Having just made PoSI, I’ve started dedicating myself to getting my first 4-card lodging… at the Brass Embassy. I’ve already got most of what I need, but I still need to finish collecting the requisite 500 Brilliant Souls.
Fortunately, due to some earlier… dabbling in the Spirifer’s trade (sssh, don’t tell the Masters!), I know an infernal fence who will trade normal souls for Brilliant ones at a highly favorable rate. Unfortunately, that leaves me with a LOT of options for collecting souls, and a hard time figuring out which works best.
I’d hoped to use the old ‘impersonate a prince of hell’ trick at The Spite, and collect a lot of ordinary souls that way, but… it seems too random. Perhaps I can get a hundred, or a hundred and twenty, at some point - but I could also wind up with a mere handful, and my Shadowy skills aren’t high enough to succeed reliably. (Worse, failing there will damage my connection to Hell, which I need to keep high, for obvious reasons.)
But there’s a whole lot of other options! Including many that might provide other useful - or valuable - things as well. I could run expeditions in the Forgotten Quarters, seeking the Thief’s Cache, for a 50/50 chance at some nice stacks of souls. Practice my Archeology at the same time, which is something that needs doing anyway in preparation of seeking the Nadir. Or I could (in a display of larcenous irony) burgle the Brass Embassy for both Souls AND some hefty piles of valuable Brass… and practice my Master Thief skills to boot, though I don’t know what I’d need THAT for.
And of course, there’s loads of other ways. Too many to easily keep track of. Not to mention the option of skipping the entire souls-to-brilliant-souls step and just stealing Brilliant Souls in The Flit directly. It should be a bit easier now that I’m PoSI, I hear, though I don’t yet have my own gang to do all the work for me… I suppose I should put that on my list of priorities, too.
Anyway, any advice or insights would be welcome!