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The Sailor


  • Action: Move 1 space along a Ship pathShip path, then perform 1 additional action.
  • If you are on a Sea Sea space, investigators on your space roll 1 additional die when resolving tests.


"Leave your fears on the docks, lads. I'll not carry that cargo. The wind is up! Full sail!"


Even as a child in Innsmouth, Silas had a special connection to the sea. He's an able and well-reasoned man on land, but on the ocean he possesses a singular strengthand wit. It's earned him a sterling reputation in every port across the globe, particularly in Sydney, where Silas set ashore last night. But this morning, the smell of the briny air carries dread as well as joy. There is something in his past, something in Innsmouth, that he knows will some day catch up to him.

Defeated Encounters

Loss of Health

Silas had hidden his belongings in the prearranged cache, but the man itself is nowhere to be found. Gain all of his possessions. You search local hospitals filled with the unidentified dead or dying (Observation). If you pass, you find Silas alive but incapacitated, and you arrange a private nurse to watch over him; retreat Doom by 1. If you fail, Silas dies alone and unrecongized. Whether you pass or not, discard his Investigator token.

Loss of Sanity

You find Silas and gain all of his possessions. He has grown pale, and his breath has become a loud wheeze. He tells you, "I'm a Marsh. It's in my blood. Not long now, I'll join my family down in the deep." You ask a doctor to watch him overnight (Influence). If you pass, the sailor shares all he's learned before dying peacefully in his sleep; retreat Doom by 1. If you fail, Silas surrenders his humanity and disappears into the sea. Whether you pass or not, discard his Investigator token.

Team Role

Silas's unrivaled movement speed and fairly well-rounded stats make him well-suited to getting to and resolving encounters, meaning he can quickly progress the active Mystery. Ironically, one of his weaknesses is combat, given his low Sanity and lack of an effective starting weapon. He should partner with a gate closer and either a fighter or an Influence character who can help him obtain a weapon.


Likely inspired by/intended to be related to Obed Marsh, "A sea captain and the founder of the Esoteric Order of Dagon in Innsmouth." (Note the mention of Innsmouth and the family name Marsh in the bio). However, as Silas is more pro- than ant- agonist, he is also possibly partially inspired by sailor Steve Costigan.