Making Your Name (Guide)

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During the early part of the game, the Making Your Name stories are the main way you'll progress through the story, raise your attributes, and unlock new locations.

Introduction[edit]

The Making Your Name stories begin in the starting locations: Ladybones Road, Spite, Watchmaker's Hill, and Veilgarden. Each one helps you raise the attribute associated with that location, and your progress in Making Your Name is tracked by a quality beginning with A Name..., which you can check on the Myself tab.

Location Attribute Making Your Name
Ladybones Road Owl.png Watchful Graffitihiero.png A Name in Seven Secret Alphabets
Spite Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy Mask.png A Name Whispered in Darkness
Watchmaker's Hill Bear.png Dangerous Fist.png A Name Scrawled in Blood
Veilgarden Fox.png Persuasive Nib.png A Name Signed with a Flourish

As you progress along each story, the associated quality will increase, unlocking new storylets. The maximum value for each quality is 7.

Combined with the attribute boosts you get from the training professions, the Making Your Name stories will get you much of the way to raising each main attribute to 100 and becoming Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance.

A Name in Seven Secret Alphabets[edit]

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This story begins in Ladybones.png Ladybones Road and the associated Attribute is Owl.png Watchful. It eventually unlocks the locations Ferris.png Mrs Plenty's Carnival, Ladybones.png Moloch Street, Clayman3.png The Clay Quarters, Forgottenquarter.png The Forgotten Quarter, and University.png The University.

The Case of the Honey-Addled Detective[edit]

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To start making your name as a detective in London, you'll first need to establish some contacts. That's why your first case will be to track down the Honey-Addled Detective.

Start: Making Your Name: The Case of the Honey-Addled Detective in Ladybones.png Ladybones Road

Your goal is to reach Footprint.png Detective's Progress 10 in order to track down the Honey-Addled Detective and close the case on Pursue your current Case.

Find a Tattooed Courier's Contact[edit]

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Your next venture is assisting the Constables, who suspect something sinister regarding the tattoos coming out of Clathermont's Tattoo Parlor.

Start: Making Your Name: Find a Tattooed Courier's contact in Ladybones.png Ladybones Road
Unlocked with Graffitihiero.png A Name in Seven Secret Alphabets 1

Your goal is to raise Trail.png Seeking... so you can attempt challenges to increase the quality Follow.png Surveillance Contract: Find a Tattooed Messenger's contact. As that quality increases, new options are unlocked, allowing you to progress in the case. Once the Surveillance Contract quality reaches 4, you can proceed to Ferris.png Mrs Plenty's Carnival for the conclusion.

The Case of the Absconding Devil[edit]

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A Devil is missing from The Brass Embassy, and the Honey-Addled Detective is on the case. He wants your help.

Start: Working with the Honey-Addled Detective in Ladybones.png Moloch Street. Choose the option Making Your Name: The Case of the Absconding Devil.
Unlocked with Graffitihiero.png A Name in Seven Secret Alphabets 2

Your goal is to raise Footprint.png Detective's Progress, which you will then spend to increase Devil.png Evidence in the Case of the Absconding Devil. You will have different options for how to raise Footprint.png Detective's Progress as your Devil.png Evidence quality increases.

You also have a complication in the form of Goat.png a Surly Goat-Demon, which appears in your Opportunity cards. Confronting it can either increase or decrease your Footprint.png Detective's Progress, along with other effects.

The Disappearing Heiress[edit]

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The Comtessa has disappeared with a quantity of her father's money. He wants you to get it — er, and her, of course — back.

Start: Life on Ladybones Road in Ladybones.png Ladybones Road. Choose the option Making Your Name - Begin a Case: the Disappearing Heiress.
Unlocked with Graffitihiero.png A Name in Seven Secret Alphabets 3

Your goal is to use Pursue your current Case to increase Footprint.png Detective's Progress.

When Footprint.png Detective's Progress reaches 10, the option A development: the Disappearing Heiress appears, giving you opportunities to increase Girldaguerrotype.png Evidence in the Case of the Missing Heiress.

At Girldaguerrotype.png Evidence 3, you'll gain the quality Clayman.png A Visitor to the Clay Quarters if you don't already have it. With Girldaguerrotype.png Evidence 4, the conclusion of the case takes place in Clayman3.png The Clay Quarters.

A Raid on the Brass Embassy[edit]

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The Constables plan to raid a Devils' warehouse. You've done work for both, but this time you'll have to pick a side.

Start: Making Your Name: A Raid on the Brass Embassy! in Ladybones.png Ladybones Road
Unlocked with Graffitihiero.png A Name in Seven Secret Alphabets 4

Choose whether to side with the Constables or the Devils. Concluding this part unlocks the location Forgottenquarter.png The Forgotten Quarter.

The Tomb of the Seven[edit]

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You've found clues indicating something intriguing buried in Forgottenquarter.png The Forgotten Quarter. Time for a crash course in Archaeology.

Start: Making Your Name: the Tomb of the Seven in the Forgottenquarter.png Base Camp area of Forgottenquarter.png The Forgotten Quarter
Unlocked with Graffitihiero.png A Name in Seven Secret Alphabets 5

Your ultimate goal here is to make a successful expedition to The Tomb of Seven and recover the Correspondencestone.png Set of Correspondence Stones. Doing so will make you Library.png A Scholar of the Correspondence and unlock the location University.png The University.

In order to even attempt the expedition to the Tomb, you have to build up your Papers4.png Archaeologist quality to 3. First, Learn the Traditions of the Forgotten Quarter, then complete the easier expeditions Seek a thieves' cache and Seek a shrine of the Deep Blue Heaven. Once you reach Archaeologist 3, the one-time expedition The Tomb of Seven is unlocked.

For tips on expeditions, refer to the guide to Forgotten Quarter Expeditions.

Tales of the University[edit]

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As a Scholar of the Correspondence, you've attracted the attention of both The University's colleges, the radical Benthic and the more traditional Summerset. Which one will you ally yourself with?

Start: Invitations from the University, a universal storylet
Unlocked with Graffitihiero.png A Name in Seven Secret Alphabets 6

Your goal is to progress through the University storyline, increasing the quality University.png Featuring in the Tales of the University up to 25, and concluding by solving a case.

For help with the University storyline, refer to Featuring in the Tales of the University (Guide)

A Name Whispered in Darkness[edit]

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This story begins in Spite.png Spite and the associated attribute is Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy. It eventually unlocks the locations Spite.png Area-Diving in Spite, Flit.png The Flit, and (optionally) Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall.

A Courier's Secret[edit]

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It seems the anarchists of Fallen London are communicating through one of Spite's couriers. Intercepting their messages would be a good exercise of your Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy skills.

Start: Making your Name: a Courier's Secret in Spite.png Spite

Your goal is to build up your Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy until you can succeed at A Trove of Secrets. There are several ways to do this in the storylet The Alleys of Spite.

A Journalist and a Cat[edit]

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You're starting to get the hang of this stealthy business. Time to see what else you can uncover in Spite.

Start: Making Your Name: the Next Step in Spite.png Spite
Unlocked with Mask.png A Name Whispered in Darkness 1

Your goals are to investigate the Careworn Journalist and to catch a grey cat.

Area-Diving[edit]

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Find your way into one of Fallen London's finer homes via the staff entrance and liberate some valuables.

Start: Making your Name: Area-diving! in Spite.png Spite
Unlocked with Mask.png A Name Whispered in Darkness 2

Your goal is to complete an area-dive.

For information on building up Mask.png Casing..., refer to the Casing guide.

Going Up in the World[edit]

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Flit.png The Flit is the rooftop world of thieves, urchins, and the Topsy King, and it's time for you to learn the ropes.

Start: Making your Name: Going Up in the World in Flit.png The Flit
Unlocked with Mask.png A Name Whispered in Darkness 3

To access Flit.png The Flit, click the location on the map to open Enter the Flit. The route can be unlocked either by passing the Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 50 challenge or by spending Moonpearl.png 1200 x Moon-Pearl.

A Rash of Burglaries[edit]

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If you want to prove you're more than a common criminal, you need to pull off bigger robberies.

Start: Making your Name: a Rash of Burglaries in Flit.png The Flit
Unlocked with Mask.png A Name Whispered in Darkness 4

Your goal is to raise Mask.png Casing... and pull off burglaries in Flit.png The Flit until your Blackglove.png Master Thief quality reaches 5.

For information on building up Mask.png Casing..., refer to the Casing guide.

The Records Office in Concord Square[edit]

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You know where the Constables store their records, and there's bound to be some valuable information among all that paperwork.

Start: Planning a Heist in the Flit.png Plan a Heist area of Flit.png The Flit
Unlocked with Mask.png A Name Whispered in Darkness 5

Your goal is to successfully complete the heist Making Your Name: the records office in Concord Square.

You need Mask.png Casing... of at least 5 to begin a heist. For additional Mask.png Casing..., you can purchase advantages that will help you complete a heist successfully. During a heist, you draw Opportunity cards to take actions, with the goal of reaching Blackglove.png The Burglar's Progress 5 without reducing Blackglove.png Cat-Like Tread to 0.

For information on building up Mask.png Casing..., refer to the Casing guide. For tips on heists, consult the Sneaky.png On a Heist guide.

Embroiled in the Wars of Illusion[edit]

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There's another world hidden in these shadows, but so far you've seen only glimpses of it. The bats and cats of The Flit know something about it, but will they tell you their secrets?

Start: The Heights of Chicanery in The Flit
Unlocked with Mask.png A Name Whispered in Darkness 6

Your goal is to increase Mirrordark.png Embroiled in the Wars of Illusion (via rare successes on actions from The Heights of Chicanery) to discover the secrets of Flit.png The Flit.

Note: You will reach Mask.png A Name Whispered in Darkness 7 by completing the Bats and Cats section and reaching Mirrordark.png Embroiled 9, but the Wars of Illusion storyline continues from there and eventually leads to Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall.

Refer to Embroiled in the Wars of Illusion (Guide) for more detailed information on progressing this storyline.

A Name Scrawled in Blood[edit]

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This story begins in Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill and the associated attribute is Bear.png Dangerous. It eventually unlocks the locations Menacelogo.png Dept. of Menace Eradication, Wolfstack.png Wolfstack Docks, and Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers.

A Worryingly Large Rat[edit]

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There's talk of a rat in Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill that's bigger than a rat has any business being. The Department of Menace Eradication is offering a sizable reward for bringing it in.

Start: Making your Name: the Contract in Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill

Choose Visit the Department of Menace Eradication to unlock that location. There, find the storylet Make your name! Contract: a Worryingly Large Rat.

Your goal is to use the options in the Menacelogo.png Dept. of Menace Eradication storylet Hunting across London to reduce Black.png Quarry: Confounded Thing is Hiding to 0 and catch the rat. 

Once you've reduced Black.png Quarry to 0, you can choose the option You know where the Rat is lairing... which leads to the conclusion of the hunt.

An Infestation of Sorrow-Spiders[edit]

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These aren't your garden-variety spiders. Slay them and bring back their legs as proof, and you'll have boosted your reputation as a monster-hunter — and probably saved a few eyeballs.

Start: The Department of Menace Eradication in The Menacelogo.png Dept. of Menace Eradication; choose the option Make your name! Contract: destroy an infestation of sorrow-spiders
Unlocked with: Fist.png A Name Scrawled in Blood 1

Your goal is to build up Knife.png Running Battle... to at least 4 in order to defeat a sorrow-spider infestation and turn in a sack of spider legs at the Menacelogo.png Dept. of Menace Eradication.

For more information on running battle, consult the Knife.png Running Battle... guide.

A Picnic on the Marsh's Edge[edit]

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You just want to enjoy your picnic, but unfortunately so do these rats.

Start: Business on Watchmaker's Hill in Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill
Unlocked with: Fist.png A Name Scrawled in Blood 2

Your goal is to ward off an infestation of rats that first spoils your picnic and then takes up residence closer to home.

The Fighting Rings[edit]

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The duellist Feducci runs a series of fighting rings in Fallen London. If you can survive them, he's sure to take notice of you.

Start: Making your Name: the Fighting Rings in Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill
Unlocked with: Fist.png A Name Scrawled in Blood 3

Your goal is to advance through the fighting rings and win in The Painted Ring.

A Conspiracy of Spiders[edit]

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More spiders? Time to get to the bottom of this.

Start: Making your Name: a Conspiracy of Spiders in Wolfstack.png Wolfstack Docks
Unlocked with: Fist.png A Name Scrawled in Blood 4

Your goal is to investigate the spiders in Wolfstack.png Wolfstack Docks and figure out where they're coming from and what to do about them.

Duelling with the Black Ribbon[edit]

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Your fighting prowess has earned you the privilege of dueling the Black Ribbon. Defeating them will earn you great renown, and if you lose… well, your reputation won't much matter anymore.

Start: Making your Name: a Letter from Feducci in Wolfstack.png Wolfstack Docks
Unlocked with: Spiderflorence.png Arachnologist 3 (Fist.png A Name Scrawled in Blood will be set to 5 by whatever option you choose in responding to the letter)

Your goal is to raise Knife.png Running Battle... in order to challenge progressively stronger Black Ribbon duellists, ultimately raising your Knifeting.png A Fearsome Duellist quality to 5.

For information on duels, refer to the page on Ribbonblack.png Duelling with the Black Ribbon.

Acquiring Exhibits for the Labyrinth of Tigers[edit]

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Mr. Inch is in need of new creatures for his most unusual zoological exhibition.

Start: Making your Name: a Proposition from an Acquaintance in Wolfstack.png Wolfstack Docks
Unlocked with: Fist.png A Name Scrawled in Blood 6

Your goal is to raise Trail.png The Hunt is On! so you can attempt to kill or capture the exhibits Mr. Inch wants and raise Council.png A Procurer of Savage Beasts to 5. This will unlock the location Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers. You will then need to find Mr Inch in the Labyrinth, which will ultimately set Fist.png A Name Scrawled in Blood to 7.

Refer to The Hunt is On! (Guide) for information on acquiring exhibits for the Labyrinth of Tigers.

A Name Signed with a Flourish[edit]

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This story begins in Veilgarden.png Veilgarden and the associated attribute is Fox.png Persuasive. It eventually unlocks the locations Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace and Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court.

A Commissioned Epic[edit]

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Inspiration can be found in the commonest of subjects, and there's hardly anything more common in Fallen London than mushrooms.

Start: Make Your Name: A Commissioned Epic in Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

Your goal is to increase Lantern.png Inspired... so you can write a poem about fungus. You can raise this quality using the options Celebrate Fungus in Verse: Make up the details and Celebrate Fungus in Verse: Field work!

A Notable Affair[edit]

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In the literary world of Veilgarden.png Veilgarden, your personal life commands as much interest as your work. Who will you pursue a much-talked-about romance with?

Start: Making Your Name: Engage in a Notable Affair in Veilgarden.png Veilgarden
Unlocked with: Nib.png A Name Signed with a Flourish 1

Your goal is to increase Roseyellow.png Fascinating... to pursue either The Honey-Sipping Heiress or The Honey-Sipping Jewel Thief.

Writing a Short Story[edit]

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You've been in Fallen London for a while now; you're bound to have some exhilarating experiences to write about.

Start: Making Your Name: Writing a Short Story in Veilgarden.png Veilgarden
Unlocked with: Nib.png A Name Signed with a Flourish 2

Your goal is to get Papers4.png Manuscript Page to at least 10 and Egggold.png Potential to 30 to access the option Make Your Name: Publish your story.

Note: any Egggold.png Potential beyond 30 will be wasted here, since the only publication option you get the first time around is Make Your Name: Publish your story. You can try for a higher-quality story only after completing this one.

For information on writing short stories, refer to Short Stories (Guide).

The Ambassador's Ball[edit]

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It's the place to make your big society debut.

Start: Make Your Name: Getting to the Ball in Veilgarden.png Veilgarden
Unlocked with: Nib.png A Name Signed with a Flourish 3

Your goal is to acquire the Salon2.png Favours: Society and other items needed to get to the Ambassador's Ball. You will also unlock the route to Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace.

An Audience with the Duchess[edit]

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Someone important (and delightfully controversial) has taken notice of you.

Start: Make Your Name: An Audience with the Duchess in Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace
Unlocked with: Nib.png A Name Signed with a Flourish 4

Your goal is to obtain an audience with the Duchess by fulfilling the requirements of one of the options in this storylet, all of which require Salon2.png Renown: Society 5 and Duchess2.png Connected: The Duchess 5, among other things. Completing this will unlock the location Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court.

A Courtly Romance![edit]

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Your honeyed fling in Veilgarden.png Veilgarden was the talk of the town for a little while, but Fallen London society is eager for a real fairytale romance. Where better to pursue one than a palace?

Start: Making Your Name: Engage in a Courtly Romance! in Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court
Unlocked with: Nib.png A Name Signed with a Flourish 5

Your goal is to use Attend to Matters of Romance to raise your Roseyellow.png Fascinating... quality in order to romance either the Barbed Wit or the Acclaimed Beauty, and ultimately obtain a Lips.png Memento of Passion.

Carving Out a Reputation at Court[edit]

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You've commanded the attention of the Court. Now what will you do with it?

Start: A slow day in Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court
Unlocked with: Nib.png A Name Signed with a Flourish 6 (You can begin A slow day as soon as you can access the Court, but you can only continue to Why are you doing this? once Nib.png A Name Signed with a Flourish is 6.)

Your goal is to increase Trebleclef.png Carving out a Reputation at Court to 6, whereupon you will be asked Why are you doing this? and begin an Opera. Then raise Lantern.png Inspired... to 24 and proceed to The Grand Finale, which will ultimately set Nib.png A Name Signed with a Flourish to 7.

Note: At the end of this story, you will be Deportestration.png Banished from the Court and (temporarily) sent to Scandal.png Disgraced exile in the Tomb-Colonies. Since you can only restore yourself to the Court via a relatively long process once you're Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance, and the main benefit of being Banished is to access the location Foreignoffice.png The Foreign Office (which also requires Diamond.png PoSI status), it may be a good idea to avoid completing this until you're a Diamond.png PoSI.