Duplicate the Vake's skull and use it to decorate your (Skeleton Type)

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It will look very menacing indeed.

Game Instructions: (Without Skeleton: Vake Skulls) The Vake's skull will confer three points of Menace on your skeleton in progress.
(With Skeleton: Vake Skulls) Adding more Vake skulls will confer decreasing amounts of value and Menace to your skeleton, and eventually increase Implausibility.

Unlocked with Skeleton: Skulls Needed, Device for the Duplication of Bones, 1 x Severed Chimaerical Head of the Vake, 6000 x Bone Fragments

Challenge information

Narrow, Artisan of the Red Science 5 (50% base)

  • 1 and below - almost impossible (10%)
  • 2 - high-risk (20%)
  • 3 - high-risk (30%)
  • 4 - tough (40%)
  • 5 - very chancy (50%)
  • 6 - chancy (60%)
  • 7 - modest (70%)
  • 8 - very modest (80%)
  • 9 - low-risk (90%)
  • 10 and above - straightforward (100%)


The bones are worse than the face

(See table below)

Description summary:
Even in its deathly state, the skull is still ghastly. The near-sapient teeth are still very much mobile. Getting the skull to the Bone Market also requires some discretion, but even so, attendees take notice. It is also complicated to mount, considering its size and hazard. But you have created something special. Careful – the novelty would wear off if you added too many of this particular skull.

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Vake SkullsDescription
1[…] With fur and flesh removed, it is freshly horrific. The teeth shuffle themselves into a new position.

[…] has to be brought in under a black velvet drape […]

[…] It's the Vake, to the life. Now: will the rest of the body live up to the skull? […]

2A second Vake skull makes a terrifying companion for the first. You wire them so that they stare at one another, jaws open in bestial rivalry.

It no longer resembles the Vake quite so much. […] you could convince a buyer that the Vake had two heads.

3You assemble a sort of chiropteran Cerberus. It's difficult when one only has the bones[…] but you try to give each head its own personality. The middle one is obviously the leader. Left head is aggressive, vicious. Right head is the clown of the bunch.
4Four heads! Four Vake heads. That is four times as many as the original Vake. It is, perhaps, not four times as menacing.
5Once again, you have the Vake's massive skull brought in under a velvet drape. The other vendors at the Bone Market have begun to stare disapprovingly at the repeating spectacle. "Four's enough!", someone heckles in the crowd.
6Six heads? Six Vake heads. You have to reinforce the extremely front-heavy skeleton, lest it collapse into a pile of bones – the teeth would get everywhere.
7Seven is the number (of Vake heads on your skeleton).
8Eight duplicated (octoplicated?) severed heads of the Vake, attached to a skeleton. It is horrifying, ungainly, and comical in equal measure. A true monument to humankind's folly and the structural properties of plaster and bailing wire.

With Vake Skulls 3-4:

With Vake Skulls 5-6:

With Vake Skulls 7-8:


A gruesome misapplication

The Device locks on to the Vake-head. It hums. It shudders. Then it begins to replicate the teeth, and only the teeth. They march out and line up like soldiers, hundreds of them, before you manage to turn the Device off again.