Opportunity Items (Guide)

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For cards associated with the different lodgings, see Lodgings Cards (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

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

Animal Price Card Success Failure
Bat.png Sulky Bat Icon-echosmall.png0.40 A parliament of bats Sack.png 3 x Certifiable Scrap
Bat.png Bat with Attitude(rare)
Crypticsecret.png 1-25 x Cryptic Clue
Sunset.png -1 x Vision of the Surface
Pawn.png 1 x Favours: The Great Game
Bat.png -100 x Sulky Bat
Bat.png 1 x Bat with Attitude
Sidebarwounds.png 1 CP Wounds
Lizard.png Reprehensible Lizard Icon-echosmall.png0.40 Lizardly matters Lamplighter beeswax.png -25 x Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax
Mirror.png 4 x Memory of Light
Confidentsmile.png 1 x Confident Smile
Sidebarnightmares.png -1 CP Nightmares
Sidebarnightmares.png +1 CP Nightmares
Raven.png Dazed Raven Advisor Icon-echosmall.png12.80 A kindness of ravens Red gold.png -25 x Piece of Rostygold
Conversation.png 4 x Scrap of Incendiary Gossip
Eye.png 1 x Sudden Insight
Sidebarsuspicion.png -1 CP Suspicion
Nothing happens
The oracle of the weasel-fights Red gold.png + 100 x Piece of Rostygold
Follow2.png Someone is Coming
or
Bear.png +5 CP Dangerous
Follow2.png Someone is Coming
Spider.png Fairly Tame Sorrow-Spider Icon-echosmall.png12.80 Spiders and flies Shard.png -25 x Shard of Glim
Scrap2.png 4 x Whisper-Satin Scrap
Eye.png 1 x Sudden Insight
Sidebarwounds.png -1 CP Wounds
Shard.png -25 x Shard of Glim
Silk.png 20 x Silk Scrap
Sidebarscandal.png +1 CP Scandal
Mandrake.png Deshrieked Mandrake Icon-echosmall.png12.80 Play with your pet Mandrake Silk.png -25 x Silk Scrap
Honeymazed.png 20 x Maniac's Prayer
Confidentsmile.png 1 x Confident Smile
Sidebarnightmares.png -1 CP Nightmares
Silk.png -25 x Silk Scrap
Sidebarnightmares.png +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

Companion Price Card Actions Success
Urchin.png Grubby Urchin Icon-echosmall.png28.80 Your Grubby Urchin is becoming troublesome
(Lodgings Only)
Send him out busking Ratsstring.png 50 x Rat on a String
Use him to torment an enemy Shard.png 80 x Shard of Glim
Ugh. Just sell the brat to pirates Urchin.png -1 Grubby Urchin
Red gold.png 1600 x Piece of Rostygold
Appallingsecret.png 2 x Appalling Secret
Quirkheartless.png Heartless Increase
Encourage him to visit old friends Scaryeye.png -2 x Tale of Terror!!
Urchin.png 1 x Favours: Urchins
Urchinblond.png Winsome Dispossessed Orphan
Bottleclear.png F.F. Gebrandt's Superior Laudanum
Icon-echosmall.png64.80
Icon-echosmall.png1.00
Your Winsome Orphan is out of control Give him a chance to mend his ways
(Requires Bottleclear.png 3 x F.F. Gebrandt's Superior Laudanum)
Bottleclear.png 4 x F.F. Gebrandt's Superior Laudanum
Quirkmagnanimous.png Magnanimous Increase
Quirkheartless.png Heartless Decrease
Accuse him outright Amber.png 15 x Nodule of Deep Amber
Bottleclear.png 3 x F.F. Gebrandt's Superior Laudanum
Quirkruthless.png Ruthless Increase
Quirkmagnanimous.png Magnanimous Decrease
Give him tentative art lessons Wake.png -2 x Memory of Distant Shores
Urchin.png 1 x Favours: Urchins
Monkey.png Malevolent Monkey
Honey.png 100 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey
Icon-echosmall.png90.00
Icon-echosmall.png4.00
The Honey-Addled Monkey
(non-discardable)
Join him in a honey-dream
(Requires Honey.png 10 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey
Honey.png -10 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey
Appallingsecret.png 5 x Appalling Secret
Mirror.png 1 x Memory of Light
Try to cure him with bribery
(Requires Amber.png 50 x Nodule of Deep Amber
Amber.png -50 x Nodule of Deep Amber
Diamondblue.png 2 x Ostentatious Diamond
Swap him for something - or someone - more reliable
(Requires Red gold.png 200 x Piece of Rostygold and Devil.png Renown: Hell 10)
Monkey.png -1 Malevolent Monkey
Red gold.png -200 x Piece of Rostygold
Bohogirl1.png Alluring Accomplice
Replace him with something - or someone - more ruthless
(Requires Nevercold brass.png 200 x Nevercold Brass Sliver and
Manacles.png 3 x Favours: Criminals)
A matter of luck: it could go either way
Monkey.png -1 x Malevolent Monkey
Manacles.png -3 x Favours: Criminals
Nevercold brass.png -200 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Piratered.png 1 x Ruthless Henchman
Bohogirl1.png Alluring Accomplice Icon-echosmall.png115.20 Overly alluring? Maybe she is stealing from you Shard.png 50 x Shard of Glim
Perhaps she is spying on you Amber.png 60 x Nodule of Deep Amber
Jade.png 60 x Jade Fragment
Maybe she has become virtuous
(Requires Clergy.png 1 x Favours: The Church)
Clergy.png -1 x Favours: The Church
Nevercold brass.png 200 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Jade.png 150 x Jade Fragment
Perhaps she is in danger
(Requires Jade.png 30 x Jade Fragment and
Manacles.png 1 x Favours: Criminals)
Manacles.png -1 x Favours: Criminals
Amber.png 180 x Nodule of Deep Amber
Shard.png 180 x Shard of Glim
Jade.png -30 x Jade Fragment
Recommend her 'sister' to a wealthy home
(Requires Gossip.png 5 x Intriguing Snippet)
Gossip.png -5 x Intriguing Snippet
Manacles.png 1 x Favours: Criminals
Piratered.png Ruthless Henchman Icon-echosmall.png115.20 Etiquette for the Ruthless Send him for dance lessons Crypticsecret.png 33 x Cryptic Clue
Attend to his education
(Requires Jade.png 30 x Jade Fragment)
Jade.png -30 x Jade Fragment
Tablet.png 3 x Relic of the Second City
Idol.png 3 x Relic of the Third City
Horsehead.png 2 x Relic of the Fourth City
Train him in the more...subtle arts
(Requires Blackglove.png Master Thief: Light-fingered)
Nevercold brass.png 120 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Arrange for him to take tea with a maid
(Requires Heart.png 10 x Romantic Notion)
Heart.png -10 x Romantic Notion
Manacles.png 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

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
Urchin.png Grubby Urchin
Monkey.png Malevolent Monkey
The Urchin and the Monkey(Lodgings Only) Unite them against a common enemy to trade Papers3.png 2 x Compromising Document for Urchin.png 1 x Favours: Urchins
Piratered.png Ruthless Henchman
Bohogirl1.png Alluring Accomplice
The Henchman and the Accomplice Make use of this new development to trade Manacles.png 1 x Favours: Criminals for Diamondblue.png 7 x Ostentatious Diamond
Midnightmatriarch.png Midnight Matriarch
Scutteringcompany.png Scuttering Squad
Like rats and cats Side with the cat for a massive drop in Rats.png Sympathetic about Ratly Concerns and doubled Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion

A note about rats...

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. That quality, along with a Working Rat, Talkative Rattus Faber, and Rattus Faber Bandit-Chief will unlock A night-time conference once your Dangerous is high enough, giving you an alternate route into the Seeking the Meaning of the Plaster Face storyline. Having those three rats (along with a Disgraced Rattus Faber Bandit-Chief) also gives you additional options during that storyline, so it's something to keep in mind.

Other Cards

  • Requires 100 Proscribed Material
Master.png

A libraryette for Mr Pages


PoSI Items

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.

Affiliations

Item Card Rewards
A Salon The Tower of Eyes: Behind Closed Doors at a Handsome Townhouse Favours and items for Sidebarmakingwaves.png Making Waves
An Orphanage Bazaar items and echoes for Sidebarmakingwaves.png Making Waves
Gang of Hoodlums The Life of Crime Red gold.png 150 x Piece of Rostygold
OR
Manacles.png +1 Favours: Criminals
Sidebarsuspicion.png +2 CP Suspicion
Membership of God's Editors A Day with God's Editors Book.png 37 x Proscribed Material
OR
Sidebarscandal.png -2 CP Scandal
Sidebarnightmares.png -2 CP Nightmares
Quirkaustere.png +3 CP Austere
OR
Scaryeye.png -1 x Tale of Terror!!
Clergy.png 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. Of the two, the Salon is the more widely preferred option, as you can grind for the necessary items directly and will likely generate Making Waves in the process, whereas the Orphanage requires you to sell items for Echoes to buy the necessary components or invest directly.

The Gang of Hoodlums and Membership of God's Editors both provide additional means of gaining favours, which is reason enough to get them. On top of that, the Gang of Hoodlums unlocks the most efficient means of obtaining Casing... before Parabola, and Membership of God's Editors is tied for the best BDR of the Affiliations with the Orphanage, which most people forgo in favor of the Salon. Both of these should probably be high priorities as a result.

Transport

Item Card Rewards
Velocipede Riding your Velocipede Crypticsecret.png 80 x Cryptic Clue
OR
Honeymazed.png -5 x Maniac's Prayer
Constablebadge.png 1 x Favours: Constables
Respectable Landau Once upon a time in a carriage Appallingsecret.png 4 x Appalling Secret
Whispered secret.png 150 x Whispered Hint
OR
Confidentsmile.png 1 x Confident Smile
Quirkhedonist.png +3 CP Hedonist
Quirkheartless.png +1 CP Heartless
Quirkmagnanimous.png -1 CP Magnanimous
Quirkaustere.png -3 CP Austere
Clay Sedan Chair A day out in your Clay Sedan Chair Demetergreen.png 180 x Foxfire Candle Stub
Quirkheartless.png +3 CP Heartless
Quirkmagnanimous.png -3 CP Magnanimous
OR
Salon2.png 1 x Favours: Society
Quirkaustere.png +3 CP Austere
Quirkmagnanimous.png +1 CP Magnanimous
Quirkhedonist.png -3 CP Hedonist
Quirkheartless.png -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 so don't really have a choice not to include the card in your deck. Luckily, it provides a healthy number of Cryptic Clues and a way to gain Favours: Constables, so you won't regret having it

The other Transportation options are also worth your time. The Respectable Landau provides 1.9 echoes worth of goods. The Clay Sedan Chair provides a nice bounty of candles for the Heartless and a source of Society favours for the Austere. 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

Item Card Rewards
Formidable Basalt Gymnasium Your Edifice of Black Stone Red gold.png 150 x Piece of Rostygold
OR
Bear.png +10 CP Dangerous
Sidebarwounds.png +1 CP Wounds
Voluminous Library A library of your own Luck check: 50%
Success:
Book.png 10 x Proscribed Material
Papers.png 20 x Stolen Correspondence
Appallingsecret.png 1 x Appalling Secret
Failure:
Crypticsecret.png 75 x Cryptic Clue
OR
Luck check:it could go either way
Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares up or down
(Rare success) Mirror.png 5 x Memory of Light

These items are not as good as the others. They provide decent stat bonuses, but are outshone by Renown items. In the case of the Gymnasium, you have other sources of Rostygold, and the Dangerous training action is only useful until you get that stat up as high as you need it. The Library is entirely based on luck checks and offers a smattering of different goods, so it is not even a useful means of grinding a specific resource. The library is however necessary for improving your own lab. The gym can be lent out to avoid its card and the library can be moved to your lab to prevent drawing its card.

Spouses

Spouse Card Rewards
Celebrated Artist's Model Promenade with the Celebrated Artist's Model Implication.png 1 x Extraordinary Implication
Sidebarmakingwaves.png +1-10 CP Making Waves
Confidentsmile.png 2 x Confident Smile
OR
Heart.png -5 x Romantic Notion
Bohogirl1.png 1 x Favours: Bohemians
Master Jewel Thief Burglary with the Master Jewel Thief Diamond.png 5 x Flawed Diamond
Ruby.png 1 x Venom-Ruby
Sapphire.png 1 x Sapphire
Diamondblue.png 3 x Ostentatious Diamond
Sidebarnightmares.png -1 CP Nightmares
Blackglove.png 1 x Hastily Scrawled Warning Note
OR
Gossip.png -20 x Intriguing Snippet
Diamondred.png 1 x Magnificent Diamond
Sidebarnightmares.png -1 CP Nightmares
Blackglove.png 2 x Hastily Scrawled Warning Note
OR
Manacles.png 1 x Favours: Criminals

First off, it should be noted that both 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.

Clubs

Club Option Challenge Success Failure
Butler.png The Parthenaeum Fall asleep in front of the fire Whispered secret.png 150 x Whispered Hint
Have a little word with the Chief Constable Sidebarsuspicion.png -2 CP Suspicion
Indulge in a quiet game Chesspiece.png A Player of Chess 6 Chesspiece.png 1 CP A Player of Chess
Currency3 copper.png 3 - 5x Hinterland Scrip
Whispered secret.png 30 x Whispered Hint
Chesspiece.png 1 CP A Player of Chess
Drum up a few investments for the Great Hellbound Railway Whisperedsecret.png -12 x Rumour of the Upper River
Coingold.png In Corporate Debt - 6 CP
Bloomers.png The Young Stags' Club Bet 'Winkles' Cheesewright-Cheesewright that he won't steal a Constable's helmet Luck check: 90% Bottleandglassred.png 90 x Bottle of Greyfields 1882 Sidebarscandal.png +1 CP Scandal
Sidebarsuspicion.png +1 CP Suspicion
Put up some money for an artistic endeavour Red gold.png -500 x Piece of Rostygold
Salon2.png 2 x Favours: Society
Bohogirl1.png 1 x Favours: Bohemians
Mix Chuffy a hangover cure Honeyjar.png Kataleptic Toxicology 6 Bone3.png 1 x Headless Skeleton
Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares +2 CP
Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares +3 CP
Invite Chuffy to picnic at the Magistracy of the Evenlode Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 200 Whisperedsecret.png - 5 Rumour of the Upper River
Mushroom2.png 27+ Hand-picked Peppercaps
Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion +2 CP
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +2 CP
A Private Party Fate-locked
Sophia.png Sophia's Cure a poisoning Honeyjar.png Kataleptic Toxicology 6 Bandagedman.png Favours: Tomb-Colonies Sidebarwounds.png Wounds +2 CP
Offer your services as a doctor Scintillack.png 1 x Knob of Scintillack
Take tea Teachipped.png 19-28 x Jasmine Leaves
Propose a hunting expedition Bear.png Dangerous 200 Whisperedsecret.png -5 x Rumour of the Upper River
Red gold.png 1500 x Piece of Rostygold
Spideralonzo.png 2 x Jet Black Stinger
Beartrap.png 2 x An Estimable Trophy
Whisperedsecret.png -5 x Rumour of the Upper River
Red gold.png 1500 x Piece of Rostygold
Sidebarwounds.png Wounds +3? CP
Beartrap.png 1 x An Estimable Trophy
Clayman3.png The Clay Tailor Club Eavesdrop Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 140 Whisperedsecret.png 1 x Rumour of the Upper River Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +2 CP
Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion +2 CP
Disguise a Revolutionary-minded member Snakehead2.png Mithridacy 6 Flames.png 1 x Favours: Revolutionaries Sidebarscandal.png Scandal +1 CP
Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion +1 CP
Feather a hat for a fellow member Lyrebird firebird.png -1 x Tailfeather Brilliant as Flame
Feather.png -2 x Royal-Blue Feather
Currency3 copper.png 11 x Hinterland Scrip
Construct a pair of diamond-studded lizard-leather boots of your own design Lizard.png -3 x Reprehensible Lizard
Diamondblue.png -30 x Ostentatious Diamond
Scrap6.png -1 x Puzzle-Damask Scrap
Boot.png 1 x Boots with Diamond Soles
Invite your companions to investigate Infernal Fashions Fox.png Persuasive 200 Whisperedsecret.png -5 x Rumour of the Upper River
Teachipped.png + 10+ x Jasmine Leaves
Scrap7.png 6 x Thirsty Bombazine Scrap
Sidebarscandal.png 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.