Cabinet of Curiosities | E. Christopher Clark

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.

 

The Curiosities

This is where the finished articles will go, once they’re done.

Albus’ Pocketwatch
Item | Feb 11, 2024

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
Item | Feb 9, 2024

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
Item | Feb 6, 2024

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.

Enchanted Apple
Item | Feb 6, 2024

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 Painting
Item | Feb 7, 2024

Enchanted Paintings are the ghastly result of bargains struck with a nameless eldritch fiend.

Ferryman’s Robes
Item | Feb 13, 2024

The Ferryman’s Robes are a cursed set of garments worn by the Ferryman in the Clarkwoods Literary Universe.

Glass Casket
Item | Feb 9, 2024

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.

Hatter’s Hat
Item | Feb 6, 2024

The Hatter’s Hat was a sentient top hat worn by the so-called Mad Hatter.

Honeybear
Item | Feb 11, 2024

Honeybears were a popular line of stuffed animals in the early 1900s of the Earth-666 iteration of reality.

Interspecies Championship Belt
Item | Feb 14, 2024

The Interspecies Championship Belt is the most coveted prize in the Yeti Wrestling Federation—Eden’s most popular professional wrestling promotion.

Kester’s Blade
Item | Feb 8, 2024

Famous for the sound it makes during battle, an unsettling snicker-snack, Kester’s Blade is the deadliest sword in Eden.

Magic Mirror
Item | Feb 6, 2024

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 Hammer
Item | Feb 8, 2024

Marshmallow Hammers are a popular dwarven candy, both in Eden and in the larger Clarkwoods Literary Universe.

Nutcracker’s Saber
Item | Feb 15, 2024

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
Item | Feb 13, 2024

Pan’s Dagger is the preferred weapon of Peter Pan, the ageless national hero of Neverland.

Phina’s Flames
Item | Feb 13, 2024

Phina’s Flames are a portable magical alternative to flashlights and other hand-held lamps powered by electricity.

Recording Sphere
Item | Feb 9, 2024

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
Item | Feb 14, 2024

Roway’s Bass is an ancient upright bass that just so happens to make its players fall hopelessly in love with it.

Spinning Wheel
Item | Feb 9, 2024

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
Item | Feb 13, 2024

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.

Witch’s Broomstick
Item | Feb 15, 2024

A Witch’s Broomstick is a popular tool for channeling magical energy. Though wands, staves, umbrellas, and pitchforks may be used for the same purpose, broomsticks are favored for long-distance travel.

Who?
Me, E.
 
What?
Answer up to 21 one-word prompts using the Item template.
 
When?
February 3–24, 2024
 
Where?
Right here on this gosh-darned website, you silly goose
 
Wherefore?
Because all the cool kids are doing it.
 
How?
With great vengeance and furious anger.

Comments

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Feb 6, 2024 13:42 by Chris L

Yes! The elven shoes are at the top!


See WorldEmber 2023 Hub for my WorldEmber progress.

Check out my challenge winning article: Ghost Boy.

Feb 6, 2024 16:32 by E. Christopher Clark

I think they'll be pushed down eventually, as I think I've got stuff that'll alphabetically come first, but hey, the shoes can enjoy it while it lasts.

Check out my progress on the Cabinet of Curiosities
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