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Absintheuse
Absintheuse
Posts: 348

12/19/2018
This year's premium festive story is now available for purchase!

The Ceremony is a festive tale of rubbery romance by Cass Khaw.

A spate of exquisite and unpleasant transformations sweeps London: new Rubbery enhancements of a drastic degree. What lies behind the tentacles? What secrets are hidden within the spiraling bones? Who is the Gilded Sacrifice?

The Ceremony is available from today for 40 Fate. Begin this story at A Festive Story: the Ceremony, anywhere in London.



Eager to experience more festive tales? Our previous Christmas premium stories are now available for purchase from Explore the Festive Season:

The Gift by Chris Gardiner
The parcel sits brightly on your doorstep. Its ribbon is an immodest red. The card is cream, and of excellent stock. It bears no signature, seal, or watermark. A tale of terror, aberration, and the horrors beneath the Palace.

The Empress’ Shadow by Emily Short
The Empress' Shadow, the only child of Her Enduring Majesty residing on the Surface, has come to London. Train servants for her in Sinning Jenny's Finishing School; uncover the political and familial intrigues that threaten London.

The Marriage of Feducci by Cash DeCuir
It is the first Royal Wedding since London fell: Mayor Feducci's proposal of marriage to the Captivating Princess has been accepted! Join the Beleaguered Wedding Planner in the Shuttered Palace to make or break this historic moment.

edited by Absintheuse on 12/19/2018
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Jolanda Swan
Jolanda Swan
Posts: 1381

12/19/2018
The Honey Addled Detective! It's great to have something new about him. Thank you!

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Omega8520
Omega8520
Posts: 102

12/19/2018
The new story is very, very good. I like it quite a lot, and my new tea set is amazing. Words are good, the expansion on the lore is good, I love it. As far as CC goes, there are only two bits I'm sad about. One is that already having a rubbery tentacle isn't recognised by the people that give themselves tentacles, and the other is, that despite going full transformation and changing myself, I don't end up with any new rubbery bits. Still, I loved the story. 10/10, would recommend.

EDIT: Just noticed my only complaints, basically, are "MORE TENTACLES!". I guess that says something about myself
edited by Omega8520 on 12/19/2018

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Matthew Enigma
Matthew Enigma
Posts: 16

12/19/2018
Glad to see the new tale costs 40 fate! Yesterday I cringed hard after noticing I have only 43 (and no money to buy more) and thought the story would require 45.

Now, a quick question: I was under the impression that each festive tale would involve the year's Mayor (on the sidelines like Empress' Shadow with Jenny or as instigator of the whole thing like Marriage of Feducci with...Feducci). So, can anyone say if my good friend the Contrarian shows up in this story? I missed Hallowmas and am itching for an interaction with him.

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Kharsirr Lynx
Kharsirr Lynx
Posts: 288

12/19/2018
Could you please share with me, privately, if there are any new cards or new options on existing cards, related to your choice? I replayed The Gift to get Galateya, for example.

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Barse
Barse
Posts: 705

12/19/2018
Yooo this was a good'un. I don't have time for an in-depth write-up right now but if you're into Rubbery Men (and let's be honest; who isn't), this is a worthy purchase. Really nicely written, choices that had me hesitating, and finally the Rubberies get the sweet sweet content they deserve. Good stuff.

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Skinnyman
Skinnyman
Posts: 1832

12/19/2018
Kharsirr Lynx wrote:
Could you please share with me, privately, if there are any new cards or new options on existing cards, related to your choice? I replayed The Gift to get Galateya, for example.
I think a post here with the corresponding spoiler tag would be better.
I'm sure there are many other who wish to know about this; including myself.

Or if there are any new items! Big Grin
edited by Skinnyman on 12/21/2018

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Jolanda Swan
Jolanda Swan
Posts: 1381

12/19/2018
Ι might be the only person in London not to love our tentacly neighbors that way, but I bought the story and I am looking forward to it. So just a silly question? Romance isn't mandatory, is it?
edited by Jolanda Swan on 12/19/2018

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Monara
Monara
Posts: 121

12/19/2018
I'm at what I think is the final decision and I'm having a really hard time choosing. I want to take the first choice, but I'd prefer to see what the second and third results in first. Especially if there are any lasting consequences like past christmas stories had.

Agree it's a shame having a personal enhancement is not recognised. Also typos in 4 or 5 places makes this feel a little rushed.
Romance isn't mandatory, is it?
You're free to oppose whatever is happening if you don't agree with it at several points. I didn't try to see what happens though. But there is no romance in the way you're probably expecting, if you're worried about that.
edited by Monara on 12/19/2018

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Hattington
Hattington
Posts: 131

12/19/2018
A wonderful story, especially if you go all in with the House of Homes. It's always refreshing to find a conspiracy that genuinely harbours no ill will towards you. I take back everything I said about my reservations about Rubbery romance, and admit I never predicted YOUR CHARACTER would be the target of it. The Opal-Eyed Shopkeeper is EASILY the biggest temptation I've ever met to turn aside from my preference of marrying a Judgement.

I am truly sad that I never got to stick my tentacles in her in the story.

Monara: To be fair, I think at several points we were told that you could only follow the House's members a little of the way towards their destination. Particularly the "At least for a while" part. I took it as meaning whatever the Sacrifice did you was temporary and simply changing for the joy of changing instead of giving you a more permanent addition. Which kind of makes sense, assuming the story doesn't assume you're an eccentric poem and would very much like to reintegrate with society without raising unwanted attention after helping them.

Matthew: The Contrarian doesn't show up, no. Not unless he's very good at disguising himself as either a Rubbery Man or someone who wants to become like a Rubbery Man. Which is unlikely anyway, because someone would've likely noticed the Mayor swimming away from London.

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Barse
Barse
Posts: 705

12/19/2018
I played through on an alt as a devout Rubbery hater (don't murder me, I love them really but I had to know) - big spoilers ahead for the ending/rewards, enter at your own risk, etc.:

[spoiler]I got this for murdering the Fluke and properly disrupting the Rubbery Cult's plans:



Letting the ritual happen/involving yourself in it gives this:



I dunno what the results for shooing the Fluke away are. New BiS BDR Home Comforts though![/spoiler]
edited by Barse on 12/20/2018

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Deathjack999
Deathjack999
Posts: 79

12/19/2018
Can someone send me 50 Fate to play this?

My FL Username is the same as my Username here.
edited by Deathjack999 on 12/19/2018

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Monara
Monara
Posts: 121

12/19/2018
To be fair, I think at several points we were told that you could only follow the House's members a little of the way towards their destination. Particularly the "At least for a while" part.

I understood that part, but I was talking specifically about being In Possession of a Peculiar Personal Enhancement. This deserved at least a mention I think.

I dunno what the results for shooing (...) judging from its echo.

Do you have a link to this?


Also during the swimming part you only get time to take one of the two actions. Does anyone have the echo for following the Shopkeeper? If I had known I couldn't do both I would have chosen that one.
edited by Monara on 12/19/2018

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Skinnyman
Skinnyman
Posts: 1832

12/19/2018
So we did get something good this year!
[spoiler]This takes it to a maximum BDR to 34! [/spoiler]
*checks wallet*
Will have to wait, will have to wait!
Are there any tie-ins or options available from playing other stories in this one? Or any other item/qualities requirements (a Peculiar Personal Enhancement, Rubbery Spouse, renown, favours, etc)?
edited by Skinnyman on 12/19/2018

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Vavakx Nonexus
Vavakx Nonexus
Posts: 888

12/19/2018
1) The Opal-Eyed Shopkeeper is absolutely, repugnantly enthralling, and I hope they will make a triumphant return either at the Feast of the Exceptional Rose or elsewhere. I have been swept off my feet by the writing on showcase here and would pay big fate for the chance to have the Shopkeeper in my inventory.

2) Disappointed that the story of exquisite and unpleasant transformation, while allowing you to transform, does not actually give any unique qualities for doing so - I have always loved the option of displaying the Peculiar Personal Enhancement, a Touch of the Upstairs, the Clay Arm and other such changes to the character in the scrapbook, and to not get the chance to do so in an ES with one of the best-written transformations to date is rather disappointed.

3) This should be pretty clear by now, but I'm extremely in love with the writing in this story! Please bring Khaw around for more projects, she makes wonderful words.

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Hattington
Hattington
Posts: 131

12/19/2018
Monara wrote:
To be fair, I think at several points we were told that you could only follow the House's members a little of the way towards their destination. Particularly the "At least for a while" part.

I understood that part, but I was talking specifically about being In Possession of a Peculiar Personal Enhancement. This deserved at least a mention I think.

I dunno what the results for shooing (...) judging from its echo.

Do you have a link to this?

Also during the swimming part you only get time to take one of the two actions. Does anyone have the echo for following the Shopkeeper? If I had known I couldn't do both I would have chosen that one.
edited by Monara on 12/19/2018



  • It's admittedly very offhandedly said by the Opal-Eyed Shopkeeper, here under "The Vigil is over...": https://www.fallenlondon.com/profile/Hattington

    And about the swimming part here, under "What is it?": https://www.fallenlondon.com/profile/Hattington/15354526

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    TeaFiend5
    TeaFiend5
    Posts: 20

    12/19/2018
    If you're a Rubbery fan, are you likely to get the good reward out of this? I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but I also don't want to miss a super cool item.
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    Optimatum
    Optimatum
    Posts: 3492

    12/19/2018
    TeaFiend5 wrote:
    If you're a Rubbery fan, are you likely to get the good reward out of this? I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but I also don't want to miss a super cool item.

    There are two possible rewards, which are mechanically identical.

    Edit: Three, apparently.
    edited by Optimatum on 12/24/2018

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    Feldon Smithe
    Feldon Smithe
    Posts: 9

    12/19/2018
    I really enjoyed the story immensely. I love all things Rubbery in the lore and the mystery, emotion, religion, and brilliance laced throughout were well worth it.

    This was one of my favorite stories. I felt like a detective, but also a bit like a sociologist and a rubbery all at the same time. At the end, you could really feel their joy.

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    IHNIWTR
    IHNIWTR
    Posts: 339

    12/19/2018
    I liked the story a lot; again though, am sorely missing new art to accompany the investment in Fate. An image of the Opal-Eyed Shopkeeper for instance, especially as the main card art for the story instead of a rubbery sweater, would've gone a long ways in driving home her, and the story's, innate appeal.

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