Factions (Guide)

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General Note[edit]

This Guide is meant to give you an overview of how Factions work but not necessarily the specifics. Most of the paragraphs in this guide contain a link to a more in-depth guide which tells you about specific actions needed what the best options are etc.

What are Factions?[edit]

Factions are as the name already implies the main groups in London. Some Factions encompass entire layers of society and some only a single person and their organisation. The Factions in London are:

Your relationship with these factions is tracked by four qualities:

  • Favours, Favours are as the name already says Favours that a Faction owes you
  • Renown; Renown is how well respected you are by a Faction
  • Wineglass.png Closest To Is the Faction you're currently Closest To
  • Connected, Connected is an outdated mechanic that's only used by a few Factions


Connections vs Renown/Favours[edit]

Fallen London used to have a single quality for your standing with Factions called Connected. This system however, has since been replaced for almost all Factions, except The Masters, The Duchess,The Widow and London's twin universities Benthic and Summerset. Connections was replaced with a new dual system called Favours and Renown. Favours tracks how much a Faction owes you and are regularly consumed during actions. Renown tracks how much a Faction respects you and is never decreased.

Connected[edit]

An more in-depth guide to including the best ways to raise them and what to do with them can be found here.

Connections can be raised in various ways all around London by helping their Faction and are usually consumed when you either do something against the Faction or cash them in for various rewards.

Favours[edit]

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An more in-depth guide to Favours can be found here here

An in-depth guide to what to do with them can be found here


There are three main ways to raise Favours. These are:

  • The Factions card. Each Faction has its own card, these have at least one option which gains you a favour in exchange for a small price in items.
  • The Connected Pet of each Faction. Each Faction (except for Rubbery Men) has their own connected pet, each pet has a card associated with it which has (amongst other things) a option which gives a single Favour of the associated Faction. These pets can be gained in Watchmakers Hill with the storylet A Clandestine Rendezvous.
  • Mrs Plenty's Carnival. As long as your Renown with the faction is lower than 5 you can exchange 2 actions and a Carnival Ticket to increase your Renown with the faction and gain a Favour. This is an incredible good deal and should absolutely be used.

Favours can be used for a great many things. Most major locations have a storylet where you can trade in various Favours for rewards an there are uncountable storylets which use them. Favours can also be used to increase your renown past 5 with Factions.

Closest To[edit]

At any point you can be Wineglass.png Closest To one Renown/Favour-using Faction. You become Closest to a Faction via an option on their relevant card. Wineglass.png Closest To doesn't do a whole lot and is mainly a roleplaying thing, but it does open up a new option on the Faction Card of that Faction. If you want to become Wineglass.png Closest To to another Faction you must first betray the Faction your currently Wineglass.png Closest To on their Faction Card and then become Wineglass.png Closest To the faction you want to be Wineglass.png Closest To on their Faction Card.

Renown[edit]

Renown is the other half of the coin from Favours: far harder to earn, but never decreases. The two main ways to raise Renown are:

  • Mrs Plenty's Carnival. As mentioned above, Mrs Plenty's Carnival is by far the easiest way to raise both Favours and Renown until Renown reaches level 5. Use this!
  • The Faction's Item. Each Faction (except the Masters and the Duchess) has a unique item associated with them:
Faction Item Renown Stat Shop Cost

Faction: Bohemians

Typewriter.png Ornate Typewriter

Fox.png Persuasive

Nikolas Pawnbrokers

Icon-echo.png 60.00 Echo

Faction: The Church

Unfinished painting.png Tiny Jewelled Reliquary

Owl.png Watchful

Nikolas Pawnbrokers

Icon-echo.png 40.00 Echo

Faction: Constables

Copper.png Antique Constable's Badge

Bear.png Dangerous

Nikolas Pawnbrokers

Icon-echo.png 30.00 Echo

Faction: The Docks

Tankard.png Engraved Pewter Tankard

Bear.png Dangerous

Nikolas Pawnbrokers

Icon-echo.png 50.00 Echo

Faction: Hell

Skullbrass.png Bright Brass Skull

Fox.png Persuasive

Merrigans Exchange

Icon-echo.png 62.50 Echo

Faction: The Great Game

Ring.png Copper Cipher Ring

Fox.png Persuasive

Nikolas Pawnbrokers

Icon-echo.png 40.00 Echo

Faction: Society

Bookbrown.png Entry in Slowcake's Exceptionals

Bear.png Dangerous

Nikolas Pawnbrokers

Icon-echo.png 30.00 Echo

Faction: Criminals

Keystone.png Old Bone Skeleton Key

Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy

Nikolas Pawnbrokers

Icon-echo.png 62.50 Echo

Faction: Revolutionaries

Flag.png Red-Feathered Pin

Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy

Nikolas Pawnbrokers

Icon-echo.png 40.00 Echo

Faction: Rubbery Men

Amber red.png Nodule of Pulsating Amber

Fox.png Persuasive

Merrigans Exchange

Icon-echo.png 100 Echo

The University

University.png Endowment of a University Fellowship

Nikolas Pawnbrokers

Icon-echo.png 100.00 Echo

Faction: The Widow

Bookpurple.png O'Boyle's Practical Primer in the Various Languages of Nippon, Tartary, Cathay and the Princedoms of the Raj

Crawcase Cryptics

Icon-echo.png 30.00 Echo

Faction: Tomb-Colonies

Bookdead.png Diary of the Dead

Bear.png Dangerous

Crawcase Cryptics

Icon-echo.png 62.50 Echo

Faction: Urchins

Scarydoor.png Rookery Password

Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy

Crawcase Cryptics

Icon-echo.png 62.50 Echo

By using these items, the player can spend items to increase Connections or Favours to increase Renown. It is important to note that these items are not consumed when you use them to gain Renown, which is why they are so expensive. Raising Renown will unlock new storylets with certain Factions, as well as...

Renown Items[edit]

An more in-depth guide to renown items can be found here

Renown items are equipment you can get if your Renown with a Faction is high enough. As your Renown reaches 10, 25 and 40 you can spend 3,5 and 7 Favours to get an unique item. Note that for some of these items especially the Renown 40 items usually also require you to be in hard to reach areas:


Faction Renown 10 (3 favours) Renown 25 (5 favours) Renown 40 (7 favours)
Bohemians Barrel.png Barrel with Leather Shoulder-Straps (Clothing, Dangerous +4, Scandal +1) (card) Papers3.png The DF (Weapon, Persuasive +7, Dreaded +1) (Mahogany Hall) Mirrormonster2.png Oneiric Key (Home Comfort, Shadowy +8) (The Mirror-Marches)
Constables Cigar.png Bully Belvedere (Hat, Dangerous +4) (card) Spypaper.png The Chap on the Corner (Companion, Watchful +7, Bizarre +1) (Flit) Swamphand.png The Place Where they Bury the Bodies (Boots, Shadowy +10, Dreaded +1) (A boat trip)
Criminals Cardsinged.png Ace of Hats (Weapon, Shadowy +4) (card) Deportestration.png Pair of Defenestrating Boots (Boots, Dangerous +7, Respectable +1) (Flit) Puppet.png One Who Pulls the Strings (Companion, Shadowy +10, Dreaded +1) (New Newgate Prison)
Hell Boneshard.png Diabolical Fascinator (Hat, Dangerous +4) (card) Flames.png Hellish Hymn (Hat, Watchful +7, Dreaded +1, Neathproofed +1) (The Shuttered Palace) Ginbottles.png Infernal Vinification Apparatus (Weapon, Watchful +10, Dreaded +1) (The Iron Republic)
Revolutionaries Beartrap.png Implausible Beartrap (Weapon, Dangerous +4) (card) Notebook.png Language of Laces (Boots, Watchful +7, Dreaded +1) (Spite) Black.png Gleaming Buttons (Home Comfort, Dangerous +8) (A state of some confusion)
Rubbery Men Violin.png Amber Cello (Weapon, Persuasive +4) (card) Bell.png Rubbery Bellringer (Companion, Persuasive +7, Dreaded +1) (The University) Stalagmite.png Location of an Underground Organ (Weapon, Persuasive +10, Bizarre +1) (Flute Street FATE)
Society Flamering.png Antique Ring Worth Killing For (Weapon, Persuasive +4) (card) Judge.png Unassuming Judge (Companion, Shadowy +7, Respectable +1) (The Shuttered Palace) Medal.png Most Humbling Expression of Her Majesty's Esteem (Transport, Persuasive +8) (Port Carnelian)
The Church Papers.png Angelic Publications (Weapon, Persuasive +4) (card) Teethglass.png The Very Teeth of St George! (Home Comfort, Dangerous +4) (The Flit) Coral.png Beatific Stone (Home Comfort, Persuasive +8) (Corpsecage Island)
The Docks Stamp.png Ex-Privateer Charter Clerk (Companion, Watchful +4) (card) Crabclaw.png Chelatic Mitten (Gloves, Watchful +7, Bizarre +1) (Wolfstack Docks) Mine.png Unexploded Mine (Weapon, Persuasive +10, Dreaded +1) (Unterzee)
The Great Game Newspaper.png A Subscription to the Gazette and a Whetted Pair of Scissors (Hat, Shadowy +4) (card) Tattoo wheel.png The Seal of St Joshua (Weapon, Watchful +7, Dreaded +1) (Wilmot's End) Tattoo chess.png The Great Game (Affiliation, Watchful +5, Shadowy +2) (The Mirror-Marches)
Tomb-Colonies Griswine.png Cup of Dustwine (Weapon, Dangerous +4) (card) Tombcolonistribbons.png Your Very Own Bandages! (Hat, Persuasive +7, Dreaded +1) (Mahogany Hall) Keepermoth TC.png Newly-Born Frost-Moth (Companion, Persuasive +10, Bizarre +1) (Tomb Colonies)
Urchins Feather.png A Feathered Bonnet (Hat, Persuasive +4) (card) Spiderflorence.png Constant Cufflinks (Gloves, Shadowy +7, Bizarre +1) (Wolfstacks Docks) Stormlogo.png What Might Be A Thunderbolt (Weapon, Shadowy +10, Bizarre +1) (Mind of a Long-Dead God)

As to why you would want these items. They're really really good items, and especially the Renown 40 items, but also some of the lower renown ones, are amongst the best in their slot.