A Verger in Coral

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SS lyttongaz.png
Category Story Event
Type Story
Linked to SS lowbarnetsmall.png Low Barnet
Data ID 259164

A Verger in Coral is a Sunless Sea Story Event.

Story description[edit | edit source]

Lytton stands in a secluded corner. He is inhumanly tall - his lower body is encased in a block of coral that raises him up. Beneath his shirt, his body is lumpen. A tracery of it - lurid and pink - has begun to sprout on his cheek, following the course of his veins.

Availability[edit | edit source]

A Verger in Coral is available through the “Find the Fierce Philanthropist's husband” interaction in SS lowbarnetsmall.png Low Barnet when the player has SS skullsmall.png Ambition: Death Hath no more Dominion = 40 [Find the Fierce Philanthropist's husband at Low Barnet, near London].

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Deliver his wife's locket

He ignores you, intent instead on buffing a smooth shine from the brass. Perhaps a reminder of his past life will help.

You hold the open locket up before him. “Evelyn,” he says, involuntarily, and looks at you. “She sent you? I always expected that other parties would find me first.” He looks down at the gradual encroachment of coral. “I cannot return - for her safety, as well as the obvious. But I ask that you withhold the full nature of my condition from her. I wouldn't want to cause her further distress.”

Game note: You may now deliver word of her husband to the Fierce Philanthropist, or ask him questions to advance your ambition.
Ask him about the Seven

“We were the Seven Against Nidah...”

“...soldiers, spies, healers, zailors. We meant to democratise death; to break Nidah's hold on immortality and distribute their hoard of years more evenly. It was a good scheme. Bourdain recruited our legions. Lorenzo charted our path. Arik sailed our troops up the red river on living ships. Batuk led our armies. Rosina healed our wounds.

“After our defeat, we were separated. I don't know where the others hide, except one: Mariam, who gathered us. She was a princess of the Presbyterate. Look for her deep in Scrimshander, in the Stygian Repository. Where the white bones turn black.” He takes a last look at the locket from his wife, then clicks it closed. “Give her this, so she knows I sent you.”

Game note: To advance your ambition, locate the Stygian Repository in Scrimshander.
What was his role in the Seven?

“I was their financier.”

“I came from modest means. However, my congregation consisted of industrialists, the gentry, bankers... People with an interest in immortality and the willingness to invest. My doctrine was unconventional - eternal life in this life, not the next.”

What became of their endeavour?

“We failed.”

“We came close. We reached Nidah. We breached the Persimmon Gate. But reinforcements came, and the Wax-Wind was invoked. We scattered. Each of the Seven found a place to hide in the deeps, at a cost. This is mine.” He indicates his skirts of coral.

Return to Low Barnet

Leave Lytton, for now.

Links[edit | edit source]

Links In[edit | edit source]

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Links Out[edit | edit source]

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