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From: Play chess with the Boatman

Death does not move. It is impossible to interpret the angle of his head. Respect? Anticipation? Nervousness? It is you who sets up the board. But as you make the first move, he begins to speak....

Unlocked with The Boatman's Opponent 40

Locked with Nightmares 10

Challenge information

Broad, Watchful 300

  • 205 - very chancy (41%)
  • 255 - chancy (51%)
  • 305 - modest (61%)
  • 355 - very modest (71%)
  • 405 - low-risk (81%)
  • 455 - straightforward (91%)
  • 500 - straightforward (100%)


The slow burn of acid mystery

He enumerates the souls that have passed down this river[…]

"Each time, the extinction of a star that might have been," he hisses. "They would have been luckier if Parabola had rotted their lights. I am one tip of one finger. Everything is owed…"[…]

Description summary:
You win. The Boatman falls silent. Is he piqued? Relieved?

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The slow burn of acid mystery

[…]from the light of the Mountain into final dissolution. […]

"There is a sea more sunless than even that," he hisses. "Those voices will be drowned. The Lorn-Flukes have made their pact and they will have their tiny joys. The well runs deep.[…]"

Description summary:
The game concludes. The Boatman rattles with joy. But is that at your loss? Or at the postponement of your victory?

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