December 22nd storylet, available across Fallen London
Mr Sacks stalks the streets of Fallen London
It's begun to make its rounds… and if you catch it before it arrives, it will allow you to take a gift from its sack. On the condition it is for someone else.
Option 1: Chat with the urchins who attend Mr Sacks
It's said they made a pact with him: each winter they put the last year of their lives into his sack, and so never grow up. Can it be true?
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at < 54
Option 2: Lurk. See who's dipping into the sack…
…and eavesdrop on who they're sending presents to.
Shadowy challenge, straightforward at 45
Option 3: Brave the sack; pull out a present for a friend'Oo's it for, then?' the urchins who attend Mr Sacks ask as you grope nervously inside. [Note: this allows you to send a seasonal gift to a friend, and gives you a small reward for your festive spirit.]
Option 4: Make off with the whole sack!
added in 2011
Who knows what riches it contains?
(A matter of luck: the odds are against you here.)
December 23rd storylet
A visit from Mr Sacks
A knock on your door. A hunched figure. A gravelly voice. Ho ho ho. Mr Sacks is the only one of the Masters whose voice isn't shrill. He's brought his sack for you to fill. What are you going to put in it?
'Mr Sacks! Take my best regards!'
The traditional response from those who wish to keep their possessions. Mr Sacks may be disappointed, but you'll suffer no harm.
'Mr Sacks! Take this hat full of horrible dreams!'
'Mr Sacks! Would you care for a little of the '68?'
If you have a bottle of the wine that Mr Sacks favours, you can give him that.
Unlocked with Greyfields 1868 First Sporing 1
'Mr Sacks! Take me!'
'Mr Sacks! Take the sound of my footsteps!'
Thieves ask for this, or so it's said. Will Mr Sacks grant it? Or will he turn you over to the authorities? Is he, in fact, the authorities?
A matter of luck: it could go either way.
Unlocked with Shadowy 20
'Mr Sacks! Take these wicked words!'
Be rid of all your Scandal. You'll need some sticky words to tie it to.
Unlocked with 1 x Appalling Secret, 1 x Proscribed Material, Scandal 1
'Mr Sacks! Take this Starveling Cat!'
The Cat hunches its back, glaring at Mr Sacks. Is it hungry? Angry? Excited? Its eyes, as ever, are wells of pestilent and unfathomable malevolence.
Unlocked with 1 x Starveling Cat
'Mr Sacks! Take this enormous spider!'
Those legs, as you know to your cost, are covered in rough sharp hairs. It may be a struggle getting it into the sack.
Unlocked with 1 x Fairly Tamed Sorrow-Spider
'Mr Sacks! Take this most inconvenient of aunts!'
A rush and a push and she will trouble you no longer. Where will she end up? Well, that's hardly something to think about.
Unlocked with Inconvenienced by your Aunt 10
'Mr Sacks! Take a cutting from this magnificent plant!'
It's taking up altogether too much space. You won't uproot the whole thing for him, but some light pruning is in order anyway.
Unlocked with Attending to the Needs of a Singular Plant 2
'Mr Sacks! Take this wretched child away!'
Take the urchin by the scruff of the neck? Fling him to the Crimson Beast of Winter? What kind of monster are you?
Unlocked with 1 x Grubby Urchin
'Mr Sacks! Take these festering wounds!'
If you are in pain, Mr Sacks can help. If you can spare a soul or three. Perhaps it needs them to cheat Death with.
Unlocked with 3 x Souls, Wounds 1
'Mr Sacks! Take these precious antiquities!'
Well, this collection of knick-knacks is cluttering up your mantelpiece.
Unlocked with 1 x Relic of the Fourth City , 1 x Relic of the Second City , 1 x Relic of the Third City
'Mr Sacks! Take this drop of destiny!'
Mr Sacks doesn't generally do deliveries. But if you sweeten your Fate with honey, he'll take it to a friend. (This allows you to send a seasonal gift of eleven Fate to another player.)
Unlocked with 1 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey
This choice costs 11 Fate to play.