Chapter V: A Nation Is Born

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Chapter V: A Nation Is Born
SS ratsgaz.png
Category Story Event
Type Story
Linked to SS generic portsmall.png Pigmote Isle
Data ID 209728

Chapter V: A Nation Is Born is a Sunless Sea Story Event.

Story description[edit | edit source]

The House of Cavy had fallen. Murinia was triumphant. All that remained were the celebrations, and the continuation of our voyage. Oh, how we feasted long into the night. Then...

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

Chapter V: A Nation Is Born is triggered when you do the I had nothing to offer but my advice action or successfully do I offered my strategic assistance or I determined to take the lead actions in SS ratsgaz.png Chapter IV: A Vital Enterprise.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
I invited one of the Rattus Faber to join us
After all, what's a ship without a few rats?
Welcome aboard
The Chief Engineer couldn't leave his colony, but he relayed my request to his people. The Albino rat I saw mending nets shyly stepped forward.

"I'm good at fixing things," he said, earnestly, "and I'd like to see more of the world."

I waited for him to gather up some effects and say goodbye to his family before accompanying him on board.

I interceded on behalf of the cavies
They were crushed, defeated, and I could see their spirits broken without the light of the Rat Star to guide them. They needed an advocate.
The satisfaction of victory
I appealed to the Chief Engineer's moral fortitude and sense of fair play. Perhaps the Cavies suffered the loss of the light from the centre of the island? Perhaps they were only trying to get it back, not steal it from the rats?

The Chief Engineer looked troubled, but shook his head. "You fought one battle, Captain," he said, gravely. "We've fought hundreds against them. They're monsters, pure and simple, and the sooner we're rid of them, the better."

Rid of them? I saw, by the light of the scintillack, a dozen rats using the steam-pinnace's supplies to build something that looked remarkably like a sausage-machine.

Rare event (60%)
A grudging concession
I appealed to the Chief Engineer's moral fortitude and sense of fair play. Perhaps the Cavies suffered the loss of the light from the centre of the island? Perhaps they were only trying to get it back, not steal it from the rats?

The Chief Engineer looked troubled at the thought. "We only wanted to be left alone," he said. He looked towards the Seneschal, haphazardly bandaged among the rats' other prisoners. "...Perhaps further negotiation is possible."

As I left, I saw the Albino rat timidly offering a young Cavy prisoner a piece of fresh fish.
The wide dark zee beckoned
We had eaten our fill and our business was concluded. It was time to continue our voyage and see what other wonders and terrors still awaited us.
THE END
There. You finish your diary entry, and the final dregs of the rats' surprisingly good wine. They line up to salute you as you leave the victory banquet, escorting you to your ship through the foundations of their new Republic.


Pigmote Isle story events
A Literary InterludeChapter II: Alike In DignityChapter III: A Rat In The MakingChapter III: A Knight Out Of HabitChapter IV: A Vital EnterpriseChapter IV: An Urgent VentureChapter V: A Nation Is BornChapter V: A Nation RisesA Dilemma On Pigmote IsleThe Rat GhettoThe Cavy Ghetto
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