A Shadowy Predator

From Sunless Sea Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
A Shadowy Predator
SS parabolanpanthergaz.png
Category Random Event
Type Explore
Linked to SS Locations Demeaux Island.png Demeaux Island

SS Locations Port Cecil.png Port Cecil
Data ID 141268

A Shadowy Predator is a Sunless Sea Explore Random Event.

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

A Shadowy Predator can be triggered in SS Locations Demeaux Island.png Demeaux Island and in SS Locations Port Cecil.png Port Cecil by doing the following:

Location Requirements

Event description[edit | edit source]

It's the little things. The click of a sliding stone where there should be silence - a motion in the shadows, as if they were thick-stirred like ink - a lull in the cries of the zee-bats. Something is watching you, drawing closer hour by hour. You and your crew draw back to back, watching the darkness.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Wait, watch, and end it

It has stealth, but you have rifles. All you need is a clear shot, and you'll earn yourself a trophy.

Failed event
A bad end

One of your crew strays too far from the group. You never know why - you don't know it's happened until you hear him cry out. As your crew rushes to assist, there's another cry from behind you. Another zailor vanishes into the darkness! You glimpse a writhing coil of limbs and the glitter of eyes, and the beast is gone. The beasts. There must be at least two of them. Who knows how many more?

You retreat with haste to the ship, eyes wide, though you see nothing more of the predators. Perhaps their hunger is satisfied.

Successful event
An end to it!

Deep silence. A faint scrape, like boot-leather on stone. The woman on your left levels her rifle and fires - and your crew joins her. The fusillade almost drowns out the hoarse screeching of the creature in the shadows.

When you drag into the light, its oily flesh is already beginning to dissolve (perhaps the light is hastening it?) Whatever it was, it had many-jointed leathery limbs, eyes like a bunch of grapes, a folding assembly of mandibles. It stinks of vinegar and mould. You fling a tarpaulin over it and bundle it into the darkest part of the hold. Perhaps someone will want it.

Capture it alive

This could be tricky.

    SS veilssmall.png Veils challenge (251 for 100%)

Failed event
A complication

You stalk it through the darkness, directing your crew to set up blinds and baffles and spikes and snares. It doesn't go well. One of your zailors steps into her own pit trap, and another backs off the cliff trying to do something elaborate with a rope. You see nothing more of the beast, but your wretched crew is proving to be more of a danger anyway. Back to the ship.

Successful event
A contest of cunning

You employ ruses, stratagems and a cruel choice of bait, harrying the thing through the archipelagic midnight until it collapses into your trap with a hoarse screech! You bind it with chains and blankets and force it into a triple-locked cage. It snaps its folding assembly of jaws. Its many-jointed limbs creak as it strains against its bonds. Its eyes brim with primal rage. Excellent! It'll be worth an Echo or ten.

Retreat to the ship

Put clear black water between you and the thing in the shadows.

    SS cardfansmall.png Luck challenge (80% to win)

Failed event
Without a trace

You retreat to the ship in good order. Your lanterns keep the darkness at arm's reach, and you neither see nor hear any trace of the creature. But when you count your crew up the gang-plank, you come up one short...

Successful event
An orderly retreat

You sense it in the murk, its course parallel to your own. But by the time it draws near, the lights of the port are already ahead. Your zailors clatter up the gang-plank, whispering together in nervous undertones.

Random Events
Explore A Blemmigan ColonyA Buzzing BeggarA Port Report: Abbey RockA Candle-Lit ShopA ConcertA Contest Of RiddlesA Contretemps With CorsairsA Glittering EyeA Little ProposalA Patriotic DisputeA Privateer EncampmentA Raggedy FellowA Serpent-ImageA Shadowy PredatorA Stranger in DifficultiesAn Exile Aboard?An Intriguing SmellAn Oasis of SortsAuroral RuptureBeachcombingExploring The Shattered CitadelIn AmberMonumental RuinsRat CorsairsThe Carmine ChapelThe View From AboveThe Wisp-WaysTrouble, And Romance
Zee A Fallen StoneA Kind Of ObsessionA Skilled CrewmanA sudden calmA Tooth-Cracking TreasureA white zee-batBurning BlueDark NewsDon't Lose ItDon't You Dare Forget MeFire!Horrors BelowNightmare's EndOpening A Cache Of CuriositiesPale VisitorsRecurring NightmaresRecurring Nightmare: WatchedRestless NightsRoused At MidnightSleep When You're Dead?TearsThat Old FuryThe Crawling StarsThe Hungry DeadTruth In Dreams?Unfinished!