The Urban Mysteries story

In 1945 random everyday objects across the globe begun to behave in strange and extraordinary ways.

No one knows exactly how, or where the objects abilities come from. Our scientists theorise the strange and unpredicatble abilities are connected to our advancement into the nuclear age. The science, for now, is beyond our understanding and the best we can do is contain the objects to prevent them from causing harm or ending up in dangerous hands.

Urban Mysteries Co, an exploration and trading company, came into posession of an object in 1945 which could locate other empowered objects. Since then Urban Mysteries Co have tasked themselves with responsibility to identify and contain the objects.

The abilities of a particular object are often unpredictable, in some cases they are benign such as the ball point pen that never runs out of ink, others can be practical, fantastical or simply dangerous. There appears to be no way to predict how an individual object will behave without trial and error.

Mysterious objects

Strange and mysterious objects are at the heart of Urban Mysteries Co cases. Check our archive of objects that have been discovered so far.

Object #46217

Status: Destroyed
Containment date: 09/08/2001
Danger level: High
Origin: Asia

This meticulously crafted lute possessed an extraordinary capability to manipulate natural elements through its melodious vibrations. Skilled manipulation of the lute’s strings by a musician enabled precise control over specific natural forces. Strumming a particular note would invoke gusts of wind, while plucking another would induce seismic tremors in the earth. However, the utilization of these elemental powers exacted a significant toll on the musician’s physical and mental faculties. Extended periods of manipulation resulted in severe exhaustion and potential physiological and psychological disturbances. In view of the hazardous repercussions and the imperative of upholding the equilibrium of the natural order, the decision was made to irreversibly neutralize the lute.

Object #00492

Status: Secured
Containment date: 20/10/1987
Danger level: High
Origin: United States

The hourglass was recovered from the desk of Vernon Lamberg, a wall street investor in 1987. The hourglass exhibits pressure on financial markets. Turning the sands generates a level of luck for the holder, increasing fortunes or creating losses. A turn of the hourglass in 1987 resulted in the worst stock market crash in history. Upon his death, Lamberg informed his wife of the hourglass and it was secured by UMCO.

Object #1172510

Status: Unknown
Containment date: Unknown
Danger level: Unknown
Origin: Unknown

#1172510 is a replica of the Green Power Ranger’s dagger from the series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Discovered in a toy chest in a derelict house, pressing any of the buttons on this toy makes one’s hair stand on end. It is thought the toy was left behind by the parents of the owner after its effects kept shorting nearby electrical equipment.

Object #49533

Status: Secured
Containment date: 18/08/2013
Danger level: Low
Origin: Australia

Placing the needle upon a record placed onto the gramophone will begin playing the conversation of a person using a mobile-based phone within 200m. Adjusting the needle to different tracks on the record will tune to other active mobile phone lines within the operating radius. Sound can only be heard through the gramophone and audio cannot be returned. It appears the gramophone can tune to the frequency of nearby mobile phones.

Open cases

There is no rest for the wicked, and we always have open cases ready for investigation. Below are the cases we are able to release publicly. Though they haven’t yet been solved, we heavily suspect strange or anomalous objects may be at the heart of them.

Agent training

Need to get some practice cracking codes and solving ciphers before you take on a real case? Try out some of these brainteasers.

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