The Case of the Fidgeting Writer

This story can be advanced by clicking on certain items in your inventory, start by clicking on a Tale of Terror and selecting the option There's something familiar about this tale… Click on Sense of Déjà Vu to bring up the first options.

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Using your Tale of Terror!!

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Tale of Terror!!
The blood freezes! The neck-hairs rise! The spine crackles with fear! The audience is spellbound!!
sells for 50 pence

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There's something familiar about this tale…

'The Mottled Man?' That's a familiar phrase… [This may give you a Sense of Déjà Vu, beginning a story of chance and madness.]
A matter of luck: pretty good odds.
Unlocked with 1 x Tale of Terror!!

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Using your A Sense of Déjà Vu

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A Sense of Déjà Vu
You're sure you've heard about the Mottled Man before… [click on this in your inventory to begin the case of the Fidgeting Writer]. You can create one of these by using a Tale of Terror!! in your inventory.

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A Sense of Déjà Vu

What is it about this poem that's so familiar? The uncanny turn of phrase? The unsettling phantasmagoria? The appearance of a mottled giant and his companions?

Put the thought aside

You've more important matters to deal with. This will trade a Sense of Déjà Vu for an Extraordinary Implication.
questionsmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Sense of Déjà Vu]

Track down the Fidgeting Writer

He doesn't answer your invitation to meet at the Singing Mandrake. Is he avoiding you? If you fail, you'll lose your Sense of Déjà Vu
A matter of luck: pretty good odds.
questionsmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Sense of Déjà Vu]
owlsmall.png [Unlocked with Watchful 60]
cloudssmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Vision of the Surface]

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Using your Glimpse of Something Larger

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Glimpse of Something Larger
The Mottled Man, the Jade Bird - you're on the edge of a deep mystery, here… [click on this in your inventory to delve deeper]

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A Glimpse of Something Larger

A Fidgeting Writer and an anonymous Surface poet have written - years apart! - about watchful giants: a mottled man, a bird of cinnabar, another with snakes instead of hands. You've a copy of the surface poem in your collection - it's signed with a strange ideogram…

Publish a paper on the subject and think no more about it

It's a minor curiosity. Let someone else pursue it. [This will trade a Glimpse of Something Larger for for two volumes of Collated Research.]
Unlocked with 1 x Glimpse of Something Larger

Cancel your appointments and investigate the ideogram

There's something familiar about that, too… [If you fail, you'll lose your Glimpse of Something Larger.]
A matter of luck: pretty good odds.
Unlocked with 1 x Glimpse of Something Larger, Watchful 70, 2 x Correspondence Plaque

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Using your Deal with a Devil

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Deal with a Devil
You've received an invitation to the Brass Embassy [click on this in your inventory to attend.]

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A Deal with a Devil

In the Phlegethon Suite, blue flames simmer in brass lamps. The Infernal Sommelier pours you a glass of boisterous red. He has just offered you the gratitude of Hell if you'll ask no more questions and turn over your research into the case of the Fidgeting Writer. 'Well?' he asks.

Tell him all you know and abandon your research

The offer is generous, and if the Brass Embassy is tangled up in this it's going to be more trouble than it's worth. [This will trade a Deal with a Devil for a Brass Ring.]
Unlocked with 1 x Deal with a Devil

Make a counter-offer.

All at the Embassy have appetites, and you've heard about his. Try and pry what he knows out of him. [If you fail you'll lose your Deal with a Devil.]
A matter of luck: pretty good odds.
Unlocked with 1 x Deal with a Devil, Watchful 80, 2 x Brilliant Soul

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Using your Room Number at the Royal Beth

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Room Number at the Royal Beth
Who stays there? How are they connected with the fate of the Fidgeting Writer? [Click on this in your inventory to pay them a visit]

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A Room Number at the Royal Beth

A sign hangs in the corridor outside. 'No knives. No pens.' The room's inhabitant has been there a long time, dosed with a dilution of laudanum. 'I know secrets!' He hisses through the keyhole. 'Secrets of the past! The Mottled Man and his bishop-kings!'

Give him honey and a pen

Somehow, he knows things lost to history. Forget the Fidgeting Writer's case. Wring the most valuable secrets from him. This will trade a Room Number at the Royal Beth for two Antique Mysteries.
honeysmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey]
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Visit him regularly and ask the Manager about his stay

Try to find out what connects him to the Fidgeting Writer's Case. If you fail you'll lose your Room Number at the Royal Beth.
A matter of luck: it could go either way.
keyhole2small.png [Unlocked with 1 x Room Number at the Royal Beth]
owlsmall.png [Unlocked with Watchful 90]
masksmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x An Identity Uncovered!]

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Using your Last Hope of a Fidgeting Writer

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Last Hope of a Fidgeting Writer
You hardly recognise him, now. He begs you for help. [Click on this in your inventory to listen to him.]

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The Last Hope of a Fidgeting Writer

'I daren't sleep!' he tells you, clutching at your arm. 'They eat me! They eat me when I sleep!'

Burn his works. Break his pen. Escort him to the Royal Beth

It's his only hope. This will trade the Last Hope of a Fidgeting Writer for a Night-Whisper.
skullsmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Last Hope of a Fidgeting Writer]

Make him dream and see what he sees

You have to know. You know an old honey-secret that should ensure you share his dream. If you fail you'll lose the Last Hope of a Fidgeting Writer.
A matter of luck: it could go either way.
skullsmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Last Hope of a Fidgeting Writer]
owlsmall.png [Unlocked with Watchful 100]
implicationsmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Extraordinary Implication]

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Using your Lens of Black Glass

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Lens of Black Glass
Crowded with faded Correspondence. You have a powerful conviction that someone is watching you. [Click on this in your inventory to investigate.]

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The Last Hope of a Fidgeting Writer

'I daren't sleep!' he tells you, clutching at your arm. 'They eat me! They eat me when I sleep!'

A Lens of Black Glass

The lens dates to the Third City. Its surface is crowded with faded Correspondence sigils. It makes the Fidgeting Writer uneasy, but he's determined to see this through.

Smash it

Enough delving. Enough dabbling. [This will trade a Lens of Black Glass for a Searing Enigma, a Primaeval Hint, a Bazaar Permit, and a Comprehensive Bribe.]
Unlocked with 1 x Lens of Black Glass

Look through the Lens

You must know the truth. You'll need the right sort of light. [If you fail you'll lose your Lens of Black Glass.]
A matter of luck: it could go either way.
Unlocked with Watchful 120, 1 x Lens of Black Glass, 1 x Mourning Candle.


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