Aug
19
2018
2

The New Concord [The Day After Ragnarok].

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The New Concord

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Concord, NH

Population: 8,100/73,000

Controls: arguably, New Hampshire

Government: Democratic

Problem: Monsters

Heroic Opportunity: Bounty

City Aspect: Fortified.  

New Hampshire actually weathered the Serprentfall remarkably well.  Manchester and Nashua were wrecked by the tidal wave, but the state capital of Concord was above the floodline, and new Governor Charles Dale was in town and able to coordinate relief efforts effectively.  The last few years have been incredibly hard, but Governor Dale can still truthfully claim that he is the legitimate and legal governor of New Hampshire. Dale was re-elected in an honest election in 1946, and will likely be re-elected again in 1948; interestingly, New Hampshire also plans to vote for a US President in the same election, despite the fact that the entire Poisoned Lands stretch between them and what’s left of the USA.

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Aug
15
2018
0

Incense-Drunk Cleveland [The Day After Ragnarok].

Incense-Drunk Cleveland – Google Docs

Incense-Drunk Cleveland

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Cleveland, Ohio

Population: 80,000/420,000

Controls: Parts of Lake Erie and northern Ohio

Government: Despotism

Problem: Hostile Cities (most of the rest of Ohio)

Heroic Opportunity: Mercenary Work

City Aspect: Militaristic and Religious

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Aug
12
2018
1

Mortar Geckos [The Day After Ragnarok].

Mortar Geckos – Google Docs

Mortar Geckos

(strophurus igenti amicae)

[The Day After Ragnarok]

Imagine a gecko with a golden spine and grey-black mottled scales.  OK? Now make it as big as a horse, and give it the ability to shoot sticky mucus from its tail.  And there you have it: the mortar gecko. All Mortar Geckos are descended from zoo specimens in North America and Europe; the various parent species are all from Australia, and are resolutely free from mutation.  Oddly, while the species was clearly mutated by the Serpentfall, it shows none of the usual signs of Serpent taint.

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Aug
05
2018
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Fort Avalon [The Day After Ragnarok]

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Fort Avalon

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

The island of Santa Catalina, California had already been taken over wholesale by the US war effort prior to the Serpentfall; and it was summarily ignored in the confusion, chaos, and wholesale devastation that shattered the United States.  It took the US Coordinating Committee a year to even formally realize that the facilities on Santa Catalina were still in operation, and by then it was… perhaps ‘too late’ is the wrong term. The various groups there still all recognize the authority and legitimacy of the Warren administration.  Provided that President Warren doesn’t push too hard on that.

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Jul
29
2018
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Poisoned Portland [The Day After Ragnarok]

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Poisoned Portland

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Portland, Maine

Population: 700

Controls: The USS Denebola

Government: Squatters

Problem: Food Shortages

Heroic Opportunity: Technology

City Aspect: Desperate.

 

The original population of Portland, Maine was wiped out by the Serpentfall.  There were no more than a couple hundred survivors, mostly (thanks to a fluke in the tsunami) from the all-woman Westbrook College in Deering.  These survivors were still in a very bad way indeed until help arrived from the USS Denebola.  The Denebola was a destroyer tender assigned temporarily to Casco Bay, Maine that survived the tsunami through a combination of sheer luck and inspired sailing; however, ‘surviving’ in this case left the ship too damaged to move effectively.

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Jul
16
2018
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The Fire Ant Corsairs of Mobile [The Day After Ragnarok]

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The Fire Ant Corsairs of Mobile

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Mobile, Alabama

Population: 3,000

Controls: Mobile, and some of the coastal waters

Government: Squatters (various corsair groups)

Problem: Unrest

Heroic Opportunity: Mercenary Work

City Aspect: Lawless and Murderous

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Jul
02
2018
2

Polaris [The Day After Ragnarok].

Polaris – Google Docs

Polaris

[The Day After Ragnarok]

The general assumption in the post-Serpentfall world is that everyone in Greenland is dead.  The population was never very large (perhaps 21,000 in early 1945, not counting American troops) and temperatures in the Arctic since the Serpentfall have dropped to the point where seventy degrees Fahrenheit below zero is not unheard of.  If it gets much colder up there, the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at the pole will start freezing, and how that will affect the global climate is  anybody’s guess.

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Jun
25
2018
4

Tower of the Galvanized Serpent [The Day After Ragnarok]

Tower of the Galvanized Serpent – Google Docs

Tower of the Galvanized Serpent
(Schenectady, NY)
[The Day After Ragnarok]

City: Schenectady, New York
Population: 400
Controls: Schenectady
Government: Despotism
Problem: Serpent Cultists
Heroic Opportunity: Technology
City Aspect: Conspiratorial

To the outside world, Schenectady is a pitiful shadow of what it once was: most of the town was destroyed (including, apparently, the General Electric plant there), and the few survivors eke out a perilous living with what crops they can raise.  The ruins are not a place that is good for trade: the remaining locals are openly suspicious of outsiders, and just unpleasant to do business with. And every so often, people in the area disappear. There is nothing about the disappearances that could ever be linked to Schenectady, but it’s best to stay away. There’s nothing there worth it, anyway.

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Jun
24
2018
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The Deadly Snows of Kenosha [The Day After Ragnarok].

Deadly Snows of Kenosha – Google Docs

The Deadly Snows of Kenosha

[The Day After Ragnarok]

City: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Population: 50 (est.), plus ghouls
Controls: Nothing
Government: Ruins
Problem: Monsters
Heroic Opportunity: Legendary Treasure
City Aspect: Dangerous

Kenosha, Wisconsin did not survive the Serpentfall. The city got hit with a one-two punch of a nasty plague and a tainted water supply; what disease and venom didn’t kill, the sudden cold did.  The population crashed fast, too. By October of 1945 most of the survivors fled to Milwaukee, where they’ve mostly either ended up on the collectivized farms, or fodder for the mercenary gangs. (more…)

Jun
18
2018
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Smoke-Clouded Transylvania [The Day After Ragnarok]

Smoke-Clouded Transylvania – Google Docs

Smoke-Clouded Transylvania

[The Day After Ragnarok]

In theory, the portions of Kentucky that were on the far side of the Appalachian mountain range should have come through the Serpentfall reasonably well, at least by post-apocalyptic standards.  And, as far as anybody remembers, for the first three months or so people in Kentucky seemed to be more or less surviving about as well as anybody else. Then again, people weren’t actually surviving that well in the Poisoned Lands; so it took a while for others to really notice that cities in Kentucky were disappearing from the radio waves, and that neither raiders nor traders were coming out of either the coalfields or the bluegrass. It took even longer for enough of the local Mayoralities to recover to the point where they could afford to pay for adventuring parties willing to survey the area.

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