|Early Parabola Content|
Oneiropomping is an activity in The Viric Jungle. In order to get there you must first gain access to the Parabolan Base-Camp and unlock the route from there. This either requires you to pass a Glasswork check or to spend Shared a Phantasie of the Bazaar while hunting in Parabola. See Parabola (Guide) for more information on this.
There are two progress qualities in this activity.
Your main reward will be proportional to your Intensity of the Dream, where each level equals 2.00 worth of items. In addition, you will usually get Sighting of a Parabolan Landmark proportional to your Duration of a Dream, making it worth 1.50 per level. A handful of dreams give additional Intensity proportional to Duration, making the latter worth up to 2.00 per level.
|The Bohemian Sculptress|
|Oneiropomp 5||The Honey-Addled Detective|
|Oneiropomp 10, Embroiled in the Wars of Illusion 10||Madame Petrovsky|
When gaining Intensity, there are several options. Some will depend on your dreamer. Either you can do a Persuasive, Watchful, or Glasswork challenge with no item cost, which will get harder the higher your intensity is, or you may exchange items for more intensity than otherwise. When gaining intensity, Parabola will become strained, and in order to continue you either have to succeed at a risky Persuasive challenge that might reduce your dream's intensity, or use an action to let Parabola recover.
All options give 1 duration unless otherwise specified.
|Option||Requirement / Cost||Challenge||Intensity gained on success|
|Parabola is relaxed|
|Lend power to the dream||Persuasive||1-2|
|Draw in another place||125 x Sighting of a Parabolan Landmark||Glasswork 2||6|
|Infuse the dream with external influences||5 x Slim Volume of Bazaarine Poetry||Glasswork 2||6|
|Transform dream into prophecy||The Marvellous||Glasswork||1-2|
|Parabola is relaxed - Detective only|
|Introduce your own evidence||Watchful||1-2|
|Improve the statistical rigour of this investigation||1 x Mirthless Compendium of Statistical Observations||Glasswork 2||6|
|Set the Detective on the trail of your reflection||4 x Memory of a Much Lesser Self||Shadowy 120||5|
|Parabola is relaxed - Madame Petrovsky only|
|Transform this dream with vistas of the First City||1 x Expertise of the First City||Persuasive||1|
|Infuse this dream with the knowledge of Irem||1 x Justificande Coin||Persuasive 100||2|
|Parabola is strained|
|Observe and learn||0|
|More! Further!||Persuasive ||1 - 2|
For the actions that give 3 rewards, use the Distribution table below to find out what your target Intensity should be. In any case, each point of Intensity is equivalent to 2 in rewards, 20 CP Investigating... or 10 CP Inspired....
|Intensity||Reward 1||Reward 2||Reward 3
- Refers to the state Parabola has to be in, in order to choose the option
|Reward Distribution Graph|
There is a big difference to the difficulty in sourcing the items spent on progress. In addition, one 2.5 item is typically exchanged for 2 worth of Intensity, giving this a slight loss. The items that can be spent to speed up your dream session are as follows:
These are gained from dreaming, especially dreams of long Duration. Consider spending actions to fuel some dreams (preferably ones that gain bonus Intensity based on duration) and spending the resulting landmarks on faster dreams with no bonus payout.
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Most sources are inferior to just using the persuasive check.
Most sources are inferior to just using the persuasive check.
It takes one action to start a dream and one to end it. As your reward is proportional to Intensity and Duration, it generally makes sense to maximize these, and go for longer dreams rather than many short ones. This can be an issue when using the options that cost no items, because they will get harder with increasing intensity.
When going for a reward that doesn't give a bonus to Intensity based on Duration, consider spending items to speed it up instead. You will need to get them relatively fast for it to be profitable, but this means you spend less actions in parabola and can spend them getting resources in London instead, giving you access to your deck etc. If you want as many as possible of the most valuable rewards, you would want to target 7, 13, 19 or 25 Intensity (or higher). This is usually one action for Intensity 1, before spending the items. By getting higher intensity at once, you reduce the extra actions you need to spend to convert your items to other items.
Spending Sighting of a Parabolan Landmark gives 1 extra duration compared to the other options. This can be seen as a decrease in the cost by 15 sightings. Not enough that it's efficient to spend them if you're trying to get more sightings, but they are slightly more valuable than the other items for dreaming.
When going for a reward that gives a bonus depending on Duration, you might as well spend more actions to improve intensity on these.
Typically you'll want to get as much as possible of the 12.5 rewards. If you're spending actions, this might mean cashing them in at 7 Intensity, as that gives easier challenges. (Or a little below that if you get bonus intensity).
There is an interesting question about whether you should let Parabola rest or whether you should do the More! Further! action. If duration is left out of the question, the different strategies are compared below:
- Amount of actions needed for 1 intensity, assuming no rare successes. s = success rate
The intersection between these graphs happens at , which means that if you have a success rate lower than 71%, you should always allow Parabola to relax between attempts. Rare successes will make it more useful to stretch Parabola, but the extra duration by letting Parabola rest will favour letting Parabola rest. Additionally, the Nightmares gained on failures will make it more useful to let Parabola stretch, as that will end up giving you less failures on average, To give an approximation, you should let Parabola rest if your success rate is below around 70% if focusing on intensity, and below 75% if your main goal is duration.
Using a mix
If using a mix of free actions and actions that cost supplies, make sure to do the free actions first, as their challenge will be easier that way.
Maximising duration is what you want if you're grinding Sighting of a Parabolan Landmark. There are only two cases where you get more than 1 duration - either by letting Parabola rest, or by spending Sighting of a Parabolan Landmark. Each duration is worth 15 Landmarks, which means it's inefficient to spend 125 landmarks in order to regain 30 landmarks if you're only interested in the landmarks.
For gaining maximum duration, you should therefore always let Parabola rest, but if Intensity is also useful for you, you should check the calculation under the spending actions subsection to see if you should stretch Parabola or let Parabola rest.