“Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.”
– Jane Clawsten, Ella
Turn Deadline: Friday, Mar 09 @ 11pm EST
As the barges from Britannia Prime labour toward Weatherby at flank speed, an eager and increasingly desperate populace looks to the stars with a hope that refuses to be extinguished. The sudden and unexpected appearance of the forces of New Prussia cause any number of conversations to turn to darker remembrances and ruminations.
Meanwhile, one might expect the following:
Turn 4 plague progress: For healthy individuals: Lousy chance of a decline in health that would likely be moderate. Average chance for any existing condition to either improve or worsen.
Turn 4 risks: Lousy chance for any ‘sketchy’ tract to be contested in court by Weatherby’s Barristers. Contested deeds have an Average chance of being resolved in favor of the current owner, otherwise prior claims are discovered by the courts and ownership of the tract will be transferred to a random household.
Turn 4 rewards: Average chance to see a modest improvement to one’s own capabilities.
Choose only one of the following options as well as how much you wish to invest in that option. Greater investments results in greater economies of scale. A higher relevant stat will further improve outcomes, but to a lesser extent than the size of the investment. For example:
Invest 1 300
Option 1: Buy War Bonds: Although the situation with New Prussia remains unknown, the old guard has taken up the cause of selling bonds to modernize the existing Weatherby regiments.
Relevant Stat: MIL
Rewards: Good chance for average income improvement, poor income improvement otherwise.
Risks: Longshot chance to purchase counterfeit bonds, resulting in a worthless investment.
Option 2: Launch rescue ships to meet relief barges: Local shipping units proceeding at emergency speed may rendezvous with inbound medical barges and return supplies and technology sooner than currently expected.
Relevant Stat: BUS
Requirements: Currently own shares in a shipping concern.
Rewards: Average chance for Good income improvement and rank bonus of 50, average income improvement and rank bonus of 25 otherwise.
Risks: Fair chance to cause significant engine damage requiring expensive refits
Option 3: Invest in shares in an offworld shipping company: With some elements pushing for Weatherbean independence, shipping shares have seen a sudden resurgence in value.
Relevant Stat: EDU
Rewards: Very good chance of of Above Average income improvement, Below Average income improvement otherwise.
Risks: Longshot risk that the investment is a complete wash.
Option 4: Improve existing holdings: In spite of the plague, several professionals remain available to provide consultation and offer improvements to current investments.
Relevant Stat: BUS
Rewards: Outside chance of outstanding income improvement, average income improvement otherwise.
Risks: Average chance of creating problematic synergies.
Cast a Vote in the Election of 2418
Optional: Votes must be cast via private message to @bartlebot and can be submitted without rank penalty. Your vote shall carry your current rank weight, e.g. a rank of 300 delivers 300 votes to the final tally. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes will be the acting mayor starting next turn.
Option 1: Vote to support the current Mayor, Harriet Tidewell
Platform: Future legislation likely to support policies supporting the current status quo: pro-business, defensive military posture, suffrage for True-Citizens only, increased investment in municipal services, focus on remaining relatively independent from Britannia Prime.
Option 2: Vote to support the challenger, Robert Weatherby
Platform: Future legislation likely to support policies opposing the current status quo: pro-labour, aggressive military posture, suffrage for Citizen-Pretenders, increased investment in entrepreneurship, focus on leveraging the connection to Britannia Prime.
Option 3: Vote to support a dark horse candidate, Janus Quarry
Platform: Future legislation open to input from influential supporters, undefined military posture, suffrage for True-Citizens only, increased investment in unorthodox domains, focus on establishing an autonomous Weatherbean system.
Optional: One may choose to wager on this season’s Lagoderm race. Merely select a promising creature from the Sports & Leisure section and also indicate the size of the wager. Example:
Wager Hamdinger 100
The goods in the market district will be available from turn to turn, although prices may change. One may upgrade or downgrade in any given category from turn to turn as needed.
Optional: Specific professionals may become available for hire from turn to turn. As long as they continue to be paid a salary, they will serve you to the best of their abilities. Only a certain number of professionals will be available per turn. Availability is not guaranteed from turn to turn. In the event that more individuals want to hire a specific profession than is available, those of highest RANK will be served first. Example
The following individuals are available this turn:
Profession #Available Upkeep Effects
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Barrister (1) 250£ per turn Allows one to contest specific tracts in court with _Good_ success.
Physician (1) 150£ per turn Improves health by 1 rank per turn
Marshal (1) 75£ per turn MIL+3 per turn.
Optional: One may procure personal quarters within the city at the current market rate. Any change of quarters comes with an additional 25£ fee for moving services. Each improvement represents a move to a better neighborhood with a more impressive address. Example:
Rent Spartan apartment
As more members of Leviathan’s move into upscale districts, doors are opened into even more impressive neighborhoods.
Nature of Quarters Upkeep Effect
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Spartan apartment 75£ per turn +50 rank
Modest apartment 200£ per turn +75 rank
Proper apartment 400£ per turn +150 rank
Fashionable apartment 700£ per turn +300 rank
Luxurious apartment 1200£ per turn +500 rank
Optional: One may purchase various items to enhance ones abilities in various aspects. These items will change from season to season depending on current fashions and availability. Purchases of the same object beyond the first will have no further effect. What on earth would one do with two monocles?
65£ Fashionable Memoir (PER+2, EDU+1)
150£ Vacation in South Weatherby (Health+1, FSH+3, PER+1)
45£ Patriotic Cloisonné Pin (EDU+4, MIL+2)
Although it appears none is needed, a brief reminder to use the Public Ledger to establish your intentions for this season.
Several helpful medicines are still available for purchase:
5£ Dr. Arbuckle's Whipweed Tonic Wine
10£ Ms. Merrimoose's Soothing Syrup
15£ Franklin Gooseberry's Remarkable Colloidal Seryl