Jun
02
2019
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Location Seed: The Gravid Impressions.

The Gravid Impressions

Description: one of seven caves found scattered around the world.  The caves all feature odd markings of clearly artificial, but also clearly non-human, make.  The entrance to the Avian and Procyon caves are too small to be easily navigated by humans, and the Cephalopod cavern is underwater.  All of the caves fairly hum with theurgical power.

Locations:

  • Avian (location: Somerset)
  • Cetacean (location: Timor Sea)
  • Cephalopod (location: Indian Ocean)
  • Pachyderm (location: Kenya)
  • Pinniped (location: La Plata)
  • Procyon (location: Ohio)
  • Ursine (location: Siberia)
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Apr
23
2019
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Location Seed: The Old Consulate.

The Old Consulate

Location: Redstone Lane, Marblehead Massachusetts

Description: wooden three story structure constructed around 1800 AD.  4,000 square feet, on a 7,000 square foot lot. In excellent condition: not listed in any historical register or landmarks list.

Primary Oddity: food doesn’t spoil, age, or decay while on the premises.  This was first discovered in 1979, when an owner attempted to discover why he could not make beer in the basement.  This Oddity does not affect living creatures.

Secondary Oddity: a complete block on psychometric and time-viewing magic on the building and lot.

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Mar
19
2019
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Location Seed: The Azure Caverns.

So I wrote this as my sample text for a RPG that I wanted to write for; they were soliciting material for publication. Didn’t get tapped for it, not-alas. And I hate to say ‘not-alas,’ but it’s the truth: I’m kind of disappointed at how that RPG line turned out. Playtest, playtest, playtest, people.

Moe Lane

PS: Nope, not saying which. Please don’t speculate in comments, either.

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Jan
29
2019
1

Location Seed: Mister Pizza.

Mister Pizza

(Rose Side, New Jersey)

Description: a ground-level retail pizzaria on a side street to Rose Side’s main street.  The pizza oven, grill, and register is right up front; there’s a few tables and chairs in the classic checkered tablecloth style, a jukebox in the back, and the bathrooms are past it and to the left.  The place is weathered, but clean. Oh: there’s a payphone. This will be important, later.

It’s always 1987 inside.

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Jan
22
2019
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Location Seed: The Grumbles.

Grumbles – Google Docs

The Grumbles

 

This merchant ‘district’ can be found in any reasonably magical fantasy setting; it typically operates inside a single large building.  The more decrepit, the better: the wooden beams should be scarred and worm-ridden, the metal nails must be staining the walls black, and the roof — well, nobody in the Grumbles ever actually sees the roof from the inside, but it should be about to fall apart, or possibly over.  Oh, and the building should be on the local riverfront. Easier to get shipments in and out that way.

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Jan
12
2019
2

Location Seed: Frostways.

Frostways – Google Docs

Frostways

 

You’ll find these high-fantasy magical highways anywhere that has both a high mana level, and a climate that averages below freezing for half the year.  To create a Frostway: first, make a road between Point A and Point B. Over it, construct a lattice of stone or brick arches spaced regularly so that they cover (with large gaps, of course) the entire road.  Then, cover the road surface itself with ice, and the lattice with either packed snow or ice blocks or whatever other form of solid water local custom favors. Then cast a particular spell.

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Jan
02
2019
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Location Seed: Mirror Mazes.

Mirror Mazes – Google Docs

Mirror Mazes

 

Most people don’t realize this, but any mirror maze — you know, one of those amusements where you have to navigate a maze made out of mirrors and clear panes of glass — is also an interdimensional portal.  Every time someone goes into one, they come out in another universe. Infallibly.

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Dec
11
2018
2

Location seed: Maxinkuckee Township, Indiana.

Maxinkuckee Township, Indiana – Google Docs

Maxinkuckee Township, Indiana

 

Located — unsurprisingly — on the eastern shore of Lake Maxinkuckee in North Indiana, this township (population 6,000)  harbors a dreadful secret. Starting in 1973, Maxinkuckee’s water supply was tampered with by agents of a nigh-obligatory sinister corporation (McKinley-Shreck Biological Solutions) for flagrantly illegal purposes.  The entire town was regularly dosed with an experimental, untested heart disease prevention drug that was absolutely not cleared by the FDA before it was indiscriminately tested on everyone.  No corner was left uncut. No safety precaution was not ignored.  All worries about possible side effects and unforeseen results were airily brushed away as meaningless.

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Nov
25
2018
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Location Seed: The Zaparinqui Disruption.

Zaparinqui Disruption – Google Docs

The Zaparinqui Disruption

Twenty four hours ago, every person who lived in the village of Zaparinqui, Argentina disappeared in a flash of light, for approximately forty-five minutes.  For those without Google Maps up: it’s a village in Chaco Province, population around 700 or so. It is not a particularly notorious place, Weird Worldly speaking, with no major manifestations or events or incidents involved.  At least, up until yesterday.

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Nov
01
2018
7

Location seed: Kikimi Crash Zone.

Kikimi Crash Zone – Google Docs

Kikimi Crash Zone

 

Three days ago, something that officially was not an invading starship officially did not engage in orbital combat with a fleet that officially does not operate under the jurisdiction of the North American Orbital Navy (which itself does not exist).  After that battle did not happen, the invader absolutely did not crash land about thirty miles north and west of Kikimi, a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Because of that, obviously there have been no actions by forces loyal to either what passes for the DRC’s government, or the People’s Republic of China (which is doing its level best to turn the DRC into a mining colony), in order to secure the crash site.

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