One branch of the Mysterious Benefactor story
Your Patron Appears
Your mysterious benefactor arrives at your door. He's a Ragged Mendicant. A hermit, perhaps, even in this day and age. His cassock is absurd and antique. You're fairly certain it's been nibbled by rats. The smell is something unholy, but the light of faith smoulders in his eyes.
Unlocked with Protégé … 3, Mirror-Polished Shoes, Watchful 10
Option 1: Politely eject the insanitary old troublemakerYou have quite enough problems of your own without sharing the burdens of some maundering cleric.
Option 2: Devils?
There is a certain amount of prefatory rambling about half-extinct religious orders and the nature of God. Then he explains he wants you to spy on a devil. Quite an ordinary devil, inasmuch as any devil is ordinary.
The Ragged Mendicant is back
The Ragged Mendicant is back, and he wants you to observe the Soul Trade. He is shaking with excitement at the thought of learning more.
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Option 1: Oh, I can tell you about the Soul Trade.
'You see, I used to have this friend, who once got involved…'
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Option 2: Go and look
The Soul Trade? A dangerous business, but interesting. You could investigate.
Option 3: I know about the Trade
'I've seen the Trade. I've spat in its yellow eye. What do you want to know?'
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What is his interest? 'St Ulrich,' he says solemnly. 'The Order. God is defined by his absence. The Bishop knows.' Well that cleared that up.
Protégé… has increased to 5 - Associated with a Benefactor!
Connected: Church increase
Gain 45 x Cryptic Clue
The Mendicant and the book
The Ragged Mendicant sits down next to you at a corner table in the Bishop's Eye. Like many churchmen, he has a fierce appetite for wine. He wants you to look for a book.
Unlocked with Protégé… 5, Mirror-polished shoes, Watchful 30
Option 1: At least he knows what he wants
Specifically, he wants you to examine a green-covered book in the possession of a certain deviless and write down the numbers on page two hundred and seven.
Your benefactor, the Ragged Mendicant, is off on the next train to Hell. There, he intends to learn the nature of God through his absence.
Unlocked with Protégé… 6, Mirror-polished shoes, Watchful 40
Option 1: Wave him off
He is a true pioneer of modern theology, and you respect that. Or perhaps you're just glad to be rid of the smell.
Option 2: Talk him out of it
'You're going to Hell? And perhaps you think you'll be coming back? Have you entirely thought this through?'
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A past benefactor
Your benefactor! Things seemed so simple then. A friend, a gift, a mission. Perhaps one day you'll have a protege of your own.
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(Watchful option): And what of the secrets of Hell?
Why did you advise him as you did?
there was also an option to start from the beginning for 8 Fate. I forgot to copy it down