So quite unexpectedly Steamforged Games have announced four new Captains for Guild Ball. One in particular caught my eye and that is Mourn of the Mortician’s Guild.
Following the events of the beginning of Season 4 where **SPOILERS** Scalpel kills Obulus, we were given a story based upon a Christmas Carol, called A Free Cities Carol where Scalpel is visited by the ghost of Obulus. At the end of the story the ‘future spirit’ appears:
“a figure lurched into view, but a child at first glance. Lank hair ran like long streaks of oil from her scalp, its dark hue a stark contrast to the deathly pallor of her skin. In a hideous parody of the Solthecian carollers, the girl held a large candle in the palm of an upturned hand, seemingly uncaring of the molten wax which dripped down to sear her flesh.
Horrified, the Spirit Weaver turned to speak once more to the Ferryman’s shade, only to find him absent. Her gaze swept to the open pages of his tome, a single silver coin placed on its aged parchment the only indication of his presence. She returned to the doorway just as the mournful child lurched through, the grave light illuminating the metal discs set into the vacant sockets of her eyes. Scalpel didn’t need to look closely to know they would be one and same as the Ferryman’s tokens.
The Murderer bowed her head.
Dead he may be, but the Ferryman’s legacy lived on.”
Unknown at the time, this is now Mourn, The Nightmare, The Mournful Child.
This has then been followed with a brief story from Scalpel’s perspective:
Some of the initial suggestions have been that ‘the Ferryman’s legacy’ may refer to her being either his child or his apprentice. However, I feel the truth may be far darker than that.
Looking at the artwork she doesn’t appear to be entirely human with oversized clawed hands, not to mention that her eyes have been replaced with coins (or Obolos). Could it be that the link isn’t from Obulus to her but rather that the tokens are a sign of her favour to him?
What if she has been the driving force behind Obulus’ power and influence and that she needed a sacrifice of a master by a protégé to enable her to cross the veil into the world?
What if everything up to this point has been part of her plan, rather than Obulus’?
As for how she’ll play on the table, control is a fairly obvious guess. I can see the candle playing into some sort of area control and the a play called ‘Snuff Out’ is hopefully not ignored.
She seems to be carrying a number of weapons and there are also obvious links to rats.
It’s going to be a big ask for her to replace either Scalpel or Obulus in a roster though.
Until next time sports fans!