Cabinet of Curiosities
In February 2024, in The Real World, the fine folks at World Anvil challenged members of their community—including yours truly—to write about new items in our fictional worlds as part of the Cabinet of Curiosities Challenge.
This is where the finished articles will go, once they’re done.
Used by the white rabbit throughout his long life, this timepiece was infamous for the role it played in its owner’s perennial unpunctuality.
Bust of Pallas
The Bust of Pallas owned by Oscar Diggs during the Second Age of Eden acted as a universal translator for the tyrannical Wizard of Oz.
Elven Shoes are powerful magical items in the Clarkwoods Literary Universe, though each pair is uniquely powered and uniquely limited. Notable examples include the Silver Shoes of Oz and the Glass Slippers of Yesterland.
Apples are the most easily enchanted fruit in the Clarkwoods Literary Universe and have been used across the centuries for a variety of purposes.
Enchanted Paintings are the ghastly result of bargains struck with a nameless eldritch fiend.
The Ferryman’s Robes are a cursed set of garments worn by the Ferryman in the Clarkwoods Literary Universe.
Glass Caskets in Eden are cryonic pods used for the preservation of sapient beings suffering from terminal illnesses, a task undertaken in the hope that a cure for said illnesses will one day be found.
The Hatter’s Hat was a sentient top hat worn by the so-called Mad Hatter.
Honeybears were a popular line of stuffed animals in the early 1900s of the Earth-666 iteration of reality.
Interspecies Championship Belt
The Interspecies Championship Belt is the most coveted prize in the Yeti Wrestling Federation—Eden’s most popular professional wrestling promotion.
Famous for the sound it makes during battle, an unsettling snicker-snack, Kester’s Blade is the deadliest sword in Eden.
Magic Mirrors are a novelty item used in fortune-telling and advice dispensation. But when Mercy Graves acquired one without understanding the nature of the thing, a Magic Mirror would alter the course of Edenian history.
Marshmallow Hammers are a popular dwarven candy, both in Eden and in the larger Clarkwoods Literary Universe.
The Nutcracker’s Saber was used by Vladimir I, during the Second Age conquest of Motherland, to command an army of obedient wooden soldiers.
Pan’s Dagger is the preferred weapon of Peter Pan, the ageless national hero of Neverland.
Phina’s Flames are a portable magical alternative to flashlights and other hand-held lamps powered by electricity.
Recording Spheres are a magic-based elven innovation, co-opted by the technology-fearing kingdoms of the Edenian South during the Second Age.
Roway’s Bass is an ancient upright bass that just so happens to make its players fall hopelessly in love with it.
Spinning Wheels played a pivotal role in the stories of two of the fabled seven queens of the Edenian South: the sleeping beauty Aesling O’Briar and Marnie Miller—the woman who could spin straw into gold.
Vaters Fluch, the national weapon of Fatherland, is a magical and menacing-looking short sword. In the War of the False Kings in 142, the weapon was wielded by Sadie Winters.