Ambition: Nemesis (Guide)

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This is currently just copied from Ambition: Bag a Legend (Guide) with a little editing.


Someone you loved is dead. You swore you'd scour the world for the killer. Your search brought you under the world.

Ambition: Nemesis is a tale of revenge that begins in Ladybones Road and leads the player across Fallen London... and perhaps beyond. The main Attributes are Owl.png Watchful and Bear.png Dangerous.

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


This Ambition can be started in Ladybones.png Ladybones Road with Owl.png Watchful 6. You can check your progress at any time on the Myself tab under Ambition; the number after the Ambition 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.


First steps (0–9)[edit]

Ladybones.png Ladybones Road: Getting started

  • Nemesis 0: Your search for your loved one's killer has brought you to the Neath. — Owl.png Watchful 6.
  • Nemesis 1: You have two clues. Find information on these odd petals. — Owl.png Watchful 10.

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill: Meet with the Mumbling Bee-keeper.

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden: Talk to the locksmith


Red Honey (9) (optional if you have an Bookblack.png Uncanny Incunabulum to spend later)[edit]

Forgottenquarter.png The Forgotten Quarter: Ruins.png Ambition: Nemesis - Forgotten Quarter

University.png The University: Make a Redhoney.png Drop of Gaoler's Honey

Chambersoftheheart.png The Chambers of the Heart: Experiment with the Redhoney.png Drop of Gaoler's Honey


The Cage-Garden (9-10)[edit]

Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace: Palace.png Ambition: Nemesis - Shuttered Palace

If you strike the Cage-keeper down before questioning him:


Carrywell (11-23)[edit]

Wolfstack.png Wolfstack Docks: Catch a steamer to the tomb-colonies

Scandal.png The tomb-colony of Venderbight: Hunt down Carrywell

To do: fill out a lot more steps in between[edit]

The Book of Red Murder (160-190)[edit]

Search for the mirror-shard (190)[edit]

This is the notorious "Knifegate". You'll have to buy 77 Ravenglass Knife (15,769.60 E) or 777 Skyglass Knife (9,945.60E). Worse, either option involves a luck check and if you fail you still lose 1/7th of the knives.

You now have to use some animal friends to scout out and repair the mirror in the Bazaar. This involves a quality called Bazaar.png Ambition: A Crack in the Veneer (abbreviated as Bazaar.png ACitV which starts out at zero and each attempt is a check on the same quality. You gain a bit with every attempt using the bats or the spiders (more on success, less on fail), plus Suspicion. You probably don't want to burn your frost-moth or Rattus Faber until it's high enough to give a good chance of success. You complete this storylet when Mirrordark.png A Mirror Made Whole is set to 5.

Companion Challenge Difficulty Success Failure
Bat.png Sulky Bat Bazaar.png ACitV 100 5 x Bazaar.png ACitV 3 x Bazaar.png ACitV

-1 x Bat.png Sulky Bat

Spider.png Fairly Tame Sorrow-Spider Bazaar.png ACitV 75 10 x Bazaar.png ACitV 5 x Bazaar.png ACitV

-1 x Spider.png Fairly Tame Sorrow-Spider

Keepermoth.png Complaisant Frost-Moth Bazaar.png ACitV 250 Mirrordark.png A Mirror Made Whole to 5 15 x Bazaar.png ACitV

-1 x Keepermoth.png Complaisant Frost-Moth

Ratmasked.png Rattus Faber Bandit-Chief Bazaar.png ACitV 200 Mirrordark.png A Mirror Made Whole to 5 5 x Bazaar.png ACitV

-1 x Ratmasked.png Rattus Faber Bandit-Chief

Alternatively can finish without a check if you have Tigerwatchful.png The Minister of State Affairs, Tigerdangerous.png The Minister of War, Tigerpersuasive.png The Minister of Culture, Tigershadowy.png The Minister of Enigmas and 50 x Bazaar.png Ambition: A Crack in the Veneer.