This is not the first thread of its kind, but I don’t think we’ve had an actual poll before? Anyway, I’m going to bump this regularly for a time in order to gather as many votes as possible.
I know the fact that you can vote only once makes it a very hard choice - but that could also make the end result quite significant if there should be a clear winner ("Hey Failbetter, we REALLY want this!"). That’s also the reason why I didn’t add even more options - 10 might be too many already.
I did not include "Bring back SMEN!" and "more marriage-related stuff, please" on purpose, since everyone’s clamouring about those all the time anyway. ;) These are just 10 unfinished storylines that have been around for a long long time, and I’d love to see a meaningful update to any of them!
Also, I didn’t include any Fate-locked stories. I may make a similar poll for those…
I don’t see the Case of the Other Waxwork. I mean- it is not significant enough for me to care, but it should be an option. That said, I would pick the Dilmun Club. I want an answer to the nature of death in the Neath that isn’t just because you’re cosmic criminals.
It is about time I returned to my rightful place as Imperial Artist In Residence. Port Carnelian is fun, but i miss the Court and I’m sure that business with the Bell And Candle Opera has blown over by now.
I voted for the mysteries of Clay Men and Parabola as it came closest to what I care about – the conflict between what Is and what Is Not. But I feel that Parabola and the Fingerkings touch deeply the Wars of Illusion and the Labyrinth as well. The story of the war between the Cats and Snakes shows up in a fairly big chunk of places.
Lots of good options here… more Dilmun Club would be grand, though I suspect that’ll be late-late-late-game content - tying in with the Destinies and all. We’ve been dancing around the conclusion to the Cheery Man and the Last Constable for a while, with their appearances in Sunless Sea and at Hallowmas. I’m certainly curious about the Pianist and the Spirifer - and dreading what the outcomes of my choices so far might be. Ultimately, though, I had to go for the Fallen Cities, for I have History running through my veins, and long to learn… plus, a certain personal stake.
Especially the Third! Why, that’s the most mysterious of the cities in terms of what it was like post-fall! Besides the terrible business of how it was acquired by the Bazaar, we really only know some extremely rough details about it, such as it being Mesoamerican in culture and location.
To nitpick a little, both Walking the Fallen Cities and Touched with Fingerwork don’t have associated stories, just are general themes. Similarly I thought the Watchmaker’s Daughter storyline had its own card separate from Seeing Through the Eyes of Icarus?
Currently, indeed not. But possibly what other means (and certainly what I would mean if I voted for that option) is that, for example, the actual link between Clay Men and Parabola has not been explained or explored in any great amount of detail. Even if you take into account tangential lore info from Sunless Sea the relationship appears to be indirect at best, so I’ve always wondered why name the card "Mirrors and Clay"
I put in the suggestion thread a while ago that it would be cool if there were a poll like this in game.
So you could basically dump a whole bunch of cartography items to “vote” for the Dilmun Club, or a bunch of infernal items to “vote” for the blind pianist and the sallow spirifer, etc. You’d get some sort of cosmetic reward, or maybe unlock a bit of extra lore when the story eventually launches, but the main idea is that it lets us “vote with our wallets”. I think it sends a much stronger signal if people are dumping thousands or tens of thousands of echoes into ‘please make this specific content’.
I went with the Pianist and Spirifer because I feel like that’s the most… forgotten. It’s the one that everyone plays, gets to an inconclusive ending, and then just kind of ignores. To me that’s sort of more notable than the stuff where there’s just a note saying it’ll be continued someday.