The Great Maw
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|The Great Maw|
Story description[edit | edit source]
A twitching cathedral of ivory, flesh and decay. The Maw curves far enough to be swallowed by the darkness of the zee. Entire shipwrecks have been mulched between hooked teeth that dwarf London's mightiest monuments.
Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]
Frequency: Always (100%)
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|Gaze up through the Maw
Not many zailors have seen the zee from this angle
|Crunching, writhing, beauty
Light glitters where the false-stars shine on the surface of the zee, framed by the Maw's dormant teeth. How ancient is this creature? What happens if it swallows?
|Join some tooth miners
Sometimes treasures can be found, caught in the teeth.
Your pick-hook chips deep into the hardened mulch between teeth, but dislodges little but rotting deck-planks, and a measly handful of phosphorescent nodules. You snatch up the nodules, and let the wood sink into the throat below.
|Rare failed event (48%)|
|Pry the plaque! Grind the tooth!
In a notch in the tooth you discover a cluster of phosphorescent nodules. You hack at their tarter encasement. A few spill free, but your hook slips, catching a nerve in the tooth. The maw spasms. The miners flee, dragging you with them.
|In the darkness
Your pick-hook finds a wide cavity. Light shines forth - it is stuffed with a cluster of the phosphorescent nodules that the deeper Nookfolk treasure. You scoop out an armful before the rest of the tooth miners swarm in.
|Rare successful event (5%)|
|Treasure of the Ages
Shards of pottery, and - what's this? A handful of jewels, sparkling in the tartar you chipped from the tooth. The Nookfolk show no interest in them. But they should fetch a reasonable price on the markets, even if no specialist collectors are likely to be interested.
|Investigate an etched tooth-house
A Flinty Latitudinarian keeps its upper cavities filled with compressed air, allowing a number of activities otherwise impossible in watery Nook.
|The external surface of the tooth is covered with engravings. Rows of battling soldiers (some with the heads of dogs). A mountain, ablaze. Ships riding on a river, and each ship has a human mouth.
You swim inside and up, to chambers of eggy air.
To the Ruptured Throat.
|Time to leave
Your lungs - unaccustomed to breathing water - begin to labour. You must return to your ship.
There: the bright light of your zubmarine's main beam. The airlock. Home.
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