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Rosina's Chambers
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Category Story Event
Type Story
Data ID 256177

Rosina's Chambers is a Sunless Sea Story Event.

Story description[edit | edit source]

The cavern is crowded. In the center is a bathtub full of ice, in which sits a woman in an obvious state of illness. Several Antheans attend her, one with deft, clear fingers. Then there are a number of other people attending, who mostly talk among themselves, but sometimes turn to watch Rosina.

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

Area: Limbo
Frequency: Always (100%)

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Witness Rosina's Death

She is very near destruction now. You have done enough.

Witness Rosina's Recovery

She has been looking better and better.

Meet Rosina

She has seen you come in.

Baked from within

Rosina is dying of animescence, the disease of the Elder Continent. Any passion speeds the disease. She must, therefore, lie very still in an ice bath and think of things that do not interest her. Going sharp in the spleen protects her against the passion of anger, but other passions are still a danger.
For a long time she looked for a cure to the disease. Tradition ascribes healing features to certain poems, ointments, and postures of the body. But these only delay the gradual combustion.

Learn more of Rosina

Speak to her of her choices and what she requires.

She tells you her story

For a long time, she looked for cures of the body. "I was certain the inhabitants of the Elder Continent would be able to correct what is wrong," she says. "But if they know how, they refuse to say. Now... I merely keep back the disease as long as I can, and seek cures of the sentiment instead. If I keep very calm, my symptoms subside. If you find anything in your travels – works of philosophy or guidance – that might help me compose myself, please bring them to me."

Present a Drownie Counterpoint to Rosina

The light and gloom might counteract one another. Would this hasten Rosina's animescence, or slow it?

A settled audience

Rosina braces herself in the ice bath and prepares for the Song. You cannot replicate exactly how it sounds in the air-water of Dahut, but its contradictions come through clear enough. It is hard to take either joy or sorrow too seriously, if you believe the Song.
"I feel positively indifferent," Rosina says afterwards. It is a compliment.

Sing the Drownie Counterpoint at extra length and subtlety

The light and gloom might counteract one another, and you have the singing voice to perform it with more than typical control.

A settled audience

Rosina braces herself in the ice bath and prepares for the Song. You cannot replicate exactly how it sounds in the air-water of Dahut, but its contradictions come through clear enough. It is hard to take either joy or sorrow too seriously, if you believe the Song.
You sing for a long time. Rosina looks ever more meditative and tranquil. One of the onlookers takes off his robe and leaves the room before you finally finish.

Perform a Drownie Love-song for Rosina

She won't have heard this one before. Of course, if she's strong enough, she will resist.

Failed event Special is calculated as follows: 10*Anthe: Rosina's Health * 1.67
Resisted

"Enough!" She holds up a hand almost at the first note. "I recognise the tune. Who let you in here? Are you an agent of the Continent? Get out." If her spleen weren't a lump of crystal, she would be much angrier.
Her attendants bundle you ignominiously back up the staircase. Better luck next time, perhaps.

Successful event
Vicious

Every love song has a potentially catastrophic effect on her condition. Yes, even if the lover is cold-hearted and strange. Even if the song carries the chill of the ocean trenches in its melody. This one is no exception. As she listens, she begins to smoke. She gestures at you to be silent, but you go on implacably as longing consumes her.

Perform a Drownie Hymn for Rosina

There might be a healing effect to its harmonies.

Unmovingly alien

The song and all it celebrates is alien to Rosina: she cannot understand it well enough to be moved by it. The confusion and apathy are a tonic to her animescence. Her skin cools and she looks significantly healthier than she did before.

Tell Rosina a story from Low Barnet

It will likely speed up the progress of her illness.

What begins as a traveler's tale...

You present your story as though it were simply a documentary account, a bit ordinary, nothing to threaten the balance of her mind. It is only slowly that you introduce the romance between two of the characters, the understated devotion, the inevitable betrayal. Rosina listens with her eyes closed, never startled into alarm, but the ice around her begins to melt. You can feel the heat from here.

Offer Rosina a Needle of Fortas

If you tell her it is a sort of medicine, she might permit it.

In the upper arm, beneath the skin

Rosina makes no sound as you puncture her arm. In a moment she knows that you have tricked her: there is some horrible recollection in the Needle, and she weeps as she remembers it. Her cheeks are flushed with the effects of animescence, and the tears evaporate away again almost at once.

Present a love letter to Rosina

A wisp of steam curls from her neck at the mention of the author's name. This must be done delicately.

Failed event
A love letter consumed, consuming

Did you fail to mention the nature of the letter? Rosina is reads her lover's words. At the first sentence, the page singes at her touch. Another line and the ice in her tub steams.
A quick-witted nurse leaps to prevent disaster. "Get out," she growls, having sequestered the letter in her apron. "Tell Lorenzo his love will be her death." Rosina is silent, but her eyes burn.

Successful event
A love letter, carefully consumed

Rosina will not deny the letter. But at your warnings, she takes every precaution.
Her nurses prepare fresh ice for the tub. One sings a sombre hymn. Another transcribes the letter onto separate pages - each sentence, to be administered as the Burning Lady's disposition allows her to receive them.
Rosina reads slowly. She looks in your direction: her expression is fierce, as though you were talking in church. You step away into the other room until she is ready for you to return. Already you have seen enough - the page in her hand curls, languorously, from the heat.

Provide a dry lecture on the social stratification of Visage

Obscure pedantry might be just the thing for Rosina. You have the tongue to tell it.

Curative tedium

You explain the masks. You establish the etiquette associated with each one. You rely upon the most technical of anthropological vocabulary. You allow yourself some reflections upon theories of esquivalience as they pertain to performative duties in highly dissimulative societies...
Rosina's nurse touches your elbow. "First sound sleep she's had in weeks," she whispers, with a nod at the resting patient. "It'll do wonders for her. Specially if she can avoid dreaming."

Read some Romantic Literature to Rosina

It would be very bad for her, of course. She will resist if she is strong enough.

Failed event Special is calculated as follows: 10 * Anthe: Rosina's Health * 1.67
Out!

Rosina sits up at the first sentence. "Who let you in here? Are you an agent of the Nidaheen? You must leave." If her spleen weren't a lump of crystal, she would be much angrier.
Her attendants bundle you ignominiously back up the staircase. Better luck next time, perhaps.

Successful event
Melodramatic and implausible

There are smiles from the on-lookers while you read, and sometimes guffaws. "Breasts like mushroom caps?" "I'd like to see the author try that herself."
But the flow of words does have its effect on Rosina. The ice melts rapidly around her, and she tosses uncomfortably. "Make it stop, make it quiet!"

Read Approved Romantic Literature to Rosina

It would be very bad for her, of course. She will resist if she is strong enough.

Failed event Special is calculated as follows: 10 * Anthe: Rosina's Health * 1.67
Out!

Rosina sits up at the first sentence. "Who let you in here? Are you an agent of the Nidaheen? You must leave." If her spleen weren't a lump of crystal, she would be much angrier.
Her attendants bundle you ignominiously back up the staircase. Better luck next time, perhaps.

Successful event
Heavily censored

It's difficult reading, because the best passages have been edited and in some places completely blacked out. There is a scene involving a blindfold and a bowl of Zzoup, but it keeps lapsing into ellipses. Some sentences would be more comprehensible if you replaced the word "spoon" with another word entirely.
But the flow of words does have a little modest effect on Rosina. The ice melts around her, and she tosses uncomfortably. "Make it stop, make it quiet!"

Read Anthean Romance to Rosina

She will resist if she is strong enough, but the revised volume is very seductive. She may not have the will.

Failed event Special is calculated as follows: 5*Anthe: Rosina's Health * 1.67
Out!

Rosina sits up at the first sentence. "Who let you in here? Are you an agent of the Nidaheen? You must leave." If her spleen weren't a lump of crystal, she would be much angrier.
Her attendants bundle you ignominiously back up the staircase. Better luck next time, perhaps.

Successful event
Clouds of steam

As you read, Rosina heats alarmingly. Steam rises from her bath at such a rate that it becomes difficult to see the page in front of you. Her acolytes draw close around her bath, hoping to take her infection the moment she undergoes a change.

Find out what all the onlookers are for

They aren't assisting in any medical proceedings.

Failed event
Carrion birds

You ask the onlookers directly. "Conflagrati," says one, and titters. Another one curiously puts her hand on your forehead, as though to see whether you have a fever.
It doesn't look as though any of them have gone sharp at all. What are they doing here?

Successful event
Carrion birds

You put your question. Rosina glances over at the cluster of men and women. Her expression is blank; the emotion that ought to be there has been controlled, or wiped away.
"There are certain... idiotic... sects," she says. "People who want to suffer what I have. They follow me around, hoping to be infected by my conflagration."

Ask Rosina to rejoin the Seven Against Nidah

She was their Healer.

She shakes her head. "Look at me. Immersed; confined. If I were to pursue a cause, or expose myself to... old, fierce relationships, I would irreparably hasten my condition. No. In my present state, I cannot. Perhaps if I were recovered. Or perhaps Mariam can suggest a replacement. I would understand."
Depart without saying anything to her

It is none of your concern whether she lives or dies.

Once more up the narrow staircase

The walls are slick with condensed steam. There is a sheen of ice on the steps.

Return to the rest of Anthe

Leave the sick-chambers.

The staircase

The way is steep, up cut stone stairs. Sometimes it becomes a ladder rather than a staircase at all. After the first few flights, you can no longer hear the murmur of conversation in the sickroom.

Return to the rest of Anthe

You have nothing more to do here. Leave the sick-chambers.

Once more up the narrow staircase

The walls are slick with condensed steam. There is a sheen of ice on the steps.


Links[edit | edit source]

Links In[edit | edit source]

SS anthesmall.png Anthe, SS rosinasmall.png Rosina's Recovery

Links Out[edit | edit source]

SS anthesmall.png Anthe, SS rosinasmall.png Rosina's Death, SS rosinasmall.png Rosina's Recovery


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