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Tuesday Magic Item – Watchful Peacock Cloak

15 June, 2021

Juni“The queen mother’s cloak is quite spectacular,” said Voddick in a voice just above a whisper.

“An amazing piece of artistry and, I suspect, a powerful piece of magick,” replied Gollaon, equally quietly.  “It would be a shame not to at least guard all of that work.”

Voddick nodded. “She is rumored to be an amazing judge of character.”

“No doubt improved by her cloak,” smiled Gollaon.  “Let us go and make her acquaintance.”

“Is that wise?” asked Voddick to Gollaons back as they were already move to intercept the queen Mother.

Watchful Peacock Cloak

These cloaks are spectacularly colorful, usually mixing actual peacock feather with embroidery, bead work and metallic threads, creating a feast for the eyes.  But those observing the cloak have an unsettling feeling of being watched. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Dark Future Ahead 29 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

9 June, 2021

How will the world change as we move into the new corporate dystopia?  Join me in looking at some inspiration for cyberpunk gaming culled from my many trips into the matrix.  Enjoy the news:

It is a ridiculous vehicle but cost effective, even if it does look like a toy, meet the Ami.  For absurdity, a chase involving several of these could be hilarious.

Let there be warFor those cyberpunk setting that feature Neo-Soviets or aggressive Russians, here is their Cathedral of War.  It seems like a rather over-engineered justification for any future military actions taken by the Russian state, not disturbing at all.

How Red Bull uses football (and other sports) to build their brand, the success of RB Leipzig in German Soccer. An excellent example of how corporations use various means to advertises themselves which sometimes  becoming money making enterprises in their own right.

The celebrity impersonators making money on Cameo, it seems there is at least the chance to have some confusion on an extraction mission here.  Or possible a way to help pay for that body sculpt into an obscure 20th C actor.

Need something valuable and interesting to people to steal (or need to protect)?  What about Bob Ross paintings which are surprisingly rare given the number he painted . . .

Who says technology and superstition do not meet?  There is a superstition, maybe humorously played into, that a certain type of snack will keep your technology functioning properly . . .

Robots and cows, living together in harmony, at the Oldenkamp Diary.  Would be an interesting place for a chase or fight.

Notes:It has been a bit since I did one of these, hope you find it interesting.

Photo of the Cathedral of War found on Wikimedia Commons, comes from the websites (mil.ru, минобороны.рф) of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and is copyrighted.  This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Licence.

 

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Tuesday Magic Item – Bellona’s Torch

8 June, 2021

Sword of Bellona in action“How are we again opposing tyrants?” asked Voddick, back to the wall as he recocked his crossbow.

“There does seem to be a particularly large crop of them lately,” agreed Gollaon releasing an arrow and ducking back.

“It would be a much happier world if people would just let each other alone.”

“Agreed but then there would be less need for people like us.”

“Might that be for the best?” asked Voddick slotting a bolt into his crossbow.

Bellona’s Torch

These swords are harsh weapons of war, their blades blackened by flame and the the grips discolored from use.  Its balance is excellent and the blade stays sharp even after hard use.  They usually are marked with the helmet or torch of Bellona. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Pan of Perfect Pies

1 June, 2021

Pie!That was quite amazing, Madame Sugarfoot,” said Voddick pushing the now empty plate away.

Gollaon added one to the pile as well.  “Superb.  Among the best I have every had.  You know your pies, madame.”

Madame Sugarfoot smiled.  “Old family recipe and old family cookware.”

“You family is famous in stories and song for their skill with cooking,” said Gollaon.

“As they should be with pies like these,” said Voddick with a firm nod.

Pan of Perfect Pies

These pie pans can come in a variety of types, some metal, some fired clay, some fancy, some plain.  But they all bear and makers mark and some motto involving pies, such as “A perfect pie is a gift of friendship.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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