July's Exceptional Story: All Things Must End

[color=#cc0099]Delicious friends, the Exceptional Story for July is here!

The discovery of a singular moth prompts a journey to Tanah-Chook, a tomb-colony with ancient roots. Assist an Ebullient Undertaker in her final duties. Investigate what befell the Third City’s revolutionaries. And learn the fiercest complaint of the dead.

All Things Must End is the second story in the Season of Ruins, and was written by Olivia Wood and designed by Caolain Porter. This season, experience three stories involving the cities that fell before London. You can begin each from the Season of Ruins: Tormented Dreams card.

At the end of the season, players who have completed all three will take a step further, unlocking bonus content concerning the Manager of the Royal Bethlehem Hotel, and the thing that has taken roost in his oldest dreams.

Editing and QA: Chris Gardner, Cash Decuir and James Chew.

Art by Tobias Cook.


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[/li][li]An expanded opportunity deck: of ten cards instead of six![/li][li]A second candle: Twice the actions! 40 at once!

Finishing all three stories in the Season of Ruins 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.[/color]

I’m on the ship to Tanah-Chook now. I’m not sure what it will be like, but something about it makes me think it will be beautiful and pleasant and generally swell!

As a Sunless Sea player, I squealed. And I still am now that I arrived. Oh, how I squeal!

This is so Meta…

[color=#e53e00]I confess I particularly enjoyed seeing that. [/color]

This is so Meta…[/quote]

hey! there’s, a bug in my story. When I finish the first round and the ship brings me back to london, as soon as I try to sail again through the story in spite, it throws me back to the departing option again and deposits me in watchmaker’s hill. I also sent a bug to the e-mail address.

BFW edit: this is fixed, others are safe :)
edited by babelfishwars on 6/29/2017

I am a bit backed up as far as exceptional stories go, so Heaven knows when I’m going to get to play this, but I just wanted to show my appreciation for the moth-related preamble. I hope there are yet more moths in the main part of the story.

I like moths.

D__n it! I was going to subscribe yesterday and get all three stories, but forgot! I did the same thing last season… Uugghh! This story sounds perfect, right up my alley, too. :(

I am stuck in Tannah-Chook, looking for the third task which does not show up. Any insights?

[color=#e53e00]Please send in a support ticket: support@failbettergames.com. There was a small bug that has now been fixed - but you might have slipped through before it was. [/color]
edited by babelfishwars on 6/29/2017

As soon as I saw the new story, I rushed to the forum to see what your response was, specifically.

A very lovely story, especially for those of us who enjoy rubbing elbows with the, uh, mostly-dead. I’m quite fond of the Undertaker, especially.

I haven’t quite finished the story yet - waiting for some actions so I can finish off (what I think are) the last few things - but this has been great in so many unexpected ways! I certainly hadn’t been clamouring for more stories about the Tomb Colonies, but it’s been great in terms of meaningful RP choices and provides some insightful and really quite humanising glimpses into the lives of the bandaged, with just enough important &quotlore&quot implications to get my brain a-buzzing. Other people’s mileage may vary, but I felt that there was enough content in Tanah-Chook to avoid the meandering between plot-points feeling dull, or like padding.

I’m sure I’ll be back with more to say in a while when I manage to finish, but I’m extremely happy with this story!

EDIT: Thought I’d just add thoughts here instead of posting again. This has cemented itself, extremely handily, as one of my favourite Exceptional Stories, for all the reasons mentioned down- and upthread. Plus, it was very interesting to roleplay this one as someone who’s been Scorched by Sun! Loving this season so far.
edited by Barse on 6/29/2017

Third City Revolutionaries?


I haven’t started the ES yet but thank you Failbetter this was everything I could have hoped for when talking Third City! From that one bit in the Nadir, the lore about them has tantalized me! I even themed the Reactionary Tomb-Colonist from last year around the concept!


I think I’ll save this for after the election. There’s a limited time for it and I can always complete the Story at my own leisure.

Blast it! My phone gave out on me right as I was wrapping up my conversation with the Undertaker and I didn’t get to read the text upon hearing his request. Could someone pm it to me? It’s what you read just before entering the marketplace.
edited by Torchwood202 on 6/29/2017

How does SUnless Sea relate to this? I just started playing so it’s something that comes up latter in a storyline there? If it’s not much of a bother, could you PM it to me why? So as to not clutter the thread.

How does SUnless Sea relate to this? I just started playing so it’s something that comes up latter in a storyline there? If it’s not much of a bother, could you PM it to me why? So as to not clutter the thread.[/quote]
Tanah-Chook is an island you can discover, but can’t dock at or do anything with. It’s just… there. Leaving you wondering what it’s about.

And now you can know!

Damn, now I wanna log into Sunless Sea and play until I find the island. But that’s insanely cool, I wonder what will this story reveal about the Third City.

It’s not far from London. Just east of Venderbight, which you can find easily by following the western coast northward.