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The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon

Origin

Knights Hospitallier

Type

Statuette

Effects

Adhesive Skin

Downsides

Attracts Competitors

Activation

Transferring from one group/person to another

Collected by

Warehouse 11

Section

Cheque-832J

Aisle

902233-2873

Shelf

719357-9399-598

Date of Collection

August 18, 1796

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OriginEdit

The Knights Hospitallier were originally a loose coalition of caregivers and nurses who treated injured pilgrims voyaging to the Holy Land. After the capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusade, the order transformed into a military entity tasked by the Papacy with protecting the Holy Land. Their knights engaged in battle with invading forces such as the Barbary pirates and Ottoman Empire, creating strongholds in Malta, Rhodes and Sicily. Although the order received the spoils of their dissolved rival the Templars, the Hospitalliers steadily lost support in European, particularly the north, with the advent of the Protestant Revolution.

During their height of their influence, the Grand Master had to pay annual tribute to Emperor Charles V and his mother Queen Joanna of Castille for the usage of Malta, along with other conditions. The payment consisted of one falcon on All Saints Day to show their continued thankfulness to the rulers of Sicily. The Maltese Falcon eventually became a novel written by Dashiell Hammett, which was adapted into an iconic noir detective film. In both, the characters are all in search of the long lost Maltese Falcon, a statue of gold and gems the Order created.

EffectsEdit

Turns the skin sticky, allowing anything portable enough to be lifted through adhesive force alone. The hands are particularly fine-tuned, allowing a skilled thief to swipe goods from most unreachable pockets. User becomes more greedy and obsessive with material wealth. Hoarding is commonplace. To counteract, more competitors start intersecting their life. Confrontation with another hoodlum to a rival business suddenly taking root across the street. New threats all interested in stealing away their wealth, at least in the user's eyes.

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