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James StAnthony
James StAnthony
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22 days ago
The Exceptional Story for September is here!






A taciturn barber in Veilgarden offers to cut more than just his patrons' hair. Where did he get his comb and scissors from? Are you brave enough to sit in the Barber of Hollow Street's chair?


The Heretic of Hollow Street is the first story in the Season of Propinquity, and was written by Harry Tuffs. In this season you will experience three stories of affinity, proximity (for good or ill), and the ties that bind.


Begin with the Season of Propinquity card available throughout London.

Editing and QA: James Chew and Olivia Wood


Art: 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.
edited by James StAnthony on 8/29/2019
edited by James StAnthony on 8/29/2019

edited by James StAnthony on 8/29/2019
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phryne
phryne
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22 days ago
James StAnthony wrote:
The Heretic of Hollow Street is the first story in the Season of Propinquity
Season of what? Lol please tell me I'm not the only one who had to look that word up Whaaaaa?

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Senforza
Senforza
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22 days ago
I have to imagine there's an entire market for these
[spoiler] memory-cutting services [/spoiler]
somewhere in the bowels of the Great Game.
edited by Senforza on 8/29/2019

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Monara
Monara
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22 days ago
After finishing the story I was able to replay the first meeting with the glassman. This didn't appear to have any further consequences but it's definitely a bug.

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Gul al-Ahlaam
Gul al-Ahlaam
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22 days ago
Hmmm. I've got a sneaking suspicion that the Vivacious Marchioness is actually [spoiler] September, of the Calendar Council.[/spoiler] But we'll have to wait and see, won't we?

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The Delicate Princeling.
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Catherine Raymond
Catherine Raymond
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22 days ago
I was playing the ES on three different machines this morning and didn't get a final result on the "Heretic of Hollow Street" storylets. Has anyone echoed those and can tell me what the reward was?

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Cathy Raymond
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MidnightVoyager
MidnightVoyager
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21 days ago
I can't say I didn't have the same problem with this exceptional story as I did Tauroktonos. The mechanics are still infuriatingly impenetrable and really muck up the story for me. I'd have enjoyed it more if it wasn't an interactive story I was supposed to be a part of, but it was.

EDIT: Also, fair warning of a bug: [spoiler]Do not convince the Chemist to turn back at the end. That option will seem to work... but then he'll be there in the end.[/spoiler]
edited by MidnightVoyager on 8/30/2019

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Catherine Raymond
Catherine Raymond
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21 days ago
MidnightVoyager wrote:
I can't say I didn't have the same problem with this exceptional story as I did Tauroktonos. The mechanics are still infuriatingly impenetrable and really muck up the story for me. I'd have enjoyed it more if it wasn't an interactive story I was supposed to be a part of, but it was.

EDIT: Also, fair warning of a bug: [spoiler]Do not convince the Chemist to turn back at the end. That option will seem to work... but then he'll be there in the end.[/spoiler]
edited by MidnightVoyager on 8/30/2019


Tried that. Got the outcome you warn about in your spoiler. Didn't care, really.

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Catherine Raymond aka Mrs. Rykar Malkus http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/Profile/Catherine%20Raymond (Gone NORTH)
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Tom Davidson
Tom Davidson
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21 days ago
I, too, experienced the exact same bug.

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Great Pigmeat
Great Pigmeat
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21 days ago
Damn, quite a moral conundrum for the Great Pigmeat. On the one hand, he believes a memory, especially a terrible one, shapes a person's character and cutting it away is akin to destroying someone's identity.

On the other hand, power is The Great Pigmeat's weakness. It intoxicates him and it would not be in his character to wield power and not use it.

What to do, what to do?
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Emain Ablach
Emain Ablach
Posts: 337

21 days ago
Argh, my eyes. This blue on dark background, outch !

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Jolanda Swan
Jolanda Swan
Posts: 1444

21 days ago
Lovely story so far, not enjoying it one bit though. Essentially, I have to do something I (and Jolanda) believe to be bad just to be able to play the story.
I don't know, I fell that the actual choice for me is
a) don't play this month's ES
b) play it in a completely detached manner, so you can at least get the lore, writing etc (which, so far, is good).

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datarama
datarama
Posts: 17

21 days ago
The good Professor was hoping that the Nepethean razor would perhaps allow him to cut out seven memories he'd rather not have - perhaps at a cost comparable to how he got his flesh restored and how he unstained what remained of his soul.

But in lieu of that, great story and lots of appropriate characterization opportunities for a mad scientist not particularly burdened by ethical considerations.

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Professor Anton Moebius, the Antidisciplinary Scientist
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Jolanda Swan
Jolanda Swan
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21 days ago
Does anyone have any idea who the Queen is?

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Tom Davidson
Tom Davidson
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21 days ago
So my choices:
[spoiler]
I trained enough to become a truly masterful barber before cutting even one customer's hair, removed the zailor's memories sparingly, removed just the memory of the sacrifice from the Chemist, removed no memories at all from the Surgeon (and told him the truth), pried into the Locksmith's beliefs about the Barber's motives (and then removed his memory of that speculation). I removed no memories from any other customers. I interrogated the Barber about his allegiance to the Red-Handed Queen before agreeing to accompany him. I told the bespectacled "man" everything about the Barber, but did not have him intervene before we entered Parabola. The Surgeon, of course, did not come with the rest of his former friends. Once in Parabola, I persuaded the Chemist to turn back (because, unlike the Philosopher, he did not know what was happening.) Unfortunately, later text still referenced his presence. When the Barber asked for his tools back before leading them in for the sacrifice, I broke both the Scissors and the Knife. He was disappointed, but not dismayed, and took the Philosopher and the Chemist(!?) into the ruin (presumably to their deaths). I returned to London with the Comb, to find the barbershop abandoned and deserted.

Things I don't know:
Can you get the Surgeon to Parabola? What DID they get in exchange for the sacrifice? What happens if you have the Glassman stop the expedition?
[/spoiler]
edited by Tom Davidson on 8/30/2019

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MidnightVoyager
MidnightVoyager
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21 days ago
The bug I warned of has been fixed according to the lovely people at FBG. smile

Jolanda Swan wrote:
Does anyone have any idea who the Queen is?


Pretty sure it's [spoiler]the Red-Handed Queen[/spoiler]

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Tom Davidson
Tom Davidson
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21 days ago
MidnightVoyager wrote:
The bug I warned of has been fixed according to the lovely people at FBG. smile

Excellent! Do you have any idea what happens in the bug-fixed version?

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MidnightVoyager
MidnightVoyager
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21 days ago
Tom Davidson wrote:
MidnightVoyager wrote:
The bug I warned of has been fixed according to the lovely people at FBG. smile

Excellent! Do you have any idea what happens in the bug-fixed version?



I assume that [spoiler]the Chemist is not in the ending, as he shouldn't be since you convinced him to leave.[/spoiler] Can't see myself, I just know that Olivia replied to say the problem had been solved.

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ClearFavourite
ClearFavourite
Posts: 49

21 days ago
I enjoyed this story a lot! It's finally given Aylen the push to do what has been at the back of her mind for a long time- donning the amber spectacles.

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Jean Gulberg
Jean Gulberg
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20 days ago
So, should we expect more lore about [spoiler]the Bloody-Handed Queen[/spoiler] in the future? She appeared in two successive Exceptional Stories, it can't be just a coincidence.
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