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Iona Dre'emt
Iona Dre'emt
Posts: 34

3/16/2017
Good God, you must be mad! Though one must admit, there has to be a certain madness in the minds of those who pioneer such wild ideas.

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POSI Main, Phiri Ulfur, genderless and mysterious. Their heart belongs to a Pirate Poet across the Zee.
Early-Game Alt Vermillion Liminate a semi-independent vigilante with often contrasting morals, seeking the Name.
Early-Game Alt #2,Lady Jacqueline Blackwood, a charming social butterfly who always hides her true motives.

I will accept any and all social actions on Fallen London(unless its a box of live rats. I already got rid of the d---ned things once and I'm not eager to repeat the endeavor.)
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Alysian
Alysian
Posts: 56

3/17/2017
TheThirdPolice... You are among the truest of Fallen London's inspirations.

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Alysian, gone North, grieved, gone.

Alybye, A Midnighter available for children's parties. No appointment necessary.
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Estelle Knoht
Estelle Knoht
Posts: 1679

4/3/2017






Steadfast is dropping...

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Estelle Knoht, a juvenile, unreliable and respectable lady.
I currently do not accept any catbox, suppers, calling cards or proteges.
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TheThirdPolice
TheThirdPolice
Posts: 545

4/9/2017
Air that tastes of tar! Reefs formed of my own fingers, in the thousands! I have so many good excuses. Still I sail... just slowly.

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The Eternal Zailor, or The Loon who Zails in Zirkles

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TheThirdPolice
TheThirdPolice
Posts: 545

4/21/2017
One final note in a shaking scrawl, "My friend, Please-" I don't read the rest. I tear the note apart and throw it away. Phrases catch on the wind, 'so much-', 'a price-' something about a sister (or is it a brother) swept away unread. When I see the next bat coming I don't even let it land, a flung stone sends it plummeting into the waves like lead. The book it was carrying is swept away, photos washing up on the shore, unrecognisable.†

Dark days are here. Now out of maps, any time I experience the Fury of the Unterzee, there is the risk of the Black Three: the perfect villainy of cards which will force a coin flip that could end my quest.



I still have enough zee ztories for one more evasion, and am nearly at another. Once I have used them up, there will be four Fury cards that can align to cause the coin flip.

No matter.

Onwards!




†Written by Sebastian Olmen.

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The Eternal Zailor, or The Loon who Zails in Zirkles

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Teaspoon
Teaspoon
Posts: 752

4/21/2017
All hail the British tar!

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Truth lies at the bottom of a well.

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Madison Everett
Madison Everett
Posts: 6

5/3/2017
Are you still alive ThirdPolice? Has the Zee taken you at last?

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Madison Everett. One who dares to learn the secrets of the gods.

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Skinnyman
Skinnyman
Posts: 1008

5/3/2017
Madison Everett wrote:
Are you still alive ThirdPolice? Has the Zee taken you at last?

Checking the Zailor's signature seems that the Zee didn't manage to grasp him!

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Skinnyman is accepting Plant battles, Neath's Mysteries card, Starveling Cats (hunger!) and boxed cats. *Sorry, Duchess!*
No Dante, no suppers, no second chances gain and no need to cure my menaces!
Other actions are welcomed only if they are accompanied by some RP text!
Updated achievement list if you're feeling bored!
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Madison Everett
Madison Everett
Posts: 6

5/5/2017
Skinnyman wrote:
Madison Everett wrote:
Are you still alive ThirdPolice? Has the Zee taken you at last?

Checking the Zailor's signature seems that the Zee didn't manage to grasp him!


Does he often go silent for long periods of time? How did he even get that far? How is it even possible?!

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Skinnyman
Skinnyman
Posts: 1008

5/5/2017
Madison Everett wrote:
Does he often go silent for long periods of time? How did he even get that far? How is it even possible?!

As you can see, he logged on the forums yesterday, but the posts here are pretty rare.
This can be done with a Zub, lot of resources and a lot of patience!

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Skinnyman is accepting Plant battles, Neath's Mysteries card, Starveling Cats (hunger!) and boxed cats. *Sorry, Duchess!*
No Dante, no suppers, no second chances gain and no need to cure my menaces!
Other actions are welcomed only if they are accompanied by some RP text!
Updated achievement list if you're feeling bored!
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 Saklad
Saklad
Posts: 396

5/5/2017
I imagine this is what happens if you are very persistent when trying to go East the direct way.

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Saklad5, a man of many talents
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TheThirdPolice
TheThirdPolice
Posts: 545

5/6/2017
*Peers at the murmuring figures through a very powerful telescope.*

Hello there! I am moving to a different continent tomorrow. It's been taking up a bit of time, as you can imagine, but I promise I will cross the ocean much faster in real life than I do here. Once I'm semi-settled I can probably push myself into a fatal current pretty quickly. My delay may also be related to a sorrow at my impending doom and the end of a long saga.

A couple answers for the curious:

— If I remember my planning from long ago, this is trivial (though still time-consuming) to achieve with a Clipper or Yacht. I chose the Zub because I wanted a challenge: at some point, I will be set all the way back to AJE 5 against my will.

— East is for salt and the peaceful. I zail NORTH, to dread and desire.
edited by TheThirdPolice on 5/6/2017

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The Eternal Zailor, or The Loon who Zails in Zirkles

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TheThirdPolice
TheThirdPolice
Posts: 545

5/10/2017
Tree boughs crack and fall into the zee without a ripple. There is no air here, only a succulent vacuum that keeps my mind clear and my eyes pungent with pressure and rust.

I do not remember where my zubmarine went, or who sent this rowboat.

I open my hands — curved and wide as a qalupalik's rib, fingerless — and let the oars sink into the last open water. I strove so hard, once, forcing my way underneath the waves. This time will be easier. I slip down, down, and down. Then north once more, sliding through my doom, listening to a prison of ice above me groan as it fights the zee beneath it.

APPROACHING JOURNEY'S END: 439
POSSIBLE REPRIEVES: 0.5
STORMS SURVIVED DEFENSELESS: 1
LUCKY ESCAPES: 0
edited by TheThirdPolice on 5/10/2017

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The Eternal Zailor, or The Loon who Zails in Zirkles

http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/Profile/TheThirdPolice
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TheThirdPolice
TheThirdPolice
Posts: 545

5/11/2017
APPROACHING JOURNEY'S END: 441
POSSIBLE REPRIEVES: 0.6
STORMS SURVIVED DEFENSELESS: 7
LUCKY ESCAPES: 0

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The Eternal Zailor, or The Loon who Zails in Zirkles

http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/Profile/TheThirdPolice
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Teaspoon
Teaspoon
Posts: 752

5/11/2017
What is a reprieve, pray?

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TheThirdPolice
TheThirdPolice
Posts: 545

5/12/2017
A large portion of this expedition's strategy involves deciding when to move between Troubled Waters 8–9 (Lashing Waves) and Troubled Waters 10 (Fury of the Unterzee). Certain cards are only available in one or the other, which means that crossing the border in either direction can empty your hand of dangerous cards and allow extra redraws. (This is the only way to discard cards in the Unterzee.)

However, Fury is much more dangerous. I am counting successful round trips to Fury as "Storms" now. Each visit risks a capsize.


The Stone Pigs Cough & Hardship and Want
(Second image is out of date on the wiki.)

For the entire year I've been zailing, I have had no way to bypass these cards. They are a 50% luck challenge, and if I fail, I am reduced all the way to Approaching Journey's End 5. Once in a blue moon, I draw both of these cards at once, and am forced to choose whichever cards show up in the third slot. This can spiral into very long stays in Fury and waste a lot of resources. Let's call this the Helvetica Scenario.

Meet my personal Scylla and Charybdis:


A Blank Space on the Charts & What Are Those?

These are the two Fury cards I prepared for before leaving. You can avoid the 50% luck challenge and turn them into a rather nice escape (-5 Troubled Water points) by expending, respectively, Partial Maps and Zee Ztories. These have battered me about many times, so I have run out of both resources. They are now just as dangerous as the cards above, and contribute to the Helvetica Scenario. If I ever draw any 3 Helvetica cards at once (max hand size is 3 at zee), I must attempt a 50% luck challenge. Success will be tallied as a Lucky Escape.

There is, however, a glimmer of hope that I had not accounted for before setting zail.


A Wily Zailor

This card grants +8 Approaching Journey's End (the best per action available), +4 Troubled Waters (A fairly worrisome chunk, but decent in terms of AJE:TW ratio), and +1 Zee Ztory. Every 20 times I use this card, I gain enough ztories to recover a "possible reprieve" — the ability to escape a Helvetica Scenario if one of the cards is What Are Those?

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The Eternal Zailor, or The Loon who Zails in Zirkles

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TheThirdPolice
TheThirdPolice
Posts: 545

5/12/2017
I started today's voyaging immediately after posting the explanation above. Six actions in, the nightmare scenario occurred:


(That last one is the correct image for Hardship and Want.)

The Helvetica Scenario (two game-ending cards in hand, leaving me no choice but to play the third) has already forced me to climb to Troubled Waters 10.6. Even if I succeed at one of these luck challenges, I will only drop to 10.1, still at the Fury's mercy. The Helvetica Scenario will remain, and depending on the draw I may need to attempt a second luck challenge immediately.

It is too early in the morning to face drowning. I will leave you all (and myself) in suspense a little longer.
edited by TheThirdPolice on 5/12/2017

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The Eternal Zailor, or The Loon who Zails in Zirkles

http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/Profile/TheThirdPolice
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dov
dov
Posts: 1961

5/12/2017
TheThirdPolice wrote:
(That last one is the correct image for Hardship and Want.)

What's the updated image's filename?

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TheThirdPolice
TheThirdPolice
Posts: 545

5/12/2017
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dov
dov
Posts: 1961

5/12/2017
Thanks. Wiki updated.

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