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The Curious Watcher
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12/31/2017
[Spoilers][spoiler] I've just started Exceptional Friendship for the first time, and I have to say that this really is a great story. I usually play a pretty ruthless character heavily involved in the Great Game, and even I found it impossible to pick the evil option. Unlike all the characters in the Neath who have ulterior motives, skeletons in their closets, and a huge tendency to backstab someone, the Withered Vagabond really is a selfless character that won the hearts of the poor.


The stark contrast of the House of Charity and the Mnenosyne Honey Den also helps with this narrative a lot since it showcases the running theme of contracts, obligations, and deals in the Season of Silver. The Withered Vagabond, despite being an incredibly rich and talented individual from the surface with no responsibility to care about others, decided to give all of that up in order to help the Unfortunates of a city next to Hell itself and they are still waiting for her return after all this time. In contrast, the Gimlet-Eyed Proprietor and the Mnenosyne honey runners are among the worst that London has to offer, having the gall to blackmail their victims, lie to their (very influential and dangerous) rich clientele, and threaten their suppliers into silence.


The Repentant Rogue's intentions are interesting because it is up to the player's interpretation of the tidbits from dreams and written records to decide what his true motivations were. My guess is that he originally did gain the Vagabond's confidence in order to set her up, but saw just how kind a person she was and genuinely fell in love with her. However, the Honey Den did track him down, so both the Vagabond and the Rogue separately were trying to make a deal for the Rogue's freedom (the letter in her parlour proves this). The Rogue became so desperate for his freedom that he did set up an operation with the honey runners 'one last time', but immediately regretted his actions after finding out what happened to the Vagabond. Part of what he said is true (he is called the 'Repentant' Rogue, the Proprietor and his honey runners are clearly looking to arrest him based on the documents, and he wouldn't have slipped in his address to the House of Charity if she was just a mark to him), but he can't own up to his actions even if he loves her. So yeah, he is definitely a guilty party.


For me, I just told the Withered Vagabond to forget about the Repentant Rogue and to go back to the House of Charity, in which her good deeds will finally benefit her for once and where she will be loved and protected. It will no doubt be difficult since the Mnenosyne Honey Den still has a huge amount of her red honey left and are still looking for her, but the Housekeeper and the Unfortunates had made it clear that they would protect her with their lives (it would be funny seeing those beggars finally beating down the wealthy that looked down upon them) and with time, she will recover. Sure it would be easier to send her to the surface, but I hope that this sparks a revolt, however small, against the red honey trade so that it will eventually be stopped.


But my works of mercy are only reserved for Christmas. For the innocent. On other news, I left all three of the leading criminals of Lamentation Lock to rot, letting them curse the day they met me. I did my good deed for the season, I have no regrets Big Grin[/spoiler]
edited by The Curious Watcher on 12/31/2017
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Mod Edit: Added this to a proper spoiler tag. ^^
edited by Sara Hysaro on 12/31/2017

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dov
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12/31/2017
The Curious Watcher wrote:
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Please:

1. Don't change the color of your text. This is reserved for FBG stuff on these forums.
2. To write (and hide) spoilers, use a spoiler tag. Similar to what you used, but a singular "spoiler" in the brackets (i.e. [ spoiler ] and [ /spoiler ], without the spaces) instead of the "Spoilers" you've used.

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The Curious Watcher
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12/31/2017
Thank you very much. I wasn't sure how to use spoiler tags and I didn't think there was anything wrong with changing the text color since I saw something similar in the earlier post for spoilers. I will make sure to remember this.

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phryne
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12/31/2017
This is probably the most tragic ES ever. Red Honey is terrible. upset

The story is great, it has just one big mistake:

How can there not be an option to deal with the Mnesomyne Den? And to destroy their Red Honey stock? Seriously?
(or, for more ruthless characters, the option to keep the Den as a permanent location to buy Red Honey)

I mean, I got beaten up for telling the proprietor in his face what I thought of him. And then, that's it? I just go home and suck it up?

I was actually searching all through London for some option I might have missed, waiting for another Epilogue card, whatever. Anything.

Make no mistake, the rest of the story was A+. But to leave this hanging? That's terrible. You can't just have the PC discover a crime ring of this magnitude, where people are blackmailed and tortured and everything, and then not offer any kind of closure. Any decision on what to do about all that.

Yea, no, this one left me feeling rather bitter.
edited by phryne on 1/1/2018

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Six Handed Merchant
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1/1/2018
For anyone who is interested, I'd like to get together a RP group to write our own epilogue to Steeped In Honey. An epilogue that will, in all likelihood, put an end to Mnemosyne’s, the Gimlet-Eyed Proprietor, and a good chunk of the red honey trade.

I've posted an intro and started a thread to that effect here:
http://community.failbettergames.com/topic25521-want-to-rp-a-new-steeped-in-honey-epilogue.aspx?MessageID=214155#post214155

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Amsfield
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1/2/2018
Seeing as the Red Honey situation seems to be of particular interest to so many players, it might even warrant its own story; something in the style of A Trade in Souls. I'm sure people would appreciate the opportunity to commit there characters to an ongoing story of fighting against the dealers, and Amsfield (and presumably others players, hope I'm not alone in this) would like the opportunity to be more regular users of the Neath's most illicit high and to add an element of transgression to our hedonistic ways.

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Trilby
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1/23/2018
I’m guessing that none of the two “accidentally knock over the viles” compleatly get rid of the vagabonds honey?
I’m also going to guess that I couldn’t have have done both of them?

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Neel Falas
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1/25/2018
I have a question: what was the reward for this story? Because I definitely finished it (sent the Vagabond home), but I don't see anything in my inventory. Weren't we supposed to recover a coin? I only have the one from January...

I'm also not seeing anything under my Story drop-down menu relating to this story. Getting a bit worried now.

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suinicide
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1/25/2018
There is no coin, but there was a locket in the curiosity section.

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Neel Falas
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1/25/2018
suinicide wrote:
There is no coin, but there was a locket in the curiosity section.



Phew! Ok, yes, I have that, thanks!

What about the story indicator? Still can't seem to locate that one.

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