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At the flea market in a prominent Pacific North American City is a table that Dukes in the local underground look out for, it only shows up on Rainy Days when the Market Day falls on a 23rd, but the items are too good to resist to miss it.
He's a tall bearded chap, usually dressed in relaxed jeans and a long sleeve t-shirt. His both is usually in the least busy corner, and always is near an open door or window to the rain. When the player characters approach him he's usually putting down a ratty second-hand book in a foreign language. To the people who see him regularly he's called "Rainy Day Dave". Approaching his booth you see two signs: "Will: Sell, Trade, or Barter" and "Best Offers Only." His booth sells the foreign, the knock-off, the kitschy, and the "weird 'n artsy". He has some facinating finds for the discerning customer, as far as artifact merchants he's the real deal for members of the underground. These Items are rarely all sold at once, and Dave is deadly serious about his "best offer only" rule. He'll be fair about payment, but no-one's going to short change him, he knows how good the things he has are.
Sword Umbrellas -
Considered "Geek Chic" these four foot long black umbrellas have been built with a sword hilt at the handle. They're sturdy, cover well in bad weather, and they come with a vinyl Carrier that loops over the shoulder. To the dukes that can afford them, they're often life-savers of a different kind. When opened the umbrellas act as a shield against magik directed against the holder. Their mystical symbolism as both sword and shield make it harder for spell slingers to target them. All magical effects targeted against the holder of the umbrella have a -15 shift on the roll when the umbrella is opened.
The Umbrellas also have a secondary function depending on the handle.
Saber: is considered "Penetrating" and "Big" for the purposes of damage in Hand to Hand when wielded as a weapon. Combatants walk away with cuts as if fighting against an edged weapon.
Katana: The umbrella can be drawn from "nowhere" so long as the space the umbrella is drawn from could hypothetically conceal it.
Broadsword: So long as the umbrella is kept in it's vinyl sheathe and on the person being hurt the character can negate damage done to his person once per day.
Fortunate Elephant Toothpaste:
A brand of toothpaste covered in Sanskrit and English with a happy looking elephant on the cover brushing his tusks with a giant tooth brush. It's made by a defunct pharmacological company in India. The toothpaste is cardamom flavored and is an unfortunate grey colour, it will freshen your breath and whiten your teeth, but it's known for an unexpected use. This toothpaste is a liquid lock-pick. If a person smears some tooth paste along the edge of a locked door or window, or inside a key hole and waiting eight seconds the locks will be bypassed without being interfered with until the toothpaste gets washed off. To any observer the lock is still locked, bars will still be drawn, and security systems will still be up, but the barrier has been effectively bypassed. Each tube of the toothpaste contains aproximately eight uses. Word of Warning: Do not harm Rats while owning, using, or even holding the toothpaste for it's unique function. Those that do find themselves coming across even MORE barriers than before, and one particular Duke found himself incarcerated in a maximum security prison.
Lucky Animal Statues:
Made In Taiwan. These tiny statues are done in the image of the chinese Zodiac. They have the 12 animals of the zodiac years and they list their years along the base. If a person should take one of these statues, wrap it in red cloth soaked in peach liqour, and speak a short incantation on the night of the waxing moon. They will summon every member of that species for what has aproximated to be 88 Li (miles) to the location of the Figurine. The Animals of the Chinese Zodiac are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. The figurine will also attract related animals: E.G., Tiger will summon Cats, Ox will summon Cattle, Ram will summon sheep and goats. There are rumours of people who have summoned Dragons, but no living witnesses.
HungreeMan Meal Supplements:
These bars are commercially packaged, have no factory marking, no ingredients list, and are printed with only four words for serving suggestion: Only One Per Week. They taste vaguely savory, somewhere between a bouillion cube and a Veggie Burger. But after eating a single bar a person is rendered satiated for a week for food. They still have to drink their requisite amount of water. The person must succeed a Mind roll to be able to eat more, at which point they feel stuffed and take -10 to thier body rolls for a day. A person who is first eating the bar must take a level 3 unnatural check.
Obviously made by a duke who is a fan of a certain post-apocalyptic game. These bobble heads have generic people on them either holding an object or performing a specific task. The bobbles give a +10% bonus to a Specific roll: Computer Hacking, Topiary, Archery, Climbing, Swimming, Cooking, Electronics, Singing, Etiquette, etc, so long as they are kept on the buyer's person. There were only so many of these made, and only one of each type, so if a person bought the one you wanted, you're out of luck.
Universal Transit Pass.
This artifact looks like a small black card-holder, when opened it will contain whatever pass, ticket, token, or receipt the holder will need to use the local public transit. The UTP will NEVER produce money if your character is lacking "change for the bus".
These weapons are decommissioned and usually army surplus antiques, usually service revolvers, old hunting rifles, and the odd relic from "the War". They're able to be sold because they've all had their barrels completely removed and firing pins jammed. They've been decorated with various metalic designs and each has had a stylistic iron sight or scope attached. These rare finds essentially allow a wielder to use an unknown version of an Adept's Blast so long as they can supply the neccesary charges. When shot by an empty gun, the victim experiences a concussive blast that knocks the wind out of them for a minor charge or causes internal bleeding for a significant charge. To use these artifacts the user must roll their Soul Rating and have sufficient charges. Unlike an Adept's school blast the Empty Gun does not cause Cherries, and the wielder MUST be within the range of the Empty Gun's Previous incarnation: Handguns have the range of handguns, rifles have the range of rifles.
(I hope people like my submissions and have comments/suggestions)
Danthulhu | profile | Aug 04, 12 | 10:44 pm
I love the UTP. Seems like the kind of thing an enterprising Urbanomancer would whip up.
John Q. Mayhem | profile | Aug 07, 12 | 7:41 am
"The figurine will also attract related animals: E.G., Tiger will summon Cats, Ox will summon Cattle, Ram will summon sheep and goats. "
Numanoid | profile | Aug 14, 12 | 1:36 am
Danthulhu | profile | Aug 17, 12 | 1:52 am