The £150 pledge level for Cultist Simulator includes this promise:
"I will answer one question about the lore of any game I've worked on, including this one, as long as it's not NDA-protected. The question must be asked on or before March 21st, 2021."
Three dozen backers so far have pledged at this level or higher.
[Notes from AK! Here are the guidelines I sent to Prophets:
"GIFTS. If you want to pass your question on to someone else, feel free! I'll need a mail from your original backer address to confirm."
"DOMAINS. I can talk about Fallen London, Sunless Sea, Cultist Simulator, Noon, the Horizon Signal DLC, and some very limited snippets about Zubmariner and Sunless Skies (see below). I can talk about Dragon Age, but only to clarify my understanding of information already in the public domain, or about The Last Court. I can talk about minor or cancelled or hypothetical other projects, like Black Crown (though I didn't write it) or Dandelion (which almost no-one knows about), or even Sunlight and Shadow, if you really want. :)"
"ERAS. I can't speak to anything that came out of Failbetter after June 2016, when I left. I wrote the original outline and port list for Zubmariner, so I can talk about that, but none of the actual content. I wrote a brief pitch for what became Sunless Skies back in 2015, so I guess I could talk about that original pitch, but the folks have taken it in several different directions, and I have no information about the current state of the game. Remember that things change in fictional worlds, and Failbetter will have clarified or amended or improved on my original intentions in Fallen London in some places."
"THE MANNER OF ASKING. This has to be a straightforward question, not an essay or a FOI query. I can answer a question like 'Why did the Bazaar choose this spot to set up shop?' or 'How many Gods-from-Nowhere are there?' I can't answer a question like 'What is the Bazaar's nature, purpose, origin and agenda?' or 'What are the names of all the Hours?' If you find yourself phrasing the question as if you were trying to outwit a wish-granting demon, you'll probably want to narrow it down."
"REASSURANCES. If the question's one I can't answer (because of NDA, or phrasing, or because I don't know, or because it was years ago and I don't actually remember) I'll ping it back to you to come up with one I can answer. In the extreme and unlikely event we can't agree after seven attempts, I'll offer a refund. Once I've answered, the answer is final."
"ORACLES. There's a wiki page where people are suggesting questions, and backers talking about questions they might ask themselves. All Prophets should feel free to browse or ignore this page. I'll publish this info on the subreddit, too, in case anyone wants to discuss there. Again, feel free to browse or ignore."
"TRANSPARENCY. I'll check whether you'd like your answer public. If you say yes, I'll put it on my site. In rare cases I might request you to keep your answer private, for the sake of mystery in the world. This is ultimately up to you, though."
"SEASONS. There's no hurry! Questions must be asked before March 21st, 2021. I may take up to a month to answer a question (though I would usually expect to answer much more quickly)."
"SEASONING. This is fiction and poetry and fun nerd stuff, not an encyclopaedia. Questions about Salt, for instance, will necessarily have more allusive answers than some other questions. But I won't be needlessly obscure."]
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What's the deal with Blemmigans? Why are some of them feral, and others awesome poets? What determines these varying degrees of sentience?
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What is the connection between Salt (the star) and the human traveller we see in Frostfound?
What happens in the Salt ending of SMEN?
What happens in Frostfound?
Are there any laws higher than those the Judgments impose?
If Parabola hides in the Neath because it is disallowed by the Judgements, how did it come to be?
What was trapping sunlight in a Mirrorcatch Box during the Wash of Sunlight event planned to do? (I've heard that there's no actual text data in there, but that hasn't stopped anybody from anything -V.N.)
What happens to the Duchess, the manager and the "favorites" to the masters when a city is going to be stolen? (One of the Silver Tree's endings probably has the answer for this one. -V.N.)
Do humans originate from the Neath?
Is a devil composed of one bee or a whole hive? (In Fallen London, attempting to kill a devil in an early storyline reveals that its body is paper and a single bee crawls out.)
Can you describe what the bazaar looked like in its space faring days?
Why did Mr Stones change his name from Mr Marbles?
Why did Varchas fall?
There are seven cities and seven candles and seven colors of the Neath and seven doors to the Bazaar. What is the penultimate set of seven things that spawned the significance of seven?
Who sold the Third City and for whom, and by what names are they currently known? (I believe the God-Eaters sold it in exchange for Mr. Candles/Mr. Eaten. -O.L.)
What about the Second City made it anathema to everyone but Mr Candles, and why was the Bazaar trapped there for as long as it was? (This has an answer already discovered- look up more information about the Duchess and the cats. And part of your answer is in the question already :) -CB.)
We know how the Bazaar feels about the Sun. What does the Sun feel about the Bazaar and its quest?
Can you give any hints towards what Sultan's dream was suppose to be about? (Fingerkings, presumably. Dream probably refers to Parabola, and the name of the Sultan of Gloves follows the [occupation] of [nouns] scheme the Gallery of Serpents and later content have set up for Fingerking names. Getting more details would be positively delicious, though. -V.N.)
How does Fingerking society at large function? We know of groups/coils like the Orts and the Boil of Calamities, but is there any social structure beyond that?
There's a green non-Fingerking snake in the Mirror-Marches that asks for news about the Fingerkings, so do all snakes count as part of the Kings, or do only the ones with the right colours?
What do you think would be some good questions for Oracles to ask you?
What is the Red Queen?
Can a Snuffler, Clayman, Rubbery Man or Devil live on the surface?
Besides Darkdrop coffee, are there any other items of note that can be brought to the surface from the neath?
What did the Masters do to Albert?
What did the Calendar Council intend on doing before the Fall?
What happened to Canada after the fall?
...and what happened to the rest of Britain? Does the surface UK still exist?
Does falling leave a hole?
What is the relationship between the Lorn-Flukes and the Judgments?
What is the origin of the Fathomking of the Drownies and his bride?
How did the Neath come to be?
MR EATEN CORNER:
How was SMEN originally going to end before the hiatus? [ANSWERED IN THE AMA]
What's Mr Eaten's mother's maiden name?
What was the name of Mr Eaten's first school?
Which street did Mr Eaten grow up on?
Enough dancing around the point... what is Mr. Eaten's online banking login & password?