Route 72 Woodland Exotic Materials Anomaly – Google Docs
Route 72 Woodland Exotic Materials Anomaly
This site used to be an illegal industrial dump located in Woodland Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. Well, technically the site still is, but the EPA swooped in once they got word that Woodland was emitting unsafe levels of gamma radiation. Officially, the site’s cleanup and restoration progress is moving right along. Officially.
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Gintaurel’s Overlook – Google Docs
This particular wizardly ruin can be found in any even half-civilized or advanced fantasy realm. It was once the home of Gintaurel the Wide-Eyed, an archmage who specialized in vision spells (and dabbled in bodily alteration cantrips; hence the epithet). Gintaurel was obsessed with being able to see, as clearly as possible, and with as much detail as possible; he spent an entire decade of his very long life to learn how to see objects by the shadows that they cast in the dark. Eventually he started looking inward, and nobody was really surprised when, one day, he apparently looked inward so keenly that he and his tower disappeared into their own gaze.
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Lodewick, Idaho – Google Docs
At least, that’s what the records in the town all say. The site was discovered by hikers in Idaho’s Salmon-Challis National Forest about three weeks ago, and the panic button was hit almost right away. The Lodewick ruins had literally (and this is not an abuse of the term ‘literally’) appeared overnight; the two hikers in question had walked the same trail the day before, and saw nothing but Idaho. And, as it happened, one of the hikers had the kind of job that would allow him to drop a governmental Cone of Silence over the entire site.
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Kingkiller Cave – Google Docs
The lack of an apostrophe and ‘s’ there is rather important, in fact. The ‘official’ name of the place is Judges Cave; it’s a place in Connecticut that once sheltered a couple of judges who had been part of the group that sentenced Charles I of England to death. As one might imagine, post-Restoration England was far too hot for them, and even the colonies weren’t exactly safe. But they eventually got away, died in exile, and never were hanged, drawn, and quartered. So, merely a mildly interesting local legend, right?
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Amacaron County, New Jersey – Google Docs
Amacaron County, New Jersey
Don’t bother; it’s not on the map. It’s not on any of the maps, or at least the ones that are publicly available. Turns out, somebody in the late 1930s went through the records under the guise of a Civil Works Administration program, and amended, altered, defaced, and in a couple of places outright replaced the relevant entries. And they did a thorough job; the only documents and maps left to the public that still mention the existence of Amacaron County between 1684 and 1785 escaped notice only because they had been misfiled previously.
What’s left is tantalizing. The remaining records only vaguely describe Amacaron County, but it seems to have been somewhere near the border of present-day Burlington and Atlantic Counties in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. Most of the old county is now part of the Wharton State Forest, and it was never heavily populated; the county ‘seat’ of Ungstead was barely a hamlet, and the population was mostly the descendants of displaced Swedish and Finnish colonists from the former New Sweden colony to the west. There is a suggestion in the records that the latter, at least, were heavily encouraged to settle in the middle of the Pine Barrens — whether they wanted to, or not.
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Atras, Nevada – Google Docs
This small town is located two miles north of Parrot Peak, Nevada, and it excels in not being noticed. Then again, there’s not much there to be noticed, honestly. Atras is a rural town that’s dominated by a factory that makes metal frames for a particular type of Air Force electronics console; the design hasn’t changed in forty years, the design probably won’t ever change, and the contract is automatically renewed. And, to be fair, the contract is also both fair, and scrupulously adhered to.
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Circus – Google Docs
The origins of the pocket dimension known as ‘Circus’ are in the process of being lost to time; there are still a few mages who remember that it was set up a thousand years ago to allow magic users to interact with each other, and the exact details are hardly a secret, but, honestly? Nobody much cares. Circus is Circus, and from the point of view of the modern generation of mages, it’s unaging, ageless, and immortal. Continue reading Location Seed: Circus.
Trivia’s Trinkets – Google Docs
Description: a slightly cluttered, but scrupulously neat strip retail store (no more than one thousand square feet in size). The air invariably smells pleasantly of cypress, but since the store sells a wide variety of incenses, oils, and scents, this is rarely particularly noticeable. Other products available: herbs, books on a variety of esoteric subjects, charms, alchemical equipment, magical paraphernalia, raw enchanting materials, rare ingredients, and a variety of dietary supplements for magical familiars. All of these items are readily available for sale, and are not cloaked in any sort of euphemism or subterfuge. Trivia’s Trinkets takes all major credit cards. Continue reading Location Seed: Trivia’s Trinkets.
Lake of Bones – Google Docs
The Lake of Bones
It’s the kind of place best described by a set of coordinates (48°10’05.9″N 113°55’33.4″W); the lake is located in Montana’s Flathead National Park, which is one reason why no-one’s noticed it yet. The other reason is that whatever happened at the Lake of Bones happened a long time ago. A very long time. When they examine the bones, researchers are going to come up with a number like twenty-five thousand years ago, which will turn a lot of scholarly research into the first appearance of human beings in North America into pate.
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Ghost House – Google Docs
The Ghost House
The Ghost House exists in whichever conveniently rural and semi-arid locale that the GM needs it to be located in. It is a small two-story single-family residence of mixed wood, brick, stone, and metal construction. With a special emphasis on ‘mixed:’ the house is well put together, but regular aesthetics were tossed out the window. Wood slats alternate with metal sheets, the floors are bricks in some places and wood in others, and no step in the staircase to the second floor matches any other. The Ghost House has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a basement, an attic, and is fully furnished (in the same crazy-quilt, ‘eclectic’ style). One other oddity of the place; all the lighting is fluorescent, and obviously antique.
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