The Calendar Code was an all around excellent Exceptional Story that provided some very interesting lore on the Revolutionaries, the Calendar Council, and their ultimate intentions with the Liberation of Night. With the information we’ve received so far concerning Sunless Skies, what we learned in the above story is more relevant to Fallen London’s overall story than ever before. I created this thread, on the other hand, to discuss an optional bit of lore that some may have very well missed, but the revelations contained from this optional path also have some extremely dire ramifications on the overarching story.
We learn from the scroll that the Duchess, in truth the youngest daughter of the ruler of the Second City, had us steal revealed that she had been lying to us about the role she played in the love story that brought the Bazaar to the Second City. Originally, we learn from the University story line that the Duchess made a deal with the Bazaar to save her husband who was bitten by an asp snake. The cure the Master’s gave her turned him into the incredibly dangerous and incredibly venomous Cantigaster. The Calendar Code had us steal a scroll written by a man who the Duchess wanted to run away with and so she actually intentionally poisoned her husband to be with the scroll writer. On the surface, this may make many people come to the conclusion that the actual love story the Bazaar was drawn to was the love between the Duchess and scroll’s author, BUT this actually ties rather well with some even more obscure lore regarding the Second City and makes some aspects of that story sense.
With various story bits scattered throughout the game, it can be pieced together that the Bazaar was in the Second City for a very long time and also that the Masters, with the exception of one poor soul, absolutely despised the Second City. Logically, that those two facts don’t add up. After all, why would the Masters and Bazaar stay in a city they utterly hated? Some more very obscure lore implies the Bazaar was in fact trapped by the Pharaoh’s daughters because they believed the Bazaar was a great threat. Of course, setting up a trap for what is essentially a giant space crab powered by giant stone pig engines and accompanied by an entourage of deadly space bats would take quite a bit of set up. Naturally, I’m saying this was all premeditated and the daughters needed bait for the trap. I’m not certain whether the Duchess actually truly loved her husband or not, but my big theory connecting all my points together is that the Duchess poisoned her husband and used her supposed or possibly real love for him to lure the Bazaar in and entrap it within the Second City. There are a whole host of problems that eventually arose directly from that decision with the greatest by far being everything that happened with the Mr. Eaten story.
I would love to hear everyone else’s thoughts on the matter and to see what more veterans might say on the topic. I pieced all this together from all the lore I’ve gathered playing Fallen London for a year now and want to know whether people think I’m spot on or missed crucial information.