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Anne Auclair
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10/1/2016
Although it hasn’t been the subject of a single FL story and only one Sunless Sea story (A Drop of Darkness), Darkdrop Coffee has an impressive amount of lore attached to it.

First, Darkdrop Coffee can be found and purchased in up to six ports, the highest spread of any trade commodity. It is grown and sold in Port Carnelian and Adam’s Way, the Elder Continent being the main producer and exporter. Khaganian merchants resell these Elder beans, only slightly marked up, in the Copper Quarter’s Licensed Exchange. Far to the east, the Pentecost Apes cultivate and brew their own version, which the Empire’s Mandarin’s trade for London wine. In the Iron Republic’s House of Milks, hot coffee (which transforms back into beans?) drips from the scaled teats of crucified dragons (love this). And for those who need some beans but don’t want to visit any of those prior ports, it is always available for purchase at London’s Wolfstack Exchange.

Second, not only is Darkdrop Coffee widely sold, but it can be very profitably resold in up to three places: London, Irem, and Vienna. Provided you have a large enough hold and do a minimal amount of planning, it is impossible to lose money trading in coffee. Its importance can be seen in the fact that six out of ten trade routes identified in The Guide for the Unterzee Merchant at some point involve the coffee trade. When you consider that this guide neglects the direct Adam’s Way-Irem trade route, it rises to seven out of eleven.

Third, Darkdrop Coffee is extremely potent and subtly supernatural. It’s described as having "all the fire of Hell, and all the aroma of Heaven." In Fallen London the effect of drinking it pure is likened to black magic and it gives you extra actions at the cost of wounds. When you capture a bag of beans in Sunless Sea, one of your officers jokes that you can fuel the ships boiler with it (maybe you could?). The Iremi consider Darkdrop Coffee Parabola Linen’s antiphon and charge a sack of beans for a visit to the House of the Amber Sky. The Venturer purchases seven bags to keep himself warm in the depths of space. A sample of the coffee even briefly cheers up the Café Ferstel’s determinedly depressed Melancholic Proprietor!

Fourth, it is widely embedded as a sustaining feature of the game’s larger world. The monks who run Adam’s Way’s Animescence Hospital are implied to fund their efforts by producing Darkdrop Coffee in a manner not dissimilar from Kopi Luwak (only with giant sloths instead of cute tree cats). Caligula’s Coffee House is one of the major centers of London's social life, frequented by a broad clientele ranging from Parliamentarians to Revolutionaries (no doubt the Neath’s constant darkness requires the constant imbibing of strong pick-me-ups). The Iremi Riddlefishers have an insatiable and inscrutable demand for Darkdrop beans – perhaps as a means of self-protective medication or possibly because the beans have absorbed the Mountain’s energy and are thus valuable to the Fingerkings. On the surface Darkdrop Coffee is sold to fashionable establishments like the Café Ferstel in Vienna, which are heavily frequented by Revolutionaries. Said Viennese agitators are particularly active at night, smashing street lights and spreading graffiti, and strong coffee no doubt helps them in these activities (it’s notable that their description, “the coffee-house agitators of Vienna” explicitly identifies them with coffee). Lastly the Merchant Venturer needs seven bags of Darkdrop Coffee in order to explore the frigid High Wilderness. So the trade in Darkdrop Coffee funds efforts to combat a dread disease, warms London’s bourgeoisie and revolutionaries, helps the Iremi Riddlefishers, fuels the struggles of the surface revolutionaries, and aids the exploration of outer space. Quite an impressive range.
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Diptych
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10/1/2016
A fitting tribute to one of our most historically important, and persistently delicious, pick-me-ups.

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Vavakx Nonexus
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10/1/2016
And an unexpected tribute to the quality of FL's lore, where even a cup of coffee combines several important lore points of the world. Stories so closely interconnected are rare, and FBG deserves credit for making such a wonderful world.

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Estelle Knoht
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10/1/2016
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Anne Auclair
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10/1/2016
Estelle Knoht wrote:
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lol, I'm actually hoping that something like that happens in Sunless Sky. If a cup of Darkdrop Coffee can keep you warm and pick-you-up even in the High Wilderness, it would become an even more popular beverage, no? The Unterzee is filled with taverns, ale houses and tea shops. The High Wilderness I hope will be loaded with coffee houses.
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Estelle Knoht
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10/2/2016
Anne Auclair wrote:

lol, I'm actually hoping that something like that happens in Sunless Sky. If a cup of Darkdrop Coffee can keep you warm and pick-you-up even in the High Wilderness, it would become an even more popular beverage, no? The Unterzee is filled with taverns, ale houses and tea shops. The High Wilderness I hope will be loaded with coffee houses.


Oh ye of little coffeehouse knowledge. These places are not going to serve coffee, real or fake or mundane or supernatural so much as coronary-inducing Bumpkin Spices FrappuEchoes™.

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maricolous
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10/2/2016
Also I'm under the impression** that the Tireless Mechanic uses darkdrop coffee to stay awake in the face of his dream snake problem. Truly a magical concoction if one can entirely avoid sleep for months on end with it.

**under the impression because, well, he only says he drinks a "draught" to stay awake. No other information is given, I believe.

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Morkan Kassington
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10/2/2016
maricolous wrote:
Also I'm under the impression** that the Tireless Mechanic uses darkdrop coffee to stay awake in the face of his dream snake problem. Truly a magical concoction if one can entirely avoid sleep for months on end with it.

**under the impression because, well, he only says he drinks a "draught" to stay awake. No other information is given, I believe.


Fair enough, as people do heal fast enough thanks to the Mountain of Light that skipping sleep with coffee still allow your body to heal up even without sleep. Hopefully.

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Anne Auclair
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10/2/2016
Morkan Kassington wrote:
maricolous wrote:
Also I'm under the impression** that the Tireless Mechanic uses darkdrop coffee to stay awake in the face of his dream snake problem. Truly a magical concoction if one can entirely avoid sleep for months on end with it.

**under the impression because, well, he only says he drinks a "draught" to stay awake. No other information is given, I believe.


Fair enough, as people do heal fast enough thanks to the Mountain of Light that skipping sleep with coffee still allow your body to heal up even without sleep. Hopefully.

It's rather ambiguous what's in that nightly drought he takes. He says it "substitutes for sleep," but that could mean it merely simulates sleep or that it makes it so he doesn't have to sleep. If it's the second it wouldn't surprise me if it has a drop or two of darkness in it.

Tireless Mechanic wrote:
“There's a draught I take nightly, to substitute for sleep. It works well enough, and it keeps me sane and upright, but I wish I could enjoy just one night's sleep. If you could help me...”


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Anne Auclair
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10/7/2016
You are stirring your coffee when [an unorthodox correspondence symbol] forms, quite spontaneously, in the cream. There is a gout of scalding coffee-steam! You scream and leap back: your hands are badly burnt.

A Mr Eaten related correspondence symbol forming in a glass of Darkdrop Coffee. Do things like that normally happen when seeking the Name or is this occurrence fairly unique?

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The Master
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10/7/2016
Anne Auclair wrote:
You are stirring your coffee when [an unorthodox correspondence symbol] forms, quite spontaneously, in the cream. There is a gout of scalding coffee-steam! You scream and leap back: your hands are badly burnt.

A Mr Eaten related correspondence symbol forming in a glass of Darkdrop Coffee. Do things like that normally happen when seeking the Name or is this occurrence fairly unique?


It doesn't say it's darkdrop coffee, it just says coffee, and judging by the fact that darkdrop coffee is pretty rare I highly doubt it is.

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Anne Auclair
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10/7/2016
The Master wrote:
Anne Auclair wrote:
You are stirring your coffee when [an unorthodox correspondence symbol] forms, quite spontaneously, in the cream. There is a gout of scalding coffee-steam! You scream and leap back: your hands are badly burnt.

A Mr Eaten related correspondence symbol forming in a glass of Darkdrop Coffee. Do things like that normally happen when seeking the Name or is this occurrence fairly unique?


It doesn't say it's darkdrop coffee, it just says coffee, and judging by the fact that darkdrop coffee is pretty rare I highly doubt it is.

It's not rare, it's one of the Neath's main commercial products, and London imports a lot of it. It's just pure Darkdrop Coffee that is difficult for Londoners to get their hands on (and at 50 Echoes a sack its not hard to see why).

When your character drinks the action giving, "pleasure in pain" Darkdrop Coffee, they grind some beans into a very fine powder and then drink it with "only a little water." That stuff everyone drinks at Caligula's? A very watered down version. After all, since Darkdrop beans are far more potent than their Surface counterparts, London coffee makers would need fewer beans per cup to deliver a satisfying product. Also, drinking Darkdrop too straight is rather dangerous - as in, if someone actually brewed enough pure Darkdrop Coffee they could kill themselves or other people with it.
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Koh Kai Ying
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10/8/2016
Anne Auclair wrote:
You are stirring your coffee when [an unorthodox correspondence symbol] forms, quite spontaneously, in the cream. There is a gout of scalding coffee-steam! You scream and leap back: your hands are badly burnt.

A Mr Eaten related correspondence symbol forming in a glass of Darkdrop Coffee. Do things like that normally happen when seeking the Name or is this occurrence fairly unique?


It normally happens if you go to a snobby cafe with skilled baristas

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Sandi Gummy
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10/8/2016
Someone should try to draw the correspondence on milk foam xDD

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A Dimness
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10/8/2016
Anne Auclair wrote:
The Master wrote:
Anne Auclair wrote:
You are stirring your coffee when [an unorthodox correspondence symbol] forms, quite spontaneously, in the cream. There is a gout of scalding coffee-steam! You scream and leap back: your hands are badly burnt.

A Mr Eaten related correspondence symbol forming in a glass of Darkdrop Coffee. Do things like that normally happen when seeking the Name or is this occurrence fairly unique?


It doesn't say it's darkdrop coffee, it just says coffee, and judging by the fact that darkdrop coffee is pretty rare I highly doubt it is.

It's not rare, it's one of the Neath's main commercial products, and London imports a lot of it. It's just pure Darkdrop Coffee that is difficult for Londoners to get their hands on (and at 50 Echoes a sack its not hard to see why).

When your character drinks the action giving, "pleasure in pain" Darkdrop Coffee, they grind some beans into a very fine powder and then drink it with "only a little water." That stuff everyone drinks at Caligula's? A very watered down version. After all, since Darkdrop beans are far more potent than their Surface counterparts, London coffee makers would need fewer beans per cup to deliver a satisfying product. Also, drinking Darkdrop too straight is rather dangerous - as in, if someone actually brewed enough pure Darkdrop Coffee they could kill themselves or other people with it.
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Overdosing on coffee is one of the very nicest ways to die.

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AbelFry
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10/9/2016
Anne Auclair wrote:
You are stirring your coffee when [an unorthodox correspondence symbol] forms, quite spontaneously, in the cream. There is a gout of scalding coffee-steam! You scream and leap back: your hands are badly burnt.

A Mr Eaten related correspondence symbol forming in a glass of Darkdrop Coffee. Do things like that normally happen when seeking the Name or is this occurrence fairly unique?


It happens while you are stirring the coffee, so I interpreted it as your subconscious drawing the symbol. Also could've just been brewed with well water...
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Cass La'Roux
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10/13/2016
Sandi Gummy wrote:
Someone should try to draw the correspondence on milk foam xDD


Deal.
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maricolous
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10/14/2016
Infinity Simulacrum wrote:

Overdosing on coffee is one of the very nicest ways to die.


As a person who drank four cups of very strong coffee in quick succession because of "it's Art, dude"***, I can assure you it would be terribly unpleasant. Much grinding of teeth and moaning on the floor followed from that particular experience...








***maybe it was a dare. Just maybe smile

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Anne Auclair
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10/23/2016
Some of the new Zubmariner content further emphasizes Darkdrop Coffee's connections to revolution. In one of the new underzee locations, someone will read to you some suspiciously detailed short stories about anarchist hijinks:
The stories all centre on cafe's and anarchists. Most are placed on the surface, though some happen in London. One story, about the formulation of a plan that exploded a city block, featured a relentless coffee motif.


Meanwhile, Darkdrop Coffee is the fuel that powers the demanding physical and intellectual labors of the Scrimshander historians.
The Fuel of History

The guardians of the archives can barely contain their greed. While theories differ on what drives history, it is agreed that historians themselves are driven by coffee.

It's worth noting that a large portion of the Scrimshander's are Drownies - so even Drownies need a caffeine filled pick-me-up every now and then.
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10/23/2016
I once spent an hour examining an undergraduate's abstract pen drawing displayed in a dingy hallway. It was the first day of the semester, and a summer of sleeping in had clogged the caffeine tunnels with an attentive attitude and a quiet optimism. The infuriated triple latte burst out through my aesthetic sense instead, and trapped me in the checkerboard spiral.

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