Dishonored: The Corroded Man is a novel by Adam Christopher and the first of a trilogy, bridging the gap between Dishonored and Dishonored 2. The novel was released on September 27, 2016, with the other two books set to be released in 2017.
More than a decade after she was restored to the throne, Empress Emily Kaldwin leads a dual life, fulfilling her duties as head of state while training with her father, Corvo Attano, learning his unique skills in the arts of stealth, combat, and assassination. When a strange, shrouded man appears in Dunwall, leading the Whalers and seeming to possess powers once wielded by Daud, Emily and Corvo are plunged into a life-and-death adventure. Should they fail to stop this mysterious enemy, the result could be destruction on a massive scale.
Part One: The Sleeping City
A decade since Dunwall's Rat Plague ended, a prisoner escapes from the labor camp of Utyrka in Tyvia after finding a mysterious and powerful artifact. In Dunwall, 1851, Emily Kaldwin, trained in stealth and combat by her father and Royal Protector Corvo Attano, starts leaving Dunwall Tower at night to explore the city in secret and take some respite from her duties as Empress of the Isles.
In the Month of Darkness, the prisoner reaches Dunwall and seeks out two ex-members of the Whalers employed in the security detail of the Golden Cat, Galia Fleet and Rinaldo Escobar. Using powers akin to their former leader Daud, he convinces them to join him in his work with the promise of sharing his powers with them and reforming their old gang of assassins.
A week later, the new Whalers gang is tasked in stealing corpses from an abandoned cemetery in the soon-to-be New Mercantile District on the city's edge. Emily Kaldwin happens to witness them but is unknowingly deterred to act by her father, the Lord Protector, who keeps an eye on her during her nocturnal escapades. He too leaves the thugs be after Galia exhibits her new-found powers, from which Corvo dreadfully identifies her as a Whaler. Back to their hideout in Slaughterhouse Row, Galia enters in a fight with her new leader regarding the partial failure of her mission. After the man effortlessly countered her, he reveals himself as Zhukov, former Hero of Tyvia, strangely disfigured as if burnt and seeking no less to save the world.
The day after, Corvo, in his duties of Royal Spymaster, brings up the events at the cemetery during a meeting with the Empress, the High Overseer Yul Khulan and Jameson Curnow, adviser to the Court and secretly Corvo's chief agent. They task the City Watch, but also Overseers of the Abbey of the Everyman in investigating the gang's activities and arrest them. During a private conversation with Khulan, Corvo also asks him to ready the Abbey's old Music Boxes in case of witchcraft. He also takes some precaution regarding Emily's nightly excursions and asks the Tower's guards to keep close to her.
In their hideout, Zhukov finally reveals to Galia more about his past, working for the High Judges of Tyvia and their betrayal, how he obtained the Outsider's Mark in prison and the corroded Bonecharms he crafted from human remains with his powers. He explains that he has been traveling the world to gather intelligence and sought help from Daud himself for his occult powers. He couldn't find neither him or his old lieutenants, Billie Lurk and Thomas, and instead resorted to Galia's help. He then asks her to go to Brigmore Manor and brings him bones of the Brigmore Witches from its crypt, out of which he will carve their destiny. Rinaldo spies them and worries of Galia's choice to follow Zhukov in his plans.
In the following days, the Imperial Court turn their attention to the preparations for the annual Masquerade Ball held by Lady Esma Boyle. Emily thinks of defying the Court's tradition and to participate anonymously to the event. Intruding later in Corvo's chambers, she discovers Jameson's surveillance report of Brigmore Manor, detailing rumors of an impeding criminal operation there. She also learns from the report that the Wrenhaven River Patrol spotted suspicious activity at the Greaves Auxiliary Slaughterhouse 5 on Slaughterhouse Row. Furious at the discovery that her friend Jameson spies for her father, but also that her close entourage hid from her information on the graverobbers gang, she decides to investigate the factory by herself.
Meanwhile at the abandoned slaughterhouse, Rinaldo decides to break in Zhukov's gruesome workshop. He steals one of the corroded Bonecharms and covers his tracks. Emily infiltrates the place the next day and, to her terror, identifies the gang as the Whalers, responsible for the murder of her own mother, Empress Jessamine. She subdues two of the mercenaries and steals their clothes to pass as one of them. Playing her role, she becomes enthralled in a vision of chaos when staring at Zhukov's red glasses. She sees in the reflection a vision of herself, where she had Corvo slaughtering the Imperial Court for her own cruel amusement. She then follows the Whalers' plan and departs for Brigmore.
Part Two: The Witchcharms
On the 12th Day of the Month of Darkness, Corvo lies in ambush at Brigmore Manor. Through Jameson, he had help from the new owner and restorer of the domain, the liquor merchant Azariah Fillmore, in truth the reformed boss of the Bottle Street gang and a friend of Corvo since the Rat Plague. Once the Whalers invade the place, Azriah sets his workers, ex-members of Dunwall's gangs, to attack them. Using the moment of surprise, they successfully kill or subdue all Whalers, with the exception of Galia who escapes with some of the witch bones from the crypt, using her supernatural powers. Emily manages to evade the battle and follows Galia back to the slaughterhouse. After the battle, Rinaldo, who was captured with the surviving Whalers, chooses to open up to Corvo and shows him the corroded Bonecharms.
- Harvey Smith worked with the author to ensure continuity and provide ideas, and is credited as Editorial Consultant.
- Adam Christopher admitted that Emily choosing a sparrow costume for the Boyle Masquerade is a reference. To what, he did not say.
- Coincidentally, the working title of Dishonored 2 was "Black Sparrow".
- The cover reuses an illustration from the marketing of Dishonored 2, with Corvo and Emily facing City Watch members in Dunwall Tower's throne room during the Coup by Delilah Copperspoon.
- The French version of the novel is the only one to have two different editions, published under different labels of the same publisher. The first one is similar to the original format while the second one is larger and has a gilded-like frame around the original cover.
- ↑ Dishonored 2 – Novels and Comics Revealed on bethesda.net.
- ↑ Dishonored - The Corroded Man on amazon.com
- ↑ https://twitter.com/Harvey1966/status/773932258424217600 Twitter post by Harvey Smith.
- ↑ Adam Christopher AMA on reddit.
- ↑ Stepping into the Empire -Dishonored 2, and my conversation with Harvey Smith on Phos's blog.
- ↑ Cover of Dishonored : L'homme corrodé on milady.fr
- ↑ Cover of Dishonored : L'homme corrodé on bragelonne.fr
Games and other media in the Dishonored franchise
Void Walker's Arsenal (Acrobatic Killer Pack • Arcane Assassin Pack • Backstreet Butcher Pack • Shadow Rat Pack) • Dunwall City Trials • The Knife of Dunwall • The Brigmore Witches • Imperial Assassin's Pack