"Letters in and out of the city are routinely read. But one does not often intimately search a gentleman, and never a lady. So, the rumour has it, Clathermont and his three glum-faced tattooists - triplets, who some say are his daughters - although some hint at a more intimate relationship - hm - where was I? Ah yes. The rumour has it, spies come to Clathermont's to have messages tattooed in less public areas of their skin. This has, of course, been responsible for a scandalous vogue for secret tattoos."
Mr. Clathermont and his tattoo parlor, which is in the vicinity of Ladybones Road, are featured in both Fallen London and Sunless Sea.
Residents of London may get any number of small Great Game-related tattoos at Mr. Clathermont's parlor, provided one has enough connections to the Great Game to find him. During the Feast of the Exceptional Rose, residents can also let Mr. Clathermont's wife Millicent give them tattoos.
By the way, Clathermont's triplet tattooists, mentioned in the snippets above, are named Edie, Myrtle, and Lily.
Who Is Lilac?Edit
Spoilers: Seeking Mr. Eaten's Name, fate-locked Feast of the Exceptional Rose content
|"I have no inclination to modesty. Yes. Yes, my husband does his best, but at the beginning, he handled the clients and the... messages... and the art was mine. It was the messages on the skin that came to the attention of a Power. A wonderful Power."
Millicent Clathermont, also known as the Lady in Lilac or just "Lilac", is the gifted tattooist behind many of the Clathermonts' Great Game designs. Her studies in Correspondence tattoos led her to discover the history of the Bazaar and the Neath; she was invited to Penstock's Wicket, where the Bazaar lives... and then she fell in love with it! She abandoned Mr. Clathermont, and began traveling the Neath to continue her studies in tattoos and the Great Game of the stars.
One of her many voyages was to the Chapel of Lights, where she studied the mind- and body-altering tattoos borne by its worshippers. Not long after this trip, she descended into the Cave of the Nadir, where she sacrificed a portion of herself in exchange for an infusion of irrigo. This makes her immune to the deadly effects of sunlight, and also conveniently makes anybody who sees her instantly forgets her.
She is now traveling on the Surface, once again to study tattoos, but she descends to the Neath each Feast of the Exceptional Rose to collect love stories for her beloved space crab.