Make Cornelius leader of the Tracklayers instead of Fires' Lackey (or) Your Lackey

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From: The Next Stretch of Track

Description summary:
The description varies based on your previous support of Cornelius' plans.

Patronage of the PrehistoricistsDescription
0The former Lackey of Mr Fires has not been of sufficient use. Cornelius might prove more entertaining.
1It's true that Cornelius' track-laying beast left a few things to be desired. But that was only a first attempt. Who knows where it all might lead?

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Game Instructions: The higher your Tracklayers' Displeasure, the more difficult it will be to persuade them.

Unlocked with Leader of the Tracklayers 3-4, Furnace's Fate Revealed 1-2, Following up Rumours of Cornelius 9

Locked with Hinterland City - Foundation

Challenge information

Broad, Persuasive 200

  • 137 - very chancy (41%)
  • 170 - chancy (51%)
  • 204 - modest (61%)
  • 237 - very modest (71%)
  • 270 - low-risk (81%)
  • 304 - straightforward (91%)
  • 334 - straightforward (100%)

Each point of Tracklayers' Displeasure increases the base difficulty by 10 points.


A well-planned campaign

[see tables below]

Cornelius […] is doing his side of the work as well: lining up allies, promising policy change […]

[…] Cornelius wins, and his opponent resumes a more ordinary range of duties. If anything, he seems a little relieved.

Description summary:
The first two/three paragraphs vary based on multiple conditions.

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Did you support Cornelius' plan?First Paragraph
NoYou print posters with artistic renderings of the Prehistory to Come.
YesYou suppress reports of how Cornelius' previous track laying beast actually performed.
You supportedExtra Paragraph
F.F. GebrandtF. F. Gebrandt still owes one, for your help during her mayoral campaign: you convince her to give the most enthusiastic statement about Cornelius that she can bring herself to offer.
PalaeontologistSecond Paragraph
0You paint Cornelius as in touch with the greatest minds of the Palaeontological Movement.
43 - 75You paint Cornelius as in touch with the greatest minds of the Palaeontological Movement, with yourself as an eminent example.
85+You emphasise that even such a great palaeontologist as yourself supports and endorses his claims – and who has assembled more skeletons than you?


A failure of public relations

The Tracklayers' Union does not appreciate such a direct intervention in its affairs […] They tell you where you can put your 'recommendations' and 'considered suggestions'.

Cornelius also becomes rather an outcast for a while […]

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