Opportunity Items (Guide)

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There are items in the game which add cards to your opportunity deck simply by being in your possession. Many of these are useful, while others are to be avoided if possible. Knowing about them early can help you open up more lucrative opportunities or avoid unfortunate consequences.


Bazaar Companions[edit]

Several of the companions you can buy from the Bazaar add cards to your deck, either alone or in conjunction with other items.

Starter Animals[edit]

Animal Price Card Success Failure
Sulky Bat E 0.40 A Parliament of Bats 3 x Certifiable Scrap
Bat with Attitude(rare)
1-25 x Cryptic Clue
-1 x Vision of the Surface
1 x Favours: The Great Game
-100 x Sulky Bat
1 x Bat with Attitude
1 CP Wounds
Reprehensible Lizard E 0.40 Lizardly matters -25 x Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax
4 x Memory of Light
1 x Confident Smile
-1 CP Nightmares
+1 CP Nightmares
Dazed Raven Advisor E 12.80 A kindness of ravens -25 x Piece of Rostygold
4 x Scrap of Incendiary Gossip
1 x Sudden Insight
-1 CP Suspicion
Nothing happens
The oracle of the weasel-fights + 100 x Piece of Rostygold
Someone Is Coming
+5 CP Dangerous
Someone Is Coming
Fairly Tame Sorrow-Spider E 12.80 Spiders and flies -25 x Shard of Glim
4 x Whisper-Satin Scrap
1 x Sudden Insight
-1 CP Wounds
-25 x Shard of Glim
20 x Silk Scrap
+1 CP Scandal
Deshrieked Mandrake E 12.80 Play with your pet Mandrake -25 x Silk Scrap
20 x Maniac's Prayer
1 x Confident Smile
-1 CP Nightmares
-25 x Silk Scrap
+1 CP Nightmares

These companions can all be acquired shortly after escaping New Newgate Prison and represent a dramatic increase in value for the starting player's opportunity deck. All add cards with Standard frequency which involve a luck check of (usually) 60%, leading to an expected value of ~1.05 echoes (not counting second chances or menace reduction) in each case.

A Parliament of Bats helps kickstart the Certifiable Scrap grind with a luck check that grants 3 scrap on a success, a Bat with Attitude that can be sold for 12.5 echoes on a rare success, and it also gives an additional opportunity to accumulate Favours: The Great Game. Since both are hard to grind in the early stages of the game, this is a valuable pick.

The other three animals follow a simple pattern: A chance to trade 0.25 echoes of a basic resource for 2 echoes of goods plus a second chance and menace reduction. Like the Sulky Bat, the Reprehensible Lizard can be bought with the spare change you get for selling your manacles, and Beeswax can be obtained early by helping the Chandler from The Department of Menace Eradication. Even better, both the Bat and the Lizard can be applied towards the cost of permanent access to Mahogany Hall later on when their cards are starting to become less valuable relative to other cards in your deck. The others are a bit more expensive and a bit harder to usefully dispose of, but the value of their actions will easily repay the net loss of 6.4 echoes should you end up selling them back to the Bazaar, and the additional second chances and net menace reduction are a boon in the early game.

Working-Class Companions[edit]

Companion Price Card Actions Success
Grubby Urchin E 28.80 Your Grubby Urchin is becoming troublesome
(Lodgings Only)
Send him out busking 50 x Rat on a String
Use him to torment an enemy 80 x Shard of Glim
Ugh. Just sell the brat to pirates -1 Grubby Urchin
1600 x Piece of Rostygold
2 x Appalling Secret
Heartless Increase
Encourage him to visit old friends -2 x Tale of Terror!!
1 x Favours: Urchins
Winsome Dispossessed Orphan
F.F. Gebrandt's Superior Laudanum
E 64.80
E 1.00
Your Winsome Orphan is out of control Give him a chance to mend his ways (Requires 3 x F.F. Gebrandt's Superior Laudanum) 4 x F.F. Gebrandt's Superior Laudanum
Magnanimous Increase
Heartless Decrease
Accuse him outright 15 x Nodule of Deep Amber
3 x F.F. Gebrandt's Superior Laudanum
Ruthless Increase
Magnanimous Decrease
Give him tentative art lessons -2 x Memory of Distant Shores
1 x Favours: Urchins
Malevolent Monkey
100 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey
E 90.00
E 4.00
The Honey-Addled Monkey (non-discardable) Join him in a honey-dream (Requires 10 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey) -10 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey
5 x Appalling Secret
1 x Memory of Light
Try to cure him with bribery (Requires 50 x Nodule of Deep Amber) -50 x Nodule of Deep Amber
2 x Ostentatious Diamond
Swap him for something - or someone - more reliable (Requires 200 x Piece of Rostygold and Renown: Hell 10) -1 Malevolent Monkey
-200 x Piece of Rostygold
Alluring Accomplice
Replace him with something - or someone - more ruthless (Requires 200 x Nevercold Brass Sliver and 3 x Favours: Criminals) A matter of luck: it could go either way -1 x Malevolent Monkey
-3 x Favours: Criminals
-200 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
1 x Ruthless Henchman
Alluring Accomplice E 115.20 Overly alluring? Maybe she is stealing from you 50 x Shard of Glim
Perhaps she is spying on you 60 x Nodule of Deep Amber
60 x Jade Fragment
Maybe she has become virtuous (Requires 1 x Favours: The Church) -1 x Favours: The Church
200 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
150 x Jade Fragment
Perhaps she is in danger (Requires 30 x Jade Fragment and 1 x Favours: Criminals) -1 x Favours: Criminals
180 x Nodule of Deep Amber
180 x Shard of Glim
-30 x Jade Fragment
Recommend her 'sister' to a wealthy home (Requires 5 x Intriguing Snippet) -5 x Intriguing Snippet
1 x Favours: Criminals
Ruthless Henchman E 115.20 Etiquette for the Ruthless Send him for dance lessons 33 x Cryptic Clue
Attend to his education (Requires 30 x Jade Fragment) -30 x Jade Fragment
3 x Relic of the Second City
3 x Relic of the Third City
2 x Relic of the Fourth City
Train him in the more...subtle arts (Requires Master Thief: Light-fingered) 120 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Arrange for him to take tea with a maid (Requires 10 x Romantic Notion) -10 x Romantic Notion
1 x Favours: Criminals

This is a much more mixed bag than the starter animals. Almost all of them are skill checks, which means they will train your stats and can be sure things once your stats are high enough, but the payouts are generally lower. In addition, the companions are more expensive; by the time you have the resources to acquire them, your opportunity deck is probably looking a bit better, so the overall benefit of adding these cards is lessened. On top of that, the cards themselves are seen less often, being Infrequent of Very Infrequent as opposed to Standard. In most cases, you'd probably be better off saving your echoes or buying other equipment that offers a better echo->stat bonus ratio.

On the other hand, most of these companions offer additional opportunities to gain valuable Favours, albeit at a 1 echo surcharge. The Urchin and the Orphan both provide an opportunity to gain Favours: Urchins, which can be valuable if you have access to the Flit and need to grind Certifiable Scrap. The Orphan also provides an inexpensive source of additional Laudanum, which can be a good Nightmares cure for pre-PoSI characters. Similarly, the Accomplice and the Henchman provide an additional source of Favours: Criminals, though one should be cautious about combining them, given their conflict card (discussed below). The Accomplice also provides a means of cashing in Favours: The Church, which could be useful if you do not have consistent access to the Shuttered Palace for the more lucrative option for calling in those favours.

The other wrinkle is that several of these companions (namely, the Urchin, the Orphan, and the Accomplice) are required to start up an Orphanage, so if you plan on going that route instead of opening A Salon, you may as well grab one of each early and enjoy the cards until then. Similarly, the Malevolent Monkey can be converted into a Pentecost Ape during the Feast of the Exceptional Rose, so if you have that acquisition as a long-term goal you could acquire the monkey and keep some honey around in the meantime.

Companion Conflicts[edit]

A few companions will get into conflict if you have them in your employ at the same time, adding special cards to your deck. These cards are usually lackluster or even damaging, but some options might be worth your while, depending on your situation.

Companions Card Best Case Scenario
Grubby Urchin
Malevolent Monkey
The Urchin and the Monkey (Lodgings Only) Unite them against a common enemy to trade 2 x Compromising Document for 1 x Favours: Urchins
Ruthless Henchman
Alluring Accomplice
The Henchman and the Accomplice Make use of this new development to trade 1 x Favours: Criminals for 7 x Ostentatious Diamond
Midnight Matriarch
Scuttering Squad
Like rats and cats Side with the cat for a massive drop in Sympathetic about Ratly Concerns and doubled Suspicion

A note about rats...[edit]

Having the Working Rat and the Ratskin Suit at the same time adds Sartorial squeamishness to your deck, which gives you an opportunity to unlock the Sympathetic about Ratly Concerns quality. For more information on why you might want this quality, see Seeking the Meaning of the Plaster Face (Guide).

Faction Companions[edit]

Details about faction cards can be found at Raising Favours (Guide)#Connected Pet Cards

Upper River Companions[edit]

Equipping Your Very Own Miniature Hellworm or Your Very Own Miniature Hellworm, Saddled and Bridled will grant the following card in the Upper River deck: Your Very Own Hellworm giving the ability to gain 2 x  Aeolian Scream, to milk it for various items, and ride it for Not to be Trifled With. More information at Hellworm (Guide).

Other Cards[edit]

Item Card Rewards
100 x  Proscribed Material A libraryette for Mr Pages An expensive way to reduce Suspicion and Scandal, or to gain Connected: The Masters of the Bazaar
No Bundle of Fourth City Rags A street-cart is selling Fourth City Rags -10 x  Whispered Hint, 1 x  Bundle of Fourth City Rags, +12 CP Nightmares, +5 CP Touched by Fingerwork
1 x  Eyeless Skull Forgotten Wisdoms -50 CP Watchful
Forgotten Glamours -50 CP Persuasive
Forgotten Strengths -50 CP Dangerous
Forgotten Sleights -50 CP Shadowy

The eyeless skull cards and the fourth city rags card are generally seen as menace cards. The librayette card can be an okay way to deal with suspicion at higher levels when the cost of the Proscribed Material doesn't hurt as much. Avoiding Eyeless Skulls, having the Bundle of Fourth City Rags and avoiding having more than 99 Proscribed material will prevent you from drawing either of these cards. The Librayette card may also be avoided by increasing your Connected: The Masters of the Bazaar to 10 or so.

PoSI Items[edit]

Becoming a Person of Some Importance opens up the expanded inventory to a variety of items not previously available. The excellent PoSI Item Crafting guide has a rundown of how to obtain these items (and their components) as well as their stats. This section is going to focus on the opportunity cards that these high level items unlock, which, with a few exceptions, have Standard frequency.

PoSI item cards generally provide a good source of a particular material and an additional means of gaining favours, so they are generally worth your time. Even the ones that have more questionable cards often provide valuable stat bonuses.


Item Card Rewards
A Salon The Tower of Eyes: Behind Closed Doors at a Handsome Townhouse Favours and items for Making Waves
An Orphanage Bazaar items and echoes for Making Waves
Gang of Hoodlums The Life of Crime 150 x Piece of Rostygold
+1 Favours: Criminals
+2 CP Suspicion
Membership of God's Editors A Day with God's Editors 37 x Proscribed Material
-2 CP Scandal
-2 CP Nightmares
+3 CP Austere
-1 x Tale of Terror!!
1 x Favours: The Church

The Salon and the Orphanage are mutually exclusive upgrades to the Handsome Townhouse lodging and add additional actions to the associated card. Both serve as a means to bank potential Making Waves long term for the purposes of hitting high Notability levels. The Salon uses favours and the Orphanage essentially uses echoes. It's not completely obvious which option is better, as favours are extremely useful, but the community seems to favour the salon. Additionally, the salon has different stats, which may be more useful, especially if you already have God's Editors and a Newspaper, which together has the same stats as the orphanage.

The Gang of Hoodlums and Membership of God's Editors both provide additional means of gaining favours, which is reason enough to get them. It should be noted that the Hoodlums also give suspicion in the process, limiting the usefulness of this. Additionally, the Gang of Hoodlums unlocks one of the most efficient means of obtaining Casing... before Parabola/dealing with the Big Rat. The Membership of God's Editors is tied for the best non-mood BDR with several affiliations and a decent way to reduce both Suspicion and Scandal.

Affiliations Which Require Being Equipped for the Opportunity Card[edit]

Item Card Rewards
A Member of the Crew of the St Elmo Drink with the Crew of the St Elmo
A Member of the Order of Those Who Will Not Be Caught Red-Handed A Shrouded Soiree with the Order of Those Who Will Not Be Caught Red-Handed
Inducted into the Inverted Stalactite Society Meetings of the Initiates of the Society of the Inverted Stalactite
A Seat at the Bishop's Table Attend a dinner at St Fiacre's
Lowell's Locks and Cages Lowell's Locks and Cages (Card)

All of these affiliations require them to be equipped for their respective opportunity cards to appear. The HALLOWMAS cards are not particularly profitable at less than 2E for your action, though the favour for 0.5E worth of items is usually not a bad trade. Lowell's, by the time you can get it, is worse than other grinds.


Item Card Rewards
Velocipede Riding your Velocipede 80 x Cryptic Clue
-5 x Maniac's Prayer
1 x Favours: Constables
Respectable Landau Once upon a time in a carriage 4 x Appalling Secret
150 x Whispered Hint
1 x Confident Smile
+3 CP Hedonist
+1 CP Heartless
-1 CP Magnanimous
-3 CP Austere
Clay Sedan Chair A day out in your Clay Sedan Chair 180 x Foxfire Candle Stub
+3 CP Heartless
-3 CP Magnanimous
1 x Favours: Society
+3 CP Austere
+1 CP Magnanimous
-3 CP Hedonist
-1 CP Heartless

The Velocipede is included for the sake of completeness, as you are required to make one as part of becoming a PoSI and can't get rid of this card before Watchful Gains 18. Luckily, it provides a healthy number of Cryptic Clues and a way to gain Favours: Constables, especially once you have reliable access to Maniac's Prayers from the Rat Market.

The other Transportation options are a mixed bag. The Respectable Landau provides 1.9 echoes worth of goods, but by the time you can gather the supplies necessary for the landau, this will probably not be that good. The Clay Sedan Chair provides a nice bounty of candles for the Heartless and a source of Society favours for the Austere. As candles are very expensive to buy from the Bazaar, and favours are always nice, this is generally a good card. The Sedan Chair also has an option with a luck check if Jack of Smiles is about, but this is less useful unless you need an Antique Constable's Badge and refuse to just buy one.

Once you reach Watchful Gains 18 you may lend out your transports temporarily, removing their opportunity cards from your deck.

Home Comforts[edit]

Item Card Rewards
Formidable Basalt Gymnasium Your Edifice of Black Stone 150 x Piece of Rostygold
+10 CP Dangerous
+1 CP Wounds
Voluminous Library A library of your own Luck check: 50%
10 x Proscribed Material
20 x Stolen Correspondence
1 x Appalling Secret
75 x Cryptic Clue
Luck check:it could go either way
Nightmares up or down
(Rare success) 5 x Memory of Light

These items have some use in the mid-game, before they're out-shone by Renown items. The economic options on the opportunity cards are generally considered bad at this stage of the game. The gymnasium card is generally only useful for training Dangerous, and the library card is best avoided. Once you've reached the cap for training dangerous, consider lending out the gymnasium to remove the card. The Library is necessary for improving your own lab, which will allow you to rid yourself of the opportunity card by moving it into your lab.


Spouse Card Rewards
A Bewildering Procession of Companions, Lovers, Suitors, and Paramours Attend to Your Spouses
Academic Intriguer Fate Card
Blooming Wallflower An Evening with your Beloved
Boneless Consort Fate Card
Celebrated Artist's Model Promenade with the Celebrated Artist's Model
Comfortable Intriguer Fate Card
Companion in Amber Fate Card
Cultured Attaché Fate Card
Cultured Attachée Fate Card
Devout Intriguer Fate Card
Flexible Intelligencer Indulge the Flexible Intelligencer
Gentleman Smuggler Fate Card
Incendiary Tastemaker Fate Card
Joyful Charter Clerk Down by the Docks with your Wife
Joyful Illuminator Share in Your Wife's Passions
Master Jewel Thief Burglary with the Master Jewel Thief
Notorious Art Dealer Fate Card
Platonic Partner in Crime An Afternoon Entirely Without Mischief
Philosophically Perfect Partnership An Evening with your Spouses
Promethean Rogue Fate Card
Soothing Palaeontologist Spend an Evening with the Soothing Palaeontologist
The Revolutionary Firebrand, Happy Fate Card
Cultured Attachée Fate Card

First off, it should be noted that all of these cards are Very Infrequent, so they won't have a huge impact on the value of your opportunity deck. They also provide fewer stat bonuses than player spouses (and none of the BDR of a Boneless Consort). That said, both are quite profitable cards. The Artist's Model provides 2.5 echoes plus Confident Smiles and Making Waves, or a means to get Favours: Bohemians. The easy option from the Master Jewel Thief provides 2.32 echoes and a Nightmares cure, but the most profitable option from the Master Jewel Thief is likely the Favours: Criminals.


Club Option Challenge Success Failure
The Parthenaeum Fall asleep in front of the fire 150 x Whispered Hint
Have a little word with the Chief Constable -2 CP Suspicion
Indulge in a quiet game A Player of Chess 6 1 CP A Player of Chess
3 - 5x Hinterland Scrip
30 x Whispered Hint
1 CP A Player of Chess
+1 CP Suspicion
Drum up a few investments for the Great Hellbound Railway -12 x Rumour of the Upper River
In Corporate Debt - 6 CP
The Young Stags' Club Bet 'Winkles' Cheesewright-Cheesewright that he won't steal a Constable's helmet Luck check: 90% 90 x Bottle of Greyfields 1882 +1 CP Scandal
+1 CP Suspicion
Put up some money for an artistic endeavour -500 x Piece of Rostygold
2 x Favours: Society
1 x Favours: Bohemians
Mix Chuffy a hangover cure Kataleptic Toxicology 6 1 x Headless Skeleton
Nightmares +2 CP
Nightmares +3 CP
Invite Chuffy to picnic at the Magistracy of the Evenlode Shadowy 200 - 5 Rumour of the Upper River
27+ Hand-picked Peppercaps
Suspicion +2 CP
Scandal +2 CP
A Private Party (45 FATE) Fate-locked
Sophia's Cure a poisoning Kataleptic Toxicology 6 Favours: Tomb-Colonies Wounds +2 CP
Offer your services as a doctor 1 x Knob of Scintillack
Take tea 19-28 x Jasmine Leaves
Propose a hunting expedition Dangerous 200 -5 x Rumour of the Upper River
1500 x Piece of Rostygold
2 x Jet Black Stinger
2 x An Estimable Trophy
-5 x Rumour of the Upper River
1500 x Piece of Rostygold
Wounds +2 CP
1 x An Estimable Trophy
The Clay Tailor Club Eavesdrop Shadowy 140 1 x Rumour of the Upper River Scandal +2 CP
Suspicion +2 CP
Disguise a Revolutionary-minded member Mithridacy 6 1 x Favours: Revolutionaries Scandal +1 CP
Suspicion +1 CP
Feather a hat for a fellow member -1 x Tailfeather Brilliant as Flame
-2 x Royal-Blue Feather
11 x Hinterland Scrip
Construct a pair of diamond-studded lizard-leather boots of your own design -3 x Reprehensible Lizard
-30 x Ostentatious Diamond
-1 x Puzzle-Damask Scrap
1 x Boots with Diamond Soles
Invite your companions to investigate Infernal Fashions Persuasive 200 -5 x Rumour of the Upper River
+ 10+ x Jasmine Leaves
6 x Thirsty Bombazine Scrap
Scandal +2 CP

The Parthenaeum provides a handy Suspicion cure and doesn't require any gambling, but the Young Stags' Club provides a good source of wines that can be profitably fed to the Portly Sommelier. The second option on The Young Stags' card is even better, giving you three Favours for five echoes of Rostygold, a significant profit even if you simply cash those favours in at the Shuttered Palace. On top of that, The Young Stags provide Bizarre and Dreaded which are generally more difficult to stack than The Parthenaeum's Respectable. Sophia's and the Clay Tailor Club could be more interesting once you gain access to the railway content and have end game stats.

That more or less covers everything when it comes to equippable items that add cards to your deck. Hopefully this helps in optimizing your deck for whatever stage of the game you are at.

Renown Items[edit]

Item Card Rewards
Your Very Own Bandages! A Tomb-Colonist Tour
Chelatic Mitten Canal Workers on the Upper River
The DF Upper River Artistry ( Ealing Gardens only)

These cards are only drawn on the upper river and are generally considered bad. The Canal worker card has some use when travelling back to London, and the Artistry card can be useful when gathering trophies.

Ambition Rewards[edit]

Collapsed because these necessarily contain spoilers regarding ambitions.

Ambition Item Card Rewards
Ambition: Heart's Desire! The Thief-Oath of Tristram Bagley[1] An Encounter with Tristram Bagley
Ambition: Light Fingers! A Loyal Nightmare of Poor Edward A dream about Poor Edward
Ambition: Nemesis Your Daughter, Returned[1] A Neathy Education
Your Brother, Returned[1] Duty Calls
Your Lover, Returned[1] Visiting the Person who Was your Lover
Your Spouse, Returned[1] Visiting the Person who Was your Spouse
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Requires being equipped to draw