Who could say what ghosts linger here, sighing into the zee?
Orthos is Coming! 0-4
This spit of black rock and stunted heath is hard to find, even with a map. But it's said that each of the Bazaar's previous cities has at least touched the place.
Digging up bones and rough justice
Certain radicals say that the Constables occasionally dispose of the worst and most scandalous criminals here. They say this is a tradition that began in the Second City.
Orthos is Coming! 4-6
The Religions of Corpsecage Island
All these relics of the Bazaar's previous cities. What can they tell you about their spiritual beliefs?
Examine the ruins for clues
Did the peoples of previous cities look to the Correspondence for spiritual guidance? Were they sceptics, or spiritualists, or totemists, or monotheists, perhaps?
Orthos is Coming! 6-7
Up the Hill
Tiny animal tracks lead steeply upwards, to a little plateau. You can see what might be ruined buildings up there. Why not?
See what you can dig up
The ruins resemble a long, walled courtyard rather than a building. If you weren't here to research, you might think to string up a tennis net.
Orthos is Coming! 7-8
Another Sort of Relic
Although the island looks abandonded, you do see signs of visitors. The remains of a campfire, long cold, dotted with blackened Mason jars. Scraps of mooring rope.
Rummage around the fire
Perhaps there's more here than evidence of the Neath's past. If the stories are to be believed, Corpsecage Island is studded with valuable caches.
Orthos is Coming! 8- He is Here!!
The Shore Near the Jetty
If the Constables used this place, they must have sheltered somewhere when the maddening winds blew and the Unterzee grew rumbunctious.
The caves dotted along the shore are little more than stone notches, half-clogged with silt and slipped earth. The question is, which one do you dig into?
The Back of Corpsecage
An isolated cove on the far side of Corpsecage Island. No ruins here, but a path leads to a stubby jetty of crumbling stone.
As the tide recedes, you can see rusted iron manacles of recent design firmly fixed to the rock. They're below the zee-weedy strand of the high tide line.
Orthos is Coming! 9-10
Looking for Relics
The splendid thing about the past is that it's worth a fair bit to the right customer.
In the bag you go
Third City relics from up by the walled court. Horsehead amulets from nearer the shore. Your sack is a better place for them than the cold uncaring earth.
Finish your notes on Corpsecage Island
There's solid evidence that Corpsecage Island has been sporadically inhabited over the ages. Relics from other cities stolen by the Bazaar lurk all over this place like currants in a bun.
Writing it all down
You have seen proof of Fourth and Third City inhabitation, and some evidence suggesting the Second City. There's material for a few weighty works here.
Orthos is Coming! 10
Orthos Has Set Upon You
The Fleet of Truth will be here at any moment - with or without Dr Orthos.
Time to go
You should make your escape now, before it's too late. [There is some risk of losing some of your research notes.]
Tarry a little
What? You're in the middle of something. These interruptions are intolerable. [There is some risk of losing some of your research notes.]
(A matter of luck: pretty good odds.)
Cut it fine
Orthos couldn't threaten a one-legged syphilitic rattus faber. You'll go when you're done and not before. [There is some risk of losing some of your research notes.]
(A matter of luck: the odds are against you here.)
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