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Hattington
Hattington
Posts: 210

2 days ago
I noticed The Curious Watcher just received his monthly reward for Power. Could anyone who picked another reward, any at all, please share theirs?

Edit: Also to The Curious Watcher: GOOD LORD that Boatman foreshadowing on the Melancholic End-Bringer's mantelpiece! Please, where did you find that endgame hint and does anyone have the others?
edited by Hattington on 5/22/2020

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PSGarak
PSGarak
Posts: 835

2 days ago
There are three foreshadowings, available in obscure places.
[spoiler]
One card you can draw at Zee.
One card you can draw while on a boat down the silent river.
One card you can draw while a guest at the Royal Beth.
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Partial info is in the thread on this forum asking for more details about the Character Reset options. More complete details are in the following Reddit thread.

https://old.reddit.com/r/fallenlondon/comments/gmvc2s/all_three_of_the_teaser_cards_for_ng/

The Wiki also has some of the content.

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The Curious Watcher
The Curious Watcher
Posts: 263

2 days ago
Hattington wrote:
I noticed The Curious Watcher just received his monthly reward for Power. Could anyone who picked another reward, any at all, please share theirs?

edited by Hattington on 5/22/2020



This is the monthly reward for Time.

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The Thirteenth Master of the Bazaar:
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The Silent Vake Hunter: GONE NORTH
The Ravenous Wanderer:
https://www.fallenlondon.com/profile/The%20Ravenous%20Wanderer
The Melancholic End-Bringer:
https://www.fallenlondon.com/profile/The%20Melancholic%20End-Bringer
The Lethal Nightmare:
https://www.fallenlondon.com/profile/The%20Lethal%20Nightmare
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Wojciech
Wojciech
Posts: 53

2 days ago
Wojciech wrote:
...I'm extremely tired and irritated by the search for Eyeless Skulls...



Random does work in mysterious ways here, pals. After 16 days of uselessly depleting my fortune in one expedition to the Shrine after another I've only obtained two Skulls. I've been angry and frustrated and didn't want to spend any more money, so I resorted to just wandering the Quarter.

Guess what? I've got 3 remaining skulls in one day; it took 60 actions or so.

Finally, I can finish this story.
edited by Wojciech on 5/22/2020

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Lady Karnstein
Lady Karnstein
Posts: 278

1 days ago
I just finished the story, and it was excellent. Wonderful writing, really nice toys, and some real deep examinations of certain characters. Great and enjoyable work, and made me consider Caroline's long term plans well.

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Amélie Vaincœur
Amélie Vaincœur
Posts: 86

11 hours ago
I just completed the main part of Heart's Desire - the final ending will be unlocked in 24 hours. Obviously, spoilers follow.


Over the course of this whole final chapter, the writing did a really good job of taking the romance out of the whole thing bit by bit. I mean, a lot of players would have chosen this ambition for its romantic flair originally - "Win your Heart's Desire!" and all that. In the end, it was only about cheating, and cheating again. Was there a single bout that wasn't fixed? At times, I felt like being part of the betting mafia, setting up boxing fights. That's one part of why I didn't care about winning in the end.

I really felt for the Bishop and his longing to return South. I would've gladly let him win, but unfortunately that wasn't in the cards. Still, it was an absolute pleasure to have my dreams of Thunder blow away the Manager's schemes, and return Tristram Bagley's mind - that deed alone makes me feel like the winner of this tournament!

I guess I wasn't alone in underestimating the monkey - after the Honours round, I was sure Mr Pages would be my final opponent. As it was, I savoured all the visions and temptations offered to me by the Bazaar - very beautiful, very entertaining - only to laugh in the Masters' faces and gladly let the monkey win (I was very much reminded of Galadriel at that moment, 'passing the test'). Whether he will really end the Marvellous now, or choose to have his humanity back after all, is up to him. I hope I won't be bothered to help him decide (though it wouldn't surprise me).

It was the Boatman who really set me on my path: "Ask yourself: is the Marvellous the only way to achieve your heart's desire? ... Don't confuse the game with the trophy. The heart makes cages for us all." Probably my favourite bit of text in the whole Ambition, and perfectly true. And wasn't he screwed, even though he won? "Oh yeah, you can have a replacement - if we find someone, haha." Bloody Masters. And Bloody Bazaar as well. Too bad I didn't get a chance to blow it up after all Big Grin

I haven't looked at any forum threads or the wiki during this whole time, in order to be able to play unspoiled, which was a good thing. I have no idea what final reward is still in stock for me tomorrow, but I almost don't care. I already got The Thief-Oath of Tristram Bagley, A Bestiary of the Hearts' Desires and A Dream of Truth-Strangling, so I really can't complain. In the end, the journey was very much the destination (no idea if this is true for the other ambitions as well), which is fine by me. I now have Parabola to explore, and gazillions of experiments to do in my Lab...

Thank you Failbetter, for all the new content, and all the stuff still to come! And for consistently maintaining high quality over these many years! smile

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Wojciech
Wojciech
Posts: 53

11 hours ago
I've made the similar choice - for the ethical reason at least. And I've already experienced the grand finale.
Of course, the result is not valuable mechanically - at all - but it's rewarding morally, at least. And, to be frank, almost no reward from actually winning would benefit my main from pure mechanical point of view.
I'm also very happy that I've managed to recover the mind of Topsy King, even if just partially.

I couldn't get rid of associations with the Stalker by Andrey Tarkovsky. I wonder whether Failbetter Games have actually been somewhat inspired by it when working on this Ambition. The screenplay (as opposed to the movie) ends with Stalker saying to his wife something like 'Well, these are my friends now, though we haven't achieved anything else', and that's exactly what I felt when walking home with Monkey in tow.


I wonder, though, having made the choose that I've made, will I get a chance to hire Cora Bagley to my Lab? I should be able to, but I don't quite understand how to do it.

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