"Los Angeles still has the other end of our ley line, after all, and they stole the Oneiros when they stole Chaplin's studio."
--from the UA
A major magical artifact, somehow related to dreams and the power of the SilverScreen
. It takes the form of a seven-spoked reel of film and an ornate and elderly film projector whose reels loop in on themselves in a convoluted fashion. When played properly, it releases at least enough magical energy to provide a major charge.
The Oneiros seems to date back to 1893 and the ChicagoFair
. Thomas Edison and L. Frank Baum were involved in its construction.
In or around 1916, it was stolen from Chicago
. They brought it to LosAngeles
, and the nascent film industry of America
came with it.
In 1967, it was moved to SanFrancisco
in order to power a HistoricalShift
. Just moving it warped the fabric of America's dreams, triggering San Francisco's Summer of Love. In 1968, the major charge it provided was accidentally stolen by SamLully
during a pitched battle between MONARCH and the SilverAgeKnightsOfTheRoad
. He used it fairly ineffectually.
The Oneiros appears in the 1980s era EyeBitingMan
manuscript Tucker gave Ben, in the hands of a violent militia group with some similarities to our heroes.
The Oneiros appeared again at this year's BurningMan
, in the possession of Booth
The movie on the reel is a very old black and white from the turn of the century. It depicts Dorothy
-- the real DorothyGale
-- being raped by the Scarecrow
, the CowardlyLion
, and the TinWoodsman
. Yep, TheWizardOfOz
characters, all played by members of the LeagueOfGoodRoads
. "Dorothy" does not appear to be acting.
But... at Burning Man, the Oneiros projected a completely different movie. This time, it seemed to be a 1930s sci-fi serial featuring the City of Yaktavia
and the Dero
in their flying saucers
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