Hallowmas 2021: Face Your Shame

By Hannah Flynn, October 25, 2021 · Fallen London


A damp fog fills London’s streets. Londoners of all stripes lurk in its concealment: masked, cloaked, triply hidden. It is the season of Hallowmas, of the commission and purging of sin. Londoners seek out the Attendants – the masked representatives of the Bazaar – to be shriven.

The end of October is upon us, and with it, another Hallowmas comes to Fallen London, starting today: a free festival, open to all Londoners.

This year, Hallowmas will take place from today, 25th October, until the 8th of November.

You will be able to glimpse your Destiny from today.

After the festival closes on the 8th, you’ll be able to turn in confessions and claim rewards until the 15th.

Your Presence is Awaited

  • Go masked to exclusive Hallowmas parties. Each mask unlocks a particular revel, with its own unique opportunities.
  • Raise your wounds, suspicion and nightmares, and unburden yourself to the seven Attendants.
  • Expose certain of your Companions to the sights of Hallowmas and leave them changed.

Confessions will be released for free during the Festival, and also available to buy for Fate. You will receive a maximum of 14 free Confessions (some in week one, and more in week two).

There are six types of Confession in total. Confessions can be unlocked on the Streets of London: Hallowmas 1899 card, and traded with other players to achieve the combination you desire. This year, all types of confessions will be available from the outset of the festival.

In order to make a trade with someone else in Fallen London, you will need to add them as an acquaintance, either by visiting their profile page and clicking ‘add contact’ or by typing in their character name during the trade.

What’s different this year?

We have some new and returning delights in store for you.

Confess your sins: A new companion, the Rubbery Newcomer can be encountered at the onset of Hallowmas this year, and upgraded through Confessions.

This year, we’ve broadened what a Hallowmas confession can give you. Unburdening yourself to an attendant might give you an item other than a companion, or require an item other than a companion. In those cases, the reward item is an addition, not an upgrade – you’ll keep the original item or companion. In total, seven new Companions and two other new items are available through Confession this year.

We’ve also brought some fan favourite companions from years past back into the confession rotation this year. Say hello again to the Ex-Privateer Illuminator, Consummate Wallflower, Morally and Physically Flexible Rubbery Cat, and Haunted Goldfish.

Don your mask: Hallowmas masks are now wearable items that confer powerful attribute bonuses to your character, for the duration of the event. Wearing your mask will also allow you to see the opportunity card that leads to one of the Hallowmas masquerades – which now appears at a higher frequency than before.

The Demon mask has fallen out of fashion for this year. The Moth and Crown masks return with new art. They are joined by a new mask: the Infant, which will lead you to an all-new masquerade.

At the end of Hallowmas, those masks will become souvenir items that are no longer equippable. For Fate, you will be able to purchase a permanent version of the item.

Face your shame: The Silent Shame, previously an attendant, has been elevated to preside over a new masquerade. The Roof Below is held deep in the dangerous Prickfinger Wastes, where the razor-sharp stalagmites might leave your clothes ragged and your skin bloodied.

Inside, guests may learn something of the peculiar practices of the Rubbery Men. Enjoy yourself – you might leave the party feeling like a whole new person.

Raising your Nightmares, Suspicion or Wounds this hallowmas will bring a visitation from the Fool’s Apostate, clearing the Menace and raising your Spirit of Hallowmas. Accruing enough Spirit will bring a visitation at the end of the festival; as usual, up to 2500 Spirit will bring rewards, and any additional amount will uplift you in the ranks of the Knights of Hallowmas.

If you mainly increase your Nightmares or Suspicion, you will be able to obtain a unique item, as in previous years. And a new unique reward is available if you focus on Wounds instead.

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