Apr
03
2019
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Item Seed: 1963 Tesla Smerle.

1963 Tesla Smerle

Description: Similar in appearance and weight to the Webley Mk VI revolver (Webley & Scott produced the entire production run of the Tesla Smerle from 1945 to 1964), with the exception that the barrel has been filled with a crystalline substance whose composition is still classified (and also impervious to modern analysis).  To reload, pop the top, pull out the capacitor, put in another. The Smerle CANNOT fire regular ammunition. Recoil is nonexistent.

Range: technically, about a mile or so.

Damage: A shot will kill a man.  Three shots that hit the exact same spot will likely penetrate most tanks’ side armor.  There has been at least one occasion where a Smerle has been used to shoot down a fighter jet, but that was under extremely anomalous conditions.

Shots: 6 per capacitor.

Recharge time: the capacitor recharges at the rate of one shot per hour, assuming that somebody has enough electricity to power a city block at hand.

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Mar
30
2019
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Item Seed: The Greatcoat.

The Greatcoat

Description: a Soviet Army greatcoat, circa 1990.  It is worn but in good condition, with one notable exception: the muddy imprints of two booted feet can be seen on its back.  The imprints cannot be removed by any sort of cleaning. Powers: Anyone who wears the Greatcoat is automatically perceived as being a sincere adherent of Communism, as long as he or she isn’t seen doing anything that obviously suggests otherwise.

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Mar
29
2019
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Item Seed: GMB 13-14.

GMB 13-14

(General Metaphysics Military Dowsing Rod)

Yes, the ‘dowsing’ in General Metaphysics’s ‘GMB 13-14 Military Dowsing Rod’ means what you think it means.  It is remarkably similar in form to the ADE 651 ‘bomb detector;’ in fact, it’s a deliberate rip-off in appearance, specifically designed to make people think that it’s a regular ADE 651.  It’s likewise used like an ADE 651. To operate, insert a card with a sample of the substance that you want to detect while holding the GMB 13-14 at right angles to your body.  After a few seconds, the GMB 13-14 will start tracking the substance on the card. It is, in other words, identical to the ADE 651, with one pertinent exception: unlike the ADE 651, it actually works.

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Mar
26
2019
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Magical Seed: THE Grid.

THE Grid

They call it THE Grid because it is definitely the earliest surviving, and possibly once the most powerful, magical network to ever be in existence on Earth. Some mages don’t bother with playing it safe by saying ‘possibly:’ while They have certainly produced networks of similar potency and subtlety, it’s arguable that THE Grid simply had more reach.  Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell at this point, as THE Grid is at least 70 million years old. Which, yes, makes it of pre-human origins.

THE Grid is absolutely not active, in the sense that more modern magical networks are; whatever central power nexus or linked nexi existed back then have long since sublimed back into the aether.  What’s left are largely nodes: permanent minor bits of space-time that have been folded to allow ambient magical energy to collect and accumulate. This is typically only enough to allow nodes to remain magically entangled with each other, which effectively allows mages to use them to communicate cheaply with other mages in the presence of a node.

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Mar
23
2019
5

Event Seed: The November Event.

The November Event

On November 18, 2007, the world ended.  No, really. It happened.

At least, that’s what every single true prophecy and divination techniques known to Man said, as well as all the prophecies and techniques known to those sapient alien and trans-dimensional species who talk to Man, and all of thiose known to the enemy species of Man who we can still comprehend.  They were all clear: it would all stop on.  November 18, 2007, 13:45 GMT (the exact second was never really defined) .  And it need hardly be said that the infighting and score-settling, right up to that not actually last minute, was epic.  A lot of things got done that were later regretted, given that the world had not actually ended; the infighting and score-settling (of suddenly new scores) was fairly epic, too.

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Mar
20
2019
2

Item Seed: Redi-Lunches.

Redi-Lunches

Redi-Lunches are self-contained, prepackaged kid’s lunches, of a type familiar to parents; they have a variety of proteins, a couple of carbohydrate options, an actually reasonable amount of vitamins, some sugars for dessert, and flavored powders for mixing with the included water bottle.  They are a little bit less expensive than their major competitor, a fair bit more nutritious, and surprisingly tasty. If Redi-Lunches were more aggressively advertised, they’d probably dominate the market. Only, the company that makes them doesn’t want to do that.

Why? Well, Redi-Lunches are produced by Pavise Foods, which is a spin-off from Pavise Strategic Solutions, which is the use-name of the corporation that is the US military’s primary contractor in counter-occult technologies. Don’t worry, Pavise is on the side of the angels.  Literal angels; they’re used to monitor compliance with the contracts, on both sides.  You’d be amazed at how few disputes arise when arbitration is handled by an angel with a flaming sword.

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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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Mar
18
2019
2

Group Seed: The Huxley Families.

Huxley Families

  • Town: Windham, Indiana
  • Location: Blackford County, Indiana
  • Number of households: 300
    • Married, With Children: 100
  • Population: 800
  • Adult Population: 600
    • With BA or higher degree: 600
  • Race: Huxleys, 100%
  • Median Household income, 2018: $80,000
  • Poverty Rate: 0%
  • Annual Unemployment Rate, 2018: 0%
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Mar
12
2019
1

Monster Seed: Zllort.

Zllort

You can only hear about Zllort in the special chat forums: the ones where you interact by landline-calling up an empty room with a computer already at the page, a speaker, and a speech-to-text function.  You recite your comment, let it auto-propagate into the chat, and then read the responses off of a dedicated webcam. Whether this is all frighteningly paranoid, or even more frighteningly not paranoid enough, is left as an exercise for the interested student; but it’s apparently enough to avoid the specialized and very lethal attention of Zllort.

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Mar
08
2019
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Item Seed: Fragment of THE Map.

Fragments of THE Map

THE Map being a map made by the veritable Creator; it legendarily could show the whole of Creation, right down to the subatomic level (not that the people retelling the legends would put it that way, of course).  If it ever truly existed, THE Map is either long-since destroyed, or transcended, or it’s actually Creation itself now and we’re all just living on its surface. However, there are still small pieces left.  They’re oddly invulnerable to damage; every so often, a piece will neatly detach itself from the main Fragment.  And every so often, two Fragments can be combined into one larger one.

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