a method for dealing with the problem.  Unfortunately, it involves ‘bleeding’ the instability backwards in time until sufficient ‘pressure’ is released to allow for a permanent fix.

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Apr
08
2017
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Location seed: The Chesterton Annex.

Chesterton Annex – Google Docs

The Chesterton Annex

 

So-called because the only human-compatible portion of the underground complex (found just north of Little Horwood, Buckinghamshire) has this quote by GK Chesterton on one wall (at the orders of Winston Churchill, and he never would say why):

 

I knew no harm of Bonaparte and plenty of the Squire,

And for to fight the Frenchman I did not much desire;

But I did bash their baggonets because they came arrayed

To straighten out the crooked road an English drunkard made,

Where you and I went down the lane with ale-mugs in our hands,

The night we went to Glastonbury by way of Goodwin Sands.

 

The nonhuman portion of the Annex, however, is a good deal more topologically interesting, and impossible to navigate by anybody who is more than three feet tall.  Recent advances in drone technology have allowed the British government to finally adequately map the area, which is apparently a three-dimensional crazy-quilt of passageways, gently pulsing ‘buildings,’ bizarre-looking floating objects that move with purpose and glow faintly blue, and a general hum of activity that seems to center around a slowly spinning globe of liquid metal that occasionally flickers with the obligatory lightning flashes that one gets with this sort of thing.

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Apr
02
2017
3

Location Seed: Abattoir Place, New York City.

Abattoir Place, New York City – Google Docs

Abattoir Place, New York City

 

Technically, this street is supposed to be West 12th Street after that street intersects with 11th Avenue: Abattoir Place extends west until it hits the Hudson River.  And if you’re walking, that is indeed how you get there.  If you’re driving, however, you’ll never see the street, because it doesn’t exist for anybody who isn’t moving under his own power.  Even a bicyclist won’t be able to find it.

 

If you’re trying to figure out how that works, do yourself a favor and stop.  Accept that it’s magic or something, and that it could be a lot less benign than it is.  People have puzzled over this mystery right to the point of getting major strokes; it’s just not worth it.

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Feb
09
2017
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Location Seed: Salamander’s Firebreeze Resort.

Blame this.

salamanders-firebreeze-resort-google-docs

Salamander’s Firebreeze Resort

 

It startles some people when they find out that there’s a luxury resort that’s exclusively for fire elementals. First off, there are people who do not actually know that there are fire elementals. I mean, it’s obviously not a secret, or anything: but apparently some parents don’t teach their kids the facts about elementals of various sorts, and since there are various treaties in place that forbid the videotaping of regular, law-abiding supernatural entities (or otherwise determining their True Names) some people can go twenty, thirty years without ever actually getting the head’s-up.  Weird how folks can get bubbled, huh?

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Jan
28
2017
5

Location seed: Bennett’s Pier, Delaware.

It’s weird, how easy it’d be to hide dead towns before Google Earth.  And maybe after it, too.

bennetts-pier-delaware-google-docs

 

Bennett’s Pier, Delaware

The town of Bennett’s Pier in Delaware actually predates Kent County itself; it was founded in 1679.  It was a prosperous enough agricultural and fishing community for virtually its entire existence, having neither major crises or notoriety.  In 1940 the US Census for the town reported its population as being 2,341, which made it a respectable town and close to city by Delaware standards.

There is no 1950 Census listing for the town.

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Jan
26
2017
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Location seed: 909 Beethoven Street.

I was expecting this to go elsewhere.

909-beethoven-street-google-docs

909 Beethoven Street

 

This two story residence in coastal New Jersey is a fairly standard wooden house with a nice back yard and a couple of trees to give it shade. There’s no central air, but since it was originally designed to be a summer home there’s plenty of windows to catch the breeze and the house is pleasant enough except in the hottest of summers.  The fixtures are kept up to date, but not fanatically so. There are three bedrooms, but one is a converted craft/storage space. Two bathrooms. All in all, the site is nice, but not immediately remarkable.

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Dec
08
2016
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Location Seed: Mys Shmidta.

mys-shmidta-google-docs

Mys Shmidta

Most modern occult historians pick 1954 for the ‘official’ start of the USA/USSR esoteric ‘Shadow Struggle’ that took place around, behind, and below the exoteric ‘Cold War.’  The various Western Shadow Governments had hoped that Stalin’s self-assassination (it’s a long story, and one that involves a botched immortality spell and a mirror) would allow for an easing of tensions, but Nikita Khrushchev was unfortunately just the right combination of bloody ambition and secret credulousness to be willing to use the supernatural as a weapon, and never mind what Marx and Lenin said about dialectic materialism.  There was a lot of immediate results from Khrushchev’s tacit declaration of war, ranging from the Battle of Dien Bien Phu to the adoption of In God We Trust on all American currency – but it’s the Siberian military base at Mys Shmidta that is of interest, here. (more…)

Nov
21
2016
3

Location Seed: Happy World.

Based, more or less, on this.

happy-world-google-docs

Happy World

Type of City: Brigadoon/Carcosa

Population: Highly variable. Typically between 25,000 and 150,000.

Size: Variable. Usually roughly between 20 and 50 square miles.

Level of Technology: A range between the late Victorian and early Interplanetary era-equivalents.

It is said – although nowhere that a regular person might hear it – that every time the concept of an individual amusement park or carnival dies, the ever-shifting and moving city known as ‘Happy World’ will appear to draw in a piece of that doomed park unto itself.  Typically this means that when a carnival goes out of business, some of its buildings and attractions (and staffers!) somehow vanish in the chaos.  But Happy World will still come and do its harvesting if the park was never actually built in the first place. Dreams, reality, material, immaterial; it is all one to Happy World. (more…)

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