Hellworm (Guide)

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Milking Your Hellworm Summary
Semi-Fixed-Length Activity
Setup Progress End
0 A 3.5-7 A 1 A
Progress

Details

Raise The Disposition of your Hellworm to 7.
Items Inputs/Outputs
Start-up
Boosting
Outputs
Raw EPA 14.45 Raw SPA -


Once you have built the first station of your Great Hellbound Railway, you get access to the Upper River Exchange.

There you can buy Your Very Own Miniature Hellworm for a measly 200,000 x Hinterland Scrip. If you are willing and able to invest that same amount of money once again, you can upgrade it to Your Very Own Miniature Hellworm, Saddled and Bridled. Equipping either adds a fun and profitable card to your Upper River opportunity card deck.

Why Should I Bother?[edit]

A good question, with many possible answers, like:

  • Because it's a hard-to-get item. For some players that's motivation enough.
  • Because it's just so darling, it's like a big fuzzy puppy and it loves you.
  • Because it gives access to more unique items, such as:
    • Hellworm Milk, which you can turn into Ripened Wheel of Hellworm Cheese through the Whitsun festival.
    • Vial of Cantigaster Venom, a pretty good weapon otherwise only available by spending FATE.
  • Because it adds a very profitable card to the Hinterland opportunity deck.
  • Because its (saddled) stats are exemplary for its slot, and it comes with a free Boon.
  • Because it is a Crime against the Chain, and a rejection of the authority of the Judgements.
  • Because it makes a much better trophy than The Seven-Fold Knock.
  • Because you are A Person of Great Importance and you can, d__n it.

How to Obtain Your Hellworm[edit]

Once you have the required Hinterland Scrip, you can buy your Hellworm from the Upper River Exchange.

Typically, obtaining enough Scrip is a months-long process. See Hinterland Scrip-Making for advice on how to go about that efficiently.

To give you an idea of the scale of the task: even if you are a Licentiate, and have enough money (nearly 81 thousand echoes) to buy Bright Brass Skull from the Bazaar, and you have enough Nevercold Brass Sliver, simply turning your Skulls into Scrip through the Licentiate Brass Lollipop grind takes 5164 actions. If you typically spend 100 actions per day playing Fallen London and devote those fully to grind, it still takes over 51 days.

On the other hand, if you start with zero echoes and assume a 10 Scrip-per-Action grind, it takes you 200 days under the same assumptions, or more than half a year.

Upgrading Your Hellworm[edit]

After obtaining your Hellworm, equip it and draw cards at the Upper River. Sooner or later you will come across Your Very Own Hellworm. There you can invest another 200,000 Scrip and play Purchase a hellworm saddle, which exchanges your Hellworm for Your Very Own Miniature Hellworm, Saddled and Bridled, a pretty awesome item in the Transportation slot.

There are further options to spend Scrip to obtain more Hellworm accessories, namely the Hellworm-Riding Boots with Brass Spurs and Hellworm-Riding Boot Polish. The Hellworm-Riding Boots are worn in the Boots slot and give +8 Dangerous and +1 Dreaded. Those stats are no better than that of several other boots you probably already own and only add flavor text when riding your hellworm. The Boot Polish does nothing. There's no reason to buy these accessories, but if you have the money, why not spend it? (Additionally, there is no lock on purchasing the polish, so you can own multiple tins!)

Hellworm Mechanics[edit]

Equipping your hellworm (upgraded or not) grants the In the Company of a Hellworm quality, which allows you to draw the Your Very Own Hellworm card in the Upper River deck.

There you can play options to increase The Disposition of your Hellworm:

Once Disposition reaches 7, you can Milk your hellworm, which reduces Disposition by 7 points again, and gives you random liquid (see below).

Milking your hellworm randomly gives you one of 33 possible rewards, ranging from annoying to highly profitable.

Hellworm Milking Rewards[edit]

Reward Value in E Notes
1 Bottle of Black Wings Absinthe - Only useful in Ambition: Bag a Legend!
2 Bottle of Broken Giant 1844 2.50
3 Bottle of Fourth City Airag: Year of the Tortoise 62.50
4 Bottle of Greyfields 1868 First Sporing 0.20 Otherwise somewhat annoying to obtain
5 Bottle of Greyfields 1879 0.01
6 Bottle of Greyfields 1882 0.02
7 Bottle of Morelways 1872 0.10
8 Bottle of Strangling Willow Absinthe 0.50
9 Bottled Oblivion 0.01 Can also be bought from the Bazaar (at an 80x markup)
10 50x Drop of Prisoner's Honey 1.00
11 Holy Sanguinarine Ointment (0.50) Must be processed to be cashed out as A Tasting Flight of Targeted Toxins
12 Discriminating Aconite (2.50) Must be processed to be cashed out as A Tasting Flight of Targeted Toxins
13 Emetic Revelation 12.50
14 Amanita Sherry 0.10
15 Muscaria Brandy 2.50
16 Vial of Tears of the Bazaar 312.50 Otherwise pretty annoying to obtain
17 Vial of Masters' Blood 1562.60 Otherwise very annoying to obtain
18 Vial of Cantigaster Venom 312.50 Otherwise FATE-locked. Good weapon.
19 Sap of the Cedar at the Crossroads 63.50 Can be sold for 125 , or exchanged for a better value w/ Tinned Ham
20 Tin of Zzoup 2.50
21 Oil of Companionship (~65) Useful for Lead an expedition to the strangest point on the horizon
22 Flask of Waswood Wellspring Water (13.00) See item page. Also used to Search Parabola for the location of a particular treasure
23 F.F. Gebrandt's Superior Laudanum 0.10
24 F.F. Gebrandt's Tincture of Vigour 0.10
25 Nikolas & Sons Instant Ablution Absolution 0.25
26 Hellworm Milk (62.50) Must be cashed out at Whitsun, limit 2/year (worth 312.5E once, then 62.5E )
27 Distillation of Retribution (312.50) Must be processed, twice, to be cashed out as A Tasting Flight of Targeted Toxins
28 Salve of Righteousness (65.00) Must be processed, twice, to be cashed out as A Tasting Flight of Targeted Toxins
29 Concentrate of Self (312.50) Can be cashed out by Prepare a Curatorial Cocktail
30 10 x A Taste of the Garden (25.00) Can be cashed ATotG/card for 2.5 E through any of its opportunity cards, which are annoyingly swamping the London Deck until used up.
31 Magisterial Lager 0.50 Can also be sold for 1
32 Starved Expression (0.50) Can be studied in the lab and sold for 10 x Stuivers at Hallow's Exchange.
33 Sample of Roof-Drip (0.10) Can be studied in the lab and sold for 2 x Stuivers at Hallow's Exchange.

Analysis[edit]

Adding up just the milking rewards that can be straight-up sold to the Bazaar or the Upper River Exchange and dividing it by the number of possible rewards gives an average 72.97 E reward for milking.

If you raise your Disposition through Play with your hellworm, you need to do that seven times before you can milk (and you need draw the card 8 times total). That gives you 9.12 EPA. Plus lots of Nightmares removed, if you have any.

If you have the saddled hellworm, you ride it on average 4.67 times before you can milk it, giving you just as many CP of Scandal, and giving you an extra 4.67 * 2 Aeolian Scream worth 23.35 E . If we add one extra action for getting rid of the scandal, that's 72.97E plus 23.35E for 6.67 actions (and 5.67 card draws), resulting in 14.44 EPA.

If you cannot get rid of the Scandal that easily, organize some Licentiates as acquainces. Then you can Write down a name in Gant which costs 500 x Piece of Rostygold and an action, and reduces both your Scandal and Suspicion by 6 CP each. This still gives you an EPA of 14.33.

You can reduce the Scandal load a bit (and thus increase overall profitability) by wearing items that reduce Scandal build-up.

What To Do with the Spoils[edit]

You can further raise your EPA by turning some of the items that you cannot sell to the bazaar into other items, and sell these secondary products. A full analysis of this is nearly impossible, because it depends on too many factors. Instead, here are a few ideas on what to do with some of these items: