Port Cecil (Guide)

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Unlocking Access[edit]

Route to Port Cecil[edit]

In order to reach Port Cecil, you will need to have a ship, as well as Embarking on a Voyage of Scientific Discovery 2. See the Guide on how to get that.

Having these will allow you to acquire Discovered: The Principles of Coral. There are currently two ways to obtain this:

  • Get 8 x Partial Maps and assemble them from your inventory. (This loses the maps.)
  • Set zail and look for the route yourself. In particular, that means you have to zail to the Stormbones and zail in that area until you draw the card A Coral Commotion. The easiest way is setting zail to Corpsecage Island and not dock there.

Once you draw the card, use it to find your route.

You still have to zail there, though!

Things you may wish to acquire before you set zail

You will require the following:

It is also recommended to be able to reach A Player of Chess 10. If you cannot, don't worry - it just saves you some money.

Business deed[edit]

Once you arrive, talk to the proprietor of the Poisoned Pawn. After the conversation, and provided you have brought the required goods along, you will receive your Deed to a Port Cecil Business.

Normal exploration[edit]

You also have access to certain repeatable actions via Explore Port Cecil. For example, you can earn a few Zee-Ztories if you are just a few short.

Notably, Observe the comings and going of the gilled lamp-cats is also an early source of Silvered Cat's Claws, which you eventually need for a Tiger-Furred Oneiropompic Stave.

Mining for Scintillack[edit]

There are three phases to this carousel: High Tide, Low Tide, and the Perigee of Silver. The carousel takes a fixed number of actions (14), tracked by Tides of Port Cecil:. During the main part of the carousel, you may favor the Cats or the Miners. The pay-out at the Perigee depends on which faction is ahead, but not by how much. There is a unique pay-out for if they are tied, and a different option if neither faction has much progress.

While the pay-out from the Perigee is substantial, up to two-thirds of the material rewards are received during High and Low Tides. Maximizing value is fairly straightforward, but optimizing specific item pay-outs may require finesse.

High Tide[edit]

High Tide in The Poisoned Pawn
Lasts for 6 actions. Every option gives +3 CP to either Receptivity of the Lamp-Cats or Miners' Preparations. The progress is the same for all options, on success or failure.[1] These qualities are not directly tied to the final pay-out, but rather change progress gained from actions during Low Tide.
Higher-difficulty options grant greater material rewards on success. Items are worth E 2.00 for the easier, E 3.00 for the harder Primary Stat challenge, and E 3.20 for the Advanced Skill challenge. Of note, the Red Science miners' option pays in Scintillack, which may be sold directly for Hinterland Scrip.
Option Challenge Success Failure
Lead the lamp-cats in a chess lesson 120 3 CP Receptivity of the Lamp-Cats
1 x Tides of Port Cecil
10 x Appalling Secret
25 x Cryptic Clue
3 CP Receptivity of the Lamp-Cats
1 x Tides of Port Cecil
Provide the lamp-cats with somewhere to rest 180 3 CP Receptivity of the Lamp-Cats
1 x Tides of Port Cecil
6 x Tale of Terror!!
3 CP Receptivity of the Lamp-Cats
1 x Tides of Port Cecil
Instruct the lamp-cats in the coral calcification of the locals 9 3 CP Receptivity of the Lamp-Cats
1 x Tides of Port Cecil
5 x Scrap of Incendiary Gossip
7 x Romantic Notion
3 CP Receptivity of the Lamp-Cats
1 x Tides of Port Cecil
2 CP? Scandal
Provision the miners with ropes and harnesses 120 3 CP Miners' Preparations
1 x Tides of Port Cecil
200 x Moon-Pearl
3 CP Miners' Preparations
1 x Tides of Port Cecil
Direct the miners towards a promising dig site 180 3 CP Miners' Preparations
1 x Tides of Port Cecil
6 x Zee-Ztory
3 CP Miners' Preparations
1 x Tides of Port Cecil
Use your knowledge of the Red Science to improve the miners' pump 9 3 CP Miners' Preparations
1 x Tides of Port Cecil
7 x Map Scrap
1 x Knob of Scintillack
3 CP Miners' Preparations
1 x Tides of Port Cecil
2 CP Wounds

Low Tide[edit]

Low Tide in the Scintillack Pools
Lasts for 7 actions. Options increase or decrease Feline Argentation and Iron & Misery Scintillack Extraction, with increases scaling based on your qualities from High Tide. The balance of these qualities determines the nature, but not value, of your rewards at Perigee.
As before, options give material rewards roughly in-line with their difficulty, ranging between E 2.00 - 3.00 per action.
Option Challenge Success Failure
Distract the lamp-cats with local wildlife 150 
Deploy advanced cat-wrangling tactics 200 
Bring the scintillack miners some 'refreshments' 150 
Prey on the miners' health concerns 200 
Convince the miners and lamp-cats of their commonality
Liberate some raw scintillack 120 

Rewards[edit]

The Perigee of Silver
Lasts for 1 action. Gives one item worth E 12.50 and 3 items worth E 2.50, with the exact rewards depending on whether Feline Argentation or Iron & Misery Scintillack Extraction was higher whilst the higher of the two was at least 3, if they were equal and both at least 3, or both less than 3.
Option Requirement Reward
Travel back to port with the celebrating miners Extraction > Argentation, Extraction at least 3 1 x Puzzle-Damask Scrap
3 x Knob of Scintillack
Bear witness to a lamp-cat ritual Argentation > Extraction, Argentation at least 3 1 x Emetic Revelation
3 x Extraordinary Implication
Claim something that no-one was looking for Extraction = Argentation, both at least 3 1 x Lost Research Assistant
3 x Segmented Ribcage
Meet with a bright and fading mind Extraction < 3 and Argentation < 3 1 x Antique Mystery
3 x Memory of a Much Lesser Self

Profitability[edit]

If a player is capable of achieving 100% success on the most difficult actions, the return from this activity can be as high as E 60.20 over 14 actions, for a total of 4.30 EPA. Taking the easiest options with a 100% success rate will give E 46.00 over 14 actions, for a total of 3.29 EPA.

Some fraction of the reward can be sold for Scrip directly. Plus, the Segmented Ribcage has certain heretical applications.

Strategy for a tie[edit]

If all you are looking for is a tie with both qualities at least 3:

There are more complex options if you want different resources from Low Tide. For example:

  • During High Tide, play 6 options for the lamp-cats and none for the miners, which should give you Receptivity and Preparations.
  • During Low Tide:
    • First impede the lamp-cats 6 times, giving 6 CP of Extraction (on success or failure).
    • Then liberate some scintillack once, giving 6 CP of Argentation and 1 additional CP of Extraction (total 7) on success, leaving both qualities at level 3.

Since six of your actions are impeding the lamp-cats, this is a good way to earn Withered Tentacles and Silvered Cat's Claws, both of which have few grindable sources, on your way to getting Segmented Ribcages and Lost Research Assistants. Many other combinations are possible, but this is the one that provides the maximum amount of otherwise difficult to obtain items.

Strategy for a bright and fading mind[edit]

You will Meet with a bright and fading mind and unlock a special quality if you manage to get both factions below level 3, which just means that both need to have less than 6 CP of progress at the end. One way to achieve this is:

  • During High Tide, use your actions exclusively for cats. This will leave you at 0 Preparations and 5 Receptivity. That means that
  • During Low Tide, go (order is somewhat important here)
    1. against the cats 3 times. As they have no Argentation yet, it will simply increase Extraction to 3 total CP.
    2. against the miners to wipe their Extraction back to 0. This will raise Argentation to 6 CP.
    3. against the cats 2 times to wipe their 6 CP of progress. This will raise Extraction to 2 CP.
    4. against the cats again. This will make you end up with 3 CP for the miners and 0 CP for the cats.

Of course, you can swap cats and miners and their respective progress qualities in the above guide.

Note that you won't get to change your mind and pick the option that requires having more of one quality than the other.


  1. Needs verification for low-difficulty branches.