Associating with Radical Academics (Guide)

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Goldenapple.png Associating with Radical Academics is a story in which your character first discovers the secret Dilmun Club and subsequently gets involved in business there. Being a secret club, it's not equippable in the sense of other clubs such as Sophia.png Sophia's or Bloomers.png The Young Stags' Club. Eventually a membership in the Dilmun Club brings you on your way to Carneliancoast.png the Court of the Wakeful Eye, where you can gain access to one or more of the following companions:

Each gives a +10 bonus in one of the main stats, and +1 in either Sidebarbizarre.png Bizarre, Sidebardreaded.png Dreaded, or Sidebarrespectable.png Respectable.

In addition, you can turn in a number of valuable things for Tigerstripes.png Tribute and hand in Tigerstripes.png Tribute for high value items, making it a potentially decent grind for echoes and rarer items.

Associating with Radical Academics is also a prerequisite for Ship.png Embarking on a Voyage of Scientific Discovery. See Embarking on a Voyage of Scientific Discovery (Guide) for more info on this.

You can discover the club before becoming Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance, but in order finish the storyline, you need the following:

Progressing Goldenapple.png Associating with Radical Academics[edit]

The first section of Goldenapple.png Associating with Radical Academics involves discovering the Dilmun Club. At the start, progress can either be gained on the The Seekers of the Garden card with sufficient Skull.png Approaching the Gates of the Garden or on separate cards.

Unlock[edit]

One of:

Level 1[edit]

Level 2[edit]

Level 3[edit]

Level 4[edit]

This step needs Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance.

Join the Dilmun Club!, storylet in Ladybones.png Ladybones Road, which gives three options for your sponsor. Each option costs a variety of items and qualities.

This step gives you the Goldenapple.png Dilmun Club Lapel Badge (weapon).

Level 5[edit]

Now you have to wait about one day in real-world time, then you get A meeting of the Dilmun Club in your messages.

Level 6[edit]

Level 7[edit]

To get to the next level, you have to get banished from the Empress' Court, visit the Foreign Office, and travel to Port Carnelion and serve at least one successful term as a Governor there. See Carving out a Reputation at Court (Guide) for a detailed description.

After you have done that, and returned to London, you'll draw the card Inching Ever Closer, which progresses you to level 10.

Level 10[edit]

If you haven't done so, finish the Making Your Name (Guide) Dangerous track to gain access to Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers. Head to the fourth coil. When you leave it, you have a new option, Head to the Fifth Coil. Playing Meet the Tiger Keeper in his second office will advance you to level 15.

Level 15[edit]

Playing A Sufficient Tribute after submitting at least Tigerstripes.png 80 x Tribute (see below) raises the quality to level 20.

Level 20[edit]

Upon arriving to the Court, you will Accept a summons from the Banded Prince. This raises you to level 25 and loses Tigerstripes.png 80 x Tribute.

Offering Tribute to the Court of the Wakeful Eye[edit]

The storylet appears in the fifth coil of Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers. Here, you must offer valuable items until you have increased Tigerstripes.png Tribute to at least 80. You can later return to this storylet, even after you have advanced the story further.

Most of these options value one point of Tigerstripes.png Tribute at 2.50 Echoes.

Requirement Option Tigerstripes.png Tribute Notes
Banknotes.png 2500 x Penny Offer a sizeable donation +10
Manacles.png 5 x Favours: Criminals Offer an unrepentant ex-convict who won't be missed +5
Diamondred.png 1 x Magnificent Diamond Offer a Magnificent Diamond +5 More efficient to sell in bulk.
Scrap6.png 1 x Puzzle-Damask Scrap Offer puzzle-damask +5 More efficient to sell in bulk.
Wineglass.png 1 x Cellar of Wine Offer a cellar of wine +5 More efficient to sell in bulk.
Bookred.png Copy of your Ode to the Elder Continent Offer an Ode to the Elder Continent +5 Can be obtained from composing poems at the Empress' Court, see Carving out a Reputation at Court (Guide)
Ship.png 5 x Favours: The Docks Offer the labour of a zailor +5
Bohogirl1.png 5 x Favours: Bohemians Offer the talents of an artist +5
Clergy.png 5 x Favours: The Church Offer a plump vicar +5
Salon2.png 5 x Favours: Society Arrange the visit of an respected noblewoman +5
Mirror.png 50 x Memory of Light Offer Memories of Light +10
Diamondblue.png 1 x Mountain-sherd Offer a Mountain-sherd +35 See Underclay (Guide) for a repeatable source
Feather.png 16 x Royal-Blue Feather Offer Royal-Blue Feathers +4
Scrawl1.png 50 x Correspondence Plaque Offer Correspondence Plaques +10
Torsowhite.png 1 x Strong-Backed Labour Offer Strong-Backed Labour +2 See Underclay (Guide) for a repeatable source
Weasel.png 30 x Lucky Weasel Offer a bevy of Lucky Weasels +5
Mandrake.png Deshrieked Mandrake Offer a deshrieked mandrake to the Court +5
Urchinblond.png 1 x Winsome Dispossessed Orphan Offer a winsome dispossessed orphan +25 Buying these at the Bazaar (Redemptions) and offering them is the most efficient way to turn money into tribute
Blackcat.png 1 x Starveling Cat The starveling cat! The starveling cat! Bad idea to offer him that! -5

If you have several copies of items such as Diamondred.png Magnificent Diamond, Wineglass.png Cellar of Wine that are valued at 2.5 echoes per tribute and can be sold at the bazaar, it's generally most efficient to sell them to bazaar, buy as many Urchinblond.png Winsome Dispossessed Orphan as you can afford, and offer those. This takes fewer actions than offering the items directly.

If you wish to get all four ministers (see below) and nothing else in one trip, it will cost you Tigerstripes.png 800 x Tribute. Via Urchinblond.png Winsome Dispossessed Orphans, this costs 32 orphans and 2073.60 echoes.

Offering Tribute at Port Carnelian[edit]

If you have raised Goldenapple.png Associating with Radical Academics to at least 15 and server as Governor at Port Carnelian, you can hand in your Tigerstripes.png Striped Delights for Tigerstripes.png 5 x Tribute.

This by itself is not terribly efficient, but you only need a single point of Tigerstripes.png Striped Delights to do it. So if you can shift almost all of your points to Horsesilver.png Silver Horseheads, you can cash in just a few points of Tigerstripes.png Striped Delights for tribute, and save all the Horsesilver.png Silver Horseheads for the next round, and thus a higher reward.

To raise Goldenapple.png Associating with Radical Academics to 15, you need to have served one term as a governor, so you have to travel between Port Carnelian and London one extra time to utilize this scheme.

Getting Rewards at the Court of the Wakeful Eye[edit]

Once you have submitted at least Tigerstripes.png 80 x Tribute, you can play A Sufficient Tribute in Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers.

Then you can set Zail to the Elder Continent (South-East on the map) and select the Court of the Wakeful Eye as your destination. See Zailing (Guide) for more information.

Once you have arrived, you can select one of the Ministers as a companion. Later you can select another minister for Tigerstripes.png 240 x Tribute each.

At the Court, you have the option to spend time with a minister you already have. This costs Tigerstripes.png 20 x Tribute and 4 actions. You must also have a certain 'stories' quality. It gives an item (or items) worth 62.5 Echoes.

Minister Stats Option Required Quality Reward
Tigershadowy.png The Minister of Enigmas Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy +10
Sidebarbizarre.png Bizarre +1
Join the Minister of Enigmas for teatime Scrawl1.png Seeing through the Eyes of Icarus 7 Enigma.png Searing Enigma
Tigerpersuasive.png The Minister of Culture Fox.png Persuasive +10
Sidebarrespectable.png Respectable +1
Enjoy a bubbling hookah with the Minister of Culture Skull.png Approaching the Gates of the Garden 7 Scaryeye.png Night-Whisper
Tigerdangerous.png The Minister of War Bear.png Dangerous +10
Sidebardreaded.png Dreaded +1
Enjoy an extended walk through the fungal jungle with the Minister of War Mirror4.png Touched by Fingerwork 7 Mountainglow.png Primaeval Hint
Tigerwatchful.png The Minister of State Affairs Owl.png Watchful +10
Sidebarrespectable.png Respectable +1
Join the Minister of State Affairs for a long afternoon Ruins.png Walking the Falling Cities 7 Baldman.png 5 x Favour in High Places