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James StAnthony
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13 days ago
Exceptional Story for December: The House of Silk and Flame



Midnight visitors are common in London, but visiting royalty is rare. Accompany an Injurious Princess on a perilous errand: the recovery of her brother from a tyrant's clutches. Journey through the northerly realms of the Elder Continent, navigate the politics of a poisonous court, and beware the spider's kiss.


Writing: James Chew
Editing & QA: Olivia Wood
Art: Tobias Cook


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Captain Blood Storm
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13 days ago
Oh, Injurious Princess. It’s been so long, I was worried you’d been forgotten about.

…now if only I remember what I actually recommended you to do about the whole usurpation thing.

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fishandchips
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13 days ago
I picked the last option (... of queens), and I received three Whisper-Satin Scraps. Hooray!

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phryne
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13 days ago
Captain Blood Storm wrote:
Oh, Injurious Princess. It’s been so long, I was worried you’d been forgotten about.

…now if only I remember what I actually recommended you to do about the whole usurpation thing.
A quality called "A Mirror for Princes" on your Myself tab should tell you what you did! smile


Mine says: "A Mirror for Princes 300 - In your game with the Injurious Princess, she reclaimed her throne"

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PSGarak
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13 days ago
I have a wild spider. Please tell me I get to keep it!

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Toran
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13 days ago
Oh, oh no. Is this an opportunity to grind Attar indefinitely? Am I missing something?

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hwoosh
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13 days ago
Toran wrote:
Oh, oh no. Is this an opportunity to grind Attar indefinitely? Am I missing something?


No, it’s not. The storylet to go to arbor immediately only gives you 3 “time to remain”, and it only works once. If you use that up, you have to go back to Arbor the normal way, by drawing the card, in order to progress the story.

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Feldon Smithe
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13 days ago
I enjoyed the story, but the choices and the ease of engendering doubt in the prince or princess felted hair-trigger and heavyhanded, not, to my understanding, that the quality made any significant difference. Nevertheless, it was great fun and I really enjoyed the lore. The end of the adventure felt anticlimactic and railroadish, but the "bones" of the story were good.
edited by FeldonSmithe on 11/26/2021

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Captain Blood Storm
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12 days ago
Feldon Smithe wrote:
I enjoyed the story, but the choices and the ease of engendering doubt in the prince or princess felted hair-trigger and heavyhanded, not, to my understanding, that the quality made any significant difference. Nevertheless, it was great fun and I really enjoyed the lore. The end of the adventure felt anticlimactic and railroadish, but the "bones" of the story were good.
edited by FeldonSmithe on 11/26/2021



Agreed. Did anyone else feel the brother's arguments were pretty weak? Like sure, MAYBE the House's fortunes could improve but there's a Tyrant in charge which the story makes clear is a Bad Person and well, it seems ludicrously naive to think that positive social change will come when a woman who was willing to feed someone to spiders in order to seize power and shows no interest in bettering lives will magically overlook the person she is effectively holding hostage trying to have his way. And most of the workers don't seem keen on change either. And really, more than anything getting the poor lad out of that gilded cage seems like a more worthwhile endeavour than continuing to pretend the Tyrant would lend him any actual authority.

...also like, I really just wanted to see a princess fight a giant spider. For which I'm happy you basically got the chance to politely go WILL YOU FIGHT? OR WILL YOU PERISH, LIKE A DOG?! to motivate the giant spider to go out in a blaze of glory. I could've only been happier if I got the chance to somehow bring in my Vake steed to deliver a surprise Randy Orton-style RKO to somebody, since the steed does make regular trips over the Zee to the Elder Continent.

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hwoosh
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12 days ago
Feldon Smithe wrote:
The end of the adventure felt anticlimactic and railroadish, but the "bones" of the story were good.



The whole ES felt railroadish, really. Click, read a snippet, click, read a snippet, click... almost as linear as "Fading to a Coda". I realize not every story can be as mechanically interesting as "Cricket" or "Paisley", but unless the writing or the subject matter is truly exceptional, I end up feeling that there's not much to sink my teeth into with a story as mechanically flat as this. Didn't help that this ES was hugely action-intensive, with the reward at the end being the usual 62.5 E, paltry at this point with the new economy.
The huge number of typos also continually took me out of the experience. Maybe I'm extra sensitive to them because I'm an experienced proofreader, but it seemed like almost every other storylet had a blaring mispunctuation or missing word.

I don't mean to be excessively negative--the story as a whole was enjoyable and it was nice to see a continuation of the Injurious Princess's story. I guess overall, with so many dozens of ESes having been released at this point, each one (that's not written by Chandler Groover) becomes less and less memorable.

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Toran
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12 days ago
I agree this sort of felt railroady, while also having beautiful writing.

However, I seem to have accomplished something others haven't - I created a rebellion in Vesture, which is pretty neat! Suck on that, The Tyrant!

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Snort
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12 days ago
hwoosh wrote:
Feldon Smithe wrote:
The end of the adventure felt anticlimactic and railroadish, but the "bones" of the story were good.



The whole ES felt railroadish, really. Click, read a snippet, click, read a snippet, click... almost as linear as "Fading to a Coda". I realize not every story can be as mechanically interesting as "Cricket" or "Paisley", but unless the writing or the subject matter is truly exceptional, I end up feeling that there's not much to sink my teeth into with a story as mechanically flat as this. Didn't help that this ES was hugely action-intensive, with the reward at the end being the usual 62.5 E, paltry at this point with the new economy.
The huge number of typos also continually took me out of the experience. Maybe I'm extra sensitive to them because I'm an experienced proofreader, but it seemed like almost every other storylet had a blaring mispunctuation or missing word.

I don't mean to be excessively negative--the story as a whole was enjoyable and it was nice to see a continuation of the Injurious Princess's story. I guess overall, with so many dozens of ESes having been released at this point, each one (that's not written by Chandler Groover) becomes less and less memorable.


Despite my agreeing with you, my attempt to upvote your post resulted in an apparently uncorrectable downvote. My apologies.

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Perlino the Thief
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10 days ago
I was more excited about playing this one than any since "We Absolutely Meant to Go to Zee". I was looking forward to lots of lore and I got it! For that I am grateful.

But I was so disappointed with the lack of choices when you got deep into the action of this one. Too many of these stories give few choices in high-drama situations where there is CLEARLY another choice that would move the story in a different way. I had this problem with the conclusion of the Blind Pianist and the Spirifer [spoiler] when I was standing on the ship's deck with the bottle of violant ink. I had no desire to open Parabola for this endeavour but there was only the option to do it [/spoiler].

In this one it was almost that bad. I can't cope with having been given the info that would answer a question burning in the mind of an NPC standing right next to me, but never getting an opportunity to share it--not even in the aftermath; [spoiler] of course I'm talking about getting mind-to-mind communication from the giant spider, whom I then could only advise as to the MANNER of her death, with no chance of facilitating a dialogue![/spoiler]
I'm sad that I couldn't figure out how to start the rebellion, with my pragmatic character who doesn't love spiders. She does love art, freedom and a good fight, and was ready to throw down.
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amalgamate
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10 days ago
I didn't get this story... I still don't understand why the big spider had to be killed or replaced, I don't think I really understood what the consequences of those two options were so I didn't know how to pick. And in the end I didn't even get to pick, the prince took the sword and killed the spider (even though earlier, he'd been the one wanting to replace it? why?)

I think my choices made some difference, because it sounds like there were different endings possible, but I have to say I really have no idea how the things I picked led to the outcome that I got.
edited by amalgamate on 11/28/2021

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ItsDanaNow
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17 hours ago
I have to admit, I'm not totally sure how I feel about this story. I absolutely adored the lore, the characters, feeling like I was getting away with a heist for most of it. But the mechanics felt non-existent, and the choices felt vague and opaque. For example, I was repeatedly respectful to the Spider's works, intending that something that would never be reproduced should be honoured (though if given the choice I would have disagreed with just hiding them away as well). But this sowed doubt in the Princess? I mean, I'm not upset about it ultimately, since what happened seemed to be what the spider wanted. I guess I just ended up feeling like an interloper in an issue I didn't understand with no idea how I was affecting things, which was fitting for the situation but is not exactly how my favourite stories usually leave me feeling. I think it would serve stories that attempt such high themes as this to either have nuanced options to match or clarity in what we're actually choosing. Ultimately I certainly didn't hate it though, I'm mostly left hoping this is just a preview of Vesture and we'll see much, much more of it one day.
Most importantly, the Injurious Princess has at this point been emphatically added to my "need to wife" list. Along with like 4 others this year, so I'm gonna need a drastically expanded polyamory option. Please, Failbetter, you're my only hope.
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Jermaine Vendredi
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15 hours ago
ItsDanaNow wrote:
I'm mostly left hoping this is just a preview of Vesture and we'll see much, much more of it one day.


Actually, we've had Vesture and even the Princess before, in the Season of Sceptres frame story. The epilogue to that season involves you playing a game of strategy to determine who rules Vesture.
The Princess was also associated with the Arbor story and has popped up during Hallowmas.

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