The Thing in the Kitchen
|The Thing in the Kitchen|
|Linked to||Hunter's Keep|
Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]
The Thing in the Kitchen is triggered when you dock in Hunter's Keep and have the following:
- Acquaintance: Sojourning with the Sisters ≥ 25 and ≤ 30
Story description[edit | edit source]
"The Yellow-Eyed Maid clings to the ceiling like a lizard, fierce and wiry in her ragged uniform. She hisses furiously. When you advance a step, she scurries away to the far end of the room, still on the ceiling, weeping."
Interactions[edit | edit source]
|Coax her down
Whoever and whatever she is, she's suffering.
|"What do maids eat?"
The diet of domestic servants is a mystery to you. Of traumatised, ceiling-clinging maids who may not even be human, still less so. You offer her milk, bread, wine, ship's biscuits. She shakes her head and cries like a wounded fox.
|"Down she comes"
You try to question her. "Those poor zailors!" she spits. You realise that in all the time you spent at Hunter's Keep, she had never spoken. "The poor zailors! I didn't come here for this! Damn them to the well!"
She's finished the meat. She returns to the ceiling in a single inhuman bound.
|Catch her with a net
She's dangerous. And somehow, you suspect you may not have much time.
She runs round the ceiling like a squirrel - drops to hiss and claw at one of your zailors - retreats into the scullery - slithers through the window there and returns through the chimney, black with soot. You glare at each other, panting.
It's like trying to get a jaguar out of a tree. Three of your crew are badly bitten, but at last you restrain her and she lies on the table, glaring and growling. What now?
You try to question her. "Those poor zailors!" she spits. You realise that in all the time you spent at Hunter's Keep, she had never spoken. "The poor zailors! I didn't come here for this! D__n them to the well!"
With a serpentine wriggle, she's free of the net. She returns to the ceiling in one inhuman leap.
|Hunter's Keep story events|
|Hunter's Keep alight • Hunter's Keep in darkness • Hunter's Keep in ruins • Phoebe the Arsoniste • The Silent House • The Thing in the Kitchen|