A missing zailor?

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A missing zailor?
SS appallingsecretgaz.png
Category Story Event
Type Story
Data ID 141726

A missing zailor? is a Sunless Sea Story Event.

Story description[edit | edit source]

"At roll-call, there's one face too few... "

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

SS hunger2small.png Hunger = 81 - 90, Random Chance: 20%

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Ignore it

Best left alone. If you find the cannibal, you'll lose two zailors.

Don't ask...

"Jumped overboard" is the official line. Perhaps some of your crew believe it. Who knows? Perhaps it's even true.


There is a spirit or god in the Neath whose name is not spoken. He is worshipped with candles, and with the frenzied consumption of flesh. Has someone here turned to that worship?

Failed event
No sign

Your search upends empty casks and sea-chests, alarms the mascot, enrages the innocent cook. The crew know what you seek, but none will name it. The fog of fear thickens.

Successful event
A cannibal among us

You find the culprit in a cubby-hole in the aft hold, concealed by a blanket. There are corpse-candles, crude images, and a pot of appalling soup. A human shin-bone has been half-carved into a flute. "A reckoning!" the cannibal cackles as he's dragged off to the brig. " A reckoning is not to be postponed!"

You hold a hasty ship-court and sentence him to the only conceivable penalty: binding and drowning. He's still laughing as he goes under.