Things to do at Court...

…to build your Reputation

The Empress must be entertained! And you are inspired….



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A slow day

Unlocks: Persuasive 97
A silent, dreary day at the Court. Has even romance lost its sheen?

A polite tap on the shoulder

The Veteran Privy Counsellor would like you to come this way. He's a Duke, isn't he? You should probably pop along.


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What's your next work?

The Veteran Privy Counsellor looks expectantly at you. His glass of port quivers dangerously in his hand. What's your next project?

Write poetry

Poetry is a mirror which makes the distorted beautiful. The Neath could benefit from your reflections. [Raise your Inspired… quality to 34 to finish your work]

Complete a novel

Not everyone has a novel in them. You do. [Raise your Inspired… quality to 34 to finish your work]

Write and stage a play

Theatre is the true art. [Raise your Inspired… quality to 24 to finish your work: this will be a little quicker.]

Write a song and have it performed

You'll have to be subtle. The Empress hates choral works, but in the far corners of the Palace much of the court appreciate a good song. [Raise your Inspired… quality to 24 to finish your work: this will be a little quicker.]

Compose a symphony and have it performed

The Empress hates noise, but sometimes makes an exception for a good symphony. Apparently the Consort likes them. [Raise your Inspired… quality to 24 to finish your work]

The ballet

Ballet hasn't been popular for decades. Still, the Veteran Privy Counsellor is thought to have a soft spot for it. [Raise your Inspired… quality to 24 to finish your work: this will be a little quicker.]

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Your poem is complete!

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1, Inspired… 34
The ink of the last line dries. You set down your pen at last. It is done. A poem for the ages. A poem to assure you immortality. But what manner of work is it?

An Epic Cycle

Nobody writes huge, sprawling heroic epics any more. Nobody but you, anyway. Twelve thousand stanzas of heroism, tragedy and myth.

A Tragedy of Romance

A timeless love. The cruel blade of fate. Death by water. A great many tears. The height of poetic fashion.

An Allegorical Satire

If one enjoys breathing, one does not write extended satires concerning the Empress, nor especially her Consort. However, the rest of those windbags in the Court are fair game.

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Your novel is complete!

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 2, Inspired… 34
Your work is complete! A masterful novel, plucked from the blue skies of inspiration and pinned to your desk with a quill. Surely this manuscript will set the literary world afire. But what exactly have you written?

A Gothic Romance

Desperate lovers. Ruined castles. A noble family's secret shame. All spiced up with a few flashes of nightgown and perhaps a monster.

A Tale of the Future!

A bold vision of life in the next century! A world of gleaming brass and sparking globes. A tale of London's triumphant return to the surface!

A Patriotic Adventure!

A rip-roaring tale of Empire, hardship, determination and giving those foreigners a damn sound thrashing! Thrills and danger in the Elder Country! The search for the Mountain of Youth!

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Opening Night!

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 3, Inspired… 24
Everything is prepared. The performers assure you that they have memorised their lines. The curtain goes up in five minutes. But what manner of theatrical delight have you produced?

A Slapstick Farce

A tonic for the Empress's woes. It is long past time that the Court enjoyed the humour of the common man. And surely anyone, no matter how exalted, can enjoy the spectacle of two urchins pelting a Bishop with crumpets?

A Wry Satirical Comedy

Where the weighty is trivial and the insincere mouth earnest words about the fancies and nonsensitudes of life. A pithy epigram for every occasion.

A Heart-Wrenching Tragedy

Passions that destroy all before them. Innocence savaged by uncaring destiny. A story fit for the Neath.

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Publish your song!

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 4, Inspired… 24
The Shuttered Palace is not a welcoming venue for songs. If you publish your work all across London, you might yet hear it in the far corners of the Court. But what have you written?

A Rousing Hymn

Something to get the blood of decent folk pumping. A rousing call to action, and some old-fashioned righteousness.

A Newly Arranged Folk Song

A new version of an old song. A good one. One of those tunes about bedding those you shouldn't, robbing folks and spraying blood up the walls.

A Patriotic Anthem

A flag-waving riot of music, with a chorus everyone can sing. Something to bring tears to the eyes of the most zealous partisans.

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Your symphony is complete!

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 5, Inspired… 24
Music is usually banned from the Shuttered Palace. However, the Consort is old-fashioned and likes the occasional symphony, so the Empress is prepared to make an exception. But what manner of music will there be?

Somewhat challenging music

Unlocks: a Scholar of the Correspondence 1
The Correspondence is not meant for human voices. Neither is it meant for musical instruments, but that's not going to stop you.

An exuberant cannonade

A full orchestra. No, two full orchestras! A regiment of drummers! A platoon of riflemen! A cannon!

A choral requiem

Melancholy and stately and beautiful. Music is so rare at the Palace that it is one's duty to produce something both exceptional and fitting.

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Stage your ballet!

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 6, Inspired… 24
The ballet has not enjoyed the favour of the Court since before the Fall. Such disdain will make your victory all the sweeter. The performance will have to be silent, of course. But what sort of ballet will you stage?

A light work based around a Neathy folk tale

An old-fashioned sort of ballet. The Veteran Privy Counsellor gets very excited about this sort of thing.

A work of romance and automata

A tale of love in the deep places, drawing on your own experience. Clay dancers! Social commentary! This will make them sit up and watch. And possibly run away.

A work of barely-clad decadence

Dull, is it? Old-fashioned? Hah! You're going to give them a night to remember. Presumably you've booked passage to the tomb-colonies in advance.

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Called to the office

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 4
The Veteran Privy Counsellor summons you to his offices.

Off to the office

Go and share a little port with the old fellow, and see what he has to say.

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A weighty decision

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 5
The Veteran Privy Counsellor wants you to compose an opera so audacious that it will get you banished from the Empress' Court.

Oblige him

Whatever your reasons, you will write his opera for him. [In a moment, you may indicate your reasons.]

Refuse him

What? No! You have work to do! Your ascent to immortality will not be derailed by intrigue! [Continue at the Shuttered Palace for now.]

A stroke of good fortune

Unlocks: 8 Fate
The Counsellor is a veteran of intrigue… but it so happens your Palace contacts are perfectly placed to uncover valuable information. [Fate will give you a clue to his intentions.]

Try to discover his reasons

Previous Unlocks: Sudden Insight x 3, Cryptic Clue x 300
New Unlocks(January 2012) 3 x Sudden Insight, 2 x An Identity Uncovered!
Watchful challenge, straightforward at 135
This man is a veteran of sixty years of palace intrigue. Are you sure you want to risk prying into his business?

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Why are you doing this?

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 6
The Veteran Privy Counsellor wants you to create something unique: a incendiary bomb of an opera which will shatter your glittering reputation into a million pieces. And you've agreed!

For the art

No censors. No limits.

For Empress and Country?

The Veteran Privy Counsellor was too artful to say. But perhaps they need you to be exiled for a reason.

For the Revolution

Unlocks: Connected: Revolutionaries 10
An opportunity to thumb your nose at the whole Court, live on stage? Wait until they hear of this in the Flit.

Because you've done the Court.

Look at these people. They're wraiths. Leeches. Why did you ever care about their good opinion?

Because I hate the Empress

Down with the Traitor Empress!

For the freedom of expression

This is one performance that the Ministry of Public Decency won't interfere with.

To make you famous

Whatever happens, this is going to be talked about for years.

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The Grand Finale

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 6, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 7, Inspired 24
Your opera for the Empress is complete! Once the curtain comes down, you'll very likely be banished from Court altogether. Let's make this one count.

A heavyweight epic mocking the Empress

An overwrought monstrosity in the style established by 'Odin's Horse'. A big, serious opera where the Queen of Valkyries is a lame, lumbering, blood-drinking monster.

A sentimental love story

A story where the young princess will do anything to rescue her diseased lover. Who unexpectedly gets chopped up by pirates.

A light comedy about the lives of the saints

An amusing hagiographical romp through history. Remember to invite the bishops. Enough to get you solidly exiled, but nothing that will offend the Empress personally.

Tristram Bagley's unfinished masterpiece

Staging the impossible thing is only marginally easier than smuggling the Topsy King into the Palace.
Unlocked with: Ambition: Heart's Desire - the Topsy King 22, **a Scholar of the Correspondence 1**

After doing this you are immediately taken to the next story option. You cannot choose to do something else.

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On the way to the docks

As you walk briskly to exile, the Veteran Privy Counsellor appears and falls into step with you.

Before you go

Have a little chat with the man who orchestrated your downfall.

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The people's art

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
Perhaps the Court is ready to hear the voices of the forgotten, the hungry, the angry. The people of the Flit. The people of the Abyss.

Passion and bats

Whether you seek the ferocious rhetoric of the downtrodden or the lyricism of the bat-haunted Flit, the revolutionaries can help you.
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_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge chancy at 100, straightforward at 167
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Religion and Art

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
Perhaps your work requires a spiritual dimension.

Mortification of the flesh!

Lock yourself away and fast. Optionally, pray. Consider shaving your head.

Call on the help of the Church

There's more to religion than stained glass and hymns. You know a Cultured Vicar who can introduce you to a rarefied sort of artist.

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge straightforward at 167
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An organ recital at All Christs

It might not be your first choice, but perhaps it's time you tried something different.

_ Austere Austere challenge straightforward at 11
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Devils and art

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
Can devils create art? Can the soulless? It's a fascinating metaphysical question. If art does not come from the soul, whence does it arise?

The art of the Brass Embassy

The Embassy sometimes hosts exclusive soirees, at which guests can enter some of the more private rooms. You can procure an invitation to the next one; certain devils hold you in high enough esteem. It should be a perfect chance to glimpse some of the art that devils truly appreciate.

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge straightforward at 167
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The Bohemians

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
Many are poseurs or fools: but there are a few real, wild, tigerish talents down in Veilgarden. They might help a genius like you.

Call in some favours

Unlocks: Connected: Bohemian 5
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 179
If you know the right people, you could benefit from a close collaboration with bohemian artists.

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The men from the Ministry

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
The Ministry of Public Decency requires you to submit a copy of your work before it is exposed to the public.
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 107

Bury it deep

If your work has any radical notions to it, you would be wise to be subtle. The Ministry's Evaluators are thorough, but they can be fooled.

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The Decency Evaluator

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
The Ministry of Public Decency sends Evaluators to examine any new work for evidence of sedition, lewdness, carnivorous tendencies and so on.

Come to an equitable arrangement

Unlocks: Foxfire Candle Stub 50
A matter of luck: the odds are against you here
Decency Evaluators are paid a pittance, but this one is too honest to bribe. Fortunately, you discover with a little digging that he has a desperate need for fine candles.

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Competition for the post of Imperial Artist-in-Residence

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
A Lyrical Poetess is planning to upstage your work. A thousand stanzas of patriotic history, or some such nonsense.

Persuade her that her work requires alteration

'Of course, nobody listens to that sort of fervid claptrap any more. Today's poetry must possess a current of radical political thought…'
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 109

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You have rivals

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
You are not the only artist with ambitions to become the Imperial Artist-in-Residence.

Ensure that their work is unfavourably reviewed

Unlocks: Connected: Society 50
All's fair in art and war. You have friends among the press, do you not? You could write a few reviews for the Unexpurgated London Gazette.
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 105

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A gaggle of artistic temperaments

Unlocks: Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 3
Individually, your performers are admirably talented. However, put them in the same room and they quarrel like hyaenas over the last gazelle.

Inspire them to work together

Your company is less than the sum of its parts. You must bring the performers together if they are to realise your vision.
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 108

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The lead

Unlocks: Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 3
The lead performer in your work is passionate, capable, professional. And rather attractive, now that you think about it.

Indulge yourself with the lead

Well, why not? It's almost expected of you. A tradition. Yes, that's it.
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 105

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The music of the tomb

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 4
While out on a stroll, you hear a tune drifting from an open window at the Continental Hotel. A slow, mournful air on the violin. Lovely, for all its melancholy.

Study the dour tunes of the tomb-colonies

Unlocks: Connected: The Tomb-Colonies 5
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 105
The Continental Hotel caters to the tomb-colonists. Their music might be worth looking into.

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Composition: the low path

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 4
Your music will be simple, honest, memorable. The music of the people. One might even be able to dance to it.

Seek out the music of the people

The bawdy songs of the costermongers. The dockside shanties. The simple ballads of love and loss. They will be your meat and drink.
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 105

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Composition: the high path

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 4
Your music will be cerebral, abstract, perfect. A procession of smooth-browed messengers shining with remorseless light.

Seek out the music of dreams

Unlocks: Drop of Prisoner's Honey x 25
The music of your dreams is beautiful beyond description. You must seize it!
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 113

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Yesterday's work

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1, Inspired… 5
Yesterday's work sits on the escritoire, looking at you. In the cold light of day, you are sure it is nonsense and humbug.

Toss it onto the fire

Start again! But this time, you're certain to get it right! [This is a risky approach]
(A matter of luck: pretty good odds.)

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A quiet day at your lodgings

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
The knocker is silent. There is not a promenading dandy, a larcenous urchin nor an honest tradesman to be seen. Your lodgings are quieter than a politician's conscience.

Cloister yourself and work

Inspiration is all very well, but sooner or later one must see to the actual business of creation.
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 104

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Business at the Court

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
The business of the Court carries on with or without you. Hushed conversations and half-forgotten ceremonies mark out the days and weeks.

Gauge the tastes of the Court.

These people are your audience, after all. Their tastes and predilections may deserve some sort of minor recognition in your work.
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 110

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A city of culture

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
Fallen London is packed with deliciously creative people, so they say.

Seek out inspiration among artists

Unlocks: Connected: Bohemian 20
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 102
They drink too much, they take too much honey and half of them will be off with your purse if you don't watch them. But where better to seek inspiration than in London's arty set?

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The pleasures of the Neath

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
Prisoner's honey, fine mushroom wines, imported spirits from across the Unterzee and exotic tipples from the surface. The Neath is rich with inspirational distractions.

Seek inspiration in indulgence

Unlocks: Hedonist 3, Drop of Prisoner's Honey 15, Greyfields 1879 20
A long and honourable artistic tradition.
(A matter of luck: it could go either way.)

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Nature in the Neath

Unlocks: carving out a Reputation at Court 1, creating a masterpiece for the Empress 1
The ecology of the Neath does not encourage inspiration. Limpid pools are liable to be infested with Flenser Crabs. The greasy smog of Fallen London subsumes all but the loneliest of clouds.

Seek inspiration in nature

Head out into the fog, find some d—ned nature and wring the inspiration from it till it squeaks.
Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 103


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