Dark News

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Dark News
SS attackergaz.png
Category Story Event
Type Story
Linked to A Locket with a Likely Lass' Portrait
London
Salt's Curse
Data ID 151470

Dark News is a Sunless Sea Story Event.

Story description[edit | edit source]

A Grave Courier paces the quayside as your ship ties up. "[q:Addressed As]," she hails you - "I was commissioned to give this into your hand."

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

Dark News always triggers if you have SS buoysmall.png The Gods of the Zee: Salt's Curse and SS rosesmall.png Romance: Someone Back Home ≥ 1 and ≤ 99, SS rosesmall.png when you dock in London. Perhaps wise to visit Whither first.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
A letter from the Dapper Chap

The writing is so ragged with haste that you barely recognise it. "Beloved - " it begins. A long smear of blood obscures the very next line.

"...body and soul, into the... waking dreams which tear my skin... before the whirlpool draws you in too. Beloved, I must leave you. Although we will not meet again - " The very bottom of the letter is missing, torn entirely across. You look up, but the courier is gone.

The curse of the god called Salt has fallen on you. The Dapper Chap is gone.

An official notice from the Foreign Office

You scan it quickly and catch the Likely Lass' name...

"...the business of the Crown..."

"...cannot disclose details of her ultimate fate, but I regret that, in all likelihood, it was bright and cold and lonely. More I cannot say: but it was her last request that this message be delivered, and she won my respect long ago. I enjoin you to ignore any overtures or messages from captains of the bright ships: we have learnt not to meddle with the affairs of the Dawn Machine..."

The curse of the god called Salt has fallen on you. The Likely Lass is gone.

A letter from the Dapper Chap

The writing is so ragged with haste that you barely recognise it. "Beloved - " it begins. A long smear of blood obscures the very next line.

They are one

"...body and soul, into the... waking dreams which tear my skin... before the whirlpool draws you in too. Beloved, I must leave you. We must both leave you - " The very bottom of the letter is missing, torn entirely across. You look up, but the courier is gone.

The curse of the god called Salt has fallen on you. The Dapper Chap is gone... with your child.

An official notice from the Foreign Office

You scan it quickly and catch the Likely Lass' name...

"...the business of the Crown..."

"...cannot disclose details of her ultimate fate, but I regret that, in all likelihood, it was bright and cold and lonely. It is with infinite regret that I must inform you that your child shared this fate. More I cannot say: but it was her last request that this message be delivered, and she won my respect long ago. I enjoin you to ignore any overtures or messages from captains of the bright ships: we have learnt not to meddle with the affairs of the Dawn Machine..."

The curse of the god called Salt has fallen on you. The Likely Lass is gone. Your child, too.

Appalling news

Something has happened to your family.

Mysterious occurrences

"...vanished, every one, all on the same night. On the wall of the room where your heir slept, we found this message painted: TRAVELLER RETURNING. No other trace remains. The Constables are baffled. My most heartfelt condolences..."

Game note: Your dynasty has been wiped out at a stroke.If you have a sweetheart or child, they remain untouched... for now.

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