Progress
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Progress is a category of Quality that shows progress in through a Story or Venture.

The level in these qualities generally indicates the progress toward a milestone in a given Story or Venture. New opportunities appear when the Quality reaches a certain level. For some stories, there are several milestone, for example, increasing your Investigating… as each clue is revealed to you to a certain level allows you to progress further in the overall story.


General Progress Qualities

These qualities reflect general progress along different kinds of story arcs, generally Ventures. In addition to actions taken by you towards your goal, there are Opportunity Cards that can improve these qualities.

Note that if you begin multiple Ventures that use the same Progress Quality, completing or reaching a milestone in one Venture will eliminate any Progress towards the other Venture(s).

Said differently, you can't progress in seducing more than one person at a time, even though there are multiple Seduction Ventures, because they all depend on Fascinating….

(Failbetter Games has suggested, in their feedback forums and elsewhere, that this is a game design flaw for Ventures. Many newer Stories and Ventures use more specific Progress qualities.)

Progress in Dangerous Stories

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Running Battle…
Engaged in an ongoing struggle, trying to finish off an enemy.

This Quality reflects progress through Contract Ventures such as Menace Eradication Contract: Destroy Ferocious Rat and other Dangerous Ventures. This Quality can also be raised with an Opportunity Card.

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The Hunt is On!
Your prey will not long elude you.

This is used in Acquiring Exhibits for the Labyrinth of Tigers, making progress in the Labyrinth of Tigers and as part of animal breeding when In the Company of Monsters.

Progress in Persuasive Stories

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Inspired…
In the throes of composition. Do not disturb!

This Quality reflects progress through Commission Ventures such as Commission: Praising Fungus in Verse. This Quality can also be raised with an Opportunity Card.

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Fascinating…
Someone is growing interested….

This Quality reflects progress through Seduction Ventures such as Seduction: Artist. This Quality can also be raised with an Opportunity Card.

Progress in Shadowy Stories

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Casing…
Scouting out a potentially profitable venture.

This Quality reflects progress through Villainy Ventures such as Villainy: Area-diving. This Quality can also be raised with an Opportunity Card.

Progress in Watchful Stories

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Seeking…
Uncovering information about something that doesn't want to be found. Someone, possibly. The distinction isn't popular down here.

This Quality reflects progress in Ventures such as Surveillance Contract: Find a Tattooed Messenger's contact and storylets in the Flit and Mahogany Hall. This Quality can also be raised with an Opportunity Card.

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Investigating…
You're building up a dossier on one or more investigations….

This Quality reflects progress in Ventures such as Missing Person: Absconding Devil and storylets in the Flit and the University. This Quality can also be raised with an Opportunity Card.

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Detective's Progress
Increase this to close the Case you're working on.

This Quality reflects the progress while Engaged in a Case.


Time Progress Qualities

These qualities reflect time passing within a location. Time passing can open up several different options or story arcs. Other than continuing to take actions in that location, there is no way to affect these qualities.

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Term Passing…
At Benthic or at Summerset, each day is a new page. [This will return to zero each time you complete a term.]

This Quality is obtained and advances at The University.

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Time Passing in the Labyrinth
Tick tock. Is that the time already? [This will rise and fall as time's tide ebbs and flows]

This Quality is obtained and advances in The Labyrinth of Tigers.

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Time Passing in the Southern Archipelago
Spending your days exploring the islands that used to be South London

This Quality is obtained and advances on Mutton Island or Hunters Keep.

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Doing Business in Wilmot's End
A folded newspaper. A curt nod. Crumbling statuary.

This Quality is obtained and advances at Wilmot's End.


Specific Progress Qualities

These qualities reflect progress along specific stories. Actions taken following these stories will increase the value of these qualities.

In the Company of Monsters

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Taming the Beast
Progress in bringing your charge to heel

This Quality is obtained and advances in The Labyrinth of Tigers as the In the Company of Monsters story progresses.

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Thwarting Beastly Devils
Keeping Hell's nose out of the Bishop's business

This Quality is obtained and advances in The Labyrinth of Tigers as the In the Company of Monsters story progresses.

Seeking the Meaning of the Plaster Face

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Seeking the Meaning of the Plaster Face
You are beginning to understand why it changes as it does. Hopefully.

This Quality is obtained and advances in your Lodgings as the Seeking the Meaning of the Plaster Face story progresses.

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Having Rodentine Minions Investigate
Well. If you're lucky enough to have rodentine minions, you might as well use them.

This Quality is obtained and advances in your Lodgings as the Seeking the Meaning of the Plaster Face story progresses.

Zailing on The Broad Unterzee

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Approaching Journey's End
Measures your progress across the Unterzee. Raise to 9 to make port.

This Quality is obtained and advances in The Broad Unterzee.

Levels in this Progress Quality are named.

  • 1 - Under Way
  • 2 - Under Way!
  • 3 - Under Way!
  • 4 - Making Headway!
  • 5 - Making Headway!
  • 6 - No Land in Sight!
  • 7 - No Land in Sight!
  • 8 - Nearly There!
  • 9 - Nearly There!

Dramatic Tension

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Dramatic Tension
The turn of the screw: use to unlock higher-level elements of several stories…
This Quality is obtained and advances on hunters keep (note that like all progress Dramatic Tension is reset on entering the The Broad Unterzee), wilmot's end and when Enjoying Lethal Prominence.

Someone is Coming

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Someone is Coming
Someone will be here soon.
Measures how long until the Capering Relicker finds you.

This Quality is obtained through many opportunity cards, such as Connection Dependent Cards, or certain remembering cards in London.

Levels in this Progress Quality are named.

  • 1 - ?
  • 2 - ?
  • 3 - ?
  • 4 - ?
  • 5 - ?
  • 6 - Just Behind Your Shoulder

Once level 4 is reached, an opportunity card will appear, once level 6 is reached the card can be redeemed for items, and a substantial chunk of quality is removed (approx 21cp).

A Pocketful of Loose Change

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The coins jingle satisfyingly. Spend them well.


This quality is obtained and advances through certain Secrets and Spending cards and stories, such as visiting some acquaintances. Often found along with its companion story quality, Counting the Days.

A Person of Some Little Consequence

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On your way to becoming a person of importance.


This Quality reflects progress in being A Person of Some Little Consequence, on your way to becoming a A Person of Some Importance.

Writer's Desk

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Potential
How well will the reading public receive your work?


This Quality reflects the progress you are making in writing a Story at the Writer's Desk.


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