"The Rubbery Men are the ones who resemble squids, a little. They trade deep amber for the tiny blind fish that they eat, and for human music. They seem sad, anxious and very polite. But they are terribly menacing. Faces like squid! Occasionally one is stoned to death in an episode of civic high spirits."
"Do you recall how they came to that place? And we sang of our lightnings and shapeful disgrace? They tilted their vanes and ennobled their spires. We welcomed them then and commingled all choirs. If we could remember those days. If only we could remember."Rubbery Men, mysterious crosses between squid and humans who cannot speak intelligibly, deal a brisk trade in amber. They are also eager to take their amber back. Despite their apparent harmlessness, they still face xenophobia and its effects - devils refuse to take their souls, and occasionally one is stoned to death. Even so, at least one of them has risen high enough in society to be an at least semi-influential businessman; he's called the Tentacled Entrepreneur.
The Rubbery Men, though outcasts in society themselves, have also turned away one of their number.
|Where are the Rubbery Men from?|
|They hail from the planet Axile, brought to the Neath by the Bazaar (most likely because of Mr Eaten). This was a part of a failed deal between them and the Bazaar. Despite failing, the Rubbery Men uphold their end of the deal, which was to never love.|
|Visitors to Flute Street may discover... [Fate Spoilers]|
|...that the Rubbery Men were created by the Flukes to interact with human beings. Part of their interaction involves the circulation of amber, which absorbs Vital Essences that may be used to alter a being's place on the Great Chain.|
|The lemon-scented slime that the Rubbery Men exude...|
|...appears to have healing properties, favored by the wretched, forgotten, and desperate. Spasms, hair growth, and nightmares may be slight side effects of using it as a restorative.|
What do Rubbery Men trade?Edit
It's a bit tricky to get items from Rubbery Men. Deep or Pulsating Amber is readily available from the Bazaar, but opportunities must arise for one to collect Warm or Trembling Amber. Rarer things like Fecund Amber and Fluke-Cores can only be found in the Cave of the Nadir.