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4 min ago
Topic:
Ivory Door 2018 -- A Hallowmas Confession

Lord Gazter
Lord Gazter
Posts: 643
I've really enjoyed this year's Hallowmas confession, they've been great. Thank you Lady Sapho Byron for handling and organizing this. smile
43 min ago
Topic:
Ivory Door 2018 -- A Hallowmas Confession

Lady Sapho Byron
Lady Sapho Byron
Posts: 641
Here are the last batch of confessions (there are actually 32 total, so we end with 8). Thank you so much to everyone that contributed and more thank yous for the all the kind words!

25. In nervous pencil, on an erratum slip found in the offices of God's Editors

Tales of the Gothic are a weakness of mine. I suppose it’s only fair to add one to the collection plate.

I once needed money and was offered a post as confessor, somewhere I don’t feel inclined to fully describe. The chapel backed on to a labyrinth of glasshouses, perpetually filled with vapour. Sub-tropical bracket fungi, I was told. If there were lights or noises at odd hours, this was natural, as such a valuable crop must be defended. I was not to interfere; I was to sit in the confessional, listen, and transcribe. I would be paid in Surface currency for my stolen secrets. Just put them under the door of the confessional, and wait for payment.

And so the confessions trickled in, from behind a cheap tin grille. A succession of variations on the vox humana, detailing sins – always in a male voice, curiously, even when the indiscretions seemed feminine. The secrets would flow thin and clear, then acquire gargles, thicken with glottal stops, and at last lapse into a linguistic coagulum that might as well have been Loamsprach to me. The penitent would depart, and the cycle would be repeated. No, I couldn’t hear all that more than two or three times a week. But research into souls isn’t cheap, and I needed the cash.

They are incurable consumptives, I said to myself, or deliquescent Tomb-Colonists who stubbornly refuse to leave for Venderbight. I shall hear them out and absolve them, and though to render their secrets down for sale is undoubtedly a grave sin, whatever they tell me will be nameless. And the Neath is no place for scrupulosity.

It was not, of course, a juicy human head that thumped against the grille one late October evening, like an overripe pineapple nodding on its stem. It never had been, as I realised when I snatched the other door open. I’ve seen those features a score of times since, the podded lids and scanty beard, the bloodless lips of a counterfeit St. John. Where, in ordinary circumstances, there would be a bloody severance, there was instead an abscission, pale and neat as a cabbage-stalk, settled onto a conical bellows arrangement that had collapsed under its weight.

And this is was the source of my confessions!

Orchid-fanciers are notoriously thrifty folk. I suppose my efforts constituted a sort of second pressing of secrets – perhaps even a third – from the by-product of their endeavours. Thin stuff, but saleable. You may well imagine that I bolted after that, and you may well imagine the I was pursued; no doubt my spiritual successor is waiting to hear from me. But I no longer deal in confessions. I no longer relish pineapple, fresh or tinned. And I would vastly prefer it if you don’t wear that scarf. Goodnight.

26. This sure isn't regular paper - more like cloth. Stripes of black and white cloth, weaved in a way that suggest a chess board. The ink seems pretty normal, yet it smells like wax. The handwriting is careful, but a bit messy.

I started my ascend in it in order to understand it, and perhaps, to end it when my knowledge rise up to the challenge and my capacities allow for it. Yet, it seems one (or at the very least, this one I've become) is incapable of it. I grew to love the role, or rather I grew to become the role. There is not much else of me besides it and the mask... and I whole heartily love it just like that.

Love and fear of this truthful lie is what I've become. And here, in these steps, I linger.

27. The confession is printed on an elegant, ivory colored paper, which remains in a shockingly crisp condition. Conversely the script itself appears shoddy and almost illegible, but with signs of embellishment found amongst it, most likely an attempt by the writer to keep themselves anonymous.

There are many individuals I’ve met over the years that I have lived, although most I have forgotten. Some persons, unlike the rest, have remained entrenched inside my memory refusing to be forgotten. One such individual in particular comes to mind a remarkable young woman, that I met during my younger years as I traveled on the surface from place to place, from city to city. She was quite comely and elegant but unlike my previous companions, who I had found elsewhere, she was delightfully charming in a way that I had not yet experienced before. Her company, I found to be exceptionally enjoyable and I did take great delight in our many conversations. She as well found my company pleasurable, and day after night we did share in the passionate speech that is often found in the works and writings of poets and artists. Such flowery and passionate words words we did share.

One night, while she laid next to me, she wistfully told me of the future that we could have together, and I agreed. Her eyes filled with delight, as I spoke those words, and we spoke and shaped this future together as we laid in the bliss of each other’s presence. In the morning I gathered my things, and joined back with my traveling companions. I did indeed truly ponder the heartfelt thought she had given to me, but it was never to be. I harbour no regret in my actions at the time nor do I harbour any regret for my actions at this time of writing, but for a moment I did forget my ambitions.

28. Written in the Kurrent style by a left-handed woman on paper clearly originating on the surface

I am a woman known for many things. Hundreds have met me; I have had personal romances, written reams of text, and been praised for my beauty, my wit, and my mastery of the word. Those are secondary abilities, means to an end. In fact, I have plans. Over many years I have clawed my way to the top of the Great Game, and dozens, if not hundreds, of people have been ordered killed since I first walked in Vienna. The most important decisions are not made in Schönbrunn. Even now, I operate behind the scenes, spinning webs so elaborate few know of them and some of the few who do suspect a hidden Master at work. They are not entirely wrong. As much as I enjoy my affairs and writing, none of those are my masterpiece. My masterpiece is being built across the face of the world and beneath it. They may never see the threads or the fingers manipulate them, but their world will change by my hand.

29. Sawn on a small piece of red velvet with white lace

Being rich and famous I am getting fat and lazy as an old Tomcat. Me who wanted to be a Tiger...

30. I have written on a piece of regular parchment paper, in ordinary ink. Occasionally, there is a water stain on the ink as if someone has been crying.

I am deeply sorry. To all of the people I've betrayed, the people who I've burgled, and the pockets I have picked. To the people I've treated well, before throwing them away, as if they were disposable. To the people I've driven to madness, intentionally or otherwise. To the people I've killed, and especially the ones I killed permanently. I am deeply sorry.

31. An entire page of cramped letters, filled with the same message written over and over again. The nib of the pen was pressed down with such force that it has torn the paper in places.

If I waited a few more weeks to test my vaccine, he would have lived a long life. Now, I do not know if there is even enough time to say goodbye. I do not intend to tell him. Dear god, how could I tell him? How could he love me if he knows I am his murderer?

32. In elegant but overly deliberate handwriting, on heavy cream stationery from which the letterhead has been neatly torn

I stole his dreams. I took them and locked them away where he could never find them. I don’t know where I hid them. And I don’t know why. I think I locked those memories away as well. I could probably find them again. But I’m afraid to. Whatever it was, I didn’t want to know it.
2 hours ago
Topic:
The Clay Man Conundrum

PSGarak
PSGarak
Posts: 595
I just remember the source: it's a rare success when upconverting wines!

https://fallenlondon.fandom.com/wiki/The_Affable_Monsignor_has_a_particular_taste_for_the_'44
2 hours ago
Topic:
The Clay Man Conundrum

PSGarak
PSGarak
Posts: 595
Somewhere it is claimed that the Clay Men all share a single soul (assumedly the King's), and that's why the Devils show no interest in them. That claim is the basis of my argument.

That doesn't really answer the question, though. We don't even know the full relationship between a regular human and their own soul, much less exceptional cases like the King With a Hundred Hearts. They certainly appear to have their own individual motivations and desires, even though they don't pursue them.

It really depends on to what degree your ideal of morality is based on metaphysics. Contemporary London would have tied the two together much more than our modern sensibilities would, and the question of whether Clay Men have a soul would likely have a big place in any discourse on the topic. It would also probably have a prominent place in the same debate in Fallen London, but in a rather different manner.
2 hours ago
Topic:
Ivory Door 2018 -- A Hallowmas Confession

Siankan
Siankan
Posts: 578
Bravo for the listing! That is helpful--and shows us how much further we have to go.

For clarity, you might as well label #11 as Edacio's confession. It is indeed my own sociopath's, and that will prevent any confusion between #11 and #16.
4 hours ago
Topic:
Ivory Door 2018 -- A Hallowmas Confession

Lady Taimi Felix
Lady Taimi Felix
Posts: 200
Whilst we wait for our esteemed hostess to return with the last batch of confessions (and do add me to the chorus of thank yous!), I've been sorting through and adding names to confessions that have been 'unmasked'. Here's what I have so far, including Passionario's post above:


1.
2.
3.
4. Passion's confession.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9. Frogvarian's confession.
10. Maria Konstantinopolska's confession.
11. Edacio's confession.
12.
13. Lady Byron's own confession.
14.
15.
16. Professor Kan's confession.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21. Tystefy's confession(?).
22.
23.
24.
25.
26.
27.
28.
29.
30.



Does anyone have anything to add or amend to that at the moment?

Edited to update #11 and to thank you for the kudos! I love to organize things! ;D
edited by Lady Taimi Felix on 11/16/2018
edited by Lady Taimi Felix on 11/16/2018
5 hours ago
Topic:
The Clay Man Conundrum

Lady Sapho Byron
Lady Sapho Byron
Posts: 641
Iona Dre'emt wrote:
PSGarak wrote:
In a certain sense, Clay Men are a part of ol' Hundred-Hearts.



That's true, but do we know for sure the full extent of the relationship between KWHH and the Clay Men besides the fact that they're spawned from his dreams. Can he exert control over them? Are the emotions they feel his emotions? Are their opinions his? Etc etc. I believe they still have some sort of individuality, and just because he created them, unless they are LITERALLY part of him instead of using a part of him to be created (like the parent metaphor I was trying to make sense of) then I'm with you in believing there's multiple 'people' involved.



These are all excellent questions ... with no clear answers. But the individual Clay Men we have lore for certainly appear to have differentiated personalities, so I agree with the multiple people line. If this is, in fact, the case, then the most moral form of employment of Clay Men is one that treats them with kindness and provides them with opportunities for personal development and, ultimately, the independent pursuit of their own interests and full citizenship.

A trickier question is whether or not London should cease the importation of Clay Men entirely.
8 hours ago
Topic:
Panther Kitten Adoption Agency

NNNnobody
NNNnobody
Posts: 22
Good day! I would love to adopt a panther kitten to convey it to a zee-captain of my acquaintance. He is well-versed on the unterzee (and handsome too!) so I'm positive the little thing will come to no harm.
8 hours ago
Topic:
Removing ability to create new worlds, Jan 2nd

Hannah Flynn
Hannah Flynn
Administrator
Posts: 376
Hey gang! I'm sorry this seemed a bit ominous. We have a ton going on with the launch of Sunless Skies coming up but we needed to make this change. We'll be back once the dust has cleared after Skies' launch with more information. But I agree; it's a great time to enjoy the worlds that have been player favourites! Thanks smile
8 hours ago
Topic:
Celebrating good fortune.

NNNnobody
NNNnobody
Posts: 22
I finally got rid of my inferior lodgings. No useless lodging-opportunity cards in my deck anymore. Only the potential of my bazaar-premises. Well, I'll probably get some more of them back.
edited by NNNnobody on 11/16/2018
edited by NNNnobody on 11/16/2018
9 hours ago
Topic:
Ivory Door 2018 -- A Hallowmas Confession

Passionario
Passionario
Posts: 777
Catherine Raymond wrote:
Re: 2. above. Is #1 Passion's?

Regrettably, it's #4. Uncharacteristic and surprising, I know.

Also, there's another confession of mine in the last batch. It doesn't come from either of my characters, although perhaps one day I shall make someone who could write that.

Edit: For clarification, that confession came from Passion, not Passionario. They are completely unrelated characters who couldn't be more different if they tried to.
edited by Passionario on 11/16/2018
9 hours ago
Topic:
Fallen London Redesign - Now Live

Skinnyman
Skinnyman
Posts: 1521
NNNnobody wrote:
Now there's place for six cards in a row. Hmmmmmm...
Well, it's actually rather hard to imagine that we'd get a new tier of lodgings when there's so much other stuff we're waiting for.
My thought exactly after I saw the new design! But I wouldn't mind a 6C lodging!
10 hours ago
Topic:
Removing ability to create new worlds, Jan 2nd

phryne
phryne
Posts: 1043
There's a link in my previous post to another post where I listed the most complete worlds.
12 hours ago
Topic:
Removing ability to create new worlds, Jan 2nd

Jermaine Vendredi
Jermaine Vendredi
Posts: 469
Is there a little list of the best games somewhere?
16 hours ago
Topic:
Celebrating good fortune.

Azothi
Azothi
Posts: 258



First time(s) I've reached Renown 50 outside of the original Connections conversion. For some reason, I needed to first abandon the Great Game and delve into the secrets of Parabola to do this without a Mood, though.
edited by Azothi on 11/16/2018
20 hours ago
Topic:
Panther Kitten Adoption Agency

Lady Ladybones
Lady Ladybones
Posts: 1
i would be most interested in a kitten as well, if im going to adopt all the animals i can then i cant forget the kitten.
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https://www.fallenlondon.com/profile/NordKitten
22 hours ago
Topic:
Fallen London Redesign - Now Live

NNNnobody
NNNnobody
Posts: 22
MidnightVoyager wrote:
It looks like everything is wider now. that's MUCH better. Now I can see all my pet hoard on the same page!


Now there's place for six cards in a row. Hmmmmmm...
Well, it's actually rather hard to imagine that we'd get a new tier of lodgings when there's so much other stuff we're waiting for.
edited by NNNnobody on 11/15/2018
23 hours ago
Topic:
Hallowmas 1896: The Mystery of the Rosers

MidnightVoyager
MidnightVoyager
Posts: 763
Jolanda Swan wrote:
MidnightVoyager wrote:
PETS FOR THE PET GOD, I OBTAINED THEM ALL.


...I'm fine, really. If you need me, I'll be sitting on my hoard.


...not as in, literally sitting on all the poor creatures plus the judges, I hope.



It's very soft up here.

Time The Healer wrote:
An occurrence! Your 'Free Evening' Quality is now 5! An occurrence! Your 'Making Waves' Quality is now 6! You have discovered a mysterious confession! Someone does not want you to have this. 'The Duchess' Progress' has been reset: a conclusion, or a new beginning? 'The Princess' Progress' has been reset: a conclusion, or a new beginning?


Wait, what's this about a mysterious confession I've apparently discovered?
1 days ago
Topic:
Ivory Door 2018 -- A Hallowmas Confession

Kukapetal
Kukapetal
Posts: 1437
It always amuses me that he ends up being the straightman in his interactions with Maria :P
1 days ago
Topic:
Removing ability to create new worlds, Jan 2nd

phryne
phryne
Posts: 1043
Just in case this should mean StoryNexus will be shut down some time next year (or even if not), maybe we should take this as a reminder to go play the best StoryNexus games while we can! smile

Btw I'm still up for crowdfunding Meg Jayanth to finish Samsara. Just saying... poke




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