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Whisper-Locked Puzzle-Box
Category Curiosity
Type Fallen London
Data ID 116273

Whisper-Locked Puzzle-Box is considered a Misc Item in Sunless Sea.

Item description[]

"Speak the right phrase, and the tumblers will align and unlock it. But what is the right phrase?"

Game note: The Alarming Scholar may have some ideas.


Whisper-Locked Puzzle-Box can be obtained by doing the Intruding upon Ratty Larceny action in Sunless Sea's browser-based predecessor and companion game, Fallen London, and choosing to Sell it to a zee-captain.


Whisper-Locked Puzzle-Box is required to pursue Objective: The Box from the Sea.

A Whisper-Locked Puzzle-Box[]

A Whisper-Locked Puzzle-Box
SS puzzleboxgaz.png
Category Story Event
Type Story
Data ID 183088

Story description[]

If you've learnt the phrase that opens it, you can do so here. If not, what do you intend?

Trigger conditions[]

Triggered by clicking on Whisper-Locked Puzzle-Box.


Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Break it open

The chest is reinforced with steel and probably Iremi riddlery. But if you actually turn the fire of your ship's guns on it, it will probably give up its contents. What's left of them.


A red-hot box-shard whizzes past your ear. You waft the smoke away, coughing. Not much remains in the shattered shell. Was this a Mirrorcatch Box? What's left of it, you can probably auction to the gullible of London. Claim it's a 'broken idol'.

Throw the box in the sea

Enough of this. Whatever's in there isn't worth the trouble.

A single splash

Perhaps the Drownies will find it. Perhaps they'll take it to their King. Perhaps he'll find the answer in his store of stolen secrets. Perhaps it will lie tarnishing in an abyss until time rolls to an end.

Throw the box in the sea, as an offering to Salt A listening silence

There is no splash as the box enters the waves. The horizon waits.

Game note: This will give you Salt's Attention and remove Salt's Curse.

Open the Box

"Only those who do nothing make no errors..."

A click as sweet and precise as a well-answered riddle

Within: a soul glowing like a hidden star. Heaped sapphires from the Elder Continent. A Presbyterate heart-cup. A water-stained journal, blurred to near-unreadability - an account of a failed expedition to the Mountain of Light...

Rare event (50%)
A click as sweet and precise as a well-answered riddle

Books of poetry, pamphlets of a racier nature. A velvet-wrapped collection of ivory Chelonate carvings. And a Mirrorcatch box leaking sunlight. A handsome haul indeed.

Interactions in Brief[]

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Interaction Action Result Type Change
The Alarming Scholar 'Ask the Scholar about the Whisper-Locked Box' Requirement ≥ 1
Advice from the Alarming Scholar 'Sell him (her?) the box' Default / Challenge Fail = 0
The Boxmakers 'You will give them the box' Default / Challenge Fail = 0
The Widower 'Give him the box' Default / Challenge Fail = 0
The Widower 'Give him the box' Rare Event = 0
'Which is the cat's chiefest claw?' 'Sell them the box' Default / Challenge Fail = 0

Interactions in Detail[]

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Story Action Required Effect
The Alarming Scholar Ask the Scholar about the Whisper-Locked Box Default:

Advice from the Alarming Scholar Sell him (her?) the box None Default:

The Boxmakers You will give them the box None Default:

The Widower Give him the box Default: Rare:

'Which is the cat's chiefest claw?' Sell them the box None Default:

Triggered Events[]

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Story Requirements Type Location
Advice from the Alarming Scholar

Story Event (Always :100%) London
The Boxmakers

Story Event (Always :100%) Irem
The Widower

Story Event (Always :100%) Fallen London
'Which is the cat's chiefest claw?'

Story Event (Always :100%) Isle of Cats
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