Pictures to Spark a Story

From Quora: What are some rare pictures that we have never seen?

For that good ole’ Traveller feel…

I do fear God... but not dead Egyptian ones. Ask Moses the Lawgiver for details.

The unbroken seal on King Tut’s Tomb.

There is a point of decision every Traveller must make. The Referee should make that moment a time to remember!

Low-tech adventure! Can you imagine a chase scene here?

The building of the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam.

You can get a lot done at even a low tech level (…like the Six Subsectors, say…), if you are organized and committed…

For various values of “organized”.

The true adventurer brings wonder to the public.

Tires from the Antarctic Snow Cruiser.

An explorer should return to share a sensawonder with the folks back home.

(Especially the pretty ones!)

Travellers LOVE to pull stunts like this!

Mathias Rust’s Cessna 172 that landed illegally in the Red Square on May 28, 1987.

Travellers with a sufficiently high level of intestinal fortitude can do amazing things, even with a puny Sulieman Cessna!

In the Imperial Military, you never know who you are serving next to!

Elvis Presley during his service in the U.S. Army.

The Imperial military is huge: you never know who you’ll run into…

An explorer is an explorer, no matter which world he's standing on.

A grotto in an iceberg seen during the British Antarctic Expedition, January 5, 1911.

An explorer, is an explorer, is an explorer…

Reminds you of something..?

Pluto Ice Cave | DAVID HARDY – 1978

…is an explorer, is an explorer, is an explorer.

Rough neighbourhoods.

106-year-old Armenian woman guards her home in 1990.

Rough neighbourhoods like the Middle East The Empty Quarter are loaded with adventure, excitement, and danger: but do you really want your great-grandma to live there? Really?

There are reasons why there is a persistent brain drain in the Six Subsectors (a.k.a. “The Imperial Empty Quarter”). Everyone with smarts, talent, money, or connections looks for a way out, leaving behind… well, you know.

What was your childhood like?

A boy stands next to his riding boar. [1930]

It ain’t easy to set up proper, believable alien fauna & flora. Thankfully, inspiration can be found right here on earth!

(Good thing too, as you aren’t going to find it anywhere else…)


Customers at a London music store, 1955.

Before the iPhone, there was the iPod.

And before the iPod, there was the iTurntable!

The real deal.

About to be executed by the Finns, this Russian spy laughs

There was a time when people didn’t kid around with spies.

Or cowards.

Or traitors.

Not even a tiny little bit.

Set the flamethrower to 'cigarette', would you?

Using a flamethrower to light a cigarette. The German army employed flamethrowers on the Eastern Front during the war

I have never been anywhere near a warzone (crosses self in my mind) — or even put on a uniform — but even I, a 100% civilian, have heard rumours of the ridiculous antics and lunatic stunts that are pulled off there.

A million what-ifs, in one picture.

A German soldier share some of his food with a local Russian mother

I will say this: if Hitler had actually marched into the Soviet Union to save the locals from the seriously loathsome Communist tyrant that ruled the place — instead of merely trying to steal the land and exterminate the locals himself — history would have been rather kinder to him, win or lose.

And if Hitler skipped the entire ‘kill the inferiors’ nonsense entirely? WOW.

Space travel = danger.

The remains of soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov after his space capsule crashed on reentry

A warning to all star-faring Travellers, everywhere.

I wonder who's standing in front of the Imperial Palace, at this very moment?

Drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his son stand in front of The White House in the early 1980s.

“That’s such a stupid idea, Agovgvo. You might as well get a pic of yourself in front of the House of the Race on Terra!”

“Eh? What’s that?”

“It’s where the Big Man of the Humans-Only Club lives. In the high mountains of – wait a minute (StarGoogle lookup) – the Andes mountains, on Lake Titicaca. On Terra, a very wealthy and very powerful world… where the likes of you aren’t tolerated!”


<The Vargr considers just how much Charisma he can get, if he pulls off a certain impossible stunt…>

Noble games... or is it Communist?

Human Chess in 1924, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Good to know that Insane (or extremely Bored) Nobles aren’t the only ones who have a taste for human chess.

Nobles like their guns...

Queen Elizabeth II fires a British L85 battle rifle (1993).

All Nobles – men and women alike – feel a certain closeness with their favourite military units.

New discoveries...

A black liquid called Coca-Cola was first introduced to France in 1950.

A Merchantman can cross 50 parsecs and two warzones for a rare tonic, but the true test isn’t the trials of bringing the goods home: it’s in the face of the customer, when he tries the stuff for the very first time.

Not surprised.

One for the movies: a stripper entertains some Wall Street employees.

Once upon a time, I thought that wealthy men were sober, stolid, sensible types, working day and night to shave off a penny of the price of their wares.

Well, I was wrong: at least after the founding entrepreneurs has left the scene, and the wealth-extractors, careerists, complacent heirs, con artists, and fast-talking glad-handlers show up.

Fortunately, the money won’t forever remain in the hands of these drooling fools.

But after the Bust… and after the next wave of hardened Puritan-types rebuild the wealth of their societies… how long before the wealthy elite again demand their whores and their liquor? A generation? Two?

(…and the Bible reading for today is Deuteronomy 28…)

All Travellers need a knowledgable guide...

A navigation hotline in 1963. Long, long before Google Maps.

There is a time, when every Traveller could use a helping hand… no matter the tech level.

“Better an up-to-date sketch up with pencil and paper,
than an out-of-date holographic projection!”

But can you run along the Emperor's AIr/Raft?

A well-dressed beggar running alongside King George V’s coach (1920).

Where there is wealth and power, there are well-dressed beggars.

When the time comes for the PC to stand before a Noble, it would be best for them to stand as independent men, able to make a deal… or leave it on the table, if it doesn’t measure up.

Power respects Power.

The Living reflects on the Dead.

Anne Frank’s father Otto, revisiting the attic where they hid from the Nazis. He was the only survivor (1960).

In the Imperium, life can get very hard, and the price of defeat can get very high… no matter how smart you are, or how determined, or how prepared.

Resilience, the refusal to knuckle under, still coming back despite punishing losses, matters.

Even if all you can do is warn the future, do it. Be the man, live to say what must be said.

About Alvin Plummer

I'm working to build a better world, a world that blesses Christ and is blessed by Him. I hope that you're doing the same!
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