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The Admiralty Survey Office

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The Admiralty Survey Office
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Category Story Event
Data ID 144833

The Admiralty Survey Office is the heart of Fallen London's intelligence efforts. Unfortunately, as the Admiralty's picket fleets and intelligence networks are long gone, the Survey Office has taken to hiring zee-captains to retrieve information in the form of a Port Report.

Story description[edit | edit source]

The Admiralty's picket fleets and intelligence networks are long gone. The Survey Office pays zee-captains a small sum for recent information.

Game note: Visit and investigate ports to gain Port Reports, and trade them in here. The first time you trade in a Port Report, you'll gain Admiralty's Favour.

Trigger conditions[edit | edit source]

Once your SS paperstacksmall.png Favours: Admiralty's Favour is higher than 2, you will speak directly to SS admiralgaz.png The Dark-Spectacled Admiral. Also, you need to have the following:

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Strategic Information!

“What's that? Indeed, indeed! I'll send you up directly to speak to the Admiral himself - ”

Ask if there's anything in particular they need

“Well, if we can be assured of your discretion - ”

“This port - ”

“Speak to our agent there, and return. We'll see that you're rewarded.”

Game note: Visit the port below and return to London. You can check the details in your Journal at any time.

Ask if there's anything in particular they need

“Well, if we can be assured of your discretion - ”

“The Admiral will see you now.”

The Admiral deals directly with more sensitive commissions.

Ask to speak to a higher authority

“Do you have an appointment?”

Not as such...

“Once you've proven yourself, perhaps.”

Game note: Survey three ports and return, to win the Admiralty's approval.

Ask to speak to the Dark-Spectacled Admiral

“Do you have an appointment?”

No appointment, but -

“Hm. Apparently I'm to show you in anyway. Very well.”

Leave the Admiralty

“You don't have anything else for us?”

Done

Out into the foggy street. Turn your collar up.

Port Reports[edit | edit source]

For a grid list, view the Port Report page.

Actions Requirements Effects Notes
Demeaux Island

“You've been to Demeaux's Gate?”

Submitted!
    ( You have seen the place where they have more mushrooms than sense. )

Gaider's Mourn

“You have something to tell us about the pirate fleets of the Forest?”

Submitted!
    ( You have seen the lights and the cliffs. )

Hunter's Keep

“I trust the sisters are keeping well? They are citizens of her Enduring Majesty, notionally.”

Submitted!
    ( An odd place. Best to keep an eye on it. )

Mt Palmerston

“The Brimstone Convention. They trouble me, Captain.”

Submitted!
    ( Description needed )

    SS fuelsmall.png +1 x Fuel

Port Cecil

“The Principles of Coral. I have no idea why anyone thought that settlement was a good idea.”

Submitted!
    ( Your visit to Port Cecil has been confirmed by the Admiralty Records Office )

    SS fuelsmall.png +1 x Fuel

Quaker's Haven

“Been trying the original Rubbery Lumps, have we?”

Submitted!
    ( Your visit to Quaker's Haven has been confirmed by the Admiralty Records Office )

    SS fuelsmall.png +1 x Fuel

Quaker's Haven

“They're getting along that well, you say? Hm...”

Submitted!
    ( Your visit to Quaker's Haven has been confirmed by the Admiralty Records Office )

    SS fuelsmall.png +1 x Fuel

Quaker's Haven

The Admiral doesn't open your report. He merely waves over an underling; she pays you, and escorts you swiftly from the office.

Submitted!
    ( Your visit to Quaker's Haven has been confirmed by the Admiralty Records Office )

    SS fuelsmall.png +1 x Fuel

Quaker's Haven

“They were always a funny lot. Probably got their comeuppance.”

Submitted!
    ( Your visit to Quaker's Haven has been confirmed by the Admiralty Records Office )

    SS fuelsmall.png +1 x Fuel

Quaker's Haven

“Mutton Island's our problem, now. I'm sure order will be restored in due course.”

    ( Your visit to Quaker's Haven has been confirmed by the Admiralty Records Office )

    SS fuelsmall.png +1 x Fuel

Quaker's Haven

“We are well informed of the situation. Painfully well informed. Thank you, though.”

Submitted!
    ( Your visit to Quaker's Haven has been confirmed by the Admiralty Records Office )

    SS fuelsmall.png +1 x Fuel

Godfall

“Pirate-monks. I honestly have no idea what we're supposed to do about pirate-monks. What are they up to?”

Report submitted!
Venderbight

“What have the nearly-dead been up to, then?”

Submitted!
    ( Your visit to Venderbight has been confirmed by the Admiralty Records Office )

    SS fuelsmall.png +1 x Fuel

Whither

“I refuse to ask any questions. I don't want to give them the satisfaction.”

Submitted!
    ( Your visit to Whither has been confirmed by the Admiralty Records Office )

    SS fuelsmall.png +1 x Fuel

Hunter's Keep's End

“I trust the sisters are keeping well? They are citizens of her Enduring Majesty, notionally.”

Open shock

“This is - ghastly news. The poor girls. We had warned them they weren't safe, but it had been so long, I thought - well, it's done. Thank you. I will have to look into the matter of a supply post - ”

    ( Your visit to Hunter's Keep has been confirmed by the Admiralty Records Office )

    SS fuelsmall.png +1 x Fuel

Shepherd Isles: submit as fact

“We do hear some peculiar tales of that place.”

Failed event
You are met with scepticism

“Mm. Mm. Candidly, I'm not sure why you saw fit to trouble us with this nonsense. Is there anything else?”

Successful event
“Good heavens!”

“Here is your payment. This is quite extraordinary. I must rush this upstairs immediately. One moment.”

Shepherd Isles: submit as unsubstantiated hearsay

“We do hear some unlikely tales of that place.”

Friendly scoffing

“I agree: it does seem implausible. So many of the stories from that place do. Still, there is a little gold of truth in the mud of rumour, from time to time. Your payment, Captain.”

Nuncio

“Ah. Yes. The place that lures away postmen. One hears no end of complaints from the Postal Service.”

Report submitted!
Station III

“Excuse me. Just let me call a colleague in - ”

Omitted

“This is my colleague Mr Villein, of the Ministry of Public Decency. Mr Villein, this good captain's report is here. If you would care to - yes, the fire is already lit. Let us - there we go. Now only ashes remain, and it might have caused such a lot of trouble.”

“Thank you, Captain. We appreciate your discretion. Here is your payment. You need not trouble yourself further in this affair.”

Abbey Rock

“We categorise it as a military installation, you know. Although that has occasioned some quite vigorous debate.”

Submitted!
The Cumaean Canal

“Well, if you've been there, I suppose we may as well hear about it. The fee is nominal, though.”

Submitted!
Pigmote Isle

“I'm not certain I heard you correctly.”

Report submitted!

“Are you quite certain this is the report you wish to make? So be it.”

Chapel of Lights

“There's something about the Unterzee that breeds heresy and dissent. I rather think we might need to send the Bishop of Southwark out for a good bit of Christian shouting.”

Report submitted!
Avid Horizon

“I hope you intend to tell me that everything is quiet there?”

Report submitted!
Khan's Heart

“Been to the Salt Steppes, eh? Yes, this kind of material is always of interest. How a nation could be so barbarian and so decadent at once is beyond me. But they're terribly dangerous.”

Report submitted!
The Uttershroom

“You've spent time in Myceligaea? Dear me. I am most terribly sorry.”

Submitted!
The Iron Republic

“Excuse me. I need to unlock this. And this. Oops, and this. Could you place your report inside - ? Yes, I imagine someone will read it, eventually. There's always someone.”

“Wait - ”

“This is blank. Yes, both sides. No no, I assure you - no, I know, these things happen in the Republic. Consider this an ex gratia payment to cover your costs.”

Rare event (38%)
VOOOMF

“I... no, I didn't expect that to happen. Well, perhaps it's for the best. Some reports should not be reported. No, no, don't concern yourself. This was my third-best suit, and the Admiralty offers a modest allowance for document-related damage. Perhaps it's best if you leave now, though. Good day.”

The Mangrove College

“Oh yes. The muddy philosophers. Do tell.”

Submitted!
Saviour's Rocks

“Goodness. We don't often hear news from there. Screaming, sometimes.”

Report submitted!

“How curious. No spiders at all, they say? They are indeed blessed!”

Saviour's Rocks

“Goodness. We don't often hear news from there. Screaming, sometimes.”

Report submitted!

“Destroyed, you say? A tragedy. My wife and I did so enjoy their silken unmentionables...”

Isle of Cats

“And what does the so-called Pirate-King have to say for himself, these days?”

Report Submitted!

“Ye-es, well. We did rather know about his rose gardens. Not good news that they're prospering though - really should have nipped it in the, if you'll allow me, bud. Ha. And trading with the Khanate? With the Iron Republic? Bother. I may have to have a meeting about this ...”

Polythreme

“The King with a Hundred Hearts. What a useful fellow. Without his exports, I'd be delivering my own coal.”

Report submitted!
Visage

“Ah, the island that looks up. I don't suppose you found out what it's staring at.”

Report submitted!
Empire of Hands

“Oh, goodness. What are those accursed monkeys up to these days? You didn't bring any of them back with you, did you?”

Report submitted!

“Such a ghastly place.” A pause. “You know, there was somebody here asking about it only recently. Delightful lady, as I recall. Most delightful. Yes. I shall take the liberty of forwarding her your address...”

Game note: Something new awaits in your Lodgings.

Empire of Hands

“Oh, goodness. What are those accursed monkeys up to now? Don't let the Revenue Men catch you trading with them.”

Report submitted!

“I do wonder what it was that they did. Everyone says that they know, but I must confess to being curious as to what it was. Oh, well. I'm sure their lordships had reason.”

Rare event (50%)
Report submitted!

“Wildweald Court? When I started here, it was the Court Eternal. Then the Amaranthine Palace. Then Soulharbour. Then... I do wish they would make up their blasted minds. The filing is most annoying.”

Port Carnelian

“You know, I sometimes wonder whether that place was a good idea. I didn't say that.”

Report submitted!
Frostfound

“Is it as beautiful as they say? I doubt it. Poets are notorious liars. But liars make bad poets. A paradox, isn't it? Never mind! Your report?”

Report submitted!
Aestival

“I had always wondered if it might be a myth - ”

Report submitted!
The Chelonate

“Is it still as revolting as they say? What about the smell?”

Report submitted!
Codex

“Exiled for giving answers. That's Whither for you. Anything new?”

Report submitted!
The Fathomking's Hold

“What's the old monster up to now?”

Report submitted!
Grand Geode

“The Grand - yes. Yes, of course, we're generally quite well-informed on that topic, but since you're here, perhaps you may as well let us know what your own impressions were - ”

Report submitted!

The Admiralty official takes notes scrupulously, but with an expression of mild terror, like a novice vivisector wincing with a scalpel. The rest of the office studiously busy themselves with other tasks.

Khan's Shadow

“Oh, these are always fun! Come on, let's hear it.”

Report submitted!

Other officials gather round to hear your tales of bloodshed and debauchery - and the jokes about the Khan that the Shadow produces so efficiently and so entertainingly. The one about the Khan and the donkey produces a roar of patriotic laughter, and encourages the Deputy Recorder to unlock the departmental drinks cabinet.

Wisdom

“Brrr. Did the oracles look hungry?”

Report submitted!
Varchas

“The Mirrored City, eh? Still think we're the barbarians, do they?”

Report submitted!
Varchas

“Trouble afoot in the City of Light, hm?”

Report submitted!
Varchas

“You look troubled, I must say. What's happening out there?”

Report submitted!
Irem

“Oh God. Oh God. What tense is it written in? Oh God. Look, just read it to my colleague here. He'll give you your fee. I'll be over there when you're done.”

Report submitted!
Adam's Way

“‘The Elder Continent’. Hmph. Elder than what? Pile of Mithridate nonsense, if you ask me.”

Report submitted!
Kingeater's Castle

“Ah. Despair's fastness.”

Report submitted!
The Salt Lions

“The Bazaar has always taken an interest in that place.”

Report submitted!
Rosegate

“I bought his cigars when he was still in London. What's he doing down there?”

Report submitted!
Aigul

“Ah, Station Six. One hears strange stories.”

Report submitted!
Hideaway

“A city on a what?”

Report submitted!
Dahut

“Oh, the Admiral collects these. Did you ask a Drownie to marry you?”

Report submitted!
The Gant Pole

“You're saying you've been... where?”

Report submitted!

Here they come - the smirking requests from every Captain in the place, all wanting to know if you've found their lost pocketwatches. By the time the clerk pays up, it's clear he's paying more for the amusement than the information.

Nook

“So, you've been to the great Maw, have you?”

Report submitted!

"No clothes at all? Wild orgies? Fights to the death in the... the altogether?" The secretary glows crimson as he stares at your report. "Tell me everything. Slowly.

Low Barnet

“Ah, yes. The congregation that worships stories. What did they tell you?”

Report submitted!
Anthe

“Are you half stone now, by any chance?”

Report submitted!
Wrack

“What can you tell us of those wretches?”

Report submitted!
The Undercrow

“Nothing more than moths, I trust?”

Report submitted!
Scrimshander

“First-hand report from the depths of history, eh? Nothing too candid, I trust.”

Report submitted!
Story events
A New RecruitInvitation to a BeheadingAn Inspection by the Ministry of Public DecencyReturning to LondonThe First ClueThe House of the QuestionThe Revenue MenThe Rose and TigerThe Trouble with Tomb-ColonistsThe Vengeance of JonahThe Venturer's PassageThe Web of StoneThe Wisp-WaysYour Father's Bones: A Cold Trail (event)Your Father's Bones: the Next Step