Carving out a Reputation at Court (Guide)

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It will no doubt be magnificent. Let us hope the dour old thing will appreciate it.

Shaping a Masterpiece for the Empress is now a defunct story Quality. All the associated cards and mechanics still exist, though. This page now serves as the guide to creating great works of art at Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court and achieving the Fungalpoetry.png Poet-Laureate quality.

Start Trebleclef.png Carving out a Reputation at Court[edit]

Upon entering Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court you unlock A slow day where you get your first point of CRC (you must not be working on anything, e.g. a short story). You can now access What's your next work? and pick one of the following masterpieces to craft which locks your Empresscourt.png Working on... and won't let you choose another project until you finish it. To do so, you need to aquire a certain level of Lantern.png Inspired..., which is either 24 for minor works (e.g. a Song), or 34 for major ones (e.g. a Novel). Note that this requires either 300 or 595 CPs of Lantern.png Inspired..., respectively, whereas the challenges give you roughly 10-20 CPs per action. So it is advisable to not start work on a masterpiece for the Empress unless you have high enough stats to reliably pass Fox.png Persuasive 100 skill checks.

  • an Epic Poem
  • a Novel
  • a Play
  • a Song
  • a Symphony
  • a Ballet

What's next? or A Tale of Banishment[edit]

After having finished a masterpiece you do what all artists do: get on with life and do something productive or start over. Should you decide to keep pursuing the arts you will eventually reach Trebleclef.png Carving out a Reputation at Court 4 which locks working on any more masterpieces and has the Veteran Privy Counsellor ask you to craft one last work of art. If you oblige, you will work on a special scandalous opera and after presenting it, be banished from Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court. You can refuse him to reduce your CRC to 3 and do more things at court. But who wants to stay there anyway, right? So you grind up to Lantern.png Inspired... 24 and end it like the artsy little fellow you are. (Although you can pick the flavour of your masterpiece as usual, there are no different results this time around. You collect 2000 Honey.png Drops of Prisoner's Honey, 2 Box.png Fate, a bunch of Sidebarscandal.png Scandal and a one way ticket to Scandal.png the Tomb-Colonies.)

Epilogue: If you are wondering why you should burn this bridge, it's because getting banished from Court opens up new storylines - namely the Foreign Office, and Port Carnelian (where you can serve terms as governor). Don't worry - you'll be able to restore your reputation later and return to Court in due time.

Also: Choosing a certain kind of opera to perform lets you advance with a certain ambition (SPOILER: if you are A Scholar of the Correspondence you can choose to have written the Topsy King's opera, basically warping you to the end of that part of the Heart's Desire story. It saves you a lot of trouble the alternative would imply.)

Declaim3.png Restored to the Court of Her Enduring Majesty[edit]

Once banished from the Court, you can start working on being let back in. First you need to serve as governor of Port Carnelian. Once you complete one term, the Veteran Privy Counsellor tells you that you need to serve a few more so that you can host a state dinner for the Captivating Princess, who then restores you back to the Court.

Once restored, you'll be able to create all the old works of art, as well as new ones, including new types:

  • an Opera
  • a Film
  • a new Fashion

Unlike before your Banishment, you'll find that creating works no longer raises Trebleclef.png Carving out a Reputation at Court, but a new quality called Nib.png A Fine Piece. Spend these on your (long) journey to become London's Poet-Laureate.

Lantern.png Inspired... Progress[edit]

All challenges are broad Fox.png Persuasive challenges unless specified otherwise.

All quality gains and losses are in Change Points unless specified, and CP gains to Fox.png Persuasive based on the challenge itself are not listed.

The common qualities have been compressed to just images in the tables:
Fox.png Persuasive , Lantern.png Inspired...
Menaces:
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal , Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion , Sidebarwounds.png Wounds
Quirks:
Quirkmelancholy.png Melancholy , Quirkhedonist.png Hedonist , Quirkaustere.png Austere
Favours:
Bohogirl1.png Favours: Bohemians, Clergy.png Favours: The Church, Flames.png Favours: Revolutionaries, Devil.png Favours: Hell, Salon2.png Favours: Society
Renown:
Bohogirl1.png Renown: Bohemians, Bandagedman.png Renown: Tomb-Colonies


Simple Skill Challenges[edit]

Straight up grinding here.

Option Challenge Success Failure
Nature in the Neath Fox.png 98 Lantern.png +10 (Rare: +20) Sidebarscandal.png +1
A quiet day at your lodgings Fox.png 99 Lantern.png +10 (Rare: +20) Sidebarscandal.png +1
[1]Composition: the low path Fox.png 100 Lantern.png +10 (Rare: +15) Sidebarscandal.png +1
The men from the Ministry Fox.png 102 Lantern.png +10 Sidebarscandal.png +1
Business at the Court Fox.png 105 Lantern.png +10 (Rare: +15) Sidebarscandal.png +1
Competition for the post of Imperial Artist-in-Residence Fox.png 105 Lantern.png +10 Sidebarscandal.png +1


Complex Skill Challenges[edit]

These challenges spend items, give additional menaces, change quirks or connections for sometimes various rewards and have no ++ unless denoted.

Option Requirement Challenge Success Failure Rare Success
A city of culture Bohogirl1.png 1 Fox.png 97 Lantern.png +30
Bohogirl1.png -1
Sidebarscandal.png +1 Lantern.png +40
Bohogirl1.png -1
You have rivals Salon2.png 1 Fox.png 100 Lantern.png +30
Salon2.png -1
Sidebarscandal.png +1 Lantern.png +30
Conversation.png 2 x Scrap of Incendiary Gossip

Salon2.png -1

The people's art Flames.png 1 Fox.png 100 Lantern.png +35
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1
Flames.png -1
Sidebarscandal.png +1
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1
Devils and art Devil.png 1 Fox.png 100 Lantern.png +25
Devil.png -1
Sidebarnightmares.png +1
[1]The music of the tomb Bandagedman.png 4 Fox.png 100 Lantern.png +10
Quirkmelancholy.png +1 (up to 5)
Sidebarscandal.png +1
Quirkmelancholy.png +1 (up to 5)
[2]The lead Fox.png 100 Lantern.png +15
Quirkhedonist.png +1 (up to 5)
Quirkaustere.png -5
Lantern.png -20
Sidebarscandal.png +1
Lantern.png +15
Quirkhedonist.png +1 (up to 5)
Quirkaustere.png -5
Diamond.png 2 x Flawed Diamond
Religion and Art
Call on the help of the Church
Clergy.png 1 Fox.png 100 Lantern.png +35
Clergy.png -1
Religion and Art
Mortification of the flesh!
Lantern.png +5
Quirkhedonist.png -3
Quirkaustere.png +3 (up to 10)
Religion and Art
An organ recital at All Christs
Jade.png 10 x Jade Fragment Quirkaustere.png 7 Lantern.png +20
Jade.png -10 x Jade Fragment
Quirkaustere.png -3
Lantern.png -1
Jade.png -10 x Jade Fragment
Sidebarscandal.png +1
[2]A gaggle of artistic temperaments Fox.png 103 Lantern.png +10 Sidebarscandal.png +1
The Bohemians Bohogirl1.png 5 Fox.png 107 Lantern.png +15
Sidebarscandal.png +1
Lantern.png -20 Lantern.png +20
Appallingsecret.png 2 x Appalling Secret
[1]Composition: the high path Honey.png 25 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey Fox.png 108 Lantern.png +20
Honey.png -25 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey
Lantern.png -20
Honey.png -25 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey
Sidebarnightmares.png +1
Lantern.png +20
Sapphire.png 1 x Sapphire

Luck Challenges[edit]

Option Requirement Success Chance Success Failure
The Decency Evaluator Demetergreen.png 50 x Foxfire Candle Stub Cardfan.png 30% Demetergreen.png -50 x Foxfire Candle Stub
Lantern.png +15
Fox.png +2
Door.png +2 Secluded Address
Demetergreen.png -50 x Foxfire Candle Stub
Lantern.png +15
Fox.png +2
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1
Yesterday's work Lantern.png 5 Cardfan.png 60% Lantern.png +25 (Rare: +35)
Confidentsmile.png +1 Confident Smile
Lantern.png -20
Sidebarwounds.png +2
The pleasures of the Neath Honey.png 15 x Honey
Bottleandglass.png 20 x Bottle of Greyfields 1879
Cardfan.png 50% Honey.png -15 x Honey
Bottleandglass.png -20 x Bottle of Greyfields 1879
Lantern.png +20
Quirkhedonist.png +3 (up to 10)
Quirkaustere.png -3
Honey.png -15 x Honey
Bottleandglass.png -20 x Bottle of Greyfields 1879
Lantern.png +10
Quirkhedonist.png +3 (up to 10)
Quirkaustere.png -3
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Unlocked only when working on a Song, Symphony, Ballet, Opera, or Film.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Unlocked only when working on a Play, Song, Symphony, Ballet, Opera or Film.

Minor Works[edit]

Minor works include plays, songs, symphonies, ballets and fashion.

These options require raising Lantern.png Inspired... to level 24, and provide materials worth Icon-echo.png 30. Note that there is no benefit from achieving more than the needed level of Lantern.png Inspired....

Before being Banished from Court, these provide Trebleclef.png +1 CP Carving out a Reputation at Court.
After being Restored to Court, they provide instead Nib.png 2 x A Fine Piece.

Plays[edit]

Opening Night! Making Waves Results
A Slapstick Farce +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
A Wry Satirical Comedy +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
A Heart-Wrenching Tragedy +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
A Romance of Poverty [1] +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
A History [1] [2] +10 CP Nevercold brass.png 3000 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +10 CP
A Celestial Spectacle [1] [3] +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Only available after being Restored to Court
  2. Requires University.png Connected: Summerset 5
  3. Requires Desk.png Identified with a School: The Celestials


Songs[edit]

Publish your song! Making Waves Results
A Rousing Hymn +5 CP Demetergreen.png 3000 x Foxfire Candle Stub
A Newly Arranged Folk Song +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
A Patriotic Anthem +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
A Drinking Song! [1] +10 CP Red gold.png 3000 x Piece of Rostygold
A Renaissance Piece! [1] +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
A Political Anthem! [1] [2] +10 CP Lamplighter beeswax.png 3000 x Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +10 CP
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Only available after being Restored to Court
  2. Requires Flames.png Renown: Revolutionaries 5


Symphonies[edit]

Your symphony is complete! Making Waves Results
Somewhat challenging music [1] +8 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
Library.png A Scholar of the Correspondence +1 CP (up to 10)
Sidebarwounds.png Wounds +3 CP
An exuberant cannonade +5 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +3 CP
A choral requiem +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
A Modern Fantasia [2] +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
Something of your own genius [2] [3] +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
A Rubbery Tone Poem [2] [4] +10 CP Amber.png 3000 x Nodule of Deep Amber
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +10 CP
  1. Requires Library.png A Scholar of the Correspondence 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Only available after being Restored to Court
  3. Requires Desk.png Identified with a School: Your own genius
  4. Requires Rubberyman.png Renown: Rubbery Men 5


Ballet[edit]

Stage your ballet! Making Waves Results
A light work based around a Neathy folk tale +8 CP Jade.png 3000 x Jade Fragment
A work of romance and automata +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +5 CP
A work of barely clad decadence +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +10 CP
Scandal.png Disgraced exile in the Tomb-Colonies
An infernal work [1] [2] +10 CP Nevercold brass.png 3000 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +10 CP
A Carnelian work [1] +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
Tigerstripes.png 3 x Tribute [3]
A Blemmigan work [1] [4] +10 CP FATE
Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +10 CP
A work of burning dance [1] [5] +10 CP FATE
Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +4 CP
Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares +4 CP
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Only available after being Restored to Court
  2. Requires Devil.png Renown: Hell 5
  3. Only with Goldenapple.png Associating with Radical Academics at least 15
  4. Requires Desk.png Identified with a School: The Mycologenes
  5. Requires Desk.png Identified with a School: The Terpsichoreans

Fashion [1][edit]

A Fashionable Extravaganza! Making Waves Results
A sleek suit +10 CP Jade.png 3000 x Jade Fragment
Practical improvements for undergarments! +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
A return to the styles of yore +10 CP Moonpearl.png 3000 x Moon-Pearl
  1. Only available after being Restored to Court


Major Works[edit]

Major works include poems, novels, operas and films.

These options require raising Lantern.png Inspired... to level 34, and provide materials worth Icon-echo.png 60. Note that there is no benefit from achieving more than the needed level of Lantern.png Inspired....

Before being Banished from Court, these provide Trebleclef.png +2 CP Carving out a Reputation at Court.
After being Restored to Court, they provide instead Nib.png 3 x A Fine Piece.

Poems[edit]

Your poem is complete! Making Waves Results
An Epic Cycle +12 CP Moonpearl.png 6000 x Moon-Pearl
Bookbrown.png 1 x Copy of your Epic Poetic Cycle
A Tragedy of Romance +12 CP Moonpearl.png 6000 x Moon-Pearl
Roseyellow.png Fascinating... +50 CP
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +3 CP
Book.png 1 x Copy of your Tragedy of Romance
An Allegorical Satire +15 CP Moonpearl.png 6000 x Moon-Pearl
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +3 CP
Bookblue.png 1 x Copy of your Allegorical Satire
A Zeefaring Epic [1] [2] +15 CP Red gold.png 6000 x Piece of Rostygold
Bookblue.png 1 x Copy of your Zeefaring Epic
An Ode to the Elder Continent [1] +15 CP Lamplighter beeswax.png 6000 x Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax
Bookred.png 1 x Copy of your Ode to the Elder Continent
A Nocturnal Rhapsody [1] [3] +15 CP Demetergreen.png 6000 x Foxfire Candle Stub
Bookblack.png 1 x Copy of your Nocturnal Rhapsody
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Only available after being Restored to Court
  2. Requires Ship.png Renown: The Docks 5 and Captainhat.png Zeefaring
  3. Requires Desk.png Identified with a School: The Nocturnals

Novels[edit]

Your novel is complete! Making Waves Results
A Gothic Romance +10 CP Moonpearl.png 6000 x Moon-Pearl
Roseyellow.png Fascinating... +50 CP
Book.png 1 x Copy of your Gothic Romance
A Tale of the Future! +10 CP Nevercold brass.png 6000 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
University.png Connected: Benthic +10 CP
University.png Connected: Summerset +10 CP
Bookbrown.png 1 x Copy of your Tale of the Future
A Patriotic Adventure! +15 CP Moonpearl.png 6000 x Moon-Pearl
Bookblue.png 1 x Copy of your Patriotic Adventure
A Tale of Espionage! [1] [2] +15 CP Jade.png 6000 x Jade Fragment
Book.png 1 x Copy of your Tale of Espionage
A Tale for the People! [1] [3] +15 CP Moonpearl.png 6000 x Moon-Pearl
Bookbrown.png 1 x Copy of your Tale for the People
A Bazaarine Tale! [1] [4] +15 CP Nevercold brass.png 6000 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Bookblack.png 1 x Copy of your Bazaarine Tale
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Only available after being Restored to Court
  2. Requires Pawn.png Renown: The Great Game 5
  3. Requires Manacles.png Renown: Criminals 5 and Urchin.png Renown: Urchins 5
  4. Requires Desk.png Identified with a School: The Bazaarines


Operas [1][edit]

An Opera! Making Waves Results
A Thunderstorm of Morality +10 CP Shard.png 6000 x Shard of Glim
A Heartwarming Farce +10 CP Moonpearl.png 6000 x Moon-Pearl
An Epic of Far-Off Lands +10 CP Demetergreen.png 6000 x Foxfire Candle Stub
  1. Only available after being Restored to Court


Films [1][edit]

Show your Film! Making Waves Results
An Innocent Fictional Scene +10 CP Shard.png 6000 x Shard of Glim
A Brief Comedy +10 CP Moonpearl.png 6000 x Moon-Pearl
Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares +10 CP
A Documentary +10 CP Silk.png 6000 x Silk Scrap
  1. Only available after being Restored to Court

Is it worth it?[edit]

Having a Bookbrown.png Copy of your Tale of the Future can come in handy when Designing your Zubmarine if you don't have Library.png A Scholar of the Correspondence 3, while any of the other eleven poems or novels saves you 2000 Foxfire Candles and two Favours when Bluestocking.png Making Friends among God's Editors on the Making the Good Book Better golden opportunity card. A Bookblue.png Copy of your Patriotic Adventure can be used for increasing Mastertc.png Connected: The Masters of the Bazaar on the 6th day of Mr Sacks, with Mr Sacks! Take this exalted hymn to patriotism!, but unlike the previously mentioned uses you lose your copy. It is possible to give this Sacks 10 touching love stories instead for the same reward.

After completing a library in Jericho Locks, you can lend out a Bookbrown.png Tale of the Future with Lend in expectation, a Bookbrown.png Tale for the People with Lend cautiously, or a Bookblue.png Zeefaring Epic with Lend proudly, depending on Station.png Airs of Jericho Locks, none of which consumes the book in question. All of these grant 2-3 points of Sidebarmakingwaves.png Making Waves and cycle Airs; additionally, the Tale of the Future gets you Nevercold brass.png Nevercold Brass, the Zeefaring Epic gets you Red gold.png Rostygold, and the Tale for the People lets you trade Book.png Proscribed Material for Bazaar.png Nightsoil of the Bazaar. The Tale of the Future is particularly useful, since it's used when Airs is less than 25, and can therefore help you cycle Airs to get a Deep-Zee Catch.

Once you max out your Poet-Laureate, you can make a statue of yourself in Ealing Gardens. This is no longer that profitable, but lets you trade Bohogirl1.png 4 x Favours: Bohemians for Bone11.png 2 x Ivory Humerus, should you wish to do that.

Should you fancy a trip to Scandal.png the Tomb-Colonies, a saucy ballet is the way to go. Composing a couple dozen somewhat-challenging symphonies is the best non-Fate-locked way to reliably grind Library.png A Scholar of the Correspondence to 10.

Whatever you create, it will basically give you a bit more than one Echo (per action) worth of the various 0.01 Echo items. This is assuming you pass the challenges at 100%. Investing favours or items increases inspiration but, well, you pay for it. The optimal choice to get complete works the fastest while Fox.png Persuasive is below 148 is The Decency Evaluator, which will complete a small work in 20 actions, cost 1000 Demetergreen.png Foxfire Candle Stubs, gain an average of 12 Door.png Secluded Addresses, and gain an average of 14 Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion, which works out to (30 - 10 + 12 * 0.50) / (20 + 0.25 * 14 + 2) = 1.02 Echoes per Action. Once you have Fox.png Persuasive 148, The lead becomes the better option on works other than poems and novels. At Fox.png Persuasive 167, there is no chance of failure and you can rack up the needed inspiration with 20 actions, netting a whopping 30 / (20 + 2) = 1.36 Echoes per Action.

Late-game players who have a university laboratory can do slightly better by using Composition: the high path. If you have Fox.png Persuasive 292 you can use a Struggling Artist to get honey; you'll get 375 honey with 3 actions (best to do more than this in one go so as to avoid wasting actions entering Court). Then, Composition: the high path will spend that honey and 15 actions to get enough Lantern.png Inspired... for level 24. Ergo, you spend 3 actions getting honey + 15 actions using it, for a total of 18 actions, saving 2 actions compared to The lead. This works out at 30 / (18 + 2) = 1.5 Echoes per action, worse than you can do by just grinding honey, so it's only of interest if you want to be Fungalpoetry.png A Poet-Laureate.