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].

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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]

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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].

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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]

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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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Jun
11
2018
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Pollocobras [The Day After Ragnarok].

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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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