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Old 11-12-2013, 02:13 PM   #1
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A man about to be executed is asked whether he has any final words. Before he can get them out, a rooftop sniper shoots him.

A group of travellers arrive at a village and notice a peculiarity. They can see many of the villagers, but not a single one of them is a man.

A meteorite slams into the ground creating a 60 foot impact crater. In the center of it, amidst the shards of the hollow rock is the curled up body of a young woman.

Miners run into solid metal and begin to clear away the surrounding stone to reveal that it appears to be a giant human-like face.

In a quiet neighbourhood, the birds, squirrels and stray pets are all gone.
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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Over hundreds of years, a giant statue is seen approaching Earth. In the present day, it takes up 50% of the sky...and it's still as far away as Jupiter...

A dog trots into the supermarket. It stops in front of the canned beans and growls with hair raised. The light starts flickering...

A cannibal announces his candidacy for mayor.

Children hit the pinata at a party. The neighbor screams in pain.
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:58 PM   #3
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You awaking trussed the the back of wagon laying among other stranger so trussed...

You leave your home to leave your siblings to inherit with your skim saving and walk pass the village center to the nearest two, when you arrive you enter the local tavern to buy your first meal since you left home...

A "meteor" lands on Horsell Common...

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Old 11-13-2013, 10:16 PM   #4
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it takes up 50% of the sky...and it's still as far away as Jupiter...
Jupiter: 30-50 arcseconds; 139,822 km diameter

Half the sky: 324,000 arcseconds

Statue: 324,000 arcseconds = 1,132,558,200 km or 7.5 AU.

If I've done the math right (and it's late...) the statue is taller than Jupiter's orbital radius. ("As far away as Jupiter" suddenly becomes a problematic statement. Which way is it facing, and are we measuring to the closest point?)
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:00 AM   #5
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You and your friends are driving down a country road to make up for missing the interchange ... your engine dies and the car rolls lazily to the side of the road.

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Two men in black suits approach you to ask you about the strange events of last night. Only you don't remember anything ... They mumble something about 'the other team has already been here' ...
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:28 AM   #6
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You've been hired a lot of money to transport an undisclosed cargo. Wherever you take it, people start humming, singing, bursting into spontaneous and original musical numbers...
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:06 PM   #7
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It's friday night, the PCs are sitting in thier apartment arguing over what kind of pizza to order, when a live blue whale falls out of the sky into the parking lot of the apartment complex. A few cars are crushed; many car alarms sound off. Passersby are dumbstruck.

What happened ?

After a minute or two, the injured whale started thrashing about like a fish out of water ... run for cover !

What to do next ?
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:10 PM   #8
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The PCs buy a toy for their child/ nephew/ niece/ etc as a birthday present. While wrapping the toy in its box ... they notice the toy is moving slightly against its plastic restraints and seems to be mouthing words to the PCs.

(A Read Lips skill check may reveal more !)
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:30 PM   #9
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You inherit a weird old house from a previously unknown (or barely known) relative.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:28 PM   #10
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A children's entertainer runs up to you and screams "help the children won't let me die!!!"
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