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A loved one is dead. Their murderer must be found, wherever they may hide.

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Unlocked with

Main Attribute: Owl Watchful and Bear Dangerous

Substories related to the main AmbitionEdit


First stepsEdit

The Forgotten QuarterEdit

The Shuttered PalaceEdit

The Tomb-Colony of VenderbightEdit

Back in London:Edit

In the Iron Republic:Edit

Back in London:Edit

Remembering Lilac:Edit

The Book of Red MurderEdit

A Cardinal Sin (Midnight's Honey)Edit

Fixing the MirrorEdit

Through ParabolaEdit

Finale/Climax: Mr. Cups' SanctumEdit


(Editor's Note: If you have noticed the missing colons, these titles are exactly what they are in-game at this time of writing. Failbetter's writers did not exactly do their Quality Assurance well for this phase of the Ambition.)


The following message arrives if you killed your nemesis:

Time has passed since you murdered Mr Cups, and there has been neither hue nor cry. [..] Perhaps your identity remains unknown, or perhaps the other Masters are glad to see an end to Cups' schemes. But something nags at you [..] You have forgotten something. Maybe you can refresh your memory at your lodgings.

  • Nemesissmall An occurrence! Your 'Ambition: Nemesis' Quality is now 999!

This is followed by:

The following message arrives if you spared your nemesis:

An invitation on black vellum appears for you. It is hand-delivered by the Shivering Relicker, on her ruined cart, to your door. The text is in silver-leaf. It reads simply: "The Forgotten Quarter. The Amphitheater. All is prepared.

  • Nemesissmall An occurrence! Your 'Ambition: Nemesis' Quality is now 2000!

This is followed by:

Long-Term RewardsEdit

You get to hire the Esurient Smith.

  • Hire in the Esurient Smith: The Esurient Smith is good at any project involving metals. His greater value is his Parabolan-self, which grants the most amount of Parabola Parabolan Research from Parabolan-selves of research assistants at this time of writing.

There are also the rewards that come every four weeks.

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