Embarking on a Voyage of Scientific Discovery (Guide)

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This is a guide for Embarking on a Voyage of Scientific Discovery and discovering islands in the Unterzee!

Why would you embark on a scientific journey?

In order to start the storyline, you'll need the following requirements:

You can play either A Sneering Gentleman and Set out on a Scientific Expedition in order to start. You will also meet some people in Bazaar Side-streets. Once done with this, you should head to your lodgings to do some preliminary research.

Preliminary Research[edit]

This may seem like a bad deal, but preliminary research can actually be pretty profitable. For reference, each scientific worth can be exchanged for up to 0.1 E worth of items in the right quantities.

Option Requirement Cost Gain Lucky (in addition)
Look at the current trend in Theosophistry 3 x Favours: Society 3 x Favours: Society 50 x TN
Find promising students 2 x Favours: Urchins
2 x Favours: The Church
2 x Favours: Revolutionaries
2 x Favours: Urchins
2 x Favours: The Church
2 x Favours: Revolutionaries
50 x CN

50 x AN
50 x TN

1 x Scrap of Incendiary Gossip
Pay someone else to research for you 80 x Memory of Distant Shores 50 x CN

50 x AN
50 x TN

Have instruments ground 1 x Whirring Contraption 50 x CN

50 x AN
50 x TN

Consult your current work 1 x Volume of Collated Research 40 x CN

40 x AN
40 x TN

1 x Memory of Distant Shores
Summarise your experiences in the Wars of Illusion Embroiled in the Wars of Illusion 25 1 x Extraordinary Implication 35 x TN 20 x Cryptic Clue
Consult the Masters of the Bazaar Connected: The Masters of the Bazaar 3 Connected: The Masters of the Bazaar 2 CP 100 x AN 3 x Maniac's Prayer
Trade in academic favours Connected: Summerset 20
Connected: Benthic 20
Connected: Summerset 91-114 CP
Connected: Benthic 91--114 CP
100 x CN
Examine your collection of curiosities 1 x Collection of Curiosities 150 x AN 1 x Mystery of the Elder Continent
Test your Unearthly Fossil 1 x Unearthly Fossil 80 x CN
1 x Nodule of Warm Amber
4 x Nodule of Warm Amber

The easiest way to get a lot of research starts by using 3 Collated Research. This provides 120 of each type of research. It may also be worth it to spend Unearthly Fossils. Spending 3 fossils and 3 research lands you 360 Cryptonotes and 120 of the others. Make sure to choose either of the "Enough research" options, or you will not be able to travel to the islands.


Science on the islands[edit]

Some of the islands have special requirements or options that require the following:

Note that outfits are locked while on the three islands. You will want your Watchful gear.

In addition to the islands providing research, The Fleet of Truth is a card that can be drawn while zailing, which provides some progress to zailing, in addition to 5 pages of each type.

Bullbone Island[edit]

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Option Requirement Gain
The bones of Bullbone[1] Orthos is Coming! < 4

(5 actions)

+2 CP OiC

Oho - a little writing Orthos is Coming! 4-5

(6 actions)

13 x PN

+2 CP OiC
+1 CP Walking the Falling Cities

Creaking in the breeze Orthos is Coming! = 6

(3 actions)

13 x CN

+2 CP OiC
+1 CP Seeing through the Eyes of Icarus

Search the island Orthos is Coming! = 8

(1 action)

40 x TN

2 x Memory of Distant Shores
OiC set to 9

Write up your notes Orthos is Coming! = 9

(1 action)

150 x CN

OiC set to 10

Total
  • 249 x CN
  • 40 x TN
  • 78 x PN
  • for 23 actions including actions for zailing directly to return
  1. An alternate option allows you to exchange Survey of the Neath's Bones for Horned Skull

Corpsecage Island[edit]

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Option Requirement Gain
Digging up bones and rough justice Orthos is Coming! < 4

(5 actions)

12 x PN

+2 CP OiC

Examine the ruins for clues Orthos is Coming! 4-5

(6 actions)

13 x TN

+2 CP OiC
+1 CP Walking the Falling Cities

See what you can dig up Orthos is Coming! = 6

(3 actions)

13 x PN

+2 CP OiC
+1 CP Walking the Falling Cities

Inauspicious iron Orthos is Coming! = 8

(1 action)

40 x CN

+1 CP Seeing through the Eyes of Icarus
10 x Nodule of Warm Amber
OiC set to 9

Writing it all down Orthos is Coming! = 9

(1 action)

150 x PN

OiC set to 10

Total
  • 40 x CN
  • 78 x TN
  • 249 x PN
  • for 23 actions (including actions for zailing directly to return)

Grunting Fen[edit]

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Option Requirement Gain
Listen to the island Orthos is Coming! < 4 12 x TN

+1 CP Touched by Fingerwork
+2 CP OiC

What manner of things live here? Orthos is Coming! 4-5 12 x CN

+2 CP OiC
+1 CP Touched by Fingerwork

What can you learn of matters spiritual and supernatural? Orthos is Coming! = 6 13 x TN

+2 CP OiC
+1 CP Touched by Fingerwork

Catch some Orthos is Coming! = 7 13 x CN

+2 CP OiC

No more peculiar than anything else here Orthos is Coming! = 8 40 x PN

+1 CP Touched by Fingerwork
OiC set to 9

Rich insights Orthos is Coming! = 9 150 x TN

OiC set to 10

Total
  • 124 x CN
  • 249 x TN
  • 40 x PN
  • for 23 actions (including actions for zailing directly to return)

Going for the money[edit]

Maybe you're not all that interested in Science? Here are the options that gather items instead! Options give 2 CP Orthos is Coming! unless otherwise stated.

Bullbone Island[edit]

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Option OiC Gain
Wild bees[1] OiC < 4 (5 actions) 120 x Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax
Weasels about Orthos is Coming! 4-5 (6 actions) 12 x Phosphorescent Scarab
Someone lives near the mandrake-copse Orthos is Coming! = 6 (3 actions) 124 x Whispered Hint
Acquisition and screaming Orthos is Coming! = 7 (4 actions) 126 x Shard of Glim
Looking up Orthos is Coming! = 7 (4 actions) 126 x Moon-Pearl
Creeping closer Orthos is Coming! = 8 (1 action) 2 x Aeolian Scream

OiC set to 9

Making money Orthos is Coming! = 9 (1 action) 1 x Deshrieked Mandrake

860 x Shard of Glim
OiC set to 10

That enormous Glim-Shard Orthos is Coming! = 9 (1 action) 1 x Shard of Glim the Size of a Small Child[2]

OiC set to 10

Total 23 actions (incl. local zee travel) 39.46 E (1.72 EPA)
  1. An alternate option allows you to exchange Survey of the Neath's Bones for Horned Skull
  2. Can be exchanged in London for 1400 Deep Amber and 1 rubbery favour

Corpsecage Island[edit]

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Option OiC Gain
The Corpsecage bat OiC < 4 (5 actions) 60 x Cryptic Clue
What's written here? Orthos is Coming! 4-5 (6 actions)
Caging ancient echoes Orthos is Coming! = 6 (3 actions) 62 x Primordial Shriek
Rummage around the fire Orthos is Coming! = 7 (4 actions)
A message long cold Orthos is Coming! = 7 (4 actions)
The zee-caves Orthos is Coming! = 8 (1 action) +125 x Proscribed Material

OiC set to 9

In the bag you go Orthos is Coming! = 9 (1 action)
Total 23 actions (incl. local zee travel) 42.08 E (1.83 EPA)

Grunting Fen[edit]

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Option OiC Gain
Do a survey OiC < 4 (5 actions)
Try some beach-combing instead Orthos is Coming! 4-5 (6 actions)
Follow the trail of history Orthos is Coming! = 6 (3 actions)
How about we make this more... interesting? Orthos is Coming! = 7 (4 actions) 228 x Piece of Rostygold
Go searching Orthos is Coming! = 8 (1 action)
Untapped wealth Orthos is Coming! = 9 (1 action)
Total 23 actions (incl. local zee travel) 46.50 E (2.02 EPA)

Organise your Research[edit]

Once you've completed at least one scientific expedition, a new storylet opens at your lodgings. The options at 120 notes gives you a memento of your work.

Option Cost Reward Value (value per note)
Collate your cryptopalaeontological work 120 x Cryptonotes 7.5 (6.25 p)
Collate your prelapsarian archaeological work 120 x Archaeological Notes 7.5 (6.25 p)
Collate your research into Theosophistry 120 x Theosphistical Notes 7.5 (6.25 p)
Gather all your work into a library Voluminous Library N/A
Speak to professional persons with academic pretensions 500 x Archaeological Notes 4 x Uncanny Incunabulum 50 (10 p)
Sell your Theosophistical conclusions 500 x Theosphistical Notes 50 (10 p)
Speak to naturalists, hunters and the breeders of monsters 500 x Cryptonotes 4 x Storm-Threnody 50 (10 p)
Re-establish your academic reputation N/A
Breed a beast Bifurcated Owl Not relevant
Another round of preliminary research Allows you to do preliminary research again N/A