Embroiled in the Wars of Illusion (Guide)

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Guide to progressing Mirrordark.png Embroiled in the Wars of Illusion, both part of and a continuation of the Mask.png A Name Whispered in Darkness storyline.

Level 0: The Heights of Chicanery[edit]

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The Wars of Illusion story begins in Flit.png The Flit at Mask.png A Name Whispered in Darkness 6 in the storylet The Heights of Chicanery. There is a secret world beyond what you’ve already discovered about The Flit, and to uncover it, you start with what worked before: following couriers and finding out what they know.

Increasing Mirrordark.png Embroiled in the Wars of Illusion to 2 requires rare successes on particular options from The Heights of Chicanery, some of which require certain levels of Trail.png Seeking... and/or Follow.png Investigating... to access.

You can use the options in The Tricks of the Courier's Trade to build Follow.png Investigating... and Shadowing Couriers to build Trail.png Seeking.... (Alternatively, if you have other sources for Follow.png Investigating... and/or Trail.png Seeking..., you can use those storylets to build them up and then spend them here.)

The following options give Mirrordark.png Embroiled on a rare success (+1 CP, except for Dropping the Eaves, which awards +2 CP).

Storylet Option Req. Challenge Success Rare Success Failure
The Heights of Chicanery Raid a Message-Drop Follow.png Follow.png
  • Crypticsecret.png +270 
  • Follow.png reset 
  • Crypticsecret.png +270 
  • Follow.png reset 
  • Mirrordark.png +1 CP (up to 8) 
  • Follow.png -5 CP 
  • Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP 
The Heights of Chicanery Intercept a Message Trail.png Trail.png
  • Crypticsecret.png +270 
  • Trail.png reset 
  • Crypticsecret.png +270 
  • Trail.png reset 
  • Mirrordark.png +1 CP (up to 8) 
  • Trail.png -5 CP 
  • Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP 
The Heights of Chicanery Dropping the Eaves
  • Follow.png
  • Trail.png
Sidebarshadowy.png 85 
  • Crypticsecret.png +536 
  • Follow.png reset 
  • Trail.png reset 
  • Crypticsecret.png +540 
  • Follow.png reset 
  • Trail.png reset 
  • Mirrordark.png +2 CP (up to 8) 
  • Follow.png -5 CP 
  • Trail.png -5 CP 
  • Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP 
The Tricks of the Courier's Trade Spy on the couriers Sidebarshadowy.png 85  Follow.png +2 CP 
  • Follow.png +2 CP 
  • Mirrordark.png +1 CP (up to 7) 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP 
The Tricks of the Courier's Trade Spy on those who supply them Sidebarshadowy.png 90  Follow.png +3 CP 
  • Follow.png +3 CP 
  • Mirrordark.png +1 CP (up to 7) 
  • Follow.png -1 CP 
  • Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP 
Shadowing Couriers Follow at a distance Sidebarshadowy.png 85  Trail.png +2 CP 
  • Trail.png +3 CP 
  • Mirrordark.png +1 CP (up to 7) 
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP 
Shadowing Couriers Follow closely Sidebarshadowy.png 90  Trail.png +3 CP 
  • Trail.png +3 CP 
  • Mirrordark.png +1 CP (up to 7) 
  • Trail.png -1 CP 
  • Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP 

Level 2: Wars of Illusion[edit]

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Once you've gotten Mirrordark.png Embroiled to level 2 (a total of 3 CP worth of rare successes), a new option appears under The Heights of Chicanery titled Making Your Name: Wars of Illusion. This redirects to the main Flit storylet Wars of Illusion.

Selecting the only option here (What is going on?) sets Mirrordark.png Embroiled to 6.

Level 6: Bats and Cats[edit]

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You now realize that the bats and cats of The Flit know something about the Wars of Illusion. A new storylet appears in Flit.png The Flit titled Bats and Cats.

To progress from here and unlock the Bats and Cats option What is going on with these people?, you need to raise all of these qualities to 5: Bat.png Making Use of Bats, Greycat.png Making Use of Cats, Follow.png Investigating..., and Trail.png Seeking...

As before, you can also raise Follow.png Investigating... and Trail.png Seeking... elsewhere and apply it here.

Making Use of Bats and Cats[edit]

The following options from Bats and Cats allow you to raise Making Use of:

Spending Bats and Cats[edit]

You can also spend your Bat.png Bats and Greycat.png Cats qualities in the following storylets for rewards. Note, however, that all these actions reset those progress qualities on success, meaning you'll have to build them up again to satisfy the above requirements for unlocking What is going on with these people?

Success tends to award Crypticsecret.png Cryptic Clues and Red gold.png Rostygold. Additionally, Track a bat heading towards Veilgarden and Follow up a tip-off grant 3 CP of Mirrordark.png Embroiled on a rare success. Failure tends to lose you Bat.png Bats, Greycat.png Cats, Trail.png Seeking..., and/or Follow.png Investigating..., and to raise Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion.

You can combine Follow.png Investigating... with Greycat.png Making Use of Cats, and Trail.png Seeking... with Bat.png Making Use of Bats, for skill check successes.

Once you unlock What is Going on with These People? in the Bats and Cats storylet, you will be redirected to a storylet with the option Convoluted like a weasel. This is a Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 95 challenge; failure will subtract 5 CP of each of the tracking qualities, and success will set Mirrordark.png Embroiled to 9 and Mask.png A Name Whispered in Darkness to 7.

Level 9: Make More Use of Bats and Cats[edit]

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A storylet now appears in Flit.png The Flit called Make More Use of Bats. Or Cats. Here you can choose whether to work with the bats or the cats — though, as the game informs you, the choice isn't permanent at this point. (Ultimately, siding with the bats will align you with Cardfan.png The Glass later in the story, while choosing the cats will align you with Crystalball.png The Shroud.)

Choosing bats sets Bat.png Making Use of Bats to 1, and choosing cats sets Greycat.png Making Use of Cats to 1. Whichever you choose, Mirrordark.png Embroiled is set to 10.

Level 10: Choosing a Side[edit]

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Your choice also unlocks a new Flit storylet, either Working with the Bats or Working with the Cats. (You can unlock the other as well by raising its Making Use quality to 1 on the Bats and Cats storylet.)

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When your Bat.png Bats or Greycat.png Cats quality reaches 6, a new Flit storylet appears, either Gain the full trust of the bats or Cement your place with the cats.

The following cards may also appear in your opportunity deck during this section of the story, and give Crypticsecret.png Cryptic Clues and/or Trail.png Seeking... on success. Additionally, the option Anything but that on A Theosophistical Enquiry gives 2 CP of Sidebarplaguedbyapopularsong.png Plagued by a Popular Song.

When you're ready to progress, Gain the full trust of the bats or Cement your place with the cats. Both require Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 97 to be unlocked, and the challenge level is Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 101 (but thankfully, you don't lose Bat.png Bats or Greycat.png Cats CP on a failure).

On success, Mirrordark.png Embroiled is set to 15, and Cardfan.png Connected: Glass (if you chose bats) or Crystalball.png Connected: Shroud (if you chose cats) is set to 1.

Level 15: Mahogany Hall[edit]

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To continue the storyline, you need to unlock the route to Mahogany Hall, which will now appear in the Spite area of your map. (Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall can also be unlocked temporarily, or permanently for 5 FATE, from the opportunity card The Ways of Mahogany Hall.)

When you reach Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall, you will be welcomed to either the Glass or the Shroud, and once more get the chance to rethink your allegiance. If you choose to play both sides, your Mirrordark.png Embroiled will be reset to 9, and you can play through that part of the storyline again (note that this option results in +3 CP Quirksubtle.png Subtle (up to level 10) and is repeatable if you choose the same side again). If you choose to remain loyal to your side, Mirrordark.png Embroiled will be set to 20 and you can continue with the story from here.

Level 20: An Illusion or a Séance[edit]

The following storylets are available in Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall with Mirrordark.png Embroiled 20 and certain levels of Connected:

Increasing Crystalball.png Connected: Shroud Crystalball.png Shroud Cardfan.png Glass
Hold your own séance? Crystalball.png exactly 1 
The mystic arts Crystalball.png 2–5 
Before the grand séance Crystalball.png 6–14  Cardfan.png exactly 0 
Become a double agent for the Shroud Crystalball.png 6–9  Cardfan.png 6–9 
Watching the Grand Illusion Crystalball.png 6–10  Cardfan.png 0–6 
Sabotaging an illusion Crystalball.png 11–14  Cardfan.png
Final preparations for the grand séance Crystalball.png 15 
Increasing Cardfan.png Connected: Glass Cardfan.png Glass Crystalball.png Shroud
Star in your own illusion? Cardfan.png exactly 1 
The magic of the theatre Cardfan.png 2–5 
Before the grand illusion Cardfan.png 6–14  Crystalball.png exactly 0 
Become a double agent for the Glass Cardfan.png 6–9  Crystalball.png 6–9 
Sabotaging a séance Cardfan.png 11–14  Crystalball.png
Final preparations for the grand illusion Cardfan.png 15 

Up to a point, you can continue playing both sides and raise both Connected qualities. However, to progress to the final stage of your performance, you have to choose one of the options in the associated Before the [performance], Become a double agent, or Sabotaging storylets that cements your alliance with your chosen faction and raises the associated Connected to 15. This will unlock the Final preparations storylet for your chosen side. That storylet will raise your Connected to 16 and set Mirrordark.png Embroiled to 25, unlocking a new storylet for the final performance.

Level 25: The Performance[edit]

It's time to put on your big séance or illusion. In either case, it's a Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 113 challenge, and success raises your Connected to 20.

Note: Unlocking The Most Daring Feat of Illusion and Escapology! also requires Pocketwatch.png Day of the Week to be set at 6 (Saturday) via The weekly variety bill!