Jan
30
2019
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Item Seed: Salt Zombis.

Salt Zombis

As everybody knows (for given values of ‘everybody’): if you’re facing a Caribbean Voudon-style zombi, and you give it salt, the taste of it suddenly reminds the zombi that it’s dead (or drugged, or possessed, or whatever the cultural meme is this week*).  And that shuts the zombi down. Which is great! Wonderful! Well done, ye fearless counter-occult specialists.

Only, what happens to the salt afterward?

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Jan
29
2019
1

Location Seed: Mister Pizza.

Mister Pizza

(Rose Side, New Jersey)

Description: a ground-level retail pizzaria on a side street to Rose Side’s main street.  The pizza oven, grill, and register is right up front; there’s a few tables and chairs in the classic checkered tablecloth style, a jukebox in the back, and the bathrooms are past it and to the left.  The place is weathered, but clean. Oh: there’s a payphone. This will be important, later.

It’s always 1987 inside.

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Jan
28
2019
3

Item Seed: Panasonic Energy Posifilter Deluxe

Panasonic Energy Posifilter Deluxe

Description: it looks like a slightly ungainly portable electric air filter, with a full 1970s aesthetic in display.  It smells, faintly, of ozone and burned dust. The Posifilter runs on standard American house current, and has the general feel of something built during about 1976 or so (one of the dates found on the casing).  Needless to say, nobody at Panasonic has ever heard of this item.

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Jan
26
2019
2

Creature Seed: Hell Aphids.

Hell Aphids – Google Docs

Hell Aphids

 

Description: take an aphid, make it about ten inches long, and give it fangs that drip foul smelling sugar.  Hell Aphids have working wings, a white carapace streaked with purple and green blotches, and typically make any number of unpleasant sounds.  Hell Aphids do register as faintly magical, if such spells exist in the campaign.

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Jan
23
2019
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Item Seed: Electric Scooter Font.

Electric Scooter Font – Google Docs

Electric Scooter Font

Why the name ‘Electric Scooter?’  Because if they called it ‘Gematrix’ or ‘Philosopher’s Stony’ or ‘Enochian Bold’ or something else like that then Every. Single. Occultist. Wannabe in the world would be using the damned font and making it difficult for actual sorcerers to work.  Anybody who can derive benefit from the Electric Scooter font will have been told about the code name already; anybody who hasn’t, doesn’t need to know about it anyway. (more…)




Jan
22
2019
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Location Seed: The Grumbles.

Grumbles – Google Docs

The Grumbles

 

This merchant ‘district’ can be found in any reasonably magical fantasy setting; it typically operates inside a single large building.  The more decrepit, the better: the wooden beams should be scarred and worm-ridden, the metal nails must be staining the walls black, and the roof — well, nobody in the Grumbles ever actually sees the roof from the inside, but it should be about to fall apart, or possibly over.  Oh, and the building should be on the local riverfront. Easier to get shipments in and out that way.

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Jan
21
2019
2

Item Seed: Ndoto.

Ndoto – Google Docs

Ndoto

 

Description: a wooden rounded cylinder, two feet by one foot by one foot.  It is polished, as if by long use. The item is enchanted; anyone who uses it as a head or body pillow will simultaneously have a refreshing night’s sleep, and be instantly and alertly awakened in case of danger.

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Jan
19
2019
3

Item Seed: Exhaustis.

Exhaustis – Google Docs

Exhaustis

 

This stuff started out as a by-product of a handy gizmo called the ‘AntiSom’ (invented by a gadgeteer about thirty years ago).  The problem with being a nocturnal superhero — or even an after-work one — is, when do you sleep? For every billionaire playboy, there’s a dozen people with day jobs who can’t function on four hours’ sleep indefinitely.  So the gadgeteer came up with the AntiSom; a rugged, reasonably foolproof device that would drain the exhaustion out of a metahuman. Fifteen minutes’ worth of use would do the work of eight hours of sleep; and with no long-term effects either, because super-powers.

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Jan
18
2019
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Creature Seed: Hurricane Ghosts.

Hurricane Ghosts – Google Docs

Hurricane Ghosts

 

Strictly speaking, they’re not exactly ghosts.  Well, they’re not supernatural ghosts.  Turns out that the fluid dynamics equations needed to model hurricanes are sufficiently complex that they can break the boundary line between ‘very baroque mathematics’ and ‘straight up magic.’  It all depends on whether there’s an esoterically inclined idiot of sufficient power in close enough proximity to the storm.

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Jan
16
2019
1

Item Seed: Forced Inspiration Generators.

Forced Inspiration Generators – Google Docs

Forced Inspiration Generators

 

Mad Science at its best! Or maybe at its worst.  Almost certainly at its worst, in fact. There’s just something about that particular interdisciplinary field of study that really, really likes things to go as badly as they can possibly go. And Forced Inspiration Generators can go quite badly, indeed.

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