Apr
03
2017
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Item Seed: Leabhar Maidin Glas.

 

Leabhar Maidin Glas – Google Docs

Leabhar Maidin Glas

(Green Morning Book)

 

This somewhat unlucky tome — well, unlucky for its readers — was the target of numerous thefts, the occasional assassination, at least one war; and even today it’s still valuable as a historical heirloom.  The book is in Middle Irish, and dates back to the 10th Century AD; and for its time the Leabhar Maidin Glas was a potent tome full of fell rituals and practices.  However, the practices in question were all in the field of agriculture, if you’ll pardon the pun; there’s absolutely nothing magical and esoteric in the book at all.  Well, nothing magical or esoteric, here in the modern era. Back in the day before scientific agronomy the tips found in the book would be remarkably good at increasing crop yields and breeding livestock, which is why so many petty noblemen kept raiding each other in order to get their hands on the only copy.

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Apr
03
2017
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Item Seed: The Kirby Tester.

Kirby Tester – Google Docs

 

The Kirby Tester

 

This shrinkwrapped package consists of a handheld item resembling a portable taser; a CD containing a variety of diagnostic software programs; and an illustrated (four color, naturally) pamphlet explaining how to use both the item and the software.  Retail value $79.99, five dollar rebate coupon inside, a couple of links on the cover to websites that require an account to access. The package does not reek of extradimensional origin, assuming that somebody nearby has the ability to detect that sort of thing.

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Apr
02
2017
3

Location Seed: Abattoir Place, New York City.

Abattoir Place, New York City – Google Docs

Abattoir Place, New York City

 

Technically, this street is supposed to be West 12th Street after that street intersects with 11th Avenue: Abattoir Place extends west until it hits the Hudson River.  And if you’re walking, that is indeed how you get there.  If you’re driving, however, you’ll never see the street, because it doesn’t exist for anybody who isn’t moving under his own power.  Even a bicyclist won’t be able to find it.

 

If you’re trying to figure out how that works, do yourself a favor and stop.  Accept that it’s magic or something, and that it could be a lot less benign than it is.  People have puzzled over this mystery right to the point of getting major strokes; it’s just not worth it.

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Apr
01
2017
1

Item Seed: Beruang H-40 Laptop.

Beruang H-40 Laptop – Google Docs

 

Beruang H-40 Laptop

 

This item was found in Borneo’s Tanjung Puting National Park, and the first interesting thing about the Beruang Laptop is that it is in excellent condition. The item was apparently designed to be humidity-resistant, effectively waterproof, rustproof, corrosion free, acclimated for jungle use, and just generally rugged.  There is one section of the laptop case that seems to have been regularly gnawed, or at least bitten — but that section has been heavily rubberized. It’s almost as if the laptop was supposed to be carried around in one’s mouth.  Oh, and the laptop is powered by a solar panel system that has the folks in the lab taking notes.

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Mar
31
2017
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Item Seed: Ghost Canoes.

Ghost Canoes – Google Docs

Ghost Canoes

 

These incredibly handy artifacts can only be made from wood from a tree that died, and was then left strictly alone for a full century.  This makes them available only from Elves, a similarly long-lived species, or a community of incredibly patient mortals. Fortunately, once constructed Ghost Canoes can be repaired with regular wood.

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Mar
29
2017
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Creature Seed: Testudops.

Blame this.  Particularly if you are a researcher from the 23rd Century AD wondering which fool gave those bioengineers the original horrible idea.  Sorry, Future Dudes, I just write roleplaying game material.

Testudops – Google Docs

Testudops

There have been many bioengeered, transgenetic Monstrosities of Science banned by the Seventh Geneva Convention of 2095: but Testudops are perhaps unique in the fact that the driving impetus to get them banned so quickly was because the concept was in such bad taste. Oh, they would have been banned anyway.  But this particular Monstrosity gof fast-tracked. (more…)

Mar
27
2017
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Creature Seed: Origami Rhinos.

Origami Rhinos – Google Docs

 

Origami Rhinos

 

Origami Rhinos are not called that because they’re made of paper: it’s because they can fold space around themselves to the point where one can fit into a standard school locker. The visible effect is that the Origami Rhino becomes distortedly compressed in width.  The species also does something funky (to use the technical term) with their mass and weight while in this state; they seem to have some control over both.  Needless to say, these traits are all decidedly psionic in nature.  Origami Rhinos are a blaze of white ‘light’ to anybody with any psionic detection ability at all, including the untrained and those with merely latent powers.  This species is not subtle, even for one that is after all a variant of mundane rhinoceroses.

 

So, why was this particular species touched by the Power of the Atom?  The earliest reports suggested “To get away from poachers.”  Then the reports became “To hunt down poachers.”  Now it’s apparently “To establish mostly no-go areas for humans in Central and Southern Africa.” They’re not taking over entire countries or even provinces, but there’s more than one town that’s been fairly ruthlessly encouraged to move out and let the Origami Rhinos have the territory.

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Mar
26
2017
1

Item Seed: The Vita-Inversion Assembly Chamber.

Vita-Inversion Assembly Chamber – Google Docs

 

The Vita-Inversion Assembly Chamber

 

This device exists in the worlds where the Mad Scientists of the Victorian Era thrived, crowded out all the non-Mad scientists (non-Mad engineers, too), and went on to be the backbone of scientific and technological progress in the Interstellar Era. And, hoo, boy, was there progress. It’s amazing what you can accomplish if there’s no little voice inside anybody’s head that says “Is this wise?” It certainly makes peer review a more… dynamic experience. And quite exciting, at least from outside of the blast radius.

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Mar
25
2017
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Organization Seed: V.U.L.T.U.R.E.

VULTURE – Google Docs

 

V.U.L.T.U.R.E.

 

V.U.L.T.U.R.E.  They are the very Platonic archetype of a superhero world’s international villainous paramilitary organization, with one glaring exception.  Everything from their green and black uniforms (complete with masks obscuring their features) to their endless array of custom-built, themed weapons, armor and vehicles — plus their deliberately obscured origins and numerous secret bases — screams “Cower before the might of Vulture-One, people of Earth!”  Or it would, if V.U.L.T.U.R.E. ever showed any sign of trying to take over the world.  Or, indeed, any sign of organized villainy at all.

 

Oh, to be sure, V.U.L.T.U.R.E. is a criminal organization in several countries: the kind of countries where ‘criminal’ can be a badge of honor. Elsewhere, they come across as an extremely bizarre and melodramatic charitable NGO, devoted to disaster relief and infrastructure repair in the most over-the-top, four-color way possible.  Is there a drought? Fire the Precipitation Mega-Stabilizer Ray, my Vulture Nestlings!  Dam just collapsed?  Watch the Earth itself tremble as we unleash the power of the Vulture’s Interlocking Claws! Need a road network?  The Screaming Hammer orbital laser network will make short work of any presumptuous hill that dares to defy our greatness!

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Mar
19
2017
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Adventure Seed: Attack of the Fifty-foot Panda!

Attack of the Fifty-foot Panda! – Google Docs

 

Attack of the Fifty-foot Panda!

 

…Yeah, that’s going to be problematical.  For a bunch of reasons, really. And it’s going to be problematical for everybody, including the aliens that created this creature in the first place.

Probably the principle was sound enough: take some animal DNA, splice it into a weird biological plastic construct that could emulate said DNA at a ‘monstrous’ level, and send your new critter out to level Tokyo. And it works! And it’s even pretty cheap!

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Mar
18
2017
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Item Seed [heh]: Lachnimloth.

Lachnimloth – Google Docs

 

Lachnimloth

 

This actually refers to an entire order of trees that grow primarily on lava.  Note that the word ‘trees’ is very much an approximation; lachnimloth are ‘organic’ in the sense that they have a recognizable life cycle, and obey universal biological imperatives.  They are absolutely neither carbon-based, nor part of an oxy-nitrogen ecosystem.

 

But lachnimloth are still very pretty.  Extremely dangerous to humans in their living form, thanks to the heat, but very pretty. It’s all due to their makeup: the various species of lachnimloth are made up of a complicated mix of glass and trace materials. When alive it has molten glass for sap and various  translucent silicates for bark and ‘flowers.’  

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Mar
16
2017
1

Creature Seed: Dwarfrest Cats.

Dwarfrest Cats – Google Docs

 

Dwarfrest Cats

 

This attractive breed of domestic cat, despite the name, has spread quite a ways from the Dwarven retirement community of Dwarfrest County (old Dwarves typically have respiratory and bone issues that make aboveground river valleys with good sunlight attractive to them). Dwarfrest Cats can be distinguished by their short tails, narrower bodies, and oversized ears; their fur is rich and thick, with colors ranging from dark grey to black. Their whiskers, while not truly retractable, are arranged in a way that they can be slightly extended at need.  Both the sight and the hearing of a Dwarfrest Cat is phenomenal.

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