Hearthsake Island

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Hearthsake Island
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Category Story Event
Type Story
Linked to SS Locations Empire of Hands.png Empire of Hands

Hearthsake Island is a Sunless Sea Story Event.

Overview[edit | edit source]

SS junglegaz.png Hearthsake Island is one of the Islands you can explore in the SS empireofhands portgaz.png Empire of Hands. It contains a cannibalistic gang of pirates, who will welcome you as a guest if you are SS appallingsecretsmall.png Unaccountably Peckish. In addition, SS pirategreengaz.png The Lost Treasure Hunter dwells here, and can offer you a number of supplies (but no actual SS suppliessmall.png Supplies) if the price is right. He also has SS mapsmall.png An Ancient-Ish Treasure Map, which he'll part with for a a SS enigmasmall.png Searing Enigma, as long as you've explored SS blackgaz.png The Vault of the First Emperor on SS junglegaz.png Fountainhead Island sufficiently.

After you gain SS monkeykinggaz.png An Audience with the Emperor on SS junglegaz.png Sovereign Island, he may encourage you to harvest the pirates for souls for the SS empireofhands portgaz.png The Zeppelin Under Construction.


Hearthsake Island[edit | edit source]

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

Hearthsake Island is triggered by doing the A Scouting Trip: Hearthsake Island action while Zailing the Empire of Hands.


Interactions[edit | edit source]

"The survivors of a pirate expedition have stolen this land, where apes are unwelcome except as an entree."

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
The Lost Treasure Hunter

He squints at a map, muttering incoherently.

- "North for each City the bats have brought down..."

He wipes his brow. "Have you seen a big X on the ground by any chance? I got these four map pieces that got me this far and said X would mark the spot. But I can't find an X anywhere." He looks at the map sadly. "It should be here, it says. Now where am I supposed to dig?"

He is too busy to talk right now, but adds that he will be in the village later if you want to trade adventuring supplies. "Don't try the meatballs," he warns, getting back to his search. "You just... don't want to do that."

Approach the village

Greasy smoke and guiltily tempting aromas rise from a collection of huts around a long beached pirate ship, and a field of pointedly impaled monkeys.

- An explosion almost takes off your head!

"SORRY ABOUT THAT!" booms the Boisterous Pirate, lowering a smoking blunderbuss as bits of shattered tree rain down. "NEW ARRIVAL, ARE WE? WELL, IF YOU HAVEN'T GOT A TAIL, YOU'RE ALL RIGHT BY ME!"

He squints, momentarily suspicious. "YOU DON'T HAVE A TAIL, DO YOU? WOULDN'T PUT IT PAST THE THIEVING LITTLE BUGGERS TO GO SHAVING ONE OF THEIR OWN! WOULDN'T KNOW FAIR PLAY IF IT KICKED 'EM UP RIGHT UP THE ARSE!"

His voice is louder than his blunderbuss. The congealed meat juices in his thick beard are better not considered.

Return to the boat
Hearthsake Village
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Category Story Event
Type Story
Linked to SS Locations Empire of Hands.png Empire of Hands


Hearthsake Village[edit | edit source]

"It was not madness that drove these pirates to cannibalism, but years of being shipwrecked without the comfort of meat. After a while, any meat would do."

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
A council of war

Since when was the village full of Pentecost apes?

""AH! THERE YOU ARE! ABOUT TIME TOO!""

With the might of the Empire now gone, the Boisterous Pirate and his crew are preparing an assault on what was the Wildweald Court. Many of the betrayed monkeys have joined them in an odd attempt at rebellion.

"AT THE VERY LEAST, WE'LL GO OUT FIGHTING, YES?!" he booms, clapping you hard enough on the shoulder. "AND WHO KNOWS? MAYBE ONE DAY WE'LL MAKE OURSELVES A PROPER HOME OF THIS PLACE YET!"

You leave them to it. He has this in hand.

The Lost Treasure Hunter

He joined the pirates to see the zee. Now he just hopes to one day see something he recognises.

Adventuring supplies

He came well prepared for this journey, unless your idea of preparations happens to include a compass, a map not written in riddles, a sextant, and a spare set of spectacles to compensate for severe myopia.

Rare event (50%)
"Ahoy!"

"How goes your search?" he asks. "Find anything?"

It is a voice that so badly wants the answer to be "No."

Dine at the Captain's Table

All are welcome to share the pirates' wealth, provided they have the stomach for it. And the table manners.

A toast to a forsaken yesterday

The Boisterous Pirate clears his throat, and all go quiet as he stands. "TO HER ENDURING MAJESTY!" he shouts. "TO THE EVER SHINING LIGHTS OF HOME!"

A cheer rises as the pirates raise their mugs; drain them dry. But there is something quiet in the silence. They have long decided that what they have done here disqualifies them from ever again walking on Wolfstack Docks, from singing in the Mandrake... and from meeting the eyes of those they loved. It is not fear that keeps them from asking the visiting captain for safe passage back home. It is agreement, unanimous.

The Boisterous Pirate slams his hands together in an echoing slap. "AMEN," he declares, as everyone reaches for the meats that have them salivating so.

Rare event (50%)
A feast of forbidden flesh

It is not a table, but a long plank from the pirates' old vessel, stretched along the sand and set with bone cutlery whittled from their fallen. Once grace is duly spoken, everyone dives into the bounty, snatching up thigh and heart and strips of tender meat dripping in well-crisped fat.

"NOT WITH YOUR FINGERS, BOY!" the Boisterous Pirate booms at one hungry soul with juice dripping from his lips. "WE ARE HARDLY SAVAGES!"

He considers his pirates. "WE ARE HARDLY EVER SAVAGES!" he corrects, exploding with a laugh that threatens to shake the table clear.

Poison the Cannibal Pirates "An evening of careful abstinence"
Join a raid on the Empire of Hands Failed event Game note: Be careful. You stand a chance of getting Wounded.

"The monkeys put up a better fight than expected"
Rare failed event (35%)
"Tooth and claw"
Successful event
"Taken unawares!"
The Lost Treasure Hunter

He is holding onto what remains of his supplies now, for his next adventure.

He looks up, eyes gleaming

"I have it!" he declares. "The Fountain of Youth! That's what the treasure was telling me! See how it glows? It's a map! I just need a ship and a crew, and-"

You back away, leaving him to it.

Return to the boat "Back to Port Stanton"
Return to the boat "A smooth, easy trip"
Rare event (5%)
"A smooth, easy trip"
Severely wounded! Failed event
"Fever takes you in the night"
Rare failed event (30%)
"You claw your way back to health"
Successful event
"You claw your way back to health"
The Lost Treasure Hunter
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Category Story Event
Type Story
Linked to SS junglegaz.png Hearthsake Island


The Lost Treasure Hunter[edit | edit source]

The Lost Treasure Hunter is a Sunless Sea Story Event.

Story description[edit | edit source]

"His adventures have left him with many tools for finding gold and glory. A sense of direction is not one of them."

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

Hearthsake Island is triggered by taking the action The Lost Treasure Hunter in Hearthsake Island's village in the SS Locations Empire of Hands.png Empire of Hands.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Trade Supplies for Foxfire Candles "The trade is complete" A pretty good deal.
Trade Recent News for Dynamite "The trade is complete" You might need these later..


Trade a Live Specimen for a Flare "The trade is complete" This is an incredibly bad deal. You can buy them for 10 Echoes in London.


Trade stories with the Lost Treasure Hunter "Tales of adventure and terror!" Game note: This will trade 10 x Tale of Terror!! for 10 x Zee-ztories

Rare event (50%)
"An endless search"
Persuade him to give you his map "A secret revealed" This is used in Treasure Valley
Leave him to his search
"He bids you a good day"


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