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A Person of Some Importance (Guide)

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Your influence is felt across London and beyond. Are you destined for greatness?

Note on Old/New Paramount Presence[edit source]


Failbetter has overhauled the requirements for A Paramount Presence. [1] For players who achieved A Paramount Presence before the overhaul, there was a unique storylet available in Unfinished Business in Veilgarden until 3rd June 2020, which granted the Diamondred.png Paramount Presence of the Ancient Regime quality, to recognise that they achieved Paramount Presence the old way (this quality was automatically given to all eligible players who hadn't claimed it by the time the storylet disappeared).

The new system removes the need to use Notability to overcap main stats. Instead you merely need to raise the caps on the main attributes and then just raise them up to their new level normally.

Intro[edit source]

Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance (PoSI) is a measure of your importance in London. It has 4 levels:

  1. Keyhole1.png A Person of Some Little Consequence
  2. Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance
  3. Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance Tier 2
  4. Diamond.png A Paramount Presence

Higher tiers unlock new and exciting professions, locations, equipment, and much more.

Becoming A Person of Some Importance[edit source]

Raising your main attributes to 100[edit source]


To begin becoming a Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance, at least one of your Main Attributes (Fox.png Persuasive, Owl.png Watchful, Bear.png Dangerous, and Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy) needs to be higher than 100. However, the game checks your modified level, so boosts from equipment do count.

As soon as you've reached 100 in one Attribute, a new card can start appearing.

Attribute Card
Fox.png Persuasive 100 A possible coincidence
Bear.png Dangerous 100 A curious coincidence
Owl.png Watchful 100 Almost certainly not a coincidence
Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy 100 Probably not a coincidence

This card will give you a new quality Keyhole1.png A Person of Some Little Consequence and direct you to Your Lodgings.

Keyhole1.png A Person of Some Little Consequence[edit source]


Once you arrive at Your Lodgings, you will be introduced to the Ambitious Barrister, who believes you have what it takes to become Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance. After a nice cup of tea (probably fungal, but it tastes delicious), she will take you for a walk around London.

Proving your Worth[edit source]

After a nice cup of fungal tea (hopefully with fungal crackers), you will need to visit 4 key locations around London and prove you're known there. These locations are, in order:

Location Storylet
Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill A Stroll around the Hill
Veilgarden.png Veilgarden A wander through Veilgarden
Spite.png Spite A tour of Spite
Ladybones.png Ladybones Road A walk down Ladybones Road

To proceed, you will need to have at least a level of 100 in each Main Attribute. Note that for each storylet, only the one Attribute being tested needs to be at 100, and this can include equipment modifiers. Therefore, you can complete this section well before reaching a base level of 100 in all four Attributes.

Wardrobe, Lodgings, and Connections[edit source]

After you've proven your worth in each of those locations, four new cards will start appearing around London, each with requirements to satisfy. You only have to play through one of these cards to proceed, and all but one of the cards has multiple options for completion. There is also an option on some of the cards to spend Fate to bypass the requirements.

A matter of the wardrobe

A respectable address

A little hideaway

Friends and acquaintances

After you've proven your worth, you need to return to Your Lodgings.

Sufficient Importance[edit source]


While you've proven that you have power, the Ambitious Barrister still questions what you've done yourself, and you'll need to satisfy one of these sets of requirements:

Having proven one last time that you're indeed important, she gives you a Shaper's Pass which allows you to enter the Bazaar Side-streets.

A Morning for Business[edit source]

Once you have time in your (no doubt) busy schedule to visit the side-streets, she gives you some explanation about what it means to be a PoSI and helps you acquire a Velocipede. This requires Document.png 1 x Bazaar Permit and Torsowhite.png 1 x Strong-Backed Labour, which you can get in the Bazaar Side-streets if you don't have them already.

Once you've acquired this transport, a new storylet will appear called Are we Done? Clicking Wait – one moment – reruns the tutorial. However, the option you want is You understand; this will remove Keyhole1.png A Person of Some Little Consequence and give you Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance.

You're done[edit source]

And that's that; you're now Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance.

Q: But, but... what does that mean? What does it add?
A: Well, that's what the rest of this Guide is about.

Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance[edit source]


You're Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance now, but what does that actually mean? Well, the short answer is: a lot. The long answer is...

Unfinished Business[edit source]

Reaching PoSI status will unlock a new storylet in all locations you visited with the Ambitious Barrister. These storylets are:

All of these have options which require multiple Actions and will give you large amounts of raw resources.

Expanded Inventory[edit source]


You'll also be able to fill up the slots in the expanded section of your inventory (Affiliation, Transport, Home Comfort, Ship, Spouse, and Club). Items in these slots tend to give Sidebarbizarre.png Bizarre, Sidebardreaded.png Dreaded, or Sidebarrespectable.png Respectable (collectively referred to as BDR), and a small stat boost. For more information on these qualities and the equipment that bestows them, refer to Bizarre, Dreaded, Respectable (Guide).

Equipment for the expanded slots will most of the time be acquired by drawing the right card and then crafting the item in the Bazaar.png Bazaar Side-streets.

Gold Cards[edit source]

Once you've become a PoSI, you'll start drawing new gold bordered cards. They'll have a small item requirement and will unlock a new storylet in Bazaar.png Bazaar Side-streets to get that piece of Equipment. These will require PoSI Items, however.

PoSI Items[edit source]


Becoming a PoSI will unlock a wide range of items such as a Dance.png Night on the Town. These items are required for the crafting of new equipment such as Bluestocking.png Membership of God's Editors.

All these items can be acquired in Bazaar Side-streets. However, they're also obtainable in places like Wilmot's End, by Fighting a War of Assassins or accepting A Polite Invitation. These repeatable carousels usually cost more actions but a lot less raw resources.

For more information on grinding PoSI items, refer to PoSI Item Crafting (mobile view).

Acquiring a Ship[edit source]

Wolfstackdocks port.png

One of the most important things to do once you're a PoSI is to acquire a ship. So clear your agenda and visit Leadbeater & Stainrod in Waves.png Wolfstack Docks. Previously they wouldn't see you, but rank hath its privileges. Unfortunately, there appears to be a high demand for ships (we are on the edge of a massive underground Zee, after all), and there is a six-year wait for new ships. The Naval Architect decides to help you, however, out of the goodness of his heart (or to get a favour from London's rising star). He informs you that before you can even think about getting a Ship, you'll need to do some basic preparations.

Preparations[edit source]


Before you can even think about acquiring a ship, you'll need a variety of documentation, supplies, and assistance:

Now that you're finished with the basic preparations, you can choose a ship to acquire.

Choosing a Ship[edit source]


There are 4 different ships to choose from in London (technically 5, but Claderyheart.png The Cladery Heart was only available if you backed the Sunless Sea Kickstarter with Navigator or higher [2]). You can only have one ship at a time, an each have their own pros and cons.

  • The Rusty Tramp Steamer is really cheap and doesn't require high stats. It is, however, also the only one that doesn't have a special opportunity while zailing.
  • The Swift Zee-clipper costs a lot more than Tramp Steamer, but has an unique card which allows you to arrive faster at your destination.
  • The Zubmarine allows you to travel underwater and evade dangers. It requires a lot of PoSI Items, as well as either Bookbrown.png Copy of your Tale of the Future or Library.png A Scholar of the Correspondence 3, and high Watchful.
  • The Majestic Pleasure Yacht is by far the hardest to acquire. You'll need massive amounts of raw resources, including lots of PoSI items, and have to pass a Watchful Challenge, a Shadowy Challenge, and a 30% luck check, and you'll lose a lot of those resources when you fail.

Note: The Zubmarine and the Yacht are the only ones which give BDR.

So which should you choose? The Steamer and the Zee-clipper are good choices for a first ship. The Zubmarine and the Yacht are better left for later, when you have the resources to pursue them.

Sidebarnotability.png Notability[edit source]


While Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance measures if you are someone important in Fallen London, Sidebarnotability.png Notability measures just how important. Basically, how big is your Bookbrown.png Entry in Slowcake's Exceptionals?

Buy Slowcake's Exceptionals today to know who is important. Slowcake's Exceptionals, judging people since the Fall.
(Slowcake's Exceptionals is sold by Nikolas Pawnbrokers, Bazaar)

Once you have an entry in Slowcake's Exceptionals, you can increase your Notability on the card A visit from Slowcake's Amanuensis. This requires you to have enough Sidebarmakingwaves.png Making Waves and BDR, however.

Making Waves[edit source]

Making Waves is the impression you have made upon London. Impressions are fleeting, however, and Time, the Healer will halve it every week. Making Waves can be raised in a wide array of ways. See Making Waves (Guide) for details.

BDR[edit source]

BDR is an abbreviation of Sidebarbizarre.png Bizarre, Sidebardreaded.png Dreaded and Sidebarrespectable.png Respectable. The higher your BDR, the lower your Making Waves needs to be before you can increase Notability. BDR is mainly gained from Items.

See Bizarre, Dreaded, Respectable (Guide) for details on the best way to raise BDR.

Raising Notability[edit source]


Once your BDR + Making Waves is high enough, you can increase your Notability on the A visit from Slowcake's Amanuensis card. This will also require a Bookbrown.png Entry in Slowcake's Exceptionals.

If you have at least one point of Notability, and enough BDR + Making Waves, you can also immediately draw the card in your Lodgings on Attend to Matters of Society!

The formula for the cost to raise your Notability is: [20 - (B+D+R) + 4 * N].

Uses of Notability[edit source]

The two primary uses for Notability when you're Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance are to unlock advanced Professions and to become a Tier 2 PoSI.

Advanced Professions[edit source]


Once you have at least one point of Sidebarnotability.png Notability, you will start drawing An Unsigned Message. Among the options on this card are opportunities to raise your Profession.

  • Tier 1 Professions to Tier 2: Costs 2 Sidebarnotability.png Notability and some items
  • Tier 2 Professions to Tier 3: Costs 5 Sidebarnotability.png Notability and some items

See Professions (Guide) for the profession branches, and check the individual pages for the item cost of advancing it.

Losing Notability[edit source]


As a Tier 1 Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance, there are only a handful of ways to lose Notability:

  1. If your Making Waves is lower than your Notability when Time, the Healer comes, your Notability will be reduced by 1
  2. Throwing the Amanuensis out of your Lodgings
  3. Being arrested when your Criminal Record is 5 or higher
  4. Using your Entry to help Dr F____ or Fund the production of a notorious new ballet
  5. Closing an Orphanage or Salon
  6. Eloping, holding A hasty wedding or A hurried riverside ceremony

You may also spend varying amounts of Sidebarnotability.png Notability to advance your Profession; to advance Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance to Tier 2; to upgrade 4-card lodgings in A Sundered Sea at Christmas; to obtain a Vial of Tears of the Bazaar or Vial of Masters' Blood from the Portly Sommelier; to Insist on Favourable Circumstances; or to give another player a point of Notability.

Becoming a tier 2 Person of Importance[edit source]


Once you have a level of 200 (unmodified) in one of your Main Attributes (Fox.png Persuasive,Owl.png Watchful, Bear.png Dangerous, or Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy), you can become a Tier 2 Person of Some Importance. There are 4 different types of Tier 2 PoSI, depending on the Attribute in which you have a level of 200. Advancement to this level of importance happens in the starting location associated with that Attribute, and requires a specific piece of equipment.

Attribute Quality Item Area
Owl.png Watchful An Extraordinary Mind Smockpockets.png Smock of Four Thousand Three Hundred and Eight Pockets Ladybones.png Ladybones Road
Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy An Invisible Eminence Gloamfoam.png Tub of Gloam-Foam Spite.png Spite
Bear.png Dangerous A Shattering Force Riflesharpshooter.png Infernal Sharpshooter's Rifle Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill
Fox.png Persuasive A Legendary Charisma Gownparabola.png Parabola-Linen Frock or Suitparabola.png Parabola-Linen Suit Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

Advancement will cost 5 Sidebarnotability.png Notability.

Tier 2 Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance[edit source]


Once you're a Tier 2 PoSI, you'll still be able to do everything you already could, with the addition of three new things:

Advancing your Lodgings[edit source]


As a Tier 2 PoSI, you can upgrade a 4-card lodging to a 5-card lodging (at a rather immense cost) on the card associated with the lodging at any time of year.

Giving Masterclasses[edit source]


You are now capable of giving a Masterclass in your specialized Attribute to a player who has less than 100 in that Attribute. This will give them a large boost in that Attribute and grant you some Making Waves.

Losing Tier 2[edit source]


You can set your Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance back to Tier 1 in Your Lodgings by choosing the storylet Attend to Matters of Society! and the option A Reputation of Some Importance: Another Way. This will cost you 12 Notability. Why you would do that? Because it's the only way to choose a new Specialization, and therefore to raise all Attributes to 215. And that is necessary for the ultimate achievement: A Paramount Presence!

Becoming A Paramount Presence! [edit source]


Overcapping (the new way)[edit source]

Main Guide: Raising Attribute Caps (Guide)
The new system instead requires you to do various quests involving the new content (Railway, Parabola, Lab) to get the main stat caps raised to 212 and then raise them up to that level in the same way as before 200. Once you've reached 212 in a stat and have the associated tier 2 PoSI you can proceed in the same way as before the overhaul.

Overcapping (the old way)[edit source]

Wiki note: Outdated and no longer applies to the game.
To become A Paramount Presence! you first need to overcap all your Attributes to 215. This involves choosing a specialization (for 5 Notability), overcapping the Attribute to 215 (for 15 Notability), and then un-specializing (for 12 Notability). And you need to do this 4 times! Once you have overcapped a Attribute to 215 a new option will appear under Unfinished Business in each associated location to obtain a new quality, which will require endgame-level achievements.

London's Innards[edit source]

Attribute Quality Storylet
Owl.png Watchful Skullbrass.png London's Nerves Unfinished Business in Ladybones Road
Sidebarshadowy.png Shadowy Furtivehand.png London's Marrow Unfinished Business in Spite
Bear.png Dangerous Skeleton.png London's Sinew Unfinished Business in Watchmaker's Hill
Fox.png Persuasive Keygold.png London's Blood Unfinished Business in Veilgarden

The following are the options for obtaining each level of these qualities. Obtaining each quality costs 11 Sidebarnotability.png Notability; the branch requires 12, and you're left with 1 afterwards.

London's Sinew[edit source]

Option Required Quality
The ultimate thrill Candlebloodred.png 50 x Memento of Violence Skeleton.png London's Sinew 1 - Delight in Death!
A desire for freedom Liberationofnight.png Advancing the Liberation of Night 40 Skeleton.png London's Sinew 2 - The Deadly force of Freedom
The advancement of my friends Sidebarinfluence.png Influence 90 Skeleton.png London's Sinew 3 - A true companion!

London's Blood[edit source]

London's Marrow[edit source]

Option Required Quality
Wealth Banknotes.png 1,000,000 x Penny (10,000 Echoes) Furtivehand.png London's Marrow 1 - Money, Money, Money
Treasures Black.png 1 x Breath of the Void

Scrap5.png 1 x Veils-Velvet Scrap
Note.png 1 x Rumourmonger's Network
Shipbig.png 1 x Reported Location of a One-Time Prince of Hell

Furtivehand.png London's Marrow 2 - Jewels in your crown
Recognition Manacles.png Renown: Criminals 50

Constablebadge.png Renown: Constables 50

Furtivehand.png London's Marrow 3 - Known to None and All

London's Nerves[edit source]

Known to All[edit source]

St mountains.png

You are known by all London. To some you are notorious, to others famous. You are feared and envied and hated and adored. You are not universally liked, but every soul is in awe of you. Are you, perhaps, the greatest of Londoners?

Once you've obtained all four qualities mentioned above, a new universal storylet will appear called Known to All. Simply clicking on Accept the recognition that is your due will set your Diamond.png A Person of Some Importance to A Paramount Presence! Congratulations, you did it!

A Paramount Presence![edit source]

Congratulations on your achievement!

Your name will be remembered, long after London is forgotten beneath the Sixth City. Perhaps it will even be whispered in the Seventh. Beyond then - well, it hardly matters, does it?

By becoming A Paramount Presence, you've unlocked the ability to Teach London, which has two benefits:

Apart from that, A Paramount Presence! doesn't do that much. Of course, the real reward is the fact that you made an immense achievement most people haven't. You have completed something that some people would think impossible. Once again, my congratulations on reaching this level! I raise my glass of fungal wine in a toast to your Paramount Presence!

(don't forget to add your name to the list [3] and post on Reddit [4]so we can congratulate you!)