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Lemuel Gulliver's Ship Wheel
Navigational wheel

Origin

Gulliver’s Travels

Type

Ship Wheel

Effects

Wherever the user wanders will transform into a highly fantastical and distorted version of itself.

Downsides

Causes those caught inside the effect to become guided by only a few main personality traits.

Activation

Touch

Collected by

Warehouse 12

Section

Sprague-72C

Aisle

282957-5478

Shelf

288563-7283-827

Date of Collection

February 24, 1839

[Source]


OriginEdit

Protagonist and narrator of Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift, Lemuel Gulliver is a traveler who makes several accidental journeys to odd and wondrous lands unknown to most of the world. In it, he visits:

  • Lilliput, an island inhabited by miniature people who at first ensnare Gulliver but later let him roam freely.
  • Brobdingnag, a realm of peaceful giants that display Gulliver as an attraction but later give him more interaction with the king.
  • Laputa, a flying island whose people are devoted solely to the intrinsic value of music and mathematics rather than practical applications.
  • Fourth Land, a strip of unnamed land where the uncivilized, humanlike Yahoos roam wild while the Houyhnhnms, a race of intelligent horses, have created a stable society.


As his name suggest, gullibility is a main trait of Gulliver. In his discussions with the various creatures, he constantly brings up the laws, events and ideas of his world in comparison to theirs. Many times he does not connect the similarities between the two, or how many of their traditions are both equally unjust. Written as a satire against the ruling classes and prevailing ideals of the time, Swift mocks institutions with silly and exaggerated characters.

  • The Liliputians maintain office rank by preforming irrelevant acts such as who can jump the highest. The people are very jealous of power, including the Emperor when he meets Gulliver. They punish deception more harshly than murder, as they believe a kingdom without trust cannot survive. Finally, they have been engaged in a years long war with their neighbor Blefuscu over the correct way to crack eggs.
  • Brobdingnag denizens appear very hideous, as all their deformities are magnified to the miniscule Gulliver. They also possess no formal type of government and as such do not understand or appreciate Gulliver’s tales of Europe.
  • Academics of Laputa are unable to create an experiment that proves beneficial to their nation, instead trying to regain sunlight from cucumbers. Their flying isle instead blocks off sunlight to the fiefdoms below, starving them while providing no agricultural support.
  • The Yahoos appear humanlike in appearance but are in truth brutish creatures. The sophisticated Houyhnhnms are courteous to him but rigid in social structure and express almost no emotion.

By the novel’s end, Gulliver has become a recluse from the world and quits travel, deciding any other lands he finds will not be better.

EffectsEdit

Any place the user visits will become a highly fantastical and distorted version of itself. Objects, landmarks and even properties of physics will behave differently, all depending on the reputation the area possesses. Any people caught within the effect will have their personality boiled down to a few defining character traits, such as joy, anger, fear, confusion, etc.

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