Apr
21
2019
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Puerto Ultimo [The Day After Ragnarok].

Puerto Ultimo

[The Day After Ragnarok]

Location: Puerto Rico

Population: 750,000

Government: Despotism

The Serpentfall devastated Puerto Rico, of course.  San Juan and the other cities on the north coast were obliterated; Aguadilla and Mayaguez on the west, merely hammered and half-destroyed.  But the mountains protected the cities in the south, and the Puerto Rican colonial government under Tugwell successfully relocated to Ponce on the south coast, which is now the ‘provisional’ capital.  Rexford Tugwell remains colonial governor, mostly because the US Naval units at the Roosevelt Roads naval base (itself a consolidation of surviving American military units in the Caribbean) unquestionably back his rule.

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Apr
15
2019
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The Glamorous Hutton Sisters Gang [The Day After Ragnarok].

The Glamorous Hutton Sisters Gang

[The Day After Ragnarok]

Grand Junction, Colorado — or, possibly, Grand Junction, Greater Utah, assuming that the folks running Salt Lake City ever get tired of the status quo — is arguably the easternmost outpost of the USA north of Texas.  Which basically means that you can send a letter from Grand Junction to California and get a reply, five times out of six. But good luck trying to get help, men, weapons, money, and sometimes even attention from the West, though.  The town’s on its own.

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Apr
13
2019
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Goshen [The Day After Ragnarok]

Goshen

[The Day After Ragnarok]

City: Goshen, Connecticut

Population: 200

Controls: Town and Outskirts

Government: Despotism

Problem: Serpent Cultists

Heroic Opportunity: Arcana

City Aspect: Mystic and Dangerous

About the good only thing people in Goshen could have said about the initial Serpentfall was that the tsunami didn’t come close to flooding the town.  Connecticut and the East Coast shattered under the wave, anyway: the town had a shortwave radio and a reliable generator, which just meant that they got to listen to the world fall apart until the radio operator finally smashed the set and hanged himself.  There were a lot of suicides, that week. Almost too many to keep the town from just falling apart completely.

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Apr
01
2019
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Sons of the Little Sahara [The Day After Ragnarok]

Sons of the Little Sahara

[The Day After Ragnarok]

Oklahoma is the marcher land between Texas, and the horrors of the High Plains.  About the only good thing that you can say about the state now is at least it rains more often — but even then, flooding is a constant problem, and it’s not smart to drink Serpent-tainted groundwater for too long.  So Texas moved the population of the state south, placed garrisons along Route 66 using what troops it could spare, and generally contents itself with maintaining a watchful peace on its northern border. The Texan state government has no interest in expanding further in that region, and certainly cannot spare enough resources to maintain even the pretense of the rule of law, north of the Double-Six.  Indeed, some Texans argue that the border should be even further south; if it wasn’t for the fact that Texan control over Los Alamos might be endangered by the loss of Route 66, those arguments might be better heeded.

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Mar
28
2019
3

Deadly Angels of Chickamauga [The Day After Ragnarok]

Deadly Angels of Chickamauga

[The Day After Ragnarok]

At the time of the Serpentfall, Fort Oglethorpe (located in Georgia, just south of Chattanooga, Tennessee) was a major training command for the Women’s Army Corps (WAC).  In the confusion of the state governments of Tennessee and Georgia collapsing, not to mention the burning of Chattanooga itself, contact with the fort and its forces were lost; most people assumed that the facility was overrun by somebody, or something.  That happened all the time in the Poisoned Lands, after all.

This assumption proved incorrect in late 1947, when a scouting party of Konfederates from Birmingham looking to a way to bypass Cullman and menace Huntsville directly were ambushed, wiped out to the last man, and their severed heads flung back into the staging area from whence the party had set out.  Each head had been branded with the rough outline of an angel; and that motiff continued with lost scouting party after party until the Konfederates retreated a few weeks later. Things got dire enough that Grand Dragon Momyer even sent up a Konfederacy trainer to scout the area — only to almost have it shot down.  Whoever these ‘Angels’ were, they had access to bazookas as well as decapitation knives.

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Mar
13
2019
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…Huh. That was a lot of Poisoned Lands write-ups for the Day After Ragnarok.

Easily enough for a The Day After Ragnarok Poisoned Lands Gazetteer. I should really talk to somebody about submitting it, once they start doing TDAR again. I think that it would go over well.

https://amzn.to/2T4hkTS

Mar
13
2019
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White Shadows of Lima [The Day After Ragnarok]

White Shadows of Lima

[The Day After Ragnarok]

City: Lima, Ohio

Population: 13,500/90,000

Controls: Northwest Ohio

Government: Machine

Problem: Cultists (Klan)

Heroic Opportunity: Technology

City Aspect: Imperialistic and Corrupt

Lima, Ohio is poised for greatness, or at least conquest.  It made it through the Serpentfall with an ‘Emergency Committee’ that largely now operates as feudal overlords for their territories; the Committee members have so far managed to avoid internal squabbling via the judicious use of conquest. It’s the smallest serious Mayorality in Ohio, but it’s got the most advanced forces.  Lima has both a battalion’s worth of actual Pershing tanks (from the Army Tank Plant in town) and what passes for a strategic reserve to operate them (the region had extensive oil wells, and the Committee moved early to secure them). This has been enough for the Mayorality to consolidate control over a reasonable amount of Northwest Ohio.  The Committee is careful to avoid butting heads with Cleveland to the east, and has negotiated with both Cincinnati and Dayton to secure its southern border. The Committee believes in patience: there will be plenty of time later to ‘re-establish control over the State of Ohio,’ a policy which is genuinely popular with the subjects of Lima.

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Mar
09
2019
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Swamp Kings [The Day After Ragnarok]

Swamp Kings

[The Day After Ragnarok]

These creatures look remarkably like what a miniature T-Rex would have back in prehistoric times, assuming that it it had been covered in blue-green feathers.  These creatures have clearly adapted to a freshwater aquatic life, with a waterproof coat and webbed feet. Swamp Kings will eat a lot of things, but they particularly like to eat giant snakes (which they can, and usually do).  Swamp Kings, thankfully, do not fly. They might also be getting bigger ever year.

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Feb
24
2019
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Rotten Spartanburg

It’s funny: I have nothing against this city whatsoever. It just felt right to keep dumping on it. As in, aesthetically right. I apologize to anybody who likes the place.

Rotten Spartanburg

[The Day After Ragnarok]

City: Spartanburg, SC

Population: 10,000/70,000

Controls: Spartanburg County

Government: Strongman

Problem: Gangs

Heroic Opportunity: Trade Goods

City Aspect: Corrupt

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Feb
11
2019
1

Poisoned Springfield [The Day After Ragnarok]

Poisoned Springfield

[The Day After Ragnarok]

City: Springfield, Illinois
Population: 20,000/135,000
Controls: Sangamon County and surroundings
Government: Despotism
Problem: Serpent Cultists
Heroic Opportunity: Arcana
City Aspect: Militaristic and Cultist

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