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Old 03-24-2021, 06:32 AM   #2451
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Currently, the Suez Canal is blocked by a giant container ship that got turned sideways and ran aground, which isn't doing global trade any favors. The official story is that this was due to a combination of high winds and poor visibility (it happened during a sandstorm). My bet is PC's needed to stop some cultists transporting dangerous artifacts via the canal.
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Old 03-26-2021, 02:33 AM   #2452
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In the 1920s, a Soviet scientist kept a dog's severed head alive and responsive to stimuli for several hours. See here for a recap and here for a decidedly creepy video. Now, officially these experiments led to the development of the heart-lung machine but no more advanced techniques for keeping severed heads alive. But who knows?
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Old 03-27-2021, 04:35 AM   #2453
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Currently, the Suez Canal is blocked by a giant container ship that got turned sideways and ran aground, which isn't doing global trade any favors. The official story is that this was due to a combination of high winds and poor visibility (it happened during a sandstorm). My bet is PC's needed to stop some cultists transporting dangerous artifacts via the canal.
And a few days later, hundreds of ships are clogged up in traffic jams at both ends of the canal, wreaking havoc on the world's economy, just as the end of the "Corona-Crisis" (?) seems near.
Congratulation, players. You stepped right into the master villains trap. :)
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Old 03-27-2021, 09:18 PM   #2454
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Congratulation, players. You stepped right into the master villains trap. :)
Eh, I'm not a big fan of Xanatos Gambits. I prefer to think of it as the sort of disaster PC's would tend to leave in their wake when the GM opts for realistic consequences.
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Old 03-27-2021, 11:52 PM   #2455
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Currently, the Suez Canal is blocked by a giant container ship that got turned sideways and ran aground, which isn't doing global trade any favors. The official story is that this was due to a combination of high winds and poor visibility (it happened during a sandstorm). My bet is PC's needed to stop some cultists transporting dangerous artifacts via the canal.
It would make an excellent setup up for a mummy game. Mummy bring transported on the ship, cultists summon a storm to stop it and get their master off, now the PCs need to track them down before they can awaken Imhotep once more...
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Old 03-28-2021, 03:04 AM   #2456
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Mummy bring transported on the ship, cultists summon a storm to stop it and get their master off, now the PCs need to track them down before they can awaken Imhotep once more...
Unfortunately for the cultists, the mummy is in a container six layers down in the middle of the stack. So they need the ship to be unloaded, and are currently trying to keep it from moving.
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Old 03-28-2021, 05:20 AM   #2457
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Unfortunately for the cultists, the mummy is in a container six layers down in the middle of the stack. So they need the ship to be unloaded, and are currently trying to keep it from moving.
Okay, so they wait for the mother of all chainsaws to arrive to cut open the wreck.
And, of course, this will attract the brother of the great old one (TM) that the pc made a head shorter a few months ago. Like the big bad planned. :-)

Man, this thing really write itself.
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Old 03-28-2021, 09:11 AM   #2458
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Apparently the container ship did a frivolous complex maneuver in the shape of a ...well, let's call it an eldritch symbol... before it got to Suez and ran aground.

(Google "Evergreen GPS route" but be warned you'll likely see crude wall-graffiti-level naughtiness if you do.)

Looks like if you vandalize Poseidon's domain, you can find yourself wedged uncomfortably in a narrow channel as karmic retribution.
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Old 03-28-2021, 09:25 PM   #2459
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I was thinking the PCs did it,so another ship (the actual target) would end up going around the horn of Africa and it's disappearance could be chalked up to pirates.
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Old 03-29-2021, 12:11 PM   #2460
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Apparently the container ship did a frivolous complex maneuver in the shape of a ...well, let's call it an eldritch symbol... before it got to Suez and ran aground.
I heard about that, and assumed it wasn't true and was just something a troll posted that got traction, but according to Snopes, it is indeed true (although they note there's no indication the Ever Given's crew actually intended to make such a drawing).

On the bright side, the ship is free now, and shipping has resumed (although there's the risk of a domino effect, as delays in ships reaching their destinations will cause delays in other things being shipped out - Nice Job Breaking It, Hero). Interestingly, one thing being given credit for this was the presence of the full moon, which made the high tide higher and thus allowed the vessel to be pulled free more readily. At least, that's the official story.
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