Parabola (Guide)

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A Comprehensive and Descriptive Guide Detailing the Necessary Procedures by Which a Fallen Londoner Ought to First Visit Parabola

Original By Vainfire, Edited by Maddie (Crepe Ava) and Lux Gracetail
Wiki formatting and copy editing by Asarta


So! You are at that point in your Fallen London career where you’re contemplating entering Parabola. Perhaps you’ve seen the option in the University laboratory to enter this place. Perhaps you’re a Fingerking.png Silverer, and the option appeared in the Veilgarden Honey-Dens, and now you want to know how to optimize this strange and unfamiliar “Parabola.” Either way, this is the guide for you! This guide assumes that you have attained Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance (PoSI) and that you have obtained the University Laboratory, but nothing else.

This guide details the full preparations for and an entire sprawling list for what to do before, during, and after your first Parabola outing. It does not go in-depth into any Ambitions you might be doing along with this and does not go into the War in Parabola (There is a guide for that), though it does list some effects that linger after campaigns due to your choices in the war. This guide assumes that you do not have Fate, but does take note of festival items as well as items which were previously available for free but now require Fate.

Preparing to Enter[edit]

Prepare to swap professions to Silverer[edit]

You will want to swap to Silverer in order to enter Parabola—this saves at least 350 Echoes compared to the 1001 Memories of Light research project.

Methods to obtain Memories of Light[edit]

Acquire the necessary materials to enter Parabola[edit]

Acquire resources to grind advanced stats later[edit]

Acquire resources for use in Parabola[edit]

Finish Any Projects You Have in the Laboratory[edit]

  • Unless that project requires Parabola.png Parabolan Research, you’ll want to finish any research projects you have ongoing before going in, to make your obtaining of Parabola.png Parabolan Research more efficient (each trip to Parabola costs Honey.png honey and actions)

Change Professions to Silverer[edit]

Entering Parabola[edit]

  • Go to the Veilgarden Honey-Dens. There, you will see an option to Establish a Parabolan Base-Camp. Choose it.
  • Try to leave Parabola as little as possible. Entering Parabola costs honey and actions. This guide is centered on the idea of having one massive visit to Parabola.
    • You cannot draw cards in Parabola. Your opportunity deck will fill up after an hour of real time. If you want, you can leave Parabola at intervals to empty your opportunity deck, though note that doing so costs an action and 100 Honey.png honey (50 Honey.png honey if you're a silverer) each time. This can be worth it if you value your opportunity cards.
  • Take note of your Spectacles.png Set of Cosmogone Spectacles, they’ll make life easier here in the Is-Not.
  • Mechanics: movement within Parabola is free, but requires lots of clicking to go between places. Movement within Parabola will also shuffle Jungle.png Airs of Parabola
  • While in Parabola, Sidebarscandal.png Scandal and Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion have no effect when they reach 8, and kick in only once you return to London (though not while you are in the Academicgown.png University Laboratory)
  • While in Parabola, Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares have no effect when they reach 8 until you return to your Base-Camp, at which point the Storylet Conflagration (for Nightmares 8) autofires, which will consume a level of both Glasswork and Monstrous Anatomy.
  • Similarily, Sidebarwounds.png Wounds 8 will trigger Falling apart at your Base-Camp. This will consume Glasswork and Kataleptic Toxicology. Unlike GW and MA, which will be raised just from using the skills, KT is only raised by a few expensive actions, most commonly A preparation for the stomach. So it is a good idea to avoid Wounds 8 in Parabola.

Hunting in Parabola (the First Pass)[edit]

Main article: Parabolan Hunting (Guide)

Your First Hunt: the Seven-Throated Warbler[edit]

After the Hunt[edit]

Your Other Hunt: the Focused Albatross[edit]

Acquire the following items from your hunts[edit]

Grinding Advanced Stats[edit]

A Player of Chess[edit]

For a more in-depth look at the Chessboard, see this guide.



Monstrous Anatomy[edit]

Kataleptic Toxicology[edit]

Hunting in Parabola (the Last Pass)[edit]

Your Last Hunt: the Storm-Bird[edit]

Leaving Parabola: what to do next[edit]

Before You Leave[edit]

The Checklist: Parabolan Booty[edit]

Laboratory Equipment[edit]

You can use 100 Explosion.png Perfumed Gunpowder, 100 Demetergreen.png Foxfire Candle Stubs, 2000 Nevercold brass.png Nevercold Brass Slivers, 1 Candleblack.png Mourning Candle, and 3 Hillmover.png Hillmovers to improve your Laboratory Equipment from level 4 to level 5.

Monstrous Anatomy Studies[edit]

Mithridant Studies[edit]

Kataleptic Toxicology[edit]

Comprehensive Study of Avian Anatomies, Oneiric and Otherwise[edit]

Making Use of Parabola[edit]

Re-entering Parabola[edit]

  • There are multiple places from which to re-enter Parabola. Fingerking.png Silverers will generally have an easier time of it. The three main places in London which you can enter from are Lodgings.png Your Lodgings, the University.png University Laboratory, and the Honey-Dens in Veilgarden.png Veilgarden. Entrance costs 50 Honey.png Honey for Fingerking.png Silverers and 100 for everyone else. Entrance always takes an action.
  • Fingerking.png Silverers have the option to head to any location in Parabola directly from London. This saves clicks but not actions.

Parabolan Defences[edit]

The Viric Jungle[edit]

The Chessboard[edit]

The Waswood[edit]

The Dome of Scales[edit]

The Reflection of Your Laboratory[edit]

Stat Gains[edit]

Main Article: Raising Attribute Caps (Guide)

Shadowy Gains[edit]

Non-Parabolan War (0-12) Fingerkings (12-30) Cats (12-30) Red-Handed Queen (12-30)

Dangerous Gains[edit]