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James StAnthony
James StAnthony
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5/30/2019
Delicious friends, the Exceptional Story for June is here!




The Decorated Ambassador arrives in London, determined to put on an unforgettable evening. For one night only, the Garden Embassy is hosting a ball. It is essential London makes the right impression. Will you rise to the occasion?

The Garden Embassy is the first story in the Season of Bargains, and was written by Ash McAllan. In this season you will experience three stories of desperate deals, precarious alliances and prices that must be paid.

Begin with the Season of Bargains card, available throughout London.

Editing and QA: James Chew and Olivia Wood

Art by: Paul Arendt

Exceptional Friendship

In addition to a new, substantial, stand-alone story every month, Exceptional Friends enjoy:

  • Access to the House of Chimes: an exclusive private members’ club on the Stolen River, packed with content
  • An expanded opportunity deck: of ten cards instead of six!
  • A second candle: Twice the actions! 40 at once!

Finishing all three stories in the Season of Bargains will make you eligible for an additional opportunity, to follow.

If you want to keep an Exceptional Story beyond its release month, you must complete the related storylet in the current Season’s card. This will save it for you to return to another time.
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Diptych
Diptych
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6/2/2019
So, if I'm reading the backstory aright...
  • The colonies represented by the Garden Embassy are the Australian ones - which did indeed federate in 1901.
  • The miners' uprising mentioned is the Eureka Rebellion - one of the Embassy staff has a Eureka flag tattoo.
  • The Ambassador's mother is indigenous and her father is a colonist, and her mother's culture has been suppressed - sadly accurate to real-world history.
  • The particularly dramatic red-and-black flower in the garden is a Sturt's desert pea.


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BrokenLeg
BrokenLeg
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5/30/2019
Alas, despite my best efforts, I could not retain my sunlight. It appears the vial of sunlight is removed from your inventory at the end of the story even if you refuse to sell it or give it away.

My disappointment is immeasurable and my mantelpiece weeps.

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Diptych
Diptych
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6/1/2019
I say; I was not expecting this story to refer to events that took place in my very own neighbourhood. And I was super impressed with the indigenous history at the heart of this story!
edited by Diptych on 6/1/2019

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Blaine Davidson
Blaine Davidson
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5/31/2019
I'll be completely honest, I had no idea what I was doing here. So if the author's intent was to try and emulate the confusion, chaos, and juggling the attentions and eccentricities of so many targets at an event, well done. It was fairly faithful to real world examples that I've been in.

I much preferred this to last month's story. Where I knew what to do but disliked the outcome, whereas here I was lost but ended up doing what I would have approved of.

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SilvaTomorrow
SilvaTomorrow
Posts: 45

5/31/2019
Blaine Davidson wrote:
I'll be completely honest, I had no idea what I was doing here. So if the author's intent was to try and emulate the confusion, chaos, and juggling the attentions and eccentricities of so many targets at an event, well done. It was fairly faithful to real world examples that I've been in.

I much preferred this to last month's story. Where I knew what to do but disliked the outcome, whereas here I was lost but ended up doing what I would have approved of.


THIS

Last month's story was my first - this one was confusing and frustrating, and made me feel like FB owed me a redo. There were too many short threads and nothing was meaningful, then suddenly it was over.

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Optimatum
Optimatum
Posts: 3519

5/31/2019
I quite enjoyed this story, though it was a bit confusing at times. The start was underwhelming, since the story never actually explained what the Embassy was for or who the Ambassador was—while everything was explained after arriving, it felt as though my character was expected to be familiar with something I myself was not. The party itself was a good time though. There wasn't a ton of depth to the interactions with the characters, but puzzling out the mechanics necessary to do anything was fun. (I was surprised though that there was little reward for helping all the characters, as I think progressing the story only required one.) The highlight for me was the time spent with the Ambassador, although the ending felt like a bit of a letdown. The final decision I got felt very binary, especially as I was apparently deciding not just her policy toward London, but her overall opinion. Presumably the locations I showed her influenced the available options, but given I tried to give her a balanced view, I'm surprised there wasn't a neutral ending available.

I'm also curious if the seduction angle was actually possible, somehow...

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Great Pigmeat
Great Pigmeat
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5/31/2019
I’ve given away items acquired in the Ball to raise the approval of both the Poet and the Engineer as high as possible, but I’m unsure to what end. For example the Engineer seemed to have indicated that he would meet me somewhere more private but he’s no where to be found in the cloakroom. Can anyone shed a little light on how I should proceed, please?
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BillyCosmos!
BillyCosmos!
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5/30/2019
I can't help but feel a little insulted that I, beloved former governor of London's only real colony and foreign office insider, was not considered for this position. Yes, I know, I'm already an ambassador to London, but still I find myself in possession of some small resentment.

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Siankan
Siankan
Posts: 850

5/30/2019
BillyCosmos! wrote:
I can't help but feel a little insulted that I, beloved former governor of London's only real colony and foreign office insider, was not considered for this position.

Wouldn't those things disqualify you out of hand, due to conflict of interest? And also of course the matter of citizenship.

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Calvinofan7
Calvinofan7
Posts: 1

5/30/2019
I wish the Exceptional Story had signaled more clearly that by concluding your conversation with the Ambassador in the garden, you leave the ball permanently. I (perhaps unreasonably) thought otherwise and wound up locked out of what appeared to be a lot of content.

On a related subject, does anyone know if you can reset an ES during the month it’s active, or do you have to wait until the end of the month?
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0bsidian Fire
0bsidian Fire
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6/3/2019
I really liked the party environment. It felt like everyone, including me, was going around and using the distractions to plot behind everyone else's backs. Which is exactly how I'd imagine political parties in the Neath usually go.

As for the Ambassador...

[spoiler]I am all for surface countries not getting involved in the Neath. They should be free to go live their lives without having to worry about all this eldritch stuff that honestly doesn't care about their existence. So the Ambassador left with the idea that she could go tell her countrymen to split from England.

That said... I don't approve of the LoN and the Neath Revolutionaries. So I made sure a certain Admiral who does does care about keeping the Neath free of that influence knew which Revolutionaries he should be worried about.[/spoiler]

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Lemonadeon
Lemonadeon
Posts: 14

6/6/2019
Charity is a crime, but did anyone not pay Mistress Gladrags and have an echo of it? I'd love a link.



[spoiler]...And now Mrs Frontispiece and the Vake can add Cups to their secret identity club.[/spoiler]
edited by Lemonadeon on 6/6/2019
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Corran
Corran
Posts: 395

6/6/2019
Lemonadeon wrote:
Charity is a crime, but did anyone not pay Mistress Gladrags and have an echo of it? I'd love a link.


Here you go.

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Cadwyn Knivlove
Cadwyn Knivlove
Posts: 37

6/15/2019
Lemonadeon wrote:
Charity is a crime, but did anyone not pay Mistress Gladrags and have an echo of it? I'd love a link.



[spoiler]...And now Mrs Frontispiece and the Vake can add Cups to their secret identity club.[/spoiler]
edited by Lemonadeon on 6/6/2019


Hey, don't forget a certain creature in the Labyrinth of Tigers!
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dov
dov
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6/24/2019
Lemonadeon wrote:
Charity is a crime, but did anyone not pay Mistress Gladrags and have an echo of it? I'd love a link.

Here:

https://www.fallenlondon.com/profile/dov/16328316

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Skinnyman
Skinnyman
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6/24/2019
I won't be around on Thursday so, as usual, don't forget to unlock the story by the 27th if you haven't!

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Optimatum
Optimatum
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7/7/2019
phryne wrote:
Cadwyn Knivlove wrote:
I am, however, left with one question: Was mistress Gladrags a measurer? As in, like the ones from Sunless Skies. It talked like they do, with the obvious stuff about paying debts, and it's hand is described as "chitinous", which also holds up to the measurers being, like, beetles. Why was it in the Neath, though?!

I don't know anything about Sunless Skies lore, but I understood Mistress Gladrags to be a Master of the Bazaar, specifically Mr Veils (who trades in Rags)... though why it would be so interested in this particular affair isn't clear to me.


Cadwyn is probably correct. Sunless Skies has a species called Measurers, who among things are described as chitinous, are all named Mistress, and offer a gift supposedly free of charge but later show up and extract payment at inconvenient times.

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Lady Karnstein
Lady Karnstein
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5/31/2019
I enjoyed this story quite a bit. It was fun to run around enjoying the party and deciding who to help and who not to, and all the various hi jinx. Caroline did as well. This was certainly a recommended story.

[spoiler]Even if she did turn Caroline down. No accounting for taste.[/spoiler]
edited by Lady Karnstein on 5/31/2019

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