Welcome to the The Fifth City, the Neath's Unofficial Lore Wiki!
The unofficial, user-created guide to the lore and intertwined worlds of Fallen London, Sunless Sea, Sunless Skies, and The Silver Tree, all created by Failbetter Games. Warning: may contain spoilers, not of what exactly happens to you in the games, but of what you'll learn about the Neath along the way.
What Is the Neath?
Fallen London, Sunless Sea, Sunless Skies, and The Silver Tree all take place in the same alternate-history scenario in which five major cities in succession (eventually, there will be seven) fall underground, into the vast network of caves known as the Neath. The first two games take place in the 1890s, approximately 30 years after London became the fifth city to fall, and are set in and around the new, convoluted London. The Silver Tree takes place in the Mongol Empire in the 1200s, as half its capital is about to become the Fourth City and the other half's refugees are about to start a floating empire in the Neath. Sunless Skies takes place in 1906; Londoners have managed to figure out space travel ten years after Fallen London and Sunless Skies, and has launched itself into a sky where the stars are mysteriously dying out...
Find out more about the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Cities here.
Whatever Happened to London?
"Fallen London: once capital of the British Empire, now home of the Bazaar. Deep. Dark. Expensive. Marvellous. Here you can find everything from immortality to unnervingly good mushroom wine."
"The Bazaar stole London three decades ago. Of course only anarchists and revolutionaries say 'stole' any more. Everyone who matters has grown to know and love the status quo. It's quiet down here. All those jewels and mushrooms and all that black water. What could be better?"
"The city around the Bazaar is called the Fifth City because, they say, it's not the first the Bazaar chose as a home. You can still turn up bricks from the older cities, now and then. Look: here's one marked with an eye."
A Note from the Founder
I'm not a moderator or admin of any Failbetter game, or an employee of the company. I just happen to enjoy games with tons of lore, like Fallen London, and was a bit disappointed when I found that there wasn't one single place for all the lore for this amazing browser game.
So I made it. This is that single place. Feel free to create a page on a character, place, or event in the alternate history of the Fallen (and Falling) Cities. Be aware that some content (for example, Fate-locked or mind-blowing snippets) may need to be put inside a spoiler or blacked out; open up the source code of this page to get the code for both of those options.
Have fun, delicious friends!