“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single sentient in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a mate.”
– Jane Clawsten, Pincers and Pinchability
Turn Deadline: Sun Mar 18 @ 5pm EDT
On orders from Mayor Tidewell, desperately needed medical supplies are being offloaded to waiting hovercarts at the Weatherby spaceport to be distributed at once to the less fashionable neighborhoods experiencing the brunt of the plague. A cheer arises among the gathered hopefuls watching from the boundaries.
As preparation are made for the Governor’s Ball, relative health is not an obstacle! Any number of tricks and conveyances are available from enterprising merchants to ameliorate, assist, and enhance one’s experience of the ball. Although lively, the dancing will not be taxing.
Meanwhile, one might expect the following:
Turn 5 plague progress: For healthy individuals: Longshot chance of a decline in health that would likely be significant. Good chance for any existing condition to improve, Fair chance for it to worsen instead.
Turn 5 risks: Poor 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 5 rewards: Fair chance to encounter an unexpected individual.
Required: Discourse and delights are planned prior to the ball. For the finer delights, invitations are sent about to the very best neighborhoods as a members of society begin to draw inferences from your choice of lodging. Attending the most talked about parties will require maintaining the right address or by having the right reputation. One may attend one of the following events prior to the ball with the following:
PLEASE NOTE: One not need dine with the Governor to attend the ball. One may attend any of the following pre-ball dining engagements and then proceed to the ball proper afterwards.
Option 1: Dine with the Governor: The Governor himself is indeed about and looking to confer with the most accomplished and esteemed individuals that Weatherby has to offer.
Requirements: Either a Luxurious Apartment or Rank greater than 800.
Rewards: Rank+75 and a Fair chance to provide input to the future of the Weatherbean colony system [To wit: choose the direction the overall story will take]
Risks: Average chance of expressing an unpopular or difficult political opinion in the moment (Rank-100)
Option 2: Dine with the Mayor: Coming off a difficult re-election campaign, Mayor Tidewell looks to celebrate her recent victory with her supporters.
Requirements: Either a Fashionable Apartment or Rank greater than 700.
Rewards: Rank+50 and an Average chance of providing input to the direction Weatherby will take in the upcoming seasons. [To wit: choose the direction the next turn will take]
Risks: Average chance of defending unorthodox or disclaimed policy positions (Rank-75)
Option 3: Dine with Ms. Applethwaite: The city’s most talked about salonnière looks to invite new members to her elegant gatherings in the upcoming year. This dinner presents an opportunity to make inroads with Weatherby’s socialites.
Requirements: Either a Fashionable Apartment or Rank greater than 600.
Rewards: Rank+30 and a Fair chance of being invited to join Ms. Applethwaite’s salon. [To wit: laying the groundwork for a FSH-based or PER-based victory condition]
Risks: Average chance of using the wrong utensil at an inopportune moment and weathering the resulting scandal (Rank-50).
Option 4: Dine with Ms. Fangley: Ms. Fangley’s gatherings are noted as an incubator for promising political careers
Requirements: Either a Proper Apartment or Rank greater than 500.
Rewards: Rank+20 and a Good chance to embark on a political career in Weatherby at an Aldersentient. [To wit: laying the groundwork for a potential BUS-based victory condition]
Risks: Fair chance to make a horrible gaffe in your introductory speech. (Rank-25)
Option 5: Enjoy the sumptuous feast in the dining hall: Plenty of delicious crudites, petit fours, and amuse-bouche are available in the dining hall to savor and enjoy whilst conversing with the Weatherbean elite. Oh! What a delightful Pot de crème!
Requirements: Either a Modest Apartment or Rank greater than 400.
Rewards: Excellent chance of contributing a delightful bon mot to the delight of those assembled (Rank+25)
Risks: Good chance of experiencing uncomfortable indigestion resulting in an awkward social moment (Rank-25).
Hire a Carriage for the Ball
Required: Appearing in style is an important part of maintaining appearances. One may temporarily boost rank in this manner to acquire access to the more rarefied dinner engagements. Temporary rank boosts are available immediately but only last for the duration of the turn. For example:
Hire Proper Four-in-hand
The following conveyances are available:
50£ Pony and Trap (Efficiently gets you to the ball with little fanfare)
200£ Sporty Gig (Temporary Rank+25)
250£ Hansom Cab (Temporary Rank+50)
400£ Proper Four-in-hand (Temporary Rank+75)
600£ Stylish Spider Phaeton (Temporary Rank+100)
750£ Furry little Surrey (Temporary Rank+150)
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
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 Neighborhood
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Spartan apartment 75£ per turn +50 rank Ten Path
Modest apartment 200£ per turn +75 rank Paddingdown
Proper apartment 400£ per turn +150 rank St. Marrowbone
Fashionable apartment 700£ per turn +300 rank Dragoon Mews
Luxurious apartment 1200£ per turn +500 rank Whipweed Place
Required: One simply must ‘put on the dog’ for the biggest event of the season. Proper finery will impress potential dance partners even more than usual.
100£ Basic Frippery (Minor improvement to dance outcomes)
200£ Fashionable Outfit (Modest improvement to dance outcomes)
300£ Luxurious Option (Significant improvement to dance outcomes)
400£ Remarkable Ornamentation (Outstanding improvement to dance outcomes)
Required for those attending the ball.
Three dances will be held at the ball: a Grand March (Introductory, casual), a Double Quadrille (more personal, more difficult), and a Waltz (most personal, most difficult). Select your potential partners for each dance and submit privately via PM to @Bartlebot. In the event that a dance partner is chosen by more than one suitor for a given dance, the partner’s preferences will determine the outcome:
Dance 1 Mary Flowers
Dance 2 Johann Wentworth
Dance 3 Oblate Spheroid
The Citizen Pretenders potentially available for dancing:
Name Likes Dislikes
@Tom_Ratchetcrank ??? ???
@liversnaps-grayson ??? ???
@Qaaxtzl ??? ???
@Rockford_Julius ??? ???
@Chewseen ??? ???
@Ssskidwish ??? ???
@Eighth ??? ???
Mary Flowers (Space Moose) FSH, Income MIL
Johann Wentworth (Space Human) PER, BUS FSH
Oblate Spheroid (Geometer) MIL, BUS EDU
Harriet Codsworth (Space Piscean) Income, PER FSH
Henry Argyle (Space Human) Rank, EDU BUS
Jasper Milkthistle (Space Human) PER, FSH Rank
Melisande Copse (Space Moose) Rank, FSH Income
James Riptide (Space Lobster) MIL, Rank PER
Lizzy Heliotrope (Holographic) EDU, Income MIL
Madeline Penumbra (Space Human) FSH, PER BUS
Cassie Oceana (Space Lobster) Income, Rank EDU
Richard Forester (Space Moose) BUS, EDU PER
Jasper Rawhide (Space Canine) EDU, Income FSH
Margaret Rockingham (Space Human) EDU, PER BUS
Zoë Thistleheart (Space Lizard) Income, Rank EDU
Charlotte Branchwit (Space Moose) FSH, MIL PER
Although it appears none is needed, a brief reminder to use the Public Ledger to establish your intentions for this season.
In spite of the recent influx of supplies from Britannia Prime, 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