The Special Auctions:
Each of these gives some special benefit. Not all of these auctions
will actually be used for the Nextgen game. I will trim down to about
2-3 auctions times the number of players, once we get close in time to actually
running it, based on feedback as to what auctions people actually WANT.
- Abyss Pirate: You've served time on a ship belonging to an Abyss Pirate. It's a good way to learn a lot about the Abyss without having to be a deranged freak (unless you WANT to be a deranged freak). Minimum bid of 5. The more you bid, the more this is worth.
- Apprenticed to Anno: You served as an Apprentice Logrus Keeper under Anno. This involved a lot of running about, trying to keep the Sign of the Logrus from causing trouble, in addition to more mundane duties like sweeping the entrance cave and keeping records of who has taken the Logrus. At times, you also performed special missions in shadow. It was exhausting work, but rewarding. Some increased benefit for higher bids. Minimum bid of 5 points.
- Apprenticed to Fuyutsuki: Yes, you had the joy of spending some years as Fuyutsuki's apprentice. And you survived with sanity probably intact. Still, you learned quite a bit of use to go with your new nervous twitches and the odd reaction you get to cream cheese...the old man did help create the universe, after all. Minimum bid of 5 points. Fixed benefits.
- Chosen One: You have a high and mighty destiny. As is typical with such things, you get a lot of power at the price of having to follow your destiny or be smitten by the fates for abandoning it. Minimum bid of 5. The more points you put into it, the more it's worth. This is a secret auction, as no one will know of your destiny but you at first.
- Destiny-Null: You are a giant cosmic x-factor, whose actions were unforseen by the prophets and predictors. You have absolutely no destiny at all, which means the burden is entirely on your shoulders to make anything at all of yourself. But the universe won't lay any such burdens on you either. In addition, it's hard to predict what you're going to do, even for those with high Psyche or Warfare. Minimum bid of 5. Fixed Benefits. This is a secret auction, as no one will know of your lack of destiny but you at first.
- Diplomatic Mission with Mikage: Mikage had to try to resolve the Begman Succession Crisis. And the winner of this auction helped him out. Minimum bid of 5. The more points invested in this, the more it will be worth.
- Drake and Sumire's Cyberpunk Adventure: Two people can win this auction (two unit Vickery Auction). Drake and Sumire want some help on a dangerous adventure into a high-tech shadow. This is a great chance to train with a master of warfare, who is also a technological expert, or with his daughter, the expert sorceress and swordswoman. Minimum bid of 5. The more points invested in this, the more it will be worth.
- Drink from Ymir's Well: You've drunk from Ymir's Well, and get to ask the DM two in-character questions of your choice, to which you will get an answer from the well. Depending on the question, the answer may require interpretation. Lord Odin has restricted access to the well greatly this last century, but you did him some favor he found to be worth letting you have a sip.
- Elder Lover: One of the Elders is secretly your lover. Which one it is will be worked out between the GM and the player. If negotiations on this topic completely break down, you'll get the points back you spent on it. This doesn't mean the Elder will always agree with you, etc, but you have a very, very powerful ally on your side. Elder Lover also confers an amped-up version of the normal training package for said Elder. Obviously, this is a secret auction.
- Fostered with Ishmael: You were fostered at King Ishmael's Court. This is both a great honor and a great opportunity to make contacts and learn about rulership (and how to manipulate people). Minimum bid of 10. Fixed benefits.
- Forestal: You are a Forestal, having trained with the reclusive, secretive priests of Yig. You know many of Yig's Secrets and their lore, including power over Plants. This provides Fixed Benefits
- Found Vulcan's Forge: You found Vulcan's Forge. This will let you craft an item of great power. The more you pay, the better the item... This is a Dutch Auction starting at 50 points.
- Glory Road: You have spent an obsessional amount of time on Glory Road, going from Battle to Battle, fighting and refighting every war you can imagine and some you can't. This is a Japanese auction; all points bid are spent. Losers of the auction recieve some benefit for their spent points. The winner gets a special benefit as well (and some other benefits proportional to how much was spent).
- The Golden Ticket: For whatever reason, some time ago, the management of Loompaland once again held a 'Golden Ticket' contest (probably to boost sales of their candy). Whoever found a Golden Ticket in their candy wrapper got a free tour of Loompaland (specifically of the Wonka Chocolate Factory). The winner of this auction is the lucky PC who found one of the seven tickets. Mmmm, chocolatey goodness...
- The Gondola Games: One of the Nine Free Cities of Chaos, Venetia, is a port city made up of many small islands with canals flowing between them. Each year, the city of Venetia holds a great gondola race. People can enter as individuals or as teams, and soup up their gondolas with as much magical, shapeshifting, and logrusy goodness as they want. The winners get medals, fame, copious tre-stone, and a year's tuition at the College of Sea Magi in Venetia. This is a Japanese auction, but points bid are only spent if you win. Fixed benefits.
- The Great Hunt: At the command of the Serpent, the Great Hunt was called some years ago. The Serpent took on the form of the Hunted Serpent, and all and sundry gave chase, for whoever caught the Hunted Serpent would win much glory, and experience many interesting adventures along the way. Those who have won the Great Hunt seem to become marked by destiny. This is a Japanese style auction (all points bid are spent); losers do, however, gain some benefit for their spent points.
- High Priest of the Haradian Mysteries: The Haradian Mysteries is a fairly secretive sect based in the plains of Harad, whose members undergo a series of initiations as they rise in wisdom and spiritual understanding. The exact nature of these is unknown to those outside the cults, though the rumors range from ritual austerities to mad sexual orgies. There's definitely an aspect of nature worship to the sect, that much is clear to outsiders. The winner of this auction is the High Priest of the sect, having passed the final initiation. Minimum bid of 10. Benefits rise with point expenditure.
- A Journey with Soujiro: You encountered Soujiro, the legendary wandering Chaosian swordsman, in Shadow, and spent some time wandering Shadow with him, training and having adventures. This provides more benefits the more you spent on it. This is a secret auction, since no one will know but you that you hung out with him unless you tell people.
- King of Fighters Tournament: Some years ago, the Lipunese government sponsored a martial arts tournament they called 'King of Fighters'. Everyone who bids on this lot entered the tournament. Everyone who bids recieves benefits proportional to what they spent on it. Whoever bids the highest recieves an extra benefit as well. If the person who wins the auction bid over 25 points, they will actually win the tournament and recieve another additional benefit as well. This is a Japanese auction; all points bid are spent.
- King of Pain: Simply put, you've had it rough. Life has kicked you in the head and handed you your ass on a plate repeatedly. Still, they say that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger, so you figure you must be getting pretty strong... The more you spend, the more life has kicked you in the balls.
- Linked Destiny: Two people, linked by fate. Together, you are strong. Seperately, you are weaker. This is a Vickery 2-Unit Auction. The two highest bidders will be the two people linked by fate. Only the winners will know who won.
- My Summer with Mutsumi: Your parents handed you over to Mutsumi one summer to take care of while they were busy with other things. For good or ill, you'll never forget that summer, no matter how hard you try. Neither will the relative you accidentally trapped in the Partridge Family shadow... Still you learned quite a bit about music and trump, and generally it doesn't cause too many nightmares. Fixed benefits.
- Necronomicon: The Patterns may be restored, the forces of the Outsiders largely locked out of reality, the Heralds dead, but you don't care. Perhaps you just want it to say you have it, perhaps you think you can use the forbidden lore to advance your own needs. Perhaps you want to delve into necromancy and the secrets of the dead. Or perhaps you're a MAD RAVING LUNATIC WHO WANTS TO SEE REALITY BURN! Or maybe you meant to check out the Metrotelenomicon and got the wrong book. But whoever wins this gets the big book of Evil Outsidery Goodness for themselves. This provides fixed benefits. It is a secret auction.
- Potato Handcrafted by Nanami: Sometimes, things just hit the fan, and you need something you can use as a weapon of last resort. Well, this is the potato of last resort. It'll only work once, but whoever gets hit by it is going to be a very unhappy camper. (Nanami advises that this doesn't work very well on Advanced Shifters, but anyone else is in trouble...)
- Royal Bodyguard: You've served as Queen Yuriko's bodyguard (and had special training from Ramon to qualify for the job). The more points invested in this, the more it will be worth.
- Secret Mission with Touga: You've gone on a secret mission into shadow with Touga. Only you, he, and the King and Queen know what really happened, or even that the mission happened at all. Warning: This will may make you some enemies as well as friends. This is a blind bids auction. Fixed benefits.
- Sexiest Man or Woman Alive: You are, simply put, the Sexiest Man or Woman Alive, at least of your generation. If you want to Mack like a madman, this is the way to go. Fixed benefits.
- Shopping Spree with Keiko: You did Keiko a very large favor, so she took you on a cross-shadow shopping spree with Tylor footing the bill (Keiko wrote it off as work expenses. This didn't exactly endear you to Yuriko when she saw the bill...) The more points invested in this, the more it will be worth.
- A Stint on the Bebop: You've done a turn on the Bebop, serving with some of the greatest Bounty Hunters in Shadow, enjoying their exciting, but penny-pinched Lifestyle. The more you spend on this, the more it is worth. Minimum bid of 5
- Student of the Elder Gods: You studied with the Elder Gods in Kadath, learning their secret lore. Fixed benefits.
- Student of Suroth's Lore: You have wandered shadow and searched out all you could of Suroth's lore, the deep mysteries of Shapeshifting. The more you spend on this, the more it is worth. Minimum bid of 5.
- Tylor's Favorite: The King of Amber likes you quite a bit. This is useful both for getting stuff (like borrowing the JoJ? 'just for a little while') and for avoiding being raked over the coals if you fail. The more points invested in this, the more it will be worth.
- Unicorn's Pilgrimage: Dedicating yourself to the study of the mysteries of the Unicorn, you invested a large amount of time in visiting the five patterns and seeking to meet with the five avatars of the Unicorn. This cannot be taken with Great Hunt. Fixed benefits.
- Wasyuu's Experimental Subject: You foolishly volunteered to help Wasyuu with an experiment. It's given you some interesting new abilities, but they have some drawbacks too... Only the victim of the experiment will find out what really happened. Fixed Benefits.