In the « …a fading wash of sunlight » story from years ago, we could obtain this text by choosing « Bask in the light »
"The first taught restraint and the second betrayed. The third taught us hunger: the fourth we remade. The fifth will live on in the heart of the Sun, and the sixth…"
This take place near the Bazaar, and it is possible that she is the one speaking. It clearly seem to refer to the previous cities that I has fallen. However, it was also possible to obtain this text:
Whose memories are these?
The first descent, the unnaming of flight, that was forgiven and all shall be well. So It said. The second, a shrug and a time. It was fair[…]. The third, oh the rage at the deceptions of sand.
(Unfortunately, I can not find the complete version at this specific event, so I have to used the abridged text from the wiki.) Now, this text is interesting, since it is also mentioned elsewhere. The question I want to answer is: Is this piece of text also talking about the Fallen Cities? The other text in Baskin in Light does not seem to refer to the other city, so I would assume that it is not redundant, but it is possible. Then, we have the Seeking version, which is obtained while collecting Footsteps of the False Saints:
The scent and the turn
A third soul whirling like a compass needle! There is only one direction. It is not Hell but Hell has its scent.
Whose memories are these?
The first descent, the unnaming of flight, that was forgiven and all shall be well. So it said. The second, a shrug and a time. It was fair, It was fair. The third, oh the rage at the deceptions of sand. All of us were, all of us, and now all of us will.
We can see that at least one sentence was added to the text, which is why I hesitate to say if the rest is completely identical to the text above. Finally, we have this sermon delivered in the Chapel of Lights, both in Sunless Sea and Seeking. This is the Seeking version, with the « Lady in Lilac » comments:
“There were three descents,” the Priest confides, “before the betrayal.”
“The first descent was that which was given for that which was promised. (The Drowned Man makes no promises to us. He gives us only lessons.) For the second, the hunters of echoes remembered the ways of sunlight, and learnt the stories of the heart. (The Drowned Man’s heart was flensed, and we will taste it.) The third: O, the treacherous walkers of the river’s shadow! They snared the echo-hunters! (This began the chain of tales which concluded in the Drowned Man’s first-feast. So praise that treachery.)”
The Priest speaks of cities fallen, and stories risen. His words echo in the stalactites above, while water trickles from the walls. (Cosy, isn’t it? Rest your head in my lap. It won’t be much longer.) A shadowed figure watches from the darkest corner of the apse. The worshippers studiously ignore it.
This is the lesson of Sant Cerise, a candle you obtain by sacrificing something of great value down a well. So my questions is, are these about the fall of the first three cities? I am not so sure about that; what are the descent mentioned?