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 60 and 69


The Ways of the University

The genteel battleground of Benthic and Summerset colleges. The crucible of the future.
[Unlocked with Watchful 60]

A day trip to the University

A member of the Stoats, the club for high-spirited university larks, will show you around the University. As long as you can provide for their next practical joke. You can acquire Compromising Documents by using Influence items in your inventory.
papers3small.png [Unlocked with 1 x Compromising Document]
universitysmall.png [Unlocked with Route: the University no more than 0]

An honorary degree!

The University authorities have invited you to accept an honorary degree! How lovely! If nothing else, this will allow you to come and go at the University as you please. This will allow permanent access to the University. The University is most interesting to those with Watchful 85+

This branch costs 5 Fate to play.
universitysmall.png [Unlocked with Route: the University no more than 0]

Requires 5 Fate

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

Glowing and chittering

Someone has dropped a box of glowing beetles at the University entrance. It was destined for the Esoteric Cryptozoologists but the label's fallen off the box. You should demonstrate your academic credentials before the porters grab it.

_ Watchful challenge


Property most intellectual

Your lodgings have been robbed! The villains took some paperwork relating to your latest work. Who is trying to steal your ideas?
[Unlocked with Watchful 69 and Watchful no more than 106]

Just get the papers back

The identity of the miscreant is of little importance. It is the work that matters.
A challenge for your Watchful quality. [straightforward at 74]

Find the identity of the miscreant

The papers are only half the problem. Uncover the name of the one who would steal your work!
A challenge for your Watchful quality. [straightforward at 89]


The Eye and the Camera

The young art of photography is especially difficult in the dimness of the Neath. A Prudent Photographer suspects that rivals are copying his technology.
Unlocked with Watchful 69

Look into the matter

Detecting pays the bills around here.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge  

Gather evidence… with a camera!

What a marvellous device! If only it didn't weigh as much as a child. A stout child, one raised on beef and radishes.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge  


Medical emergency

A young man lies stabbed and bleeding in an alley. He's not quite dead yet, but it won't be long.
Unlocked with Watchful 69

Examine the scene for evidence

You can't save him, but you might be able to tell the Constables something useful.

Try to save him

He's not dead yet! He's lost a great deal of blood, but you might be able to save him from a trip on the river.


Hold the front page

The Shabby Philology Professor is running late yet again, and has asked you help distribute Versilege, the university gazette.
Unlocks with Watchful 69

Do as he says

It won't take long, and he’s been generous in the past.

Dump it in the river

After all, no-one actually reads the thing.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 86)

Improve the newsletter

Where better to stir up a bit of scandal?
(Persuasive challenge, straightforward at 86)


Consulting detective required for government work

Forbidden texts have been stolen from Hookman House, the Ministry of Public Decency's central stock of the salacious, seditious and vile.
Unlocked with Watchful 69

Accept the case

The public needs to be protected from this filth. And the Ministry pays decently, as it happens.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 76)

Accept the case, but…

Knowledge needs to be free! Pretend to help the Ministry, but keep any forbidden texts you recover.
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 89)


Investigate the Topsy King's court

The Constables don't go into the Flit, but there are rumours of revolution. They're sending in a detective.
Unlocked with Watchful 69

Spy on the Raggedy Men

The Raggedy Men are the beggars of the Topsy King's aerial court in the Flit. They generally squabble, cackle and eat rats. What else to they get up to?
Unlocks with Route: The Flit 1
(Watchful challenge; straightforward at 76)

Spy on the dealings with revolutionaries

The Flit provides a haven for cells of anarchists fleeing from the law.
Unlocks with Route: The Flit 1
(Watchful challenge)


Map the new heavens

The Bewhiskered Astrologer is devising an alternative zodiac based on shifting patterns of city lights. 'There are clear cycles of which windows are lit and when — the future is ours to predict!'
Unlocked with Watchful 69

Suggest a symbol

That pattern of street lanterns looks a bit like a…

Sneak in a symbol

Alter the map while the Astrologer isn’t looking.

Copy the map…

…and use it to stage a series of daring burglaries.

Cards which unlock between 70 and 79

Cards which unlock between 80 and 89


A private detective

A junior editor of Slowcake's Exceptionals - the guide to the notable citizens of the Neath - wants a potential listee to be monitored.
[Unlocked with Watchful 81]

An eye for society

The target is a rising young socialite. The editor wishes to learn about any… unfortunate habits or skeletons in the cupboard.

_ Watchful challenge

Just who is Mr. Slowcake?

The book's editor is not seen at public events. Just who is this person?

_ Watchful challenge


Expedition to Winewound Heath

Situated to the South and West of the city, Winewound Heath is perpetually covered in fog thick enough to knit with.
[Unlocked with Watchful 81]

Go for a stroll on the heath

The fog could hide many things.
Watchful challenge

What are they up to?

Dirigibles are rumoured to land in the fog. What is going on there?
Watchful challenge


Publish your scientific work

Whether it is a new investigative technique, your knowledge of secret languages or an innovative explosive concoction, the world needs to know!
[Unlocked with Watchful 81]

Publish a respectable article

One must be careful of one's academic reputation. Your theories must be revealed slowly, so as not to cause alarm.

_ Watchful challenge

Publish a radical monograph

They'll listen to you now! You'll make them listen!

_ Watchful challenge


Tea with the Inspector

The tea is strong to a point just short of savagery, but the fire in the Inspector's office crackles merrily. Conversation turns to business.
[Unlocked with Watchful 81, Connected: Constables 1]

Offer your help with their case

'It's always the same with your sort, isn't it? The Constables are baffled and you consulting detectives swoop in and save the day. Well, let's see what you make of this…'

_ Watchful challenge

Ask for help with your case

'Oh, spit it out, would you? We're all friends here and I doubt that you could shock me…'

_ Watchful challenge
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The colour of currency

The Neath's dimness breeds currency counterfeiters like rats. The Masters of the Bazaar are little short of rabid on the issue.
Unlocked with Watchful 81

Find the printing press

The Masters spare no expense when it comes to ferreting out forgers of Echoes.
(Watchful challenge, straightforward at 86)

Develop a method for detecting false Echoes

Confound these artistic villains with the application of science!
(Watchful challenge, straightforward at 101)

Cards which unlock between 90 and 104


All fear the Overgoat!

The Overgoat. Brooding, irrepressible, immeasurable. Not so much a companion as a force of Nature.
[Unlocked with Watchful 100]

Learn of the Overgoat

What is this shaggy roaring presence? What is this deep and caprine shadow in the crypt-close Neathy air?

_ Watchful challenge

Ask the Overgoat's opinion

Be prepared for the judgement of the Overgoat!

_ Watchful challenge
A matter of luck: the odds are strongly against you here.
goatsmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Overgoat]

Use the Overgoat's… unique talents

Faced with the Overgoat, few secrets can remain hidden. Send it to delve into the deepest heart of the Bazaar. This will take eight actions, but the reward will be commensurate.

_ Watchful challenge
goatsmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Overgoat]
[This storylet will cost you 8 actions!]

Send it to the Surface with an invitation for a friend

What finer ambassador for Fallen London could there be?
goatsmall.png [Unlocked with 1 x Overgoat]

Cards which unlock at 105 or higher


The Geology of Winewound

They say Winewound is rich in rare minerals. What can you dig up, out there on the marshy heath?
[Unlocked with Watchful 105]

Venture a short way in

There may still be valuable rocks to be found. And it's much safer this way.

_ Watchful challenge

Dig near the tussocks

Your have a great deal of experience with archaeology now. You know what sort of rocks to look for.

_ Watchful challenge

Go as far as you can

People are less likely to have got there before you.

_ Watchful challenge

Investigate Doctor Schlomo [Standard]

Who is this so-called 'Interpreter of Dreams'?
Unlocked with Watchful 105

Read the Doctor's writings

See what you can glean from his published works.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge Level 110 Broad difficulty

Interrogate a patient

Find someone who's actually consulted Dr Schlomo.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge Level 120 Broad difficulty

Pay the Doctor a visit

Tell him your dreams. See how he operates for yourself.

_ Watchful Watchful challenge Level 130 Broad difficulty
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