Hallowmas (historical)

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This is how the holiday of Hallowmas ("The Feast of Masks") has developed over the years.

Hallowmas 2010 (1888)[edit]

This was the first year of Hallowmas. There is little record of the event save that it was possible to meet a rubbery man during Hallowmas and either get a Tiny Cave Fish from it, give it one or hit it on the head. This was available over several days but eventually picking one of the options would give A Veteran of All Hallows' Eve and conclude the event.

Hallowmas 2013 (1891)[edit]

In 2013 Hallowmas underwent the first major revamp announced on the forums and the blog.

The event started on 24 October 2013 with Attract a Visitor at Hallowmas which helped increase Nightmares and Making Waves. Once those qualities reach 5, it becomes possible to buy a Tiny Cave Fish or choose/change A Possible Future: on the Visitors at Hallowmas.

You could also Attend a lecture on 'spiritual hygiene' and spend Fate to obtain valuable (though, at least by 2017, no longer unique) items. This carried a heavy risk for the Seekers, however, as they were liable to hear The Sound of His Horn in The Forgotten Quarter. Seekers could also play So hungry.

On 31 October 2013 The Gates of Midnight opened, for the first time making Destinies available. In addition to an individual destiny you got The Mark of Destiny and A Veteran of All Hallows' Eve. A Gallery of Serpents also premiered staying as regular content after the event.

On 6 November 2013 Confessions at the Feast of Masks became available. This was a social game that allowed players to gather Confessions from other players and either honour or betray them in exchange for material rewards. Anyone could gather up to 3 petty confessions (of Curiosity, Violence, Guile and Impropriety); PoSIs could also acquire any number of toothsome confessions (of Pride or Whimsy). Betraying confessions gave better material rewards (including Connected: The Masters of the Bazaar) but the Trust and Exposed by qualities ensured that your betrayal was remembered. (To have Trust 1 with a player meant that they've heard your confession; Trust 2 with them meant that they chose to keep it a secret).

Seekers could Revel in the error that others will not speak of and send their St Destin's Candle through Let their error be eaten.

Hallowmas 2014 (1892)[edit]

The event started on 30 October 2014 with a forum announcement. Structurally it was similar to the previous year's with some changes.

A Trade in Faces FATE-only story premiered staying as regular content after the event.

Seeking Mr Eaten's Name content had gone on hiatus so all related content was no longer available.

Acquiring a Destiny no longer gave A Veteran of All Hallows' Eve. Attend a lecture on 'spiritual hygiene' Fate cost increased.

Confessions were tweaked so that petty confessions now had a limit of 6 and confessing now gave Spirit of Hallowmas (Historical).

From 5 November 2014 you could honour or betray confessions including those you had honoured the previous year. Honouring and betraying confessions gave Spirit of Hallowmas. (Honouring a confession from a past year increased their Trust with you from level 2 to 3; betraying it removed Trust and gained Exposed by).

From 12 November 2014 Mr Huffam was available to interview you and publish The Hallowmas Edition. This gave increasingly valuable rewards based on your Spirit of Hallowmas and gave you The Unexpurgated Gazette: Hallowmas Edition of 1892, which unlocked a new option on One's public.

Hallowmas 2015 (1893)[edit]

The event started on 26 October 2015 with a forum announcement. Structurally it was very similar to the previous year's.

The main novelty was the introduction of Confessions of Notable Londoners. At the end of the event you could honour or betray them in The Errors of London. These confessions gave only material rewards and no Spirit of Hallowmas. The Notable Londoners available in 2015 were

The event concluded with The Hallowmas Edition 2015, which awarded The Unexpurgated Gazette: Hallowmas Edition of 1893. Structurally these functioned as in the previous year.

Hallowmas 2016 (1894)[edit]

On 26 October 2016 a major revamp of the event was announced.

The event started with Hallowmas: An Explosion Shakes London! which gave a free companion - Alluring Accomplice, Devious Henchman or Grubby Urchin - and a Mysterious Confession.

Hallowmas, 1894: No Secret is Safe was the main hub for the event. It included A Hallowmas Primer to the event.

Attract a Visitor at Hallowmas, Visitors at Hallowmas and Destinies were all unchanged. Seeker content was reinstated (with some changes) following the return from its hiatus. For the duration of the festival it was possible to purchase or reset one of the following Exceptional Stories at a discount: The Haunting at the Marsh-House, The Art of Murder or The Waltz That Moved the World.

The main change concerned confessions. These no longer granted Spirit of Hallowmas and no longer represented confessions of players. Rather they were confessions of story characters. Confusingly there were two sets of types of character confessions - the Confessions of Notable Londoners from the previous year and the new Mysterious Confessions. The Confessions of Notable Londoners functioned as in the previous year and could not be traded. The Mysterious Confessions were the new core of Hallowmas and could be traded between players.

Mysterious Confessions[edit]

8 free Mysterious Confessions were available during the event - the original Mysterious Confession from Hallowmas: An Explosion Shakes London! and 7 free confessions through Collect Another Mysterious Confession (4 in the first week, 3 in the second). Additional Mysterious Confessions could be acquired either for 15 Fate or 5 Notability.

During the first week each Mysterious Confessions was a randomly selected from the list of 4 characters:

  • Sinning Jenny
  • The Kashmiri Princess
  • The Soft-Hearted Widow
  • The Illuminated Gentleman

During the second week each Mysterious Confessions was a randomly selected from the list of 7 characters including the 3 new ones:

  • Lettice
  • Feducci
  • The Captivating Princess

To acquire a confession of a type that you didn't have you needed to trade with other players. Alternatively, every day a different storylet would appear (and then disappear the following day, possibly returning a few days later) that would allow you to trade specific pairs of confessions:

Once you obtained the right confessions you could either trade them to the Interested Parties for Favours or you could use them to enhance your companions. The upgrades were available for:

Base Companion New Companion
Alluring Accomplice Fabulous Accomplice
Esoteric Accomplice
Devious Henchman Pious Henchman
Faustian Henchman
Grubby Urchin Skullduggerous Urchin
Well-Scrubbed Urchin
Cheerful Goldfish Haunted Goldfish
Watchful Doll (FATE) Weeping Doll
Rubbery Bellringer Rubbery Campanologist
Bengal Tigress Extravagantly-Titled Tigress

At the end of the event, Mr Huffam was back. This content was changed to be based around the new confessions system. You could cash in spare Mysterious Confessions and arrange an interview to get The Unexpurgated Gazette: Hallowmas Edition of 1894 (and as before, an option on One's public). The available interview options depended on which companions you managed to upgrade.

Hallowmas 2017 (1895)[edit]

On 26 October 2017 the return of Hallowmas was announced. Structurally it was similar to the previous year but with some major changes.

The event started with Hallowmas: An Audacious Theft!, which gave a free companion - Working Rat, Malevolent Monkey or Ruthless Henchman - and a Mysterious Confession.

The main hub for the event was Hallowmas, 1895: No Secret is Safe.

In 2017 there were 13 free Mysterious Confessions but additional Mysterious Confessions were now more expensive at 8 Notability each.

The Confessions of Notable Londoners changed for the first time since their introduction. The Notable Londoners available in 2017 were:

The characters giving Mysterious Confessions also changed (with only the first four available during the first week):

  • The Bishop of St Fiacre's
  • The Veteran Privy Councillor
  • Ambitious Barrister
  • The Cheery Man
  • The Melancholy Curate
  • The Jovial Contrarian
  • His Amused Lordship

Mysterious Confessions could be traded (in addition to trading with players) using the following storylets, only one of which appears at a time:

The companions available for enhancement also changed (with the previous year's enhanced companions available for Fate):

Base Companion New Companion
Working Rat Minacious Union-Rat
Illuminated Rat
Ruthless Henchman Meticulous Henchman
Suave Henchman
Malevolent Monkey Pernicious Primate
Murderous Monkey
Lucky Weasel Celebrated Weasel
Bat with Attitude Utterly Livid Bat
Sister Lydia Sister Lydia, At Peace With Herself
Midnight Matriarch Midnight Matriarch of the Menagerie of Roses

In addition to upgrading companions (or trading them to Interested Parties) this year you could also betray your Mysterious Confession to Mayor Feducci in exchange for his favour. Each Mysterious Confession that was available in the first week gave 4 Feducci's Favour and the Mysterious Confessions unlocked in the second week gave 6 Feducci's Favour each. Feducci's Favour could then be traded for many unique benefits such as reduction in Criminal Record, preserving Making Waves for one week or Feducci's lance.

No discounted FATE content was available but you were encouraged to try The Empress' Shadow for its usual price.

Interviewing Mr Huffam awarded The Unexpurgated Gazette: Hallowmas Edition of 1895 (with the corresponding option on One's public). In addition to cashing in spare Mysterious Confessions and interviewing your companions, you could also cash in spare Feducci's Favour and arrange an interview for yourself based on boons you managed to acquire from Feducci.

Hallowmas 2018 (1896)[edit]

Hallowmas launched on October 24th, and ran for two weeks, until November 7th. It introduced some significant changes from past years, in mechanics, structure, and rewards.

In contrast to the previous two years, the Mysterious Confessions were not associated with specific characters. Instead were of generic types, namely Confessions of Curiosity, Guile, Impropriety, Pride, Violence, and Whimsy. Moreover, Confessions of Notable Londoners did not return in 2018.

The frame of the event was that an Envoy from the Elder Continent had appeared in London and was asking what had happened to the Rosers. A number of notable citizens (namely the Jovial Contrarian, the Duchess, the Gracious Widow and the Injurious Princess) were involved in the Mystery. By investing Confessions, they could be asked for help and would provide clues or upgrade certain companions (see table below). Starting at 31 October, the player could either solve the mystery themself or witness the solving the mystery. Together with a companion of their choice, they would then dream themselves to the Elder Continent and would find out more details and establish diplomatic relations between the Rosers and London. An Ambassador would be chosen, with Failbetter promising that the story would be continued at some point after Hallowmas.

The Jovial Contrarian, the mayor of London, would also offer Wretched Mogs for the player to buy. The following companion upgrades were available (with the previous years' enhanced companions available for Fate):

Base Companion New Companion
Deshrieked Mandrake Protective Mandrake
Mandrake Who Sings Haunting Lamentations
Very Well-Behaved Mandrake
Wretched Mog August Feline
Princeling of the Wakeful Court
Fairly Tame Sorrow-Spider Senatorial Spider
Spider of Silken Marvels
Unassuming Judge An Assuming Judge
A Very Lenient Judge
Scuttering Squad The Scuttering Palace Guard
The Scuttering Scoundrels

In addition, the mayor could be gifted confessions to win his favour. With enough Favour, he would grant the player private debating lessons, which can be used as an exceptionally powerful Persuasive weapon. Last year's Mayoral item (Feducci's lance) was made available for Fate.

The option to trade Notability for additional confessions has been removed this year. Players could get a maximum of 20 free confessions (12 regular ones, 5 via an access code, 3 within the first day due to a bug at the start of the event). Additional Confessions were available for Fate, as in previous years. Playing the Duchess, the Gracious Widow and the Injurious Princess) off against each other would also give Confessions, and if you were upgrading companions you could eke out extra confessions from this. Otherwise, this was a net loss, since getting the requirements to do that would require more Confessions than you got out of doing it.

At the end of the festival, Mr Huffam would ask for an interview for The Unexpurgated Gazette: Hallowmas Edition of 1896 (with the corresponding option on One's public). In addition to cashing in spare Confessions and interviewing your companions, you could also arrange for an interview with the newly chosen Ambassador (different for each of the five possible results) and arrange an interview for yourself or based on the Debating Lessons with the Jovial Contrarian.

Hallowmas 2019 (1897)[edit]

Hallowmas launched on October 24th, and ran for two weeks, until November 7th. It was similar to the previous year in its use of Mysterious Confessions of Curiosity, Guile, Impropriety, Pride, Violence, and Whimsy - albeit with only 13 free Confessions, and three of the six kinds only becoming available in the second week of the festival - and in the absence of Confessions of Notable Londoners. However the return of the (much revamped) Spirit of Hallowmas was a significant mechanical novelty.

Two new Companions were immediately made available to all (for the price of some items):

The following companion upgrades were available (with the previous years' enhanced companions available for Fate):

Base Companion New Companion
Malevolent Monkey Condolent Monkey
Melancholy Monkey
Winsome Dispossessed Orphan Unforgiving Urchin
Dutiful Orphan
The Chap on the Corner Consummate Wallflower
Nimble-fingered Intelligencer
Rubbery Bellringer Rubbery Herald
Rubbery Feline Morally and Physically Flexible Rubbery Cat
Ex-Privateer Charter Clerk Only-Semi-Retired Privateer Charter Clerk
Ex-Privateer Illuminator
Sedulous Cryptanalyst Iconoclastic Cryptanalyst

In addition to collecting Mysterious Confessions and enhancing companions, the main activity this year was attending Masques to gain the Spirit of Hallowmas.

There were three Masques to attend, associated with a Menace (excluding Wounds). At the Masques you could gain the corresponding Menace or exchange Mysterious Confessions of different types. Once your Menaces reached 7, you could submit to The Fool's Judgement, which exchanged all of the Menace for the Spirit of Hallowmas.

Attending the Masques cost Favours. However, you could also choose to wear one of three Masks that were associated with the three Masques. Doing so added an Opportunity card that gave granted free access to the corresponding Masque and unlocked more options at the Masque.

Mask Masque Opportunity Menace Factions
The Crown The Wreck of the St Elmo The Crown's Splendour Suspicion The Docks
Urchins
Tomb-Colonies
The Demon Saint Dunstan's Sacristy The Devil's Gambit Scandal Hell
The Church
Bohemians
The Moth The Pavilion of Butterflies The Flight of Moths Nightmares Society
The Great Game
Revolutionaries

New cards were added to the relevant menace locations which allow for immediate return to London (leaving the menaces intact), but only if the menace has been reduced to no more than 5:

Unlike in the previous year, there was no interview with Mr Huffam. Consequently, the Recount tales of a Hallowmas gone by option on the One's public card was not updated and remained linked to the previous year's quality. Instead of the interview, the event concluded with Hallowmas: The Fool's Justice. This allowed you to trade in unspent Mysterious Confessions as well as the accumulated Spirit of Hallowmas for rewards. It was possible to obtain the following unique rewards under certain circumstances:

Hallowmas 2020 (1898)[edit]

Hallowmas launched on October 26th, running for two weeks, until November 6th. It ran very similarly to the previous year, with only the available Companions changed and the number of free Confessions upped to 14. Most notably, this Hallowmas also coincided with the introduction of several new Spouse options, most of them Hallowmas companions from the past year. Particularly notable were the platonic and polygamous options.

One new Companion, the Untried Tracklayer was immediately made available to all for free and could be replaced at the cost of 3 x Favours: The Docks after being upgraded with confessions. The previous year's Rubbery Feline and Sedulous Cryptanalyst were also available for the cost of a few items but were no longer able to be upgraded.

The following companion upgrades were available (with the previous years' enhanced companions available for Fate):

Base Companion New Companion
Countess of Thorns (FATE) Roseate Antagonist
Honey-Mazed Bear Ursine Honey Connoisseur
Sulky Bat Cryptographic Chiropteran
Dashing Debunker (FATE) Regretful Sceptic
Untried Tracklayer Nocturnal Tracklayer
Tough Tracklayer
Obstinate Tracklayer
Debonair Palaeontologist Buccaneering Palaeontologist
Rubbery Bellringer Rubbery Yes-Man
Talkative Rattus Faber Formerly Talkative Bearer of the Sausage About Which Nobody Complains
Storm-bird Winged Creature of Considerable Speed
Forty-Nine-Voiced Warbler Portable Fingerking Moot

Hallowmas 2021 (1899)[edit]

Hallowmas launched on October 25th, running for two weeks with similar mechanics to the past year. This year, all six kinds of Confession were available from the start of the festival, and the masks were changed from qualities to wearable hats.

Saint Dunstan's Sacristy (the Masque generating Scandal to trade for Spirit of Hallowmas) was retired, and replaced with a new Masque based on Wounds:

Mask Masque Opportunity Menace Factions
The Infant The Roof Below The Squall of Infants Wounds Rubbery Men
Constables
Criminals

A card was also added to A Slow Boat, allowing you to return if your wounds were 5 or lower: Remember a ruddy set of armour.

One new Companion, the Rubbery Newcomer was immediately made available to all for free.

Each of the 3 masks could be upgraded using 30 FATE to a version that will remain persistently, even after the end of Hallowmas:

Base Mask Upgraded Mask
The Moth The Gant Moth
The Crown The Cosmogone Crown
The Infant The Ephebe, Manifold

The following companion upgrades were available:

Base Companion New Companion/Item Comment
Rubbery Newcomer Squirming Reprobate
Liquid Debutante
The Pirate-Poet The Pirate-Poet, Inscribed Anew
Metaphysically Educated Rattus Faber Rodentine Panegyrist
Starry-Eyed Scoundrel Stormy-Eyed Scoundrel
Ex-Privateer Charter Clerk Ex-Privateer Illuminator
The Chap on the Corner Consummate Wallflower
Misplaced Ring Recalcitrant Sculptress You won't lose the ring.
Incognito Princess (FATE) The Captivating Princess' Third-Best Tiara The Tiara is a Hat.
You won't lose the Incognito Princess.
Grubby Urchin Relict Catapult The Catapult is a Weapon.
You won't lose the Urchin.
Rubbery Feline Morally and Physically Flexible Rubbery Cat
Cheerful Goldfish Haunted Goldfish

As usual, the previous years' enhanced companions were available for Fate. Starting this year, the following companions that were previously available for Fate during the retired Election events were also available alongside Hallowmas companions: