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Blind Bruiser
Blind Bruiser (Map)
SS pirategaz.png
Located in London

Blind Bruiser is the intermediary between you and the Man of Business.

Description[]

Blind Bruiser may look like an ordinary pirate but look again. His connection to the Man of Business makes him a profitable, but dangerous, business connection. Double cross him and you will see his blade up close.

Interactions[]

When you approach the Blind Bruiser, your SS constable TCsmall.png Suspicion increases. This does not include the sale of sunlight though.

Cargo that the Blind Bruiser is asking you to deliver is only being checked for by the SS ancientriflesmall.png The Revenue Men which only care about your cargo hold when SS gamekeeper cottagesmall.png Something Awaits You ≥ 1 and ≤ 30.

SS specialconstablesmall.png An Inspection by the Ministry of Public Decency which only come by when SS gamekeeper cottagesmall.png Something Awaits You ≥ 31 and ≤ 50, will walk past anything related to Blind Bruiser without batting an eye, which actually helps with suspicion unless of course you are also cheating their side of the law.

To be able to safely deal with SS ancientriflesmall.png The Revenue Men either keep your eyes on SS gamekeeper cottagesmall.png Something Awaits You, and don't enter SS fallenlondon portgaz.png London when "the stars aren't aligned" in your favour, or keep your SS veilssmall.png Veils high and your SS constable TCsmall.png Suspicion low (more info on SS ancientriflesmall.png The Revenue Men page). You could also land in a nearby port (SS hunterskeep portsmall.png Hunter's Keep, SS muttonisland portsmall.png Quaker's Haven, SS lightship portsmall.png Light-Ship) to swap your favourite aft accessory for a SS keyhole2small.png Concealed Compartment or to waste your SS gamekeeper cottagesmall.png Something Awaits You (if that's possible) and get back to SS fallenlondon portgaz.png London with a different value (a value of 0 works).

Alternatively you can spend SS paperstacksmall.png Favours: Admiralty's Favour.

Or you can pay the tax or get caught, and then pay 1500 x SS echosmall.png Echo to the bruiser to compensate for your failure.

Alternatively you should be able to survive the failure with high iron.

Failing all that will be the death of you.

If you are not comfortable about your chances of surviving the consequences of your next touching reunion with the SS ancientriflesmall.png The Revenue Men, you may want to end your dealing with the bruiser before he decides to spring his next smuggling errand on you.

An offer for your sunlight[]

This interaction will not appear if you are currently not involved with the Blind Bruiser (either didn't accept his initial offer or have concluded your dealings). Nor will it appear if you do not have any Sunlight-Filled Mirrorcatch Boxes.

SS cheeryman2small.png Favours: A Proposal from a Man of Business ≥ 1 and ≤ 6 and SS boxwhitesmall.png Sunlight-Filled Mirrorcatch Box ≥ 1

Story description[]

"I was just saying to myself, 'ow could the evening be further improved. And I replied to myself, perhaps only if my most very favourite captain were to return right now with some of the golden stuff in that captain's 'old. And strike me dead if you didn't appear! We'll take the golden stuff off your hands. For a price which I must say surpasses the generous and enters the realm of the charitable donation."

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Sell the Bruiser your boxes

He'll pay four hundred Echoes for each - a little less than the Isle of Cats - but he's trustworthy, in his way.

"A pleasure!"

His men return the boxes, some hours later, empty of sunlight, but now containing a suitable number of coins.

You gain Empty Mirrorcatch Boxes equal to the amount of Sunlight-Filled Mirrorcatch Boxes you had

A little gift[]

Trigger conditions[]

This interaction appears if your current Fuel is 8 or less, while you are docked in London.

This is currently the only state in which the Blind Bruiser can be safely ignored.

SS callingcardsmall.png Addressed As ≥ 1 and SS fuelsmall.png Fuel ≤ 8 and SS cheeryman2small.png Favours: A Proposal from a Man of Business ≤ 0


Story description[]

"A very fine evening to you, captain. My what you might call mentor is very fond of adventurous zee-captains and he would like to offer you what you might call a dispensation. On account of he is so fond of zee-captains." Behind the Blind Bruiser, on the dock, stands a dray piled high with fuel and supplies.

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Accept the ‘dispensation’

Do make sure you have fifteen points of space in the hold, or come back later. It would be embarrassing to have to leave it on the dock.

A courteous nod

"Well, my patron hopes that you find these little gifts to your liking, and he expects that perhaps some day you might choose to call on him at the Medusa's Head. Should that day come, we will make you very welcome and give you any safe conduct what you might require. Good evening to you."

He salutes, and is gone.

Accepting this will start your dealings with the Blind Bruiser which can only be stopped permanently. If you are looking to sell him the sunlight, but are not looking forward to doing his endless smuggling errands you may want to keep this offer hanging until you are actually ready to sell him some sunlight.
Enquire further

Who is this ‘patron’? Is there a catch?

An airy wave

"He runs a very fine and very liberal establishment just across the river what is much patronised by zailors and by men of wit and vinegar. An public 'ouse. And there is no obligation to speak of. My patron would hope only that you might remember him kindly and I suppose that if the opportunity should arise for you to return his kindness then I do not imagine he would refuse your offer."

Returns back to accept or refuse screen after pressing continue.
Refuse

Too good to be true?

A sorrowful farewell

"I will not deny that I am a little saddened and I think that my patron also will share my sadness. But I understand that you knows your business and that a zee-captain is a free spirit. And I will explain carefully to my patron that you mean no insult by the refusing of his kind gift. Zail zafe."

The dray creaks off into the dockside crowd.

A little proposal[]

Trigger conditions[]

This becomes available when SS piratesmall.png Another Day: A Visit from a Blind Bruiser ≥ 1 and SS cheeryman2small.png A Proposal from a Man of Business = 1 (you said "Yes" to A little gift).

Story description[]

"Good evening, Addressed As. And what a marvellous evening it is if you don't mind my saying so and given it is my impression you are an obliging sort, I imagine you will not mind at all." "And since you are so very obliging, perhaps you wouldn't mind making a little detour via Mount Palmerston with a few articles of cargo, if you happen to be in the area? The Cheery Man will of course cover your expenses for this trifling inconvenience."

Game note: You will need at least one unit of space in your hold.

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Accept the commission

It's only, after all, a trifling inconvenience.

"If you would be so kind to deliver this little gift to our friends in Mt Palmerston then they will see we gets to hear about it. And when you come back we'll cover your expenses. Bomb vwoyi-arge, as my aunt who was French by birth if not by inclination used to like to say."

Game note: Mt Palmerston is generally somewhere north-east of London.

There's no urgency to take this to SS Locations Mount Palmerston.png Mount Palmerston, although SS ancientriflegaz.png The Revenue Men may demand duty if you carry it into London.

Ask if there is another task you could performs instead

"I see you are hesitant. Perhaps you find Mount Palmerston unbearable, and who could blame you. Well. If you have the vinegar, then there is another matter you could assist me with..."

"Yes, I think you would be very suitable for this task. Very suitable indeed."
Refuse the commission

Your hold is full. Your affairs are complex. Mt Palmerston is far away and full of devils.

"I have to say you've made me very sad."

The Blind Bruiser wags a scarred finger. "Of course though I do understand. The Unterzee is terrible dangerous as every zailor knows and you needs to be careful of unforeseen consequences." He nods ponderously. "Unforeseen consequences," he repeats. "Well, good day to you."

An Assignment[]

An Assignment: The Last Constable[]

Trigger conditions[]

SS cheeryman2small.png Objective: An Assignment for the Cheery Man = 2 [You have agreed to hear the Bruiser out, again]

Story description[]

"You know, Addressed As, I must say - of all the zee-captains I've met lately, it seems to me that you have a knack for sensitive matters; and that you might be able to help my patron. He's an introspective gentleman, and has been reflectin' on his life. And lately, he has come to regret things from years past, and should like to set them right; but to do so, he needs that mistake brought home to London."

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes

Accept

"He'd like her returned with every tooth still in her head, if you could. And he would be certain to award you with dispensations as generous as your own self, for doing him such kindness."

Preparing a reunion

"Kindly thanking you, Addressed As! We would like you to retrieve someone who has long been a sore spot in my patron's heart. They called her the Last Constable, round here, before she fled London. We've had reports of her investigating scoundrels at the Iron and Misery, spyin' on pirates in Gaider's Mourn; keeping the peace in Khan's Heart, and watchin' the dead in Venderbight. She gets around: a real hard worker, that one. It's in her blood. And again; don't let her come to harm. If you can help it, at least. We're understanding."

Game note: If you return to London without having found the Last Constable, the Blind Bruiser will not take offence. Check your journal to be reminded of where the Constable might be!

Refuse

Announce to the Blind Bruiser that your debt is paid, and you're done.

Noble disappointment

"I will not pretend that this has improved my evening. On the contrary it has left me a deep sadness in my heart. Notwithstanding howsoever I might say that you have acquitted yourself honourably and I do not think my patron will feel the need to pursue the matter further. Not at this time. As long as you keeps your mouth..." - he leans close - "tight snap-shut. Good night."

An Assignment: His Lordship's Malady[]

Trigger conditions[]

SS cheeryman2small.png Objective: An Assignment for the Cheery Man = 3 [You have agreed to hear the Bruiser out, again]

Story description[]

"My employer is a gentleman of considerable vitality and also humour. However, and as much as it pains me to say, he is not the man he was. "Years ago, an ingrate of no current importance poisoned him with Cantigaster venom, and he hasn't been right since. Can't walk, most days. I have made what may yet transpire to be a rash promise to restore him, and I am hereby solicitin' your assistance."

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes

Accept

"Can you restore someone's youth and vigour? You can try."

A wayward rogue

"Some time ago we sent an emissary to the Fathomking's Hold. He was to ascertain whether his Complexity was aware of a treatment that would restore my employer to his what I am not embarrassed to call glory. Regrettably, the emissary has yet to return. Would you mind tracking him down, and ascertaining exactly what the bl__dy problem is?"

Refuse

This is a fool's errand.

"I have to say you've made me very sad."

The Blind Bruiser wags a scarred finger. "Of course though I do understand. The Unterzee is terrible dangerous as every zailor knows and you needs to be careful of unforeseen consequences." He nods ponderously. "Unforeseen consequences," he repeats. "Well, good day to you."

Congratulations are in Order[]

Story description[]

"I hear that you bring happy tidings, Addressed As, which makes me all that much more glad to welcome you back to London after your certainly perilous voyage. Now, to our business."

Trigger conditions[]

SS cheeryman2small.png Objective: An Assignment for the Cheery Man ≥ 50 ≤ 95,
Area: Fallen London
Frequency: Always (100%)

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Hand over the Last Constable
Not a tooth is out of place, as requested.
Going home

She stands proudly, but without resistance, before the Blind Bruiser. He jingles a pair of manacles. "Out of respect for you," he says, "as I know what you are capable of, I will put these here chains on you. But, out of respect for your father I will leaves 'em loose." She does not offer her wrists; the Blind Bruiser doesn't seem to mind the inconvenience. Once they have been locked, he turns to you with a smile. "His Lordship wishes me to invite you to drinks at his establishment, whenever you should not be busy."

The Blind Bruiser begins to lead her away, but she stops before you. "Perhaps I'll see you there." She nods to the Bruiser; they continue on their way.

Hand over the Last Constable's message
"Well, you found her, and that is more than anyone else has done."
An incoming storm

"I suppose it is something to know that she is still alive. Complicated things, families. His Lordship wishes me to invite you to drinks at his establishment, whenever you should not be busy."

Relay the Drownie's message
The Bruiser listens, and peels another orange.
The Blind Bruiser looks out to zee

"Our once-colleague is mistaken on several points - most notably that he is beyond consequence. I may not be an intellectual man, but I am occasionally imaginative. Regardless, I am not one to hurt the messenger. These here crates are considerations for your services thus far."

"Unfortunately, our labours are incomplete. We must resort to a secondary scheme.

I have heard of a Once-Great Poet who knows much about things what are presumed gone. He has fled himself to Khan's Shadow, in the east. Find him; I have included a little something among your payment, to sate his appetites and pave your way."

Game note: Ensure you have about ten spaces in your cargo hold before choosing this.


A Remedy for the Cheery Man[]

Story description[]

"A pleasure, Captain, a pleasure. Have you acquired a cure for my employer's unjust and mournful condition?"

Trigger conditions[]

SS cheeryman2small.png A Remedy for the Cheery Man ≥ 1
Area: Fallen London
Frequency: Always (100%)

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Give him the restorative
It glistens in the bottle, the colour of snail trails.
The Bruiser listens to your tale

"A journey! A visitation! A cave! How impressively Orphic. I shall take this to my employer forthwith. I will not deceive you - I mean to take the bulk of the credit as this was, predominantly, an endeavour of my own invention. But I am not ungrateful! Here is a sum of moneys. Here are necessaries for your next excursion. Here are some peculiar fruit, what I do not otherwise know what to do with."

Two days later, the rumours race around London: the Cheery Man is dead. Choked on his dinner, they say. It's a surprise then, when you receive an invitation to drink with the Cheery Man at the Medusa's Head.

Give him the cane
You procured it at a shop of pedigree and reputation. It is as white as the one from your honey-dream.
The Bruiser takes it, gingerly

"You're quite certain, are you, that this is the path you want to take? Well, well. What a bold occasion, if I may say so, for you to indulge in philosophy. Nevertheless, I will convey this to my employer. Be assured that I will be at pains to ensure he knows exactly who to thank for it. In fact - remind me again how precisely to spell your name."

The next day, you receive an invitation from the Cheery Man. He wants you to join him for drinks.


A Sorrowful Duty[]

Trigger conditions[]

SS cheeryman2small.png Favours: A Proposal from a Man of Business ≥ 2 ≤ 2,
SS bottledsoulbluesmall.png Unstamped Crate of Brilliant Souls ≤ 0,
SS bottledsoulbluesmall.png Crate of Brilliant Human Souls ≤ 0,

Story description[]

"Good evening again. I am sorry to say that my sources have informed us that you are no longer in possession of the little gift that we entrusted to you... but neither 'ave you delivered it. Consequently we must visit a reckoning on you and yours. 'old still." Behind the Blind Bruiser, a gang of ruffians clap iron-shod cudgels into their hands.

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Offer compensation!
Perhaps you can still escape without worse consequences.
A heavy sigh

"You may be grateful that I am afflicted again tonight by a megrim of the 'ead. It is caused by my heavy responsibilities no doubt and it disinclines me to exertion. I suppose this will cover it. Let us consider the matter closed. For now."

A battle on the dockside!
The forces of the law are conspicuous by their absence. Paid off, no doubt. This doesn't look good.
    SS ironsmall.png Iron challenge (334 for 100%)

Failed event Advanced alteration value probably needs examination.


Overrun!

They are numerous, determined and brutal. They storm the ship: break bones, crack skulls, fling helpless men to the Drownies below, leave crippled zailors behind them.

Successful event
You see them off!

Not entirely without casualties. One zailor will never zail again. But they retreat, at last, hurling threats and curses.

Souls delivered![]

Trigger conditions[]

This interaction appears if you delivered the Unstamped Crate of Bottled Souls at Mount Palmerston.

SS cheeryman2small.png Favours: A Proposal from a Man of Business = 3 and SS gamekeeper cottagesmall.png Something Awaits You ≤ 0

Story description[]

"What a propitious and encouragin' occasion this is, to meet again, here in this place which has been so very fortunate for us both! Allow me to shake you warmly by the hand since you have demonstrated your unswerving commitment to fair dealing and honest conveyage. Very good. My patron will toast you."

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Accept payment

You do need to cover your costs.

An encouraging leer

"Here is your compensation and a little fuel and a few barrels of biscuits what a certain other captain has widely surrended for the common good. I will take the good word to my patron and if I am a man of my word we will see each other again. Unless a whale eats you of course in which case I 'ope you will not think poorly of me for wishing that we will not."

Refuse payment

Announce to the Blind Bruiser that this pays your debt, and you're done.

Noble disappointment

"I will not pretend that this has improved my evening. On the contrary it has left me a deep sadness in my 'eart. Notwithstanding 'owsoever I might say that you have acquitted yourself honourably and I do not think my patron will feel the need to pursue the matter further. Not at this time. As long as you keeps your mouth..." - he leans close - "tight snap-shut. Good night."

A little request[]

Should you accept, the Blind Bruiser can send you to Gaider's Mourn, Khan's Heart or Polythreme (you can check the location you need to visit in the Journal under the "Objectives" section.)

Trigger conditions[]

This interaction appears if you accepted payment from the Souls delivered! interaction.

SS cheeryman2small.png Favours: A Proposal from a Man of Business = 4 and SS piratesmall.png Another Day: A Visit from a Blind Bruiser ≥ 1 and SS furtivehandsmall.png Objective: Collecting Cargo for the Cheery Man ≤ 0

Story description[]

"Once more we find ourselves 'ere on the quayside what is I suppose you might say the lip of the well of opportunities. Let us both drink deeply from this well. By which I mean, my patron 'as a task for you. Take a payment across the ocean, and bring back a little package."

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Agree

"Of course if you return to London without the little package, I will probably 'ave something sharp to say about it."

"Here's the money. Don't lose it."

"Now bring the package back 'ere. And it is my hearty recommendation that you avoid the ungentle attentions of the Excise. On account of if you return without the package it is of no interest to my patron whether you have lost it or had it taken from you. Good luck, good luck!"

Game note: If you return to London without an Unstamped Crate of Brilliant Souls before completing this task, there is a risk that the Blind Bruiser will take offence.

Refuse

Announce to the Blind Bruiser that your debt is paid, and you're done.

Noble disappointment

"I will not pretend that this has improved my evening. On the contrary it has left me a deep sadness in my 'eart. Notwithstanding 'owsoever I might say that you have acquitted yourself honourably and I do not think my patron will feel the need to pursue the matter further. Not at this time. As long as you keeps your mouth..." - he leans close - "tight snap-shut. Good night."

A Pointed Enquiry[]

This interaction appears if you returned to London without the Unstamped Crate of Brilliant Souls.

Trigger conditions[]

SS cheeryman2small.png Favours: A Proposal from a Man of Business = 5

SS bottledsoulbluesmall.png Unstamped Crate of Brilliant Souls = 0

SS piratesmall.png Another Day: A Visit from a Blind_Bruiser ≥ 1

SS bottledsoulbluesmall.png Crate of Brilliant Human Souls = 0

Story description[]

"Good evening again. It seems you do not 'ave the package we expected. Perhaps you still possess the payment, and a suitable sum for interest and to cover the expenses of myself and these stout gentlemen? Otherwise we must visit a reckoning on you and yours." Behind the Blind Bruiser, a gang of ruffians clap iron-shod cudgels into their hands.


Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Return the payment and the interest

Perhaps you can still escape without worse consequences.

A grudging nod

"That sets us even. I regret that since you 'ave proven less than reliable my patron will do without your services. Well, let us be philosophical about it, and if we cannot be philosophical, let us be" - he leans briefly closer - "silent."

This will prevent the Bruiser from giving you any future commissions.
A battle on the dockside!

The forces of the law are conspicuous by their absence. Paid off, no doubt. This doesn't look good.

    SS ironsmall.png Iron challenge (334 for 100%)

Failed event Note that losing 11 crew on a 10 crew ship will kill you.


Overrun!

They are numerous, determined and brutal. They storm the ship: break bones, crack skulls, fling helpless men to the Drownies below, leave crippled zailors behind them.

Successful event
You see them off!

Not entirely without casualties. One zailor will never zail again. But they retreat, at last, hurling threats and curses.

Warm congratulations[]

This interaction appears if you delivered the Unstamped Crate of Brilliant Souls from the requested location.

Trigger conditions[]

SS cheeryman2small.png Favours: A Proposal from a Man of Business = 5

SS bottledsoulbluesmall.png Unstamped Crate of Brilliant Souls ≥ 1

SS furtivehandsmall.png Objective: Collecting Cargo for the Cheery Man ≥ 1

Story description[]

"Welcome home! You may ask how it is I am here to meet you, and I may remark that we have eyes in the Wastes and eyes in the Hill. In fact we have more eyes than a knot-oracle, and they're all glad to see you. And, of course, your cargo."

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Hand over the cargo

and claim your payment.

"Oh, very good, very good."

"Please accept this small token of my thanks and please also accept my thanks. And my patron's thanks. Which we being persons of honour what understands the true nature of dealings is much more important. Still, spending money is always good, isn't it? And a captain must eat and so must a ship, which is why if you look under the pier there you will find a few 'elpful contributions of fuel and so forth."

Warm and wary congratulations[]

Trigger conditions[]

SS cheeryman2small.png Favours: A Proposal from a Man of Business = 5 [You've been asked to pick something up...], SS furtivehandsmall.png Objective: Collecting Cargo for the Cheery Man ≥ 1, SS bottledsoulbluesmall.png Crate of Brilliant Human Souls ≥ 1

Area: Fallen London

Story description[]

"Welcome home! You may ask how it is I am here to meet you, and I may remark that we have eyes in the Wastes and eyes in the Hill. In fact we have more eyes than a knot-oracle, and they're all glad to see you. And, of course, your cargo."

Interactions[]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Hand over the cargo

and claim your payment.

"Oh, very good, very good."

"Please accept this small token of my thanks and please also accept my thanks. I understand the Customs Men 'ave 'ad their sticky 'ands on this crate? But you've paid the duty which I think is eccentric of you but to each their own and you are an individual of honour, are you not. My employer is not short of honour either, so if you take a turn about the burnt-out warehouse at the end there you might find a little pile of crates containing items of interest."

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