Social Actions (Guide)

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Social Actions are actions you undertake with a friend. There are two main types: those which you do in good faith, and those in which you betray your friend.

A Brief Overview of the Myself/Profile pages[edit]

Wiki note: This overview is meant for new players. Almost everybody should have at least an idea what their myself/profile page is. If that's the case feel free to skip forward a bit


The Myself page describes who you are. It is accessible on desktop by clicking on Myself (above the main story) and on mobile by clicking on the button with a head shape and then on Myself. On this page you'll find, among other things, your Scrapbook and your Mantelpiece. These are used to display qualities you're especially proud of. Underneath these two is a button labeled View Profile; click on it to open a new tab showing your profile.


This is how other players see you in-game. It is accessed by either clicking on the View Profile button on the Myself page, or via the URL character's name). This page shows, among other things, your current Equipment, Journal, Scrapbook and Mantelpiece, Lodgings, and Cameo. At the top of the page is your character's name and a description based on the levels of your Attributes.

Finding Friends[edit]


If you already have a circle of Neathy friends, you're free to skip this part. Otherwise, there are four great ways to find friends:

  • Convert your friends to Fallen London. If you convince people you know in real life to start playing this game as well, this gives you an already established group of friends.
  • The official forums have an topic dedicated to finding new people. [1]
  • The Fallen London subreddit [2] has a new thread every month to find new people to play with.
  • The official discord has a channel #social-actions where people ask for and offer help.

Adding Friends[edit]

Okay, you've found someone who sounds pretty cool; how do you make them your friend?

  • When viewing another player's profile, click the "add to contacts" button underneath their Cameo.
  • On the Account Settings page, under Contacts, enter the player's in-game username and click Add. You can also access this screen while sending a social action (see below) and add a new contact then.

Sending Social Actions[edit]


Almost all Social Actions are sent from Your Social Engagements, with the exception of card-based Social Actions (like Investigating the Affluent Photographer)

An Interlude: Acquaintances[edit]


To become acquainted with another player character, you have to Send a Calling Card to them. This will make them your acquaintance and give you a single level of Sidebarinfluence.png Social Influence. Social influence doesn't have a lot of in game effects, except:

Being acquainted is necessary for sending letters with in-game effects (such as raising the main qualities) and for invitations to Dante's Grill, but not for more casual interactions such as menaces help or social slights.

Types of Social Actions[edit]

Many of the available social actions are listed below. Actions noted as "(betrayal)" have negative effects on the recipient, which they won't realize until they've accepted the action.

Meances Reduction and Attribute Gains[edit]

Type of action Bear.png Dangerous
Sidebarwounds.png Wounds
Fox.png Persuasive
Sidebarscandal.png Scandal
Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy
Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion
Owl.png Watchful
Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares
Menace reduction Nurse a friend back to health Ask someone for help in laying rumours to rest Ask a friend to cover for you Assist your friend with their Nightmares
Menace reduction (betrayal) Poison an acquaintance! Use someone as your dupe Dupe a friend into covering for you Make scientific study of your friend's Nightmares
Something Attribute- appropriate (also contests, formerly) Retired, formerly Sparring Meet someone for a Coffee at Caligula's Invite someone to a spot of Suspicious Loitering Retired, formerly Chess
Patronage Seek Patronage from a Shattering Force Seek Patronage from a Legendary Charisma Seek Patronage from an Invisible Eminence Seek Patronage from an Extraordinary Mind


Ring gold.png

You can also marry another player at the end of a series of Social Actions, all of which are sent from Attend to Matters of the Heart.

When you are ready to take things further with them, you can propose to them in two ways:

Once you've proposed, you will get Pocketwatch.png Organising a Wedding; when it reaches high enough levels, you will have a choice of marriage ceremonies. You can also dump all the responsibility on your betrothed, using Foist the Organisation of your Wedding onto your partner.

Once you've married, you can do three new actions with your new spouse:

And you can, of course divorce them, but that's sad, so I won't be going into it.

Dine with a friend[edit]


Feeling hungry? You can either dine in with a friend, or meet them in one of the city's reputable and devil-run restaurants. (You haven't really eaten until you've eaten brimstone-steaks.)

Each week Time, the Healer tops up your Dance.png Free Evenings to 5.

Sending letters[edit]

You may always have letters sent to you, but once your attributes reach 80, you're able to send post cards in order to reach new levels. Each of the basic post cards cost 2.5 Icon-echo.png in items and gives the recipient a whole level in the relevant attribute. As you read post cards, you will get Papers.png Mired in Mail, and the effectiveness of this will start to be reduced, but it's still pretty effective until Papers.png Mired in Mail 5-6. This will also get the sender Envelope.png Corresponding..., which can be exchanged for different rewards.

Sending mail is done in Epistolary Matters in your Your Social Engagements, and requires the sender and recipient to be acquainted (they must have exchanged and accepted a calling card).

Slights and Assassins[edit]

There are situations where it might be advantageous to slight another player. The slighted player can then get revenge by hiring an assassin, which you will get as a non-dismissable opportunity card. Depending on your reaction to the assassin, you can die (go on A boat trip), or use the opportunity to raise some advanced qualities.

Too fast? Here's a slower version

Opportunity for Slights[edit]

You can slight a social rival in these circumstances:

The first two of these require you to be acquainted with your social rival, the option from Slowcake's Amanuensis does not.

You can send a note along with the slight, which will show up in the recipient's messages.

Once you have slighted someone else, you cannot slight them again until they have reacted to your slight.

Reactions to Social Slights[edit]

When somebody has slighted you, you can either Forgive and Forget (which raises your Sidebarscandal.png Scandal), or you can hire an assassin, and send them after the offender. You cannot hire an assassin that is currently tracking you.

Assassin Location Cost
The Polite Poisoner Forgottenquarter.png The Forgotten Quarter Red gold.png 250 x Piece of Rostygold, Bottlegreen.png 2 x Muscaria Brandy
The Minacious Marksman Flit.png The Flit Red gold.png 250 x Piece of Rostygold, Sign.png 2 x London Street Sign
The Gloomy Guttersnipe Wolfstack.png Wolfstack Docks Red gold.png 250 x Piece of Rostygold, Clouds.png 2 x Aeolian Scream

After that, play Respond to a social slight in Calendar2.png Your Social Engagements, select one of the baddies who slighted you, and send the assassin!

This gives you Sidebarmakingwaves.png +15-25 CP Making Waves as well as Villainy.png Not to be Trifled With, a Sidebardreaded.png +3 Dreaded Affiliation that you can equip. Time, the Healer will take it away at its next visit, so it lasts for a week at most.

Effects of Assassins[edit]

If the slighted player sends an assassin after the offender, the offender will eventually get an opportunity card.

Each of these opportunity card gives three options:

  • get killed
  • fight off or evade the threat, which tends to be pretty profitable, even if not successful, and only gives a moderate amount of Sidebarwounds.png Wounds or another menace
  • use one of the advanced qualities. You already need at least one point of the used quality to unlock this option. This raises the advanced quality by one point (except if you have reached the maximum), even on failure.
Assassin Card Fight off success Fight off failure Advanced Quality success Advanced Quality failure
The Polite Poisoner A Curious Taste
The Minacious Marksman A Crack of Gunfire!
The Gloomy Guttersnipe A Sudden Shadow!

Plant Battles[edit]

Once your quality Sprout.png Attending to the Needs of a Singular Plant reaches 10, you can draw the opportunity card The Noted Orchid-Grower has a Secret. This unlocks duels with other player's plants.

In your social engagements, The Tournament of Lilies appears, where you can select a player whose plant is at the same tournament level as your own. Once they accept, a mixture of luck and Sprout.png Attending to the Needs of a Singular Plant level decides which plant wins. The winner ascends one level, the loser descends one.

When your plant reaches level 6 of the tournament, you can play A Cryptobotanical Champion! in your Lodgings to claim a prize.