|Release date||11 December 2012 (Update)|
|Examine||Surula the sea orphan. She works behind the bar.|
Surula is a sea orphan barmaid working in the pub in the Player-owned port. She sells beer for 1 coin and can tell you about her race. She can also provide an extra voyage every Thursday based on the gossip she hears in the bar. Surula also hosts a random port event in which the player helps her serve beer to bar patrons.
According to Surula, in the East, some children are born with gills, tentacles, fins, or even flippers. They do not have special powers, although she says she can swim better than most. When you talk to captains in the bar, they can also mention the swimming ability of sea orphan crew members. The Purists in the Scythe hate the sea orphans. The cause of the affliction is unknown, and their parents are not necessarily sea orphans themselves, as evidenced by the fact that the Purists try to convince mothers to drown sea orphan children at birth.
After completing a voyage, players will sometimes receive the following message: "The Barmaid had a tricky time while the Ship was away. Speak to her to relive the events." For this minigame, the player takes control of Surula and must serve beer to 20 clients in the bar area, upstairs, and nearby outside, all in fewer than 10 minutes. Surula can hold only 2 beer glasses at once so she has to return to the bar to get more after serving every two customers. Once a client has been served, the "Serve Patron" option will no longer appear on the npc. This is a good indicator of whether the patron has been served already or not.
Note: If disconnected during the event, it'll count as a loss, earning you no rewards.
Each week, between Thursday at 00:00 UTC and Friday at 00:00 UTC, the player can ask Surula for gossip. Gossip can not be obtained on any other day of the week. The gossip takes the form of a voyage called A Barmaid's Tip. If accepted, it is placed in the third standard voyage slot, replacing the voyage there, if any. The adversity and reward for the mission are influenced by, but not completely controlled by, the currently selected port management focus. The table below shows the adversity and reward for A Barmaid's Tip in different regions.
- Her name and dialogue suggests that her character is based on Ursula from The Little Mermaid.
- It is possible that Surula is a dwarven sea orphan. Although she appears to be significantly taller than a dwarf when she is behind the bar, it is because she is standing on a box.
- During the random event with her, some of the patrons say "Mmmm, beer." This is a reference to Homer Simpson.