Destinies are a great Fallen London feature, but one should really know which one to pick since it’s only free the first time round - changing costs 25 Fate. When I joined FL during Christmas 2014, I randomly selected a Destiny after just a few days of playing - only to realize later that it didn’t fit my character at all.
To prevent other players from making the same mistake, I’ve put together this Destiny Guide!
Currently, you can get or change your Destiny only at the Fruits of the Zee Festival (“FotZ”, in late August), Halloween (“Hallowmas”) and Christmas (“Neathmas” or “Sackmas”). Getting one is free, while changing it is only available for the price of 25 Fate.
These are the available Destinies:
Authority: Dominion will be given unto you.
The Instrument: It will end in war. [Fate-locked]
The Road: The sky will open to you. (add. +3 Watchful) [10 Fate]
The Curator: You will preserve.
The Oath: You will be true.
Passion: There will still be something beautiful. [Fate-locked]
Appetite: You may yet satisfy your hungers.
Gloom: There is a darkness in your future.
Backstage: Your hands, secretly, on the lever that moves the world. (add. +3 Persuasive) [10 Fate]
Gleam: Lost in light.
The Memory: You will change beyond all understanding, but something of you will remain.
The Revelation: Everything will change. For the better?
Torment (Dangerous -3, Persuasive -3, Shadowy -3, Watchful -3)
It will end horribly for you.
The hidden box below [click on “Summary”] contains clues of what each Destiny is about, but no big content spoilers! It also includes hints on how to find the ones related to Fate-locked stories.
There are 5 different branches, each leading to an array of Destinies. Here’s the roadmap:
a) An abyssal future
During FotZ and Christmas, you need your own ship to unlock this branch!
What will you sacrifice to the Lorn-Flukes?
the Bazaar → Gloom
yourself → The Memory
the Sky → The Road [10 Fate]
the Name → Torment (you need St Cerise’s Candle and SMEN 35) ¹
Nothing. Battle the Lorn-Flukes instead! → The Revelation
¹ choosing this Destiny gains you St Destin’s Candle, if you do not have it!
b) An obscure future
Whom will you try to save in the Liberation of Night?
everyone you possibly can → Gleam
your Spouse → The Oath (only for married players) ²
the Captivating Princess → Appetite (needs Acquaintance: The Captivating Princess) ³
No one. You only care for yourself → Appetite
No one. You’ve been working towards this! → Gloom
² whether you’re married to a PC or NPC doesn’t make a difference
³ you can make her acquaintance during the Feast of the Exceptional Rose
c) A chilly future
During Hallowmas, this branch is only open to Scholars of the Correspondence!
You have ascended to the ranks of the Masters! But why?
for reasons known only to yourself (storylet called ‘Prevaricate’) → The Memory
because it means POWER! (storylet called ‘Aver it’) → Authority
to rid Earth of the Bazaar! (storylet called ‘Deny it’) → Gleam
to become a Judgement! → The Road [10 Fate]
because you want to help the Bazaar at all cost → Passion [Fate-locked] ⁴
⁴ only visible after playing the USFiG option on ‘The Skin of the Bazaar’. That option itself is only visible after sacrificing an acquaintance during USFiG (which is a Fate-locked story)
d) A silvered future
During Hallowmas, you need Embroiled in the Wars of Illusion 2 to unlock this branch!
The Fingerkings have taken prisoners. Whom will you free?
the Genial Magician (a Sunless Sea NPC) → Gleam
Mr Wines → The Curator
yourself → Backstage [10 Fate]
the Bloody-Handed Queen → Gloom
the Diabolical Diplomat → Appetite [Fate-locked] (only visible after siding with Hell in E.R.) ⁵
the Bishop of Southwark → The Instrument [Fate-locked] (only visible after siding with him in E.R.) ⁵
⁵ Empyrean Redolence is the Fate-locked expansion of the Labyrinth of Tigers, a.k.a. ‘Neathy Pokemon’. Buy it, breed a Stallion and play a series of opp cards, making your final choice on one called ‘A Meeting on the Embankment’
e) A jewelled future
You have found the secret of eternal life! What will you do with it?
share it with the whole world → The Revelation
share it only with a select few → The Curator
destroy it because Death is important → Gloom
keep it to yourself and become a godlike power → Backstage [10 Fate]
Note that every single Destiny comes with its own unique text, including those that share the same name. So, while there are 13 differently named ones, the actual total of different Destinies is 25! All the more important to make an informed choice!