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 #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 #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.

Object #00185

Status: Secured
Containment date: 22/06/1962
Danger level: Low
Origin: United Kingdom

Sgt. Michael Rogers reported his wife missing in 1962, after weeks of searching there was no sign of Mrs. Rogers. Late one night while waiting for the operator to pick up his phone call, Sgt Rogers reported hearing the voice of his wife repeating random words on the line. Investigators have been unable to determine how Mrs. Rogers disappeared but it appears as though she has become connected to the phone.

Object #12209

Status: Secured
Containment date: 12/03/2020
Danger level: High
Origin: Australia

#12209 is a special variety of plant known as Amarelo Euphorbia. This plant was used by notorious eco-terrorist Audrey Bloom in an attempt to wipe out mankind. Agents discovered an unassuming shack in the middle of the woods that contained a doomsday machine set to all destroy human life using the Amarelo’s seeds. Thankfully, agents were able to follow clues left by Audrey’s late father, the celebrated scientist Seymour Bloom, and defuse the machine before it was too late.

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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