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Why should not divers studies,
at divers hours, delight,
when the variety is able alone
to refresh and repair us?
(Ben Jonson)

Over time, all delicious words will inevitably be eaten by the Jamlords***
"Inevitably? Not if I can do something about it!" boxer

(***Jamfall: A Serio-Comic Epic)


Welcome to an archive of things that DID happen!

The Intense Notary works for Baseborn & Fowlingpiece, but she has a separate office of her own.
She is in the business of recording names...
...and if she can keep track of all marriages, ships, salons and newspapers in Fallen London, she can d--n well keep track of this forum! wink

First of all, take a look at this: Screenshots of FL's early days! Awww, such a sweet little darling!

The "Mysteries" tab has made two appearances fo far. Its first installment closed in Feb 2014 and players were rewarded with as much Fate as they had entered correct(ish) answers. You can read through those questions and answers here:
The Mysteries Answered / The Mysteries Digested

I must say I found the official answer to "Why are there no foxes in Fallen London?" rather disappointing after reading this. Really, that should've been it!

The second time round, in 2018, we were rewarded with an in-game currency called Regnant Coins. Once again, no one player got all the answers right:
The Mysteries Reavealed, Again

Here's one of FL's most antique players reminiscing...

... and here's the tale of NiteBrite and the Seven Übergoats!

Can't get enough of Neathy lore? Here's some speculation deluxe with Mysteries for Advanced Students and Little Secrets.

And if you're interested in the history and archaeology of Fallen Cities, you might actually want to read all the way through this huge old thread. Honestly, I probably learned more reading that than in all the History I had in school!

Celebrating the words of FL:
FL improved my vocabulary / Delicious, delicious words / Only heard in FL...

Influences (proposed or real) on FL:
Books / Comics / Everything

Meet the Immortals.

The Ghost of Ratmas Past! A quaint tradition of the Neath:
2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 (1) - 2016 (2) - 2017 - 2018

SMEN has long since returned, but here are a few throwbacks to "SMEN 0.1" - back when it was not only punishing and cruel (it still is), but also buggy and unsupported!
This was SMEN... ~~ [EMPTINESS] ~~ ... yes, it must've been quite bad... ~~
... and this was how it ended - then... ~~ [SPOILER] ~~ [SPOILER] ~~ [REGRET] ~~
... but the final reckoning was not postponed indefinitely!

Apropos secret things: before Ambition Enigma, there was a river in a box.
No, I'm not going to explain that.

We also had sunlight, once. Or something like it.

Sundry enjoyable diversions, and weird Neathysms found in the real world:
Casting Fallen London - The Movie
TiKToK - Fallen London Style
The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello
The Masters' Gallery of Singular Equipment
Parabola Beer! / Mushroom Beer
Mapping Fallen London - comparing Surface geography with the Neath
Best of Calling Cards & Social Actions
Neathy sciences, sorted
Meet Dr Taupe-Wainscot, the Dullest Individual in Fallen London!
A Correspondence Dictionary
Beautiful Letters of Rejection
Fallen Swindon!
Prisoner's Honey is real! / Prisoner's Honey, again... / ...and Red Honey, too
Witty Neathy pick-up lines!
A Spider-Council in Baltimore!!!
Feeling lonely? Try Neathy Speed-dating!
Read this BEFORE getting a FL tattoo!
"Marriage in FL is too realistic!"
dreams/nightmares of Fallen London? You're not alone!
The many newspapers of Fallen London
The Bazaar's Privy
The Russian Dawn Machine
What are those Midnighters up to?
A real Ray-Drenched Cinder!
The Dangers of Victorian Couture
Meet the Übershroom
a part of Victorian London that was actually "Neathy"!
The REAL Bishop of Southwark!
on the importance of coffee
The God-Eaters!
Victorian Christmas Cards - oh my, those were pretty weird times...

Useful role-play threads:

featuring various useful threads from Mr Pages' Fabularities, with information about role-players and their characters:
What brings you to the Neath? (Backstory & Goals)
Describe your character's appearance!
A Directory of RPers
London is home to many authors, good and bad ones, sane and mad ones.
Now that we've made our names...
London Pet Registry (mandatory for lawful citizens!)
A Portrait of Your Character!
A Biography of Your Character!

What Do You Think.
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Rupho Schartenhauer
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phryne wrote:
First of all, take a look at this: Screenshots of FL's early days!

Thank you so much for finding this! I've been looking for something like that for ages! I love the style of the early map, they should've kept that (though I guess it would've become quite crowded once more areas were added).

Also, I do remember most of the other threads you've listed. This makes me feel old... wink

Rupho Schartenhauer has killed a Master, well: most of it.
Cortez the Killer has killed a Master, definitely.
Deepdelver has begotten a star. It's... complicated.
Dr. Kvirkvelia, gone NORTH on 23/12/1894.
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Brava! Now all that is needed is for this thread to be pinned, so its timeless record will not, itself, be lost in time!

-- Mal

"Of two choices, I always take the third."
Will do all socials except Loitering or Private Evenings (all my Free Evenings are accounted for), and Affluent Photographer Betrayals only, please. I am not currently accepting calling cards.
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My only regret is I can't upvote you multiple times! +1 to pinning this!
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Uh, lovely thread that I didn't even know it existed! Thumbs up for the effort and result of your research!

ESs items and quality requirements sheet. Please check if there are errors or if something is missing
Achievement list if you're feeling bored!
I am accepting Plant battles, Neath's Mysteries card, Starveling Cats and boxed cats.
No suppers, no second chances gain and no need to cure my menaces!
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Vavakx Nonexus
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I remember there being a thread about what pre-fall names FL locations had, for things like streets and bridges and what-have-you. Sadly, I cannot find it, and I think that it would be a welcome addition to the list if someone could, indeed, recover it from the archives.

Amets Estibariz, the Moulting Eidolon: Cradled by a sun all their own.

Blabbing, the Hobo Everyone Knows: The One Who Pulls The Strings. A Clarity In The Darkness.

Charlotte and the Caretaker: A family?
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Found it, Vavakx! smile

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Vavakx Nonexus
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phryne wrote:
Found it, Vavakx! smile

Thank you, Phryne. Needed it for a bit of my RP (private stuff. Won't be on the forums), but I still think this is exactly the sort of thing that needs to be around here.

Amets Estibariz, the Moulting Eidolon: Cradled by a sun all their own.

Blabbing, the Hobo Everyone Knows: The One Who Pulls The Strings. A Clarity In The Darkness.

Charlotte and the Caretaker: A family?
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I think the food topics should have their own categories xDD


Hello all I am new xD
You can play chess or do things with me ^^
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This was (and still is, for a little while) StoryNexus:
On StoryNexus, everyone could build their own game - but it's no longer supported. Failbetter nearly went bankrupt a few years ago and decided to put SN in indefinite maintenance mode. This, coupled with the end of monetization for developers, meant that many games got stuck mid-development. But they're all still online and are now entirely free-to-play with unlimited actions! Many of them are very very interesting and you should think about spending some of your time exploring them - especially now that The End (TM) has been signalled and time is really running out!

official, completed Failbetter releases:
The Silver Tree - Historical - Info - FL prequel, official part of Neathy lore!
The Night Circus - Fantasy - Info - Em Short review
Cabinet Noir - Historical - Info - Gamezebo review

polished games:
Zero Summer - Post-Apocalyptic - Info - Em Short review pt.1 / pt.2
Below - Fantasy - Info - Em Short review
Lethophobia - Drama/Fantasy - Info - Em Short review
The Thirst Frontier - Science-Fiction - Info
Rat Sending Simulator 2kXX - Comedy - Info
The Annwn Simulation 1985 - Fantasy - Info
Locked Code - Archaeology - my review
Winterstrike - Science-Fiction - Em Short review - my review
Brexit - Comedy - Info

unfinished, but still recommended:
Cryptic Stitching - Fantasy - Info
Knightly Tales - Fantasy - Info
Maelstrom - Fantasy - Info
Magic Sushi - because it's just incredibly sweet! smile
Shadows over Santharia - Fantasy - Info
Samsara - Historical - Em Short review - my review
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There are still ruins of Echo Bazaar in the official website!
You could add these somewhere:

Some linked pages.

Poor old players, with their tiny limited candle.

An old version of the broken page.

This is probably where Amber Carnival Tokens came from.
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A Register of Exceptional Stories

2021Caveat Emptor (Jan) • The Fair Unknown (Feb) • The Thing That Came in from the Fog (Mar) • For a Dream of Innocence (Apr) • Leviathan (May) • Reunion (Jun) • We Absolutely Meant to Go to Zee (Jul) • The Tempest (Aug) • Damp Martyrs (Sep) • A Crown of Thorns (Oct) • The Crocodile Who Would Be King (Nov) • The House of Silk and Flame (Dec)

2020The Dilettante's Debut (Jun) • Paisley (Jul) • Unto Dust (Aug) • Homecoming (Sep) • Fading to a Coda (Oct) • Older, Not Wiser (Nov) • The Icarian Cup (Dec)

2015The Haunting at the Marsh-House (May) • The Court of Cats (Jun) • Lost in Reflections (Jul) • The Last Dog Society (Aug) • Cut with Moonlight (Sep) • Discernment (Oct)

--- Exceptional Seasons ---

From November 2015 to May 2020, Exceptional Stories were grouped into Exceptional Seasons: playing all three stories of a Season unlocked a bonus story. This system has now been retired, but all bonus stories will continue to be available to anyone completing an Exceptional Season:

I. Season of Heart's Blood (Nov 15‒Feb 16):
Flint Part 1Flint Part 2The Art of MurderThe Waltz that Moved the WorldSeason's end

II. Season of Family Ties (Mar‒May 16):
The Frequently DeceasedThe Seven-Day ReignThe Pentecost PredicamentSeason's end

III. Season of Revolutions (Jun‒Aug 16):
Five Minutes to MiddayThe Chimney Pot WarsThe Calendar CodeSeason's end

IV. Season of Wrecks (Sep‒Nov 16):
Where You and I Must GoOur Lady of PyresThe Final CurtainSeason's end

V. Season of Skies (Dec 16‒Feb 17):
The Persona EngineThe 12:15 from Moloch StreetThe Century ExhibitionSeason's end

VI. Season of Stones (Mar‒May 17):
The Clay Man's ArmThe Heart, the Devil, and the ZeeHOJOTOHO!Season's end

VII. Season of Ruins (Jun‒Aug 17):
Web of the MotherlingsAll Things Must EndThe AttendantsSeason's end

VIII. Season of Sceptres (Sep‒Nov 17):
Trial and ErrorThe Stone GuestThe Sinking SynodSeason's end

IX. Season of Silver (Dec 17‒Feb 18):
Steeped in HoneyLamentation LockFactory of FavoursSeason's end

X. Season of Adorations (Mar‒May 18):
The Pursuit of MothsThe Murgatroyd FormulaThe Rat-CatcherSeason's end

XI. Season of Embers (Jun‒Aug 18):
The Bones of LondonWritten in the GlimRequired RepairsSeason's end

XII. Season of Celebrations (Sep‒Nov 18):
For All the SaintsThe Magician's DreamA Little PandemoniumSeason's end

XIII. Season of Hobbies (Dec 18‒Feb 19):
DaylightThe Price of LossCricket, Anyone?Season's end

XIV. Season of Explorations (Mar‒May 19):
Noises from UpstairsTauroktonosThe Stag and the SharkSeason's end

XV. Season of Bargains (Jun‒Aug 19):
The Garden EmbassyMy Kingdom for a PigThe ShallowsSeason's end

XVI. Season of Propinquity (Sep‒Nov 19):
The Heretic of Hollow StreetSay It with FlowersThe CommitteeSeason's end

XVII. Season of Animals (Dec 19‒Feb 20):
Por Una CabezaFine DiningBorrowed GlorySeason's end

XVIII. Season of Endeavour (Mar‒May 20):
Shades of YesterdayGo Tell the King of CatsThe Ballad of Johnny CroakSeason's end
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Randomly reading through NiteBrite's story of Heptagoat, and
I come across this comment by Passionario

""Heptagoat" is an anagram of "Teapot Hag". So look for the Dauntless Temperance Campaigner."

He knew all along.

A truth so strange it can only be lied into existence
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Mr Cups' favourite tumblers:
(being a compilation of Neathy tumblr sites)

An Obsidian Well (they are gone forever)
Brite Times (the Curious Clothier)
Deep. Dark. Marvellous.
Delicious Friends
The Drawing Room (the Masters Portrait Project and more)
Eglantine Fox (Sweetbriar Rose of the Neath)
Failbetter Games (official)
Falkberg's Zubmarine
The Fallen Flock (the Cryptic Birds)
I'm a Candle (huge archive of Neathy lore, but no longer updated!)
Letters from Fallen London
Mint Humbugs (Gabbling Pulpit Stalkers)
The Neathbow
Nightmare-Threnody (Wild Words, Tumbling Through Space)
Out of Context Failbetter Games (FL and SS quotes taken out of context)
Pages from a Dusty Bookshop (an unofficial FL changelog)
The Relentless Inspector
Roland Banning, the Ambitious Operative
Victorian Vigilante (the Adventures of Mio)
You Can't F*ck the Neath (NSFW)

Bumping this, cos I added a few new ones.
Message me if you know of any others that should appear here. smile
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The writers of Fallen London's Exceptional Stories
(a replacement for this discontinued thread)

A little note: this post lists the main writer(s) of each ES, but everything in FL is very collaborative. See Chris Gardiner's very informative post for more about that!

James Chew
Our Lady of Pyres (Oct 2016)
The Twelve-Fifteen from Moloch Street (Jan 2017)
The Century Exhibition (Feb 2017, w/ Cash De Cuir & Fred Zeleny)
The Heart, the Devil and the Zee (Apr 2017, w/ Olivia Wood)
The Attendants (Aug 2017)
For All the Saints Who from Their Labours Rest (Sep 2018)
Go Tell the King of Cats (Apr 2020)
Unto Dust (Aug 2020)
The Fair Unknown (Feb 2021)
Reunion (Jun 2021)
The House of Silk and Flame (Dec 2021)

Richard Cobbett
The Blemmigan Affair (Feb 2015 - Premium Story for the Feast of the Rose)
Lost in Reflections (Jul 2015, w/ Alexis Kennedy)
The Pentecost Predicament (May 2016)

Cash De Cuir
The Waltz that Moved the World (Feb 2016)
Five Minutes to Midday (Jun 2016)
Where You and I Must Go (Sep 2016)
The Persona Engine (Dec 2016)
The Century Exhibition (Feb 2017, w/ James Chew & Fred Zeleny)
HOJOTOHO! (May 2017)
The Stone Guest (Oct 2017)
The Marriage of Feducci (Dec 2017 - Premium Story for Sackmas)

Jack de Quidt
A Little Pandemonium (Nov 2018)
Fine Dining (Jan 2020)

Nigel Evans
The Brass Grail (Dec 2019 - Premium Story for Sackmas)
Fading to a Coda (Oct 2020)
For a Dream of Innocence (Apr 2021)

Chris Gardiner

A Trade in Faces (Oct 2014 - Premium Story for Hallowmas)
The Gift (Dec 2014 - Premium Story for Sackmas)
The Haunting at the Marsh-House (May 2015)
The Court of Cats (Jun 2015)
Cut with Moonlight (Sep 2015)
The Seven-Day Reign (Apr 2016)
The Chimney Pot Wars (Jul 2016)

Mary Goodden
Steeped in Honey (Dec 2017)
The Murgatroyd Formula (Apr 2018)
Written in the Glim (Jul 2018)
The Magician's Dream (Oct 2018)
The Stag and the Shark (May 2019)
Homecoming (Sep 2020)
Leviathan (May 2021)
The Tempest (Aug 2021)
A Crown of Thorns (Oct 2021)

Chandler Groover
The Rat-Catcher (May 2018)
Cricket, Anyone? (Feb 2019)
My Kingdom for a Pig (Jul 2019)
Por Una Cabeza (Dec 2019)
Paisley (Jul 2020)
Caveat Emptor (Jan 2021)
The Crocodile Who Would Be King (Nov 2021)

Gavin Inglis
The Art of Murder (Jan 2016)
The Calendar Code (Aug 2016)
The Sinking Synod (Nov 2017)
Lamentation Lock (Jan 2018)
The Bones of London (Jun 2018)
Required Repairs (Aug 2018)
Noises from Upstairs (Mar 2019)
The Shallows (Aug 2019)
The Committee (Nov 2019)
Shades of Yesterday (Mar 2020)
Damp Martyrs (Sep 2021)

Alexis Kennedy
Lost in Reflections (Jul 2015, w/ Richard Cobbett)
Flint, Part I and II (Nov/Dec 2015)

Cassandra Khaw
The Ceremony (Dec 2018 - Premium Story for Sackmas)
Borrowed Glory (Feb 2020)

Ash McAllan
Daylight (Dec 2018)
The Garden Embassy (Jun 2019)

Rob Morgan
The Last Dog Society (Aug 2015)

Hannah Powell-Smith
The Dilettante's Debut (Jun 2020)

Graham Robertson
The Clay Man's Arm (Mar 2017)
Web of the Motherlings (Jun 2017)
Trial and Error (Sep 2017)
Factory of Favours (Feb 2018)

Emily Short
Discernment (Oct 2015)
The Frequently Deceased (Mar 2016)
The Empress' Shadow (Dec 2016 - Premium Story for Sackmas)

Kevin Snow
The Price of Loss (Jan 2019)

Harry Tuffs
The Pursuit of Moths (Mar 2018)
Tauroktonos (Apr 2019)
The Heretic of Hollow Street (Sep 2019)
The Ballad of Johnny Croak (May 2020)
The Icarian Cup (Dec 2020)
The Thing That Came in from the Fog (Mar 2021)

Olivia Wood
The Final Curtain (Nov 2016)
The Heart, the Devil and the Zee (Apr 2017, w/ James Chew)
All Things Must End (Jul 2017)
Say It with Flowers (Oct 2019)
Older, Not Wiser (Nov 2020)
We Absolutely Meant to Go to Zee (Jul 2021)

Fred Zeleny
The Century Exhibition (Feb 2017, w/ James Chew & Cash De Cuir)

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Thought this might be something for the museum: the oldest surviving journal entries I could find, all the way back from 2009!

Also, adding a list of sundry helpful things here for posterity:

How to make "best answers" on the forum readable.
The Traveller's Friend - a helpful spreadsheet to manage and plan your FL goals, by Màiread
The FL 1-Click Wiki extension - open the wiki page of the storylet you're currently in with one click!

Note: some of the Guides below might be outdated by now

The Ultimate Guide to Notability
Polythreme mechanics dismantled
The Ultimate Guide to Favours/Renown
The Cave of the Nadir
Scholar of the Correspondence 21 (Courier's Footprint)
SMEN guide

Seasonal content:
Christmas Guide / 12 Days of Mr Sacks ToL-maxing guide
Feast of the Exceptional Rose Guide
Fruits of the Zee festival: Strange Catches
Destiny Guide

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A guest post, since I'm afraid this may be eaten by time:
The origins of the Weaseller, and the tipsy dev that made it a reality.

Azoth I, the Emissary of Cardinals - A Paramount Presence (not currently accepting new Proteges)
Away to where the Chain cannot bind us.
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For Cass Khaw fans:

A book by her (Food of the Gods) is included in the latest Storybundle offering. Of admirable, Neath-level goriness. Apparently.



The Starveling kit
Gobbled up the bit
of cheese on my tray ..
"O Weh!"
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phryne wrote:
The writers of Fallen London's Exceptional Stories

Seeing them all laid out like this, I love how you can see the writers' favourite subjects and themes running through their works. Does a story have religious themes, some medieval or early modern history, and exploration of queer male identities? That's a James Chew story! Does it show the effects of modern technological and cultural developments at the level of individuals? That's Cash De Cuir, right there. Does it focus on characters dealing with their personal obligations to each other in a society that doesn't care, because they're too old, or too young, or too poor, or, especially, female? Oh, you better believe that's an Olivia Wood story!

Sir Frederick, the Emancipationist Esotericist. Lord Hubris, the Bloody Baron.
Juniper Brown, the Ill-Fated Orphan. Esther Ellis-Hall, the Fashionable Fabian.
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