Oct
03
2017
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Item Seed: Devil’s Needle.

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Devil’s Needle

 

History, in fact, does give us the name of the person who first figured out how to zombify the San Pedro cactus.  His name was Leopold Frederick Danvers-Greenly; and his dark fate for creating such a horrible thing was to peacefully die, in his bed, at the age of eighty-seven.  They say that the wages of sin are death, but in Leopold’s case the benefits package included a baronetcy, a rather nice townhouse in a respectable London neighborhood, and any number of grieving grandchildren.

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Oct
02
2017
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Creature seed: Cadatons.

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Cadatons

 

Modern necromancers make these by taking 3D printer feedstock that’s been premixed with gravedust and powdered human bone, then printing out a complete humanoid skeleton that is about the size and weight of an empty 17 ounce plastic soda bottle.  Why?  Because that’s light enough — and specially treated enough — to allow your standard disembodied spirit to inhabit one indefinitely.  Assuming that the joints and whatnot were printed and put together properly, the Cadaton can even move — very, very slowly — under its own power.

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Oct
01
2017
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Item Seed: The Book of Cooper Duly.

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The Book of Cooper Duly

 

Physical Appearance: Originally, this book was a 18th Century treatise on the proper and safe use of copper dust (copper sulfate).  It was a slim volume of about 30 pages, indifferently bound from loose sheets, and cheaply covered.  However, at some point in the last sixty years it seems to have had, well, evil dripped on it — and now the book is horribly distorted.  The cover now says “The Book of Cooper Duly,” and where the leak has spread the pages have become thicker, better quality, and show alterations in the text. The effect is like seeing a paperback swell up after it’s gotten wet, only a bit more organized.

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Sep
30
2017
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Adventure Seed: Sam’s Dojo.

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Sam’s Dojo

 

Sam’s Dojo is located in a strip mall convenient to the campaign. It’s not much to look at, visually: the Dojo is essentially a big open space with a lot of mats on the floor, an office in one corner, and a bunch of karate equipment scattered about.  The place is clean and well run, and its owner Sam Cohen is a genuinely nice guy and good teacher of American Kenpo, but he’s also about as generic a karate instructor as you’re likely to ever see. You kind of have difficulty remembering what he looks like, once Sam’s out of your field of vision.

 

And he has almost no paper trail.  Neither does the dojo, come to that. And nobody can quite remember when Sam started teaching students.

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Sep
28
2017
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Adventure Seed: Calling in the Other Cleaners.

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Calling in the Other Cleaners

 

Blame this.

 

Who does the cleaning up after a major necromantic event is one of those things that nobody ever really thinks about before they join one or another of the groups in the Great Game. The assumption always seems to be that somebody must be responsible for it, so clearly somebody already is. And never mind the piddling little details, like methodologies, safety protocols, staffing, overtime rates, time cards, scheduling, HR, annual certifications; who joins the Illuminati to do all of that?

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Sep
27
2017
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Item Seed: Doctor Marrane’s Wondrous Traveling Carnival.

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Doctor Marrane’s Wondrous Traveling Carnival

 

This magical artifact appears as an eighteen wheeler, truck-tractor rig.  The trailer is weathered, but in good shape; on one side there are the words “Doctor Marrane’s Wondrous Traveling Carnival” written in bright gold-red letters, with the logo of a cornucopia flanked by two ravens beneath it. Don’t bother trying to paint over the logo. Or checking the tire pressure. Or filling the tank up with gas, for that matter. Why? Because it’s a magic item.

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Sep
26
2017
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Item seed: Roseate Boots of the Sauromatian Queen.

Blame this.

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Roseate Boots of the Sauromatian Queen

 

This particular artifact was first described by an obscure 19th Century German folklorist researching various equally obscure tribes in the Crimea.  He came across one such tribe who claimed to be descendants of the servants of an ancient royal family, who ruled far to the East. The folklorist wrote of them:

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Sep
25
2017
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Location Seed: Massacre Mirages.

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Massacre Mirages

 

Typically: deeds are evil, places are not. The distinction is important, even though the residue for extremely evil deeds can linger in a particular place for a long, long time.  Since evil is not an intrinsic feature of the landscape, it acts as an irritant on the universe itself.  Left untreated, the universe typically responds by trying to expel the evil somewhere else. Anywhere else; it doesn’t really matter.  Put more simply: places where Bad Things Happened make passageways in reality.  Passageways that others can use.

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Sep
20
2017
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Item Seed: Practical Demon Breeding.

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Practical Demon Breeding

 

This book (written by one “Mary O’Brien, Jermyn Chair of Exotic Zoology, OBE”) is not for the faint of heart.  Not that Practical Demon Breeding is actively pernicious; indeed, it is scrupulous about presenting a strong, credible, and practical case against encouraging evil behaviors and traits in one’s demons.  It’s just that it’s profusely illustrated; and… it’s a book about breeding demons.  Some of the pictures are nigh-impossible to credit.

 

And what are demons?  Well, they’re pretty much what people think of when they hear the word ‘imps:’ small, rather humanoid, supernatural creatures with an aptitude for destruction, and the native intelligence of a fairly bright dog.  From context clues, ‘demons’ have been a side effect of ‘spontaneous Hellmouth incursions’ since ‘the Monte Bello Disaster of 1952.’  Fortunately, demons are also apparently fairly tractable, and easily enough bred.  The book was published in 1990, which was enough time for the breeding program to reach its fourth generation.

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Sep
19
2017
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Item Seed: Reverse-Gravity Bullets.

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Reverse-Gravity Bullets

 

The name says it all: getting shot with one of these bullets (which can, quite inexplicably, fit into virtually any chemical-reaction firearm, somehow)  will cause gravity to reverse for the target for about five seconds. In practical terms, on Earth the target will accelerate upwards at about 30 feet per second, go up about 150 feet or so, then probably fall right back down again as gravity reasserts itself.  All of which assumes that there isn’t a ceiling or something in the way.  

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Sep
18
2017
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Item Seed: Eel Juice.

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Eel Juice

 

Be very careful when handling this stuff; Eel Juice is a sticky, rather toxic liquid that also happens to be a room temperature superconductor. The species of eel that produces the juice is also an apex predator on its home dimension / planet / elemental plane, so getting the stuff isn’t exactly easy or cheap, either. But, hey: room temperature superconductor.  That’s worth a lot of money, and if it can be synthesized (Eel Juice may be esoteric, but it’s not inscrutable) then the stuff will rapidly start being worth even more.

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Sep
17
2017
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Adventure Seed: Operation MONOGRAM AZURE.

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Operation MONOGRAM AZURE

 

Twelve hours ago, six test subjects completed an eighteen month joint NASA/ESA experiment where they stayed, isolated, in an facility located underneath Mount Sermitsiaq in Greenland. The goal was to simulate, to an extent not attempted before, the conditions of a voyage to Mars; the ‘astronauts’ were deliberately kept even more isolated than in other experiments, and were informed ahead of time that the experiment would not be halted for anything less than an emergency with a high chance of literal death.  The six subjects volunteered anyway, and appeared to go on to have a remarkably straightforward and drama-free test session.

 

We are using the term ‘apparently’ because the exit interviews of the six subjects have provided some extremely alarming results:

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