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Absintheuse
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13 days ago
Delicious friends, the Exceptional Story for December is here!




Investigate Veilgarden's most exclusive Honey Den, infiltrate a house of charity, and venture among reprobates at Watchmaker's Hill. Join us in a cup of red honey and burrow through the lost memories of the woman with the bee-stung eyes.

Steeped in Honey is the first story in the Season of Silver, and was written by Mary Goodden. This season, experience three stories that delve into debts, obligations, and contracts gone wrong. You can begin each from the Season of Silver card.

Editing and QA: Cash DeCuir, Olivia Wood and Caolain Porter.

Art by Paul Arendt.

EXCEPTIONAL FRIENDSHIP

In addition to a new, substantial, stand-alone story every month, Exceptional Friends enjoy:
  • Access to the House of Chimes: an exclusive private member's club on the Stolen River, packed with content
  • An expanded opportunity deck: of ten cards instead of six!
  • A second candle: Twice the actions! 40 at once!

Finishing all three stories in the Season of Silver will make you eligible for an additional opportunity, to follow.

If you want to keep an Exceptional Story beyond the month it’s for, you must complete the related storylet in the current Season’s card throughout London. This will save it for you to return to another time.
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Plynkes
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13 days ago
Is that Helena Bonham Carter? smile

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Omega8520
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13 days ago
This story is amazing. The way it's all laid out, the plot, the fact that there's a use for the Cat's chiefest claw, the choices, it's great. Only problem is that some of the storylets, despite having titles, didn't put the title in when I echoed them, meaning I had to do some copy and paste. And when that's the biggest flaw with a story, it means the story is pretty damn good. Kudos.

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Skinnyman
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13 days ago
Plynkes wrote:
Is that Helena Bonham Carter? smile

Hahahaha, my thought exactly! Really wonder if this ES will have some implications/requirements/rewards related to dream qualities!

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Robin Alexander
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13 days ago
Plynkes wrote:
Is that Helena Bonham Carter? smile



Thanks, now I keep reading the Vagabond's voice as Helena Bonham Carter's XD

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I'm in two minds about this story.

I absolutely love the writing, with the characters very well written, and the mechanics were good, too. I will admit that exploring the House frustrated me initially, but - with trial and error - I uncovered I could repair my disguise by doing some work, and it became much more enjoyable and also a rather quirky/fun mechanic that didn't detract and only added to the gameplay and plot. Not too keen on some action sinks, though, such as moving from location to location, but otherwise no complaints.

I just feel something is off, and I can't place my finger on why. I think I'm investing a lot on gameplay, but I'm just not investing emotionally in the Vagabond . . . her story is interesting, so I'm having fun uncovering it, but I don't think enough time was spent on her initially to invest in her, so I feel I'm coming at this cognitively and not emotively (like a detached detective, not a concerned citizen).

Of course, that may be the intent.

In any case, I also adore the length, as it's longer than most EF stories and I still only seem halfway through, despite being out of actions. It doesn't feel padded or drawn out, but well-paced and with a good focus on each part. I do look forward to playing onward later.

So a very good story, but perhaps could have done with a longer intro?

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Barse
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13 days ago
Oooh I'm with Omega here, I thought it was fantastic. The plotting and pacing was great, the way that the PC uncovers facts & draws conclusions feels natural and it's always fun to see unexpected items/qualities used. The Withered Vagabond was superbly well realised and I thought this was one of the more touching stories in the game, period. Reining myself in here to avoid gushing/spoiling, but play it - and if you don't love the Vagabond then I'm not sure we can be friends.

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Giuliano Pereira
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13 days ago
Loved this one! Recently I was pleasantly surprised by the story, and the final choice was pretty tough... The mechanics were also really good and I felt like I was playing an adventure game. One of my favourites!
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Anchovies
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13 days ago
The result text for asking the Vagabond about her locket seems to be missing a first paragraph. I had to infer that it contained a photograph of a man, when it really feels like it was meant to be stated outright.

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Catherine Raymond
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13 days ago
Agreed about the artwork! They'd definitely have to get Helena Bonham Carter to play the Vagabond in the film version. :-)

I'm about halfway through the story, and I'm really enjoying the pacing, the mystery, and the language.

[spoiler] Also, because I'm playing the Nemesis ambition, the references to red honey have an extra resonance for me.[/spoiler]

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Kalix
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13 days ago
Did anyone echo what the Repentant Rogue said when you asked him to come back with you? My phone died while I was reading it 😞
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Hattington
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13 days ago
Plynkes wrote:
Is that Helena Bonham Carter? smile



  • Man, I was WONDERING where I'd seen that face before. Certainly can't unsee it as anyone else, now.

    That aside, while I wasn't as blown away as some (the House of Charity carousel was a BIG action sink, argh) I definitely appreciate being able to try Red Honey again, and certainly cared more about the Vagabound than just about every other major NPC in the last 3 ESes. And I normally don't even need a reward to ruin an NPC's life.

    Also, if anyone has the ending where she was delivered to the Surface I'd be interested to see how what happens there.

  • Edit: Oh, and @Kalix right here: http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/Profile/Hattington?fromEcho=20

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    Plynkes
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    13 days ago
    Actually, the more I look it, the more I think it looks like a different Harry Potter actress, Shirley Henderson.

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    Kalix
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    13 days ago
  • Edit: Oh, and @Kalix right here: http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/Profile/Hattington?fromEcho=20

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  • edited by Hattington on 11/30/2017

    Thank you ☺
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    Sir Joseph Marlen
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    13 days ago
    [spoiler] Does anyone know what sampling the red honey does? I assume it's the alternative method to unlocking the safe, though I'd prefer confirmation along with any other qualities it may provide.[/spoiler]

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    Miss Zhang
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    13 days ago
    I just started playing two weeks ago, and I signed up just now for the forums just so I could comment how much I love this current story. I became an exceptional friend right away because I wanted the two candles, but I have to confess I was very disappointed/uninterested in last month's story (with the Church and all the politicking). This one is way more what I was hoping to see Big Grin I can't wait to explore everything but alas, my candle runs short again.

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    PSGarak
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    13 days ago
    Sir Joseph Marlen wrote:
    spoilered text...

    [spoiler]You relive some of the Vagabond's memories. You are correct that one of those memories gives the safe combination. Each memory also gives a point of one of the Evidence qualities, and a regular item (I think one gave Vision of the Surface, another a Touching Love Story). I do not recall any other unique qualities.


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    Sir Joseph Marlen
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    13 days ago
    PSGarak wrote:
    Sir Joseph Marlen wrote:
    spoilered text...

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    [spoiler]Thanks for the information. Does this affect the story in any way? Or does choosing to sample the honey have no bearing on the story or ending save for rp text?[/spoiler]
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    PSGarak
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    13 days ago
    Sir Joseph Marlen wrote:
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    Beats me! ¯\(°_o)/¯ I ran out of actions right after doing that part.
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    Cthonius
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    13 days ago
    There is a later mention about her being in pain from it, but it's one line with no real bearing

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    Catherine Raymond
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    13 days ago
    Cthonius wrote:
    There is a later mention about her being in pain from it, but it's one line with no real bearing


    [spoiler]I am at the climax of the story now, and I believe that if you don't sample the honey, certain endings will be foreclosed.

    Or... maybe not. I occurs to me that you learn from the Rake, when you find him, enough information to potentially trigger all three endings. The only way to know is to find people who have NOT tasted the honey and chose each one of the possible endings. [/spoiler]
    edited by cathyr19355 on 11/30/2017

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