Running Battle (Guide)

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Running Battle... is a reoccurring progress quality that is used for several endeavours. All the sources and uses of Running Battle... are interchangeable.

Gaining Running Battle...[edit]

Menace Eradication Contract: Sorrow-spider infestation
Option Difficulty Success Rare Success Failure
A straightforward approach... Squash the filthy things! 20 +1 
This might be faster... Track them to their nests 24 +2  +5 
Commission: defend the Clay Men against Jack-of-Smiles
Option Difficulty Success Failure
Prowl the midnight streets 60 +2  (Rare: +4) +1 
Duelling the Black Ribbon
Option Airs Difficulty Success Failure
Sparring with ring fighters 1-33 82 +3 RB +1 Wounds
Find out more about the Black Ribbon duellists 1-50 74 +2 RB (Rare: +3) +2 Wounds
Arrange a duel outside the Black Ribbon 26-75 84 +3 RB
+20 Rostygold
-1 RB
+1 Wounds
-10 Rostygold
Study the fighting styles of the other duellists 34-66 78 +2 RB
+5 Cryptic Clue
-1 RB
+1 Wounds
Scout a battlefield 51-100 80 +3 RB +2 Wounds
Exercise for rough health 67-100 76 +2 RB +1 Wounds
Gather your forces against the Big Rat
Option Requirement Effect
Use the cats Making Use of Cats 3 RB +3 CP
Advertise a spot of hunting Renown: Society 10
Contact Mr Inch Acquiring Exhibits for the Labyrinth of Tigers 4
Set a watch on the area Renown: Urchins 15 RB +3 CP
Assemble those rats who would prefer to be free Dangerous 103 (challenge)

Spending Running Battle...[edit]

Menace Eradication Contract: Sorrow-spider infestation
Option Requirement Challenge Success Failure
Make your name! Turn in a sack of sorrow-spider legs 4 1 72  +13  -1 
Commission: defend the Clay Men against Jack-of-Smiles
Option Requirement Challenge Success Failure
Move in for the kill 5 6 14  -1  +4 
Duelling the Black Ribbon
Storylet Option Requirement Challenge Success Failure Best Level to challenge [1] Expected Number of Actions [2]
Duel Colonel Pommery, the Fierce Artillerist A friendly duel with Colonel Pommery RB 5 4 +432 Rostygold
+1 FD (up to 2)
-5 RB
+1 W
5 7.26
A duel to the death with Colonel Pommery RB 5 8 +832 Rostygold
+1 FD (up to 2)
-10 RB
+3 W
6 14.77
Duel Father Norton, the Pugilistic Priest A friendly duel with Father Norton RB 7 6 +836 Rostygold
+2 FD (up to 3)
-7 RB
+1 W
7 12.31
A duel to the death with Father Norton RB 7 10 +1296 Rostygold
+2 FD (up to 3)
-10 RB
+1 W
8 18.27
Get into other fights Volunteer for the spider pit RB 9 8

+200 Glim
+4 Absinthe
+200 Jade
+200 Pearls
+500 Amber

-9 RB
+1 W
9 17.71
Wrestle a tiger! RB 9 12

+20 Ticket
+500 Jade
+500 Brass
+500 Clues

-10 RB
+5 W
10 26.28
Duel Mr Inch and his Menagerie A friendly duel with Mr Inch RB 9
FD 1
8 +1296 Rostygold +3 FD (up to 4) -9 RB
+1 W
9 17.71
A duel to the death with Mr Inch RB 9
FD 1
12 +1872 Rostygold
+3 FD (up to 4)
-10 RB
+1 W
10 26.28
Duel Captain Vendrick, the Drunken Zailor A friendly duel with Captain Vendrick RB 11
0–3 W
FD 2
10

+1872 Rostygold +4 FD (up to 5)

-11 RB
+2 W
11 25.12
A duel to the death with Captain Vendrick RB 11
0–3 W
FD 2
DwtBR 5
12

+1872 Rostygold
+1 BR
+1 ABoD
+5 FD (up to 5)

-10 RB
+3 W
11 27.57
Duel Chi Lan, the Royal Fencing Instructor A duel to the death with Chi Lan RB 13
0–2 W
FD 3
14 +3000 Rostygold
+5 FD (up to 6)
-10 RB
+5 W
13 36.14
Duel with Chi Lan, and cheat RB 13
0–2 W
FD 3
A Courier for the Dead
N/A +3000 Rostygold
+5 FD (up to 6)
+1 Subtle (up to 5)
N/A 13 31
Duel Feducci[3] A duel to the death with Feducci RB 15
0–1 W
FD 3
16 +4000 Rostygold
+7 FD
-10 RB
+? W
15 45.57
  1. Gives the level that one should take the challenge in order to minimize the expected number of actions in order to succeed. Assumes that 3 CP is gained per action and wounds are not considered
  2. The expected number of actions spent to succeed the challenge if one tries the challenge as soon as the "best level for challenge" is reached
  3. Failure will move you to A boat trip if you don't have a Horsehead Amulet. If you do, it will be consumed. You will lose Running Battle... and gain Wounds either way.
Spring the ambush on the Big Rat
Option Challenge Success Failure
Fire as soon as he reaches the chalked X Running Battle... 9 Running Battle... -3 CP
Capture him and take his rat-face mask Running Battle... 12 Running Battle... -10 CP