A Person of Some Importance (Guide)

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Your influence is felt across London and beyond. Are you destined for greatness?

Intro[edit]

A Person of Some Importance - (PoSI) is a measure of your importance in London. It has 4 levels:

  1. A Person of Some Little Consequence
  2. A Person of Some Importance -
  3. A Person of Some Importance - Tier 2
  4. A Paramount Presence

Higher tiers unlock new and exciting professions, locations, equipment, and much more.

Becoming A Person of Some Importance[edit]

Raising your main attributes to 100[edit]

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To begin becoming a A Person of Some Importance -, at least one of your Main Attributes ( Persuasive, Watchful, Dangerous, and Shadowy) needs to be higher than 100. However, the game checks your modified level, so boosts from equipment do count.

As soon as you've reached 100 in one Attribute, a new card can start appearing.

Attribute Card
Persuasive 100 A possible coincidence
Dangerous 100 A curious coincidence
Watchful 100 Almost certainly not a coincidence
Shadowy 100 Probably not a coincidence

This card will give you a new quality A Person of Some Little Consequence and direct you to Your Lodgings.

A Person of Some Little Consequence[edit]

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Once you arrive at Your Lodgings, you will be introduced to the Ambitious Barrister, who believes you have what it takes to become A Person of Some Importance -. After a nice cup of tea (probably fungal, but it tastes delicious), she will take you for a walk around London.

Proving your Worth[edit]

After a nice cup of fungal tea (hopefully with fungal crackers), you will need to visit 4 key locations around London and prove you're known there. These locations are, in order:

Location Storylet
Watchmaker's Hill A Stroll around the Hill
Veilgarden A wander through Veilgarden
Spite A tour of Spite
Ladybones Road A walk down Ladybones Road

To proceed, you will need to have at least a level of 100 in each Main Attribute. Note that for each storylet, only the one Attribute being tested needs to be at 100, and this can include equipment modifiers. Therefore, you can complete this section well before reaching a base level of 100 in all four Attributes.

Wardrobe, Lodgings, and Connections[edit]

After you've proven your worth in each of those locations, four new cards will start appearing around London, each with requirements to satisfy. You only have to play through one of these cards to proceed, and all but one of the cards has multiple options for completion. There is also an option on some of the cards to spend Fate to bypass the requirements.

A matter of the wardrobe

A respectable address

A little hideaway

Friends and acquaintances

After you've proven your worth, you need to return to Your Lodgings.


Sufficient Importance[edit]

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While you've proven that you have power, the Ambitious Barrister still questions what you've done yourself, and you'll need to satisfy one of these sets of requirements:

Having proven one last time that you're indeed important, she gives you a Shaper's Pass which allows you to enter the Bazaar Side-streets.

A Morning for Business[edit]

Once you have time in your (no doubt) busy schedule to visit the side-streets, she gives you some explanation about what it means to be a PoSI and helps you acquire a Velocipede. This requires 1 x Bazaar Permit and 1 x Strong-Backed Labour, which you can get in the Bazaar Side-streets if you don't have them already.

Once you've acquired this transport, a new storylet will appear called Are we Done? Clicking Wait – one moment – reruns the tutorial. However, the option you want is You understand; this will remove A Person of Some Little Consequence and give you A Person of Some Importance -.

You're done[edit]

And that's that; you're now A Person of Some Importance -.

Q: But, but... what does that mean? What does it add?
A: Well, that's what the rest of this Guide is about.

A Person of Some Importance -[edit]

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You're A Person of Some Importance - now, but what does that actually mean? Well, the short answer is: a lot. The long answer is...

Unfinished Business[edit]

Reaching PoSI status will unlock a new storylet in all locations you visited with the Ambitious Barrister. These storylets are:

All of these have options which require multiple Actions and will give you large amounts of raw resources.

Expanded Inventory[edit]

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You'll also be able to fill up the slots in the expanded section of your inventory (Affiliation, Transport, Home Comfort, Ship, Spouse, and Club). Items in these slots tend to give Bizarre, Dreaded, or Respectable (collectively referred to as BDR), and a small stat boost. For more information on these qualities and the equipment that bestows them, refer to Bizarre, Dreaded, Respectable (Guide).

Equipment for the expanded slots will most of the time be acquired by drawing the right card and then crafting the item in the Bazaar Side-streets.

Gold Cards[edit]

Once you've become a PoSI, you'll start drawing new gold bordered cards. They'll have a small item requirement and will unlock a new storylet in Bazaar Side-streets to get that piece of Equipment. These will require PoSI Items, however.

PoSI Items[edit]

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Becoming a PoSI will unlock a wide range of items such as a Night on the Town. These items are required for the crafting of new equipment such as Membership of God's Editors.

All these items can be acquired in Bazaar Side-streets. However, they're also obtainable in places like Wilmot's End, by Fighting a War of Assassins or accepting A Polite Invitation. These repeatable carousels usually cost more actions but a lot less raw resources.

For more information on grinding PoSI items, refer to PoSI Item Crafting.

Acquiring a Ship[edit]

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One of the most important things to do once you're a PoSI is to acquire a ship. So clear your agenda and visit Leadbeater & Stainrod in Wolfstack Docks. Previously they wouldn't see you, but rank hath its privileges. Unfortunately, there appears to be a high demand for ships (we are on the edge of a massive underground Zee, after all), and there is a six-year wait for new ships. The Naval Architect decides to help you, however, out of the goodness of his heart (or to get a favour from London's rising star). He informs you that before you can even think about getting a Ship, you'll need to do some basic preparations.

Preparations[edit]

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Before you can even think about acquiring a ship, you'll need a variety of documentation, supplies, and assistance:

Now that you're finished with the basic preparations, you can choose a ship to acquire.

Choosing a Ship[edit]

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There are 4 different ships to choose from in London (technically 5, but The Cladery Heart was only available if you backed the Sunless Sea Kickstarter with Navigator or higher [1]). You can only have one ship at a time, an each have their own pros and cons.

So which should you choose? The Steamer and the Zee-Clipper are good choices for a first ship. The Zubmarine and the Yacht are better left for later, when you have the resources to pursue them.

Notability[edit]

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While A Person of Some Importance - measures if you are someone important in Fallen London, Notability measures just how important. Basically, how big is your Entry in Slowcake's Exceptionals?

Buy Slowcake's Exceptionals today to know who is important. Slowcake's Exceptionals, judging people since the Fall.
(Slowcake's Exceptionals is sold by Nikolas Pawnbrokers, Bazaar)

Once you have an entry in Slowcake's Exceptionals, you can increase your Notability on the card A visit from Slowcake's Amanuensis. This requires you to have enough Making Waves and BDR, however.

Making Waves[edit]

Making Waves is the impression you have made upon London. Impressions are fleeting, however, and Time, the Healer will halve it every week. Making Waves can be raised in a wide array of ways. See Making Waves (Guide) for details.

BDR[edit]

BDR is an abbreviation of Bizarre, Dreaded and Respectable. The higher your BDR, the lower your Making Waves needs to be before you can increase Notability. BDR is mainly gained from Items.

See Bizarre, Dreaded, Respectable (Guide) for details on the best way to raise BDR.

Raising Notability[edit]

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Once your BDR + Making Waves is high enough, you can increase your Notability on the A visit from Slowcake's Amanuensis card. This will also require a Entry in Slowcake's Exceptionals.

If you have at least one point of Notability, and enough BDR + Making Waves, you can also immediately draw the card in your Lodgings on Attend to Matters of Society!

The formula for the cost to raise your Notability is: [20 - (B+D+R) + 4 * N].

Uses of Notability[edit]

The two primary uses for Notability when you're A Person of Some Importance are to unlock advanced Professions and to become a Tier 2 PoSI.

Advanced Professions[edit]

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Once you have at least one point of Notability, you will start drawing An Unsigned Message. Among the options on this card are opportunities to raise your Profession.

  • Tier 1 Professions to Tier 2: Requires 2 Notability and progress through relevant stories
  • Tier 2 Professions to Tier 3: Requires 5 Notability, story qualities, and high stats

See Professions (Guide) for the profession branches, and check the individual pages for the requirements of advancing it.

Losing Notability[edit]

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As a Tier 1 A Person of Some Importance -, there are only a handful of ways to lose Notability:

  1. If your Making Waves is lower than your Notability when Time, the Healer comes, your Notability will be reduced by 1
  2. Throwing the Amanuensis out of your Lodgings
  3. Being arrested when your Criminal Record is 5 or higher
  4. Using your Entry to help Dr F____ or Fund the production of a notorious new ballet
  5. Closing an Orphanage or Salon
  6. Eloping, holding A hasty wedding or A hurried riverside ceremony

You may also spend varying amounts of Notability to advance A Person of Some Importance - to Tier 2; to upgrade 4-card lodgings in A Sundered Sea at Christmas; to obtain a Vial of Tears of the Bazaar or Vial of Masters' Blood from the Portly Sommelier; to Insist on Favourable Circumstances; or to give another player a point of Notability.

Becoming a tier 2 Person of Importance[edit]

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Once you have a level of 200 (unmodified) in one of your Main Attributes ( Persuasive, Watchful, Dangerous, or Shadowy), you can become a Tier 2 Person of Some Importance. There are 4 different types of Tier 2 PoSI, depending on the Attribute in which you have a level of 200. Advancement to this level of importance happens in the starting location associated with that Attribute, and requires a specific piece of equipment and Notability.

Attribute Quality Item Area
Watchful An Extraordinary Mind Smock of Four Thousand Three Hundred and Eight Pockets Ladybones Road
Shadowy An Invisible Eminence Tub of Gloam-Foam Spite
Dangerous A Shattering Force Infernal Sharpshooter's Rifle Watchmaker's Hill
Persuasive A Legendary Charisma Parabola-Linen Frock or Parabola-Linen Suit Veilgarden

Advancement will cost 5 Notability.

Tier 2 A Person of Some Importance -[edit]

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Once you're a Tier 2 PoSI, you'll still be able to do everything you already could, with the addition of three new things:

Advancing your Lodgings[edit]

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As a Tier 2 PoSI, you can upgrade a 4-card lodging to a 5-card lodging (at a rather immense cost) on the card associated with the lodging at any time of year.

Giving Masterclasses[edit]

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You are now capable of giving a Masterclass in your specialized Attribute to a player who has less than 100 in that Attribute. This will give them a large boost in that Attribute and grant you some Making Waves.

Losing Tier 2[edit]

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You can set your A Person of Some Importance - back to Tier 1 in Your Lodgings by choosing the storylet Attend to Matters of Society! and the option A Reputation of Some Importance: Another Way. This will cost you 12 Notability. Why you would do that? Because it's the only way to choose a new Specialization. And that is necessary for the ultimate achievement: A Paramount Presence!

For a guide on this, see Paramount Presence (Guide).