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Food Crates from Valley Forge
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Artifact before collection in Williamsburg

Origin

1777 Valley Forge Encampment

Type

Wooden crates and barrels

Effects

Any food within a 50-foot radius will rapidly rot and decompose

Downsides

See Effects

Activation

Constantly Active

Collected by

Warehouse 13 Agents

Section

74569-13603

Aisle

Ralston-127D

Shelf

127.076 - 127.078

Date of Collection

September 13, 2017

[Source]


Origins Edit

In the winter of 1777, British forces forced Americans soldiers out of the city of New York and down into Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Commander of the group, General George Washington, was certain that the cold temperatures would only last a week or two, and commanded the troops to make camp along a nearby riverbank. Over the next three weeks, the temperatures dropped and the supplies that the soldiers had been able to procure in New York started to run low.

After almost a month in Valley Forge, soldiers were hopeful to hear some good news from the general, but Washington informed them that every local merchant he could find denied them supplies and congress would not be able to send reinforcements for another two months. With supplies running low, the soldiers decided to set aside a few crates of food and a barrel of water as a celebratory feast. The food, however, quickly became rancid and rotted, with the water going stagnant.

The troops had lost hope of ever surviving the winter, until, in spring 1778, new shipments supplies and more troops were sent from Boston. The troops later left the valley and took back the city of New York from the British. The winter did, however, imbue the supply crates with the soldier's desperation and starvation, as well as, the celebratory feast going rancid, leaving any food inedible in it's vicinity

Collection Edit

After several people complained about moldy bread and rotten meat from a local deli, agents were sent to Colonial Williamsburg to figure out what was causing the spoiled food. Asking the deli owners if the food had gone rancid before they sold it, the deli owners denied ever purposely selling customers spoiled food and had video evidence to back up their claims. Upon asking the owners when the food had begun to go bad, the owners mentioned something about it started happening the same day Colonial Williamsburg had gotten a group of old shipping crates for decoration. Knowing they had the artifact in their sights, the agents came back at night to avoid detection and managed to ship the artifact back to the Warehouse safely, despite not being able to eat anything.

Effects Edit

Any food or drinks in a 50-foot radius of the crates will quickly become rancid and stagnant, preventing any further consumption.

Storage and Handling Edit

Due to the artifact being constantly active, the crates cannot be stored near the Food Aisle and any food around the crates should be thrown out immediately. Protection is not mandatory when handling this artifact.

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