Investigating (Guide)

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Investigating... is a progress quality that can be gained and spent in a variety of endeavours, most of which are interchangeable.

The best early-game sources of Investigating are part of the Making Your Name storylines:

In the late game, you can continue to use the early-game sources as long as you haven't concluded the storylines that lock (i.e. the Curate, and the University). Additional sources open up at Helicon House in Ealing Gardens and when Captured by the Clay Highwayman! after building to Balmoral, both part of the Railway storyline.

Most uses for Investigating are related to the same storylines in which you gain it. Once you've finished these stories (i.e., you've opened all the areas in Helicon House, followed up rumours of Cornelius, and played through the Clay Highwayman story), there aren't many uses for Investigating. If you've kept the Curate and University stories open, you can conclude those at this point and use Tricks of the Courier's Trade to both gain and spend Investigating (mainly useful for grinding Cryptic Clues).

Gaining Investigating...[edit]

Opportunity Cards and Storylets[edit]

Featuring in the Tales of the University[edit]

Unlocked with Featuring in the Tales of the University 9–24 in The University (see Guide and Carousel).

In addition to being a good Investigating grind at mid-level Watchful, the Talk to the Porters option gives a Sudden Insight for a cost of only 25 x Cryptic Clue (about half as many as you receive from each of the other options below!) Since 5 Sudden Insights can be spent on Every stone for 1–50 CP of Watchful, keeping this grind open by not completing the University storyline can continue to be useful into late-game.

Intrigue: The Curate and His Sister[edit]

Can only be started with A Name Signed with a Flourish exactly 3 in Veilgarden

Once started, this storyline can be completed at any time, but cannot be restarted once the Flourish storyline is advanced past 3. Meaning that, as long as you want to use these options to grind Investigating, do not play the Complete your acquaintance storylet! (Doing so is not necessary to advance Flourish.) Once you have Watchful around 100, the University grind above is a better source of Investigating, and this storyline can be safely completed.

A Name Whispered in Darkness[edit]

The Clay Highwayman[edit]

While Captured by the Clay Highwayman!, you can draw Opportunity Cards with options that gain Investigating...

Following up Rumours of Cornelius[edit]

Helicon House[edit]


Spending Investigating...[edit]

Except where noted, these options reset Investigating...

Opportunity Cards and Storylets[edit]

A Name Whispered in Darkness[edit]

These storylets are available in the later stages of A Name Whispered in Darkness in The Flit (see Guide). They are repeatable except for What is Going on with These People?

Featuring in the Tales of the University[edit]

Each level of Featuring from 9–24 requires an expenditure of Investigating... to advance (9 levels of Investigating for the earliest levels of Featuring, but decreasing toward the end of the storyline); the storylets are usually challenges based on 7. For a complete list of these, see Featuring in the Tales of the University (Guide).

Following up Rumours of Cornelius[edit]

Helicon House[edit]