Parabola (Guide)

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

Original By Vainfire, Edited by Maddie (Crepe Ava), Lux Gracetail and BraydonM

Wiki formatting and copy editing by Asarta

This guide is incomplete. You can help by expanding it.
What needs work: Recent updates massively reduce the amount of Memories of Light required to get to Parabola though exact amounts are unknown to me currently for both Silverers and non-Silverers. The beginning (accessing Parabola portion) of this guide will show wrong info due to this.


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This guide details the preparations for entering Parabola and guides you through important steps when exploring Parabola and unlocking new areas and skills. Parabola is a very expansive area of the game, and much of the content available in Parabola will not be covered in a single guide. For guides to specific areas of Parabola see Parabola Area Guides. 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.

When first entering Parabola it is important to plan your actions around efficiently obtaining the quality Sighted the Storm-bird. When reaching 8 Nightmares in your Parabolan Base Camp the Storylet Conflagration will auto-fire. This storylet will consume 8 CP of Nightmares, increase Sighted the Storm-bird by 1 and lower you Glasswork and Monstrous Anatomy skills by 1 level each. Since players who are new to Parabola will usually not have any CP of Glasswork and Monstrous Anatomy this storylet will initially allow you to gain Sighted the Storm-bird without any negative consequence and will remove Nightmares very efficiently. If you have already acquired some amount of Monstrous Anatomy such as from experiments in the University Laboratory you will lose your CP, but don't worry! Parabola allows players to easily and quickly grind higher levels of Monstrous Anatomy. Do not attempt to avoid Conflagration, as you will need to obtain the Sighted the Storm-bird quality in order to capture the Storm-bird and this is the only way to gain it. The Storm-Bird is eventually required for important activities including increasing your Monstrous Studies.

When players obtain Wounds 8 the storylet Falling apart will auto-fire 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. If you do not have any Kataleptic Toxicology this storylet is harmless but if you do it is very important to avoid 8 wounds in Parabola.

Parabola Area Guides[edit]

Oneiropomp (Guide) For a guide to dream guiding in the Viric Jungle, which is notable as the best source of Comprehensive Bribes.

Parabolan War (Guide) For a guide to war in Parabola. A more advanced weekly activity that requires you first Build up your Base-Camp defenses.

Parabolan Hunting (Guide) For a quick guide to hunting Parabolan creatures and locations.

The Sacroboscan Calendar (Guide) For a guide to past events available in The Waswood.

A Cub's Education (Guide) For a brief list of ways to increase A Cub's Education while cats are dominant in Parabolan War.

The Chessboard (Guide) For a detailed look at actions at the Chessboard.

Preparing to Enter[edit]

Prepare to swap professions to Silverer[edit]

Swapping to Silverer no longer offers such a massive gap in cost based on Memories of Light compared to the now costing 50 Memories of Light research project. However, doing it using this method still skips the need for a University Lab, making it potentially worth it for those who don't wish to undergo the whole project.

Methods to obtain Memories of Light[edit]

See this flowchart for a comprehensive guide to sources of Memories of Light.

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 Parabolan Research, you'll want to finish any research projects you have ongoing before going in, to make your obtaining of Parabolan Research more efficient (each trip to Parabola costs honey and actions). So you leave Parabola with some Parabolan Research, then start a new research project that requires Parabolan Research, and you get a head-start on that project. If you have an in-progress research project which does not require Parabolan Research, when you later complete that project you'll waste any Parabolan Research you obtained from Parabola.

Change Professions to Silverer[edit]

Entering Parabola[edit]

As a Silverer[edit]

As a Laboratory Researcher[edit]

If you don't want to switch jobs, here's everyone else's way in:

An Overview of Mechanics in Parabola[edit]

  • Try not to leave Parabola often. Reentering Parabola costs honey and an action.
    • 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 (50 honey if you're a silverer) each time.
  • Mechanics: movement within Parabola is free, but requires lots of clicking to go between places. Movement within Parabola will also shuffle Airs of Parabola
  • While in Parabola, Scandal and Suspicion have no effect when they reach 8, and kick in only once you return to London (though not while you are in the University Laboratory)
  • While in Parabola, 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.
  • Similarly, 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]

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]

(See also #Making Use of Parabola below.)

The Checklist: Parabolan Booty[edit]

Laboratory Equipment[edit]

You can use 50 Perfumed Gunpowder, 100 Foxfire Candle Stubs, 2000 Nevercold Brass Slivers, 1 Mourning Candle, and 3 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. Silverers will generally have an easier time of it. The three main places in London which you can enter from are Your Lodgings, the University Laboratory, and the Honey-Dens in Veilgarden. Entrance costs 50 Honey for Silverers and 100 for everyone else. Entrance always takes an action.
  • Silverers have the option to head to any location in Parabola directly from London. This saves clicks but not actions.

The Reflection of Your Laboratory[edit]

Parabolan Defences & Parabolan War[edit]

Parabolasmall.png Early Parabola Content
Main article: Parabolan Hunting (Guide)
A player-created Guide is available for this content: Parabolan War (Guide)

Upgrading your Parabolan Defences is needed for some ambitions, the Parabolan War, and unlocks a fairly efficient Nightmares heal. It will also be required for Dangerous Gains later.

Once your Parabolan Defences are complete engaging in Parabolan War is done over multiple visits as Time, the Healer will reduce your Ravages of Parabolan Warfare once a week helping you begin new campaigns. See Parabolan War (Guide) for details.

The Viric Jungle[edit]

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Oneiropomp (Guide)

The Viric Jungle storylet Dreams: A Choice of Reverie allows you to Oneiropomp, or dream guide. This gives various rewards but is most notable for being the hands down best place to gain Comprehensive Bribe. Check out the guide for more details!

The Chessboard[edit]

A player-created Guide is available for this content: The Chessboard (Guide)

The Chessboard is the source for several chess related items you won't find other places. These items often aren't yet useful to players new to Parabolan but you will eventually come here to play chess. See the guide for the details!

The Waswood[edit]

A player-created Guide is available for this content: The Sacroboscan Calendar (Guide)

The Dome of Scales[edit]