Statues at the GHR Stations (Guide)

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At every Station of the Great Hellbound Railway, you, the Director, have a singular choice: You can build a statue!

For most Stations, your choice of Statue dramatically affects the options, requirements, and rewards of its "Under the Statue at _____" card. Further, each Statue has different building requirements, typically including items, Favours, Connected/Renown qualities, otherwise esoteric achievements such as Poet-Laureate, and particular GHR Board Members. Given the complexity of aggregating all the various choices into a plan based solely on the regular wiki pages—one would need to have twelve tabs open—a player guide is in order.

Note that in Unlock Requirements for Statue-specific actions, the level of the location's Commemorative Development is omitted, since obviously you have to have the statue in question to get its options. You can go to the page for each location's Under the Statue... card if you really want to find out, but this page has been created so you don't have to know that.

When rating the statues, there are several relevant factors.

  • How profitable is the option? Are the item rewards useful?
  • Are the relevant favours available? Are there any other ways of cashing in the favours?
  • Does the option require many favours? If yes, you'll need less cards to exchange your favours, and the card is more valuable.

Reward for Building All Statues[edit]

After building a statue at every station, a branch will become available on the Under the Statue at Marigold Station card which grants the Fluke.png Amber Vision of the Sea of Spines, a Home Comfort that grants Owl.png Watchful +6, Sidebarbizarre.png Bizarre +1, Amber2.png Shapeling Arts +1, and Captainhat.png Zeefaring +1.

Reward for Building All Self Statues[edit]

There is an additional reward if all of the statues completed are statues of yourself. It will be unlocked on the Under the Statue at Marigold Station card like the Sculptress's, but after learning about the construction, it will become a storylet. Building the final statue, Beeface.png The Inescapable Ubiquity of your Countenance costs Bottledsoul.png 7000 x Soul, Currency3 copper.png 700 x Hinterland Scrip, Gleam.png 70 x Memory of a Much Lesser Self, and Mirrormonster.png 7 x Direful Reflection. You cannot do this if you have any Bloodstain.png Stains on Your Soul.

Pan-Station Options[edit]

Most Statues can be reset at the cost of 10 Fate. That isn't a ton of money, but it is still real-world money, so if you're on a budget, choose wisely before building a statue—don't just grab the first option that's available—and develop a plan for an overall build of Upper River Statues. It is a matter of preference whether you wish to build towards material in-game rewards, or towards lore available in the text associated with certain Statues, or towards whomever you or your character would honor (minmaxers, loristorians, roleplayers and egotists are equally valid in this game), but bear in mind that if your statues give you three places to spend Urchin Favours and none for, say, Church or Revolutionaries, it could have a negative effect on gameplay.

Balmoral doesn't require the spending of Fate to replace the statue. Instead, it requires a Black.png Much-Needed Gap instead. Failbetter Games mentioned this was significantly cheaper because the statue doesn't have a card like the other ones.

The option to Practice Sketching the Statue to (Subject) appears on every Under the Statue card, with the same basic difficulty of Fox.png Persuasive 200 (Broad), plus a modifier based on Station Darkness at that Station. It also has the same reward, except that, oddly, the Station VIII version's wiki page claims it gives 103 drops of honey instead of 100. Whether this is a typo in the wiki, a bug in the game's code, an intentional change to reflect Mr Spices' regular presence at that station, or a result of code that reads a stat like Station Darkness or a player's core stats, has yet to be determined.

All Statues at all Stations cost 50 × ([Location] Development + 1) Currency3 copper.png Hinterland Scrip, and, of course, you must not already have a statue there.

Pan-station Statue actions
Action Challenge/Cost Success Failure
Practice sketching your statue to (Subject) Fox.png Persuasive 250 - (10 × Station Darkness) +2 CP Sidebarscandal.png Scandal
Have This Statue Removed 10 FATE Removes (Location) Commemorative Development quality N/A


Ealing Gardens[edit]

Your first Station! Of course you want a statue there. And it's got to be of someone on your Board. Why would you even consider anyone else?

Statue / Building Requirements Option Cost Reward Value (Icon-echo.png )
Electionjenny.png Board Member: Sinning Jenny Call in favours from Urchins Urchin.png 4 x Favours: Urchins 23.00 [1]
Feducci.png Board Member: Feducci Call in favours from Tomb Colonists Bandagedman.png 2 x Favours: Tomb-Colonies 13.40
Electioncontrarian.png Board Member: Jovial Contrarian Call in favours from Revolutionaries Flames.png 4 x Favours: Revolutionaries 25.00
Electionvirginia.png Board Member: Virginia Call in favours from Hell Devil.png 2 x Favours: Hell
  • 12.50
  • or
  • 20.00
Tentacledentrepreneur.png Board Member: Tentacled Entrepreneur Call in favours from Rubbery Men Rubberyman.png 2 x Favours: Rubbery Men 15.00 [2]
Call in favours from Bohemians Bohogirl1.png 4 x Favours: Bohemians Bone11.png 2 x Ivory Humerus 30.00 [3]
  1. Assuming 3 E from bundle
  2. Assuming a value of 10p per warm amber
  3. through the Bone Market

Analysis[edit]

When comparing the statues it's pretty clear that statues requiring 2 favours provide around 15 Icon-echo.png items, while statues requiring 4 favours provide around 25 Icon-echo.png worth of items. It's worth noting that exchanging 4 favours in one go would save an action, compared to exchanging 2 favours twice.

  • Sinning Jenny

This statue is OK. The bundle would have a value of around 2.5-3 Icon-echo.png based on Bundle of Oddities (Guide), so you get slightly less value for your favours than with most statues and urchin favours also have other ways to be cashed in. If you like fancy cloth or bundles of oddities and have more Urchin favours than you know what to do with, or just really like Sinning Jenny and optimization be d__ned, this could be the statue for you.

  • Feducci

The statue is OK minus. Magnificent diamonds are usually pretty hard to get, and the value is okay. The biggest issue with this statue is gaining enough favours with Tomb-colonies, given that these are some of the hardest to get. If you like shiny things, or if you're trying to acquire a Zub, this could be decent. By this point in the game, though, you probably already have a ship.

  • The Jovial Contrarian

Profitable, and much more efficient than trading in Favours in the Flit, by a factor of approximately 3 (counting by Favours), with no Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion gain. Book.png Proscribed Material is hard to get via repeatable actions, and revolutionary favours are common enough. It provides no Liberationofnight.png Advancing the Liberation of Night:, but that may be a good thing. Definitely a solid choice.

  • Virginia

Like Feducci, this is mostly a source of loot to sell for Echoes, although the brandy is nice. With the second reward being an alternate success, this should provide more Echoes than Feducci, on average, and give a pretty high value. The Bottlegreen.png Muscaria Brandy would be a great way to counter the relative difficulty of acquiring Souls compared to other Tier 1 items if it were the sole Success, but it's only 50% likely, and combined with it being on an opportunity card, you can't count on it. It should be noted that favours with Hell are easier to come by than favours with tomb-colonies, so this may be a good choice for some.

  • The Tentacled Entrepreneur

This statue gives decent value for 2 favours. You will most probably need both the warm amber and trembling amber for skeletons, and if not you can sell the Amber blue.png Trembling Amber easily and exchange the warm amber for more trembling ones. Bonus points for a resource that can be a bit hard to come by, but the big question here is: how many favours with rubbery men do you actually get? If you can reliably get these, this is a very good statue.

  • Yourself, the Poet-Laureate

Yes, you! Why hasn't it got a Board Member requirement? Well, in case you forgot, you're on the d__n board! You're the Director, in case you'd forgotten. If ignoring the long grind to be a poet-laureate in the first place, this statue still has some flaws. First off, Bone11.png Ivory Humeri aren't that useful anymore. Yes, they add a lot of value to a skeleton, but you need a skeleton to sell them in the first place, and only primates need arms. These are also the types of skeletons that can't have its value boosted by zoological fads, and might also increase implausibility. In addition, bohemian favours aren't that common, and you might be spending them for wine and Sidebarmakingwaves.png Making Waves on their card instead. This statue gets a lot of points for being cool, but not so many points for being useful. Bones have a variety of uses, however, and there are no other statues to cash in Bohemian Favours at.

  • Conclusion

The Jovial contrarian is probably the best statue, with Sinning Jenny, Virginia and the Tentacled Entrepreneur as runner-ups, depending on favour accessibility mostly.

Jericho Locks[edit]

All of Jericho Locks' options use Clergy.png Favours: The Church. These become ridiculously easy to get as soon as you open the Magistracy station, so if you haven't done that already, do that before you build a Statue here. You will also need Clergy.png Renown: The Church 25 and its associated item to take advantage of that option, so do that. (Though, by the time you can build a Railway, that shouldn't be a problem for a diligent player.)

Statue Option Cost Reward Value (Icon-echo.png )
Brazeniconoclast.png Board Member: The Dean of Xenotheology Trade on your academic and theological connections Clergy.png 2 x Favours: The Church 15.00 [1]
Electionbishop.png Board Member: The Bishop of Southwark Call in favours from the Church (Bishop of Southwark) Clergy.png 1 x Favours: The Church Torsowhite.png 4 x Strong-Backed Labour 10.00
Bishopofstfiacres.png Board Member: The Bishop of Saint Fiacre's Call in favours from the Church (Bishop of Saint Fiacre's) Clergy.png 4 x Favours: The Church Boneshard.png 2 x Holy Relic of the Thigh of Saint Fiacre 25.00 [2]
Converse with a few retired scholars Clergy.png 1 x Favours: The Church 9.00
  1. Assuming a value of 10p per warm amber
  2. Assumed value through the Bone Market

Analysis[edit]

  • Dean of Xenotheology

It's hard to get an Echo value on the Amber red.png Warm Amber, since you can't sell it at the Bazaar, but based on how the Zailor at the Bone Market pays you, 1 Amber = 10p. 150 amber would be Icon-echo.png 15.00 by this metric. 15 Icon-echo.png worth of items isn't bad for 2 favours, and 10 Parabola.png Parabolan Research is a nice bonus, especially if you can't normally get this research very fast. A good option if you like warm amber, but not very special.

  • Southwark

With a Bazaar worth of only 10 Echoes, Southwark's 4 examples of Muscular Christianity seem a bit lackluster. That is, until you consider how hard and expensive it is to get Strong-Backed Labour from other sources, how many uses there are for it (Archaeology, anyone?), and how cheap Church Favours are in the Upper River. Of all the easily repeatable sources for Torsowhite.png Strong-Backed Labour, this one is the second lowest cost (4/£4.20 or 1/£1.05, per the Shuttered Palace Favour exchange rate) and the most action efficient (especially compared to the other free source). The biggest issue with this option is that you're only able to exchange 1 favour at a time. You'll very easily end up with more favours than you can convert, especially once you spend time in other locations. Underclay_(Guide) provides an easy source of Strong-backed labor, making this statue a bit less competitive.

  • Fiacre's

If you're not going on a ton of Archaeological digs, this is a very solid option. Boneshard.png St Fiacre's Relics (he was a leggy fellow) offer good value in a skeleton, and they are legs so you might get an additional 10-15% from Zoological fads, and by selling to the sculptress it provides rumours as well. This statue is very good, and has the bonus of exchanging many favours, meaning you get the benefit without always hanging out in Jericho. These are also handy for making an exhibition for the Burrow Church.

  • Yourself (Scholar of the Correspondence)

Library.png SotC is notoriously hard to grind, tending to be very expensive and causing a lot of Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares and Sidebarwounds.png Wounds—almost on par with Seeking. Relatively few players try to cap it out (other than Seekers), or raise it at all beyond the minimum required for Graffitihiero.png A Name in Seven Secret Alphabets, or maybe the level 10 cap found when composing Somewhat challenging music at Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court. If you've managed to get SotC 21, I don't have the heart to tell you not to take this option. Capping SotC is something to be proud of, d__n it.

The best part of this statue is that you only spend one favour per card, so it would be the most efficient for Parabola.png Parabolan Research, and might be worth it for this if you have no better ways to produce Parabolan research. If that's not what you need, the other statues would probably be more rewarding for you, considering that the Ruinssecond.png Expertise of the Second City is virtually useless for a fully upgraded lab, and the Whispered secret.png Whispered Hint can be gained from other sources.

  • Conclusion

Fiacre's is best for power palaeontologists, Southwark is great for ruin maniacs and tiger-fanciers, and the Correspondence one is a trophy for madmen (especially ones short on Bone19.png Thorned Ribcages and desperately in need of alarming quantities of Enigma.png Enigmas). The Dean's statue could be nice if you need a lot of Amber red.png Warm Amber and manage to spend the research in a good way, but otherwise Fiacre's or Southwark are the best statues here.

The Magistracy of the Evenlode[edit]

The Magistracy's main concerns are matters of the law, and the Statue rewards reflect this. One even has an option to gain Constablebadge.png Favours: Constables, instead of spending them, so you can save all your favours for buying Constablebadge.png Special Dispensations for your Revolutionary friends.

Statue and building requirements Option Cost/Challenge Reward Value (Icon-echo.png )
Widow.png Board Member: the Gracious Widow Call in favours with the Gracious Widow Urchin.png 4 x Favours: Urchins 20.00 [1]
Receive an offering from the Clay Highwayman Manacles.png 2 x Favours: Criminals 12.50 [2]
Set a Watch beside the Statue of Yourself Bear.png Dangerous 200 Constablebadge.png 1 x Favours: Constables 4.20 [3]
  1. not counting Bundle value
  2. not counting Bundle value or scrap
  3. Valuing the favour at 4.20 Icon-echo.png

Analysis[edit]

  • Gracious Widow

This statue is pretty much identical to the statue of Sinning Jenny in Ealing Gardens. It has a decent reward, but nothing special. The bundle should have an average value around 2.5-3 Icon-echo.png based on Bundle of Oddities (Guide). This option exchanges 4 favours, so it's efficient with actions.

  • Clay Highwayman

The bundle is similar to the Gracious Widow, and while it provides 7.5 less echoes, it only uses 2 favours. It's a far better Favours: Diamonds ratio than Beating the minister. The biggest concern with this statue is that favours with criminals are already pretty amazing. A favour can be spent to gain 4 Scintillack without any statues, exchanged for a lot of different things back in London, or used to buy a crate in the Khanate. That being said, this is probably still better than the Widow, unless you really like her.

  • Yourself, Defender of Public Safety

While lower echo value, this option is notable for generating Favours instead of spending them. The proximity to the Magistracy can be convenient, since it takes 7 Favours: Constables to get a Special Dispensation, and there are few, if any other sources in the Upper River. However, it's pretty easy to get those Favours back in London, and little worth spending them on other than Dispensations, since they're not used to upconvert anything, and Surface Currency can't be upconverted. Once you've topped out Renown and gotten the Faction items, typically the problem is finding somewhere to spend them. Defender of the Public Safety is also rather a grind. Based on this, this is the worst statue here, but might be worth it if you're trying to remove a rather long criminal record.

  • Conclusion

Unless you're really, really into getting Dispensations, or you really like the Widow, the Clay Highwayman is the best here.

Balmoral[edit]

The statue at Balmoral does not add a card to the deck and its only purpose is to gather the Fluke.png Amber Vision of the Sea of Spines that requires statues built at all stations. There are three choices for statues: The Empress's Consort, which requires no special features; the Captivating Princess, which requires her acquaintance; and the statue to your Cover Identity, which is a statue of yourself and counts towards Beeface.png The Inescapable Ubiquity of your Countenance, and requires a cover identity.

Station VIII[edit]

None of the statue choices in Station VIII materially affect player rewards; only the descriptions are affected. All Statues of the Masters used to require a high degree of Connected: The Masters of the Bazaar, but that has since been eliminated except for the one of yourself with the Masters. Note that whatever statue you pick, the Correspondent profession gets an extra option at this station.

Options Cost/Challenge Success Value (Icon-echo.png )
Read the graffiti on the Statue to (subject) Owl.png Watchful (125 + 25 × Black.png Station VIII: Darkness)

Library.png ASotC (unknown)

Bookred.png 5-7 x Unusual Love Story 2.50 - 3.50
Write something to sear the eyes of fools and lift up the great powers Eyestorm.png 1 x Storm-Threnody 3.00

All Telescopeglim.png Station VIII statues cost [50 × (Station.png Station VIII Development + 1)] x Currency3 copper.png Hinterland Scrip. Some statues have additional non-cost requirements to unlock or have variants depending on Ambition choices.

Station VIII Statue Building Requirements
Statue Option Additional Requirements
Veteran Revolutionary Put up a statue honouring a Veteran Revolutionary -
Mr Fires Put up a statue honouring Mr Fires -
Mr Spices Put up a statue honouring Mr Spices -
Mr Wines Put up a statue honouring Mr Wines -
Mr Veils Put up a statue honouring Mr Veils Variant with Bagalegend.png Ambition: Bag a Legend! completed
Mr Cups Put up a statue honouring Mr Cups Variant with Nemesis.png Ambition: Nemesis 4300–4500
Mr Iron Put up a statue honouring Mr Iron -
Mr Stones Put up a statue honouring Mr Stones -
Mr Apples Put up a statue honouring Mr Apples -
Mr Pages Put up a statue honouring Mr Pages -
Yourself, Expert in the

Uses of Extracts!

Put up a statue honouring yourself for your culinary experiments Lambchop.png Meals Served at Station VIII 20
Yourself, Companion

of the Masters

Put up a statue showing yourself in the company of Masters Mastertc.png Connected: The Masters of the Bazaar 10
Mr Cards, which is to

say, Yourself

Put up a statue honouring Mr Cards, which is to say, yourself Mrpages.png The Robe of Mr Cards

There is no particular gameplay advantage to any of these choices, just roleplay and lore. Some do require Ambition completion, high levels of Connected: Masters, or Meals Served. Of those, Meals Served is the easiest quality. The rest just cost Scrip, proportional to how much else you've built at Station VIII.

Burrow-Infra-Mump[edit]

The Statues at Burrow-Infra-Mump are heavily connected to the location's main storyline, A Church in the Wild.

Statue and Building Requirements Options Cost/Unlock Success Rare Success Failure Echo Value
St Augustine Dinner with a Curate Salon2.png 1 x Favours: Society N/A N/A -0.20
St Hildegard Supply Honey for a Theological Salon Flames.png 1 x Favours: Revolutionaries N/A N/A -0.20
An Evening of Palaeontological Discussion N/A N/A 2.50
Trade Favours for Bones
  • 12.50
  • 312.50
  • 6.00
[2]
Meditate on Death [3] Skull.png AtGotG 50 Gleam.png 1 x Memory of a Much Lesser Self
  • 3.00
  • 4.50
  • 2.50
[4]
Make an addendum to the Church in the Wild’s Theology FATE Cross.png 1 x Verse of Counter-Creed N/A 2.50 [4]
  1. Increases by 2*Cross.png Counter-church Theology + Coin.png Skeleton Value/1000)
  2. Not considering the connection loss
  3. All results also increase Skull.png Approaching the Gates of the Garden +5 CP
  4. 4.0 4.1 Valuing Gleam.png Memory of a Much Lesser Self at 2.5 E

Analysis[edit]

  • St Hildegard and St Augustine

These statues are completely worthless. There's not much good to say about them.

  • Memento Mori

This statue doesn't require any input, and provides several resources which are often hard to get. Unfortunately it doesn't have a good value, which makes it less interesting. Situational, but doesn't require you to keep an exhibition skeleton.

  • Bishop

This statue could be okay if you need a lot of verses of counter-creed, but requires uncommon items and has low value. As such it's situational at best and often bad.

  • The statue to the Custom-Made Saint

This is unambiguously the best choice for paleontologists, offering the chance to get a flourishing ribcage in roughly 3 actions with some planning, plus the occasional Prismatic Frame. The only issue is that you need to permanently have a skeleton ready.

Moulin[edit]

Statue Building Requirements Options Cost Success Value (Icon-echo.png )
Yourself, a Legendary Zee-Captain Share a drink with a Zailor Ship.png 4 x Favours: The Docks
  • 25.00
  • Rare:
  • 62.50
Share a tale of your travels 1 x Favour
Yourself, London's Ambassador to the Khanate Make contact with an agent Pawn.png 2 x Favours: The Great Game 15.00
Yourself, Moulin's preeminent Archaeologist Various, see Under the Statue at Moulin
  • 3.50
  • or
  • 1 x Favour
Clio

Analysis[edit]

Mechanically speaking, all of these statues have a niche.

  • Captain

The Dockers option makes it possible to both spend and gain favours with the docks. Favours with the docks are some of the most valuable favours, and there's not a lot of sources for them, so the option to gain docks favours is decent. Instead of spending them on this statue, you can also spend them on esteem of the guild or on expeditions, making them sources of many different items. On the other hand, docks favours have so many places to cash them out that you're not very likely to want to spend them on this. This is a solid choice, but is slightly less unique than it used to be.

  • Ambassador

The Great Game option may at first seem a bit weak compared to Dockers option, especially considering that these favours too are hard to get. The reason why this statue is still pretty decent is because there are few other profitable ways to spend favours with the Great Game. You can always call them in for Crypticsecret.png 220 x Cryptic Clues in London, but this will be bad EPA for many players with access to the railway. This statue lets you spend the favours you get instead of letting them go to waste. Unfortunately, it's only 2 favours at a time. The statue is valuable, although a bit situational. Could be worth it if you get a lot of favours with the Great Game and have nowhere to cash them in.

  • Archaeologist

The Clio or Archaeologist statues have the strength that they allow you to get many different favours, which can be spent on the other statues in your railway. You can keep a monograph going for the sake of gaining specific favours and thereby use it as a favour source. Bohemians favours can be used with the Ealing Gardens statue, and both church and hell can have multiple statues. This makes this statue very good situationally, depending on your other statues, but it's most likely a decent choice. It may not be as satisfying to get favours as getting a big reward, though. It's also locked to the kind of statue you are doing, which makes it slightly less convenient.

  • Conclusion

All the statues have a situational benefit that makes them valuable. Both the docks statue and the archaeologist statues are useful for gaining favours, while the ambassador statue provides a much-needed way to spend favours with the great game. There's no clear winner here. The dockers statue is flexible, as it can both gain and spend favours. The Great game statue is good if you get a lot of favours with the great game and have nowhere to cash them in. Finally, the last two statues makes it easier to get favours for all the other statues, which is very good if the other statues you have are good, and bad if you can't benefit from these favours.

In the end, it depends a bit on how you use the statues. Do you prefer playing the statue card at once, or do you prefer hanging on to it until you can cash out your favours?

The Hurlers[edit]

Statue Building Requirements Options Cost Reward Value (Icon-echo.png )
Liberation of Night Liberationofnight.png Advancing the Liberation of Night: 40 Call in favours from Revolutionaries Flames.png 4 x Favours: Revolutionaries Dance.png 10 x Night on the Town 25.00
Fingerkings Snowflake.png Crystalline Knowledge 4 Sleep beside the statue None Angel.png Sighting of a Parabolan Landmark based on Fingerking.png Connected: Fingerkings 5.40 (at 8)
Anchoress Call in favours from the Church Clergy.png 4 x Favours: The Church Library.png 10 x Volume of Collated Research 25.00
Goat-Demons Snowflake.png Crystalline Knowledge 1 Call in favours from Hell Devil.png 4 x Favours: Hell Bazaar.png 50 x Nightsoil of the Bazaar 50 Currency3 copper.png
Your Overgoat Ask your Overgoat to perform a trick Devil.png 4 x Favours: Hell Clouds.png 10 x Aeolian Scream 25.00
Your Übergoat FATE FATE Devil.png 4 x Favours: Hell Library.png 10 x Volume of Collated Research 25.00
Your Heptagoat FATE FATE Devil.png 7 x Favours: Hell 15.54
Yourself (Steward) Black.png Steward of the Discordance 4 Meditate in your statue's shadow Black.png 2 x  Memory of Discordance Scrawl1.png 60 x  Correspondence Plaque 30.00

Analysis[edit]

Many of the statues here give similar values, but require different favour types. From the top:

  • Liberation of Night

This statue provides good value for selling, but if you need a lot of Dance.png Night on the Town for whatever reason, this should be the best statue. Unfortunately, you are probably done with most of the uses for these already at this stage of the game. You can still Bring the celebration home for Sidebarmakingwaves.png Making Waves or Swap tales with the locals for Revolutionarymask.png Esteem of the Guild, but quite possibly you'll end up selling most of them. This is still a good value for your favours, however, so if you don't already have a revolutionary statue, this is a good choice. Of course, not everybody wants a statue dedicated to the Liberation of Night...

  • Fingerkings

This is a very interesting choice, because it doesn't require favours, and it's one of few non-parabola sources of Angel.png Sighting of a Parabolan Landmark. It has a low value, but as it doesn't require any favours, this is still a good choice. Once again, not everyone will be comfortable with making a statue dedicated to the Fingerkings.

  • Anchoress

Good value. The only issue with this statue is whether you have enough favours with Church, because you will probably have at least one statue dedicated to them already. The Collated research could be useful to Compile notes on the Correspondence, which may be something you'll want to do now.

  • Goat-Demons

Again, good value. This statue literally gives you poop, which is something that you need for the railway and other things, but can also be sold for scrip. Seeing as scrip can be exchanged for echoes with a profit, this statue provides some of the most EPA for the Hurlers. You'll need a source for hell favours, however.

  • Your Overgoat

Similar value to the other statues. Gives Clouds.png Aeolian Scream for Hell favours. Intuitively, this sounds good, but collated research is probably more useful at this point. But it's not a bad option.

  • Your Übergoat

Congratulations on getting an übergoat! This statue is basically the same as the Anchoress, except you need favours with hell instead of favours with the church. This might be a little trickier.

  • Your Heptagoat

Wow! Just wow! Building this statue is an achievement. Unfortunately the reward is terrible. 15.5 Icon-echo.png for 7 favours is really bad. Primordial shrieks aren't the easiest resource to get, but at this rate it's more efficient to get the goat-demons and buy shrieks from the bazaar. But then you wouldn't have a statue dedicated to your heptagoat...

  • Yourself (Steward)

This statue relies on Black.png Memories of Discordance and roughly equals 2.5 EPA if you obtain them through Track your Carnivorous Aurochs in Parabola. Assuming you have Mirror.png Glasswork 10, can obtain a Mapfragment.png Glass Gazette with one action, and have Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares 5 to force a confrontation, each Memory can be obtained in 6 turns. This statue is therefore not worth grinding unless a more efficient of obtaining Memories is found. That said, with Ruinsthird.png The Long-Dead Priests of the Red Bird, Memories could plausibly be obtained as part of a Helicon grind.

  • Conclusion

Most of these statues are the same value. The goat demons might have a slight edge over the others in value, and the Anchoress, LoN and Übergoat statues might provide more useful resources. For this statue, it might be a good idea to first decide which favours to use, and then choose the statue. The fingerking statue might have one of the most useful resources, and doesn't rely on favours, potentially making that the best allround statue.

Marigold Station[edit]

Statue Building Requirements Options Cost Reward Value (Icon-echo.png )
  • [Leader's name] and the Tracklayer's Union
  • or
  • Tracklayer's Union
Sell surplus Railway Steel to the Moloch Line Railsteel.png 1 x Railway Steel
Call in favours with the Tracklayer's Union Flames.png 4 x Favours: Revolutionaries 25.00
Marigold Devils None Sell surplus Railway Steel to the Moloch Line Railsteel.png 1 x Railway Steel
Admire the statue Salon2.png 4 x Favours: Society Diamondred.png 2 x Magnificent Diamond 25.00
Yourself, a Respectable Industrialist Smuggling.png Twilit Smuggler 21 Sell surplus Railway Steel to the Moloch Line Railsteel.png 1 x Railway Steel
Sit by your statue Manacles.png 4 x Favours: Criminals 25.00

Analysis[edit]

The option to sell Railsteel.png Railway Steel has no unlock condition other than having no more than 6 Devil.png Favours: Hell and at least 1 Railway Steel to sell. This means that you can use this option regardless of what type of statue you build(presumably including the "Respectable Industrialist" option, even though it isn't technically confirmed), so you don't need to include this option into your decision-making process.

  • Furnace/Cornelius/January/Union

All the Union-related statues are mechanically identical other than the building requirements, so making a decision between the four mostly comes down to whether you can meet the building requirements and your own aesthetic/character preferences.

All of the statues advance the liberation of night, which may not be what your character wants. Additionally, it's worth checking what other statues you have already built by now. Revolutionary statues can also be built in both the Hurlers and Ealing Gardens, and if you have built one there, this statue will be less useful. Surmise.png Vital Intelligence doesn't have a lot of sources, so this could be useful.

  • Marigold Devils

Considering that society favours are among the most ubiquitous and that the alternative to using a statue is getting street signs from court, this is a big improvement. There are no other statues which work with society favours either. Diamondred.png Magnificent Diamonds aren't the most exciting at this point in the game, but they are normally hard to acquire and good value. Honestly, just from using society favours, this is probably the best statue here.

  • Respectable Industrialist

Reaching Smuggling.png Twilit Smuggler 21 requires a lot of rare resources, but is doable. The reward is very esoteric, however, Unlawful Devices are only used in Monographs, and a Cave-Aged Code of Honor is exchanged 1:1 for Document.png Legal Document. Unlawful Devices can be sold for Hinterland Scrip, and Criminal Favours are fairly easy to get. It is worth noting that criminal favours can profitably be cashed in elsewhere, and you may already have a statue at the Evenlode. Not a bad choice, but unless you can find a use for Unlawful devices and Legal Documents, this isn't the best statue.

  • Conclusion

There are many okay statues here, but being able to cash in society favours profitably is a huge advantage, considering how common these favours are in the game. When the reward is also something that can be sold for echoes, Marigold Devils is the best statue here - at least until there's a use for unlawful devices/honour. It's worth noting that both the other factions have other statues elsewhere along the railway.

Strategy[edit]

While the statue options at each station are compared pretty thoroughly against each other in their sections, here's where we get into strategies across all the upper river stations. For example, most people wouldn't want two statues competing for the same type of Favours.

Statues by favour type[edit]

This table is meant as a help to avoid having the same faction have multiple statues, as well as show whether there are good ways to cash these in in London and if the favours are readily available in the Hinterlands.

Faction Statue location Favour sources in Hinterlands? Valuable (non-statue) cash-in?
Bohogirl1.png Favours: Bohemians Under the Statue at Moulin (with the relevant statue) Engineer an invitation (card)
Constablebadge.png Favours: Constables No
Manacles.png Favours: Criminals Respectable Passengers
Devil.png Favours: Hell A consideration for services rendered (card)
Flames.png Favours: Revolutionaries Trade favours with revolutionariesBook.png Proscribed Material
Rubberyman.png Favours: Rubbery Men Handstop.png Ealing Gardens Outflank the Ministry's servant (in Handstop.png Ealing Gardens only) Accept a damp gift (card) → Amber.png Nodule of Deep Amber
Salon2.png Favours: Society Roseyellow.png Marigold Station Exchange a considerable quantity of Connections for London Street SignsSign.png London Street Sign
Clergy.png Favours: The Church No
Ship.png Favours: The Docks Bookblack.png Moulin Under the Statue at Moulin
Pawn.png Favours: The Great Game Bookblack.png Moulin Under the Statue at Moulin (with a different statue) No
Bandagedman.png Favours: Tomb-Colonies Handstop.png Ealing Gardens Trade your Collection of Curiosities for five Puzzling Maps
Urchin.png Favours: Urchins Trade favours with urchinsSack.png Certifiable Scrap
  1. 1.0 1.1 This option is bad