When I first started exploring Fallen London, I wrote:
I spent yesterday in a state of confusion after learning the dark secrets of a friend. My nights are still plagued with nightmares. But now I know that as long as I keep my cheerful goldfish close to hand, I will remain this side of sanity.
This is part of the learning curve for the residents of Fallen London. This is an everyday occurrence in Echo Bazaar.
However, your dreams can take you to other places and if you are not careful, you might find yourself inside the mirror.
There are three ways of entering the Mirror-Marches.
If your Nightmares reach 8 and you are holding a Memory of Light, you will be sent there automatically instead of to a State of Confusion.
You can also look through the Mahogany Mirror at Mrs. Plenty’s Carnival, at the cost of two Memories of Light.
If you enter a State of Confusion and receive the opportunity card A plan occurs, you can pay 7 Fate and take the option to set fire to your mirror, which will move you to the Mirror-Marches.
You will automatically leave the Mirror-Marches when your Nightmares reach zero. You will find yourself back in your lodgings with an increase to Wounds and a decrease to Having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? and you’ll lose 1 Memory of Light.
There are a number of Opportunity Cards which reward a Memory of Light including a number of Having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? events and successful visits to the cellars of the Shuttered Palace.
The Mirror-Marches has its own exclusive storylets and cards, most of which increase or decrease your nightmares.
Each of these mirrors has a minimum amount of Nightmares needed in order to see them. Looking at the frame will decrease your nightmares. All but the wooden frame have mild side-effects.
|Look at the wooden frame||Nightmares 1|
|Look at the iron frame||Nightmares 6||increase in Wounds|
|Look at the silver frame||Nightmares 4||increase to Wounds|
|Look at the brass frame||Nightmares 3||increase to Scandal|
The seductive forest
|Follow the scent of roses||Nightmares 5||decrease to Nightmares||No Effect|
|Follow the scent of water||None||decrease to Nightmares||increase to Nightmares|
The temple complex
|Stay away from the ruins||Nightmares 3||increase to Nightmares|
|Be enticed by the temples||Watchful||decrease to Nightmares|
A familiar scene?
Action: Step through the mirror
Result: Moves you to a State of Confusion
When you leave the State of Confusion you will lose your accumulated Nightmare properties unless you are in possession of Honeyed Laudanum.
Red-bordered cards have a specific effect and use up an action simply by viewing them.
Red Cards Which Decrease Nightmares
|A glimpse of amber||Connected: Rubbery Men 5||increase to Connected: Rubbery Men|
|A glimpse of a church||Connected: The Church 10||increase to Connected: The Church|
|A glimpse of a kiss||Connected: Revolutionaries 5||increase to Hedonist|
|A glimpse of a tavern||Route: Wolfstack Docks I|
|A glimpse of a cat||Connected: Urchins 5|
|A glimpse of silver||Master Thief 1||increase to Shadowy|
|A glimpse of debauchery||Connected: Bohemian 10, Hedonist 5||increase to Bohemian|
|A glimpse of flowers||Heartless 5||decrease to Heartless|
|A glimpse of a devil’s teatime||Connected: Hell 10||increase to Connected: Hell|
|A glimpse of a king||Recurring Dreams: A Game of Chess 10||increase to Watchful|
|A glimpse of brass||Recurring Dreams: Burial of the Dead 5|
|A black cat||Shadowy 48, Nightmares 4||increase to Shadowy|
|A golden cat||Watchful 48||increase to Watchful|
|A spotted cat||Nightmares 4, Route: the Flit 1||increase to Shadowy|
|A striped cat||Persuasive 48, Nightmares 4||increase to Persuasive|
|Night is falling|
Red Cards Which Increase Nightmares
|A forest fire||increase to Wounds|
These cards will not use up an option until you commit to the action, although not all of them will offer a choice.
Cards with Prerequisites
All of these cards decrease Nightmares.
|Listen to the thunder||What the Thunder Said 10|
|A tree of scars|
|Try to read the markings||None|
|Read the markings if you know how||Scholar of the Correspondence 1|
Cards based on Luck
These cards will decrease Nightmares if you are lucky and will have no effect if you are unfortunate.
|Card||Action||Other Effects (if lucky)|
|A green vine||Grasp the vine||10 cryptic clues|
|A shining beetle||Catch the beetle||1 diamond|
|Pick Up the Feather||increase|
|Eat a plum||increase||increase to Unaccountably Peckish|
|Eat some grapes||increase||increase to Wounds|
|Eat some cherries||decrease||decrease to Unaccountably Peckish|
|Orange lilies||Get closer to the lilies||increase||increase to Wounds|
|A snatch of music||Follow the music||increase|
|Purple orchids||Pick an orchid||decrease|
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