May
31
2019
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Group Seed: Mizra Computing.

Mizra Computing

HQ: Poughkeepsie, New York; satellite offices in NYC, San Francisco, Oak Ridge

Staff: 500

Ostensible purpose: high-end computer repair

Actual purpose: permanent interdimensional refuge

While the company was founded in 1967, Mizra Computing actually came into existence in April of 2006 as part of an interdimensional… something. Not exactly a planar shift, not really a temporal alteration; more like the universe itself temporarily flickered into a new, distinctly more unpleasant, form.  In that one endless moment of the Flicker, the individuals who would go on to have always been Mizra Computing’s management and staff attempted to somehow anchor themselves so that when the Flicker was over, they would remain in our ‘reality.’  And it worked, to the point where the universe itself created new identities and histories for its new immigrants.

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May
30
2019
1

Group Seed: Conglominatti.

Conglominatti

If the field of alternate timeline sociology teaches us anything, it teaches that there are three paths to big-c Conspiracies.  There is the accretion path, in which one shadowy group takes over more and more other groups until it discovers, one day, that they’re the Secret Masters now, hooray!; there is the reorganizational path, where a shadowy group attempting accretion discovers that their Conspiracy has been taken over from the inside and/or parceled off into a number of half-independent factions inside the main structure, which then contest amongst themselves for power; and there is the amalgamation path, where various independent shadowy groups deliberately combine efforts to create a Conspiracy built up of sovereign, autonomous entities.  That last sort is called a ‘Conglominatti’ by the more vulgar, and is discussed below.

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May
29
2019
1

Item Seed: Samsonola Oil

Samsonola Oil

Description: a opaque red-brown liquid that smells, not at all unpleasantly, of barbershop. The old-style kind, with the shaving cream and the blue liquid for the combs and the rest.  Samsonola Oil is not toxic, but it tastes horrible, and drinking it confers no benefit.

Effects: Rubbing a dose into a subject’s scalp will make him (Samsonola Oil only works on men) immune to the ill effects of fatigue for a full day.  The subject can still ‘feel’ tired, and can go to sleep normally, but any symptoms of fatigue will be strictly cosmetic. Doses of Samsonola Oil can be sequentially used with no side effects; men under the effect of the elixir will not suddenly have all that cumulative fatigue hit them at once, once it wears off.  This is mentioned only because people apparently keep expecting that to happen.

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May
28
2019
1

Deity Seed: ALWA the Formidable.

ALWA the Formidable

Pre-Loaded Deity (PLD)

Sphere of Influence: Protection

Duration: 24 hours

Appearance: a vaguely humanoid-shaped pile of bricks

ALWA is a Protection Pre-Loaded Deity, (or PLD); he’s used whenever somebody needs a dam reinforced in an emergency, or a mystical barrier renewed and fueled, or a person or group warded against missile fire.  ALWA is a pleasant minor deity who likes being strong enough to stop stuff from breaking, people generally, and fried foods; it takes a lot to infuriate him, but it’s memorable when somebody does.

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May
27
2019
2

Item Seed: The Ten-Pie Pete Radio Show.

The Ten-Pie Pete Radio Show, Volume 1

(1947)

Description: A collection of 10 LP vinyl records, printed by Columbia Records in 1954.  Each LP features an episode from the Ten-Pie Pete Radio Show, a half-hour combined comedy/musical radio performance hosted by General Foods.  The LPs are packaged in a worn but intact album with a cartoon of Ten-Pie Pete (a friendly-looking hobo carrying a pie) on the front.

First found: 1997, in a Brooklyn second-hand thrift shop.  No other items of this type were ever found in that establishment.

Never heard of Ten-Pie Pete?  Well, neither has anybody else (certainly nobody has at Sony or Kraft Foods, and they were asked to rather comprehensively check).  The actual presser is a company that nobody’s ever heard of; and the cast is likewise unknown, except maybe for a ‘Janet E. Ace’ (listed as ‘Mrs. Missus’).  It definitely looks authentic for 1954.

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May
25
2019
2

Item Seed: Eggplant Bombs

Eggplant Bombs

Solanum melongena ruptio

They’re not very explosive.  No shrapnel, either.  They’re just eggplants that have been treated with Vita-Rays to well beyond the Royal Biological Artifice Society’s recommended guidelines for enhanced vegetables.  To activate an Eggplant Bomb, simply press the pre-installed button to inject vinegar to the Bomb’s insides, smack the Bomb smartly to start the chemical reaction inside, and throw very, very hard.

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May
23
2019
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Item Seed: The Light-girded Orrery.

I’ve wanted to write this star system up forever.

The Light-girded Orrery

Description: A small, folded cube of metal, plastic, and other substances not immediately identifiable by a regular scan.  When unfolded, it reveals an orrery (a physical representation of a solar system) of an unknown star system: the display is three-dimensional, and uses colored force fields, cunningly arranged, to represent the planetary objects and (yellow) star.  When each planetary object in the Light-girded Orrery is touched, the touched object flashes to grey, and text in an unknown language (and, in many cases, stylized pictures of what appear to be sapient lifeforms) flashes on its surface.

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May
22
2019
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Item Seed: Weedweave.

Weedweave

This is the High Fantasy equivalent of plastic; its name is fairly literal, as the first step in the weedweaving process does involve weaving together plant stalks into a hollow structure of the desired shape.  The mage then imbues the structure with magical energy, which permanently transforms it into something reasonably light, flexible, waterproof, fireproof, and non-conductive. Assume that a weedweave item is about as strong as hard plastic, and that a weedweave garment is about as supple as thick cloth.

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May
19
2019
1

Item Seed: The Iquique Mount.

The Iquique Mount

Description: A fairly gruesome-looking taxidermy full body mount.  The mount itself is humanoid (not even remotely coincidentally resembling a ‘Grey Alien’) in form, with well-preserved skin and glass eyes; the manikin is polyurethane foam over a not-particularly-accurate internal armature.  The Iquique Mount is affixed to a wooden base, with the date “July 18th, 1980” inscribed on it. There is no obvious sign of any sort of fatal wound.

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May
18
2019
2

Adventure Seed: Hearthfire Agricultural Genetic Solutions.

Hearthfire Agricultural Genetic Solutions

Background: Hearthfire Agricultural Genetic Solutions is a biotech corporation operating primarily in the United States and Canada, with offices in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Chile.  It specializes in practical, low-level applications of past biological discoveries after the patents run out (or become available). To give one example: Hearthfire would not have been involved in the creation of something like Golden Rice, but the company would be actively trying to make a variant of the finished product that would be available to as many people as possible, and as widely as possible.  

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