Sometimes Ninth Worlders find things that are interesting but have no real value. They don’t help in combat.They don’t grant amazing powers. They don’t protect the user. Not everything the ancients created was a combat device or can be used as one now. These devices are called oddities, and they serve a number of purposes.
First, they provide verisimilitude—not everything is suited for an explorer. Second, they’re interesting— weird little things that can be sold or used for barter or gifts. Third, and perhaps most important, they add more mystery and feelings of the unknown because oddities are really, well, odd. Why did their creators make them? Were they once a part of a larger device with a more understandable function? No one knows, and it’s likely that no one ever will.