Discordant Studies - Costs and Rewards (Guide)

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This is a Failbetter-approved guide. The policy regarding Discordant Studies is still in effect and this content is still disallowed outside approved guides.

This is a guide for those who would like to know what they stand to gain and lose with deeper studies of the Discordance or just want a chance to prepare first.

As everything in this guide is considered spoilers for this content, each section is collapsed by default. Expand only what you want to see.

What This Guide Doesn't Cover[edit]

  • Branch-by-branch mechanics
  • Unique items and qualities given to you by this content only to unlock a later part of the puzzle
  • Puzzle answers
  • Lore and narrative
  • Costs and rewards of optional and/or optionally-repeatable actions
  • Penalties of failed checks (none are severe enough to list)
  • Costs and challenges of travel

Black.png Discordant Studies 2[edit]

If the notion of following an expensive and painful path doesn't appeal to you but don't want to miss out on increasing your Black.png Steward of the Discordance cap, fear not! The cap increase is a reward for the first step and the storylet tells you what you stand to lose for taking it. You are welcome to stop your pursuit after this point.

Stat Challenges[edit]

List of stat challenges faced [Expand]
Stat Difficulty Type
Chesspiece.png A Player of Chess 9 Narrow
Dawnmachine.png Artisan of the Red Science 9 Narrow
Mirror.png Glasswork 9 Narrow
Honeyjar.png Kataleptic Toxicology 9 Narrow
Snakehead2.png Mithridacy 9 Narrow
Tentacle.png Monstrous Anatomy 9 Narrow
Amber2.png Shapeling Arts 9 Narrow
Owl.png Watchful
Bear.png Dangerous
Fox.png Persuasive
Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy

Costs & Requirements[edit]

Stat Losses [Expand]
Quality CP Loss
Chesspiece.png A Player of Chess -(current level) CP
Dawnmachine.png Artisan of the Red Science -(current level) CP
Bear.png Dangerous -100 CP
Mirror.png Glasswork -(current level) CP
Honeyjar.png Kataleptic Toxicology -(current level) CP
Snakehead2.png Mithridacy -(current level) CP
Tentacle.png Monstrous Anatomy -(current level) CP
Fox.png Persuasive -100 CP
Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy -100 CP
Amber2.png Shapeling Arts -(current level) CP
Owl.png Watchful -100 CP
Menace Gain [Expand]
Quality Gain Notes
Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares +10 CP
Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares +8 CP move directly to Parabola.png The Mirror-Marches
Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion +4 CP move directly to Prison.png New Newgate Prison
Sidebarunaccountablypeckish.png Unaccountably Peckish +1 x
Sidebarwounds.png Wounds set to 8 move directly to Death.png A boat trip
Sidebarwounds.png Wounds set to 8 move directly to Death.png A boat trip again
Item & Quality Losses [Expand]
Item / Quality Loss Notes
Redhoneyjar.png A Vial of Queenly Attar -1 x
Appallingsecret.png Appalling Secret -2 x
Black.png Breath of the Void -1 x
Lambchop.png Current Culinary Concoction:
Solacefruit Champagne Sorbet
Gone Requires [1] to create from scratch
Black.png Discordant Missive -1 x
Bottledsoulwhite.png Discordant Soul -1 x
Bone16.png Doubled Skull -1 x
Chambersoftheheart.png Impossible Theorem -1 x
Black.png Memory of Discordance -15 x
Scaryeye.png Night-Whisper -1 x
Non-Cost Requirements [Expand]
Item / Quality Required
Rose.png Attar 6 x
Sunset.png The Rose-Red Streets 1+


Primary Rewards [Expand]
Item / Quality Gain Notes
Nonsmokingnun.png Acquaintance: the Anchoress +1 x New Acquaintance quality
Liberationofnight.png Advancing the Liberation of Night: +110 CP
Demeter.png Anticandle +3 x New Luminosity item. Despite the same name and image, this is not the same as Demeter.png Anticandle, the retired Advantage
Snowflake.png Crystalline Knowledge +4 x L6 -> L10
Black.png Discordance Stone +1 x New Contraband item
Black.png Discordant Studies +1 x L1 -> L2
Black.png Immaterial Material +1 x New Rag Trade item. Can be traded for Scrap5.png Veils-Velvet Scrap.
Black.png Steward of the Discordance +9 CP
Secondary Rewards [Expand]
Item / Quality Gain Notes
Clouds.png Aeolian Scream +9 x
Appallingsecret.png Appalling Secret +9 x
Lumps.png Basket of Rubbery Pies +4 x
Boneshard.png Bone Fragments +666 x
Bottlegiant.png Bottle of Broken Giant 1844 +1 x
Bottledsoulblue.png Brilliant Soul +111 x
Ticket.png Carnival Ticket +9 x
Crypticsecret.png Cryptic Clue +9 x
Scintillack.png Crystallised Euphoria +1 x
Cherries.png Dark-Dewed Cherry +3 x
Mirrormonster.png Direful Reflection +1 x
Declaim.png Dubious Testimony +9 x
Bottlered.png Fillip of Effervescence +1 x
Beesinthebone.png Horned Skull +2 x
Lamplighter beeswax.png Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax +4444 x
Gleam.png Memory of a Much Lesser Self +4 x
Parabola.png Parabolan Research +36 x
Waxjar.png Primordial Shriek +9 x
Ratsstring.png Rat on a String +3333 x
Heart.png Romantic Notion +444 x
Conversation.png Scrap of Incendiary Gossip +9 x
Cherries.png Solacefruit +5 x
Bottledsoul.png Soul +555 x
Paperstack.png Sworn Statement +9 x
Scaryeye.png Tale of Terror!! +9 x
Adoration.png Touching Love Story +4 x
Library.png Volume of Collated Research +19 x

Additional Reward Notes[edit]

Over the course of your Discordant Studies, you will also unlock multiple repeatable actions. Most notably, this includes several new cards in the Adulterine Castle, some very expensive ways to lower your base Skills, and an expensive-but-repeatable source of Scrap5.png Veils-Velvet Scraps.