MoF 04: The Paranormal

Discussion in 'Alternate History Books and Media' started by Scarecrow, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Scarecrow Dieudonné

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    MoF Wildcard: The Paranormal (wildcard)
    After the stringent last contest, I feel that a lighter contest is called for.
    The themes for this map is the paranormal. No specific point of divergence, but it must be allohistorical. the point is to display something supernatural. Be it ghost ships sightings, Voodoo plantations, vampire kingdoms, magic, whatever. Any kind of paranormal presence.

    The only kind of limitation is that the paranormal element must be clear on the map, not in the explanation.

    And since this is a wildcard and not from the list in the Topics thread, you get a few extras:

    Some brushes for use with Photoshop and GIMP. There are others on the site, but these are the ones that will be of most use. Should you not use PS or GIMP, there are shapes are available to download on each page so that you can use them for other programs such as Paint.NET and Inkscape as images or to make into custom brushes.

    Kieth Thompson’s Art Good for inspiration for the subject.

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    The contest will close on the 26th of September, 0500 GMT.
     
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  2. Nymain1 Suited and Booted

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    Hoping this fits the criteria as its the first map

    Taken ideas from the Zombie Survival Guide, its a Victorian Zombie Attack!!!

    Should be self explanitory

    One of my favourite works of my own so far :)

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  3. Iori ダークアビスの特使。

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    While it's hardly going to be among the best, given the amount of superb cartographers we have, here's my entry.

    A quick note, Shinigami literally means Death spirit/god.
    The Shinigami from the map are themselves actually (scientific/realistic) vampires, however the ones in Japan refer to themselves as Shinigami.

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  4. Jman What? I can't say ******?

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    A recruitment poster for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. In this TL there have always been people with precognitive powers, but in 1850 Allan Pinkerton started bringing them together into his agency. After foiling an assassination attempt against President Chase in 1861 the Agency became the President's bodyguard and the federal government's espionage wing. After bringing the War of Southern Rebellion to a swift end by early 1863 by foreseeing Confederate troop movements and aiding in the capture of Confederate President Breckenridge, the Agency was given broad powers to ensure the loyalty of the military-governed South. By the time this poster was published in 1871 they were also helping combat the twin unrests of the Confederate guerrilla insurgency and the Socialist-led labor union movement. The Pinkerton Agency has more members than the US Army at this point (though not every member is psychic), and is rightly feared by many Americans for its great power and influence in the government.

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  5. catboy637 La Filo de Ne Dion.

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    Solunam outbreak circa 1926, map from 1938.

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  6. Legolas Member

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    Magic in Britain. Leylines, witches' and wizards' covens, and other funny things.
     
  7. Faraday Cage Guest

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    Alongside the nuclear race was the genetics race, which suffered from far more dissemination by the world powers. Even following the end of the Cold War, this has left it's mark on Africa in the form of meta-veterans and foreign super mercenaries.
     
  8. 1930sman Well-Known Member

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  9. TheDarkMessiah #Domentum Moderator

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  10. Nugax talks in diagrams

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    A Discourse on the Etheric Sciences and the Beasts Thaumiformes by Arthur Bacon


    ...this realm of forces, known to the ancient Hebrews as Yesod, can best be thought of as a 'cats cradle' of strings, each connected with every other string, and each connected with a single particle of our material world. It is via these strings that the particles of the physical world, referred to as the Malkuth by the Hebrews and as 'Mal' in the argot of the more vulgar Etheric practitioners, can generation actions at a distance beyond the proximate banging of one lump of matter into another. The magnets lifting of a lump of iron, the inertia that means objects require energy to accelerate, or even the pull of the earth that holds each of us on the ground; all can be attributed to the various qualities of bindings possessed by each speck of matter. The great Newton's contribution, beyond his trivial formalisation of the properties of gravitic connection, was that there existed loci of binding forces that were not paired with any particular material particle, the famous 'Thaum' or wonder particle of his Philosophiæ Supernaturalis Principia Mathematica. With careful arrangement of an energetic material structure, or an act of will for what is the human mind if not a carefully arranged structure, a quantity of Thaums can be induced to replace the Etherium of a material, changing that material's natural properties; copper can be made harder than steel or release a corrusating charge, clay can be made to walk like a man, and so many other artifices of science that once were peddled by magicians...


    ...we know now that the low Ⱥ period that extended from roughly a thousand years before the birth of Christ to the early sixteen hundreds was actually unusual compared to the spread of prehistory. Mr Ual-losjiegŋa, the Ur-Vampire that was discovered frozen in Blåmannsisen glacier, spoke of unusual solar activity, a 'gulls flickering' in his own word, followed by many deaths due to abscess of the skin, after which the climate gradually warmed and thaumic levels massively decreased. Presumably this caused the death of most of the Thaumivore Megafauna apart from those who could escape forward in time like Mr Ual-losjiegŋa and the various members of the Draco genius, or those human-like Thaumiformes that could hide in areas of high natural Thaumic energy like the Vampires of the Carpathian mountains...


    ...despite the antagonistic nature of the two techniques thanks to the mythologising of the disputes in North America, Therianthropy and Patroniurgy have essentially similar philosophic roots – they both are about the extraction and establishment of etheric patterns. In the former, the pattern of an animal is coerced onto the etheric field of a thaumically energised man, whist in the latter the pattern of a man or beast is overlaid onto a suitable quantity of thaumitised inert matter. The therianthropic man sees his senses and to a lesser extent flesh warp to that of the 'beast-spirit' he totemises, whilst the energised matter stands to hominid form and marches to protect his creator...


    ...whilst many species and septs are both Thaumiformic and Thaumivoric to greater or lesser extents it is important to separate the two terms; a Thaumiform utilises the etheric medium as part of its natural life, whilst a Thaumivore must consume raw Thaums from the environment or other organisms to maintain itself. Thus a Thaumivore is by necessity a Thaumiformes, a Thaumiformes is not by necessity Thaumivoric if it can maintain it etheric abilities merely upon own its own energies. The Ur-Vampires compared to the modern Carpathian, Caucasian and Uralic subspecies form an excellent example of this; Mr Ual-losjiegŋa was capable of throwing a horse across a road and sensing other humans from leagues away, yet required a constant input of etheric energies from the environment in addition to human corpuscles that simply could not be procured in this lower Thaumic age. The modern subspecies have been rebuilt along a much more modest plan, trading the greater than human abilities in most part to survive the reduced energies of their native ranges. The Carpathian and Uralic varieties are now no more than two fifths stronger than a pure human of equal muscle mass, and their glamour acts to confuse and entice rather than obfuscate, and a Caucasian vampire is barely stronger than a man and only needs human blood once a month, though they have retained the greatest array of the Ur-Vampires senses...


    ...yet all three subspecies have retained certain biological features that are non-etheric as well, able to continue functioning outside their comfortable environment. The ability to engage in aestivation at will giving the appearance of centuries of life when the lifespan spent awake is no more than a man's, the ability to create demi-Vampires via a transfusion of the humours...


    ...some say it is England's lack of suitable metallic clays that leads us to produce few enough golems in the rabbinical style and none of the great war golems of the continent, others offer the kingdoms antipathy to Cordoban or Yiddish scholarship, or even a failure of character or grandeur in the English soul. The author scoffs at the claims and instead puts forth that it is the English love for personally freedom, allied with their skill with mechanism and coal fired rotaries that leads them to their Patroniurgy of Stitch and Steel based on Newtons grand accomplishments. For when the Englishman thinks of the etheric sciences he does not envision a twenty foot tall Fusil-marcheur, come to destroy his quiet village, but rather Sir Edward 'Lightning Fist' Colliers prosthetic arm, or the 1/32th hand douh that reloads his rifle or the 4th hand douh that he operates down in the local mill – things that exalt the man rather than the state...
     
  11. Nugax talks in diagrams

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    Urgh I guess tiny pic has the best res, or you can go to my newly registered deviantART account to look at the damn thing as its hard to make some stuff out without the somewhat larger full res.

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  12. Shaucker Well-Known Member

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    I felt like entering, so here it is. I'm very, very sorry.
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  13. OAM47 POTUS - AAR

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    Alright, here it is. Disregard the year in the filename, I simply edited from a 2012 election prediction map.

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  14. Colonelgoth The 58 Hundred

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    In the year 1590, a coven of Scottish witches were tried for the crime of witchcraft and attempting to kill King James IV by the summoning of terrible storms with which to dash his boat against the shores of Denmark. The leader of this cult was claimed to be Francis Stewart, 5th

    Only one person was known to have escaped from the mists that hand like death across the Accursed lands; an eight year old girl known now as The Blessed and Bloodied St Emma. She was found wandering alone along a country road near the town of Haddington, weeks after all contact had been lost with the town. Despite the tales of horror, and the disappearance any who went near the town, the girl remained content and happy, and was taken in by a local farmer and his wife. After the farmer learned of the origins of the girl, he rode with her to Edinburgh, and an audience with the King. She spoke of the great spectacle that was the Burning of the Earl. The whole town had turned out to watch as the man burned, on his last breath a great silence descend on the town, not a sound could be heard apart from the tolling of the church bell and the chanting of the Earl. Around him the flames grew wild and turned a ghastly colour of green, his face became demonic, bestial horns sprouted from his head and he laughed as he convulsed in pleasure, the townsfolk, frozen to the spot could only stand and stare as a fog rolled in from the sea, borne on chill winds. All was dark apart from a eerie light following the mist. As it approached closer, the light grew and the mist receded around it to reveal a dark, twisted, castle. Around the walls stupid vile creatures cowled and terrible, gruesome beaks, lined with sharp teeth jutted out from under their hoods. At the thirteenth toll of the bell, the creatures gave out a high-pitched screech and all was dark.

    The Black Friars had come.

    The girl had awoken three weeks later outside the town. She was awoken by a harlequin wearing a raven mask. Taking her hand, the harlequin lead her down a path, disappearing when the girl tired to speak to him. Shortly afterwards she was found by the farmer. When the girl had finished speaking there were great cries of anguish and despair, along with those denouncing her as a heretic and blasphemer. But all these cries were cut short, when a messenger burst into the Great Hall. All contact had been lost with the villages between North Berwick and Prestonpans, the fleeing villagers spoke only of mists that would appear from no where and a deafening screech that would freeze a man where he stood, before hooded bird-like creatures swooped down and dragged the petrified bodies back into the mists.

    The Black Friars were on the move.

    Five years since the arrival of the Black Friars Scotland is in chaos, The King, forced to flee North from his capital in Edinburgh, has regrouped in Perth, renamed The King's Refuge. Driven mad by the death and destruction the King has become deluded to his own mortality, declaring himself a God and forcing the people to worship him. Rarely now does he leave the confines of his quarters, and only a select few are granted audiences. It has fallen to his son Alexander to defend the country, but he too has begun to fall into obsession. His command of the Warden's Castle at Stirling has lead him to conduct more and more reckless attacks to repulse the demons of the Black Friars and the fanatics of Bloodied Saint. With ever greater pressure coming from the South and pressed from the North by the opportunist lord of The Isles and with their leaders a recluse or a bloodthirsty maniac, the Scots are beginning to look else where to deliver them from such hardship.


    After the explosive audience with the King at Edinburgh, Emma and her adopted family fled to Iona seeking sanctuary with the Monks, but the rumours of what had happened travelled faster and they were confronted with a host of people declaring her a saint and offering their undying support. Despite her refusal the family were forced into abbey by the crowds of begging pilgrims chanting her name and asking her to save them. For the next three years the family lived within the confines of the Monastery walls, taken care of by the Monks of Columbus, while outside the shanty town grew and grew as pilgrims flocked to the island, drawn by the chance of salvation from the girl. Despite such growing pressure she refused to accept her sainthood until the night of October 31st when a darkness engulfed the Monastery. When the dawn broke over the horizon the next morning, the walls dripped with blood, the fearful pilgrims who went into investigate found no evidence of life until they came to the chapel and found Emma, lying unconscious on the altar and covered in blood, in her hand was a beautiful, gleaming sword that seemed to glow with flames of holy wrath. When she woke up three days later she was a changed girl, her blue eyes had become filled with Divine Vengeance, and her long black hair had become a brilliant white. Now gifted with a fervent oratory, it didn't take long for her to whip the pilgrims into a state of frenzy. Engaging in self-flagellation and fuelled by blood her followers, now known as The Order of The Bloodied Saint, began spreading throughout the land. With the help of sightings of beautiful, winged angels, Doomsday Cults began springing up around the countryside, all proclaiming the coming of the Child Saviour. Within two years, the Order had seized control of the entire South West of Scotland and even begun attacks into the Accursed Land themselves.

    As the skies darken and dire omens being seen around the world, the war between the three planes is about to come to a climax.


    Earl of Bothwell who was said to have performed his dark rituals on the Auld Kirk green in North Berwick. After a show trial and a confession drawn from torture the Earl was burned at the stake on a cold November day. From that day on the name Bothwell would be only whispered in the dark corners of the world, a by-word for the evil that would befall the Kingdom of Scotland.
     
  15. Colonelgoth The 58 Hundred

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  16. Highlander Banned

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    My entry.

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  17. DireSituation Well-Known Member

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    Sorry 'bout the quality. Old, old pic.

    This supposedly takes place in 2012, twenty years after the January 1992 "Necro" Virus Outbreak:

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    And here's a much cleaner (and updated) version of it. Infected colors (Green, Light Brown, Brown) are divided by region, not country, so don't rant when you see a supposed unified Vietnam and Central America.

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  18. B_Munro Member

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    "I cannot think of the deep sea without
    shuddering at the nameless things that may at this very moment be crawling
    and floundering on its slimy bed, worshipping their ancient stone idols
    and carving their own detestable likenesses on submarine obelisks of
    water-soaked granite. I dream of a day when they may rise above the billows
    to drag down in their reeking talons the remnants of puny,
    war-exhausted mankind -- of a day when the land shall sink, and the dark
    ocean floor shall ascend amidst universal pandemonium."

    - HP Lovecraft, Dagon

    Bruce

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  19. Petros >Peter Fergus< Well-Known Member

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    The middle of a very weird World War 2, on the eve of the Invasion of England.

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  20. Codae Well-Known Member

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    My humble contribution. It's interesting how many people picked the British Isles or some part thereof.

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