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Stars of a Thief
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Issuer Sudds
Story arc Shores of Gold
Part 4/9
Tale chronology
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The Legendary Storyteller Wild Rose

“An old stargazer's notes point to the heavens and a way to reach a piece of the Shroudbreaker...”

Stars of a Thief is the fourth Tall Tale in the Shores of Gold arc. Pirates consult the findings of the stargazer Sudds and follow the stars to obtain a Shroudbreaker gem.

The tale can be acquired from Sudd's desk at The North Star Seapost.


Opening[edit | edit source]

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Obliquity of the ecliptic, twenty-three degrees...
So, you had a run-in with the Captain, eh? I know all about it.
The stars whisper to ol' Sudds, they do!
They're his best friends, and they keep their secrets...
Make no mistake! Captain Briggsy was the smartest pirate on the seas and Sudds was the only one she trusted to read the stars...
...the only one to have a spyglass as special as her's!
The Great Warrior should be in appulse with the Serpent soon, I see..
So, now you're seeking the stones, tryin' to part the fog and follow in the Captain's footsteps.
Take these papers Sudds made.
Better find that special spyglass too, eh?
The Captain hid it when she left Sudds behind and now it can't see the stars.
Use it to take a peek at Sudd's friends. If you're worthy of the Captain's treasure, they'll show you where to sail.
Be sure to bring them papers back to me, though. They're not for keepsies!
My dear Queen, all that chromospheric volatility, so unbecoming...
You still here?
Hmm, no correlation with Laniakea...

At the island where he departed from Briggsy, Sudds left an Ancient Chest containing an Ancient Spyglass that will be required to observe the constellations in the sky.

Sudd's journal contains descriptions of the constellations, which will be important to remember throughout the journey. He also included two clues that will lead to Star Jewels, prefacing each with a starting island.

Song Verse[edit | edit source]

Lost an Eye
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I recall an island matching the songs description, in 'One Eye's' direction far from my seapost.

His eye fell to rings of land and water.
Landed with 'One Eye's' daughter
"I'll hide it here, in depths below
And keep my back to rival in the sky."

The Patient One
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I'm sure I've passed this island, when visiting the 'Iron Teacher' from Plunder Outpost.

The oldest creature in the sea
Hid a stone where only he can see
In belly of large southern isle
He watches it through hole in sky.

The Man Who Lost His Gem
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'Glimmer's Throne'? I've seen a monument to the old fish on Discovery Ridge, could this be there?

On large isle with Glimmer's throne
Man awakes without his stone
Setting out to get it back
Man is nervous for the next day.

Man sails towards proud birds perch
Hoping he can help his search
Proud one does not have stone
Another must show man on his way

Man follows turtle to new land
Finds a pool in rock and sand
Man is afraid to search in dark
Man jumps in anyway.

First two figures filled him with dread
Sees third with stone at its head
Man. He thinks for seven days.
Man turns back to find new stone

A Hunt
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It sounds like the man lived at Kraken Watchtower, towards the Boar from my Seapost. How terrifying it must have been!

On an isle, thin and high
Great monster destroyed mans pride
He vowed to hunt it across the sea
And end the menace of the beast.

Saw feather falling to nearby spire
Followed it to this side
Built weapon on this ring of rocks
And sent it as far as he could see

Followed arrow to land unmarked
Saw it had pierced the beast's heart
Beast fell off south western shore
Man left to find his family

Beast still lies in underwater grave
Flanked by coral in deep cave
It's hear now just a bloody stone.
It's siblings wake across the sea...

Battle in the Heavens
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'Where water falls' could mean the torrents on Crook's Hollow. Either way it sounds like a ferocious fight.

An age ago where water falls
Stars from the sky, waged a war
All coveted powerful stone
None were willing to let it go

Battle spread towards the shark
Back from hunting in the dark
On thin isle blood was drawn
Shark landed fatal blow

He swam away to find scarab rival
Who lived above small deserted isle
On this island made of two
Who would win no one could know

Stone fell from sky in this clash
Rivals knew not where it was last
On ground between four rocks
Hidden in the dirt below

Constellation Illustration[edit | edit source]

Start from the first island and travel the direction of the constellation depicted to reach the next island, the final island will include a clue for the shore to scavenge the jewel.

Sea Queen's Promise

"just beyond the point, the prize fell.."

Great Eagle Landing

The Great Eagle is said never to have landed. The one who witnessed this must have made quite an offering...

They Were Voyagers

"into the water at the tip of the island's tail..."

Snake's Deception

"beneath earth on the smallest islet..."

An Ancient Awakening[edit | edit source]

The Unsolved story?

(Verses chosen randomly)

War monger was angry
The tear of the sun had touched his home
He sought a proud one's help
Proud one gave up part of himself

The part of proud one made a weapon
Destined for Old Mother's spy
Teacher warned of needless violence
But the warmonger did not listen

A tear of the sun fell down to land
And lit the way for man to sail
Even the warmonger was brought to peace
He was taught more than war by the iron shell

The courter danced in new light
As Glimmer showed man the way
The oldest creature watched them at play
As the queen bided her time

Old Mother was angry
Her friend had made an everlasting promise
She protected those who rowed by hand
Who were sailing out on warmer seas

Without landing he watched from high
As the singer whispered deceitfully
The vessel continued on its way
Protected by eternal warrior

The Queen plotted
Along with the one-eyed spy
They would kill the teacher
And his two-legged pupil

One Eye attacked under cover of night
But warmonger was ready and won the fight
He made a weapon of the victims tooth
And wen to hunt a bigger foe

An old one raised a spit of land
And gave it to eternal man
He was taught to build with tar and tree
The last of its kind showed him the seas

The vessel lead man on a journey
To the one respected by all
The grump now happy with the season
And all taught the warmonger to reason

Old judge spoke to those who listened
The last of its kind would guide them
The iron one would teach them
And patient one raised them land to sleep on

Tar covered vessel carried them to land
Old grump would welcome them in spring
The queens lover would guard her beaches
But singer would always put them in peril

The next page indicates a path to Uncharted Island (N-13), at an underwater cave that contains a statue for the jewels. The statue will provide an animal totem for a vault, and two pages. One page illustrates the location of the vault entrance, one page writes two riddles to solve the pillar-puzzle.

The stories mention the constellations in the order to solve the puzzle. Refer to the descriptions at the front of the journal to discern their names.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

Submit the Shroudbreaker stone to Sudds to finish.

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Now where'd Sudds leave those ephemeris charts...
Oh, it's you! My spyglass! A fine keepsake.
I'll pass along along that pretty gem of yours in return.
Heh, Ol' Sudds won't forget!
Doesn't want the glowing eyes man angry at him, no no no...
So many secret stars...
Declination, twenty-two...
Need to collimate...

Sudd's Journals[edit | edit source]

The North Star Guides You[edit | edit source]

(Eastern islet, Rum Runner Isle)

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Sudds met a young whippersnapper today. Green as leaves, he was. He hadn't even heard of the North Star!
You don't need no spyglass to find her, Sudds told the lad, she's the biggest and brightest friend and she likes to stay put.
Spot the North Star and you'll never need a compass again!
And the boy smiled, and asked Sudds: "What if it's raining?"
Sudds gave the lad a thick ear. Busy, too busy for foolish questions! Gots to reach ol' Plunder by nightfall...

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The Little Glimmer Fish[edit | edit source]

(Highest peak, Plunder Valley)

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Brave little Glimmer Fish...
He used to swim down here in the water with all of his brothers and sisters, shining in the sun. Sometimes it's not wise to shine too brightly...
Bigger fish came with empty bellies, and their teeth went snicker-snack!
Soon Glimmer Fish was the only one left to guide the ancient ones on their journey here. One brave little light, all alone...
The ancients felt sorry for Glimmer Fish and placed him in the heavens where he could swim in safety. Lucky little fishy!
Now Sudds must swim along too, all the way to the shores named after the sneaky snake...

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Snake Gets What He Deserves[edit | edit source]

(Mainland, Snake Island)

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Snake has many voices and likes to play tricks. He coiled along a branch and waited until the Great Warrior was near.
"Help me!" came the Sea Queen's cry, "Won't someone help me, for wicked One-Eye has me by the tail!"
Warrior heard it all. Warrior ran through the trees, not looking up above his head, and whump! There came Singing Snake to coil around his throat.
Snake is cunning, but Warrior is strong! He grabbed at Snake and hurled him up into the stars, where he has lived ever since!
Sudds can't get a good view from here. Needs to sail out to Old Harry's place before daybreak...

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The War that Shook the Sky[edit | edit source]

(Northeast rock, Devil's Ridge)

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There was once a great battle that shook the whole heavens, and caused great sadness to Sudds's friends above.
Great Warrior knew that he would have to battle Old Kraken, for she planed to feast on the merfolk and their kin.
To fletch the arrows he would need, Warrior told Proud Eagle to give up eight of his feathers, or they would go to war.
Eagle refused, of course, and tore at Warrior with his sharp talons, but it was no use. Warrior fled with his golden prizes!
He dropped one feather as he fell back to earth, and it's still in the stars! Sudds wants to see it from the moon-shaped isle...

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The Binding of the Kraken[edit | edit source]

(Southwest rocks, Crescent Isle)

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Great Warrior took his arrows and went to make war with Kraken, but he had lost a feather along the way.
He thought of Singing Snake and the venom it used to bite, and he tipped each of his arrows with the very same.
The arrows stung the Old Mother and made her sleepy, so that she sank down to the sea bed. Warrior gave out a great cry.
The ancients came, then, with their great chains. Together they bound Kraken rightly to the star above, far out of reach.
The Sea Queen was grateful, for her people were saved, and she promised they would always help those lost at sea.

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Commendations[edit | edit source]

Stars of a Thief
Name Requirement Reward
Heavenly View Discover Sudd's Enchanted Spyglass
Eyes Filled with Stars Awaken the Ancient Statue
Stone of the Heavens Claim the Shroudbreaker Stone
Stars of a Thief Complete 'Stars of a Thief' Constellation Tattoo Set
Notes of a Stargazer Discover all of Sudds' Notes
Friend in the Sky Legendary Commendation: Complete the Tale 5 times
The Stolen Sky Legendary Commendation: Complete all commendations for 'Stars of a Thief' Ancient Spyglass