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It will no doubt be magnificent. Let us hope the dour old thing will appreciate it.

Shaping a Masterpiece for the Empress is now a defunct story Quality. All the associated cards and mechanics still exist, though. This page now serves as the guide to creating great works of art at The Empress' Court.

Start Carving out a Reputation at CourtEdit

Upon entering The Empress' Court and obtaining Persuasive 90 you unlock A slow day where you get your first point of CRC (you must not be working on anything, e.g. a short story). You can now access What's your next work? and pick one of the following masterpieces to craft which locks your Working on... and won't let you choose another project until you finish it. To do so, you need to aquire a certain level of Inspired..., which is either 24 for minor works (e.g. a Song), or 34 for major ones (e.g. a Novel). Note that this requires either 300 or 595 CPs of Inspired, respectively, whereas the challenges give you roughly 10-20 CPs per action. So it is advisable to not start work on a masterpiece for the Empress unless you have high enough stats to reliably pass Persuasive 100 skill checks.

  • an Epic Poem
  • a Novel
  • a Play
  • a Song
  • a Symphony
  • a Ballet

What's next? or A Tale of BanishmentEdit

After having finished a masterpiece you do what all artists do: get on with life and do something productive or start over. Should you decide to keep pursuing the arts you will eventually reach Carving out a Reputation at Court 4 which locks working on any more masterpieces and has the Veteran Privy Counsellor ask you to craft one last work of art. If you oblige, you will work on a special scandalous opera and after presenting it, be banished from The Empress' Court. You can refuse him to reduce your CRC to 3 and do more things at court. But who wants to stay there anyway, right? So you grind up to Inspired... 24 and end it like the artsy little fellow you are. (Although you can pick the flavour of your masterpiece as usual, there are no different results this time around. You collect 2000 Drops of Prisoner's Honey, 2 Fate, a bunch of Scandal and your one way ticket to the Tomb-Colonies.)

Epilogue: If you are wondering why you should burn this bridge, it's because getting banished from Court opens up new storylines - namely the Foreign Office, and Port Carnelian (where you can serve terms as governor). Don't worry - you'll be able to restore your reputation later and return to Court in due time.

Also: Choosing a certain kind of opera to perform lets you advance with a certain ambition (SPOILER: if you are A Scholar of the Correspondence you can choose to have written the Topsy King's opera, basically warping you to the end of that part of the Heart's Desire story. It saves you a lot of trouble the alternative would imply.)

Restored to the Court of Her Enduring MajestyEdit

Once banished from the Court, you can start working on being let back in. First you need to serve as governor of Port Carnelian. Once you complete one term, the Veteran Privy Counsellor tells you that you need to serve a few more so that you can host a state dinner for the Captivating Princess, who then restores you back to the Court.

Once restored, you'll be able to create all the old works of art, as well as new ones, including new types:

  • an Opera
  • a Film
  • a new Fashion

Unlike before your Banishment, you'll find that creating works no longer raises Carving out a Reputation at Court, but a new quality called A Fine Piece. Spend these on your (long) journey to become London's Poet-Laureate.

Inspired... Progress Edit

All challenges are broad Persuasive challenges unless specified otherwise.

All quality gains and losses are in Change Points unless specified, and CP gains to Persuasive based on the challenge itself are not listed.

The common qualities have been compressed to just images in the tables:
Fox Persuasive , Lantern Inspired...
Menaces:
Sidebarscandal Scandal , Sidebarsuspicion Suspicion , Sidebarwounds Wounds
Quirks:
Quirkmelancholy Melancholy , Quirkhedonist Hedonist , Quirkaustere Austere
Favours:
Bohogirl1 Favours: Bohemians, Clergy Favours: The Church, Flames Favours: Revolutionaries, Devil Favours: Hell, Salon2 Favours: Society
Renown:
Bohogirl1 Renown: Bohemians, Tombcolonist Renown: Tomb-Colonies


Simple Skill Challenges Edit

Straight up grinding here.

Option Challenge Success Failure
Nature in the Neath Fox 98 Lantern +10 (Rare: +20) Sidebarscandal +1
A quiet day at your lodgings Fox 99 Lantern +10 (Rare: +20) Sidebarscandal +1
[1]Composition: the low path Fox 100 Lantern +10 (Rare: +15) Sidebarscandal +1
The men from the Ministry Fox 102 Lantern +10 Sidebarscandal +1
Business at the Court Fox 104 Lantern +10 (Rare: +15) Sidebarscandal +1
Competition for the post of Imperial Artist-in-Residence Fox 104 Lantern +10 Sidebarscandal +1


Complex Skill Challenges Edit

These challenges spend items, give additional menaces, change quirks or connections for sometimes various rewards and have no ++ unless denoted.

Option Requirement Challenge Success Failure Rare Success
A city of culture Bohogirl1 1 Fox 97 Lantern +30
Bohogirl1 -1
Sidebarscandal +1 Lantern +40
Bohogirl1 -1
You have rivals Salon2 1 Fox 100 Lantern +30
Salon2 -1
Sidebarscandal +1 Lantern +10
Conversation 2 x Scrap of Incendiary Gossip
The people's art Flames 1 Fox 100 Lantern +35
Sidebarsuspicion +1
Flames -1
Sidebarscandal +1
Sidebarsuspicion +1
Devils and art Devil 1 Fox 100 Lantern +25
Devil -1
Sidebarnightmares +1
[1]The music of the tomb Tombcolonist 4 Fox 100 Lantern +10
Quirkmelancholy +1 (up to 5)
Sidebarscandal +1
Quirkmelancholy +1 (up to 5)
[2]The lead Fox 100 Lantern +15
Quirkhedonist +1 (up to 5)
Quirkaustere -5
Lantern -20
Sidebarscandal +1
Lantern +15
Quirkhedonist +1 (up to 5)
Quirkaustere -5
Diamond 2 x Flawed Diamond
Religion and Art
Call on the help of the Church
Clergy 1 Fox 100 Lantern +35
Clergy -1
Religion and Art
Mortification of the flesh!
Lantern +5
Quirkhedonist -3
Quirkaustere +3 (up to 10)
Religion and Art
An organ recital at All Christs
Quirkaustere 7 Lantern +20
Jade -10 Jade
Quirkaustere -3
Lantern -1
Jade -10 Jade
Sidebarscandal +1
[2]A gaggle of artistic temperaments Fox 103 Lantern +10 Sidebarscandal +1
The Bohemians Bohogirl1 5 Fox 107 Lantern +15
Sidebarscandal +1
Lantern -20 Lantern +20
Appallingsecret 2 x Appalling Secret
[1]Composition: the high path Fox 108 Lantern +20
Honey -25 Honey
Lantern -20
Honey -25 Honey
Sidebarnightmares +1
Lantern +20
Sapphire 1 x Sapphire


Luck ChallengesEdit

Option Requirement Success Chance Success Failure
The Decency Evaluator Cardfan 30% Demetergreen -50 x Foxfire Candle Stub
Lantern +15
Fox +2
Door +2 Secluded Address
Demetergreen -50 x Foxfire Candle Stub
Lantern +15
Fox +2
Sidebarsuspicion +1
Yesterday's work Lantern 5 Cardfan 60% Lantern +25 (rare +35)
Confidentsmile +1 Confident Smile
Lantern -20
Sidebarwounds +2
The pleasures of the Neath Cardfan 50% Honey -15 x Honey
Bottleandglass -20 x Bottle of Greyfields 1879
Lantern +20
Quirkhedonist +3 (up to 10)
Quirkaustere -3
Honey -15 x Honey
Bottleandglass -20 x Bottle of Greyfields 1879
Lantern +10
Quirkhedonist +3 (up to 10)
Quirkaustere -3

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Unlocked only when working on a Song, Symphony, Ballet, Opera, or Film.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Unlocked only when working on a Play, Song, Symphony, Ballet, Opera or Film.

Minor WorksEdit

Minor works include plays, songs, symphonies, ballets and fashion.

These options require raising Lantern Inspired... to level 24, and provide materials worth Icon-echo 30. Note that there is no benefit from achieving more than the needed level of Lantern Inspired....

Before being Banished from Court, these provide Trebleclef +1 CP Carving out a Reputation at Court.
After being Restored to Court, they provide instead Nib 2 x A Fine Piece.

PlaysEdit

Opening Night! Making Waves Results
A Slapstick Farce +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
A Wry Satirical Comedy +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
A Heart-Wrenching Tragedy +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
A Romance of Poverty [1] +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
A History [1] [2] +10 CP Nevercold brass 3000 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Sidebarscandal Scandal +10 CP
A Celestial Spectacle [1] [3] +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Only available after being Restored to Court
  2. Requires University Connected: Summerset 5
  3. Requires Desk Identified with a School: The Celestials


SongsEdit

Publish your song! Making Waves Results
A Rousing Hymn +5 CP Demetergreen 3000 x Foxfire Candle Stub
A Newly Arranged Folk Song +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
A Patriotic Anthem +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
A Drinking Song! [1] +10 CP Red gold 3000 x Piece of Rostygold
A Renaissance Piece! [1] +10 CP Nevercold brass 3000 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
A Political Anthem! [1] [2] +10 CP Lamplighter beeswax 3000 x Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax
Sidebarscandal Scandal +10 CP
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Only available after being Restored to Court
  2. Requires Flames Renown: Revolutionaries 5


SymphoniesEdit

Your symphony is complete! Making Waves Results
Somewhat challenging music [1] +8 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
Library A Scholar of the Correspondence +1 CP (up to 10)
Sidebarwounds Wounds +3 CP
An exuberant cannonade +5 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
Sidebarscandal Scandal +3 CP
A choral requiem +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
A Modern Fantasia [2] +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
Something of your own genius [2] [3] +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
A Ruberry Tone Poem [2] [4] +10 CP Amber 3000 x Nodule of Deep Amber
Sidebarscandal Scandal +10 CP
  1. Requires Library A Scholar of the Correspondence 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Only available after being Restored to Court
  3. Requires Desk Identified with a School: Your own genius
  4. Requires Rubberyman Renown: Rubbery Men 5


BalletEdit

Stage your ballet! Making Waves Results
A light work based around a Neathy folk tale +8 CP Jade 3000 x Jade Fragment
A work of romance and automata +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
Sidebarscandal Scandal +5 CP
A work of barely-clad decadence +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
Sidebarscandal Scandal +10 CP
Scandal Disgraced exile in the Tomb-Colonies
An infernal work [1] [2] +10 CP Nevercold brass 3000 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Sidebarscandal Scandal +10 CP
A Carnelian work [1] +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
Tigerstripes 3 x Tribute [3]
A Blemmigan work [1] [4] FATE
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Only available after being Restored to Court
  2. Requires Devil Renown: Hell 5
  3. Only with Goldenapple Associating with Radical Academics at least 15
  4. Requires Desk Identified with a School: The Mycologenes


Fashion [1]Edit

A Fashionable Extravaganza! Making Waves Results
A sleek suit +10 CP Jade 3000 x Jade Fragment
Practical improvements for undergarments! +10 CP Moonpearl 3000 x Moon-pearl
A return to the styles of yore +10 CP Silk 3000 x Silk Scrap
  1. Only available after being Restored to Court


Major WorksEdit

Major works include poems, novels, operas and films.

These options require raising Lantern Inspired... to level 34, and provide materials worth Icon-echo 60. Note that there is no benefit from achieving more than the needed level of Lantern Inspired....

Before being Banished from Court, these provide Trebleclef +2 CP Carving out a Reputation at Court.
After being Restored to Court, they provide instead Nib 3 x A Fine Piece.

PoemsEdit

Your poem is complete! Making Waves Results
An Epic Cycle +12 CP Moonpearl 6000 x Moon-pearl
Bookbrown 1 x Copy of your Epic Poetic Cycle
A Tragedy of Romance +12 CP Moonpearl 6000 x Moon-pearl
Roseyellow Fascinating... +50 CP
Sidebarscandal Scandal +3 CP
Book 1 x Copy of your Tragedy of Romance
An Allegorical Satire +15 CP Moonpearl 6000 x Moon-pearl
Sidebarscandal Scandal +3 CP
Bookblue 1 x Copy of your Allegorical Satire
A Zeefaring Epic [1] [2] +15 CP Red gold 6000 x Piece of Rostygold
Bookblue 1 x Copy of your Zeefaring Epic
An Ode to the Elder Continent [1] +15 CP Lamplighter beeswax 6000 x Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax
Bookred 1 x Copy of your Ode to the Elder Continent
A Nocturnal Rhapsody [1] [3] +15 CP Demetergreen 6000 x Foxfire Candle Stub
Bookblack 1 x Copy of your Nocturnal Rhapsody
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Only available after being Restored to Court
  2. Requires Ship Renown: The Docks 5 and Shipbig An Experienced Zailor: A Seasoned Captain
  3. Requires Desk Identified with a School: The Nocturnals


NovelsEdit

Your novel is complete! Making Waves Results
A Gothic Romance +10 CP Moonpearl 6000 x Moon-pearl
Roseyellow Fascinating... +50 CP
Book 1 x Copy of your Gothic Romance
A Tale of the Future! +10 CP Nevercold brass 6000 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
University Connected: Benthic +10 CP
University Connected: Summerset +10 CP
Bookbrown 1 x Copy of your Tale of the Future
A Patriotic Adventure! +15 CP Moonpearl 6000 x Moon-pearl
Bookblue 1 x Copy of your Patriotic Adventure
A Tale of Espionage! [1] [2] +15 CP Jade 6000 x Jade Fragment
Book 1 x Copy of your Tale of Espionage
A Tale for the People! [1] [3] +15 CP Moonpearl 6000 x Moon-pearl
Bookbrown 1 x Copy of your Tale for the People
A Bazaarine Tale! [1] [4] +15 CP Demetergreen 6000 x Foxfire Candle Stub
Bookblack 1 x Copy of your Bazaarine Tale
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Only available after being Restored to Court
  2. Requires Pawn Renown: The Great Game 5
  3. Requires Manacles Renown: Criminals 5 and Urchin Renown: Urchins 5
  4. Requires Desk Identified with a School: The Bazaarines


Operas [1]Edit

An Opera! Making Waves Results
A Thunderstorm of Morality +10 CP Shard 6000 x Shard of Glim
A Heartwarming Farce +10 CP Moonpearl 6000 x Moon-pearl
An Epic of Far-Off Lands +10 CP Demetergreen 6000 x Foxfire Candle Stub
  1. Only available after being Restored to Court


Films [1]Edit

Show your Film! Making Waves Results
An Innocent Fictional Scene +10 CP Shard 6000 x Shard of Glim
A Brief Comedy +10 CP Moonpearl 6000 x Moon-pearl
A Documentary +10 CP Silk 6000 x Silk Scrap
  1. Only available after being Restored to Court

Is it worth it?Edit

Having a Copy of your Tale of the Future comes in handy when Designing your Zubmarine while any of the other five poems or novels helps to start Making Friends among God's Editors on the Making the Good Book Better golden opportunity card. Should you fancy a trip to the Tomb-Colonies, a saucy ballet is the way to go.

After all whatever you create, it will basically give you a bit less than one Echo (per action) worth of pearls, candles or jade. This is assuming you pass the challenges at 100%. Investing connections or items increases inspiration but, well, you pay for it. I personally suggest either grinding the simple challenges at 90% chance to get a solid 1.9 CP of persuasive for each success and a completed small work of art after ~35 actions (1 to choose a masterpiece, 30 to get Inspired... 24, 1 to finish a masterpiece, add some for failures, subtract some for rare successes). If you have Persuasive 167 and work on a musical based piece, you can grind The lead to gain 15 CP Inspired... per action without the risk to lose 20 CP when failing. Without failures you can rack up the needed inspiration with 20 actions, netting a whopping 30 / (20+2) = 1.36 Echoes per Action.

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