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Anchovies
Anchovies
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28 days ago
As per the title, I've recently been taken with the idea that the identity of the "Hungry Monarch" referred to in the Stone and Storm results of fumbling in the darkness in Frostfound's Dark Room is none other than the Fathomking. Some evidence:

1. "Distant acquaintance" refers to a relationship between the monarch and Stone. Presenting Mt Nomad's Heart to the Fathomking reveals that Mt Nomad is the Fathomking's niece by marriage, which confirms that the Fathomking is married to Stone.

2. "Shapeling days" refers to a thunder-dragon in the roof, who caused some trouble for the hungry monarch until the monarch learned the dragon's name and forced the dragon to listen/obey. Presenting Mt Nomad's Heart to the Fathomking provokes him into placing Storm's Curse on you, which implies that the Fathomking has some means of commanding Storm.

Some unanswered questions:
1. "Distant acquaintance" mentions that the monarch departed and their appetite was transformed. I don't know what to make of this. Perhaps the Fathomking used to be the monarch of something else?
2. "Shapeling days" refers to use of messengers from Axile. The Lorn-Flukes and Rubbery Men are aquatic or semi-aquatic, but I don't know of any other evidence of ties between the Fathomking and Axile.

What do you think? I can't think of any other satisfying answers as to the hungry monarch's identity.

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Infinity Simulacrum
Infinity Simulacrum
Posts: 535

28 days ago
The Drownies' interest in and the ability to purchase crew at the cost of Scintillack, at least, supports that the Fathomking and his court hold interest in goods from Axile.

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Barse
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Posts: 485

28 days ago
Isn't the Fathomking married to a big ol' Lorn Fluke? That'd be a link and a half.
Source: a half-remembered post on SM9's blog - please correct me if I'm wrong!


Edit: this post here, although I/someone would have to do more digging to find the in-game text. SM9 seemed to think that the Hungry Monarch was Salt, however.
edited by Barse on 6/28/2017

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Infinity Simulacrum
Infinity Simulacrum
Posts: 535

28 days ago
Barse wrote:
Isn't the Fathomking married to a big ol' Lorn Fluke? That'd be a link and a half.
Source: a half-remembered post on SM9's blog - please correct me if I'm wrong!


Edit: this post here, although I/someone would have to do more digging to find the in-game text. SM9 seemed to think that the Hungry Monarch was Salt, however.
edited by Barse on 6/28/2017

That could've done with some more arrows, had a hard time trying to comprehend that humans are somehow descended from drownies.

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slickriptide
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Posts: 82

27 days ago
Anchovies wrote:
As per the title, I've recently been taken with the idea that the identity of the "Hungry Monarch" referred to in the Stone and Storm results of fumbling in the darkness in Frostfound's Dark Room is none other than the Fathomking. Some evidence:

1. "Distant acquaintance" refers to a relationship between the monarch and Stone. Presenting Mt Nomad's Heart to the Fathomking reveals that Mt Nomad is the Fathomking's niece by marriage, which confirms that the Fathomking is married to Stone.




"Niece" implies that the Fathomking is an "uncle", not a "father".

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Optimatum
Optimatum
Posts: 2485

26 days ago
The hungry monarch was almost certainly Salt. The third result for fumbling in the darkness, "Need", is very clearly about Salt after all and having one unrelated passage would be very odd.

Also, "the monarch's appetite was transformed, like blood into tears" reminds me specifically of the event "Tears", which is unlocked with Salt's Attention. Sounds to me like Salt shifting from its work as the White's pawn to whatever drove it to abandon its identity and go East.
edited by Optimatum on 6/30/2017

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