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 #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.

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 #56789

Status: Secured
Containment date: 15/03/2005
Danger level: Low
Origin: North America

This artifact, discovered during the digital revolution of the 2000s in North America, takes the form of an unassuming DVD. Its surface bears the faded markings of a once-popular film or television show. However, what sets this particular DVD apart is its extraordinary power. When played in a compatible device, it grants viewers glimpses into alternate realities or parallel dimensions. Each viewing session offers an unpredictable and enigmatic experience, providing windows into worlds both familiar and profoundly different.

Since its containment in 2005, this artifact has been meticulously safeguarded. Stored within a specialized unit designed to minimize electromagnetic interference, the DVD’s potential effects are controlled and regulated. While it poses minimal inherent danger, strict measures are in place to prevent misuse or accidental dissemination. Close monitoring and ongoing research are essential to unlocking the mysteries hidden within this unassuming digital medium.

Object #379178

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

It appears that object #379178 can only be controlled by children under the age of 12. A Gumby figurine of unknown origin, this object provides the holder with the ability to transmogrify organic matter into inanimate objects. The first recorded victim was Ronald Edgar (the father of Thomas Edgar – item holder in 1978). Mr. Edgar was turned into a small orange clay horse.

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

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