Khaganian Intrigue (Guide)

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A guide to playing the Great Game in The Khanate, an activity for endgame players.

Beginning steps[edit]

To start the story chain allowing you access to Khan's Heart and the activities within, you need to have advanced the Railway as far as Crown2.png Balmoral, and have fully upgraded your Envelope.png Cabinet Noir to level 4 there. You will also require a Ship.

A ubiquitous opportunity card will appear in London, giving you an Envelope.png Intercepted Document. Deciphering this will give you a Bookbrown.png Salt Steppe Atlas and Bundledman.png Acquaintance: The Reformer of Reputations. This will unlock a new storylet in Balmoral where you can attempt a Captainhat.png Zeefaring check to unlock the Khanate as a destination.

To continue the storyline, you will need a Cover Identity. The game details the requirements, but at minimum you need Compass.png Ties and at least 5 in Envelope.png Credentials, Ridiculoushat.png Nuance, or Whispered secret.png Witnesses. These will influence which challenges you face in Khan's Heart, as detailed later in this guide.

With a complete Identity, you can zail to the Khanate, a fairly long zee journey (as it is effectively one of the furthest points from London).

Once you reach the Khanate, you can speak to the Reformer of Reputations in a storylet in the The Copper Quarter. After a short introductory segment, the option to create a Khaganian front as a base of operations for intrigues and espionage in the Great Game becomes available. Completing it will give a Sidebarbaroque.png Khaganian Safe-Conduct, allowing you access to Khan's Heart.

Cover Identity[edit]

Each Cover Identity stat has a different use in establishing a front. Your Cover Identity is consumed in the process.

It is strongly recommended to build your cover identity in a way that will maximise chances of success (see Guaranteeing Success, below).

  • Mask.png Elaboration increases Mirrordark.png Khaganian Front: Obfuscation, which determines how long your front can withstand investigation by the White-and-Golds, the security service of the Khanate. If this reaches 0, your front will be lost, and you will need to assemble a new Cover Identity to rebuild it! If your stats complement your choice of strategy to the point of guaranteed success during the whole carousel, you can get by with bare minimum, since you won't lose any Obfuscation, otherwise, it's better to get 10 to prolong your stay.
    Obfuscation can be restored, up to 11, by spending Pawn TC.png Well-Placed Pawns with The Reformer of Reputations.
  • Compass.png Ties determines your Papers2.png Outward Appearance of a Khaganian Front, which determines which BDR stat can be used for checks in the Khanate.
    • Surface ties lead to an Academic appearance, which makes use of Sidebarbizarre.png Bizarre.
    • Dispossessed ties lead to an Criminal appearance, which makes use of Sidebardreaded.png Dreaded.
    • Bazaar ties lead to an Mercantile appearance, which makes use of Sidebarrespectable.png Respectable.

Intrigue![edit]

Once you establish a Khaganian front, you will receive a Sidebarbaroque.png Khaganian Safe-Conduct, which grants you access to Khan's Heart, from which you plan, advance, and carry out your schemes.

The main activity and use of your Khaganian Front is pursuing Intrigues, started at the Begin an intrigue storylet. Each intrigue requires a certain amount of Nadircobweb.png Infiltrating... which is gained through various storylets in Khan's Heart. Which options are available to you in a given storylet are determined by Papers2.png Outward Appearance, Deathmachine.png Methods, and Knife4.png Weapon. Note that you are not able to swap equipment while in Khan's Heart.

Options and storylets available are also influenced by the Clock2.png Current Time in the Khanate, which operates on a 12-action cycle. Each action you complete in Khan's Heart increments the current time, shifting available storylets and actions. Once you have enough Nadircobweb.png Infiltrating..., you complete the intrigue at The Progress of your (Intrigue Name) storylet. Note that each completed intrigue increases Khanbannerwhite.png Taimen's Attention by 2 CP.

Table of intrigues and rewards[edit]

Name Requirements Infiltrating... Result Reward
Intercept a cablegram None 20 Collect your intercepted cablegrams
Fabricate blackmail material Papers4.png 2 x Intercepted Cablegram 20 Assemble your manufactured blackmail Newgate.png 1 x Blackmail Material
Plant a mirror 130 Plant an unsecured mirror
Plant an agent Lurkersilhouette.png An Agent in Transit 130 Conclude the infiltration 62.5e worth of items (depends on Lurkersilhouette.png your agent - see below)
Tap a telegraph cable Spiderflorence.png Strength of your Khaganian Network 10 130 Tap the underzee cable
Expand your network Papers4.png 2 x Intercepted Cablegram 130 Expand your network
Sabotage a power plant 750 Sabotage a power plant
Obtain a Corresponding Sounder Papers4.png 10 x Intercepted Cablegram 750 Walk into the Office of Naval Affairs Engine basic.png 1 x Corresponding Sounder
Place one of your agents in London 750 Secure your agent's position Lurkersilhouette.png Infiltrator's Footsteps

Planting the Agents - Rewards[edit]

An agent must be collected at Wolfstack Docks first.

Agent Name Reward
1 An Attentive Chambermaid Bottlehorse.png 1x Bottle of Fourth City Airag: Year of the Tortoise
2 A Wayward Navigator
3 A Bright-Eyed Engineer

Expanding your Network - Rewards[edit]

Each option also increases Spiderflorence.png Strength of your Khaganian Network by 1, as noted above.

Airs Name Reward
0-9 A Disgruntled Academic Enigma.png 1 x Searing Enigma
10-19 A Naive Dissident Pawnred.png 1 x Stalemate
20-29 An Immaculate Tailor Black.png 1 x Much-Needed Gap
30-39 A Repentant Thief Enginegreen.png 1 x Crackling Device
40-49 A Shapeless Aristocrat Whispered secret TC.png 1 x Mortification of a Great Power
50-59 A Bandaged Naval Officer Whispered secret TC.png 1 x Mortification of a Great Power
60-69 A Scorned Diplomat Bottlehorse.png 1 x Bottle of Fourth City Airag: Year of the Tortoise
70-79 A Lovelorn Engineer Black.png 1 x Much-Needed Gap
80-89 A Radical Physician Moon-pearlred.png 1 x Oneiric Pearl
90-100 An Idle Soldier Whispered secret TC.png 1 x Mortification of a Great Power

Options in Khan's Heart[edit]

Note that you are not able to swap equipment while in Khan's Heart. Overview

  • ✓ - There's an option for the given stat at the given time.
  • ✗ - There's no option for the given stat at the given time.

Challenges based on Method stats are Broad with difficulty 170, giving 100% at 284.
Challenges based on Weapon stats are Narrow with difficulty 6, giving 100% at 10.
Challenges based on Appearance stats are Narrow with difficulty 10 or 14, giving 100% at 14 or 18, respectively.

Hour Clock2.png Time Deathmachine.png Methods Knife4.png Weapon Papers2.png Appearance
Owl.png Sidebarshadowy.png Fox.png Honeyjar.png Mirror.png Snakehead2.png Sidebarrespectable.png Sidebardreaded.png Sidebarbizarre.png
1 False-Dawn ✓*
2 Early morning
3 Morning
4 Midday ✓* ✓*
5 Early Afternoon
6 Afternoon
7 False-Dusk
8 Early Evening
9 Evening
10 Late Night
11 Nearly Midnight
12 Midnight

Guaranteeing Success[edit]

There are three (relatively) easy ways to dress for success in Khan's Heart and guarantee 10 Nadircobweb.png Infiltrating... per action:

Note that these three methods avoid the challenges that are made more difficult by Khanbannerwhite.png Taimen's Attention.

In addition to one of the above methods, consider also achieving level 12 of Chesspiece.png A Player of Chess to ensure a guaranteed success when cycling airs via the always-available Play a game of shatar (see Cycling airs, below).

Whichever method you choose, please ensure that you set up your cover identity appropriately.
Also note that you are not able to swap equipment while in Khan's Heart.

The below table shows your options graphically:

Clock2.png Times 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Owl.png Sidebarshadowy.png Fox.png Owl.png Sidebarshadowy.png Fox.png 284
BDR Sidebarbizarre.png / Sidebardreaded.png 18 Sidebarbizarre.png / Sidebardreaded.png / Sidebarrespectable.png 14 Sidebarrespectable.png 18
Advanced Skills Honeyjar.png Mirror.png Snakehead2.png 10

Table of Options by Stat[edit]

Persuasive[edit]

Unlocked with Deathmachine.png Methods: Manipulation, acquired with Envelope.png Credentials 5, and the challenge is Fox.png Persuasive 170.

Hours Clock2.png Times Storylet Branch Notes
4-9 Midday - Evening The Iron Quarter Strike a conversation with a factory manager Khanbannerwhite.png Taimen's Attention increases the difficulty by 5 per level.
9-12 Evening - Midnight The Nephrite Quarter Extricate information from a Recalcitrant Informant

Watchful[edit]

Unlocked with Deathmachine.png Methods: Observation, acquired with Ridiculoushat.png Nuance 5, and the challenge is Owl.png Watchful 170.

Hours Clock2.png Times Storylet Branch Notes
1-4 False-Dawn - Midday The Graphite Quarter Surveil the factories Khanbannerwhite.png Taimen's Attention increases the difficulty by 5 per level.
9-12 Evening - Midnight The Nephrite Quarter Surveil a merchant

Shadowy[edit]

Unlocked with Deathmachine.png Methods: Subversion, acquired with Whispered secret.png Witnesses 5, and the challenge is Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 170.

Hours Clock2.png Times Storylet Branch Notes
4-9 Midday - Evening The Iron Quarter Slip into a factory Khanbannerwhite.png Taimen's Attention increases the difficulty by 5 per level.
9-12 Evening - Midnight The Porcelain Quarter Pickpocket an actresss

Bizarre[edit]

Unlocked with Papers2.png Appearance: Academic, acquired with Surface Compass.png Ties.

Hours Clock2.png Times Storylet Branch Sidebarbizarre.png Challenge Notes
1-4 False-Dawn - Midday The Graphite Quarter Attend a Liberationist meeting in disguise 14
4-9 Midday - Evening The Realgar Quarter Listen to a Paranoid Novelist 10
The Imperial Colleges Arrange a realistic forgery 7 Costs Currency2 silver.png 10 x Assortment of Khaganian Coinage
Gives Nadircobweb.png 16 x Infiltrating...

Dreaded[edit]

Unlocked with Papers2.png Appearance: Criminal, acquired with Dispossessed Compass.png Ties.

Hours Clock2.png Times Storylet Branch Sidebardreaded.png Challenge Notes
1-4 False-Dawn - Midday The Graphite Quarter Attend the presentation of a new weapon 14
4-9 Midday - Evening The Iron Quarter Make arrangements with smugglers 10
The Realgar Quarter Intimidate a Bureaucrat 6 Costs Pawn TC.png 25 x Well-Placed Pawn
Gives Nadircobweb.png 13-14 x Infiltrating...

Respectable[edit]

Unlocked with Papers2.png Appearance: Mercantile, acquired with Bazaar Compass.png Ties.

Hours Clock2.png Times Storylet Branch Sidebarrespectable.png Challenge Notes
4-9 Midday - Evening The Realgar Quarter Attend a Society party 10
The Imperial Colleges Remove academic impediments to your scheme 10 Costs Chesspiece.png 1 x Queen Mate
Gives Nadircobweb.png 38 x Infiltrating...
9-12 Evening - Midnight The Porcelain Quarter Attend an operetta 14

Advanced Skills[edit]

Hours Clock2.png Times Storylet Branch Knife4.png Weapon: Challenge
1-4 False-Dawn - Midday The Nephrite Quarter Start a market panic Disinformation (Envelope.png Credentials 5) Snakehead2.png Mithridacy 6
Influence certain dreams Dream-Shaping (Ridiculoushat.png Nuance 5) Mirror.png Glasswork 6
Dispose of an impediment Poison (Whispered secret.png Witnesses 5) Honeyjar.png Kataleptic Toxicology 6

Profession[edit]

These are guaranteed successes.

Hours Clock2.png Times Storylet Branch Requirement Menace Reduction
12 Midnight The Sinking Quarters Confess your sins Joshuashrine.png Shrine to Saint Joshua Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares (-1 CP)

Using Resources[edit]

For long intrigues (presumably where Violant.png Scheme Complexity is 750), there is an option at False-Dawn during the first half of the intrigue to spend a 62.5e resource (the specific resource depends on your Deathmachine.png Methods) to gain 150 Nadircobweb.png Infiltrating....

Hours Clock2.png Times Storylet Branch Deathmachine.png Methods: Cost Menace Reduction
1 False-Dawn The Sinking Quarters Create a pause in events Owl.png Observation Pawnred.png 1 x Stalemate Khanbannerwhite.png Taimen's Attention (-10 CP)
Exploit a gap Sidebarshadowy.png Subversion Black.png 1 x Much-Needed Gap
Distribute bribes Fox.png Manipulation Currency2 silver.png 125 x Assortment of Khaganian Coinage

Cycling airs[edit]

If you're looking for a certain reward from improving your network, you may want to change your airs of the Khanate. There are several options which does this, some of which cost resources. These option may also be useful if there are times during the day you can't beat the challenges.

Always available:

Morning:

Evening: