Jul
24
2018
1

Location Seed: Amacaron County, New Jersey.

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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Jul
22
2018
1

Item seed: Draconic Lightning Pistolet.

Draconic Lightning Pistolet – Google Docs

Draconic Lightning Pistolet

 

The Draconic Lightning Pistolet looks like what a wizard would come up with if she had seen a working raygun in operation; which is fair, because that’s largely what happened.  The wizard was one Damoiselle Yvette Marie Silverlight (Lady-Protector of Windhills), and the raygun was the property of a rather dashing stranger, strong of jaw and moral purpose, that showed up to help the forces of Good during one rather complicated weekend.  Two days of desperate heroics later, the hero was gone, back to his stars — and Damoiselle Silverlight had a notebook full of interesting sketches and working theories.

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Jul
21
2018
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Item Seed: Improvised Field Dolormancy, Part Six.

Improvised Field Dolormancy, Part Six – Google Docs

Improvised Field Dolormancy, Part Six

 

This video clip is about nine minutes long, and uses a format compatible with Youtube’s, circa 2008 or so.  The metadata says that it was created on 1/1/2009, but the information has been otherwise corrupted. The video quality is what would be expected from a high-end video being uploaded to Youtube, ripped from that site, then copied a few times with some care.

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Jul
20
2018
2

Spell seed: Catsight.

Catsight – Google Docs

Catsight

This is a scrying spell that takes advantage of a strange, and only half-understood, mental-spiritual gestalt that seems to exist among all domesticated cats.  Simply put; when you get enough cats together within one area, they create a shared network that a trained mage can exploit. Put even more simply: a mage that casts this spell can freely look through the eyes of any and all cats within a mile of his location.

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Jul
17
2018
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Group seed: The Benevolent Gentlemen of Saint Attis.

Benevolent Gentlemen of Saint Attis – Google Docs

The Benevolent Gentlemen of Saint Attis

 

Don’t believe the name: every word in “The Benevolent Gentlemen of Saint Attis” is a lie, with the possible exceptions of ‘the’ and ‘of.’  Explaining why will take some unpacking, however. In reverse order:

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Jul
15
2018
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Item Seed: Video #HAN-083000-17-HI-G23.

Video #HAN-083000-17-HI-G23 – Google Docs

Video #HAN-083000-17-HI-G23

 

This video record will appear in whichever format is most convenient for the campaign, except as something streamable; there are various government restrictions against reproducing Video #HAN-083000-17-HI-G23 (hereafter just called ‘the Video’) in a manner that would make it easy for it to be released on the Internet.  It could be done, of course. It’s just that somebody would have to work at it, and then most likely go to federal prison for ten years. It’s happened at least once.

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Jul
14
2018
2

Creature Seed: Ghrups.

Ghrups – Google Docs

Ghrups

Description: basically, a mini-shoggoth (8 lbs); only it glows faintly blue, and doesn’t try to eat you.  Ghrups absolutely look slimy, but they’re not. They smell like various metal ores; Dwarves at least find Ghrup-scent pleasant and comfortable.  The species generally makes no sounds on its own.

Ghrups are what you get when you take a slime mold that lives in caves and expose it to High Magic for a while. The result is a slime mold that’s amorphous, boneless, active, mobile, and mildly curious.  Ghrups generally eat plant matter, lichens and fungi, and whatever insects they can catch, by a variety of methods. Some Ghrups spread themselves out into a thin film and wait for prey that way; other Ghrups construct long tongues out of their bodies to target flying insects, or turn themselves into intricate webs.  Food is absorbed through the ‘skin’ and dissolved, in classic gelatinous fashion. Inorganic residue is usually excreted every few days.

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Jul
09
2018
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Item Seed: Molotok.

Molotok – Google Docs

Molotok

This aluminum and glass gavel was constructed in 1862 by the House of Faberge at the behest of Czar Alexander II.  As far as anybody can tell, Molotok was not imbued with any sort of supernatural or esoteric power; it was meant as a highly expensive gimcrack commemorating the Czar’s program of judicial reform, and it largely languished in obscurity for the next sixty years. It certainly did not have a True Name until the Russian Revolution.

However, Molotok did start generating significant occult power (and its Name) during the Bolshevik takeover, starting with the judge who used it to pulverize a Communist assassination squad sent to purge him and his family.  That judge went on to wield Molotok throughout the entire Russian Civil War, to admittedly great personal effect (use of it eventually got himself and his family out of Vladivostok and into Japan, back in 1922); but its ability to do tremendous amounts of kinetic damage to Communist-aligned villains could not turn the course of the war. Molotok is strictly a tactical weapon.

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Jul
08
2018
1

Creature Seed: Freemason bees.

Bees came up a lot today.

Freemason Bees – Google Docs

Freemason Bees

(Apis mellifera futurae)

Description: Freemason bees are easily distinguished from the European honey bee via the distinctive design on its abdomen (which really does resemble the Freemason’s Eye in the Pyramid).  Freemason bees are slightly larger than other honey bees, rarely stings, can sting without killing itself, and their venom has a mildly euphoric and analgesic effect on most humans. Research as to whether the venom is addictive to people is ongoing. Freemason bees are infertile with any other species of bee.

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Jul
07
2018
5

Location Seed: Atras, Nevada.

Atras, Nevada – Google Docs

 

Atras, Nevada
Population: 523

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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