Lastly I need some method of grinding Collated Research. I need 20 for my ambition, I have like 2.[/quote]
For the collated research I think the best is the Fidgeting writer. It’s luck-dependent but getting the collated research is only the third step, relatively easy, and one gets them two at the time.
I would convert items to get Collated Research - you need 100 Memories of Distant Shores to get 20 Collated Research. Of course things get more tricky if you are Unwelcome at the University as you also need a bribe of a Portfolio of Souls. So other methods might be easier.
Zeel is grinding the storyline of the Fidgeting Writer. I am determined he will get ONE coruscating soul from it. Recently he lost 3 black lens and 2 last hopes in a row, so all my progress was gone. I’m now proceeding to get 40 glimpses before I continue.
Jass is grinding towards getting Advancing the Liberation of Night higher, because she doesn’t yet know what it truly entails and rather likes the Revolutionaries.
I’m gearing up for a trip to the Iron Republic, with excitement and trepidation. My knowledge of what to expect there is hazy, but I gather that I could be challenged on anything or everything. Tricky. So I’m aiming to reach every target that I’d already set for myself - capped stats, maximising my treasured connections and quirks - and I’ll chance it on other qualities I don’t care about so much.
The Iron Republic is a fun place, but not too dangerous when you get down to it. The challenges tend to be esoteric rather than stat-based, and most of the things it checks for make only a small difference on the outcome of the challenge. If you’re going there for ambitious purposes, though, I’d recommend getting a tentacle key first.
Krawald is working towards the Cave of the Nadir, needs a few more CP of archeologist, then a lot of pages of prelapsarian archeologiy research for supplies, and of course the skull, though I’ll be trying to get that one pretty late.
Loogan became a PoSI pretty recently, so he’s grinding for the usual POsI stuff, a gang of hoodlums, a boat, a spot with god’s editors…