Watchful Cards

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These Opportunity Cards appear when your Watchful quality reaches a certain level. They generally challenge the Watchful quality but some have options which test other Qualities. The links below will jump to the section of the page describing Cards which unlock at that level of Watchful Quality.

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Cards which unlock between 0 and 9


A protector of cats (Std)

Cat-chasing is a tradition in Fallen London, but lately the practice has become a fad. Few are stupid enough to injure the cats, but the Duchess disapproves nonetheless.
   [Unlocked with Watchful 4 and no more than 20]
   [Unlocked with Persuasive no more than 20]
   [Unlocked with Dangerous no more than 20]
   [Unlocked with Shadowy no more than 20]

Rouse the city’s residents in defence of the cats

Is London not a city of animal-lovers? An inspiring pamphlet ought to do the trick.

_ Persuasive Persuasive challenge (8.5% per point)

Take to the alleys and defend the cats yourself

Let the cat-wranglers beware.

_ Dangerous Dangerous challenge (5% per point)


An intriguing rumour (Std)

A gentleman of the Orient hiding something near Dead Monk's Bridge? Surely worth investigating.
   [Unlocked with Watchful no more than 27]

Now, where was it?

The gentleman in question is a representative of an organisation that does not embrace publicity. Just where is the stash?

_ Watchful Watchful challenge (5% per point)


Just who is Blue Jack? (Std)

A notorious pickpocket that usually haunts Spite - but his identity is a mystery. You think you just spotted him at work.
   [Unlocked with Watchful no more than 27]

There might be a reward…

Perhaps you can describe the man you saw well enough that the Constables will reward you.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge (5% per point)


Eavesdropping in the gardens (Std)

Taking a detour through Tyrant's Gardens, you spot a bandaged woman and a priest deep in conversation…
   [Unlocked with Watchful no more than 27]

This has to be worth listening to

Perhaps you can sneak a little closer and hear what they are saying.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge (5% per point)


An unsolved riddle (Std)

On a hunch, you pick up a battered journal, claimed to belong to an Exiled Russian Princess, for a half-echo at an auction. Its contents are in cipher: there might be valuable secrets in here…
   [Unlocked with Watchful 9]

Decipher the cipher

Bend your intellectual weaponry to the task.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge (6.6% per point)

What? There are two ciphers?

This is a remarkably subtle text. Or you are seeing patterns where there are none.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge (2.5% per point)


Cleaning up the neighbourhood (Std)

The area near your lodgings is rife with footpads and burglars. Something must be done!
   [Unlocked with Watchful 9-39]

Ensure your own security

If the Constables cannot ensure your safety, you will have to see to it yourself.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge (6.6% per point)

A concerned citizen

The Constables cannot be relied upon for patient evidence gathering required to catch the whole gang. You must do that yourself.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge (2.5% per point)

Cards which unlock between 10 and 19


A little omen [Rare]

Something colourful! …
Unlocked with Watchful 10

Choose the crimson card

It has a luxuriant rose on the other side.
owlsmall.png [Unlocked with Watchful 10]

Choose the turquoise card

The one with a picture of a sparkling diamond.
owlsmall.png [Unlocked with Watchful 10]

Choose the amber card

It bears a picture of a calmly unblinking eye.
owlsmall.png [Unlocked with Watchful 10]

Choose the black card

On the other side is a picture of a bright-eyed raven.
owlsmall.png [Unlocked with Watchful 10]

Choose the knife-card

A message about the Game of Knife-and-Candle! You are permitted to change a form or choose a target..
master2small.png [Unlocked with A Participant in the Underground Leagues of Knife-and-Candle 1]
[This storylet will not cost you an action!]


A dusty bookshop

It's a quiet, particularly dank afternoon when you stumble on a little bookshop lurking in a cobbled lane. Some peaceful browsing will help pass the time…
Unlocked with Watchful 10

Browse tales of pirates

Pirates, scimitars, treasure chests; heaving bosoms a-plenty - you are looking for pure escapism.

Browse the natural philosophy section

Erudite tomes on mycological taxonomy, that's what you feel like today.

Browse the society romances

Frocks, bonnets, fainting ladies, devilishly handsome heirs, wicked stepfathers; all life is here. All life that is normally found in genteel parlours, anyway.

Browse the military history

You've always admired Tacitus. You find meditations on martial strategy terribly fascinating.

Cards which unlock between 20 and 29


You've said that there's a certain well-known tree…'

that grows from nothing in a day….lives only as a sapling, dies just at its prime, when good men raise it as their idol…' That tree's blossoms are ears that drink the secrets of the city. The tree is flowering now, they say, somewhere in the Forgotten Quarter…
Unlocked with Watchful 20

Find it. Its secrets must be worth hearing

It won't be easy to track down…
(Watchful challenge; chancy at 25)

Find it. It can put me on the trail of my quarry.

You'll need to find it first…
Unlocked with Seeking… 1

Find it. It can tell me what I need to know about my target.

It won't be easy to track down…
Unlocked with Investigating… 1


A face from the past

You catch sight of a young beauty sitting with a Clay Man in a Veilgarden tavern. They remind you of another ill-matched couple you once knew…
Unlocked with Watchful 20, a Finder of Heiresses 1

You do not wish to be reminded of them.

Try to sidle out of the public house before you see any more. You do not wish to be depressed any further.

You are intrigued by the resemblance.

Stay quiet and see what you can gather about their relationship.


The secrets of rats (Std)

A human gunsmith seeks a discreet agent to learn the secrets of his Rattus Faber competitor.
   [Unlocked with Watchful 21-51]

How do they do that?

Rat gunsmiths are renowned, so much so that a human gunsmith has given up trying to compete fairly. He wants you to discover the tricks of their trade.
(Watchful challenge; modest at 22)

Figure it out for yourself

A …whatever you are of genius such as yourself can surely replicate the advances of mere rodents, if you can find a weapon to experiment on.
Unlocked with 1 x Ancient Hunting Rifle


Divining the dirigibles

A wealthy, secretive individual requires an investigative genius to deduce the pattern behind the occult New Newgate Prison dirigible schedule.
Unlocked with Watchful 21

Cracking the timetable

It's based on no sane calendar, but the dirigible schedule does seem to have some pattern to it. This is going to take considerable upward observation.
(Watchful challenge; low-risk at 24)

Hang on, where's that one going?

One particular dirigible doesn't visit New Newgate Prison at all. Where is it going?
(Watchful challenge)


The smugglers' grave

In a city where death is a temporary inconvenience, graves are often empty and graveyards quiet. They make ideal spots for smugglers to store their loot. This will use up some of your Connected: Criminals.
[Unlocked with Watchful 21, Connected: Criminals 10]

One stone in a thousand

Now, if I were a grave filled with illicit goods transported at night out of the sight of the Constables, which grave would I be?
A challenge for your Watchful quality. [straightforward at 27]

Try to glimpse a notorious smuggler

Persistent rumours have placed a Notorious Honey-smuggler at the graveyard. The Constables would pay for a detailed description.
A challenge for your Watchful quality. [chancy at 39]


Panning the Unterzee

Jewel fragments fall into the Unterzee from the lofty cavern roof. A tin pan and a quick eye could provide riches for a bold sea-skimmer.
Unlocked with Watchful 21

Sea skimming

Panning the 'Glim' from the shallows takes nerve as much as good eyes. Smugglers, pirates and natural hazards are in good supply.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 34)

Finding a rich spot

It is said that glim falls according to some hidden pattern. Breaking even a small part of that code could bring riches.

(Watchful challenge; high-risk at 34)


Night duty at Concord Square

The Constables at Concord Square are undermanned, and need vigilant citizens to make up the numbers for the night.
Unlocked with Watchful 21

Take up your badge and truncheon

Most of the regular Constables have been called away to an affray at the docks. You’re left in charge of the night shift at an out of the way station. What will the night bring?
(Watchful challenge; chancy at 21, straightforward at 41)

Consult with detectives

There is a shortage of skilled medical examiners. Could you give informed opinions on such matters as stab wounds and poison?
(Watchful challenge; low-risk at 40)


The devil’s parrot

That devil was eccentric in many ways, and when she was recalled to Hell she left her pet parrot behind. That bird must know things. Secret things.
Unlocked with Watchful 21

Chastity want a cracker?

The bird was present for many secret meetings. Surely careful observation and the application of Mr. Murgatroyd's Fungal Crackers will yield some infernal tidbits.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 41)

A bold approach

Perhaps the bird's memory can be jogged if you show it one of the alphabets of hell. Surely the creature will recognise it?
(Watchful challenge; modest at 37)


A commotion above!

Somebody is clumping around on the roof of your lodgings. Several somebodies, judging by the rain of roof-tiles whizzing past your front window. A hessian sack thumps into your firepace, throwing soot everywhere. What do you think is inside?

This is a Rare Opportunity - you lucky thing! Allowing your Menaces to get too high, or leaving Fallen London, may mean losing this card. Use it wisely!
Unlocked with Watchful 25
You must be at your Lodgings to receive or play


See how they coruscate in the moonish light from your window.


Enough for a riotous party with all your friends, or several months of debilitating alcoholic abuse all by yourself.


Disgusting, but profitable.


The Shivering Relicker and Pinnock are Trundling By

Relickers are the rag-and-bone men of Mr Cups. They salvage junk and occasionally pay for it. The Shivering Relicker and her rat companion Pinnock deal in screams and secret things.
Unlocked with Watchful 25

There are several Relickers and each trade in many different things. All of the cards and actions involving them are on their own page.

Cards which unlock between 30 and 39


1000 Nevercold Brass wanted! Will pay handsomely!

An elegant, enigmatic, honey-voiced woman of a certain age needs 1000 Nevercold Brass for reasons she does not care to discuss. She is prepared to offer 500 inherited Cryptic Clues, and future favours, in exchange. (Making this exchange will increase your Connected: The Great Game, which may open other doors for you…)
Unlocked with Watchful 30; only playable in Ladybones Road

Make the exchange

Exchange 1000 Nevercold Brass for 500 Cryptic Clues.
Unlocked with Nevercold Brass Sliver 1000

Make the trade - and convince her to tell you what this is all about

There's a secret here. Don't we all adore secrets? But this woman is as close-mouthed as a locksmith's confessor.
Unlocked with Nevercold Brass Sliver 1000, Connected: The Great Game 10
(Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 105)


Digging in the city

There are rumours of a find of Fourth City relics near Ladybones Road. Intriguing.
Unlocked with Watchful 33

Swift archaeology

It's not obvious where the relics might be and there is pressure from the other amateur archaeologists.
(Watchful challenge; modest at 34, straightforward at 53)

Make a deal for knowledge

Agree to help out another archaeologist in return for information about the Fourth City.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 53)


Tracking the thief

A notorious dragsman has gone to ground in a huge, squalid rookery. Can you find him?
Unlocked with Watchful 33

The bold detective

The Constables won't go in there, but perhaps you will.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 53)

Strike a deal with him

Perhaps he will turn and provide evidence on the other inhabitants of the rookery. If you can find him.
(Watchful challenge; chancy at 47)


Unravelling arson

An arson attack is a serious concern. The Constables are willing to bring in a consulting detective.
Unlocked with Watchful 33

Burning curiosity

An infamously brutal landlord is suspected. There could be peril in the collection of evidence.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 53)

Find the hired arsonist

The match was lit by a hired agent. The trail is cold, but you may be able to find something.
(Watchful challenge)


Stealth watch repair

A Near-Sighted Horologist is repairing an antique watch for a prominent citizen. The Brass Embassy wants you to replace the mainspring with another - indistinguishable by sight, just a little warmer to the touch. This calls for an accomplice.
[Unlocked with Connected: Hell 5, Watchful 35]

Let's make this sporting

The Talkative Rattus Faber is a liability; the spice of unpredictability in an otherwise routine housebreaking. He's bound to chatter about the watch, though. You might learn something.
A challenge for your Shadowy quality.
ratsmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Talkative Rattus Faber]

A calculated risk

More experienced than most rats, but not too proud for this kind of work. If his old wounds don't trouble him that night, it should go without a hitch. If it goes badly and the devils hear you took an inappropriate companion, however, your reputation will suffer.
A matter of luck: a long shot…but you might win.
ratmaskedsmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Disgraced Rattus Faber Bandit-Chief]

It's beneath his dignity, but…

You've never known him to be particularly interested in watches, let alone ones made by human fingers. Still, the Bandit-Chief has a way of making things profitable.
A challenge for your Persuasive quality.
ratmaskedsmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Rattus Faber Bandit-Chief]

You'll have to stand guard

The Working Rat can do the job, given time. You'll have to guard the corridors for him. Make sure the cats don't wake and the clocks don't chime.
A challenge for your Watchful quality.
ratsmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Working Rat]

Maybe she'll find it comforting

This is the sort of thing she was born to do. Of course, an all-white rat does show up better in the darkness. Success here is not guaranteed.
A challenge for your Shadowy quality.
ratalbinosmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Albino Rat]

Requires 1 Fate

Fate-locked content must not be placed on the wiki, per the developers.

Cards which unlock between 40 and 49


Miniature mausoleums

In the garden of the Shuttered Palace is a maze of tombs and gravestones, none of them bigger than a foot high. Why not take a stroll?
Unlocked with Watchful 45
You must be at The Shuttered Palace to receive or play

Examine the inscriptions

The stones are covered in carvings; someone had a lot to say, but what are they saying?
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 60)

A spot of grave-robbery

The only way to find out more is to get your hands dirty.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 65)


The Ways of the Forgotten Quarter

Empty avenues of dust and memory. The remains of the Fourth City.
Unlocked with Watchful 40

Quite the find

Good Lord! Your local bookseller has a copy of Wilberforce's The Forgotten Roads of the Forgotten Quarter! You'll be strolling around the ruins in no time!


Requires 5 Fate

Fate-locked content must not be placed on the wiki, per the developers.

A trip to the Forgotten Quarter

A devil would be pleased to show you around the Forgotten Quarter, if you could make the trip worth his time.
Unlocks with 50 x Soul

An unusual job

An anonymous agent wants you to photograph devils in the Forgotten Quarter while they're out hunting. She won't say who the client is. Are you ready for an excursion?
Unlocked with: Route: The Forgotten Quarter 1


A day in the garden

Tyrant's Gardens are pretty, and thick with the meetings of spies and other clandestine types.
Unlocked with Watchful 45

A pleasant walk

It might be worth your while to take an extended stroll and do a little eavesdropping.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 65)



A Troubled Undertaker needs help with his corpses.
Unlocked with Watchful 45

A second eye on the dead

The Troubled Undertaker needs a keen eye to help discern the very-actually-dead from those who might return.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 65)


The Dean's distress

The Dean of Infernal Rarefactions is concerned that there may be revolutionaries among his students.
Unlocked with Watchful 45

Enter the detective

The Dean is prepared to hire a consulting detective to investigate his concerns
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 65)


Stone by stone

The Fragrant Academic is studying the Third City. Perhaps you can help?
[Unlocked with Watchful 45]
[This card can only be drawn in The University]

Seduce him

Lead him astray

A supply of artifacts from the Third City, and a naïve academic? Wonderful.

_ Watchful challenge

Further his research

You've stumbled upon a few artifacts that may be helpful.

Unlocked with 5 x Relic of the Third City


Coals and souls

A boat with tattered sails glides into the same dock once a week. A group of vagrants boards as sacks of coal are unloaded. What's going on here?
Unlocked with Watchful 45

Investigate the sacks

Perhaps there'll be a clue

A word to the neddy men

Smuggling on the dockside? Mr Fires, who runs the docks, should be told.
(Watchful challenge)

Stow away

What's a little discomfort when there are secrets to be learned?
(Watchful challenge)


Infiltrate a gentlemen's club

London may now be subterranean, but gentlemen still need somewhere to smoke, gamble and socialise in peace. The clubs guard their privacy jealously; but you and your collection of fake moustaches enjoy a challenge.
Unlocked with Watchful 45

Start with a more sedate gentlemen's haunt

The Parthenium is a place where the most exciting thing that happens of an evening is a game of billiards, but these austerely grand surroundings do attract a great number of men of power. Dressing up and getting in is the easy bit; now to try to obtain some useful tidbits of information. And some port. The port is very, very nice here.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 65)

You prefer a livelier sort of place

The Young Stags' Club is a much friskier sort of place. The racy young clientele make easy marks, to be sure, but the fun and larks to be had do shade towards the illegal and ill-advised. Dress in your eccentric best and off you go to attempt the basic initiation ritual.
Unlocked with Watchful 50
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 75)

Gain acceptance to the Stags' most exclusive clique

The rite of acceptance to Beau Britches' fashionable inner circle at the Stags involves dressing up as Jack-of-Smiles and leaping cackling out of dark corners to frighten young ladies.
Unlocked with Watchful 55
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 80)


Recapturing a prison escapee

It seems that someone has escaped from New Newgate Prison! Someone other than you, that is.
Unlocked with Watchful 57

Well, you do know how this is done…

Assuming you can keep a straight face, you attend to the serious business of recapturing the felon.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 77)

Cards which unlock between 50 and 59


The mechanics of progress [Standard]

The Dean of Infernal Rarefactions has heard that you know a thing or two about dangerously unstable compounds.
Unlocked with Watchful 57

Would you care to give a guest lecture?

The students are keen. The staff are coolly intruiged by your theories. F.F. Gebrandt may be in the audience.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge  


Lies below the Palace

'Lies below the Palace' is a thoroughly scandalous novel set in and below the Shuttered Palace.
Unlocked with Watchful 57

An insider's knowledge

It is thought to have been written by a palace functionary and to contain all manner of secrets. Of course, getting a copy is hardly easy.
A challenge for your Watchful quality. [high-risk at 70, straightforward at 77]

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