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The following accounts can be traced to a single leather-bound journal originally found in a locked wooden chest alongside a sextant-like device of indeterminate origin and a shell that matches no known species of mollusc. The chest was located in a storage room in the Legscraper’s lower levels that was described as “smelling faintly of the sea”. Subsequent attempts to locate and navigate to said room have been unsuccessful thus far. The journal details the exploits of the crew of a large sailing vessel, The Tokyo Adrift, descriptions of which are largely consistent with mid-17th century galleons.
With The Tokyo Adrift
Yusef Fenestrate was a late addition to the crew of The Tokyo Adrift. Their first encounter with the ship was entirely by chance. Fenestrate, a resident of crystalline caves deep below the surface of the Immateria seas, would occasionally come up to the surface to gaze at the stars above. It was on one such evening that they were spotted by Grollis Zephyr from the crow’s nest of the ship, who saw a glint from the sea as “the last light of day refracted off the crystalline growths on their spine”. The pair forged a close bond over their shared interest in astronomy and navigation and continued to work together after Fenestrate was officially employed by Captain Strongbody.
Fenestrate is described as having a largely humanoid torso and arms, though their skin is marked by crystalline outcrops at seemingly irregular intervals. From the waist down, anatomical descriptions are reminiscent of the modern day stonefish, with dark textured skin to aid in camouflage with their native habitat of the subaqueous caverns. One entry seems to suggest that Fenestrate possessed the characteristic lachrymal sabers of the stonefish family, bony protrusions that emerged from below the eyes with a switchblade-like mechanism in times of distress. Fenestrate’s hands are also described as “giving the impression of lifeless stone; their palms were like the insides of geodes and their fingers, while fully tactile and articulated, were composed of the clearest crystal”. Fenestrate was known to look through these fingers while navigating. Modern scholars have suggested that Fenestrate’s fingers are made of Iceland spar, a transparent, polarising variety of calcite, possibly used in medieval times to locate the sun in overcast conditions for navigation.