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    24 KB The British Warehouse 23 Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:10 No.13448007  
    I have an idea for an 1960s British spy genre game where various agents are striving to find and acquire what's in Great Britain's answer to the Americans' Warehouse 23. Now I'm seeking ideas for vintage British artifacts and items preferably from the 1960s Sci-Fi and Horror stories which could have conceivably taken place.

    Just some basic guidelines:

    1. Try to keep it 1950, 1960s, 1970s and British.

    2. Avoid artifacts from Doctor Who. It’s too easy.

    Some ideas I've come up with so far are:

    -Various tissue and bone fragments from various giant sea-monsters in and around the North Sea. (Gorgo and Reptillicus). The real-life monsters were more vulnerable to conventional weapons and were reduced to shreds in the battles with the British Navy.

    -A crashed UFO, with the corpse of an alien pilot, which are two being s fused together, and the resulting dream-machine that came out of the alien technology (Miracleman).

    -A apiary of aggressive honey bees that are drawn to adrenaline, acquired from a madman on Seagull Island, and now used by the masters of the Warehouse as assassination tools. Included is also evidence that pop-star Vicky Robbin’s overdose on heroin after the incident was not an accident. (Deadly Bees)

    -An energy/matter converter with storage cell, now perfected and used by the warehouse masters as a source of unlimited energy through the conversion of their garbage. Its teleportation properties still have kinks in them. (The Projected Man).

    -A cylindrical capsule misidentified as a German V-2 rocket found during an excavation of the London subway, which unknowingly contains the crystallized remains of insectiod martians that altered primitive humans. Give it a source of energy and the ship will give certain individuals around it martian genetic memories, telekinetic powers and a mindless compulsion to use said powers to kill everyone who isn’t affected. (Quatermass and the Pit).
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:13 No.13448022
    Everything from James Bond, ever.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:13 No.13448035
    I was just about to suggest Quatermass and the Pit when I read down and noticed you'd already got it. Well slowclap.gif, OP, slowclap.gif indeed.

    You might get some mileage out of Caballistics, Inc, a comic strip that was a sort of British BPRD with Mignola-inspired art. Gordon Rennie and Dom Reardon. It should be on /rs/.
    >> Professor Farnsworth 01/08/11(Sat)21:17 No.13448061
    rolled 3, 6, 5, 1 = 15

    Why artifacts from the 50's through the 70's? From what I know Government Warehouses contain alleged items from all points in time. So if you're running a game set in the 60's I'd suggest artifacts from: ??? < 60's.

    Anyways I suggest looking at British territories during the late 1800s to early 1900s as well as any major wars the British were in during those time periods. Ancient African and mysterious South Asian artifacts can definitely be added in as British rule and influence could be found in those areas.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:20 No.13448088
    Tissue samples of a chimeric lifeform. The sample contains dna from three distinct humans along with non-earth based dna resembling that of a plant. The date of collection coincides with the crash of an experimental rocket that resulted in the death of its crew. (Quatermass Experiment)
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:22 No.13448124
    The last one (or two) living specimen from the subterranean vault in (They Are) The Damned -- children engineered to survive a post-nuclear war wasteland.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:28 No.13448162
    By the same token, the other creepy Damned children, aka the Midwich Cuckoos. John Wyndham in general is a goldmine. You can have a Triffid specimen, some of -that- lichen and samples of the undersea creatures from The Kraken Wakes. Samuel Youd is also a goldmine.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:33 No.13448206
    The embalmed remains of a six year-old child stabbed through the heart by long ornate stilletto daggers. The accompanying notes identify the remains as the son of Jeremy Thorn who was found stabbed to death by his distraught father in All Saints Church in London after the death of his wife, and that his chromosome is like that of a Canis mesomelas i.e the common jackal. Even embalmed, there is a look of surprise on the corpse's face. (The Omen)
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:33 No.13448207
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    A Mysteron computer/communications device. It may or may not contain an actual Mysteron. (Captain Scarlet).

    To those without clearance, it's referred to as a piece of highly classified enemy astrocommunications technology.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:38 No.13448252
    "the arrow of Rama": a rusted, ornate nuclear missile recovered from 10,000 year old ruins in British Bengal in 1924. It's discovery alone shook the very foundation of general historical knowledge, hailing from a civilization that was vastly technologically advanced yet managed to wipe its self from the face of the Earth before most civilizations even began. The revelation of its true nature was a recent (1953) discovery.

    the arrow is referenced in the Hindu epic "The Mahabarata":

    ...(it was) a single projectile
    Charged with all the power of the Universe.
    An incandescent column of smoke and flame
    As bright as the thousand suns
    Rose in all its splendour...

    "...it was an unknown weapon,
    An iron thunderbolt,
    A gigantic messenger of death,
    Which reduced to ashes
    The entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas.

    ..The corpses were so burned
    As to be unrecognisable.
    The hair and nails fell out;
    Pottery broke without apparent cause,
    And the birds turned white.

    After a few hours
    All foodstuffs were infected...
    ...to escape from this fire
    The soldiers threw themselves in streams
    To wash themselves and their equipment."
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:39 No.13448264
    Two statues, extremely detailed and lifelike. One is a metal statue of a man, made of steel. The other, a woman, is sapphire. The figures are wearing late-70s fashions.

    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:44 No.13448287
    - Various sketches and letters from missing nobleman Sir Clive Folliot torn from 19th century newspapers which state that after disappearing while searching for his twin brother in Africa, he found a portal to a strange otherworld termed by the prisoners within as the Dungeon. (Philip Jose Farmer’s The Dungeon).
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:48 No.13448333
    - A collection of live and dead rodents of unusual size captured after resulting in a danger of deaths. The two-headed rat “king” is still being studied for military applications. (Jame Herbert’s The Rats Trilogy).

    - A capsule containing a large mycoplasma. Warnings on the capsule state if released homicidal madness and suicidal thoughts may result. (James Herbert’s The Fog.)
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:49 No.13448339
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    A collection of connected apparatus, including an exam bed with a curved, transparent lid. The set-up can create a perfect duplicate of any object placed in it, including living organisms. It is prone to overheating and starting fires, however. (Four Sided Triangle).
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:51 No.13448349
    The Voynich Manuscript
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:52 No.13448372
    The real edition, complete with a Rosetta Stone-like artifact bearing similar script that may provide a clue towards a final translation.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:54 No.13448398
    I see that and raise you: a kaleidoscope contained within a highly secured crate; the note on the crate says it was found in a shipwreck off the coast of England. Written in large red print on all sides of the box is, "Warning, do not expose to photographs." (Sapphire and Steel)
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:58 No.13448458
    A set of vials full of chemical compounds, a hypodermic needle, a set of restraints, including eyelid restraints, eyedrops, and the notes of a Dr Ludovico on the proper course of administering of the "Ludovico technique," a form of conditioning based on forcibly associating undesirable behavior with feelings of extreme nausea, paralysis, and terrour. (A Clockwork Orange).

    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)21:59 No.13448473
    The 'Rosetta Stone' for the Voynich Manuscript.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:00 No.13448481
    >>13448473 here
    derp missed that reply.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:03 No.13448527
    Love it.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:06 No.13448564
    A deactivated Cybernaut.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:11 No.13448618
    The last vial of a genetically engineered superplague. (The Survivors).
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:13 No.13448631
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    Possibly just crawling around loose.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:18 No.13448691
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    The Rover from The Prisoner, only it's in a canister, ready to deploy. Perhaps there's some way to program in target data. Perhaps it just knows who to subdue and retrieve. Perhaps it attacks everybody, once opened.

    For laughs, the canister might be labeled "whipped cream" or something.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:20 No.13448717
    A warbrode as well as other pieces of wooden furniture and wood scraps, supposedly of extra-dimensional origin. (Narnia)
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:22 No.13448731
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    The backups of Proteus 4. (Demon Seed).
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:25 No.13448763
    A helmet similar in appearance and style to 15th century english full plate, partially embedded in a block of basalt.

    Enough of the helm is exposed to show the comms antenna, air filtration system, post industrial revolution materials and construction methods.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:31 No.13448814
    A broken Final Programme machine. Cordoned off with a note saying "not to be approached by more than one agent at a time." (The Final Programme)
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:41 No.13448906
    One of the Avebury Stones. (Children of the Stones).
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:51 No.13449008
    A recording of an episode of "The Trippy Show." (The White Mountains/The Tripods).
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)22:51 No.13449009
    -And a... slightly different entry: a brightly painted door still in its frame. Locked. (Mr. Benn)
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)23:02 No.13449110
    An ancient scabbard sealed in a reliquary, along with the tattered remains of a flag that bears the device of a red dragon. The reliquary is surrounded by all sorts of spectrometers and other devices to detect energy, and marked as an item of considerable interest to the British military. An accompanying dossier mentions that it somehow deflects kinetic energy in its immediate proximity.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)23:15 No.13449198
    One of the agents finds a blue policebox, remarks that it must be a time-machine, only to find that it is just a blue police box that was used once to contain a fleeing alien organism.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)23:34 No.13449443
    The Golden Stood of the Ashanti. An artifact believed to contain the souls of all Ashanti, living, dead and yet to be born, Britain fought a series of wars with the tribe because the Ashanti refused to allow a Brit to sit in the throne. The official story is that the stool was never found. (This actually happened)

    In gameland, the Brits obtained the stool and after sitting in it for a nice cup of tea, shoved it in a warehouse.
    >> Anonymous 01/08/11(Sat)23:49 No.13449589
    -A large cylindrical object made of a lightweight metal or ceramic, that resembles a spotlight or projector. Instead of a lens, it has a bright parabolic mirror set within a cavity that points out of one end.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)00:06 No.13449740
    -A bowl of silver and blue glass, inlaid with Celtic knotwork, that bears as clear, glimmering liquid.

    -A tall, thick crystalline column. Within it can be seen the vague outlines of a human figure.

    -Several sets of space suits made from a material that resembles aluminum and red lycra. They have been punctured by automatic weapons fire.

    -On a nearby shelf, sealed containers hold samples of a translucent green liquid.

    -Fragments of a metal plate, coated with a thin layer of shiny metal on one side, sits atop a rack. The shiny-side is down, and the metal plate is attached to the rack with heavy clamps. The rack itself is bolted to the floor.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)00:18 No.13449848
    This is the best W23 thread I've ever seen.
    >> Prof.Jimbles. 01/09/11(Sun)00:23 No.13449905
    If they're dumb enough to enter the Wardrobe, make a grimdark Narnia.

    ... I think I just had an idea.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)00:32 No.13450017
    A small, five inch by two inch door, ornate to the point of gaudiness, that can attach itself to the head of whomever it is thrown at. This door then proceeds to suck the thrower in, and expose them to a physical representation of that persons psyche. They stay in this representation until some form of stimulation can wake them from a trance, as their actual body stays outside of the door. (Psychonauts)
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)01:00 No.13450253
    -A misshapen skull sits on a shelf, that looks like a bizarre mutation of human and dog. Next to it on the shelf is a water-stained leather-bound diary with a handwritten title, "The Journal of Edward Prendick."

    -A small crystalline key mounted in brass sits on a shelf. It bears a hand-written tag marked, "prototype." Beside it are two dried flowers of unknown origin, but possessed of considerable beauty even in their dried state.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)01:26 No.13450491
    The pterodactyl specimen Professor Challenger brought back from Maple White Land, recovered from its crash landing on the Atlantic just off the Azores.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)01:53 No.13450765
    A black stone orb, about the size of a bowling ball and of unknown origin, within which is a holographic (at least, that's the theory) image of a pair of burning hands.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)02:22 No.13451012
    • A 16th-Century snare drum decorated with the arms of Sir Francis Drake
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)02:31 No.13451080
    A house in its entirety. Though the cables and pipes lead nowhere, flickering lights and the sounds of faucets can be heard from time to time. With a keen enough nose, one can detect the odors of spoiled refrigerator goods and rotting corpses. A malicious presence emanates from it
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)02:47 No.13451236
    Several tiny, inch long sapling specimens stored in a enormous glass container. A bio-hazard sign and text reading "Project Beanstalk"
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)02:57 No.13451328
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    a severed, green thumb

    beside it, the dried husk of a tiny hornet
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)03:11 No.13451418
    • A jar of very fine seeds with dandelion-like fluff and a vial of highly-fluid pink-tinged oil, both labelled "Arctic & European Fish Oil Co."
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)03:27 No.13451528
    - a small, heavy pocketwatch with an array of symbols instead of numbers, in a golden case
    - a shattered knife, seemingly Damascus steel
    - a primitive telescope, with odd brown lenses
    - the skeleton of a large bear, next to a suit of hammered metal
    (His Dark Materials)
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)05:35 No.13452328
    A small hermaticaly sealed glass box containg the last surviving copy of the infamous play 'The King in Yellow' it is said that the second act drives people who see it into a frenzy
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)05:37 No.13452341
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    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)05:40 No.13452352
    The British had one of the most extensive empires ever.
    They would have shit from ALL OVER THE WORLD in that place.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)05:41 No.13452356

    As in read the second act or see it performed?
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)05:41 No.13452367
    Two coconuts, cut in half down the middle. The container that holds them smells faintly of hay and horses
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)05:47 No.13452395
    check out the league of extraordinary gentlemen
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)06:10 No.13452536
    Hitler's Phylactery.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)06:13 No.13452556
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    Pic related.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)06:21 No.13452593
    Tainted water that, upon consumption, causes people to de-evolve into apes.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)06:26 No.13452614
    I like it.

    But what would it do? Some form of transport maybe?
    >> sw 01/09/11(Sun)06:34 No.13452653
    Dr Jekyll's wonder serum
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)06:49 No.13452746
    There's a lot to draw on when you're working from existing references. British scifi/spy fiction of the period also has a very defined style, so everything can group together quite well.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)06:56 No.13452796
    A plain white plastic pill container with a half dozen pink pills inside. Each pill is marked S-O-M-A. A card attached to the container reads, in neat, mechanical script, "One cubic centimetre cures ten gloomy sentiments." (Brave New World)
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)10:38 No.13454307
    copies of The Courier's Tragedy and The Hanged King
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)10:41 No.13454319
    A book. The book is spiders.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)10:48 No.13454350
    The Frozen body of Britain's Greatest Super Spy, with his mod clothes still on. His goofy grin and glasses visible through the glass. A note on the case says that the subject was frozen with a full bladder and is to be awoken when his nemesis reappears.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)15:50 No.13456938
    Display case after display case of elf shot, with maps of sightings, ritual sites, kidnappings and barrows, skeletal remains of the "wee folk" and inscriptions in the Aklo Language.

    Professor Challenger's samples of the cosmic gas from the Poison Belt incident.

    The death mask and complete case files of Sherlock Holmes.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)15:55 No.13457000
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    What every warehouse needs, a full set of Martian Tripods, from the first Invasion in 1898 (HG Wells: War of the Worlds)
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)16:00 No.13457064
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    A shrinking potion (Alice in Wonderland) and Growth Mushroom (Super Mario - just kidding)
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)16:12 No.13457213
    "Ancient hauberk, date of the sixth century, time of King Arthur and the Round Table; said to have belonged to the knight Sir Sagramore le Desirous; observe the round hole through the chain-mail in the left breast; can't be accounted for; supposed to have been done with a bullet since the invention of firearms—perhaps maliciously by Cromwell's soldiers."
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)16:14 No.13457245
    What thou hast accomplished yon. Verily mine eyes have perceived it.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)16:25 No.13457374
    The thirteen treasures of Britain, neatly boxed, labelled and powers explained. The 13 is missing however, with instruction stating only 'Set NOT to be completed.

    The lost Eagle of the 9th Legion.

    A complete set of John Dee's magic books with full translation and written instructions.

    A cutting of the real Holy Thorn.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)16:30 No.13457432
    Impossibly large humanoid bones, kept submerged in a vat of acid that is swapped out daily. Any time they're not submerged, flesh begins to grow back onto the skeleton.

    A small glass jar containing six ragged, green teeth, the only known proof of the river hag Jenny Green-Teeth.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)16:36 No.13457490
    A stuffed and mounted selkie.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)16:39 No.13457532
    A dollsized farmhouse filled with living miniature cattle. Liliputian sheep mainly (Gulliver's Travels)
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)16:42 No.13457571
    A book of pressed fairies. Their corpses are dried out, but otherwise nicely preserved. If one grinds up a desiccated fairy into a fine powder, it can be snorted as a powerful hallucinogen.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)16:57 No.13457721
    A large cylinder containing an apparently dormant ambulatory plant. (Day of the Triffids)

    Artifacts salvaged from the Martian invasion. (The War of the Worlds)

    A signed copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. (Harry Potter)

    A vial of serum with biohazard signs and labeled as "Rage virus". (28 Days Later)

    (OK, so "28 Days Later" and "Harry Potter" are technically after the time period mentioned...but I thought I would toss them in there anyway just for fun.)
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)16:59 No.13457749
    A shuriken belonging to the Ask a Ninja Ninja.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)18:13 No.13458555
    A hermetically sealed pressure tank, apparently containing something under a tremendous pressure. Labelled Xeno-bathite.

    Really, since I'm in the process of planning a PISCES campaign for Delta Green this has reminded me of a whole host of possible plot hooks for British horror.

    I can also recommend Cold City and Hot War as games that would fit this perfectly.
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)18:29 No.13458705

    A cryogenic station containing Lord Lucan
    >> Anonymous 01/09/11(Sun)21:45 No.13460669
    In a securely-locked glass case, a slip of paper about half-an-inch by ten inches, with a line of unusual runes, similar to norse.
    Label: 'Do NOT Touch'.

    Three books in a locked cabinet, two of which appear to be academic works: A Treatise on the Binomal Theorem and -amics of an Asteroid (the rest of the title is unfortunately illegible). The third is a water-damaged diary entitled After the Falls: A Post-Mortem.
    >> Anonymous 01/10/11(Mon)01:16 No.13463069
    "The Danu Horde" - a collection of early British artefacts found buried in a large iron cauldron beneath a long barrow. Consists of one ceremonial horned helmet with chainmail veil, one sword with ritualised lunar decoration (still sharp), one spear head. The haft appears to have rotted away over time, but repairs are impossible due to the screaming face on the spear head attempting to bite anyone who comes near. The items were found near a very large, rounded boulder decorated with spiralling designs. The stone appears to have mild mood-altering properties, up to and including inducing mental illness. Additionally, remains of a written text were found at the bottom of the cauldron. Initial translation suggests it was originally ribald poetry, possibly authored by an illiterate idiot.

    One box labelled "Stench Killing Goods & Appurtenances - Year of Our Lord 1666". Inside is a selection of tools designed to kill the walking dead, along with several dusty bottles containing a substance which gives temporary immunity to most strains of zombie plague.

    One black book containing the names and addresses of many highly placed members of British high society. The book appears to be tracking wagers and running totals of bets. The name Harry Exton is repeatedly crossed out throughout.

    Tickets and brochure for the ocean liner "Leviathan" dated 1928.

    Notice of sale of British Government Department "Q", as well as business card of one Ethan Kostabi

    One cricket bat, stained with blood.

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