Story Dependent Cards

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This is a collection of cards that appear as a reminder or consequence of an Accomplishment, Story or Venture you have completed, or an Acquaintance you keep. Others appear as adjuncts to Stories you may be involved in.

Some of these cards introduce a new Story, which is outlined on its own page. Cards which have bronze or gold borders are described on a different page.


An Admirer of Art

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City Vices: an Entanglement with an Old Friend

You run into a Struggling Artist you once knew very well. His star is rising now. He has his sights set on a wealthy patron. Could you lend him a little money to bribe the patron's butler and secure an interview?
Unlocked with An Admirer of Art 1

Why not? You can afford it.

He'll be grateful, too. Not that grateful, he was always a little careless of other people, but you'll know you've done the right thing.
Unlocked with 40 x Jade Fragment

Absolutely. But you'll take payment in kind.

Take this opportunity to, ah, renew your acquaintance. You don't think he'll be hard to convince. But there's no time to waste.
Unlocked with 40 x Jade Fragment

'Patron', is it?

He wants to become a kept man! And he wants you to collude? How dare he! Slap his face and explain to him just where he went wrong. Optionally, burst into tears.


An Admirer of Beauty

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City Vices: A plea from an Old Friend…

You run into an Artist's Model you once knew. She seems to be doing well for herself, although an faint aura of Veilgarden still clings. She could use your assistance with an over-eager suitor. A polite enough fellow, but he just won't give up.
Unlocked with **An Admirer of Beauty 1]

Trounce the fellow

He deserves a thrashing! Importune your, ah… ex-lover whom you, um… originally seduced for… rather selfish purposes… will he? Hm. Perhaps you shouldn't say exactly that out loud. Anyway: Thrashing, deserved.

_ Dangerous Dangerous challenge  

Persuade the fellow

Violence doesn't solve anything. Especially if one has just had a manicure.

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge  

Actually, he's not bad-looking

Perhaps you should take him under your wing. He'll forget all about her, surely.

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge  

A Person of Some Importance

These cards are on their own page.


An Annoyance to Jack-of-Smiles

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Jack strikes again

Jack-of-Smiles has killed again. He's been busy - this is the fourth today. You happen across the victim in a narrow, empty street. Is this a message to you? The victim is a courier with a bundle of candles destined for a church.
Unlocked with an Annoyance to Jack-of-Smiles 1

Be Heartless. Take the candles.

The courier will recover, but the candles will be long gone. He'll be out of a job, no doubt. But that's hardly your concern.

Be Magnanimous. Help the fellow recover.

Leave your fellow man bleeding in a gutter over a few candles? Church candles? The very thought!

A balanced and thoughtful approach.

Help the fellow recover - after relieving him of the candles.


A Finder of Heiresses

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Crossing a bridge late at night

You lean on a parapet to watch the dark waters of the Stolen River, far below. Possibly you light a cigar. What do you remember?
Unlocked with Finder of Heiresses 1

The Comtessa. Poor soul.

Down there in the dark, she was alone at the end but for her mad clay lover. Who will remember her?

The Comtessa. She brought it on herself.

A sad way for her story to end, down in the Clay Warrens. She should have been more careful.

The Comtessa. It's what she wanted

She made her choice. You made yours. It all turned out rather well, didn't it?

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Mirrors and Clay [Standard]

What are the secrets that lie behind the mirrors of the Neath? … You can gain Touched by Fingerwork while doing a multitude of other things. It will gradually open stories on this card.
Unlocked with Touched by Fingerwork 1, a Finder of Heiresses 1

Loamsprach

This Clay Man is nervous, but willing to offer you lessons in his language in exchange for secrets. It's a tongue of thick, earthy syllables, like boots wading through sucking mud.
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'I OFFER JADE.'

On the street, a Clay Man tries to press a handful of jade on you. He won't say why. Accept it with gratitude.
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'I OFFER JADE.'

On the street, a Clay Man tries to press a handful of jade on you. He won't say why. Accept it, but keep your distance from him.
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'I OFFER JADE.'

On the street, a Clay Man tries to press a handful of jade on you. He won't say why. It must be a trap! Have him punished. You can't run the risk of being indebted.
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The life of a Clay Man

They work. They inhabit the Clay Warrens. Many in London see them as mere automata, slaves without souls. Is this true? » diamondsmall.png [Unlocked when A Person of Some Importance is: Not yet a Person of Importance]
_ Watchful challenge

Unfinished Men

Clay men that lack something. Something tangible, usually. Sometimes something else, too. But why should this make them so dangerous?
diamondsmall.png [Unlocked when A Person of Some Importance is: A Significant Individual, A Paramount Presence, A Shattering Force, A Legendary Charisma, An Invisible Eminence, An Extraordinary Mind]
_ Persuasive challenge

Featuring in the Tales of the University

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They don't even cheat well

Curious…This student's thesis on the post-lapsarian Parliament is remarkably advanced. And remarkably familiar.
Unlocked with Featuring in the Tales of the University 5

Alert the Provost

Observing his silky conversation with the culprit will do wonders for your spleen.

Allow yourself to be bribed

Hint that a word in the wrong ear now could lead to his expulsion. Unless, of course, you were to forget the whole incident.


Free of Surface Ties

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Weather at last [Standard]

The fog rises on columns of warm air rising from factories and chimneys…
Unlocked with Free of Surface Ties 1

So much has been lost

The feeling of rain. The warmth of sunlight. Flowers and grass. Real trees. These things are lost to you now.

Well, those clouds are quite pretty

You will mention the clouds to some artist friends at the party you are hurrying to. Perhaps that poet will be inspired to write a work of hope and melancholy. Isn't life endlessly splendid?

An opportunity!

The crowds are looking up at the strange clouds. Perhaps one should pick a pocket or three while they are distracted.

_ Shadowy challenge

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Where did that come from?

A determined plant has barged its way through the floor of your lodgings. It's a deep green in colour, which is unusual down here.
Unlocked with Free of Surface Ties 1

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The Numismatrix

They say that the Numismatrix knows her coins better than her children. Well, who could blame her? Coins are quiet and never forget your birthday.
Unlocked with Free of Surface Ties 1

Tracking down the Numismatrix

The Numismatrix is far from personable, but is known to give private lectures on the subject of money. And who doesn't like money?

_ Watchful Watchful challenge  
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The Northbound Parliamentarian [Standard]

Always a favourite at Prime Minister's Questions, although she was once removed from the House for screaming 'What is the Number?'…
Unlocked with Free of Surface Ties 1

Advise prudence in her latest bill

Perhaps the city isn't quite ready yet to have all the gas lamps replaced with a certain number of candles. Perhaps that time will come.

_ Persuasive challenge

Talk to her about the Tomb-Colonies

You've heard that she once spent some time at a little known Tomb-Colony off the main shipping lanes.
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The Libertarian Esotericist

The Libertarian Esotericist's gently-voiced theories have made his name in circles both Bohemian and philosophical. But he's been thrown out of the University again.
Unlocked with Free of Surface Ties 1

Write on his behalf

The University authorities might listen to you.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge  

Talk to him about the Tomb-Colonies

You've heard that he once spent some time at a little known Tomb-Colony off the main shipping lanes.
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The Cat-Beset Perfectionist

The Cat-Beset Perfectionist has been painting the same portrait of the Duchess for two years. It's not quite right yet.
Unlocked with Free of Surface Ties 1

Have a chat while he cleans his brushes

Pull a few cats off him and sit down.

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge  

Talk to him about the Tomb-Colonies

You've heard that he once spent some time at a little known Tomb-Colony off the main shipping lanes.
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The Reclusive Turophile

She refuses to speak at the University. But she is the city's foremost authority on the subject of cheese.
Unlocked with Free of Surface Ties 1

Call for a chat

The Reclusive Turophile sees few people. It's something to do with a misunderstanding and a pair of spies.

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge  

Talk to her about the Tomb-Colonies

You've heard that she once spent some time at a little known Tomb-Colony off the main shipping lanes.
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The Bawdy Cardsharp

He wanders the gambling houses of Veilgarden and Spite. He's always ready with a smile, a hand of cards and that joke about the swan.
Unlocked with Free of Surface Ties 1

Sit in for a hand

'I won't tell you who I got my stake from. But I will say this - she didn't lose them at cards. Who's in?'

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge  
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Talk to him about the Tomb-Colonies

You've heard that he once spent some time at a little known Tomb-Colony off the main shipping lanes.
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Plotting against the Masters

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Bringing the revolution

A new recruit to the cause of anarchy asks for your advice on the best way to bring revolution. What do you tell her?
Unlocked with Plotting against the Masters 1

Direct methods

'Bombs! Assaults on public figures! Destruction of the symbols of order!'

Subtle methods

'Revolution will come through popular support. A long-term campaign of literature and reason is the way to change things.'

Follow your conscience

'Are we doing the right thing? Is this all for the best? It is difficult to tell. Matters are complex.'

Don't ask me

'I'm in it for the money. Ask someone who actually believes in the cause.'


Seeking Mr. Eaten's Name

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A banner with a strange device

Lately you've been doodling …
[Auto-Fire Card]
Unlocked with Seeking Mr. Eaten's Name 1

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A message from the masters

A courier in sombre livery approaches you in the street to hand you a note bearing the seal of Mr Iron. It reads: 'You are pursuing a name. End your pursuit now. This is your only warning.'
Unlocked with seeking Mr Eaten's name 3, Connected: The Masters of the Bazaar 1

Tear up the note

No! You will find it! You must find it! Because… because is not important. There is a name to be found. Forget the rest. However much it angers the Masters. [Warning: choosing this will have a massively damaging effect on Connected: the Masters, and will bring you no benefit at all.]

Fold the note and keep it. Nod somberly to yourself.

[This will end your quest for Mr Eaten's name, which is a good thing. Seeking it will bring you nothing but misery.]


Seduction: Honey-sipping heiress

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What will you do about the honey-sipping heiress?

All things are fleeting. Perhaps it's time to bring this affair to a close?
Unlocked with Honey-sipping heiress 6 [You must be in Veilgarden to draw this card.]

Not yet

The heiress is spirited, charming and clever. However your affair began, you hope it can continue, if only just a little longer.

Let her down gently

It is in both your interests to part ways. Tell her that her social position means her family will not tolerate a prolonged liaison, and that you wish to avoid causing her pain later on.

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge  

Avail yourself of a farewell 'gift'

She's rich. It would be, well, a crime, to leave her without robbing her jewellery-box first.

_ Shadowy Shadowy challenge  
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Time to bid farewell to the honey-sipping heiress

The affair has run its course. But the young lady is unaware of this. She persists in being nice to you. Why? And how will you extricate yourself?
Unlocked with Honey-sipping heiress 7 [You must be in Veilgarden to draw this card.]

Hide from her

Perhaps she is of a highly-strung temperament, and would not take kindly to outright rejection. If you stay indoors with the curtains drawn for long enough, surely she'll stop calling on you. Just don't answer the door for a while.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge  

Have a serious talk with her

Perhaps she has misunderstood your feelings. You must speak to her face-to-face. Anything less would be dishonourable.

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge  

Make yourself undesirable

Perhaps she is enamoured of you. This is not her fault. After all, who wouldn't be? Take steps to lessen your considerable charms; let her decide she wishes to part with you.

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge  

Seduction: Honey-sipping jewel-thief

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Make a decision about the charming young jewel-thief

Perhaps the time has come to decide where this dalliance is going?
Unlocked with Honey-sipping jewel-thief 6 [You must be in Veilgarden to draw this card.]

Continue the affair

He has his faults, but you are much too fond of him to let him go.

Leave him because of his honey-habit

Tell him that honey-dreams are more important to him than you are. Tell him you fear he will end up honey-mazed and you cannot bear to see it.

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge  

Leave him - after taking what you can

It's time to end the affair. And it would simply be wrong not to take advantage of his habits and help yourself to a share of his latest haul while he's otherwise occupied.

_ Shadowy Shadowy challenge  
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The jewel-thief and the heiress

But this is outrageous. Three different cats have now told you that your gentleman friend the jewel-thief has been seen in the company of a young lady! A rich young heiress! Holding hands in Tyrant's Gardens, no less!
Unlocked with Honey-sipping jewel-thief 7 [You must be in Veilgarden to draw this card.]

Sabotage their relationship

Who is this woman? She can't be any match for you in a battle of wits, whoever she is.

_ Shadowy Shadowy challenge  

Have nothing more to do with him

The only way to retain any self-respect here is to act with quiet dignity. Ignore him; send his letters back unopened; occupy yourself with improving pursuits.

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge  

Report him to the authorities

You have enough information about thefts past and planned to get the young man sent to New Newgate for a good long time.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge  

Scholar of the Correspondence

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The Correspondence Savages Your Dreams

You awake, sweating and unrested. The Correspondence was swimming through your dream like a burning shark.
Unlocked with a Scholar of the Correspondence 1, Nightmares 1

Call on the services of a Surface scholar

Do you know someone of sound mind back on the Surface? Perhaps they could help you understand.
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[This is just one of the many 'invite a friend' options.]

Perhaps you can remember something useful

You tumble from your sweat-soaked bed. Where's that notebook?

_ Watchful Watchful challenge  

Call on the services of a great mind of the Surface

You are certainly the foremost scholar of the Correspondence in the Neath. But do you know someone of sound mind and fierce intellect back on the Surface? Perhaps they could help you understand.
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[This is just one of the many 'invite a friend' options.]

Spending Secrets

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Secrets and Spending

You've been counting the days long enough. It's time for the pennies to fall from heaven.
Unlocked with Counting the Days 14 , Spending Secrets 4

A sack of coins

The jingling sack is on your doorstep. There's a note with it.

Fencing certain coins

Someone you know stole a handful of coins from the Museum of Mistakes. She needs you to hold onto them while the heat dies down.
Unlocked with Connected: Criminals 10

Chancing a Mark

Everyone is hunting for Marks of Credit - a promise for something in the Bazaar's vaults. Each one can run to volumes
A matter of luck: pretty good odds.
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Find a hard-working home for your Mark of Credit Page

A little bonus for those you favour.
Unlocked with Mark of Credit Page x 1, Aligned with a Faction: Bohemians/The Great Game/The Docks/Urchins

Buy a Mark of Credit Page from the Numismatrix

Her prices are high, but she always deals honestly
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Find a decent home for your Mark of Credit Page

You know just the people.
Unlocked with Mark of Credit Page x 1, Aligned with a Faction: Masters of the Bazaar/The Constables/Society/The Church/The Duchess/The University

Find an unusual home for your Mark of Credit Page

They'll make good use of it. And even if they don't, they'll still be grateful.
Unlocked with Mark of Credit Page x 1, Aligned with a Faction: Criminals/Hell/Revolutionaries/Tomb-Colombists/Rubbery Men

Obtain an Iron Republic Safe-Conduct

If you're a faithful servant of Hell, or you can appear as one, you could buy safe passage to the Iron Republic.
Unlocked with Connected: Hell 10 , Brass Ring x 1, A Person of Some Importance 1 , Mark of Credit Page x 3

Spend a Mark of Credit on something for yourself

You can assemble a Mark of Credit that entitles you to claim some sort of musical instrument from the Bazaar's vaults. What could it be?
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The Cheery Man and the Last Constable

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Coffee with the Last Constable

You drop by Caligula's Coffee-House at midnight. The Last Constable sits in her booth at the back, eyes on the door as ever, slender fingers curved round a cup of coffee. Her eyes are shadowed with exhaustion.
Unlocked with The Cheery Man and the Last Constable: Favouring the Constable

Ask her what she's working on

Perhaps it'll help her to talk it out. Anyway, you're curious.
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Talk about the other Special Constables

Why is she the 'Last Constable'?
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Talk about the Cheery Man

How did it all begin?
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_ Persuasive challenge

Just chat

Right now, she needs distraction and comfort.
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Invite her home with you

Under the grime and exhaustion, she has a bird-like prettiness. And she's glanced at you from time to time in a way you recognise.
cloudssmall.png Unlocked with The Airs of London
_ Persuasive challenge

She's not alone

A handsome, dark-skinned man sips coffee with her. He looks up and smiles as you approach.
cloudssmall.png Unlocked with The Airs of London
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She's not alone

A gaunt, languid man sips coffee sweetened with cream in the Viennese manner. He nods in acknowledgement as you seat yourself.
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Ask for help with your own investigation

She has a keen mind, and excellent sources.
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A drink with the Cheery Man [Very Infrequent]

A Blind Bruiser falls into step beside you. (How does he know it's you?) You recognise him as one of the Cheery Man's enforcers. "His honour," he intones, "extends an invitation for a drink, upstairs at the Head." It's best not to refuse the Man's invitations.
Unlocked with The Cheery Man and the Last Constable: Favouring the Cheery Man

His operations around the Hill

Where he's safest and strongest.
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His operations on the Docks

He's well-connected there.
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His contacts with the tomb-colonies

You know that at least a couple of steamer-captains run cargoes for him on the side.
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The other players in his world

Who are his partners and rivals?
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His enemies

Who pursues him?
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The Last Constable

How did it all begin?
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_ Persuasive challenge

The Last Constable

How did it all begin?
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Whatever's on his mind (pirate)

Let him take the lead
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Whatever's on his mind (chimes)

Let him take the lead
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Hint that you might want to stay the night

Is that why he invited you here? His appetites are famous.
cloudssmall.png Unlocked with The Airs of London
_ Persuasive challenge

He's not alone

A handsome, dark-skinned man sips coffee with her. He looks up and smiles as you approach.
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He's not alone

A calm-faced, dark-skinned elderly woman in a walking-dress of antique cut sits across from him. Between them lies a chess set.
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He's not alone

A creamy-skinned woman in a black gown sits beside him, her hand on his arm. She is easily the cleanest thing in the room.
cloudssmall.png Unlocked with The Airs of London
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Troubled by Vermin

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You dream that you're standing on the deck of a tall ship.

Auto-Fire Card
Unlocked with Troubled by Vermin 1

You dream that you're standing, holding a candle…

Auto-Fire Card
Unlocked with Troubled by Vermin 1


Vermin-Free

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Rats next door

Your neighbour's house is infested with rats. They might even be the survivors from your lodgings. Your neighbour asks for help. You have a vague recollection of promising assistance in a polite sort of way some time ago.
Unlocked with Vermin-Free 1

Deal with the rats as promised

A promise is a promise, even if it is half-remembered and involves armed vermin.

_ Dangerous Dangerous challenge  

Exterminate the rats but charge a fee

You can hardly be expected to put yourself in danger out of the goodness of your heart. You promised your assistance. You never said it would be free of charge.

_ Dangerous Dangerous challenge  

Leave her to it

You are thoroughly bored of murderous rats. In any case, how is this remotely your problem?


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