Astral Baggage
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Other Names
Hot Pocket, Buffalo Wing

Description:

Boilers are what seems at first glance to be oddly shaped red-black rocks. Their forms are defined by bulbous protrusions, bone-like formations, and small holes and gaps frequently separating parts of the rock from itself, giving it a sort of meaty, bone-y, and yet solid shape. The rock’s got roughly three different layers to it: crusty red blotches are all over the top, little spines and bits of pure black stuff are scattered about it, and underneath it all is a white, bone-like core. However, despite its appearance, it’s definitely a rock. Feels like just a normal trail-side rock in every way, every part of it. Every Boiler’s different from another, with spontaneous shapes and little discernible pattern. If that was all that’s to these things, you might have just left it on the trail as some oddity. But then you take the second glance. And God forbid you spend the night around one of these things, either.

Upon closer inspection, the surface of the Boilers seems to be constantly moving, shifting, changing in place. Weird thing is, everyone’s got something different to say about just how that seems to be. Some guys say it looks like a glob of lava, popping off bubbles and slorping around but maintaining its shape always. Others say that they’re reverberating, like a beating heart, with little concise streams of ‘blood’ moving around its surface. One guy even straight up said it’s just static like a television. Luckily, no matter the description, they’re always the same shape for everyone, so containing them’s not a big deal.

The hard part comes when you spend very long around one of these things at all. Firstly, being near it starts to make you feel just hot. Warm. Like you’re standing inside an oven. But you’ll never sweat, and the thermometers always say it’s not even hot at all. But that’s not the worst of it. If you’re lucky, at first, it’s just headaches and uninvited thoughts. Like, suddenly you start worrying like hell about your oven out of nowhere. Or stuff about your family’s safety, or maybe your thoughts are just scrambled eggs: are you even supposed to be here right now? Was it my shift? Where am I? And so on. The effects seem to be compounded by the amount of the things around, too, and over the effects turn into extreme distress, sometimes leading to manic depression or other delusions.

Background:

On the 6th of December, 1975, in rural Montana, as reported by a local outfit of the Society keeping watch in the wilderness here, the first Boiler was discovered in the midst of a sudden and intense storm. The three feet of snow on the ground made the red shape of the rock easy to find in the whiteness, so the Warders decided to take it back and do more research on the anomalous object. Here, the secondary effects of the Boilers, at the time affectionately named Hot Pockets by the local crew, began to manifest. At first, the distressed thoughts were blamed on the intensity of the storm, but as the days passed and every single Warder on sight experienced the exact same phenomenon, suspicions were had.

Over the next few months, further Boilers were discovered as the area became easier to traverse, and they were stored at the John, a lodge that served as the gathering place and headquarters of the small outfit of Warders in the area. By May of 1975, a total of eight Boilers were found and kept in storage here. Initial attempts at identification proved fruitless, as equipment simply failed to function properly when attempting to inspect the artifacts. Claiming to have friends with better equipment back at Billings, Warder Joshua Hoen left the lodge with four Boilers in his car on July 22nd of 1976. The events that happened over the next few weeks are recorded in Addendum A. All four of the Boilers were lost irreplaceably. At the time, the long term secondary effects of the Boilers were not yet understood, so Warders John Black and Rebecka Svarcova decided to try to take the other four of the Boilers to a more secure and trusted place to be shared with Society authorities at Seattle on August 4th, 1976. The events of that turbulent week are recorded in Addendum B.

Location and Population:

There are currently 32 Boilers stored at the John in Montana within 5 different shacks scattered at least 1 mile between one another. Monthly patrols are held to scour the wilderness for any more instances of Boilers. They’ve only appeared within a radius of about 100 miles or so around the first located instance. They frequently appear after storms, earthquakes, or other natural disasters.

Hunting or Procurement Methods:

Society members can request from the John to view a Boiler at any time, but visits aren’t permitted to last longer than thirty minutes. Members can only inspect one Boiler at a time, and must be accompanied by at least three Warders from the John when doing so.

Since the events of April 21, 1982, Boilers are kept spaced out from one another in smaller numbers to prevent excessive secondary effects.

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