Uncovering the secrets of the Unterzee for the betterment of all. Not least you.
Descriptors for levels in this story:
- - To the Dilmun Club
- - Preliminary Research at your Lodgings
- - Off into the Unknown!
You start seeing this man everywhere…
A Sneering Gentleman
You recognise a vinegar-faced valet of His Amused Lordship in a drizzle-pattered street. He never liked you. He sneers: 'The Dilmun Club is sponsoring expeditions, but the papers with your name on keep going missing…'
[Unlocked with Featuring in the Tales of the University 30]
That's how it is, eh?You can't let this foul fellow get in the way of your academic career. A little blackmail will see you on your way. This will begin a journey of scientific discovery across the Unterzee. You can acquire Blackmail Material from the Velocipede Squad or at an Elaborate Party. Books of Hidden Bodies can be created at the Bazaar Side-streets. Extraordinary Implications can be found in the Foreign Office or on the Unterzee Islands.
[Unlocked with associating with Radical Academics 3]
[Unlocked with cultivating an acquaintance with His Amused Lordship 3]
[Unlocked with 5 x Extraordinary Implication]
[Unlocked with 1 x Blackmail Material]
[Unlocked with 2 x Book of Hidden Bodies]
[Unlocked with Watchful 120]
Decide to pursue this challenge…
Upstairs at the Bridge Without
The crowds are dense and surly today, and you struggle to push your way through against the current. But here are the welcoming smoke-blackened timbers of the pub in question.
In you go
The crowd is thicker inside the pub than out. You elbow your way to the stairs, where a strapping groom stands to let you past.
Unlocked with Embarking on a Voyage of Scientific Discovery 1
You'll need to do some research first. A lot of it…
Marshal your work before you go to Zee. You may prepare as much or as little as you prefer. Once you set sail, you will no longer be able to do preparatory research until your voyage is complete.
Look at the current trend for Theosophistry
High Society is abuzz with spiritualism. Of course, they don't much like being the subject of academic study. This will significantly reduce your Connected: Society. You can do this until you have 100 pages. To get more, you'll need to do field work.
Unlocked: Connected: Society 50
Pay someone else to research for you
The going rate for mercenary scholars is astonishing. But sometimes one just has to let others do the work. [You can do this until you have 100 pages of each kind of research. To get more, you'll need to do field work.]
Unlocked with 80 x Memory of Distant Shores
Examine your collection of curiosities
You might get a head start on your archaeology by rummaging through your collection. [You can do this until you have 300 pages. To get more, you'll need to do field work.]
Unlocked with 1 x Collection of Curiosities
A matter of luck: pretty good odds.
Summarise your experiences in the Wars of Illusion
Describe what you learned about the Glass and the Shroud. You will need clear notes to base further investigation upon. [You can do this until you have 100 pages. To get more, you'll need to do field work.]
Unlocked: 1 x Extraordinary Implication, Embroiled in the Wars of Illusion 25
A matter of luck: pretty good odds.
Consult the Masters of the Bazaar
They, more than most, should know a thing or two about previous cities. [This will lower your connection to the Masters. You can do this until you have 300 pages. To get more, you'll need to do field work.]
Unlocked: Connected: the Masters of the Bazaar 3
A matter of luck: a sure thing. Or is it?
Have instruments ground
Instruments! The soul and weapon of the modern scientist! If only they were cheaper. [You can do this until you have 100 pages of each kind of research. To get more, you'll need to do field work.]
Unlock: 1 x Whirring Contraption
Trade in academic favours
You could consult your remaining friends at the University. They know a few things about cryptopaleontology. [This will significantly reduce your connections. You can do this until you have 300 pages. To get more, you'll need to do field work.]
Unlock: Connected: Benthic 20, Connected: Summerset 20.
Consult your current work
You're already published, aren't you? Make sure that you're not forgetting anything. [You can do this until you have 100 pages of each type of research. To get more, you'll need to do field work.]
Unlock: 1 x Collated Research
Test your Unearthly Fossil
What secrets does this little chunk of Flute Street hold? Fetch the acid. [You can do this until you have 300 pages. To get more, you'll need to do field work.]
Unlock: 1 x Unearthly Fossil
Find promising students
You can't be expected to do all this work yourself. You should recruit assistants from the young, the worthy and the radical. [This will significantly reduce your connections. You can do this until you have 100 pages of each sort of research. To get more, you'll need to do field work.]
Unlock : Connected: Urchins 20, Connected: The Church 20, Connected: Revolutionaries 20.
Enough preliminary cryptopaleontology research
Your preparations are complete. It's time to collect things and put them in jars. A voyage of scientific discovery!This choice is locked for now.
Unlock: 50 x A Page of Cryptopaleontological Notes.
Enough preliminary archaeology research
Your preparations are complete. It's time to go out and dig things up. A voyage of scientific discovery!
Unlock: 50 x A Page of Prelapsarian Archaeological Notes.
Enough preliminary theosophy research
Your preparations are complete. It's time for the real thing. A voyage of scientific discovery!
Unlock: 50 x A Page of Theosophistical Notes.
Opportunity cards (found when Sailing on the Unterzee, unlocked with Embarking on a Voyage of Scientific Discovery 3)
The Fleet of Truth
That ship is running no lights and flying no colours. Good Lord! It's a vessel in Dr. Orthos' Fleet of Truth!
The Fleet of Truth is made up of equal parts venal academics and dockside bruisers. They aim to board you and steal your research!
(Dangerous challenge, straightforward at 125)
Share your Research with a Fellow Scholar
It is the duty of the modern scholar to publish and share work with the academic community. But there's no harm in letting a friend look at it first.
Away, my beauties!
You'll have to use messenger bats, and plenty of them. Write small. [Your academic collegue must have research to share, and sufficient bats for a reply.]
Unlocked with: 10 x Sulky Bat, 50 x A Page of Cryptopaleontological Notes, 50 x A Page of Prelapsarian Archaeological Notes, 50 x A Page of Theosophistical Notes.
The next step is running inquiries in those Islands
where you can collect pages of Cryptopaleontological, Prelapsarian Archaeological and Theosophistical Notes:
NB — This Island is particulary appropriate to collect Pages of Cryptopaleontological Notes
NB — This Island is particulary appropriate to collect Pages of Prelapsarian Archaeological Notes
In the Sea of Voices, you'll need a Screaming Map to open this route.
NB — This Island is particulary appropriate to collect Pages of Theosophistical Notes
After competing at least one stay in one of those Island, your 'Embarking on a Voyage of Scientific Discovery' Quality will rise to 4 - An Established Scholar.
You then will be able to exchange your notes in your Lodgings at any time.
Found in Your Lodgings, unlocked with Embarking on a Voyage of Scientific Discovery 4
Organise your Research
All that time on your voyage of discovery, the hardships and deprivations of life at sea weigh on you. But what will you do with all these notes?
Collate your cryptopaleontological work
The study of life is as natural to you as breathing. [This will gain you Collated Research and a souvenir of your work.] (Unlocked with A Page of Cryptopaleontological Notes 120)
Collate your prelapsarian archaeological work
Bringing the past nearer the present. [This will gain you Collated Research and a souvenir of your work.] (Unlocked with A Page of Prelapsarian Archaeological Notes 120)
Collate your research into Theosophistry
Set out what you know of the hidden world of dreams and spirits. [This will gain you Collated Research and a souvenir of your work.] (Unlocked with A Page of Theosophistical Notes 120)
Re-establish your academic reputation
The business at the University was regrettable. And you're the one that ended up doing most of the regretting. No more. If you publish enough of this brilliant work, they'll beg to have you back. (Unlocked with unwelcome at the University 1, 500 x A Page of Cryptopaleontological Notes, 500 x A Page of Prelapsarian Archaeological Notes, 500 x A Page of Theosophistical Notes )
Speak to professional persons with academic pretensions
The room is dim and smoky. Each of your guests has paid a small fortune in secrets to hear you speak, penned into books as they arrive. But, they say, you know the best places to find relics ripe for the plundering. (Unlocked with 500 x A Page of Prelapsarian Archaeological Notes)
Breed a beast
You are no stranger to the creation of exotic life. Armed with your research and your menagerie, this could be the culmination of your career in breeding. Even if it costs you the whole gang of them. (Unlocked with 1 x Hound of Heaven , 1 x Corresponding Ocelot, 1 x Ocular Toadbeast, 1 x Obdurate Stallion, 1 x Slavering Dream-Hound, 500 x A Page of Cryptopaleontological Notes.)
Sell your Theosophistical conclusions
Monsieur Pleat, the hypnotist who dances on both sides of the border between Glass and Shroud, is very interested in hearing about your expedition. (Unlocked with Embroiled in the Wars of Illusion 25, 500 x A Page of Theosophistical Notes.)
Speak to naturalists, hunters and the breeders of monsters
They balked at the price, a tune from the lips of a dead god, but they came. They want to hear of beasts and monsters. How they breed. How to kill them. And in one case, how they taste. (Unlocked with 500 x A Page of Cryptopaleontological Notes.)
Another round of preliminary research
Rip it up and start again! Well, rip a little of it up. Save the good bits. [This will allow you to return to preliminary research, before you head out again to the islands. It will cost you 50 of each kind of accumulated research.]
unlocked when you have insufficient Notes for any other option
What Does One Do with a Bifurcated Owl?
Your owl lies motionless in the parlour, covered by your best tea towel. What on earth are you going to do with it?
Option 1: Send in a bold explorer
So, you have a plan. You obtain a weasel. You attach a small candle to its head in the fashion of a miner's helmet. And then you send it in. If it comes out again, it will surely tell you the most potent and delicious secrets.
A matter of luck: it could go either way
unlocked with Lucky Weasel 1, unlocked with a Scholar of the Correspondence 1, unlocked with Foxfire Candle Stub 1
Option 2: Feeding time
Just one secret now. We don't want your hinged horror getting portly.
unlocked with Appalling Secret 1
A matter of luck: it could go either way