Things to do at Court...

…to exercise your Persuasive Quality

Enjoy your time at Court and improve your Persuasive.



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Hunt!

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

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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

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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.


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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

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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.


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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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