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    237 KB Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:25 No.12843556  
    I was on here yesterday posting some non-rpg sites that may be of use to /tg/ but I was banned for a banned URL. I am back to give you more. I'll be posting text from websites that I didn't think warranted links.

    Picture related. It's from one of the websites I'll post here later.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:26 No.12843565
    Careful, OP. You never know when the janitor can be in a sour mood...
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:27 No.12843566
    Benign Encounters

    1. A dull-witted waiter/busboy drops something, and is berated & mocked by other wait staff/patrons. He is too slow & harmless to do anything about it.
    2. A patron leaks into a PC's...ahhhh never mind
    3. A rock crashes through a window from outside
    4. A waitress drops a tray of glasses with a loud crash.
    5. Bar catches fire.
    6. Bartender teases patron, who takes it badly and insists on a duel of honor.
    7. New bouncer interviewed. Tough looking PC invited to help to see if candidate bouncer could eject PC.
    8. Party of a traveling noble stops for a meal and/or a bed
    9. Someone is trying to talk loudly to be heard over the music when the music abrubtly stops.
    10. Two local merchants or craftsmen overheard conducting a mundane transaction and have a vocal disagreement about it
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:27 No.12843567
    Reported for ban evasion.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:28 No.12843573

    1. A makeshift raft one person alive
    2. Dragon catching tuna.
    3. Flashing light on the horizon
    4. High seas
    5. Kingfisher bird spotted plucking a fish from water
    6. Life preserver floats by
    7. Salmon spotted swimming against current
    8. Ship's boat, 2 people dead
    9. Someone decides that they are now the comic relief and comedian of the ship (whether they actually ARE funny or not).
    10. Sun sets on the wrong horizon
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:28 No.12843580
    Ban evasion? Dude I only got banned for a day. I'm back now.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:29 No.12843582

    1. Carpet Of spongy moss over large area
    2. Cave or large den
    3. Dark storm cloud approaches
    4. Disabled wagon with nearby dead campfire
    5. Forgotten dagger jammed into stump or earth
    6. Giant mushroom grove
    7. Ray of sun light hits tree or bush
    8. Small pond
    9. Snake slithers away
    10. Squirrels chasing each other
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:33 No.12843610
    Top 10 things a wizard can do after running out of spells.

    Assuming you don’t have any good combat magic items that you want to use…

    10. Make a ranged attack with a sling or other weapon you (the wizard) can use. If you are in the front a melee attack is possible instead, but hopefully you stayed in the back of the party. (Don’t worry, the list gets better! This is a basic action that has to be mentioned first.)

    9. Hold the torch/lantern. Having a character hold and move the light source allows the light to be moved as the combat moves. Otherwise, the torch has to be dropped on the ground and the light may not reach part of the combat area.

    8. Heal a comrade. If another character is dying, you can move (if the path is safe) to the other character and try to use your healing skill to stop the other character from dying.

    7. Dole out potions. This action requires some planning but if the you are holding on to a bunch of potions you can move and give one to whichever character can best use it.

    6. Put on some armor. Heck, you’re out of spells anyway so the arcane spell failure doesn’t matter. Even if you’re not proficient in any type of armor the penalties don’t matter because you’re unlikely to jump or climb in the middle of battle and it isn’t like your attacks had a decent chance of hitting, so why not? (This probably would take too long to do in the middle of combat.)

    5. Move to flank an opponent. Once in a while this might only be a slightly bad idea. Both you and your comrade will get a bonus to hit.

    4. Throw some acid or alchemist’s fire at an opponent. This is slightly better than flinging a stone with your sling because it only takes a ranged touch to hit.

    3. Finish off a foe. Maybe you put someone to sleep or held them earlier in the battle when you still had spells left. Now is the time to finish that foe off.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:33 No.12843614
    Nothing that you're saying makes any sense. What the fuck is going on?

    A little bit of background, please?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:34 No.12843619
    2. Hide. Don’t simply try to hide in shadows. Duck completely behind some furniture or move around the corner ensuring you’ll have 100% cover.

    1. Be the first to loot the bodies of the foes who fell early in battle!
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:37 No.12843639
    Yesterday I posted a story about an glass eye you might have seen it. After that I started posting links to places that had the potential to be used in RPGs. One of the URLs was a banned one apparently and I got banned for a day. That was yesterday. I'm back now and I am going to start up again. If you have any requests just let me know and I'll see if I have a link pertaining to the request. If you are talking about what I'm posting the first is benign encounters you can just throw at your party and the other is 10 things your wizard can do once he has run out of spells.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:39 No.12843651
    A little something from Weird NJ:

    As you're probably aware, the week of January 9, 1909 was the "big" week for sightings in South Jersey of The Jersey Devil. While doing some research for a final exam (done on the Jersey Devil) I came across an interesting article. It's not about the Devil, but some other sighting „ no book I have ever read has mentioned it, and I'm sure it's something that history has entirely forgot. Weird, yes. True... well, I try to keep an open mind, but this is just beyond belief. This is from The Asbury Park Evening Press, Jan 22, 1909, page 2.:

    The Jersey Devil was also not the only strange being to appear this Friday.

    Dan Possack of Millville had a struggle with "one of the strangest freaks of nature, or a monster straight from the bad place." While Dan was doing his chores he heard someone in the backyard walking around, calling out to him.

    When he turned around, he beheld a "monster beast-bird" about 18 feet high. The visitor demanded to know where the garbage can was, asking in perfectly good English. Dan, terrified, ran towards the barn, but the bird caught up with him.

    It wrapped it's sinewy and red beak around Dan's body. Dan began hitting it with a hatchet that he kept in his belt. He was astonished to see that he could chop splinters out of the body, much like he could out of wood. While he was chopping, the beast whispered something in Dan's ear, and with a mighty blow, Dan set the hatchet square into the monster's face. "Out popped an eyeball, and with a scream of pain, the assailant took in a long breath, filled it's bodylike a balloon, and floated into space." Mass hysteria was certainly gripping the area.
    - Ben R.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:43 No.12843674
    Ex-Freeholder John Lillis, of Jersey City, owns one of the most peculiar freaks of nature ever seen. It is a chicken with a human face, and with feet so misshapen as to be more like lumps of dirt than pedal extremities.

    The face is almost perfect. Instead of a beak, a common nose shows itself, underneath which a mouth, regularly proportioned, the upper jaw of which is armed with a set of teeth. The face is bare of feathers, but light whiskers adorn either side of the face, while attached to the chin is a heavy beard. Otherwise the chicken appears to be fowl. It came to New York along with a lot of others, and was bought by George King, a peddler, who presented it to the freeholder.

    The fowl at present is at the corner of Hoboken and Oakland avenues, but will probably be secured by some museum.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:44 No.12843679
    ONCE WHILE SCOUTING for shore fishing access to the Hudson River in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, I literally stumbled onto the ruins of an ancient castle. Walking down the narrow path through the ten-foot tall marsh grass I came upon a stone castle built from thousands of individual concrete bricks.

    Measuring only about two feet tall and seven feet across, the ruin is lying directly in the path. I have not been able to find any explanation for it being there. Further on down the trail is another ground sculpture which I can only describe as red rolling hills.

    There are many more of these oddities hidden throughout the many winding paths through the cattails and bulrushes.

    To find these creations, go to Liberty State Park and stop at the interpretive center on freedom way. Walk the red brick path to the right of the building. Go thirty six paces beyond the first sitting pavilion and turn left onto the dirt path into the reeds. When the trail divides, go right. Be forewarned that this is a No Trespassing area, and the first time I emerged from this exploration my clothes were encrusted with large wood ticks!
    - Contributed by Mark Moran
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:44 No.12843680

    Use spellcraft to call out the names (or effects) of incoming spells. Perhaps in conjunction with another counterspeller or divine buffer.

    Use detect magic to identify potentially important magic items on the enemy. "Joe, strike that belt! It's where his armor is coming from!"
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:45 No.12843684
    One of the most aggressive animals in the world is the tiny mouse–like North American short-tailed Blarina brevicauda. It is in a permanent state of “raging” and swallows an unbelievably great amount of insects, spiders, worms and snails every day. If it doesn’t get food for two hours, it starts eating its fellows.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:46 No.12843694
    Thanks for adding to it.

    I have some pretty long stories from Weird NJ. If anyone would like to read them I'll post them later in the thread.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:47 No.12843699
    Strange fact:A cat can survive a fall from the Empire State Building. It's terminal velocity is 60 MPH
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:50 No.12843708
    http://www.wizards.com/dnd/mapper/launcher.html-random dungeon generator
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:53 No.12843731
    I have a link for folk music of England,Scotland,Ireland,Wales, and America. They're all midis. Would someone like me to post it?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:57 No.12843764
    Would anyone like a small list of herbs and it's use in folklore?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)12:58 No.12843778
    This plant is a hardy biennial. In its first year it remains a low-lying rosette with large, broad, hairy leaves. In its second year, it produces a stalk upon which grow purplish-pink flowers. The plant possesses a long and tenacious taproot.

    Great Burdock - Arctium lappa: The stalks are solid; the plant can grow to 9 feet on its second year. It was originally European, but has naturalized in North America.
    Common Burdock - Arctium minus: The stalks are hollow; the plant grows only to about 5 feet during its second year. It is a native of North America. Medicinal Uses in Folklore:
    Burdock species have been used for cancer in places as diverse as Belgium, Chile, China, Italy, and Canada. It is one of the ingredients of Essiac, a formulation of four herbs popularized by a Canadian nurse and used for cancer therapy.

    Some northern European cultures used burdock to treat diabetes mellitus.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)13:00 No.12843793
    This plant is in the mint family. It has the typical mint-style leaf, with small purple-white flowers which bloom around midsummer. Catnip is also referred to as catmint. Culinary Uses:
    Catnip imparts a pleasant taste as a tea.

    Medicinal Uses in Folklore:
    Catnip has been said to help one sleep. Earlier confusion has gotten it into the literature as being a mild euphoriant for humans, but further data hasn't backed this up.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)13:02 No.12843804
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    Comfrey is a broadleafed large plant with hairy leaves. The hairs of the leaves may sting and irritate if handled roughly. The stalk is hollow, and the small bell-like flowers may be pale purple or white. Culinary Uses:
    Comfrey is not used, or recommended, for any culinary use. Before its liver toxicity was discovered, the flowers were sometimes used as a garnish in salads.

    Medical Uses in Folklore:
    Comfrey has been traditionally used in wound healing, both externally and internally. While the leaves of comfrey contain the same healing effects, it is the roots which are most potent. Typically, it would be recommended that comfrey root be boiled, and the decoction used. An ointment may also be made by digesting roots or leaves in hot parafin wax, then straining the mixture and allowing it to cool. The herb is known as knitbone for its alleged ability to help knit bones. Comfrey is said to help heal psoriasis.

    Internally, comfrey allegedly helps internal wounds, and helps to expell phlegm. It is said to be good for the blood and humors. (However, please note the warnings below, in light of the great enthusiasm that herbal folkloric literature, both ancient and modern, place on this herb, when considering it for internal usage.)
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)13:05 No.12843831
    Echinacea -
    The flowers of this plant are typically purple, light or dark toned depending on species. There is a cone-shaped projection in the middle of the flower.

    Echinacea purpurea: This is the herb typically, but not exlusively, discussed. The plant grows to be tall and stout; its petals droop back. The cone and petals are definitely purple, but the pollen is yellow. The flowering plant is quite stunning.
    Echinacea angustifola: This is a shorter plant, with narrower leaves, and petals which are shorter and droop less. It is another frequently-used species.
    Other coneflowers - E. pallida, E. gloriosa, E. stimulata, E. paradoxa: Descriptions of these species will be written up as they become available, although E. paradoxa has yellow petals, and E. pallida is often confused for E. angustifola.
    Medicinal Uses in Folklore:
    Native Americans from various tribes made use of the coneflowers in early times. It has been used as a tonic, and as a treatment for arthritis. It is said to help with urinary tract infections and other infections, as well as being a general immune system builder. Applied topically, it may take the "bite" out of bites and stings.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)13:06 No.12843838
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    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)13:08 No.12843852
    In New England, it flowers at the end of June and through much of July, producing small daisy-like flowers with white petals surrounding a yellow area. It is apparently a relative to the standard chrysanthenum, bearing similarly-shaped leaves, only with more dimunitive flowers and leaves, and more resistant to pests. It can grow to approximately two feet in height, and is quite attractive in its own right.
    Medicinal Uses in Folklore:
    The leaves and flowers have been used for centuries to treat headache, stomachache, fevers, and menstrual irregularities.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)13:10 No.12843872
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    Jewelweed -
    This plant is related to the ornamental impatiens, and shares with it the succulent pulpy green stem. It is also known as touch-me-not, for its late summer pods which burst and spread seed when disturbed. Its flowers are yellow, and bloom in the late summer. The plant is tall and gangly, sometimes reaching five or so feet in height, but more typically not topping three feet.
    Culinary Uses:
    Harris remarks that it is possible to gather small jewelweed shoots, from 4-5 inches, and eat these, presumably as a salad. He notes that one should eat them with other vegetables, only a few at a time. Older plants, or a surfeit of early plants, act as an unwelcome purgative. Frankly, I'm not remotely tempted to experiment.
    Medicinal Uses in Folklore:
    For a topical application, boil the plant down and save the juices. Let it cool. It can be applied to skin irritations to help relieve them. Native Americans have used this as a treatment for poison ivy allergic reactions as well as for eczema. It has also been used as a preventative for the poison ivy reaction if applied immediately after contact with that plant. (Your author believes in a multi-fanged approach: strong soap and lukewarm water, followed by vinegar, followed by more soap and water, followed by jewelweed obtained by slitting the stem and applying the pulp directly to the site. Alcohol applications, by the way, only succeed in moving the poison ivy oils around.)
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)13:11 No.12843879
    Lady's Mantle-
    This herb gives off uniquely-shaped leaves upon which rainwater will bead. Flowers appear mid-summer on stalks, and are small and yellowish-green.
    Medicinal Uses in Folklore:
    It has been said that lady's mantle can be useful in regulating glucose homeostasis (blood sugar levels) in diabetes mellitus.

    As an infusion made in boiling water and then, after cooling, either taken by mouth or by vaginal douche, this is said to help relieve excessive menstruation. The powdered root is said to help relieve diarrhea.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)13:15 No.12843901
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    Wormwood -
    Wormwood grows into a woody shrub, with distinctive and attractive pale bluish green leaves, which smell somewhat medicinal when bruised
    Culinary Uses:
    Extract of wormwood containing absinthe is found in a few European alcoholic beverages (notably Strega), but due to health hazards from internal ingestion of absinthe, this use is fading fast. A turn of the century potent alcoholic drink called Absinthe was popular in Paris; frequent users were strongly prone to violent or self-destructive behavior well beyond that seen with plain alcohol. Today, very small amounts may be found in vermouth, as a flavoring which goes a long way. Internal or culinary use is strongly discouraged, especially long-term.
    Medicinal Uses in Folklore:
    Taken internally, wormwood is said to help aid gastrointestinal digestion, but there are less toxic remedies available. It may well be potent against parasitic intestinal worms, hence its name. On the short term, it may be soothing to the nervous system. It may promote menestruation, as well as help cool down fevers. It is also said to help the liver.

    Poultices to help heal bruising may be effective. Either place the wormwood in boiling water, allow the resulting liquid to cool, and use that, or wrap the wormwood in a cloth, run warm water over this, and apply to the injured area, over unbroken skin, for fifteen minutes. This appears to be most effective before the full bloom of bruising occurs. (As I have seen no data one way or the other as to whether the toxic component of wormwood can cross the skin barrier, frequent external applications are not recommended.)

    "Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder" relates to early observations on the aforementioned beverage and its desired effect (which was not always its actual effect).
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)13:16 No.12843915
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    This is a tall gangly plant, with yellow, white or pink flowers which bloom in mid to late summer, which is the best time for harvesting it. Typically, it is the flowers which are harvested. The leaves are feather-like in appearance. An alternate name is milfoil.
    Medicinal Uses in Folklore:
    Allegedly helpful with relieving headaches, toothaches, indigestion, and colds. It may be useful as an antiseptic, and can promote blood clotting as well as reducing blood pressure. Ingesting yarrow can induce sweating. Internally, it is drunk as a tea; externally it may be applied as a poultice on wounds. It has been used on piles. Made into a shampoo, folkore has it that yarrow can prevent baldness.
    >> Derpy Hooves is a Secret Genius 11/18/10(Thu)13:30 No.12844000
    awesome herbalism list, bro.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:00 No.12844769
    I have a link to a journal of manly arts: boxing and stuff like that.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:02 No.12844783
    No aloe vera?

    Break open apply goo to burns and bruises for cooling relief.

    Not to mention Aloe is fuckeasy to grow.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:03 No.12844786
    From the site:WORLD'S GREATEST THUGS

    They Engage in Fierce Battles with Knives on the Public Thoroughfares in Broad Daylight.


    They Are Loyal to One Another Under All Circumstances, Make a Good Living by Their Wits, and Are United Against Society.In Paris, that model city, well policed by the gendarmes, there are streets that are less safe than the streets of any city in the world. And that is because of the audacious Parisian thug.

    Fifteen years ago the songs of the toughs of Paris were so new to the public that they made a hit. They dealt with the then unknown under life of the "eccentric" quarters; the scarcely policed fortification and the suburbs beyond them, and to the Parisians it was al extraordinary and far off.

    Today the ruffians have come to the center of the capital. They are at home in the heart of the old Cite, beside the cathedral of Notre Dame; not a day passes without they distinguish themselves in the Rue St. Martin, the Fauborg Montmartre and Newspaper Row; the Boulevard Sebastapol and the streets around the Central Markets also witness their daily violence; and the Place de la Bastille was the scene of a veritable pitched battle between them and the police that surpasses anything heretofore dreamed of.

    It sounds like a tale from the Mexican order. In the Rue de la Roquette some twenty toughs were fighting together with knives and pistols-two bands, one against the other. Eight policemen, requisitioned by the frightened shopkeepers, tried to separate them.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:04 No.12844792
    I didn't put it on here because I thought it was more of a common herb.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:07 No.12844814
    Then what always happens, happened. The thugs at once forgot their personal differences to make common cause against the "agents'" and one explanation of their insolent daring is found in a really too humane police regulation. While the toughs use knives and pistols freely, the police may draw their revolvers and sword bayonets only in the last extremity; and then they often hesitate, fearing to hear the next morning a veritable howl set up in the Socialist newspapers and the "Extreme Left" pf the Chamber of Deputies-enemies of all authority.

    So it happened that for a full hour the Place de la Bastille in central Paris, was a bloody battle ground on which the police did the bleeding. From a dozen tough bars came reinforcements to the Apaches-as the toughs delight to call themselves, and the name has stuck. They fight with knuckle dusters, called "American punches," with blackjacks, leaded canes, sword canes and revolvers. But their really favorite weapon is the long, thin, sharp knife called the "zarin." Which they handle with a ripping stroke.

    An American darky stranded in Paris, who saw the battle from the windows of a wine shop. Where he worked, quit that day without asking from his wages.

    "Dat's too sporty foh Dan,: he confided to a friend: "dah kick 'em in dah groin wit dah big boots and tramp on dah haid and dah shoot and slash scandalous!"

    Certainly French street fighting knows no fair play, and kicking is a part of French boxing: but what troubles the police is the recent advent of the revolver. Of the eight original policemen six were finally carried to the St. Antoine Hospital, and all with bullets somewhere in them; and the battle would have ended in the triumph of the toughs had not policemen off duty, plain clothes men, detective inspectors, soldiers and firemen come to the rescue. Nine wounded Apaches were left on the ground by the fleeing bands.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:08 No.12844824
    Should a battle half this size take place in the Park Row district of New York-or should we say Union Square?-the papers of all Europe would ring with the tidings. Here the incident will be forgotten tomorrow, because, for one thing, there is a new one every day.

    The Rue de la Navarin is in the respectable North center of Paris, not far from the Trinity and neat the Casino, so well-known to Americans. But it is also an artery leading to Montmarte; and in one of its wine shops a detective named Gallet and an inspector named Suinat arrested and handcuffed a much wanted young thug.

    They were starting him off for the station house, when toughs of both sexes surrounded them as by magic. Gallet was knocked senseless with a loaded cane and Suinat was shot in the chest. And here is a detail that caps the climax-they actually searched the pockets of the two inspectors for the key to the handcuffs, found it and unlocked the laughing prisoner before the police could arrive.

    That is the reason why nearly every young Parisian carries a revolver. Newcomers in Paris, thinking they know better, scoff at the precaution. Paris is the one great capital in which allusions like that to the "Coup de Pere Francois" (the trick of Uncle Frank) are joked about and understood by the entire population.

    It was a vigorous young Parisian who was known very well, and he had his revolver in his pocket at the moment!
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:08 No.12844830
    It might happen to any tourist. The Avenue des Champs Elysees, though in the center of the fashionable section, does not even look safe at night. Until midnight, truly, it is lit up by the countless colored lamps of the open-air cafes; but it runs half its length through a veritable woods, and when the fairy lamps go out it is a lonesome spot. A young man was walking home at 1 A.M., when two hard-looking citizens briskly approached hi.

    One stopped and asked him" "What time is it?" while the other continued walking on, and so got behind the victim, while the questioner remained in front of him. The Parisian backed and reached for his revolver, but at that moment a heavy silk handkerchief was thrown over his head from behind. The second thug had done it. Immediately afterward he pivoted round and humped his back against the victim's back-back to back. Then, holding the two ends of the handkerchief at the height of his two shoulders, the thug tranquilly bent forward.

    It was the "Coup de Pere Francois." The handkerchief tightened on the Parisian's neck and made his tongue stick out. The more the thug bent forward the more he pulled his victim backward-backward on the thug's back, sprawling there as in a barber's chair, with his feet off the ground and his arms tossing aimlessly-a quick case of spinal curvature. Reclining helplessly on the thug's back, lifted bodily form the sidewalk, with all the blood of his body throbbing in his cranium, he felt the other robber going calmly through his pockets. He remembers that the rogue in front then pulled his arms out straight with one hand; and then he lost consciousness. When he came to he was lying in the shadow of some bushes with a strained neck, but not otherwise damaged.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:10 No.12844844
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    This used to be considered the strong point of the "Coup de Pere Francois." Its original inventor was a mild and bookish person, given to reading the Latin poets when not working, in the days of Louis Philippe. He is said to have possessed a refined, gentle speech.

    "Why risk the guillotine?" he would argue. "Why soil your consciences with murder? No man can tell how he is going to feel with murder on his mind."

    A reconstruction of the Coup de Pere Francois, published in a French self-defence manual, c1900 - with thanks to Craig Gemeiner

    This argument would have no weight at all with the impatient and bloodthirsty young thugs of the present day Apache. The knife and the pistol are their ideal weapons, and they really enjoy using them. All this is new in France, where there were always criminals who would resort to violence, but where ingenuity and slickness were valued above brute directness. That the Apaches are brutal trouble hunters is seen by their interminable fights among themselves, while the columns of the Paris daily papers testify without cease to their willing use of the knife on passing citizens of the night.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:11 No.12844849
    It is wonderful how the Parisians stand it. The police claim that the Public Prosecutor's Office sets the scamps free as soon as they have been brought into the Central Station by the dragnet methods "on suspicion" that might be the most effective if properly sustained, and the Parquet answers, on the one side, that the prisons are full, and on the other, that the police bring them prisoners without evidence.

    As to the obtaining of evidence, it is rendered wonderfully difficult by the unfailing faithfulness of the Apaches to each other-in the midst of this most desperate battles and in spite of tempting money bribes-"beef" being the one unpardonable Apache crime. Furthermore, there is a Mafia-like "let the poor fellows alone" sentiment rife in all the under-population of the gay capital, a kind of proud-flesh growth of Socialism which puts one class against the other.

    Men have been stabbed and robbed on the Boulevard de Capucines, in front of the Grand Opera, in the Rue Royale, between Maxim's and the Madeleine, and in the Place de la Concorde, in the lights of the Automobile Club windows. It is not this that sets Parisians talking about the Apaches. What raises their interest is the Apaches' street fighting-so much so that there is not a "Review" (of Paris local happenings) in a single café-chantant this present Summer that has not its Apache street battle in it for picturesqueness.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:12 No.12844861
    Recently a Montmartre celebrity called "The Panther," was released from the hospital, only half cured of some ugly knife wounds concerning whose author he consistently professed ignorance.

    The "Panther's" sweetheart, "Pale Berthe" and a sinister young scamp nicknamed "His Feet" came for him in a cab. It is the cabman who tells the story. Shortly after leaving the hospital they made "His Feet" get out, and took in his place one Doumergue, surnamed "The Viper." They did not trust "His Feet," Berthe testified later-they "feared lest he should direct them to an ambush"-this in the big streets of central Paris in broad daylight.

    "All at once," said the cabman, "I saw a man rush out from a doorway in the Avenue Gambetta, throw himself on the cab step and plunge his arm three times into the cab. Each time I saw a long and bloody knife in his hand." Then the unknown man fled. It was done so quickly that "The Viper" on the box beside the cabbie had time to draw and fire on the retreating figure only when the distance was too long to make the shot effective.

    [National Police Gazette, October 21, 1905, p. 3]
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:13 No.12844869
    Sorry if the above if a little long I just wanted /tg/ to get a good look at what the website has to offer and if they would want the link.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:23 No.12844951
    http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/voynich.html- a site about the Voynich Manuscripts
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:24 No.12844957
    http://www.azghosttowns.com/nambrow.html- pictures of ghost towns.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:25 No.12844966
    http://paraseek.com/- paranormal search engine
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:26 No.12844978
    http://www.justriddlesandmore.com/-riddles website
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:28 No.12844990
    There are pop ups here so if you don't like them don't go here. I'll be posting some riddles from there so it's not like you're going to miss out.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:30 No.12845007
    What asks no question but demands an answer?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:32 No.12845024
    What goes up and down but doesn't move?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:33 No.12845028
    What word if pronounced right is wrong but if pronounced wrong is right?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:34 No.12845037
    What belongs to you, but is used more by others?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:35 No.12845047
    What is drawn by everyone without pen or pencil?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:36 No.12845058
    Do you say, "Nine and five is thirteen," or "Nine and five are thirteen?"
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:37 No.12845067
    What do people make that you can't see?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:38 No.12845072
    If anyone would like they could answer the riddles.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:38 No.12845081
    What has four legs and a back but no body?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:40 No.12845091
    What can run but can't walk?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:40 No.12845097
    A nose?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:41 No.12845101
    What has teeth but no mouth?

    I'm going to stop there with the riddles unless someone wants more and I'll start up again. I'll post the answers later.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:42 No.12845112
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:43 No.12845122
    http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html-A huge list of folktales and their countries of orgin. The Abducted by Aliens section would go well with Changeling the Lost.
    >> Kha !M62ELChaos 11/18/10(Thu)15:44 No.12845130
    A saw.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:46 No.12845149
    http://www.world-mysteries.com/-Like the link says. The different sections are:Strange Artifacts,Mystic Places,Ancient Writings,and Science Mysteries.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:47 No.12845153
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:49 No.12845174
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.html-sacred text archive. A few of the top searches are:Nostradamus, Tarot Card Reading,Timeline,Apocrypha,and Vedas
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:51 No.12845192
    http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/-Site that asks questions to help create your own world.Very in-depth.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:52 No.12845202
    http://www.rpglibrary.org/utils/meddemog/-Realistic Medieval Demographics.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:54 No.12845223
    http://www.firstworldwar.com/- website about World War One.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)15:55 No.12845224
    I'm leaving for a bit. I'll be back and post the answers to those riddles if anyone cares.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)17:52 No.12846047
    A doorbell or a ringing telephone.

    A staircase.


    Your Name


    Neither. Nine and five are fourteen.


    A chair

    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)17:55 No.12846069
    http://www.maggietron.com/med/-website for medieval medicine.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)17:57 No.12846081
    http://www.theancientweb.com/explore/content.aspx?content_id=19-Civilizations of ancient Mesoamercia.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)18:01 No.12846111
    http://www.pbs.org/manorhouse/-If anyone would like to run a game set in the Edwardian Era this could be helpful.

    From the website:The Edwardian era corresponds to the reign of King Edward VII in Great Britain, whose short-lived governance (1901-1910) followed Victoria's long reign and preceded the modern House of Windsor in England. The "Edwardian" style broadly encompasses the years of 1901 through to 1919.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)18:03 No.12846124
    Does a good job detailing the life of someone who lived during this period.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)18:06 No.12846154
    http://fantastic.library.cornell.edu/-Old art. I'll be posting some up so you can see what kind of things they have here.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)18:07 No.12846167
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    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)18:39 No.12846418
    http://www.lukew.com/marsgeo/-Geology of Mars for those out there that have their setting on the planet.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)18:46 No.12846483
    http://www.magickalgifts.com/tribal.html-african tribal charms. I'll post some pictures and a short description of the charms.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)18:58 No.12846579
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    For: "Finding a Lover or Partner"
    Represents the loved one.
    Africans of both sexes believe that to wear it close to the heart will attract the perfect partner or sweetheart through beneficial magic!
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:00 No.12846601
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    For: "Protection & Purpose"
    In times of peace the warrior trains with single minded dedication, knowing the honor of the village rests upon his fighting powers. Ijoni is proud of his heritage & has the dignity of a man confident of his skills. You should choose Ijoni for "protection" and to find your life's purpose.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:00 No.12846602
    Thanks for these links OP, some of them look really helpful.
    Do you have a link to the herb site or is that all there was?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:04 No.12846631
    http://anomalyinfo.com/-Anomalies is a database of paranormal (and allegedly paranormal) events, objects, and people, compiled from a variety of sources and traced back to their earliest reports.
    Articles are separated into two catagories: the General Topics are about major types of paranormal events -- ghosts, UFOs, etc. -- while the Specific Events articles each deal with a single encounter with the strange and unexplained. And for those of you new to these subjects, there's a Glossary to help you with unfamiliar words and phrases commonly used in these articles.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:05 No.12846646
    There wasn't many more herbs but I'll post the link anyways.

    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:06 No.12846654
    http://spec.lib.vt.edu/cwlove/-Civil War loves letters.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:09 No.12846674
    http://www.occultopedia.com/occult.htm-The premier internet index of the paranormal,occult, and inexplicable.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:09 No.12846680
    so this is just random background info huh. Interesting.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:10 No.12846690
    http://www.letterboxing.org/-Here's the basic idea: Someone hides a waterproof box somewhere (in a beautiful, interesting, or remote location) containing at least a logbook and a carved rubber stamp, and perhaps other goodies. The hider then usually writes directions to the box (called "clues" or "the map"), which can be straightforward, cryptic, or any degree in between. Often the clues involve map coordinates or compass bearings from landmarks, but they don't have to. Selecting a location and writing the clues is one aspect of the art.

    Once the clues are written, hunters in possession of the clues attempt to find the box. In addition to the clue and any maps or tools needed to solve it, the hunter should carry at least a pencil, his personal rubber stamp, an inkpad, and his personal logbook. When the hunter successfully deciphers the clue and finds the box, he stamps the logbook in the box with his personal stamp, and stamps his personal logbook with the box's stamp. The box's logbook keeps a record of all its visitors, and the hunters keep a record of all the boxes they have found, in their personal logbooks.

    Could be a fun way to start out a game and get the PCs together.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:12 No.12846703
    yup. Ran across a forum giving a list of over 600 links not rpg related that could be used for ideas. Would /tg/ like some map websites?
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:25 No.12846841
    matawan man-eater 1Nearly 60 years before Peter Benchley's novel "Jaws," a real man-eater lurked the waters of the New Jersey coast. It was July 11th, 1916, and in Beach Haven the tourist season was in full swing. The beaches were filled with sunbathers and the ocean with swimmers. Everything seemed like just another hot July day. But this day would be different from any other. A young Penn graduate named Charles E. Vansant, a resident of Beach Haven, died after having been attacked by a shark while out swimming. A lifeguard pulled him in and tried to stop the profuse bleeding, but Charles could not be saved. Scientists of the area wrote this off as a singular freak occurrence. They could not have been more wrong.

    Five days later the shark would strike again, 45 miles to the north, near the Essex and Sussex Hotel in Spring Lake. Bellboy Charles Bruder would become the second fatality. He was swimming out beyond friends when he was heard screaming "A shark bit me! Bit my legs off!" These are the last words Charles would ever utter. Mesh barriers went up almost immediately around swimming areas. Still, it was too late to save the rest of the tourist season. What would happen next would elevate the panic to a new level.

    Thirty miles farther north, residents of Matawan, a small town 11 miles inland from the open ocean, naturally felt that they were safe from attacks. Swimmers here were confined to the Matawan creek, a narrow tidal creek that wound its way to the bay. A retired fishing boat captain, Thomas Cattrell, was walking home after a successful day of fishing. When he crossed over Matawan's new trolley drawbridge he noticed something that seemed almost impossible: a huge shark was heading up the inland waterway. He couldn't believe his eyes, but confidant that what he saw was very real, Cattrell ran into Matawan to warn everyone.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:26 No.12846853
    2Though the citizens were all aware of the two shark attacks on the coast, no one could really believe there was any great threat of an attack in a small body of fresh water. Despite his vigorous pleas, the Captain's story was dismissed as a heat induced phantom. Ignoring these warnings would prove a very grave mistake.

    On July 24th a factory across town was generously letting 11-year-old Lester Stillwell leave work a little early. After meeting some friends, they went for a swim in the Matawan Creek. While they splashed and played, Lester told his two friends, both only a few feet away, to watch him floating on his back. A moment later he was violently pulled beneath the water. His friends listened in disbelief to his screams as he bobbed up and down. Blood filled the water around him as the shark dragged him under again and again. His friends swam as fast as they could and then ran into town screaming and crying.

    The boys’ impassioned cries for help would not be ignored. 24-year-old Stanley Fischer sped to the creek with two other men thinking that Lester may have suffered an epileptic seizure. The two men dove in, not knowing there was a shark still attacking the boy’s corpse. Stanley Fischer attempted to pull the bloody body away from the shark and was also killed, sparking a hysteria that would overtake the small town. But the NJ man-eater was not yet finished.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:27 No.12846869
    Heading back down stream towards the ocean the shark struck again within one hour of the last attack, wounding 12-year-old Joseph Dunn who only narrowly escaped with his life, but not without losing a leg. He would be the 5th and final victim of the marauding fish.

    Now the town of Matawan, stunned by the gruesome and unlikely attacks, was out for revenge. A reward was offered for the shark, and the people of Matawan became obsessed with vengeance against this evil creature. Some of the townspeople industriously filled the creek with dynamite, hoping to blast the shark into oblivion. The dramatic effort proved unsuccessful.

    Back on the coast the greatest shark hunt in the state's history was under way. Although no one knew the species, or its size, blind retribution would be swift. Hundreds of sharks were caught and slaughtered.

    Shortly after the attack Michael Slicher, a coastal fisherman, captured the man-eater just outside a creek at the Raritan Bay. It was an 8ft. Great White, and when dissected, 15 lbs. of various human remains were discovered in its stomach. For many, the grisly discovery brought closure to the summer's horrific events.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:30 No.12846898
    It was now apparent that a single shark could be responsible for all of these attacks. In the summer of 1916 no one had yet imagined that so many could fall victim to a lone and vicious killer. One has to wonder—could it happen again?
    - Cindy E.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:31 No.12846908
    Being born and bred in Wanaque was probably my moral downfall as many strange, unexplained things have happened to me while I lived there with my parents (which is why, at age 18, I split that town for good).

    I was 9 years old in 1966, but I remember the Wanaque reservoir UFO flap like it was yesterday. I remember this bright blue light in the sky and the cop standing next to me being visibly shaken. Being a kid, I thought it was cool. The whole experience changed my life forever. I wrote then Congressman Clifford P. Case and asked him for any info on UFO's. He sent me this huge parcel which turned out to be a copy of Project Bluebook. Two days later, it was missing from my house. My parents and sister swore that they did not take it. I never saw it again and later correspondence with Congressman Case went unanswered. I guess I'll never know what really happened.

    My grade school years were spent at Haskell Elementary School. During the 7th grade, I had a science project to identify and categorize as many insects as I could find. As any local person would tell you, Wanaque was the insect capitol of N.J. I decided to go to Dead Man's Pond, which was a piece of swampland that was accessible only by a tiny dirt path. Wanaque was also full of swamps that contained some of the biggest snapping turtles seen north of the Galapagos Islands. I only mention this because everything was huge in the swamps. Insects, animals and plants were like mutations. So I decided Dead Man's Pond would be the best place to capture the best insects.
    >> Anonymous 11/18/10(Thu)19:33 No.12846923
    With my trusty net and killing jar, I traveled to my destination and got down to business. Not ten minutes into my endeavor I notice this huge shadow moving back and forth across the pond. I look up in the sky and see the biggest, scariest bird-like creature gliding across the pond, silent with glaring eyes. It looked like it had fur rather that feathers and it's wingspan was about 20 feet. I beat a hasty retreat, nearly pissing my pants and tripping over my own feet. No one would believe my story and, to this day, I have not heard or read anything else about this creature. I never went back to Dead Man's Pond.

    Since the Route 287 project came to Wanaque, most of the swamplands have been developed, destroying any research that could be done to find out if, indeed, anything strange was living there.
    - Fred A.

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