Maybe a Mother

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Maybe a Mother
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Category Story Event
Type Story
Linked to Learning About: Maybe's Daughter
Data ID 180196

Maybe a Mother is a Sunless Sea Story Event.

Maybe a Mother[edit | edit source]

The Daughter leaves with the woman in lilac. You see nothing of them for the rest of the night. But in the morning, the Daughter returns, her eyes bright with purpose. "Show me your tattoo," she demands.

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

Maybe a Mother is triggered by successfully doing the Help Maybe's Daughter find her mother action in Irem, Khan's Shadow, Naples, Port Carnelian, the Isle of Cats, The Chelonate, or Whither.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
"I don't have a tattoo."

You've kept your skin untouched.

"Aha!"

"So you're the messenger, not the message." Perhaps you look confused: she grins. "Messengers are sacred in the Neath, you know. Messengers like the Echo Bazaar. My mother forged an alliance with the Bazaar. That's how she came to learn the Great Signs, the tattoos no one wears." Her grin turns feral. "I'll show her."

The Dauntless Hand

"You mean this?"

"Oh!"

"Force: force is always the answer. My mother wouldn't tell me. But her other daughters knew her secrets." The Daughter's grin is not quite sane.

"My mother forged an alliance with the Bazaar. That's how she came to learn the Great Signs, the tattoos no one wears. We must return to London. That is - please can we return to London? Please. We must find Penstock, who watches the secret wicket-gate of the Bazaar."

The Wheel of Mists

"You mean this?"

"Oh!"

"I've seen that one before. That's Clathermont work, isn't it? I bet they told you 'we are not the messenger, but the message'. Well, you're the message, today." The Daughter's grin is not quite sane.

"My mother forged an alliance with the Bazaar. That's how she came to learn the Great Signs, the tattoos no one wears. We must return to London. That is - please can we return to London? Please. We must find Penstock, who watches the secret wicket-gate of the Bazaar."

The Unflinching Eye

"You mean this?"

Aha!

"The eye: the eye sees, and the heart understands. My mother wouldn't tell me. But her other daughters knew her secrets." The Daughter's grin is not quite sane.

"My mother forged an alliance with the Bazaar. That's how she came to learn the Great Signs, the tattoos no one wears. We must return to London. That is - please can we return to London? Please."

The Splendour

"You mean this?"

"The Sun! The Sun, from which the Great Signs came. My mother wouldn't tell me. But her other daughters knew her secrets." The Daughter's grin is not quite sane.

"My mother forged an alliance with the Bazaar. That's how she came to learn the Great Signs, the tattoos no one wears. We must return to London. That is - please can we return to London? Please."

The Gambit

"You mean this?"

"The Game! It extends farther than we know. Up to the Surface... and up to the stars. My mother wouldn't tell me. But her other daughters knew her secrets." The Daughter's grin is not quite sane.

"My mother forged an alliance with the Bazaar. That's how she came to learn the Great Signs, the tattoos no one wears. We must return to London. That is - please can we return to London? Please."

The Pirate-Poet's Revenge
"You mean... this?"
"Oh my..."
The Daughter blushes as she laughs... "Why did...? No, don't tell me. In this case, I prefer the mystery. Though they are all mysteries, aren't they, in their way? A moment of frozen time, like a butterfly behind glass. Perhaps one day I shall tell you the story of my butterfly. Perhaps event the wicked things it did to be pinned."

"My mother knew other tattoos - the Great Signs, the ones no one wears. She forged an alliance with the Bazaar to learn them. We must return to London. That is - please can we return to London? Please. We must find Penstock, who watches the secret wicket-gate of the Bazaar."

The Pirate-Poet's Mark
"You mean this?"
"Oh..."
The Daughter's mouth curls into a sad smile. "So much pain. Not love, but loneliness." She traces it with a finger. "You could not cure it, but I think you were a consolation. My mother would approve, I think." "Did you know she forged an alliance with the Bazaar? That's how she came to learn the Great Signs, the tattoos no one wears. We must return to London. That is - please can we return to London? Please. We must find Penstock, who watches the secret wicket-gate of the Bazaar. "


That night -[edit | edit source]

That night -
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Category Story Event
Type Story
Data ID 180551

Story description[edit | edit source]

You walk beside a river of serpents, through a green and fervid jungle, beneath an orange sun: in the company of a tiger. It watches you with weary, humorous eyes.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Speak with the tiger

"I understand you've become involved in my daughter's intrigues. Well, you look like the sort who can take care of yourself. But let me repay you as best I may - "

Tiger tales

This cat walks in the Mirror-Marches, at the edge of dream. Consequently, it sees many and curious things through mirrors. It shares them with you, as you walk with it beside the Writhing River. When you wake, you remember them clearly.

Speak with the tiger

"I understand you've become involved in my daughter's intrigues. (And my sister's. Is she really serving as a mascot?) Well, you look like the sort who can take care of yourself. But let me repay you as best I may - "

This cat walks in the Mirror-Marches, at the edge of dream. Consequently, it sees many and curious things through mirrors. It shares them with you, as you walk with it beside the Writhing River. When you wake, you remember them clearly.
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