The Secret of the Nocturne

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The Secret of the Nocturne
SS nocturnegaz.png
Category Story Event
Type Story
Linked to The Wreck of the Nocturne
Data ID 169506

The Secret of the Nocturne is a Sunless Sea Story Event.

The Secret of the Nocturne is located on The Wreck of the Nocturne and available during the story on Saviour's Rocks.

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

The Secret of the Nocturne is available if you have the following:

Story description[edit | edit source]

Overview[edit | edit source]

This is part of a multi-chain story started on SS Locations Saviour's Rocks.png Saviour's Rocks. At this stage, you've completed SS gossamerway portsmall.png Preparing for the Festival of Silk, been SS blindfoldedemissarygaz.png Into The Spider's Web, visited SS spidertreegaz.png The Web of Stone and spoken to SS spidertreegaz.png A council of sorrow, who have sent you to SS nocturnesmall.png The Wreck of the Nocturne. If you did some spider spying in the Web of Stone, you have some idea why you're here. Otherwise, it's pretty unclear, but you like mysteries, right?

Interactions[edit | edit source]

The SS nocturnesmall.png Saviour's Rocks: The Fate of the Nocturne status serves as a progress meter of sorts. Its value will determine what options to show you, and it rarely decrements, instead slowly increasing. There are multiple, overlapping choices at every stage, and you can repeat things you've done already. Almost everything that happens has a negative outcome, even when you succeed. At best, for the most part, things simply don't get worse.

Action Requirements Effects Notes
Send a pair of scouts in first

It is unlikely that anything is lurking, but...

Failure It's not clear to me how this event can "succeed" (the game handles most events as a fail, unless they're against a skill check). It's been reported. I'll update if I hear back.
A long, long wait

A flare goes up from the Nocturne. It's safe. The wait has not however been good for crew morale.

Rare Failure (10%)
A missing crewman

A flare goes up from the Nocturne. It's safe. But inside, only one scout remains. The other thought to help herself to a little treasure. Her partner was more Salt-fearing. That at least explains the quiet splash sound a while earlier. A pity, but not one crewman would have advocated anything else.

Success!
"A long, long wait"
Lead the boarding party

Gaining entrance will mean hacking through a forest of old spider-webs. You will show the crew there is nothing to fear.

Failed event
A forest of nightmares

The dry webbing winds round your limbs and gets in your mouth as you hack through it. Why do the sorrow-spiders feel so compelled to leave their mark like this? What do they hope to catch out here?

Successful event
Cutting through a forest of nightmares

As unpleasant as it is, it's nothing a good axe can't take care of. Why do the sorrow-spiders feel so compelled to leave their mark like this? What do they hope to catch out here?

Check in with the rest of the crew

They are being quiet. Entirely too quiet.

Nothing but darkness

Everyone had best hurry. These candles will not last forever. Nor will the solitude.

Rare event (40%)
Their eyes stare into the shadows

Find anything? No, nothing. There is nothing here. We should leave. We are not welcome here...

Explore the lower levels

You are alone here... right?

Empty corridors, untouched rooms

The sorrow-spiders took little from the Nocturne save its crew. Their attack froze it in time, from the broken glass of a long-dried out brandy decanter to the still damp charcoal in the extinguished engines.

Rare event (5%)
A movement in the dark!

What was that? A ghost? No. Just the flickering of a candle. At least the crew did not see it. simply being here has them superstitious enough.

Search the cargo hold

You don't know what you're looking for, you don't know if you'll know it when you see it, you don't know why it's important... but at least you know it's here. Isn't it?

Failed event
The Nocturne had many passengers...

A true zailor takes on as few passengers as possible, unless they're nailed up in the hold like the better-behaved tomb-colonists. The Nocturne had musicians and poets and scholars on board when it met its fate. Their baggage contains little of interest though; or at least, nothing particularly relevant.

Rare failed event (9%)
A sudden sharp shower

You can only be glad no one is here to see it as a crate of seven year old zeewater bursts open at your touch, soaking you to the skin.

Successful event
The Nocturne had many passengers

Their belongings tell many stories. None of them however seem to be one the sorrow-spiders would take a direct interest in.

Rare successful event (15%)
A secret, to be sure

One that speaks of at least one unfortunate encounter in the Nocturne's history. Not, however, one a sorrow-spider would likely find notable.

A moment's fear

A sliver of ice down the spine. A hot sweat. The sense of something watching, from within or without.

Failed event Note the question mark. If you pass, it's possible there were there ghosts? If you fail, there were definitely ghosts.
Ghosts of the Nocturne

It is said that the Nocturne was sunk by the Tree of Ages, the fist of the sorrow-spiders. If any ship was going to have ghosts, it would be this one. What else could it be?

Successful event
Ghosts of the Nocturne?

It is said that the Nocturne was sunk by the Tree of Ages, the fist of the sorrow-spiders. If any ship was going to have ghosts, it would be this one. But no. This feels older than mere death, and somehow... further away. At least, further away for now.

Search the regular cabins

Perhaps it was not the Nocturne itself, but a passenger that drew the sorrow-spiders' interest?

If so, it is not clear why

Unless they long for musical instruments, half-finished poetry, or a clock that is not even right once a day, there is little here they might want.

Only the description varies
Rare event (5%)
If so, it is not clear why

Unless they long for a collection of most pornographic wood-carvings, a forbidden novel of love in the Second City, or the pickled body of a zee-bat, there is little here that they might want.

Search the stateroom

As close to luxury as one can expect on the zee. Whoever stayed here was blessed indeed.

Soft pillows. Warm sheets.

An acquired taste for those who value comfort. No secrets however, at least none on open display.

Rare event (9%)
The Diary of a Perfidious Composer

A scandalous document to be sure! It does not however contain anything the sorrow-spiders are likely to consider relevant to their interests.

Take nothing. Touch nothing.

To rob a half-drowned ship of valuables is against the code of the zee... even if nobody is watching.

There will be reward later

For now, all that matters is the search.

A little bonus

The Nocturne's passengers left no shortage of delightful artefacts behind when they were taken. The crew would not approve. But the crew is not watching right now.

Failure This has a greater chance to get a curse if you pass it! This place is mean.
A sudden taste of blood and salt

What was that? It was probably nothing. These extra coins will do far more good in your pocket than at the bottom of the zee.

Rare Failure event (50%)
A few coins nobody will miss or notice

These coins will do far more good in your pocket than at the bottom of the zee. It would be better not to take anything larger though. The crew would be... distracted.

Success!
A few coins nobody will miss or notice

These coins will do far more good in your pocket than at the bottom of the zee. It would be better not to take anything larger though. The crew would be... distracted.

Rare Success Event (55%)
A sudden taste of blood and salt

What was that? It was probably nothing. These coins will do far more good in your pocket than at the bottom of the zee.

Into the darkest reaches

Every corner, every inch... the Nocturne's secret will be found.

Paraphernalia, rot, nothing!

What do those accursed spiders want? Why could they not be more specific?

Rare event (50%)
Baggage, dust, nothing!

What do those accursed spiders want? Why could they not be more specific?

Search the Captain's cabin

Who could better know the ship's secrets?

Failure
A ship of memories, not clues

Along with the scattered bottles of mushroom wine, his logs tell the tale of a ship with an interesting history. There is nothing about anything it may have discovered this far from home however. At least, not in any form a fellow zailor might observe.

Rare Failure (50%)
The true story of the Perfidious Composer

Along with the scattered bottles of mushroom wine, his logs tell the tale of a ship with an interesting history. This was a scandal that crossed the zee back to Fallen London, many years ago. There remains enough interest for it to be worth a few Echoes.

Success!
An escape from the Surface

Along with the scattered bottles of mushroom wine, his logs tell the tale of a ship with an interesting history. This one speaks of an earlier Captain's bravery, venturing to the Surface to ferry back lost souls who thought the sun still considered them friends. It is a pity that he returned entirely alone.

A sudden cold shiver

Is there someone behind you? No, further than that. Much further. But getting closer.

Failed event
An unseeing eye is watching

There are probably no ghosts on the Nocturne. That does not preclude there being some kind of curse.

Successful event
An unseeing eye is watching

Somewhere in the darkness. It seeks your fear. It shall not have it. Not today. Not today...

A Young Scholar's Notebook

Aha! In theory at least, a most illuminating tome!

Being a Detailed Study of the Lost Creatures of the Deeper Uncharted Unterzee by K. L. Stalveis

It is an unfinished treatise, the few completed sections a masterwork in turning forbidden knowledge into tiresome ephemera. The pictures however show great underwater beasts unlike any you have ever before heard witnessed. A theme of tentacles and madness persists throughout, until in the end even the once-copperplate handwriting is simply a scrawl.

Surely, this must be it. If not, whatever the sorrow-spiders seek is too well hidden or has long since been taken by one unfearing of Salt's wrath.

If it's more than 10, set it to 10. And why not? Setting the status to 44 is a break condition for this storylet's requirements and returns the player to The Wreck of the Nocturne.

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