Notes Along the Fringepath

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Offline rune081624

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Notes Along the Fringepath
« on: June 14, 2019, 06:47:20 AM »
One NPC who was an endless source of amusement and bewilderment to the members of IDET in my Fringeworthy campaign was an early explorer of the Fringepaths by the name of Daisuke Matsumoto.

A brilliant biologist and wildlife photographer who accompanied Sayuri Tanuma and her team on the first explorations of the fringepaths, Daisuke was a self-professed misanthrope who hated civilization, and much to the horror of UNISS disappeared one day to explore the multiverse by himself. Although many members of UNISS believed Daisuke would never survive on his own, the talented explorer with his cameras and survival gear often saved the lives of other members of IDET by leaving developed rolls of film next to the Portal Stations as well as Post-It notes with brief, cryptical, and sometimes dire warnings written on them.
Daisuke has since become something of a legend among the members of IDET, and many believe the biologist has encountered not only the mysterious Tehrmelern known as Schmert, but at least one or two other members of the species. Daisuke is known to possess a high-level crystal key as well as a small number of other artifacts he has acquired in his travels, but refuses to carry any weapons other than a compound hunting bow, arrows, and a katana--although the Japanese biologist refuses to use them except in self-defense, since Daisuke is a scientist and not a warrior. According to UNISS, Daisuke Matsumoto holds a first degree black belt in Kenjutsu and Shorinji Kempo, although the biologist may have received additional training in one of the alternate Earths along the Fringepaths.

Daisuke is seldom met by the player characters; I keep him as a man of mystery, a strange and eccentric benefactor who supplies them with plot hooks and the occasional warning. I once had a character become separated from the rest of the team on an Alternate Earth suffering from nuclear winter, and she nearly froze to death in the middle of a blizzard. She awoke in a small tent wrapped in blankets, next to a fire while a cup of hot chicken broth with ramen noodles was pressed into her gloved hands. A voice heavily accented in Japanese said:
"Your friends will be here soon. Beware the cities."

A figure wearing a heavy parka tossed down a magnesium flare and disappeared into the night.
The IDET Team later discovered the frozen and ruined city not only had pockets of radioactivity; it was swarming with Mellor.

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Re: Notes Along the Fringepath
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2019, 06:49:22 AM »
A common note found stuck to a control column by a Fringe Portal: "Need more film and Post-It notes."

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Re: Notes Along the Fringepath
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2019, 03:25:11 PM »
Daisuke Packet #129
Film: A series of pictures that at first looks like Daisuke was doing some macrophotography until he takes a picture of himself standing next to a dandelion, indicating that the flower is some 15 meters tall. Other pictures show giant creatures and a group of normal looking people, until you notice that their feet are stubs. Also pictures of giant animals... wearing clothes.

Notes: This is an interesting world, the "humans" look a bit like full grown chibis, with all the same proportions. They thought I was odd looking. But they have an interesting culture where it seems that all mammals and many species of beetles are sentient. Not too dangerous, but a nice place to visit. Check out how big their coffee beans are!

Contents of the package: A roasted coffee bean 25cm long.

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Re: Notes Along the Fringepath
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2019, 10:45:29 PM »
Daisuke Packet #144

Film: A dramatic series of nature photographs showing high mountains covered in snow and glacial ice, an erupting landscape of cinder cones spewing smoke and ashes into an overcast sky, and forests of pine trees, scrub oaks, and palm trees on the edge of lakes and rivers with more snow-capped mountains in the distance. Mammoths, mastodons, sable-toothed cats, and other Pleistocene mammals figure prominently in the images, but no signs of human habitation.
Biologists and geologists will conclude this alternate Earth is behind our world in development, about 50,000 to 100,000 years in the past while the Fringe Portal opens in what would be the Los Angeles Basin, near the area of Devil's Canyon Reservoir.

However, one frame near the end of a roll of film shows something very much out of place: planted on the summit of what would be Mount Wilson is a faded flag on a slightly weathered brass pole, bearing the all-too-familiar Union Jack. The final frame shows a nearly boulder, to which is fastened a brass plate bearing the inscription:
Her Majesty's Royal Interdimensional Expeditionary Force, 1889.

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Re: Notes Along the Fringepath
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2019, 11:39:32 PM »
Nice.  It adds some background depth and give the GM a chance to aid the team if they are in dire circumstances.  They might even half expect to see him in their hour of need.