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The Infodump is a collection of topics that the characters of On The Road might know about, but that their players may not know much about. The topics covered here will include the use and maintenance of weapons, making ammunition, first aid, hand-to-hand combat, and more. It will be updated irregularly, whenever someone requests some bit of information or whenever I stumble upon an appropriate topic.
Casting Lead Bullets - Part 1
Casting Lead Bullets - Part 2
Casting Lead Bullets - Part 3
A note on casting:
Lead has a melting point of 327.46 °C/621.43 °F which makes it easy to work with using everyday equipment, like the camp stove in the above videos. Silver has a melting point of 961.78 °C/1763.2 °F and Iron has a melting point of 1538 °C/2800 °F which makes these metals much more difficult to work with. They would probably require more specialized equipment than a camp stove.
How to load Rock Salt shotgun shells
A note on rock salt shells:
Salt is very corrosive to your gun. It is also hygroscopic meaning that it readily absorbs water. This hygroscopic nature of salt will result in shells loaded with rock salt swelling up and jamming in the gun. They will also leak salt water into your gun and corrode it. If the shells are left out of the gun, they will, over time, absorb water and swell until they will not go into the gun. Therefore, rock salt shells should be packed a short time before use and should not be left in your shotgun. You should thoroughly clean your shotgun after each use with these shells.
[MAGIC & MYSTICISM]
Trance States of Mind
These are altered states of mind which any human can induce, although some people are more susceptible than others. Shamans use this state of mind in order to interact with the spirit realm, and hold the secrets for inducing this state under their own guide for their people. Typically a trance state can range from a person being very relaxed, feeling a sense of detachment or reluctance to move, they may experience visual or auditory hallucinations at a certain point. However, depending on the level of the trance state, or more particularly what substance they may have taken, they may also experience a “bad trip” of sorts, which can be highly dangerous is they are not being guided by the proper authority (usually a shaman), or it can also be an experience which helps to bond members of the tribe and bring them together, a way of strengthening the community. Shaman use this state to enter the spirit realm for the purposes of: seeking information, healing their people, cursing enemy tribes, obtaining blessings, controlling spirits, or to gain power of sorts to try and affect the physical world around them.
The ways of inducing these states are through the use of one or multiple of the following:
-Psychedelic substances: One of the “easiest” methods, although also quite dangerous. While in the past, these substances were carefully shared by the Shaman, the Shaman would guide their spiritual journey as well.
-Sensory overload/deprivation: Another method used, this would require either one or all of the sensory functions being over loaded somehow, or more commonly completely deprived. People would be placed in a box, for instance, where in they would hear and see nothing at all.
-Sleep deprivation/physical exertion: Naturally, too much lack of sleep causes hallucinations after some time, and also physical exertion. Two methods discussed in class which were used to induce trance states were sweat lodges, and dance/chants. The chanting would alter their breathing patterns as well, which would further help to reach their objectives. These methods are slow going, however, and typically require hours of dedication in order to produce any results.
-Fasting: This is a method that is typically used in combination with the others, and a rite which was observed by just about every tribal people or original Pagan groups at one time or another. Also, fasting would often times occur before a feast as well.
Credit to Adella Faust for the above info.
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