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The Signalman in London
Fatalisticsignalman.png
Category Story Event
Type Story
Data ID 312526

The Signalman in London is a Sunless Skies Story Event.

Story description[]

The Signalman is in a shabby little consulting office near the station, decades out of fashion. A motto on the cobwebbed windows reads 'Told you so.'

Despite its appearance, business is booming. London's elite, unused to being spoken to frankly, consider him a delightful novelty.

Trigger conditions[]

Fatalisticsignalman icon.png Secondment: Fatalistic Signalman ≥ 1
Location: London
Area: St Dominic's Station
Frequency: Always (100%)

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Direct the Signalman to curry favour with the Ministry
His outlook and theirs might chime on occasion to your advantage.

Game note: The Signalman will try to garner Ministry Gratitude.

An undertaking
The Signalman nods. "More than willing to apply myself to the Ministry. I've been wanting to take a gander at their failings for some time now." There is an undertone of relish. "Meet you back here when I'm ready."
Direct the Signalman to curry favour with London's industrialists
Men and women with minds of steel and hearts of iron. Their friendship could be profitable.

Game note: The Signalman will attempt to find you a Cryptic Benefactor.

In search of grace and favour
"I'll do what I can, if the pig-headed idiots will listen." The Signalman's expression is dour as ever. "They never paid attention to me when I was just a worker." He adjusts his bowler and tugs his collar straight. "But now I'm a consultant." He heads off from the station, whistling tunelessly.
The Signalman has something for you
He's loitering with intent beside the station. He looks more miserable than ever.
A success?
The Signalman is in a state of distress. "They told me they're taking everything I said under serious advisement. Focus on 'better management practices'. 'Improve efficiencies'." He shakes his head. "I don't think they listened to anything I said. But they were very happy. I mentioned your name."

Advanced query needs investigation


The Signalman has something for you
His expression is almost cheerful.
Cassandra in the workplace
"They didn't like what I had to say. No, they didn't like it at all. They paid me very well to leave immediately and stop saying it." He thrusts an envelope at you. "Yours. Since I didn't get what you asked." He coughs balefully.

Advanced query needs investigation Advanced alteration value probably needs examination.


The Signalman has something for you
He's loitering with intent beside the station. He looks more miserable than ever.
Good publicity
"I told them it wouldn't work. Even with a palace full of hours, you couldn't get that much iron moved in a month. 'Do you remember the Isambard Line?' I said. 'This is twice as expensive and three times as stupid', I said."

He sighs. "They loved it. Said they wanted to quote me in all the press. 'Senior engineer of the Isambard Line says it's impossible!'"

You've never seen the Signalman look more forlorn. "Still," he says at last, "I managed to drop your name."

Advanced query needs investigation


The Signalman has something for you
His expression is almost cheerful.
Unwelcome advice
"I told them it was a stupid idea, which it was," he says, clutching his bowler hat in his hands.

"I asked to see their accounts. Turns out they've been getting fleeced for years. Lawyers, consultants, architects, the works. I was the first to tell them straight. They gave me my pay and threw me out on my ear."

He looks around the station. "I think it's probably a good idea to leave London for a bit."

Advanced query needs investigation Advanced alteration value probably needs examination.


Pick up the Signalman
He seems even less happy here.

Game note: This will end any tasks you've put him on.

A return to arms
He sighs when he sees you. It is, possibly, a sigh of relief. "Yes, it is time I was off again," he informs you. "I need to be back among the hollows of the stars and the howl of the terrible winds. I'm never content these days unless I'm sat in front of a fragile window, looking out over some turbulent abyss." It seems he might be pleased to see you.
Advanced alteration value probably needs examination.



Links[]

Links In[]

Telescope.png Explore London

Links Out[]

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