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Item is a cube item about sejunkal in height and width (create a fist with your thumb and pinky sticking out, that's the height we are talking about), with irregularly-sized movable parts. Looks something like this but is made of bamboo and many more tiny parts.

The assistants and me have discovered that while you can take apart the cube and assemble the many pieces into different items (tissue dispenser, the Twin Towers, and kampung scupltures just to name a few) if you want to reassemble it into a cube there is only one way to do so.

The reason for this seems to be the hollow centre of the cube. When we first discovered the box, there were a small packet of sago seeds within. While playing around testing the various assemblies of the cube, it was discovered that you could, assemble a gun (incidentally this was the only other shape of the cube that required us to use ALL parts of it besides its original cube shape). Insert the sago seeds into the hole and voila! Instant gun.

However, we soon discovered that the gun would not fire on its own. There was nothing to propel the seeds out of the gun. It turns out that there's an extra component that came with the cube that we originally neglected; the Mayan Empire's rubber band holding the sago seed bullets closed were the missing piece.

Considering the size of the gun and its relative power (and the bruises it left on my assistants, heh), we suspect that the cube's original intention was to be a portable and quick-assembly weapon, used mainly to fire at hyperactive kids and stray mewling cats. Theoretically, it COULD be used as a more lethal weapon in close range, but no one volunteered we were unable to test that theory out.
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Item is a handcannon, measuring 20 cm from butt to end of barrel, and weighs approximately 10 kilograms. Barrel is smoothbore, and made out of a novel corrossion-resistant steel alloy, approximately 15 cm long. Barrel diameter is approximately 3 cm.

Firing mechanism has been removed, but we suspect it is in some way an analogue of how modern shotguns work; suspect that item was a museum exhibit, judging by a piece of string that was tied around the grip area, which resembles the twine that can be used for tagging and cataloguing. Twine was cut.

The design of the handcannon is, by all indications, of either Majapahit or Balinese design; the stock in itself is carved into the shape of a lion/tiger, and resembles, to a significant degree, a roaring Barong.

Materials analysis places the barrel to be at least as approximately 500-600 years old, but carbon-14 analysis of the wood indicates that the stock in itself is a later addition, and cannot be any older than 50 years old. Marks on the handcannon indicates almost constant tinkering and improvement, and our firearms specialist speculates that not only is can handcannon fire lead balls (which, according to our specialist, is possibly what it was originally designed to do), but also allows for the firing of loads that resemble those that can be fired out of a modern shotgun — from buckshot, birdshot, nonlethal “bean-bag” projectiles, as well as possibly a kind of net.

Ammunition seems to be loaded from a side hatch, similar to how shotguns are loaded. We’re still trying to figure out how the firing mechanism works — there are several levers on the gun itself that don’t seem to be connected to anything right now. Our firearm specialist will be coming around next week with a proposed design on how it works, along with proposed designs on possible ammunition that may be possibly fabricated for testing purposes.

It’s possible to actually lift the weapon with one hand, although it seems difficult to aim this the way you would aim contemporary firearms. It’s likely what you did was hold it with both hands at waist level, possibly using your body to balance itself against the inevitable recoil, likely making sure that the thing doesn’t drive itself into the wielder’s abdomen, possibly to cause internal bleeding.

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Item is a rapier of hybrid Arabic/French design. Breathtaking artistry, displayed in the gold-filigreed saucer-shaped guard, with pomegranate leaves and embedded rubies and emeralds. The hilt is crafted with embracing simurghs. Blade reminds one somewhat of a scimitar, even though it is obviously a rapier.

Along the blade are Arabic inscriptions -
Front: Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul
Back: For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.

The lines seem to hail from Kahlil Gibran, though I couldn't seem to find the reference. [Linguistics, want to have a go at it?]

Length: 110cm.
Weight: 1.3kg.

The rapier constantly vibrates, even though there is no obvious power source. I suspect a strange technology has been involved in the crafting of this item, perhaps similar to the chainswords I have heard about during intellectual discussions.
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Item details:
Age: Early to mid-16th century
Length: 23 centimeters
Weight: 290 grams

A kujang is a Sundanese traditional weapon with various other functions. At first this particular one was estimated to be a Kujang Pusaka, a talisman to keep away enemies, sickness, or danger, due to its preserved appearance and lack of visible battle scars. Further examination, however, shows it to be a Kujang Pakarang, the type of kujang used in combat. The kujang was discovered in Bogor, West Java, which in ancient times was Pakuan, the center of the Sunda kingdom; it was kept within a plain rectangular box of woven rattan, fragile with age.

The traditionally curved blade is made of thin steel and fashioned in the "crane" shape, while the "eyes" are covered with silver. The outer edge of the blade is serrated halfway down. A broad gold ring covers the part where the blade connected with the sandalwood hilt, worn smooth with handling. When the end of the hilt is pulled hard enough and at a certain angle, a small compartment will pop out. Tiny packets are found within the compartment, one of them containing what seemed to be the remains of belladonna leaves.

First post + Fixed a factual error.

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Item Details:
Origin: Possibly Melaka or Johor
Item Age: Early 1800's
Length: 140mm
Width: 45mm
Height: 50mm
Weight: 400g

Resembling a toy mouse, this rare, harmless looking object may have actually been a clever sabotage device used during the early days of the Indo-Malaya rebellion. It is speculated that its purpose was to crawl its way through the machinery and disable exhaust vents for Imperial automatons and/or human controlled clankers.

However, due to its size, and the complexity of the clockwork, it is speculated that the device could only work if manually placed within the confines of a machinery where it would home in on the nearest heat source. If so, that would mean saboteurs would still have to get close to the automatons and clanks in order to deploy the device. While such methods would have been rendered in an open battlefield, it is logical to assume that the device was employed under the guise of sneak and run operations and records of it in action, while rare, have been recovered.

It is unsure whether the device was outfitted with a tiny explosive or it served to block the mechanisms that controlled the steam generator vents. As mentioned, very few records have been found regarding the said device especially after the Qing Empire upgraded their automatons and clanks with sealed steam generators (and later on micro-boiler generators) rendering the Clockwork Mouse obsolete. The fact that sabotaged automatons and clanks were destroyed in the process as well made it even harder to pinpoint just how the device worked.

It is largely assumed that the use of the Clockwork Mouse was a significant mark in the Indo-Malaya rebellion against Imperial Qing Dynasty. It is also assumed that its success, however limited lead to more underground/subversive use of steam/clockwork tech rather than open warfare.

"Even a behemoth of a machine can be so humbled by the simple actions of a tiny mouse"
- Unknown Imperial mechanic
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This unimaginatively named, yet aptly described item is a weapon in the shape of a traditional keris. Its blade has been blackened, but is hollow with little serrated holes. Carbon dating shows it hearkens from the 1700s. We have yet to cross-reference this with other artifacts in the catalog.

Weight: 1kg
Length: blade - 30cm; hilt - 10cm
Width: 4cm
Origin: Possibly Kelantanese. Hilt is too worn for proper identification.

The most notable feature of this item is a port at the end of the hilt. It appears to be capable of attaching itself to a gas tank (perhaps a portable one?). The gas is pumped into the blade. A switch at the base of the blade sparks the gas within and the resultant fire is pushed out through the serrated holes on the blade, thus its name.
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