Submitted by: David K.
Written by Leveilleur
-=Skills and Effort Points=-
When choosing a profession, you automatically unlock all of that
to level 1. Unlocking any skill outside your profession will cost you 4
and upgrading them will be much more expensive.
Having a skill unlocked allows you to use it regardless of difficulty and
However, you will spend more effort points using a low level skill on a
Traits are permanent skill bonuses awarded to you for completing certain
during the storyline.
Talents unlock various bonuses. Keep an eye on them, especially those
items use or related to skills you are well-versed in.
Manuscripts are collected in-game during exploration. You can select one to
the start of each quest, granting you a permanent skill bonus. Manuscripts
each other from one quest to the next.
Items can be used at any time during the game, even (and especially) during
and confrontations. If you use more than four items during one quest,
will gain a debuff and will no longer be able to see any dialogue or action
until the quest is complete.
 Royal Jelly restores two effort points and is hotkeyed to 1.
 Golden Elixir cures any debuff you have and is hotkeyed to 2.
 Devil’s Thorn will highlight dialogue options a NPC is immune or
and is hotkeyed to 3.
 Carmelite Water reduces the effort points costs of your next skill to
0, and is
hotkeyed to [4.]
The game is divided in episodes, each of them divided in quests. You get an
to level up and prepare at the start of each quest, then a summary of your
failures, and missed opportunities at the end.
-=Exploration, Opportunities, and Confrontations=-
The gameplay itself can be divided in three phases: exploration,
Exploration phases are self-explanatory. You are encouraged to use them to
NPC, explore the Manor, and stock up on items and information, unless your
quest is time-sensitive.
Opportunities show up during cutscenes and, provided you have the
will highlight several elements with an interaction marker. Clicking on the
interaction marker before the time limit expires nets you additional
Confrontations are crucial dialogues sequences during which you will have
to make your
case, convince, reassure, or otherwise threaten other characters. They
towards your progress in the game, your character’s survival, and the
-=Build a Decent Skillset=-
Your starting profession will not carry you very far into the game. I would
levelling some of your profession’s skills to level 2, based on what you
find the most
useful, in order to get the effort points discount, but after that you
in other skills.
Linguistics, Occultism, and Subterfuge are good observation skills,
allowing you to
translate foreign texts or understand foreign NPCs, gain insight into the
mysteries, and picking locks or noticing traps.
Psychology, Conviction, and Manipulation are good interaction skills,
allowing you to
read some NPCs’ behavior, and convince or manipulate them to do your
Keep in mind that NPCs all have immunities, and a level 1 skill can save
you in a tight
-=Make Use of Your Items=-
You will probably find a lot of consummables if you explore the game at
least a little.
Royal Jellies should be used as little as possible, preferably at the end
of a quest
when you no longer have to worry about the debuff associated with using too
consummables. It’s a good idea to stock up on them until your inventory is
only eat one if your effort points are getting low and you just found
you can’t pick up. Otherwise, they only give you two points back and
shouldn’t be your
Devil’s Thorns should be used during confrontations or difficult dialogues
you know nothing about. The game will punish you for hitting on a character’s
so don’t take too many chances.
Carmelite Water is your go-to item for high difficulty skill checks
belonging to other
professions. Never spend more than 3 effort points on a skill check unless
-=Explore Whenever You Can=-
Be aware that the game has hidden timers. If you need to rescue someone,
it’s most likely a good idea to do it before anything else.
Interacting with everything is often mostly safe. Don’t stick your hands in
traps and don’t insult NPCs to their faces, but do break into other
to discover their filthy secrets.
The game has many small chests and containers containing consummables,
which you can
obtain using vigilance or subterfuge. I would advice against using any
on them. Keep in mind that you will be able unlock most of them with level
-=Everyone is Your Friend, and Also Your Enemy=-
Blindly trusting others with your secrets is a bad idea. Treating everyone
untrustworthy threats is an even worse idea. You generally want to appear
and trusting to other characters, until you get familiar with the intrigue
your own playstyle.