The Vault of the First Emperor

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The Vault of the First Emperor
SS blackgaz.png
Category Story Event
Type Story
Linked to Fountainhead Island

The Vault of the First Emperor is a Sunless Sea Story Event.

Story description[edit | edit source]

"This tribute to the Empire's first and greatest has been constructed over generations by monkeys working with stolen ideas of what an ancient tomb should be."

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

The Vault of the First Emperor is triggered by doing the To the Vault of the First Emperor action on Fountainhead Island in the Empire of Hands.

Links[edit | edit source]

Links In[edit | edit source]

SS junglegaz.png Fountainhead Island, SS delightfuladventuressgaz.png A Delightful Basecamp

Links Out[edit | edit source]

SS junglegaz.png Fountainhead Island, SS delightfuladventuressgaz.png Legacy of the First Emperor



Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Outside the Vault ""To rush, darling, is to court tragedy.""
Leave her to her work "That Zeppelin could be an opportunity"
Outside the Vault ""Right! On the count of three...""
Finally! "Something clicks, but nothing happens"
Reset the puzzle "Back to the start then"
Reset the puzzle "The last disc goes back onto the first peg"
Solve the puzzle Failed event Real life note on how the Tower of Hanoi puzzle works: "The minimum number of moves required to solve a Tower of Hanoi puzzle is 2^n - 1, where n is the number of disks."
Impossible to fail
Successful event
"Fifteen stone discs"
Continue solving the puzzle Failed event
Impossible to fail
Successful event
"One move at a time... one move..."
Rare event (20%)
"One move at a time..."
Blow the door open with dynamite "BOOM!"
Attempt to read the inscriptions Failed event Special requirement for an item!


"It's no use, it's gibberish"
Successful event
"Your skills still fail you"
Attempt to read the inscriptions "You place the chip under your tongue"
Read the inscriptions "A slightly dubious retelling of history"
The text contains clues on what tiles to step in. Try to identify distinguished names and google them to get the correct colors.
Examine the Mosaic Floor "Too far to jump"
Game note: Be careful. Choosing wrong may lead to a Wound. Three Wounds can mean death. If you don't know the correct order, you may be able to find a safer way past.

Into the Vault "The puzzle sits smugly"
Step on a Yellow tile "A cautious step"
Step on a Red tile "Ouch!"
Rare event (50%)
"Ouch!"
Step on a Blue tile "Ouch!"
Rare event (50%)
"Ouch!"
Step on a Green tile "Ouch!"
Rare event (50%)
"Ouch!"
Step on a Red tile "Ouch!"
Rare event (50%)
"Ouch!"
Step on a Blue tile "The tile creaks"
Step on a White tile "Ouch!"
Rare event (50%)
"Ouch!"
Step on a Blue tile "Ouch!"
Rare event (50%)
"Ouch!"
Step on a Red tile "History is conquered"
The Final Door "There is no obvious method"
Open the Emperor's Tomb "It seems like such a simple thing, now"
A dusty bowl of glassy red chips "You take a chip"
Consume the red honey chip "A Test of Understanding"
Enter the Vault "The Antechamber" Game note: The Delightful Adventuress will not relinquish her glim lantern. You will need Foxfire Candles to light your way. One crate will suffice for the entire exploration.

Leave the Vault, for now "You leave the puzzle behind"
Return to the surface "You leave the Vault"
Return to the surface "You head back outside"
Press on into the Vault "A huge maze stretches out before you"
Onwards! "The Hall of Histories"
Severely wounded! Failed event
"You bleed out on the floor"
Rare event (50%)
"Emergency first-aid"
Successful event
"Emergency first-aid"
An underground courtyard "So close, and yet so far..."
A complex maze stretches out ahead "A veteran of mazes"
A pit of venomous snakes! "It is the Delightful Adventuress' turn to go first"
Across the snake-pit Failed event
"Your foot slips!"
Successful event
"A terrifying crossing"
Enter the Vault "You hurry back"
Enter the Vault "A slightly wandering return"
Leave the Vault for now "You push past the assembled monkeys"
Leave the Vault "Back to Fountainhead Island"



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