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If you faced an assassin last week, Joslyn may give you a coded piece of paper. Test Ciphering >60 to figure out where the assassin came from. Depending on you actions the previous weeks, it may be from Maree or Merva.

During the Week Edit

Grand Ball Edit

Dancing Edit

Test: Presence >50 or Test: Elegance >50 or Test: Composure >50 or Test: Decoration >70

  • If all tests failed +1 Afraid, +1 Pressured

Dance with suitors. -10 Noble Approval if you fail a Dance check, +5 Noble Approval if you pass a Dance check. If you are betrothed to Talarist and he is not there, you can refuse to dance. Test Court Manners >40 to consider the consequences of refusing.

If you are betrothed to Talarist and you invited him to the gala, he will ask you if you can dance. Choose:

  • Nod yes: Dance check goes as normal.
  • Shake your head: Talarist leads you through the dance. Dance check is skipped.
  • Stomp on his foot: Talarist pretends to not notice. Dance check goes as normal.

If you are not betrothed, or chose to dance with suitors, Test Court Manners >40 and Intrigue >40. If you fail, choose a partner:

  • Someone about your age (Linley of Kigal): Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success. Unlocks Linley as a marriage option during Week 39.
  • Someone younger than you (Adair, Young Lord of Elath): Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success
  • Someone older than you (Chaine, Earl of Mima): Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success
  • Someone already married (Erwin, Earl of Ishtar): Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success
  • Someone scandalous (Julianna if she is at court, otherwise Brin if she is present, or finally Arisse, Duchess of Lillah, if the others are unavailable): +1 Willful, Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success

If you are not betrothed, or chose to dance with suitors, and pass the previous check, choose a partner:

  • Linley of Kigal: Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success. Unlocks Linley as a marriage option during Week 39.
  • Adair, Young Lord of Elath: Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success.
    • Success: You trip over each other. -5 Noble Approval
  • Banion, Duke of Maree: Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success.
  • Chaine, Earl of Mima: Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success.
  • Armand, Duke of Mazomba: Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success.
  • Erwin, Earl of Ishtar: Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success.
  • Examine the women: +1 Pressured, +1 Willful. Test Internal Affairs >40 to discover Brin's romantic preferences.
    • Julianna, Duchess of Ursul: Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success
    • Brin, Duchess of Hellas: Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success. Brin will send you a gift next week.
    • Arisse, Duchess of Lillah: Test Dance >50 partial success, >90 success.
    • Alice the maid: +1 Cruelty, -5 Commoner Approval, -15 Noble Approval. Test Dance >30 partial success, >50 partial success, >90 success
      • Success: You trip over each other. -5 Noble Approval.

Mingling Edit

Once your dancing partner is picked, you are expected to go mingle. Test Court Manners + Flattery > 60:

  • Success: +10 Noble Approval.
  • Failure: -10 Noble Approval.

If you succeeded on the Divination test in Week 14 you notice an old duke, Test Foreign Intelligence >70 and Court Manners >50 for flavor text. Now, choose:

  • Talk to him: Test Public Speaking + Court Manners + Flattery >50 to ask politely. Either way, Fabian comments on Adair's family situation. This opens up an extra option during Week 22.
  • Say nothing: Nothing happens.

Banion's Gambit Edit

If you forced Brin to marry during Week 10, then her brother Banion will offer a dance. Test Court Manners >40 to understand the nature of his game. If you are betrothed to Talarist unlock option "Mention betrothal to Talarist of Sedna". Now, choose:

  • Accept: Test Court Manners >40:
    • Success: Choose:
      • I plan to use you, then drop you: You brush him off. +1 Willful
      • I plan to marry you: You will hold power in the relationship. Banion will send you a gift next week.
    • Failure: You succumb to his plots. You are now betrothed to Banion. +1 Yielding, +1 Pressured
  • Refuse: +1 Pressured. Test Public Speaking + Court Manners + Flattery >50
    • Success: You tell him off.
    • Failure: You look bad.
  • Mention betrothal to Talarist of Sedna: Test Public Speaking + Court Manners + Flattery >50:
    • Success: You pretend he is announcing his own engagement.
    • Failure: You spoil the engagement before he can say anything. Lose Noble Approval.

A Matter of Honor & Vote of No-Confidence Edit

If Banion is displeased with you (either surrendered the territory, made Brin a commoner or executed Brin during Week 10), he will provoke you. Test Composure >20 to unlock option "Ignore it". If you executed his sister during Week 10 or faced an assassin during Week 16, unlock the option "Accuse him of sending assassins". Choose how to respond:

  • Challenge him to a duel: +1 Angry, +1 Willful
    • If Talarist is there, he stops you. Test Internal Affairs >70. Choose:
      • Speak up: You defend your nobles.
      • Stay quiet: -15 Noble Approval.
    • If Talarist is not there, you proceed with the duel. Test Swords >30:
      • Failure: You get too close to a sword and die.
      • Success: Test Athletics >40:
        • Failure: You get too close to a sword and die.
        • Success: Test Swords >70:
          • Failure: You get too close to a sword and die.
          • Success: Banion dies. This will end the evening.
  • Ignore the insult: +1 Yielding, -10 Noble Approval.
  • Accuse him of sending assassins: Choose:
    • Imprison him: This ends the evening. +1 Angry
    • Execute him: This ends the evening. +1 Angry
  • Order his execution: +1 Cruelty, +1 Angry. Test Public Speaking + Presence >100:
    • Success: You have Banion executed. This will end the evening.
    • Failure: The duke calls for a vote of no confidence among the nobles. Nobles may vote on your favor, vote for change, or abstain depending on their relationship to you.
      • Majority is with you: You remain in your position and have Banion executed. This will end the evening.
      • Majority wants change: You lose your right to rule. The game ends.

If you used magic during Week 10, faced an assassin during Week 16 and decoded a piece of paper tonight, test Court Manners >60 to consider the consequences of accusing anybody:

  • Say nothing: Nothing happens. +1 Afraid
  • Accuse him: Test Court Manners >60 to consider the consequences of your next choice.
    • Agree that you made a mistake: The evening ends. -10 Noble Approval, +1 Yielding
    • Imprison him: The evening ends. +1 Depressed, +1 Angry
    • Execute him: The evening ends. +1 Angry

Discover a Lumen Edit

Test Sense Magic >80:

  • Failure: Nothing happens.
  • Success: You learn that Lucille, Countess of Nix, has magic power. Choose:
    • Let it go: Nothing happens.
    • Talk to your aunt: Test Sense Magic >100 to unlock option "Accuse her". If you suspected your uncle of sending assassins but did not say anything, unlock option "Accuse her husband of sending assassins". Now, choose:
      • Offer her a court position: Lucille is now your minister of magic. This adds another person to your magic circle in Week 35.
      • Keep her secret: Nothing immediate happens.
      • Accuse her: Test Resist Magic >80:
        • Failure: You end your days as a semi-living vegetable. Game over.
        • Success: Lucille dies, you obtain a spare Lumen crystal. +1 Willful, +5 Depressed
      • Accuse her husband of sending assassins: Test Conversation to suspect Lucille as well. Regardless, choose:
        • Apologise: You drop the subject.
        • Keep pushing: See the option "Accuse her".

If you sent a letter to Charlotte, you can talk to Lucille even if you failed the Sense Magic check.

If Lucille is given a court position or dies, you will not be attacked by bandits in Week 28 if you decide to go to Sudbury, nor be sent the poisoned chocolates in Week 32.

Achievements/Event Checklist Edit

  • Broken off an engagement? / A Promise Discarded: Be engaged to Talarist and either succumb to Banion's ploys or agree to marry him.
  • Been sent flowers by a woman? / The Language of Flowers: Dance with Brin. You will receive flowers next week.
  • Faced a vote of no confidence? / A Trial Of Your Peers: Order Banion's execution and fail a check so he'll call a vote of no-confidence. You don't have to succeed to register this achievement.
  • Challenged someone to a duel? / A Matter Of Honor: Challenge Banion to a duel. You don't have to succeed to register this achievement.
  • Been forced into marriage? / For The Good Of Nova: Lose the vote of no-confidence.
  • Found a spare Lumen crystal? / A Little Backup: Accuse Lucille and pass the Resist Magic check.
  • Ordered an execution? / Off With Their Heads: Order Banion's execution.
  • Spoken to Adair's father at the gala? / A Timely Word: Pass a Divination check during Week 14 and speak to Fabian when prompted.
  • Hired a Lumen minister? / A Gathering Of Light: Hire Lucille as your Lumen Minister.
  • Summoned a creeping shade? / Casting a Shadow: Accuse Lucille and pass the Resist Magic check. You get this achievement automatically next week.
  • Made Charlotte a Lumen? / Shared Power Increased: Hile Lucille as you Lumen Minister. This is only one of the steps needed.
  • Imprisoned Your Uncle? / Family Is No Defense: Face an assassin during the parade of Week 16. Regardless of decoding the note this week or not, ignore Banion and accuse you uncle of sending the assassin. If you don't get the achievement immediately, choose Visit Dungeons on a weekend to see him.
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