Image of the Bag of Useful Things, or B.U.T c. Jim St. James

Strange Adventure Tools

When you go out to adventure you need to equip yourself properly. When you adventure in The Strange there’s even more to consider. Wardens have learned the hard way to carry a kit of special tools with them everywhere they go. They carry all this gear in what they call a Bag of Useful Things, or B.U.T. for short. All Wardens have stories about getting out of tricky situations by pulling just what was needed out of their B.U.T.

The image gallery below shows the tools Warden Jim St. James carries in his Bag of Useful Things every time he steps out to patrol the Snoqualmie Territory. Many of the items are useful for both effective opperations in the Strange Realms and survival in the Physical World.

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Image Gallery: Strange Adventure Tools

  1. Mechanical and Digital Watch c. Jim St. James
    Mechanical & Digital Watch
    Temporal anomalies are common in the Snoqualmie Territory. They affect mechanical and digital mechanisms differently. Sometimes the only way ...
  2. Quart Crystals c. Jim St. James
    Quartz Crystal Shards
    Quartz is the Swiss Army Knife of crystals. Of great interest to Wardens is quartz’s ability to be “programed.” This means that the crystal can absorb ...
  3. Hand Crank Radio c. Jim St. James
    Hand-Crank Radio
    Many Strange beings can manipulate radio waves and use static as a communication medium. With a bit of practice ...
  4. Flashlight c. Jim St. James
    Main Flashlight
    My favorite feature is the ultraviolet light. UV can reveal things normal light cannot. It can also have a profound effect on ...
  5. Olive Oil c. Jim St. James
    Olive Oil
    The Snoqualmie Territory is rich in medicinal plants. I carry a small amount of extra virgin olive oil to use as a base in crafting ...
  6. Pink Salt Crystals c. Jim St. James
    Salt
    The salt I carry is Pink Himalayan. It was gifted to me by a traveler from that region. I find it has a higher ...
  7. Mini Flashlight c. Jim St. James
    Mini Flashlights
    I keep the smaller "puck" light tied to the back of my pack. This is useful when I am leading others out of dark places ...
  8. Rolled up shirt c. Jim St. James
    Extra Clothes
    Hypothermia almost killed me twice. It is an insidious and stealthy beast. Wet clothes blind you to her approach and ...
  9. Bird Seed c. Jim St. James
    Seeds
    A handful thrown out and scattered can distract etheric parasites like ghouls, larvae and sometimes even weak vampires who ...
  10. Honey c. Jim St. James
    Honey
    As noted earlier, Snoqualmie honey has significant benefits for mediation and intuitive thinking. No matter where it is from, honey ...
  11. US Dollars c. Jim St. James
    Cash
    When the proper rituals are performed in specific places these magic notes can be sacrificed to quickly and easily manifest all sorts of useful items ...
  12. Red Oil c. Jim St. James
    Red Oil
    Red oil is created by layering freshly cut St. John’s wort flowers in a clear glass jar filled with olive oil. The jar is then situated in a sunny window for ...
  13. Red Handkerchief c. Jim St. James
    Handkerchief
    Its Strange use dates back to seafaring “wind merchants” of Sweden. With proper training these merchants could ...
  14. Food Kit c. Jim St. James
    Food Kit (basic)
    Low blood sugar is the mother of bad decisions. Always carry food. Leaving behind a small handful of trail mix is a good way to ...
  15. Garbage bag c. Jim St. James
    Trash Sack
    Removing trash from a natural area encourages positive relations with a wide range of Strange entities, and that can pay significant, life-saving dividends ...
  16. Steel Shears or Clippers c. Jim St. James
    Steel Shears
    This is a specialized weapon used in a war that has been raging in this region for over a century. I fight small skirmishes every time I go out on patrol ...
  17. Work Gloves c. Jim St. James
    Work Gloves
    Often while exploring the Strange landscape you encounter substances you do not want to touch with your bare hands ...
  18. Multi-Tool or Leatherman c. Jim St. James
    Multi-Tool
    Either way, be sure yours has a wood saw. It’s great for fashioning makeshift tools, and in a pinch crafting weapons like wooden stakes ...
  19. Lock and keys c. Jim St. James
    Small Lock
    Locks are imbued with the strong intent of preventing entry. A properly deployed lock, even just a symbolic one, can ...
  20. Maghifying Glass c. Jim St. James
    Glass Magnifying Lens
    A properly treated magnifying glass can help the user to see things as they truly are. This is very useful when dealing with beings that ...
  21. Iron Nails c. Jim St. James
    Iron Nails
    Some small folk delight in spiriting away small personal items. Placing an iron nail on an item can prevent this kind of theft because ...
  22. Navigator's Compass c. Jim St. James
    Navigator's Compass
    Etheric energies affect electromagnetic fields as Baron von Reichenback demonstrated in the 1840’s with his “Odic Force” experiments ...
  23. Paper pens and pencils c. Jim St. James
    Note Taking Kit
    Written words can be very powerful in the Physical Realm — even more so in the Strange Realms. My kit allows me to write on just about any surface ...
  24. B.U.T. (back side)
    B.U.T. (back side)
    The back of my Bag of Useful Things with Quench, my steel rescue hammer.
  25. B.U.T. (strap side)
    B.U.T. (strap side)
    I keep high-use items on the cross strap of my Bag of Useful Things for quick, easy access ...
  26. Compass c. Jim St. James
    Quick-Check Compass
    The Snoqualmie Territory contains several magnetic and gravitational anomaly areas. It is helpful to see at a glance if an area is “going hot” because ...
  27. Silver Coins c. Jim St. James
    3 Silver Coins
    In nearly every realm of existence the thoughtform of Silver means, “precious treasure.” By carrying these tokens in the Physical Realm ...
  28. String c. Jim St. James
    String
    The act of tying or untying a knot can reverberate through the Subtle Realms and reflect back into the Physical Realm with tangible results ...
  29. Polarized Sunglasses c. Jim St. James
    Polarized Sunglasses
    There are several Strange beings that can bend and flare light thus bedazzling the human mind. Polarized sunglasses straighten the beams of ...
  30. Water Bottle with Duct Tape c. Jim St. James
    Water Flask
    It’s a good idea to replace the water in your jug after each adventure. Water that spends time in a place can hold and carry an etheric ...
  31. Snow Trax c. Jim St. James
    Snow Trax
    They have collection of steel studs on the bottom designed to give traction. I use them in the highlands to cross ice and hard snow and in the lowlands to cross...
  32. Smartphone and Holster c. Jim St. James
    Smartphone & Holster
    A lot of folks think their smartphone has everything they need for adventuring. That thinking is a mistake. I once had a smartphone touch screen that ...
  33. Space Blanket c. Jim St. James
    Space Blanket
    The substance used in space blankets is another love child of the early Atomic Age that also exhibits unearthly properties. The science boys ...
  34. Brass Atomizer c. Jim St. James
    Brass Atomizer (pro)
    An atomizer is a portable tool for creating a small, localized field of mist. When used in conjunction with a treated magnifying lens ...
  35. Duct Tape c. Jim St. James
    Duck Tape
    I keep black and a yellow strips of duct tape wrapped around every water flask I own. When The Strange calls me off the trail I use the yellow tape to ...
  36. Sage Bundle c. Jim St. James
    Sage
    Sage has been used in spiritual purification rituals for millennia. I carry it because it works. Like with anything it helps to know what you’re are doing ...
  37. Water Filter c. Jim St. James
    Water Filter
    Folks in America have a lot of superstitions about drinking water. Many believe that all natural waterways are filled with invisible, malicious, entities that ...
  38. First-Aid Kit c. Jim St. James
    First-Aid Kit
    Since I always carry a sharp-bladed knife I also carry a dedicated first aid kit. A Warden must be very careful about the aura he or she projects ...
  39. Tubular Webbing c. Jim St. James
    5/8" Tubular Webbing
    On more than one occasion I have used webbing to tether myself to the Physical Realm while probing the entrance of recently opened portals ...
  40. c. Jim St. James
    Bell
    Bells attract the attention of benevolent entities — you can think of them as fairies but that’s not a completely accurate description ...
  41. Fire Starting Kit c. Jim St. James
    Fire Starting Kit (basic)
    Like mist, fire exists simultaneously in the Physical Realm and the Strange Realms. This is why a candle flame is such a great focus for ...
  42. Baking Soda c. Jim St. James
    Sodium Bicarbonate
    This unique powder has an essential essence related to salt, and in a pinch, it can be used as a substitute. The main difference is that its purpose is ...
  43. Garlic c. Jim St. James
    Garlic
    An oath was sworn that day — an oath that is honored to this day. The spirit of this mighty warrior vowed to always defend and protect the children of man ...
  44. Pace Counter Beads c. Jim St. James
    Pace Counter Beads
    There are a few places in this Territory where the only measurement of distance I trust is that I’ve counted with my own two feet. The user slides the beads...
  45. Etheric Oil
    Etheric Oil
    There is a reason why WD-40’s secret formula was never patented. No patent means no public records describing the Strange process of how it is made ...
  46. Revolving Rifle & Copper Cross Bullets
    Revolving Rifle & Copper Cross Bullets
    The extended cylinder of my revolving rifle allows me to chamber custom "copper cross" bullets that open dramatically and disperse etheric energy ...
  47. Paper Maps c. Jim St. James
    Maps
    Every map is a conspiracy between the cartographer and the Land. In quiet moments they whisper to one another about what secrets they will reveal and ...
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