Speak to the Clay Men

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From: Exploring Polythreme

The Clay Men here are not quite like the ones in London. Fewer chips from being shipped in a crate, for one thing.

Challenge information

Broad, Persuasive 120

  • 82 - very chancy (41%)
  • 102 - chancy (51%)
  • 122 - modest (61%)
  • 142 - very modest (71%)
  • 162 - low-risk (81%)
  • 182 - straightforward (91%)
  • 200 - straightforward (100%)


Practiced conversationalists

Among themselves, the Clay Men speak Loamsprach – a language of rumbling, overlapping syllables. But they will deign to turn their stony voices to English for the benefit of a polite visitor.


Hard to parse

The language of the Clay Men is built of overlapping layers of sound, as much a chorus as a conversation. How do you get a word in edgewise when your interlocutor never pauses for breath?