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Old 09-18-2016, 11:05 AM   #1351
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If I hadn't already sent my heroes to Tibet, I'd want to do something based on this story for my webcomic:



-- Why the Soviets Sponsored a Doomed Expedition to a Hollow Earth Kingdom from Atlas Obscura
Link has http twice. Fixed: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles...ium=atlas-page
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Old 09-18-2016, 03:07 PM   #1352
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That would have been wonderful for the Tibet arc of my Stargate 1939 campaign.
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:00 PM   #1353
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That would have been wonderful for the Tibet arc of my Stargate 1939 campaign.
I'm stealing at least part of it, for Facets. :)
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Old 09-19-2016, 01:02 AM   #1354
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Whittier, AK. A small town with nearly everyone living in one building.

http://www.businessinsider.com/photo...ne-roof-2016-3

Commentary from former residents here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8840005
There are a dozen or so single-family dwellings, now; went in in the 1990s.

Whittier was only connected by train until recently, but it has a good all-weather port... so the Army built the rail tunnel, the port, and the original residential block. When the Port of Anchorage became capable enough, Whittier became just the backup plan...
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Old 09-25-2016, 03:04 AM   #1355
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I wonder if DFRPG will have stats for the dread Gazebo?
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Old 09-25-2016, 08:07 AM   #1356
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I wonder if DFRPG will have stats for the dread Gazebo?
Only if the magic items section includes stats for the Head of Vecna.
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:48 PM   #1357
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The headline for this article from The Register hardly needs any embellishment to interest readers of this thread:

Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

But link dumping opens the way for Satan, and so, I continue.

We do get some details to give that realistic touch to your urban fantasy or horror game:

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A Catholic priest has said virtually all his free time is taken up with exorcisms these days as he struggles to counter the tide of demonic possession washing up Silicon Valley and the rest of Northern California.

Father Gary Thomas, together with fellow exorcist Father Vincent Lampert, has been profiled in a lengthy piece in the Daily Telegraph, in which the pair detail how they are deploying some of the Church’s ancient rites to counter the results of very modern problems, such as creaking healthcare, drugs, the revival of “pagan” customs, and the tide of internet smut. Though of course, the actual presence of Satan is also part of the problem.
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Fr Thomas said he has performed between 50 and 60 exorcisms over the last decade - a case of full-on demonic possession takes around six months to deal with apparently.
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Thomas also warns that as well as Demons, troubled individuals may be bothered by disembodied human souls - but with his training he’s quite able to discern the difference. Demons' ultimate aim is to drive their host to suicide, he said.

He added that exorcism is usually conducted in Latin - a language that Demons hate most. Apparently though, Italian, Spanish and Portugese also tend to get right up their demonic noses. There is no approved English translation, and officious demons will snottily tell the priests they are not required to respond to follow his commands unless they are in a Latinate form.
And don't miss the embedded link to the actual interview transcript that explains the differences between different levels of demonic activity, including infestation, oppression, and possession, as well as some more details on the exorcism ritual.
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:20 PM   #1358
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Based on generic studies, half of European men are descended from one man.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2...onze-age-king/

The scientists think he was a king of some sort. I have a different theory. He was an ordinary man with a singular talent for seduction. He traveled the world in search of adventure, leaving his gifts throughout the land.

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Old 09-27-2016, 09:44 PM   #1359
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Based on generic studies, half of European men are descended from one man.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2...onze-age-king/

The scientists think he was a king of some sort. I have a different theory. He was an ordinary man with a singular talent for seduction. He traveled the world in search of adventure, leaving his gifts throughout the land.
My theory is that James Bond finally zigged when he should have zagged, and fell into the radius of effect of his enemy's time machine sometime in the immediate future. Cast back into the Bronze Age and amnesiac, Bond did what Bond does...
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Old 09-28-2016, 10:23 AM   #1360
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Cellphone service in 1946? Yes! Just barely possible with enough money.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Telephone_Service

(Yeah, yeah, not actually cellular. And certainly not pocket-sized. But getting there.)
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