“One cannot have too large a party.”
– Jane Clawsten, Ella
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Turn Deadline: Sun Apr 21 @ 5pm EDT
Courtships continue to be pursued as all lines converge toward matrimony among the striving classes of Weatherby. In the latter half of the spring of 2419 you decide to hold a dinner at your estate for your beloved, your beloved’s family, and a few excellent peers in order to demonstrate your fitness as a possible in-law.
Whispers and rumors continue to be exchanged regarding the maneuverings of New Prussia, the reign of Queen Catherine, and the recent badminton craze. As if that weren’t enough, conversations regarding potential changes in local legislation, the endless rumors regarding the horrifying murthers plaguing the city, and the increase in night patrols by the local constabulary all merit endless discussion. Why, there’s barely a moment left to discuss the appearance of a mysterious investigator, the untimely death of Walleye Crusher, or the taxonomy of sandfish!
Meanwhile, one might expect the following:
Turn 8 plague progress: Great chance for any existing condition to improve, Lousy chance for it to worsen instead.
Turn 8 risks: Average chance for any ‘sketchy’ tract to be contested in court by Weatherby’s Barristers. Contested deeds have an Good 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 8 special risk: Average chance of acquiring the attention of a mysterious adversary.
A Demonstration of Means
[Required] You’ll be inviting several guests to dinner at your estate, specifically the Citizen Pretender that you most hope to pair bond with and their immediate family. To liven the exchange, you will also invite two True Citizens that will liven the discussion around the table and make the event a joy for all involved. You will have to plan the courses as well as see to it that the arrangements are made and the invitations sent out.
The meal plan should be declared thusly: declare the Citizen Pretender that is to be the object of your attention, the cost of each course in the meal plan, and the peers that you hope will join you at the table.
NOTE: Player creativity drives the odds of success/failure in this round. You are each encouraged to plan a memorable event that will assure your intentions are honest, that you are a worthy suitor, and that will impress both your beloved and your invited guests.
An example of a minimal set of orders:
Declare Lizzy Heliotrope Course 1 10 Course 2 30 Course 3 100 Invite @Nightflyer Invite @Hadley
An example of a well-embellished set of orders:
Declare Richard Forester Course 1 10 "A selection of fine sherries" Course 2 30 "Blazeberry and cream soup, served cold" Course 3 40 "Plasma-braised sandfish" Course 4 100 "Lagoderm ribs seasoned with mint, rhubarb, and coriander" Course 5 20 "A selection of light drinking vinegars" Course 6 75 "Dressed whipweed salad" Course 7 15 "Akashic Delight" Invite @MrMonkey Invite @Wisconsin_Platt
Degree of success will be determined by a combination of: current living quarters, overall cost of the feast and supporting details, as well as the liveliness and wit of the invited guests. Hosts will receive 20 points worth of stat bonuses based on their choices. Invitees in particular demand are likely to receive PLUCK. As always, the Public Ledger is open to record your intentions and @Bartlebot is on hand should you require a degree of privacy.
NB: Although the options may seem particularly vague compared to previous turns, this moment is intended to be an opportunity to embellish character and personality as well as inviting dialogue among peers. In the event that the same Citizen Pretender is declared by two or more characters, the invitation from the most favored True Citizen will be accepted. Player-driven Citizen Pretenders will make their own choices, while NPCs will choose based on the dinner plan, letter results, waltz results, as well as likes and dislikes.
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
[Optional] Additional ranks continue to be available for purchase with the funds flowing directly into the kingdom’s coffers. Each rank is incremental instead of cumulative, that is to say: moving from the rank of Ensign to the rank of Lieutenant in the Space Hussars will cost an additional 250£ and yield an additional bonus of MIL+3 an Rank+15. This option will remain available for at least the next 12 months (i.e. at least through Turn 9). For example:
Commission Ensign Space Dragoons
|Commission||Space Hussars||MIL bonus||RANK bonus||Space Dragoons||MIL bonus||RANK bonus|
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
The following neighborhoods are available for rent.
Nature of Quarters Upkeep Effect Neighborhood -------------------- -------------- ---------- -------------- 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
With the plague all but eliminated, several useful restoratives continue to be available for purchase as trusted brands among the public:
5£ Dr. Arbuckle's Whipweed Tonic Wine 10£ Ms. Merrimoose's Soothing Syrup 15£ Franklin Gooseberry's Remarkable Colloidal Seryl