Jun
11
2018
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Pollocobras [The Day After Ragnarok].

Pollocobras – Google Docs

Pollocobras

Cygnus columbianus malumultra

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

This monstrosity from northern Mexico used to be the humble tundra swan, until venom from the Serpentfall turned it into a rapacious flying nightmare with the instincts of a locust. While pollocobras are still herbivores, a flock of them can clean out a field of grain within hours — and they spit gobs of poisonous mucus at anyone who interferes with them. Or otherwise annoys pollocobras, which can include simply being in the same county with one.  

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Jun
03
2018
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The Horse-Eaters of Rockford [The Day After Ragnarok].

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The Horse-Eaters of Rockford

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Rockford, Illinois

Population: 20,000/100,000

Controls: parts of northern Illinois

Government: Despot

Problem: Hostile City: Chicago

Heroic Opportunity: Mercenary Work

City Aspect: Tense.

 

Rockford’s elected mayor was assassinated about one month after the Serpentfall by would-be Marxist revolutionaries; they might have succeeded in actually taking over the city, except that factionalism immediately turned bloody among the revolutionaries.  When the dust settled, the city found itself to have been instead taken over by Sgt. Frank Hammer, a soldier from the local Camp Grant who was in the right place at the right time. Hammer had two advantages: the first was the enthusiastic help of selected ‘rehabilitated’ World War II POWs at Camp Grant; and the second was his seizure of the Ken-L Ration factory, and its supply of canned foodstuffs.  Horse meat might have been fit only for dogs in America, but by the winter of 1945 Americans were ready to eat dogs if that’s what it took.

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May
16
2018
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Grand Vizier Bartholomew Morraine [The Day After Ragnarok]

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Grand Vizier Bartholomew Morraine

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

Bartholomew Morraine is the very model of a classic grand vizier: he is tall, saturnine, sports a goatee, wears silken robes whenever he can get away with it, and never goes anywhere without his blackwood staff.  He is currently more or less in charge of whatever North American petty-kingdom the players next encounter, and it is widely (and accurately) whispered that Morraine is a sorcerer of no little skill. Certainly he has no trouble with binding others to Morraine’s service, and probably his will as well.  Ah… the King’s (or Premier’s, or President’s, or Mayor’s) service, of course.  There’s always a figurehead in place, while Morraine rules from the shadows. He prefers it that way.

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May
03
2018
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Roomans [The Day After Ragnarok].

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Roomans

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

For some reason, the English had been always peculiarly interested in kangaroos and wallabies, to the point of importing them to British soil.  Most of these creatures died in the Serpentfall, of course; the few survivors were horribly mutated and poisoned by the Serpent’s venom. Reports for those parts of the British Isles not under the Serpent increasingly tell of the presence of tall, furry, fully carnivorous monsters with a powerful punch, even more powerful kick, and an unceasing hunger for human flesh. Individually, they’re somewhat nasty but not invulnerable; unfortunately, Roomans run in packs of about six to ten.

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Apr
27
2018
7

Melvin and the Maniacs [The Day After Ragnarok]

Melvin and the Maniacs

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

Melvin Kaminsky is very possibly the best ghoul hunter that the French have, and his team of Maniacs certainly has an exceptionally dramatic track record when it comes to keeping ghouls out of French North Africa. He’s technically a corporal in the U.S. Army: his unit of combat engineers was east of the Serpentfall in Europe, which would have normally meant that they would have been quietly swept up and stuck in a Siberian work camp for, well, ever.  Melvin managed to avoid that fate by successfully convincing the Soviets that he was Jewish (true), that his entire unit was also Jewish (not true), and that they were all eager to go to the People’s Jewish Republic and be good Communist soldiers (not true, either). Melvin is good at talking.

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Apr
26
2018
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Steel Nation [The Day After Ragnarok]

Steel Nation

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Population: 68,000/350,000

Controls: Southwestern Pennsylvania

Government: Despotism

Problem: Monsters

Heroic Opportunity: Bounty

City Aspect: Militaristic  

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Apr
20
2018
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Denvertown, California [The Day After Ragnarok].

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Denvertown, California

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

Officially, it’s the Owens Valley Resettlement Camp in California; in a heavy bit of irony, the camp existed prior to the Serpentfall as the Manzanar War Relocation Center. The Japanese-Americans who were interned there have long since been repatriated to their (suddenly-vital) farms and fishing boats, of course; in their place were put those who managed to get out of Denver and the Rocky Mountains in the Evacuation of ‘46, but who lacked immediately useful skills (like farming and fishing). The Warren government has had little luck in finding these refugees better living conditions.

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Apr
18
2018
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Billy the Barbourian and the Witch of Yazoo [The Day After Ragnarok]

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Billy the Barbourian and the Witch of Yazoo

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Yazoo City, Mississippi

Population: 4,000

Controls: Yazoo City

Government: Strongman

Problem: Monsters

Heroic Opportunity: Trade Goods

City Aspect: Militaristic.

 

Yazoo City got through the Serpentfall itself well enough, but the collapse of order and civilization in Mississippi was particularly dramatic. The town only survived because of the leadership of the Barbour family, who adapted to the new conditions with remarkable speed.  Within two years, what was once a family full of lawyers and politicians had transformed itself into a sprawling clan of fighters and scouts of ever-increasing thews. Today, Judge Jeptha Barbour reigns over the Clan of Barbourians, but practical day-to-day leadership seems to be falling upon his brother Billy, who runs scouts and sorties throughout the Delta.

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Apr
17
2018
2

I need a good resource on the 1940 Census.

It is shockingly difficult to track down online what percentage of the population of Yazoo City, Mississippi was African-American in 1940.  It shouldn’t be: the Census asked that question, I believe, and they took down the answers. Shouldn’t this be readily available public information?

Moe Lane

PS: Because I want to know what kind of neo-barbarian tribe would have taken over the town after The Day After Ragnarok‘s Serpentfall, of course.  I was originally going to have it be ruled over by an increasingly-thewed Barbour Tribe, of course — it’s like they’re just handing me the idea — but if the town was already majority-black at the time then I gotta fiddle with the idea some more.

Apr
11
2018
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Serpente Zucchini [The Day After Ragnarok].

Serpente Zucchini – Google Docs

 

Serpente Zucchini

(Cucurbita hydra)

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

Stats: …It’s a mobile zucchini.

 

Portions of Italy technically survived the Serpentfall, but nowhere in close proximity to the Serpent Curtain is going to be actually pleasant.  In the Piemonte region, wise men only carefully eat the grain, and do not drink the wine at all — but they still cultivate the Serpente Zucchini. It helps keeps them alive.

 

As mutated abominations of nature Tainted by the Serpent go, Serpente Zucchini are remarkably benign.  While still clearly a plant-like organism, the ripe Zucchinis have developed the ability to detach themselves from their vines and seek new soil on their own; the Zucchini moves like a three to five foot long snake, and looks vaguely like one (with flowers in the place where the eyes would be).  Fortunately, it does not consume flesh, blood, brains, spinal fluid, bile, lymph, or even hair. It also does not attack or stalk living creatures, will not strangle humans in the night, does not drain humans of their life essence, increase the chances of Serpent Taint, or subtly poison the environment. It tastes indescribably awful, of course, but that’s fine. Serpente Zucchini are no longer human food sources.

 

What they are instead are early warning systems.  A Serpente Zucchini gets agitated when within twenty feet of a tainted monster or chimera, possibly because anything tainted by the Serpent finds Serpente Zucchinis irresistibly delicious.  It’s believed by their cultivars that the Zucchinis seek out humans precisely because they dimly understand that humans won’t eat them, which bizarrely enough makes them increasingly popular pets. They’re not exactly affectionate, but they do like human body heat, and stay where you put them.

 

Serpente Zucchinis last about three years in the wild; nobody knows how long they’ll live while being taken care of by humans.  They generally just need soil and water to survive, and seem to do slightly better when either is even slightly Tainted. The major problem that the Serprente Zucchini poses to humans is its fecundity: a mature Serpente Zucchini can spawn another two each calendar year, and they reach reproductive age as soon as they detach from the vine. This can making breeding them tricky.  For that matter, more than one Italian agricultural expert is adamant about not breeding them at all. You simply can’t trust things that come from the Serpent.

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