Nov
11
2018
2
Nov
06
2018
1

Item Seed: DV-9999.

DV-9999 – Google Docs

DV-9999

 

When DV-9999 was discovered drifting in Jupiter’s orbit by an extremely classified American military black-ops program, it was the US Navy that ended up getting the derelict interstellar ship after it was towed back to Earth (it is, again, an extremely classified program).  Oh, sure, other groups tried to claim it, but the Navy just had the better bureaucratic knife-fighters this time.  Sometimes it just comes down to that. It probably also helped that the discovers’ were sort of related to the Navy, in a fairly recondite sort of way.  Besides, the Navy was willing enough to share.

 

Of course, the value of DV-9999 is actually a somewhat complicated question.  Its tonnage is about 200 tons, and looks like it was designed for 6 crew members and 4 passengers (assuming human-sizes throughout).  There are extensive open spaces inside the ship itself, with direct access to space via a set of doors. The outside also has two hardpoints that look like they were designed to fit weapons pods of some sort; one of the hardpoints is occupied with broken machinery, and one is a melted pile of slag.  DV-9999 is also heavily damaged and open to vacuum, with burn-throughs and impact craters consistent with energy and explosive weapons.

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Nov
05
2018
1

Item Seed: Space Dust.

Space Dust – Google Docs

Space Dust

 

Space Dust? ‘Tis the scourge of the space-ways, it is.  Not because it affects any Galactic species that still operates in this plane of existence, because Space Dust doesn’t.  It really is just made up of regular interstellar dust particles that have been collected until there’s enough to be worth selling to a member of the Precursor species.  The species who have theoretically transcended this plane of existence, in other words — but yet now find that Space Dust is the most absolutely, completely, and reverse transcendentally amazing high in any plane of existence.

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Nov
04
2018
6

Item Seed: Lockcracker.

Lockcracker – Google Docs

Lockcracker

 

Description: Lockcracker was clearly adapted from a 1950s one-handed Geiger Counter; the cover and dials have been painted over, the buttons have all been disabled, except for one painted red, and the hand-held sensor unit has had three wires added.  One wire ends in an alligator clip; another in a thin, flat piece of metal with rounded edges, and the last in a what appears to be a very tiny microphone. If Lockcracker has batteries (the casing is quite thoroughly soldered), they haven’t been replaced in fifty years.

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Nov
03
2018
1

Item Seed: Humanbane.

Humanbane – Google Docs

Humanbane

It’s a sword. Specifically, it’s a carp’s tongue broadsword; it has a wide blade that tapers down to a lengthened point. It’s suitable for slicing, stabbing, and/or thrusting. Human’s provenance is, based on various details, dated as being somewhere around the 12th century BC. Which is awkward, because the blade is made of something roughly equivalent to wootz steel.

Normally, something this anachronistic would be dismissed as a clumsy joke or forgery, but they pulled this sword out of a previously-undisturbed burial mound in northern France during an extremely well-documented expedition. There’s no way that Humanbane could have been inserted into the dig somehow: the cameras were operating 24/7 throughout the entire operation. In some ways, it was a relief when the nice people from the — well, they’re from a pan-European agency, and had the right officials vouching for them, and that was enough — came to collect Humanbane. And replace it with something that looked like it at first, but looked like something else entirely when cleaned. (more…)

Nov
01
2018
7

Location seed: Kikimi Crash Zone.

Kikimi Crash Zone – Google Docs

Kikimi Crash Zone

 

Three days ago, something that officially was not an invading starship officially did not engage in orbital combat with a fleet that officially does not operate under the jurisdiction of the North American Orbital Navy (which itself does not exist).  After that battle did not happen, the invader absolutely did not crash land about thirty miles north and west of Kikimi, a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Because of that, obviously there have been no actions by forces loyal to either what passes for the DRC’s government, or the People’s Republic of China (which is doing its level best to turn the DRC into a mining colony), in order to secure the crash site.

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Oct
29
2018
2

Monster Seed: Volpeus.

Volpeus – Google Docs

Volpeus

 

Volpeus is old, even for an animal spirit.  It is old, it is crafty, and it utterly loathes humanity (the spirit has nurtured a grudge against Man for thousands of years).  It is difficult for mundane authorities to understand just how much bleak hatred Volpeus has in its heart for humans: this hatred has in fact ground away many other parts of both Volpeus’s personality, and its memories.  The spirit itself no longer even remembers the origins of its hatred for humanity — and it no longer cares that it has forgotten, either.

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Oct
28
2018
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Item Seed: Spectral Grenades.

Spectral Grenades – Google Docs

Spectral Grenades

 

Description: Spectral Grenades look like they were made to the same template as the US military’s M84 Stun Grenade, with an additional standard US MIL-SPEC power plug set in the base.  Also, the pull ring is designed to be reinserted after use. After one use, Spectral Grenade recharges in 24 hours, assuming that it’s been properly hooked up to a power generator.

 

If the US military is ever involved in a supernatural outbreak of any sort, eventually the troops on the ground will be issued a crate of these things.  They operate like flash-bang grenades, with one vital exception: they have absolutely no effect on ‘normal’ people. Ghosts, monsters, espers, mages, lycanthropes, constructs, spirits, vampires, demons, angels, daemons, tulpas, faerie, sensitives, and anybody or anything else that exists outside of the scientific-materialist worldview?  Unless they’re prepared, they’re all writhing on the floor after you use a Spectral Grenade, for about five minutes or so. Regular, mundane people? They’ll just be a little confused at all the fuss.

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Oct
27
2018
3

Creature Seed: Marrowslugs.

Marrowslugs – Google Docs

Marrowslugs

Description: a foot-long slug with a circular mouth on one end, with the requisite sawtooth fangs.  Marrowslugs smell hideous, are grey-yellow in color, and constantly exude a somewhat toxic mucus that acts as a powerful sedative and hallucinogen.  Marrowslug attacks are downright disgusting, and easily fatal if the victim isn’t treated in time.

Mad Science never really goes away; it just finds new and exciting fields of study to batten off of.  And it doesn’t matter if the new field seems fairly exotic already. Like, say, genetic engineering; your typical Mad Scientist will just simply go farther into the Febrile Lore for the necessary inspiration.  Mad Science is not really a rigorous scientific discipline, in other words. It’s basically a state of mind.

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Oct
26
2018
1

Item Seed: Gemul.

Gemul – Google Docs

Gemul

 

Description: A handmade dagger, made out of what appears to be a leaf spring from an automobile.  The edges are supernaturally sharp ,if a little irregular; and the ‘hilt’ is simply a section that has been heavily wrapped in duct tape. It looks like it should be about to rust, but never has.  It’s light to both hold and use, too. Scratched into the hilt are Hebrew letters that, when transliterated, spell out ‘Gemul.’

 

Behold Gemul!  Yes, that’s right!  This is the very dagger used to kill Walter Arnold Foehrkolb!

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