Port Carnelian (Guide)
Welcome, delicious Governor, to Port Carnelian. The outpost of London on the Elder Continent.
How to Unlock
To be able to reach Port Carnelian, one must complete the Working toward a Foreign Posting storylet that appears at Wilmot's End. This can be opened after becoming Banished from the Court following the return from exile at the Tomb-Colonies. If Wilmot's End is not reachable, this can be obtained at Speak to the Bohemian Sculptress found in Your Lodgings.
After getting Working toward a Foreign Posting to 7, you can finally head to Port Carnelian.
How to Reach
A term as governor in Port Carnelian lasts 26 actions, measured with Time Passing in Office and there are no cards to draw in Port Carnelian. All actions are dependent upon The Airs of Port Carnelian and those will change every time an action is taken. The goal is to gain either Striped Delights or Silver Horseheads while not allowing Imperial Legitimacy to reach 0. If it does, the player will immediately be sent back to zee and gain no rewards.
Options which depend on Time Passing in Office level
At the successful completion of a term, the player may choose to spend all of their Striped Delights or Silver Horseheads for specific rewards. The more obtained, the more rewards are given. If the player has very few Striped Delights and Silver Horseheads, they may choose to be Honoured with a State Dinner, which grants a Favours: Society and 2 Favour in High Places at the cost of resetting both Striped Delights and Horseheads. Alternatively, the player may choose An audience with the Banded Prince to spend all Striped Delights or An equine festival to spend all Silver Horseheads, gaining rewards based on which one is chosen.
Rewards for turning in Silver Horseheads:
- (Silver Horseheads / 30 + 2, rounded to the nearest integer) x Partial Map (2.5E each)
- (Silver Horseheads / 70, rounded to the nearest integer) x Puzzling Map (12.5E each)
Rewards for turning in Striped Delights:
- (Striped Delights / 30 + 2, rounded to the nearest integer) x Presbyterate Passphrase (2.5E each)
- (Striped Delights / 70, rounded to the nearest integer) x Antique Mystery (12.5E each)
- Also, if the player has Associating with Radical Academics is at least 15, it will give 5 Tribute. This number is fixed and won't change based on Striped Delights.
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All completion of terms gains 1 Successful Terms as Governor, 5 of which are needed to Host a State Dinner to host the Captivating Princess. This will reset both Striped Delights and Silver Horseheads, but gives a Cellar of Wine, a Favour in High Places, and the ability to be Restored to the Court of Her Enduring Majesty, opening the ability to become A Poet-Laureate of London.
Before unlocking tribute, there are limited ways to increase your profits. It doesn't matter that much which of the resources an action provides, whether they are Silver Horseheads, Striped Delights or Imperial Legitimacy, because they can usually all be exchanged for each other on airs-dependant options. This means that you should always try to get the most resources, regardless of what that resource is, as long as it doesn't reduce your Imperial Legitimacy to 0. You should also try to avoid having Imperial Legitimacy 100, because this prevents you from benefitting some options.
Assuming a net gain of 5 resources per action (more is doable), you should end up with a gain of at least 130 net resources per cycle. More can be gained by using some particular options. Assuming you have at least 105 combined Striped Delights and Silver Horseheads, it's always more profitable to cash in one resource rather than hosting a state dinner. This would suggest that you never host state dinners, but there are some rare exceptions to this, e.g. when using most of your actions in a cycle to regain Imperial Legitimacy.
Instead of cashing out around 140 resources each time, it's however more profitable to alternate between cashing out 105+ and 176+, as this leads to favourable rounding. Once you've unlocked tribute, you should always try to cash out Striped Delights, as 5 tribute is more or less equivalent to 12.5 E.
Assuming you're able to alternate between 105 and 176 Striped Delights, you'd earn around 61.25 E per cycle, or around 2.36 EPA, in addition to Presbyterate Passphrases from A dangerous Source. This is pretty decent for gaining a lot of Antique Mystery at least.