To preface, I have not played Fallen London yet. I have, however done a bit of research on a few topics, so I’m not entirely ignorant either.
There are, as my topic title denotes, a few burning questions which I cannot get out of my head. My Google searches have also availed me little (which is why I made an account here actually!). I present to you then a list of my current quarrelsome quandaries and vicious vagaries:
-The Red Science: The icon looks like a Correspondence sigil, yet it’s not connected with the Bazaar. The meteorite is otherworldly, obviously, but what is the origin? The fact that it is red too, sparks my interest. I’ve noticed that the color red is quite symbolic e.g. Red Honey, A Dream of Red. In regards to the latter, is there a connection? Love and the Red Science? Memories also?
-Eating: Here is another symbol that I’m seeing everywhere. Though I’ve seen no direct mention of Mr. Eaten by name, how central is he to the plot of the Unterzee? Or rather what are the implications of eating, metaphorically? There is the Eater of Names, the ritual consuming of flesh in the Chapel of Lights, sigils that eat, Kingeater Castle, and numerous other examples. I know it must all fit together; I see the pieces of the puzzle, but I don’t know where to start making connections and drawing conclusions.
-Irem: Is there any connection between the Pillared City and the Bazaar? There was a historical city by the same name and title, so I can’t help but think it was stolen by the Bazaar, yet I feel like there would be existing lore on the subject, and my search into proved nothing. If anything, it seems more influenced by Parabola than the Bazaar, but that still begs the question as to how it got down here into the Neath. It’s timeless quality also confuses me. Does Parabola exist outside linear time so that a city within its midst could be timeless like Irem?
-The High Wilderness: This is another topic which I could find little on in respects to Fallen London. Passing beyond Avid Horizon rewarded me with a brick wall of unfamiliar terms which I promptly smashed into. Heaven? The Aether? Some other kind of parallel universe? Judgements live there, and there is also something called the Soul Forge. Since I haven’t played FL, the idea of Judgements also confuses me, but it’s unimportant for this discussion. I’ll assume they’re something heavenly for now. I think I saw a reference as well to the High Wilderness and Flukes/Axiles. Cue the next bullet point.
-Flukes/Axiles: Are they the same thing? Or is an Axile merely a category that Flukes fall into. I also remember Axile described as a location as well. Then of course there’s the connection to shapelings which I also don’t understand. It’s an artform that Flukes have a mastery over, yet people who lived in the Roof stole it, if I remember correctly.