Tireless Mechanic

From Sunless Sea Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Tireless Mechanic
Tireless Mechanic
Position Chief Engineer
Effects

+8 x Veils
+5% x Fuel Efficiency

Tireless Mechanic is a potential Chief Engineer crew member.

Character description[edit | edit source]

Does he ever sleep? His eyes are dark-circled, but his hands are steady.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

The Tireless Mechanic can be recruited in London by doing the A new recruit! action and having a A New Recruit? value of 5 or 6. He can also be recruited in Frostfound at any time for 20 echos with Engage an Officer: the Tireless Mechanic

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Speak to the Tireless Mechanic[edit | edit source]

“Hello hello. Busy now, but always got time for you.”

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Invite him to dine with you

His tastes are spartan - he eats little, drinks only water, barely sleeps at all - so you need only lay a simple table.

An appeal

“Thanks for the meal. And the company. No, no wine. It makes me sleepy. Oh, yes, I can sleep! Too easily - that's the problem.” He hesitates.

“There's a draught I take nightly, to substitute for sleep. It works well enough, and it keeps me sane and upright, but I wish I could enjoy just one night's sleep. If you could help me...”

“We need a Clay Man, from Polythreme. We'll need a Mirrorcatch Box. And we'll need to go to Hunter's Keep. I'll explain when we get there. No, I'm serious. I would owe you a great deal.”

Game note: Mirrorcatch Boxes are rarely sold in London, but can be found in the Khanate and occasionally elsewhere.
Increase your Veils

Give him something to really get his mind working.

“Of course, of course!”

"This. And this. Also this. Don't forget this. And never forget that."

Game note: Spend a Secret to improve your Veils, unless it's higher than 150.
Answer questions about your past

You've kept your secrets long enough.

Game note: Unmask yourself! This will allow you to select a Past, Ambition, and form of preferred address - also providing you with a specialist ability bonus.
Allow the Mechanic to enjoy his sleep

"It might be messy," he warns you. "Could you have a couple of strong zailors standing by? Tell them to snap the box shut when the trouble begins." He holds up a bottle of laudanum. "I will be sleeping deeply."

A certain amount of excitement

When nothing seems to be happening, you take to your own bunk - but a roar from the Clay Man brings you sprinting back to the Mechanic's cabin. You fling open the door.

The Man's eyes seethe with viric flame! It's struggling against the efforts of the zailors to restrain it. As you rush to assist, it flings one zailor off - but the other manages to snap the box closed. Instantly the Man goes stiff - a lifeless clay statue. The viric glow now pulsates from the box.

In the bunk, the Mechanic sleeps on, his face wreathed in dreamy smiles. He will sleep so until morning.

Rare event (50%)
Messy indeed

When nothing seems to be happening, you take to your own bunk - but a roar from the Clay Man brings you sprinting back to the Mechanic's cabin. You fling open the door.

The Man's eyes seethe with viric flame! It's struggling against the efforts of the zailors to restrain it. As you rush to assist, it smashes one zailor against the wall with terrible force - but the other manages to snap the box closed. Instantly the Man goes stiff - a lifeless clay statue. The viric glow now pulsates from the box.

In the bunk, the Mechanic sleeps on, his face wreathed in dreamy smiles. He will sleep so until morning.

Ask the Mechanic to explain exactly what the hell is going on

"Well, it's like this. I stole a secret from the Echo Bazaar. With the help of the Fingerkings. You know, the serpents who rule dream. Then I reneged on the Fingerkings. Don't look at me like that. Would you rather I'd given them the secret?"

Pigs of Stone

"I talk about engines. All the time. I'm sure you've noticed. And I dream about them. I found myself dreaming of the Stone Pigs. They're, oh, I don't entirely understand, still. But they're how the Bazaar travels between stars. (Did you know they did that?) And they sleep, so the Fingerkings can crack their dreams open. So the Fingerkings recruited me."

"I found a secret in those dreams. An engine like the zee's never seen. Oh, captain, captain, let me build it for you. You won't be sorry! But there are some things I'll need. (I know, I know. Isn't it always the way?)"

Proposition the Tireless Mechanic

"I was about to- Oh, never mind it, it can wait!"

Tireless

The Mechanic seems perpetually balanced between passion and distraction. You can't help wondering if his mind is elsewhere. But then again, he is exceptionally good with his hands. Afterwards, he whispers "Full steam ahead!" and then can't stop giggling. You would be quite entitled to push him out of bed. After all, you are captain.

Game note: Opportunities for other trysts will occur while you're at sea, substantially reducing Terror. However, if you have a lover in port, they might find out.

Game note: The Mechanic enjoys the life of the mind. Ensure your Pages is at least twenty points higher than your Hearts.

Exchange a secret smile

A romance with an Officer might be considered unseemly. You'll need to be discreet.

Later... Game note: Opportunities for other trysts will occur while you're at sea - but not quite yet.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Officers
Cooks Bandaged Chef-ParamountBandaged PoissonnierNacreous OutcastNacreous SurvivorScrimshaw ChroniclerShady Cook
Chief Engineers Gall-Eyed EngineerGenial MagicianPrudent MagicianThe Satisfied MagicianThe Urbane MagicianMaybe's DaughterMaybe's RivalNobody's DaughterTireless Mechanic
First Officers Carnelian ExileSigil-Eaten NavigatorSigil-Ridden NavigatorSly NavigatorThe Merciless ModisteYour Father
Gunnery Officers Irrepressible CannoneerLongshanks GunnerPresbyterate AdventuressWistful Deviless
Surgeons Brisk CampaignerCladery HeirDetermined DoctorDisillusioned DoctorHaunted DoctorIndomitable CampaignerPlausible SurgeonThe Lady in LilacThe Scarred Sister
Mascots Albino TinkererComatose FerretElegiac CockatooEyeless SkullGuinea PageKeeper-MothMonkey FoundlingParabolan KittenParabolan PantherVigilant IdolWretched Mog