Sovereign Island

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Sovereign Island
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Category Story Event
Type Story
Linked to Empire of Hands
Data ID 175471


Sovereign Island is a Sunless Sea Story Event.

Overview[edit | edit source]

SS junglegaz.png Sovereign Island is the location of SS monkeygaz.png The Wildweald Court, which houses ascended monkey nobles. You should also gain SS monkeykinggaz.png An Audience with the Emperor, although you'll need SS tabletsmall.png A Gift for the Monkey Emperor from SS delightfuladventuressgaz.png A Delightful Basecamp over on SS junglegaz.png Fountainhead Island. Once inside, many opportunties await to assist the SS empireofhands portgaz.png Empire of Hands with SS empireofhands portgaz.png The Zeppelin Under Construction, but check SS monkeygaz.png The Wildweald Court page for more information.

Story description[edit | edit source]

"Today, the sprawling palace is called the Wildweald Court. Tomorrow, who knows? The world of the Pentecost apes is one of cruel whimsy, where stolen traditions last only as long as their amusement."

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

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

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Gain access to the Court

The gates are guarded by two armoured monkeys that would look adorable if not for the blood on their bayonets. Humans are not welcome without an invitation or a worthy gift for the Emperor.

The Wildweald Court

A cacophony of Pentecost apes swings across ropes and ceiling beams in a cramped sea of sweat and malice. All are locked in an endless feud for souls and status, with scarce few having much else to call their own.

Attempt to enter the Wildweald Court

The soldiers once again bar your passage.

An Empire betrayed

Outsiders are no longer welcome in Court.

An Empire in mourning

Outsiders are no longer welcome in Court.

Gather Strategic Information for the Admiralty

What remains of the Empire of Hands? Spies are not required when the misery flows so freely.

The Empire's darkest day

All its hopes rested in the Zeppelin. Now that it is no more, there is little to look forward to except starvation.

The Empire's darkest day

The Emperor promised that all would be part of the Great Exodus. Those he betrayed can look forward to little but starvation and collapse.

The Delightful Adventuress She sees you over the crowd

"Ah!" she shouts. "Kapitano!" She strides through the crowd, her hair and clothes encrusted with dry bits of egg and tomato and things better not even recognised. "Kapitano, I wanted you to know, I bear you no grudges! Have you ever been to a place called, oh, Saviour's Rocks? The monkeys tell me it is most interesting!"

You have run faster in the past. But not often.

Back to the boat The guards stare as you row away

It will take some effort to ingratiate yourself here. Perhaps if you could find something on one of the other islands...

Lights above, as below

he false-stars look down, the little glim-lanterns in the water stare up. Neither is needed to guide you back to the relative quiet of Port Stanton.



An Audience with the Emperor[edit | edit source]

An Audience with the Emperor
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Category Story Event
Type Story
Linked to Sovereign Island
Data ID 176742


An Audience with the Emperor is a Sunless Sea Story Event.

Story description[edit | edit source]

"Emperor Crispin IV holds court in the heart of his palace. None may speak without permission, but the voice of the Emperor is still the least heard of all."

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

SS monkeykinggaz.png An Audience with the Emperor is first triggered by doing the Gain access to the Court action on SS junglegaz.png Sovereign Island in the SS empireofhands portgaz.png Empire of Hands.

This event is triggered again via the The Zeppelin is complete action, either in SS empireofhands portgaz.png The Zeppelin Under Construction or SS monkeykinggaz.png The Silent Gallery, in SS monkeygaz.png The Wildweald Court.

One final audience with the Emperor can be triggered through the Gain the Emperor's Favour action in SS monkeykinggaz.png The Silent Gallery in SS monkeygaz.png The Wildweald Court.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Summoned by the Emperor

To step into his throne room is to step into another world, a polished one of cool and blessed quiet that already feels as alien as it is pleasant.

An official welcome

The Emperor sits on his throne, wrapped in robes of violet and wearing an ornate golden mask. He remains motionless, silent. He could be mistaken for a statue, if not for an almost imperceptible nod to grant his seneschal permission to speak in his name.

She approaches, arms folded in the red-trimmed yellow robes of a court mandarin. Her expression is carefully blank; the chestnut hair on her face powdered alabaster white and decorated with exquisite detail in red and black. The rings on her fingers mark her as a ten-souled ape, a status even the Admiralty can respect.

She bows before you; a complicated, ritual display of sweeping sleeves that somehow never breaks eye contact. Finished, she waits for your response.

Return the bow

You are, after all, in front of an Emperor.

Failed event
A flicker of disapproval

Did you do something wrong? It appears so.

Be that as it may, there is business to discuss.

Successful event
A flicker of approval

You bow deeply, but not to the Exquisite Seneschal. She is but the voice of the Emperor, and it is to him that your respect is due. He makes no move and says nothing, but a test has been passed nevertheless.

Now, there is business to be discussed.

A curtsey instead

This is your preferred way to express respect.

Failed event
A flicker of disapproval

Did you do something wrong? It appears so.

Be that as it may, there is business to discuss.

Successful event
A flicker of approval

You curtsey deeply, but not to the Exquisite Seneschal. She is but the voice of the Emperor, and it is to him that your respect is due. He makes no move and says nothing, but a test has been passed nevertheless.

Now, there is business to be discussed.

Remain still

You will not demean yourself before mere monkeys.

The Exquisite Seneschal's expression flickers

She has never held a high opinion of humans,

Be that as it may though, there is business to discuss.

The Great Exodus

The Exquisite Seneschal requests your assistance to supply the Empire of Hands' great work - a Zeppelin that will take them to a new home far away from here.

Materials for the journey

You point out that the Admiralty has the Empire of Hands both under embargo and quarantined. The only thing worse to be caught doing here than supplying them would helping them escape their confinement!

"Have your people not already caused us enough pain?" she demands. "We starve, and you would prevent us being fed. We thirst to explore, and you cage us like animals. Why? For what fine purpose? What threat are we to you, who happily dine with devils?"

She shakes her head, almost with pity. "What could you possibly see in us that shames you so?"

Accept the commission

You will help the apes complete their Zeppelin.

The Exquisite Seneschal bows again, deeper

With a pair of servants to row the boat, she takes you to the Zeppelin site in Port Stanton. It was originally the project of a traveller from afar hoping to travel East, who encountered an... accident. In his plans and engine however, the monkeys saw their opportunity.

"The Great Exodus will require Supplies and Fuel, of course," explains the Exquisite Seneschal. "We also seek souls to uplift our brethren that they may join the work. You will of course be reasonably compensated for your expenses, and rewarded upon completion."

She also hints that there may be faster ways to complete the Zeppelin. To say more though would require a level of trust that you have not yet earned.

Game note: Build Status in Court and by supplying the Zeppelin

Refuse the commission

The monkeys must remain here, as the Admiralty decreed.

The Exquisite Seneschal is unsurprised

"As you wish. My Emperor thanks you for your gift and declares you an honoured guest of this Court for as long as you obey our laws and traditions."

You find yourself being led out of the Emperor's presence. "I would add one thing," says the Exquisite Seneschal in a quieter voice. "If it is your beloved Admiralty's deepest wish that we be gone, the Exodus will grant it, just as much as our freedom. A thing to think about, should it be their wrath that concerns."

She bows, curtly. "I bid you welcome to the Empire of Hands," she says in her normal tone, as two servants close the door to the Silent Gallery in your face.

Game note: Visit the Zeppelin in Port Stanton if you change your mind about assisting the Pentecost apes.

Hero of the Wildweald Court!

There is no applause as you walk into the Silent Gallery. There is however a measure of gratitude and grudging respect buzzing in the air.

The Exquisite Seneschal addresses the crowd

"My fellows, my friends, a great new era is upon us. Soon, the Great Exodus shall begin, and we shall forge the Second Great Empire in a land far, far away. It will require everything we have, and more. Only if we all pull together, from our highest to our lowest... one united Empire striding forwards in unison, can we prove ourselves worthy of the souls we have claimed."

She pauses, gestures to you. "But we would not be here without one human, one with the bravery to stand against the prejudices of their bat-people. By Imperial decree, it shall therefore be our guest's honour to give name to the instrument of our salvation."

She turns to you. The monkeys lean in expectantly.

The Pentecost Ascendant You murmur your chosen name

The Exquisite Seneschal listens, nods, and turns to the audience. "The human has spoken!" she shouts. "Our salvation shall be named... THE SOARING GLORY OF EMPEROR CRISPIN IV (GREATEST OF HIS NAME)!"

With a slight raise of his right paw, the Emperor graciously gives the audience permission to whoop.

Bl__dy monkeys. At least they pay up as promised.

The Pax Imperialis You murmur your chosen name

The Exquisite Seneschal listens, nods, and turns to the audience. "The human has spoken!" she shouts. "Our salvation shall be named... THE SOARING GLORY OF EMPEROR CRISPIN IV (GREATEST OF HIS NAME)!"

With a slight raise of his right paw, the Emperor graciously gives the audience permission to whoop.

Bl__dy monkeys. At least they pay up as promised.

The Endless Reach You murmur your chosen name

The Exquisite Seneschal listens, nods, and turns to the audience. "The human has spoken!" she shouts. "Our salvation shall be named... THE SOARING GLORY OF EMPEROR CRISPIN IV (GREATEST OF HIS NAME)!"

With a slight raise of his right paw, the Emperor graciously gives the audience permission to whoop.

Bl__dy monkeys. At least they pay up as promised.

The Second Lineage You murmur your chosen name

The Exquisite Seneschal listens, nods, and turns to the audience. "The human has spoken!" she shouts. "Our salvation shall be named... THE SOARING GLORY OF EMPEROR CRISPIN IV (GREATEST OF HIS NAME)!"

With a slight raise of his right paw, the Emperor graciously gives the audience permission to whoop.

Bl__dy monkeys. At least they pay up as promised.

The Flying Monkey You murmur your chosen name

The Exquisite Seneschal listens, nods, and turns to the audience. "The human has spoken!" she shouts. "Our salvation shall be named... THE SOARING GLORY OF EMPEROR CRISPIN IV (GREATEST OF HIS NAME)!"

With a slight raise of his right paw, the Emperor graciously gives the audience permission to whoop.

Bl__dy monkeys. At least they pay up as promised.

Her Master's Voice

The Exquisite Seneschal falls silent as you approach the golden throne, close enough to see the fury in the Emperor's eyes.

Behind the mask

"Your people. Your precious Admiralty..." He pauses to spit. "Your bat-masters. Do not think us unaware of what you say about us in your ivory towers. Us poor little primitives, daring to dream ourselves your equals."

The Exquisite Seneschal backs away. Her Emperor's tone is caramel laced with glass, fifteen souls united in hate.

"You wish my favour?" He gestures for a box. "I wish for fire. I wish for flame. I wish for those who have starved us to lie in the streets, their corpses spurned by the rats and the mangiest of your hounds. All this was to come to pass before the voyage. All was planned. But, time."

The box is pressed into your hands. "I grant you a chance then, to use as you will. Deliver this. Throw it to the zee. It matters little. If not today, then some generation hence your people shall learn regret for their sins. Let me however travel on the wings of that satisfaction, and you shall stand by me in the Second Empire."

He flicks a hand. "Now get out of my sight."


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