Casing (Guide)

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Mask.png Casing... is used for four endeavours:

  • Several criminal shenanigans in The Flit (Unlocked with Shadowy 73)

For details on the first two villainies check the corresponding quality page. (Note that CPs and levels of Casing are interchangeable between all sources and crimes, i.e. you do not necessarily have to steal paintings to do the Topsy King one)

Gaining Casing...[edit]

Preparing for a Big Score[edit]

Preparing for a Big Score in The Flit unlocks at Shadowy 73. Here are the options and possible outcomes (disregarding skill challenge based CPs to Shadowy).

Option Actions Challenge Success Failure
Look for the targets 3 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 74 Mask.png +6 Casing... (Rare: +8) Sidebarsuspicion.png +3 Suspicion
Examine the target 3 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 76 Mask.png +6 Casing... Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 Suspicion
Criminal assistance 3 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 78 Mask.png +6 Casing...
Whispered secret.png +30 Whispered Hint
Mask.png -2 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +2 Suspicion
Scapegoats and alibis 3 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 80 Mask.png +9 Casing... Sidebarsuspicion.png +3 Suspicion
Formulate a plan 3 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 82 Mask.png +9 Casing... Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 Suspicion
The decoy 3 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 84 Mask.png +9 Casing...
Bag.png A Bundle (1-30)
Mask.png -3 Casing...
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 Suspicion

Well-planned villainy
(needs Diamond.png PoSI)

5 - Mask.png +15 Casing... -
Set your gang of hoodlums to business
(needs Diamond.png PoSI & Pirategreen.png Gang)
5 Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 100 Mask.png +18 Casing... Mask.png +3 Casing...

Steal paintings[edit]

If you instead agree to steal paintings for the Topsy King - which is not mutually exclusive with planning a heist, so you can have both selected at the same time - you can steal a painting from a struggling artist (costs 10 Greyfields 1879, grants +2 Casing on success or +1 Suspicion on failure) or a noted gallery (grants +3 Casing on success or +1 Suspicion on failure). Each of these takes 1 action point, so this can be used to grind Shadowy slightly faster.

Big Rat[edit]

Furthermore; if you made a deal with the Big Rat you can Purchase some assistance with Casing... from the Alliance with the Big Rat storylet available at your lodgings. At 9 CP per Action point, this is the most action-efficient method, but it is of course a bit costly.

Parabola[edit]

In addition to the above, there is a late game option to acquire casing in Parabola by Finding the weakness in an opponent's defences, however this requires Shadowy Gains 6. Furthermore, this involves a Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy challenge with high difficulty; spending an Action point to reduce the difficulty may be needed to make this method more reliable, but this reduces the CP per Action from slightly over 9 to 7.

Helicon House[edit]

Late-game players can also gain Casing... at Helicon House. See the Table of Progress Qualities in the house guide.

Using Casing...[edit]

Sell Information[edit]

You can Sell information to these three factions (unlocked with Casing... 3):

Thefts of Particular Character[edit]

You can do Thefts of Particular Character once you reach Casing 10 to gain different items (requires Shadowy 73). All options will gain 12.50 Echoes worth of items after a Shadowy 120 challenge costing you 32 CP of Casing if successful. Failing will give the same amount of items but deduct 51 CP Casing. The options are:

Embark on a Heist[edit]

You can choose to Embark on a Heist. Check the On a Heist (Guide) page for a guide and advice.

Various thefts in the Flit[edit]

You can do larger crimes at various difficulties, all of them resetting your Casing if successful:

Suggested level and expected actions per theft assume that you can reduce suspicion at 4 cp/action usually, or 2 cp/action in prison. Bear in mind there may be other consequences as well. The numbers are not completely accurate due to rounding, in reality they will usually be higher.

Option Req. Challenge Success Failure Suggested Casing Expected actions / theft
Steal the Carnival Strong Box:

Rob the strong-box halfway through the evening

Mask.png 5 4 Jade.png 100 x Jade Fragment
Moonpearl.png 100 x Moon-Pearl
Red gold.png 100 x Piece of Rostygold
Shard.png 100 x Shard of Glim
Crypticsecret.png 16 x Cryptic Clue
= 4.32 Echoes

Blackglove.png +1 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 2)

Mask.png -5 CP 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP 
5 7.3
Steal the Carnival Strong Box:

Rob the strongbox at the end of a busy evening

Mask.png 5 8 Jade.png 200 x Jade Fragment
Moonpearl.png 200 x Moon-Pearl
Red gold.png 200 x Piece of Rostygold
Shard.png 200 x Shard of Glim
Crypticsecret.png 18 x Cryptic Clue
= 8.36 Echoes

Blackglove.png +2 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 2)

Mask.png -10 CP 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP 
6 14.9
Rob the Ministry of Public Decency:

Rob an outlying depository

Mask.png 7 6 Book.png 59 x Proscribed Material
Papers.png 40 x Stolen Correspondence
Crypticsecret.png 200 x Cryptic Clue
= 8.36 Echoes

Blackglove.png +2 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 3)

Mask.png -7 CP 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP 
7 11.9
Rob the Ministry of Public Decency:

Rob the main archive

Mask.png 7 10 Book.png 100 x Proscribed Material
Document.png 5 x Infernal Contract
Papers.png 80 x Stolen Correspondence
Crypticsecret.png 200 x Cryptic Clue
= 13.00 Echoes

Blackglove.png +3 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 3)

Mask.png -10 CP 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +2 CP 
8 20.3
Bringing Revolution!:

Destroy a statue

Mask.png 9
Blackglove.png Master Thief 1
8 Book.png 200 x Proscribed Material
Papers.png 90 x Stolen Correspondence
= 12.50 Echoes

Blackglove.png +3 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 4)

Mask.png -9 CP 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP 
9 17.8
Bringing Revolution!:

Bomb a meeting of financiers

Mask.png 9
Blackglove.png Master Thief 1
12 Book.png 300 x Proscribed Material
Crypticsecret.png 200 x Cryptic Clue
= 16.00 Echoes

Blackglove.png +4 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 4)

Mask.png -10 CP 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +2 CP 
10 26.6
Rob the Glim Shipment:

Rob the glim ship

Waves.png Wolfstack Docks
Mask.png 9
Blackglove.png Master Thief 1
8 Shard.png 1296 x Shard of Glim
= 12.96 Echoes

Blackglove.png +3 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 4)

Mask.png -9 CP 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP 
9 17.8
Rob the Glim Shipment:

Wait until it docks and rob the warehouse

Waves.png Wolfstack Docks
Mask.png 9
Blackglove.png Master Thief 1
12 Shard.png 1872 x Shard of Glim
= 18.72 Echoes

Blackglove.png +4 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 4)

Mask.png -10 CP 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +2 CP 
10 26.6
Rob the Chambers of the Duchess:

Rob the study

Palace.png The Shuttered Palace
Crypticsecret.png 20 x Cryptic Clue
Sidebarsuspicion.png 0–3
Mask.png 11
Blackglove.png Master Thief 2
10 Papers.png 300 x Stolen Correspondence
Crypticsecret.png 50 x Cryptic Clue
Whispered secret.png 242 x Whispered Hint
Appallingsecret.png 2 x Appalling Secret
= 18.72 Echoes

Blackglove.png +4 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 5)

Mask.png -11 CP 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +2 CP 
Crypticsecret.png -20 x Cryptic Clue
11 25.2
Rob the Chambers of the Duchess:

Gleams in the darkness

Sidebarsuspicion.png 0–3
Mask.png 11
Blackglove.png Master Thief 2
12 Moonpearl.png 1000 x Moon-Pearl
Jade.png 1000 x Jade Fragment
Ratsstring.png 5 x Rat on a String
= 20.05 Echoes

Blackglove.png +5 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 5)

Mask.png -10 CP 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +3 CP 
Duchess2.png -5 CP The Duchess
11 28.1
Rob the Brass Embassy:

Nobody would steal from it but you

Sidebarsuspicion.png 0–2
Mask.png 13
Blackglove.png Master Thief 2
14 Nevercold brass.png 1000 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Bottledsoul.png 500 x Soul
Document.png 40 x Infernal Contract
Diamond.png 10 x Flawed Diamond
Book.png 25 x Proscribed Material
= 30.20 Echoes

Blackglove.png +7 CP Master Thief (up to lvl 7)

Mask.png -20 CP 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +20 CP 
Prisonsmall.png Imprisoned!
Devil.png -all 
Favours: Hell

Sidebarshadowy.png -50 CP 
14 47.8[1]
Rob the Bazaar:

They know nothing.

Sidebarsuspicion.png 0–1
Mask.png 15
Blackglove.png Master Thief 3
16 Sign.png 16 x London Street Sign
= 40.00 Echoes

Blackglove.png +9 CP Master Thief (no limit)

Mask.png -20 CP 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +10 CP 
Sidebarnightmares.png +36 CP [2]
16 59.1
  1. Hard to measure due to prison mechanics
  2. This will increase Nightmares from 0 to 8 and drive you mad unless you wear Nightmare-reducing gear

Highway Robbery[edit]

If you've made it at least partially through the Clay Highwayman's story, you'll have access to Assorted Larcenies at his camp in Balmoral. These crimes can be accessed through the card deck there (it's infinite draw), do not have associated challenges, and have overall high EPA.

The EPAs for some of the options are hard to calculate. For example, Scintillack.png Consignment of Scintillack Snuff cannot be sold directly and must be converted either to Currency3 copper.png Hinterland Scrip via Engage in a bit of smuggling or Corsagegreen.png Preserved Surface Blooms via Offer a well-packed keg of scintillack snuff. The calculated EPAs below generally assume that the items are directly sold, or sold as directly as possible. In cases where this is not possible, EPAs are approximate.

Card Option Req. Reward Casing Loss / MotCH Gain Icon-echo.png per Casing CP
Ealing Gardens Ambush an Inattentive Scholar Mask.png 6 Library.png 3 x Volume of Collated Research
Bone6.png 2 x Knotted Humerus
= Icon-echo.png 10.5
Mask.png -21 CP 
Mask.png +1 CP MotCH
Icon-echo.png 0.5
Burgle a Public House Mask.png 8 Amber blue.png 1 x Nodule of Trembling Amber
Bread.png 4 x Crate of Incorruptible Biscuits
Teachipped.png 4 – 30 x Jasmine Leaves
= Icon-echo.png 22.9 – Icon-echo.png 25.9
Mask.png -36 CP 
Mask.png +2 CP MotCH
Icon-echo.png 0.63 – 0.72
Jericho Locks Ambush a Novice Smuggler Mask.png 6 Scintillack.png 1 x Consignment of Scintillack Snuff
= Icon-echo.png 15
Mask.png -21 CP 
Mask.png +1 CP MotCH
Icon-echo.png 0.71
Seize a jewel smuggler's boat Mask.png 8 Diamondred.png 2 x Magnificent Diamond
= Icon-echo.png 25.00
Mask.png -36 CP 
Mask.png +2 CP MotCH
Icon-echo.png 0.69
Magistracy of the Evenlode Ambush an Aging Detective Mask.png 6 Paperstack.png 5 x Sworn Statement
= Icon-echo.png 12.5
Mask.png -21 CP 
Mask.png +1 CP MotCH
Icon-echo.png 0.59
Break into the offices of Baseborn & Fowlingpiece Mask.png 8 Document.png 2 x Legal Document
Papers3.png 1 – 10? x Compromising Document
= Icon-echo.png 25.0
Mask.png -36 CP 
Mask.png +2 CP MotCH
Icon-echo.png 0.69
Balmoral Ambush a smuggler Mask.png 6 Diamondred.png 1 x Magnificent Diamond
= Icon-echo.png 12.5
Mask.png -21 CP 
Mask.png +1 CP MotCH
Icon-echo.png 0.59
Ambush a courier Mask.png 8 Surmise.png 2 x Vital Intelligence
= Icon-echo.png 25.00
Mask.png -36 CP 
Mask.png +2 CP MotCH
Icon-echo.png 0.69
Burrow-Infra-Mump Ambush an Amnesiac Theologian Mask.png 6 Papers2.png 25 x Palimpsest Scrap
= Icon-echo.png 12.5
Mask.png -21 CP 
Mask.png +1 CP MotCH
Icon-echo.png 0.59
Rob the Museum of Souls Mask.png 8

Bottledsoulpurple.png A Museum of Souls

Bottledsoulwhite.png 1 x Silent Soul
Bottledsoulorange.png 1 x Queer Soul
Bottledsoulblue.png 4-24 x Brilliant Soul
= Icon-echo.png 17.00 – Icon-echo.png 27.00
Mask.png -36 CP 
Mask.png +2 CP MotCH
Icon-echo.png 0.47 – 0.75