The Maze-Garden (Guide)

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The Maze-Garden Summary
Locked Fixed-Length Activity
Setup Progress End
1 A 15 A 2 A
Progress

Details

Build up Awakening..., gaining, IPSEITY or COMMUNION along the way.
Items Inputs/Outputs
Start-up
Boosting
Outputs
Raw EPA 4.36 Raw SPA -


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What needs work: Missing info on fate locked Ostentatious Paisley Suit

The The Maze-Garden is a carousel in the Polythreme Docks. Each time you pass through the Maze-Garden, you bring with you a piece of clothing and "usher your garment towards independence". At the end of your journey, your item of clothing will wander off to a life in Polythreme, and you will be rewarded by a clay man bearing various gifts. The more alive your sartorial pupil is by the time you leave the garden, the better the rewards offered to you!

Getting there[edit]

The Maze-Garden is located in Polythreme and require services of a ship. There are two ways to reach Polythreme:

  1. The first is to buy a ticket on the tramp steamer at Wolfstack Docks using 150 Map Scraps (typically earned from the Rat Market). Then build your Approaching Journey's End quality to 10, using the various cards and storylets aboard the Tramp Steamer. Once it is at 10, the There at last! storylet will open up. Selecting Polythreme there will place you in the Polythreme Docks, from where you can unlock and access The Maze-Garden.
  2. The second method requires a ship of your own (check the PoSI Item Crafting guide to see how to get one) and an assembled Screaming Map. See the Zailing (Guide) for an introduction to how you zail and plan a trip to Polythreme in the Sea of Voices.

When it's time to leave the island the following options are present:

The challenges in The Maze-Garden are variable and thus fit for many levels. Due to the slight difficulty in reaching Polythreme, this guide will assume you have around PoSI- levels or higher.

Useful items and their challenge level[edit]

During your stay you may need some specific items of clothing. As there is no access to the Bazaar in Polythreme, you will have to bring these garments with you. One item of clothing is needed each time you enter the Maze-Garden, and you will lose whatever item of clothing you select. The easiest and most difficult items of clothing to choose are always available at the Maze's front gates, which is to say selecting them does not require an item from your inventory. However, if you want a specific challenge level (that is Polythremean Disposition:) in-between those two extremes, you must bring the item corresponding to that level. The challenge level is given to all main attribute checks ( Shadowy etc.) and also affects the reward. Higher challenge levels have harder checks, but greater rewards.

Some pieces of clothing are chiral. This means that the left version or the right version will be easier than the other, which means your Polythremean Disposition: may increase or decrease by up to 30, depending on your choice.

It seems as though the rewards for a trip through the Maze-Garden do not increase beyond 100 Polythremean Disposition: or 120 Polythremean Disposition: (shown in-game as "Spirited"). This suggests that repeatedly choosing a Prisoner's Mask is the easiest way to get the maximum reward, if you can do so reliably.

Clothing Table
Piece of Clothing Polythremean Disposition: Chiral? Item needed
A leftover stocking 70
A scarlet stocking 90 Pair of Scarlet Stockings of Dubious Origin
A Magician's Glove 100 Pair of Magician's Gloves
A Prisoner's Mask 120 Prisoner's Mask
A Shabby Opera Cloak 160 Shabby Opera Cloak
A Horrendous Cravat 200

Progress Qualities[edit]

There are several important qualities within the Maze-Garden.

  • Polythremean Disposition: adjusts the difficulty of the carousel, sometimes together with Temperamental Chirality.
  • Perambulating... measures how close you are to the end of the carousel. When you hit 11, you reach the end of the Maze-Garden.
  • Awakening... measures how alive your article of clothing has become. This is proportional to the rewards you will receive.
  • IPSEITY and COMMUNION are qualities used for several checks inside the Maze-Garden. Some rewards require one of them at level 7.

Progress Through The Maze[edit]

Once you reach Perambulating... 5, The Silent Gate autofires which costs an action and raises Perambulating... to 6. Then when you reach Perambulating... 9, The Heart of the Labyrinth autofires which costs an action and raises Perambulating... to 10. Then when you reach Perambulating... 11, The Watchful Gate autofires which costs an action and takes you to An Offering (The Maze-Garden) where you can choose your rewards and exit the maze. This costs one more action and resets your Maze-Garden qualities. However, any unplayed cards will remain when you start your next trip through the maze.

The Cards[edit]

Note that every card option will increase Perambulating... by +4, unless it's otherwise mentioned in the table below:

Card Overview
Card Option Req. Challenge / Gain IPS Gain COM Gain

ADORN
Place it on the thin Clay Man in Regency clothes +7  +4 COM
Place it on a heavyset, conservatively-dressed Clay Man +7  +2 IPS +2 COM
Place it on the nearly nude Clay Man +7  +4 IPS

DISCERN
Select a head from the pile +6 / +2 
Leave the pile of heads to its own devices +1  +4 COM
+6  +2 IPS

DUEL
Fight on behalf of your (garment) < 5  = +7 
+2 / +2 
Allow your (garment) to participate 5+  +7  +4 IPS
+2  +2 IPS

HARVEST
Pick out the sweetest words < 8  +7  +4 COM
Pick out venomous words < 8  +6  +4 IPS
FATE (Requires Ostentatious Paisley Suit) < 8  +?  +7? IPS
Let your (garment) choose its own food 5+  +7 
+2  +4 IPS

PARTAKE
Allow your (garment) to join in < 6  +7  +4-5 COM
Permit it only to observe < 6  +7  +3 IPS
Allow your (garment) to join in 2 6-9  +3  +7 COM
Let your (garment) choose to join, or not 7+  +7 
+3  +3 COM

SCAVENGE
Walk softly = +7 
+0 / +2 
Allow your (garment) to dig through the pile 5+  +7  +4 COM
+3  +4 COM

TRANSFIGURE
Have your (garment) inspected for damage < 5  50%  +6  +4 COM
+2  +4 IPS
Bid it to ask for an alteration 5+  +6  +4 IPS
+2  +4 COM

TRAVERSE
Carry your (garment) across = +3 
+0 / +2 
Wade through the rushing water = +4 
+0 / +6 

Rewards[edit]

The exact conversion rate of Awakening... to items is based on Polythremean Disposition:. This table gives the values with a prisoner's mask and cravat (disposition 120-200). With disposition 60 you gain approximately 2/3 of this number. For other dispositions, see the individual action pages.

Reward table
Action Requirement/Cost Reward Max value per Awakening...
Take some silk scraps / 1 CP 50 x Silk Scrap 0.5 E
Take some surface-silk / 6 CP 60 x Surface-Silk Scrap 1.0 E
Take some whisper-satin / 15 CP 30 x Whisper-Satin Scrap 1.0 E
Take some Correspondence plaques / 28 CP 56 x Correspondence Plaque 1.0 E
Take some Thirsty Bombazine
  • 11  / 66 CP
  • COM
26 x Thirsty Bombazine Scrap 0.98 E
Take some Glass Gazettes
  • 11  / 66 CP
  • IPS
26 x Glass Gazette 0.98 E [1]
  1. Valuing gazettes at 2.5E ; cash out at Helicon House

Strategy & EPA[edit]

In terms of actions needed, it takes 5 actions for gates, starting and ending in addition to the cards you play to gain 49 CP Perambulating.... Assuming 4 CP/card, that's 18 actions for a cycle. If you assume an average of 5 CP Awakening... per card, that's 65 CP for a cycle. Each cp of Awakening... is worth roughly 1 E , and you also get 1 Memory of Distant Shores and you end up with a preliminary EPA of 3.64, however this will vary with skill and Polythremean Disposition:. With more experience or following the IPSEITY strategy below, you may average 6 CP/card and end up at around 4.36 EPA. If you can manage to get 7 CP on average (unlikely), EPA reaches 5.08, assuming you get 4 CP Perambulating per card. Using only the 6 CP awakening/2 CP perambulating option is slightly worse at 5.05 EPA.

Of course, you will spend some actions zailing to the Maze-Garden and back as well. Assuming no profit from zailing (unlikely), it takes roughly 18 actions to zail back and forth to Polythreme. This means you may multiply your EPA from the garden with (x/x+1), where x is the amount of cycles done in the garden, in order to find your actual EPA for the whole venture. With one cycle, this gives only 50% of the above EPA, but e.g. with 9 cycles it raises to 90% of the above EPA.

IPSEITY and COMMUNION[edit]

It is best to focus on raising either IPSEITY or COMMUNION (based on which rewards you want), as it's hard to get both qualities to 7. You will need 6 in either of these two qualities to get 100% on their respective checks. If you're more interested in rewards unrelated to these two qualities, it's worth noting that both qualities have 3 challenges each, but the COMMUNION check in DISCERN is beneficial to fail, and the COMMUNION check in SCAVENGE can be avoided by choosing the Shadowy check instead. The IPSEITY checks are typically on cards that have no better options, which makes favouring IPSEITY the generally advisable strategy (unless you specifically want the Thirsty Bombazine Scraps that unlock with 7 or more COMMUNION). However, unless you are a late-game player and already have access to Helicon House, you should pick COMMUNION if you want pure Echoes.

It is suggested to avoid playing TRAVERSE, because it gives low rewards. In addition, you might want to avoid TRANSFIGURE with Awakening... less than 5. If keeping high IPSEITY/low COMMUNION you might want to avoid PARTAKE with Awakening... 6+.

If going for IPSEITY:[edit]

ADORN, DUEL, HARVEST, and SCAVENGE all have branches with +7 cp of Awakening.... Failing the COMMUNION check on DISCERN (90% if you have none) gives +6 cp. Playing TRANSFIGURE with at least Awakening... 5 gets you +6, while PARTAKE with at most 6 gives you +7. If you can pass all checks at ~90% this always gives you six cards you can play with an average of upwards of +6 cp Awakening....

If going for COMMUNION:[edit]

ADORN, HARVEST, PARTAKE, SCAVENGE, and DUEL with Awakening... at most 6 all get you +7 cp Awakening.... The first branch of DISCERN gives +6 cp, but if played multiple times will extend your visit, which isn't ideal if your primary goal is Thirsty Bombazine Scraps. Later in your visit you may get stuck playing one of DUEL, TRANSFIGURE, or TRAVERSE for lower gains. Of these TRAVERSE probably gives the best average gain unless you picked up some IPSEITY as well to pass the checks on the other two at least somewhat reliably.

Walking the Maze-Garden Multiple Times[edit]

Because the cards you have are preserved for your next time through the Maze-Garden, you can influence the cards you start subsequent Maze-Garden trip with. It might be worth not playing ADORN, HARVEST and PARTAKE cards you get in the late-stage, so you can use them in the early stages of your next Maze-Garden adventure in order to increase your garment's attributes quickly. If going for a mix of Thirsty Bombazine Scraps and other things, make sure to always use TRANSFIGURE when raising IPSEITY, so that it doesn't clog your hand if you start COMMUNION next.