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The Frequently Deceased

by Emily Short profile and Failbetter Games

Episode 11 of Fallen London Exceptional Stories

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About the Story

A family of promising youngsters have killed their Governess again. This time, she hasn't come back.

Question servants across London. The chief glass-cleaner at the House of Mirrors. The attendants at a honey-den. Your own staff. Keep the children distracted with Enthralling Tales and your least lethal pets.

Find the Unsinkable Governess.

Play An Exceptional Story: Staffing Difficulties to begin.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: February 25, 2016
Current Version: Unknown
License: Commercial
Development System: StoryNexus
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: Unknown
TUID: zyqlzzw2wm2n6rkv


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Search for a governess who has repeatedly died, April 14, 2021
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 2 hours

This was a great Exceptional Story by Fallen London.

When I first wrote reviews, I wrote a lot of dumb things (a habit I have kept to this day). When I first reviewed Bee, I think I wrote that 'Short doesn't write choice games as well as those like Porpentine who exclusively write choice-based games'. (I've since removed it).

The thing is, by now Emily Short is one of the most experienced people out there in Choice-based narratives, and quality-based narratives. This exceptional story, written a few years after Bee, shows complete control and artistry with the medium.

Your character is asked to investigate the disappearance of a governess who had been killed three times already (death being a relatively minor inconvenience in the setting of Fallen London). To learn more about her, you go an a quest across all the main areas of Fallen London, learning more about how servants in every area live and providing insight into a class of people often overlooked in these games.

In addition, the story has very nuanced characters with individual narrative arcs, like the children and the governess herself.

There was a Flash Lay (a randomized pursuit) in the middle of the story which is a mechanic that I think is independent of the main story in terms of content; I found that a little slow and not as interesting as the rest, but I don't think it was developed directly as part of this story.

A fascinating character study and a satisfying mystery.

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