History and politics

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From: Instructing a Louche Devil

This devil lacks even a basic grounding. He needs to learn about social politics, too, if he's ever to be useful to the Brass Embassy.

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Challenge information

Broad, Fox.png Persuasive 108

  • 74 - very chancy (41%)
  • 92 - chancy (51%)
  • 110 - modest (61%)
  • 128 - very modest (71%)
  • 146 - low-risk (81%)
  • 164 - straightforward (91%)
  • 180 - straightforward (100%)


A capacity for expedient deceit

Once he's grasped your introduction to human politics, your pupil begins to take the ideas apart to see how he could use them. You explain 'social climbing' and he starts plotting ways to take advantage of overambitious parvenus[…]

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'Why not just take what you want?'

Your pupil is not stupid, but he's impatient. He greets your explanations of concepts like 'diplomacy' with sighs of disgusted disdain. Or, worse, a supercilious smirk that would test the diplomatic skills of a monk.