Associating with Radical Academics (Guide)
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's or The Young Stags' Club. Eventually a membership in the Dilmun Club brings you on your way to 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 Bizarre, Dreaded, or Respectable.
In addition, you can turn in a number of valuable things for Tribute and hand in 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 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 A Person of Some Importance -, but in order finish the storyline, you need the following:
- A Person of Some Importance -
- Your own ship
- Successful Terms as Governor - at least 1
- Cultivating an Acquaintance with His Amused Lordship is an advantage
Progressing Associating with Radical Academics
The first section of 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 Approaching the Gates of the Garden or on separate cards.
- A gathering of scholars opportunity card, needs 69 Watchful
- The Seekers of the Garden opportunity card, option "Attend an assembly of academics", needs 5 Approaching the Gates of the Garden
- Unusual Academics, opportunity card, requires 81 Watchful
- Finding the Dilmun Club from The Seekers of the Garden opportunity card, needs 5 Approaching the Gates of the Garden, 2 Bizarre challenge (equip all your Bizarre gear to make this easier).
- The Museum of Mistakes, opportunity card, requires 93 Watchful
- Can His Amused Lordship help you find the Dilmun Club? from The Seekers of the Garden opportunity card, needs exactly 3 Cultivating an Acquaintance with His Amused Lordship
- Find the Dilmun Club Headquarters from The Seekers of the Garden opportunity card, needs 1 x Secluded Address (which you lose on success)
This step needs A Person of Some Importance -.
Join the Dilmun Club!, storylet in Ladybones Road, which gives three options for your sponsor. Each option costs a variety of items and qualities.
- His Amused Lordship
- Bishop of St Fiacre's, 4 Bizarre challenge
- 3 x Mourning Candle (lose even if you fail the challenge)
- Implacable Detective, 6 Respectable challenge
- 1 x Implacable Detective's Business Card (lose even if you fail the challenge)
This step gives you the Dilmun Club Lapel Badge (weapon).
Now you have to wait about one day in real-world time, then you get A meeting of the Dilmun Club in your messages.
- Return to the Dilmun Club, storylet in Ladybones Road, gives you (depending on your previous sponsor)
- His Amused Lordship:
- Bishop of St Fiacre's
- Implacable Detective
To get to the next level, you have to get banished from the Empress' Court, visit the Foreign Office, and travel to Port Carnelian 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.
If you haven't done so, finish the Making Your Name (Guide) Dangerous track to gain access to The Labyrinth of Tigers. Head to the fourth coil. Doing so requires Making Progress in the Labyrinth of Tigers 14. When you leave the fourth coil, 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.
Playing A Sufficient Tribute after submitting at least 80 x Tribute (see below) raises the quality to level 20.
Upon arriving to the Court, you will Accept a summons from the Banded Prince. This raises you to level 25 and loses 80 x Tribute. Progress till Deepening Relations with the Court and requesting access to a Minister will set the quality to 75.
At this point you may gather additional tribute and request access to the remaining 3 ministers.
This level marks the start of the Evolution serial story. See Evolution (Guide) for more information.
Offering Tribute to the Court of the Wakeful Eye
The storylet appears in the fifth coil of The Labyrinth of Tigers. Here, you must offer valuable items until you have increased 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 Tribute at 2.50 Echoes.
You raise your Tribute up to 260 at most.
If you have several copies of items such as Magnificent Diamond, 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 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), it will cost you 800 x Tribute. Via Winsome Dispossessed Orphan, this costs 32 orphans and 2073.60 echoes.
Also see the tribute combination list here.
Offering Tribute at Port Carnelian
If you have raised Associating with Radical Academics to at least 15 and served as Governor at Port Carnelian, you will receive a bonus of 5 x Tribute when you hand in your Striped Delights. This by itself is not terribly efficient, but you only need a single point of Striped Delights to do it. This means that a term as governor in which you spend many actions restoring Imperial Legitimacy, you can convert all SD to Silver Horseheads and cash in for Tribute, saving your payoffs for future terms when you will surpass the breakpoints and get a better payout in Antique Mysterys or Puzzling Maps.
Other than those breakpoints, the rewards scale linearly with SD/ SH, so unless the total is low enough that you'd otherwise choose Honoured with a State Dinner, shifting to Horseheads is generally a mistake; just shift everything toward Delights as long as the return is good (it virtually always is), and redeem for the usual payment in items plus the bonus Tribute. For further details, consult Port Carnelian (Guide).
To raise 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
Once you have submitted at least 80 x Tribute, you can play A Sufficient Tribute in 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 240 x Tribute each.
At the Court, you have the option to spend time with a minister you already have. This costs 20 x Tribute and 4 actions. You must also have a certain 'stories' quality. It gives an item (or items) worth 62.5 Echoes.
The Court of the Wakeful Eye is a reliable way to obtain very good companions, and several of the grinds associated with it have very high EPA in addition to being good sources of specific items.
The limit of max 260 Tribute means you cannot arbitrarily reduce the relative action cost of zee travel by operating in big batches.
On the plus side, selling items from the ministers through the Rat Market can boost the profitability. The general idea is to turn in Night-Whisper for Rat-Shillings, and then use those to buy items that you can sell at the bazaar at a favorable rate. This option depends on the various time-dependent conditions of the rat market.