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Some of earlier Exceptional Stories were divided into seasons, each providing additional content upon completion of the three stories within one. More details can be found in Season Conclusions (Guide).
If you want to know more about the specifics of the guide, expand the subsections below.
A chance to raise your Base Dangerous by 2.5%, ignoring any caps (up to around 280). The choice decreases your Base Persuasive by 20%. Can only be done once per playthrough. For the option to unlock, you must raise the stakes much earlier in the story when prompted.
A choice to raise a single Quirk to 14 while lowering its opposite to 0. The possible options are: Magnanimous (raise) & Heartless (wipe), Subtle (raise) & Forceful (wipe), Hedonist (raise) & Austere (wipe), Austere (raise) & Hedonist (wipe).
London's government departments are ineffective and widely scorned. And now, expertly forged work orders are eroding their capacities further. Discover what hidden power has been playing the government against itself!
A magnificent Exhibition has come to London, with all the wonders of modern technology on display! But a thief is amidst the gaudy pavilions, seeking an elusive prize, and an aberrant menace from the Heavens is about to be unleashed. Dare you make an enemy of time itself?
Deep in the Clay Quarter, someone is experimenting with flesh and clay. A distressing morning discovery makes clear that you have been his next victim. Will you seek out this scholar and his collection of ghastly subjects?
A Conscientious Nurse. A Besotted Poet. A Garrulous Devil. Untangle a knot of love and duty among the sooty tenements of London’s working poor. But be warned: in this tale of hard lives and hard choices there is no peace to be made between the devils, the honey, and the heart.
London's street musicians sing of a child Valkyrie, who roams the winding streets with her broom-spear, setting right the wrongs of the world. Join her crusade and mentor the abandoned children she has taken under her wing. But take heed: she has declared herself against a singularly dangerous enemy - Mister Songbird, the whistler in the night.
Relics of a mysterious Fourth City Cult have disappeared, sparking a desperate scramble to reclaim them. A scarred Khaganian competes with a one-eyed, spidery Seamstress. Choose your alliances carefully, and be ready for a confrontation in the Forgotten Quarter.
The discovery of a singular moth prompts a journey to Tanah-Chook, a tomb-colony with ancient roots. Assist an Ebullient Undertaker in her final duties. Investigate what befell the Third City's revolutionaries. And learn the fiercest complaint of the dead.
Accept an invitation to a secret party from a mysterious acquaintance. Navigate a sinister game of hide and seek and survive the horrors of charades. Explore a manor hiding a greater half. Will you uncover the hidden history of the Second City?
Don Juan: de Molina created him in poetry, Moliere brought him to the stage, Mozart immortalised him in music. And now, if you can revive fallen spirits, broker a deal with devils, fend off rude cabbies, etc., you shall join a collection of the Neath's greatest artists to capture his life and after-life in moving pictures.
A new dioceses has been proposed for London! Journey to Bugsby's Marsh where you'll quarrel with vicars, sermonise at deacons and frustrate nuns as you decide who'll be the new Bishop of Watchmaker's Hill.
Investigate Veilgarden's most exclusive Honey Den, infiltrate a house of charity, and venture among reprobates at Watchmaker's Hill. Join us in a cup of red honey and burrow through the lost memories of the woman with the bee-stung eyes.
A rogue artist has been spreading incandescent graffiti. Join a secret society in pursuit of the mysterious vandal and help them chase down the culprit—if their own secrets don't catch up to them first.
Murgatroyd’s Apothecary is yet to open, and it is already in crisis. Embroil yourself in a feud between Mr Murgatroyd’s ambitious daughters, track down a dealer in moon-milk, and orchestrate the grand opening of the mercantile family's latest enterprise.
Team up with a Department of Menace Eradicator to find her missing partner! Collect bounties, interrogate rodents, and venture into the Prickfinger Wastes. Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and your pistol closest still.
The Ministry of Public Decency are resurrecting an old London tradition: Bonfire Night. But unsanctioned fireworks and effigies are circulating in the crowd. Investigate incendiary goings-on among the bonfires and revelers. Will you aid the troublemakers, or the constables? What harm, a little pandemonium?
Join forces with a zailor and young rat to uncover the secrets of an abandoned model village. Journey to an island in the middle of the unterzee to uncover the painful legacy of an inventor's folly and confront the horror that lingers there still.
Enter a tent where the lost, the grieving and the wounded gather. Share their stories, enter their dreams, and reveal the truth behind their healing rituals. Is the medicine really better than the cure?
The Tournament of Toasts! The greatest cricket match of the season! And the perfect opportunity for Benthic and Summerset College to tear each other to pieces! Grab a bat, grab a drink, but keep your wits sharp: the stakes are higher than they seem.
Accompany a jaded supernatural investigator on his final case. Journey to a remote peninsula and explore a clifftop haunted house. Is this another unscrupulous fake? Or do you need to see things from a different perspective?
An ailing professor uncovers a secret beneath a butcher's shop: a forgotten Mithraic temple. Delve into its mysteries, open its great brass door, and lead an expedition of troubled souls along the Devilbone Road.
A Young Stag has grown weary of quaffing brandy and stealing trousers. He wants to do something spectacular for his next lark – and he's looking for a suitable chum to join him! Steer his ship on a perilous shark-watching voyage. Will he return the same man as he left?
The Decorated Ambassador arrives in London, determined to put on an unforgettable evening. For one night only, the Garden Embassy is hosting a ball. It is essential London makes the right impression. Will you rise to the occasion?
A pox has spread across London! Join a crack team of conspirators to infiltrate a high-stakes auction and delve beneath a fungal vineyard in search of a cure. What will you find in the Fifth City's deepest cellars?
London is awash with fresh flowers! Is it a passing floral fad, or does something rotten lurk beneath the petals? Intercept coded bouquets, spy on spies, and investigate intrigue along the Cumaean Canal.
Something is rotten in the state of London. An old man refuses to go gracefully to the Tomb-Colonies. He claims to have unfinished business. Delve into secrets best left buried and uncover the last regret of a once brilliant servant.
It's opening night at Dolly's, one of London's most exclusive restaurants. The critics are in, pens sharpened to make mincemeat of the new set menu. Tempers will fray; pots will boil. Can you survive a night in the kitchen? You'll have to wait for the reviews to come in...
London is awash with dreams as a carefree tiger-prince comes to visit. But is there more to his appetites than his guests imagine? Will you capture his attentions? And, more importantly, should you wish to?
Artists and the literati rejoice — a pen show visits London! Nibs as numerous as a battalion’s bayonets! Inks, in all the wild colours of the Neath! Try them to your hearts content! What’s that? Rumours of stolen memories? Utter nonsense. Come, and look at all the lovely pens.
A difficult tabby cat has made his home in your lodgings. He insists that only you can help him get what he wants – a return to his former glory. He has a long journey in mind, one that will take him across the kingdoms of cats in search of their mythical King.
A string of horrible murders strikes London, made all the more horrid by their permanence. Who is Johnny Croak, the legendary urchin with the lethal crossbow? What’s his connection to Mr Fires' factories? And what's with all the frogs?
An aesthete has been murdered, and only his paisley outfit can identify the killer. Unfortunately, that outfit is on the lam. Track down the missing ensemble, conspire with textiles, and try to avoid a wardrobe malfunction
Caught in the machinations of a wily Tomb-Colonist, it's up to you to save a high society funeral from disaster! Can you navigate the demands of a corpse who won't stay dead, to say nothing of his confounded relatives... In Fallen London the dead don't stay buried and the living never rest easy.
A spate of sunburn affects Londoners – an improbable affliction for a city underground. What can be causing it– and is there a connection to the newly opened Nostros Hotel and its very mysterious management?
A notorious bar-room singer has made a surprise return to London. The Growling Radical makes dangerous enemies everywhere he goes – his latest exile was supposed to be his last. What has drawn him back to the Fifth City? Why has he fixed his eye on a Master of the Bazaar?
Terror hits London! A team of crack cat-burglars menaces the city by night, making off with all manner of valuables. The constables are baffled: no one can identify a single suspect. Who are these mystery criminals? And why do they leave behind a scent distinctly redolent of peach?
The Icarian Cup returns to London! A daring boatrace around the Southern Archipelago, the prize a magnificent trophy (and a bounty of sapphires)! Pay no mind to the talk about the race being 'cursed' and 'ships disappearing' or 'the race was closed in 1868 after too many captains disappeared'. All that matters is that the Icarian Cup is back and in need of captains brave enough to run the race!
A notorious Vicomte is buying property across London. Now he has an eye on your address – and perhaps something just a little below your collar. Navigate the estate market, infiltrate hidden lairs, and contend with a truly blood-sucking landlord.
A Menace Eradicator embarks on a quest to save his missing lover. Will you journey with him to the fabled Tournament of Rubies? Test your skill at arms against Parabola's most skilled combatants. Unmask the Mystery Knight. Perhaps even win the favour of the Bloody-Handed Queen. All is to play for in the Queen's tourney ground.
An uninvited visitor appears in the fog. He seeps into your lodgings and occupies the bathtub; he spills crumbs on your carpet and tea on your favourite chair. What does this fog-man want – and how can you get him to leave? And why is he so fixated on chess?
A Vatican spy descends to London, leaving chaos in her wake. Why has she surrounded herself with a congregation of adoring Rubbery Men? To what uncertain end does she drive them? And what lies dreaming in the vat she's left behind, waiting to emerge...
London's fad for fossils has drawn the Carpenter's Granddaughter to the Neath. Her search for the truth behind her mother's legacy will draw her deeper still: to the Gant Pole where great beasts dwell and die. Will you support her expedition? Can you avoid the attentions of the fell haruspices who reside there? And will you return the same as you were?
An Evasive Aristocrat has returned to London in search of his old family. Having fatally misplaced his bodyguard, he's in need of a new escort through London's underworld. But how much of his past does he really remember? Why does he seek it in Red Honey? Will he remember who he is before he returns to the Surface - if he returns at all?
A nautical upset leaves you adrift with three spirited children in an unzeeworthy boat. Explore forgotten islets. Visit the pirate haven of Gaider's Mourn. And for goodness' sake, get them home in time for tea.
Weather? In London? A ferocious storm has come in from the zee. Join a crowd of storm chasers to examine this rare phenomenon. Consider the omens in the forks of lightning. Ignore the small child who persists in kicking your ankles.
A wealthy heiress has disappeared! Her family suspect kidnap, and blame the Circumcellion Brotherhood: a nautical band of martyr-marauders. Join a naval task force to uncover the truth, and learn whether salvation can be found on the cold Unterzee.
The Thorned Manservant returned from the War against Hell forever changed. Now he has found mysterious employment at the Shuttered Palace. Satiate your curiosity, infiltrate the palace, and uncover his connection with a certain secluded prince...
An alligator in the sewers? Nonsense! It's clearly a crocodile, and Mr Inch is offering a bounty to anyone who can capture it: dead or alive. Embark upon a hunt beneath the city streets, confront what's really lurking in the waterways, and try not to lose any body parts you've become overly accustomed to.
Midnight visitors are common in London, but visiting royalty is rare. Accompany an Injurious Princess on a perilous errand: the recovery of her brother from a tyrant's clutches. Journey through the northerly realms of the Elder Continent, navigate the politics of a poisonous court, and beware the spider's kiss.
An incendiary smuggler seeks to rob Mr Stones of a prize beyond compare. Their intent for the Master is secret and unwise, and to achieve their end, they require a great deal of luck, a most unusual Clay Man, and you. How far must you go to untangle this labyrinthine scheme? And how far must you delve to learn what lies beneath the mines of Mr Stones?
The Mistress of the Skies invites Londoners – rich and poor – to paint their faces with the colours of the Neath. Investigate the Striking Saleswoman, with her iridescent nails and sparkling eyelids; observe the consequences of this new pigment on London’s social fabric; learn the true identity of the reclusive Mistress. And try not to trip over the cats.
New Newgate, the colossal stalactite-prison suspended above London, has its secrets. Its upper floors are fast filling up: to make room, someone must go free. Pose as a prisoner to infiltrate a cadre of high-profile pirates; uncover the reasons for your cellmates’ incarceration; choose your allegiances carefully as you identify a candidate for release. And remember to sleep with one eye open, this close to the Roof…
The streets are crowded with dusty bandages. Foot traffic has slowed to a crawl. Tomb-colonists flock to London in advance of their one, last dance: the Totentanz. Hunt down its lost instruments and learn its deadly choreography. Help the Withered Celebrant throw a revel bathed in moonlight. Appease an ancient power that claims to hold even the Masters to account. Will you dance the true steps of death?
Meet Queen Mary, the fashionable thief taking London’s underworld by storm. Accompany her and her Forty Elephants on an audacious heist that stretches the bounds of the possible, learn of the Queen of Elephants’ true ambitions, and face up to the fearsome nightmare that made her who she is today.
A journalist from the Surface has lost her pet dachshund, and contracted you to retrieve him. How hard can it be to find a missing dog? Just follow the clues, infiltrate a few undercover networks, expose a vast conspiracy in the Great Game, uncover the dark secrets of the sugar substitute industry, and you'll be back in time for tea.
Famed London fashion house Abreo Couture is under new management, and about to launch its most daring collection yet. Explore unique Neathy fashions, design your very own lines, investigate the Persistent Prognosticator’s eccentric hiring practices, and help your Deputy Head of Design change hearts and minds one stitch at a time.
A Sage Archivist is consumed by her study of the First City. It is an obsession that has seen her sever all ties and take up unsettling experiments with lacre. Her former paramour fears for her safety, and looks to you to investigate this malady. Delve into the ruins below London to uncover a twisted legacy of love, memory, and duty.
London's bird population has suffered since the Fall – robbed of their skies, forced to compete with bats, and preyed upon as easy meals. But the Unremarkable Fancier has plans to improve the humble pigeon's lot. Help the struggling Philoperisteron Society elect a new chairman, learn the secrets of the Delightful Dove's ever-sprouting twig, and find these birds a new place in the day-to-day life of the Neath.
A lost city, submerged for generations. A great act of love and rebellion. A despot's wrath. And the quest for a grail... The bright forces of the Presbyterate mobilise to reclaim a forgotten legacy and rewrite history. The Morbid Archaeologist will not allow it – but they cannot stand alone. Journey across the Unterzee and delve into the depths of history in 'The Exile's Chalice'.
Verity is on the hunt for a particular soul, and she won't take 'no' for an answer! Consort with devils high and low as you track the Lyrical Soul through infernal society, strike bargains in a primordial currency of Hell, and uncover an ancient story of love and loss.
What actually happened at the Duchess of Bedfordshire's infamous salon? Who was caught in the Duke's bedchamber? How did Lord J_____ die? And who stole the Vicar's cassock? The papers print such outlandish rumours! But you were there. You saw it all. And yours is the tale that will separate fact from fiction.
The entire print run of Julian R. Harvey's poetic epic 'Reflections on Ys' has been confiscated by the agents of Mr Pages! Investigate the contents of this mysterious volume, plan an audacious theft from a Ministry warehouse, and reunite the publisher with his product. Then maybe – just maybe – you'll be able to sneak a peek at the latest work to pique Mr Pages' ire.
An art gallery has appeared on Hollow Street – one of London's most insalubrious locales – and its collection is taking the city by storm. The rich and mannered brave the muck of Spite to catch a glimpse of coiling, idiosyncratic masterworks. But just who is the Recondite Painter? How did he come by his hallucinatory talents? And why, when you sleep, do you dream of paint, and of skin that is not your own?
The storyline is progressed with Standard Frequency cards.
In the end, you are presented with a choice, and your primary reward (a Standard Frequency card added to the main FL deck) is determined by that choice.
Unlocks the ability to make a separate purchase of 30 FATE to acquire the Silk-Clad Expert in your Laboratory and on Moulin expeditions. You only need to make this purchase once for her to be available for both.
Unlock the hidden secrets of the Fourth Coil - four new beasts to breed and call your own. And the terrible truth of the Bishop's plans. A dozen storylets and opportunities of bestial savagery and revenge!
This story provides five new beasts to breed at the Labyrinth of Tigers, with two requiring Flute Street, as well as an ending to the monster-breeding storyline in the Labyrinth of Tigers.
The beasts are:
Each of the beasts also comes with a card, the details of which as well as information on breeding can be found at the Breeding Monsters Guide.
Additionally, the questline has four endings that increase different qualities by around 600 CP:
This will allow you to visit the Functionary at his home, and delve into the secrets of his past and work. These stories have a conversational focus. They cost no actions to play and have no material rewards.
Investigate London's recent fungal fad in the Blemmigan Affair! A mischievous story of inappropriate poetry and a perilous expedition into Bugsby's marsh. Especially suited to newcomers, it requires abilities of 10 or more.
Teach at Sinning Jenny's Finishing School! Recruit students and train them in important skills, such as deportment and maiming. Then send the class to plunder the secrets of the Empress' Shadow – Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, who is visiting from the surface!
It is the first Royal Wedding since London fell: Feducci's proposal of marriage to the Captivating Princess has been accepted! Join the Beleaguered Wedding Planner in the Shuttered Palace to make or break this historic moment.
A spate of exquisite and unpleasant transformations sweeps London: new Rubbery enhancements of a drastic degree. What lies behind the tentacles? What secrets are hidden within the spiraling bones? Who is the Gilded Sacrifice?
"His Grace wishes to see you. He's in a shocking state since those books came. He's barely wrestled any of the staff in a week and he's off his sherry. I think something terrible has happened."
Scandal in London as the Bishop of Southwark is summoned to court. Old sins weigh heavily upon the mitred head. Can one ever truly escape the shadow of Hell?
A Probationary Professor is looking for assistants for a perilous venture. Inspired by the fever for palaeontology and armed with a doctorate on the ritual practices of the Starved Men, she's looking to lead an expedition to the cavern roof.
A woman wearing the mask of a golden swan haunts the canals of Jericho. She is despised by the Guild of Gondoliers for a past she does not remember. Visited by recurring nightmares of a wedding held in a ruined palace surrounded by poisoned waters, she is seeking answers. Answers only the keeper of a specialised library can provide…
A trio of poets with sharp smiles and scarlet words have arrived at your home. They identified you as a person of particular interest: you have a reputation for exploring mysteries; they are in search of novel poetic inspiration.