Ambition: Heart's Desire (Guide)

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They say that once every nine years there's a card game where you can gamble your soul and win your heart's desire. That sounds like tremendous fun.

Ambition: Heart's Desire! is about investigating, staging, and playing an underground card game, The Marvellous, in the hope of winning what you want most in the world.The main Attributes are Persuasive and Watchful.

For more information on Ambitions and choosing between them, consult the Ambitions guide.


This Ambition can be started in Veilgarden with Persuasive 6. You can check your progress at any time on the Myself tab under Ambition; the number after the title is the part of the story you're currently on. This can be helpful when you're unsure where to go next; just find the corresponding part number below.

Heart's Desire (0–12)[edit]


  • HD 0: Follow up the rumour, if you're ready to choose this Ambition — unlocked with Persuasive 6.
  • HD 1: Ask around about the game — Persuasive 10.



The Forgotten Quarter

The Bishop of St Fiacre's (1–4)[edit]

The Topsy King (1–25)[edit]

The Flit

Convincing the Other Players (13–210)[edit]

A Marvellous Venue (1–100)[edit]

A Marvellous Deck (1–100)[edit]

Prior Winners (210–245)[edit]

The Honour[edit]

Arbor, of the Roses


Your Opponent[edit]

If Your Opponent is The Topsy King:

If Your Opponent is The Bishop:

Interlude 2[edit]

The First Round[edit]

After, you have to wait 24 real-time hours for the outcome of the match between the Manager and whoever he was matched with. Then, this message (Waiting for the Next Bout) appears in your inbox.

Interlude 3[edit]

The Manager[edit]

Interlude 4[edit]

Here would be a good moment, just before the final game, to visit the Boatman, to collect the final advice and unique item A Bestiary of the Hearts' Desires, if you want it.

The Final Match[edit]

Winning path[edit]

Losing path[edit]


  • 21100–21400: You have finished seeking your heart's desire

Long-term rewards[edit]

Ambition Rewards
Ending Unique item Rewards of Ambition
Power The Robe of Mr Cards
Adoration Newly-Cast Crown of the City of London
Time A Leasehold on All of London
Escape A Palatial Holiday Home in the Arctic Circle
Defeat The Marvellous

Items needed[edit]

This is an attempt to list all possible items needed in Heart's Desire, for help with planning. The quantities listed are the fewest you can get away with (min), and the most you will need (max). This list only includes items that can be found outside of this Ambition; items that are acquired within the Ambition itself are listed elsewhere.

Item Min Max Parts