Things to do at Court...

…to exercise your Persuasive Quality

Enjoy your time at Court and improve your Persuasive.




Life at the Palace is sedate, but some people enjoy more active pursuits. Joining a hunting party will also be a good way to meet influential people.
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Hunt bats

Bats? Are they sure? Apparently, they are. Apparently, the trick is to mimic their calls. It confuses them, and they can be caught in a net.

_ Persuasive challenge

Hunt lizards

Lizards thrive around the ponds, but you'll be hunting the slightly larger ones that live in the wilder parts of the gardens…

_ Dangerous challenge


The life of the mind

Life at the Empress' Court is not all about hedonistic pursuits. You must also see to the cultivation of the intellect.
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Discuss politics at a salon

Be careful, though. You never know who might be listening.

_ Persuasive challenge

Discuss the arts at a tea-party

Painting, literature, the dramatic arts, even poetry - these are all very suitable topics for showing off your erudition.

_ Persuasive challenge

Discuss philosophy whilst taking the air

The ability to discuss profound and abstract concepts intelligently is highly valued at court, as it is one so many lack.

_ Persuasive challenge


Make friends with the Empress' dog

A puppy comes rushing up as you stroll in the gardens. Adorable little thing. But he looks like the one you've been told belongs to the Empress.
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Give the puppy a biscuit

How could you resist his big brown eyes? And the Empress will surely look favourably on someone who is kind to her dog.

_ Persuasive challenge

Keep your distance

You have already got one scar from an encounter with a canine - albeit one as different as it is possible to be from this little scrap. But still. Say, 'nice doggie' and move on.
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Take the dog with you

It will be pleasant to have a companion for your walk. You can throw sticks for him to fetch, and so forth.


The Corruption of Youth

The Palace enforces a sedate and stuffy atmosphere, but you have seen hints of a secret, livelier side to some of the younger visitors.
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Join a picnic expedition

Some of the younger socialites are planning lunch in a remote corner of the gardens. Accompany them. Their smiles hint that lunch is not all they are planning.

_ Persuasive challenge

The seduction of music

Under normal circumstances, music is frowned upon in the Palace. Frequently, dances and salons feature string quartets or chamber orchestras who remain silent - their sole function is decorative. But some of the younger socialites are inclined to rebel, holding recitals in far corners of the attics. You should join in.

_ Persuasive challenge


Someone else's scandal

Unlocks: Persuasive 97
A Permanent Under-secretary has been indiscreet with a noted poet. The press already has the story.

Help the poor fellow out

His gratitude would be a worthy prize. You could attempt to sway the gentlemen of the press into leaving him alone.


Tea at Court

You cannot avoid it forever. Sooner or later, you will have to take tea with the dusty old veterans of the Court.
Unlocks: Persuasive 100

Go to afternoon tea

The tea is decent and the macaroons delicious. But can you strain anything useful from this interminable afternoon?

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