Popocorn's Personal Play Pack

A world where videos of the supernatural go viral every day.

Latest World Events

Posted by Popocorn, 1 year, 1 month ago. Permalink

Boba Tea Shop Owner Secretly Selling Alien Parasites in Boba?

Customers of Bobasaurus, a popular boba tea shop in San Francisco, may want to think twice before indulging in their favorite drink. Reports have surfaced that the shop's owner, Frank Vasquez, has been secretly adding an unusual ingredient to his tapioca pearls: parasitic eggs from an otherworldly creature.

It all started six months ago when Vasquez encountered an unusual creature while backpacking in the Big Basin redwood forest. Frank has alleged that the since missing creature had taken over his mind with its telepathic powers. "I wanted to sell the thing! I wanted to sell it to some scientist at UC Berkley, but the thing worked its mind magic on me and convinced me to keep it as a pet!" Frank claimed to authorities after his prompt arrest. He also claimed that over time, the amphibian's influence over Vasquez grew more potent. Its true mission became clear: to spread its influence and envelop the world with its parasitic eggs. Vasquez's role in this mission was to get as many people as possible to ingest the eggs contained within the gelatinous spheres that bud from the creature's skin.

Vasquez could potentially face charges for his role in distributing the alien parasite, and the creature's fate remains unknown. Authorities are currently investigating the situation and have urged customers to avoid consuming any products from Bobasaurus until further notice. "We take reports of potential health hazards very seriously, and we are investigating this situation thoroughly. At this time, we urge anyone who has consumed any products from Bobasaurus to seek medical attention if they experience any unusual symptoms," a spokesperson for the FDA said during a briefing with California lawmakers.

Governor Garcia took to Twitter soon after the event, saying, "We can't forget that this alien creature is also a living being, with its own thoughts and feelings. As Californians, we believe in treating all living creatures with respect and compassion, regardless of their origin. While we certainly need to protect our citizens from any potential harm, we also need to approach this situation with an open mind and a willingness to learn from this new and fascinating species. Who knows - we might even discover that we have more in common than we thought. Let's not forget, folks, that it's our diversity and inclusivity that makes California great. So let's embrace our differences, and unite as a community. #NoAlienLeftBehind #BobaTeaForAll."

This starkly contrasted lawmakers on the other side of the aisle when a Texan lawmaker posted this retort: "Well, I always knew those liberal, tree-hugging Californians were into some weird stuff, but this takes the cake! Who knew that Boba Tea could be the source of an alien invasion? We should have built a wall around that Big Basin forest a long time ago! But don't worry, folks, I'm on it. I'm working on a plan to not only stop this yellow toad creature, but to also make sure that all of our boba tea is made with good old American ingredients. We can't let these parasitic alien eggs invade our drinks and turn us all into mindless thralls. #MakeBobaGreatAgain!"

The incident serves as a reminder that sometimes, the things we encounter in nature are best left untouched.

Latest Journals

You cannot view any Journals written for Contracts that occurred in this Playgroup.

Latest Completed Contracts

1 Contracts have been run in this Playgroup
Popocorn's Personal Play Pack was created by Popocorn 1 year, 1 month ago

Illuminated Earth

Illuminated Earth is a twisted reflection of the modern world where the advent of smartphones and the internet confirmed the existence of the supernatural instead of disproving it. Here, witch hunts have merit. Billionaires and Senators employ paranormal advisors and bodyguards, and everyone knows. Charlatans become pop culture icons, and each revelation inspires a new cult. The world is changing. Corporations and governments that pull humanity's strings are scrambling to adapt.

Now's a good time to move up.

Full Setting Description

They named that time The Illumination, and it was by the flash of a camera phone.

 

The year was 2004. Until that point the Earth was as we had always known her. We filled her cruel vastness with legends, superstitions, and rumors. Warlocks, monsters, and gods lurked on the edge of the collective consciousness, always a possibility but never more. We lacked evidence. That evidence came as humanity filled its pockets with technology equipped to capture and transmit.

An iPhone found on High School senior Nate Klienman’s mangled corpse held a video of his girlfriend’s bone-snapping transformation into a monstrous wolf creature. A Brazilian widow documented a series of conversations with the misty figure of her late husband. A Chinese fishing boat caught a mermaid in a net and put it on display in the Beijing aquarium.

Each week brought a new revelation that we were not alone. Superstitions reversed their slow death overnight. Salem held their first witch trial in a century. The jury rendered a verdict of “guilty on all charges” and sentenced Maxibelle Horux to death. A week after her lethal injection, half the jury died from a tainted batch of flu vaccine. A fearful, populist movement arose to rid humanity of the creatures lurking in its ranks. Suspects are forcibly subjected to bizarre tests of their humanity, and the results are often open to interpretation. A mob’s justice is swift.

Yet the paranormal is not merely relegated to a persecuted class. Where some see monsters, some see sentience, and others see opportunity. If a vampire can sustain themselves on cloned blood and work the graveyard shift, why not legalize and tax? Politicians and Aristocrats employ odd-looking individuals as "advisors" or "protection." Entertainment magazines publish revelations every week about which celebrities shed their human skins at home. Charlatans of all stripes, from palmistry mediums to televangelists, have flourished despite the risks. The treatment of the paranormal varies from place to place, person to person.

Long have cabals, cults, and secret societies thrived in the shadows. Their roots run deeply through humanity’s oldest systems of power. Machinations are challenged, and sleeping dangers awaken. The world is changing, forcing long-dormant powers into desperate action. And it is in the midst of this great period of change that The Powers That Be have once again turned their attention to the blue marble. For the first time in two hundred years, Harbingers approach worthy individuals with an offer they won't refuse.

The Games have returned, and a new generation of Contractors are being forged.

World Events

Posted by Popocorn, 1 year, 1 month ago. Permalink

Boba Tea Shop Owner Secretly Selling Alien Parasites in Boba?

Customers of Bobasaurus, a popular boba tea shop in San Francisco, may want to think twice before indulging in their favorite drink. Reports have surfaced that the shop's owner, Frank Vasquez, has been secretly adding an unusual ingredient to his tapioca pearls: parasitic eggs from an otherworldly creature.

It all started six months ago when Vasquez encountered an unusual creature while backpacking in the Big Basin redwood forest. Frank has alleged that the since missing creature had taken over his mind with its telepathic powers. "I wanted to sell the thing! I wanted to sell it to some scientist at UC Berkley, but the thing worked its mind magic on me and convinced me to keep it as a pet!" Frank claimed to authorities after his prompt arrest. He also claimed that over time, the amphibian's influence over Vasquez grew more potent. Its true mission became clear: to spread its influence and envelop the world with its parasitic eggs. Vasquez's role in this mission was to get as many people as possible to ingest the eggs contained within the gelatinous spheres that bud from the creature's skin.

Vasquez could potentially face charges for his role in distributing the alien parasite, and the creature's fate remains unknown. Authorities are currently investigating the situation and have urged customers to avoid consuming any products from Bobasaurus until further notice. "We take reports of potential health hazards very seriously, and we are investigating this situation thoroughly. At this time, we urge anyone who has consumed any products from Bobasaurus to seek medical attention if they experience any unusual symptoms," a spokesperson for the FDA said during a briefing with California lawmakers.

Governor Garcia took to Twitter soon after the event, saying, "We can't forget that this alien creature is also a living being, with its own thoughts and feelings. As Californians, we believe in treating all living creatures with respect and compassion, regardless of their origin. While we certainly need to protect our citizens from any potential harm, we also need to approach this situation with an open mind and a willingness to learn from this new and fascinating species. Who knows - we might even discover that we have more in common than we thought. Let's not forget, folks, that it's our diversity and inclusivity that makes California great. So let's embrace our differences, and unite as a community. #NoAlienLeftBehind #BobaTeaForAll."

This starkly contrasted lawmakers on the other side of the aisle when a Texan lawmaker posted this retort: "Well, I always knew those liberal, tree-hugging Californians were into some weird stuff, but this takes the cake! Who knew that Boba Tea could be the source of an alien invasion? We should have built a wall around that Big Basin forest a long time ago! But don't worry, folks, I'm on it. I'm working on a plan to not only stop this yellow toad creature, but to also make sure that all of our boba tea is made with good old American ingredients. We can't let these parasitic alien eggs invade our drinks and turn us all into mindless thralls. #MakeBobaGreatAgain!"

The incident serves as a reminder that sometimes, the things we encounter in nature are best left untouched.

View all World Events